Windows Vista An Overview
After a gap of almost 5 years, Microsoft released the latest version of Windows called Vista. With the name change from Longhorn to Vista, a stable version of Windows is expected to be released during November 2006. A beta version of this software is available as a free download. If you have a lot of patience or a very high speed internet connection then you can download Vista which is almost 2.5 GB in size.
Microsoft promises that Vista will have many new features including an updated graphical user interface (GUI), a new Windows DVD Maker creation tool for multimedia and audio, print and network subsystems that has been completely changed. Vista will use peer-to-peer technology to make sharing files between networked computers easier. With the inclusion of Virtual PC in Vista, Microsoft claims that running previous versions of Windows simultaneously on the same machine will not be a problem.
Developers can use Net Framework version 3.0 which was introduced in Vista. This version is claimed to be easier to use than the traditional Windows API.
The most common criticism of Windows XP is its unstable security and inability to protect the system from buffer overflows, viruses, and malware. Vista’s goal is to significantly increase security and protect the system from malware invasion and virus threats.
Vista comes with improved Windows Shell performance, easier and faster search functions, sidebar that resembles Apples Spotlight, desktop gadgets for applets, the latest version of Internet Explorer, Microsoft’s controversial web browser -, Windows Media Player 11, special User Account Control, default A firewall to control and monitor outgoing and incoming traffic, Windows Defender, anti-spyware versions of Windows and Windows mail that will replace existing Outlook Express.
Microsoft claims Vista will help improve PC performance in certain key areas which include starting, responding to user actions, and getting up. Start-up will be very fast and while processing background scripts and applications are executed, other desired tasks can be performed by the user.
The new sleep status provisions in Vista have features combined for standby mode, data protection, and low power usage during hibernation.
If you want to try Vista on your desktop computer, then your system must have a processor with a minimum speed of 800MHZ, 512MB RAM and a good version of the latest graphics card that is capable of running DirectX version 9 or higher. This is only a minimum requirement. For optimal results a better processor above 1.2GHZ is needed.