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 Post subject: IT News: Microsoft unveils Vista editions
PostPosted: Mon Feb 27, 2006 11:46 am 
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Microsoft is planning six versions of the next incarnation of its Windows operating system.


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Three versions of the software, called Vista, will be for home users, two will be for businesses and one will be for emerging markets.

One of the home versions of Vista will include features that let users store and play back TV shows.

No fixed date has been given for the release of Vista but it is expected to be launched by the end of 2006.

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Vista, which was known as Longhorn during its long development, is a major re-working of Windows that makes changes, among other things, to the way the operating system looks and how it handles networking and sound.

Microsoft said the six versions were designed to match the demands different users have for its software. No details have been given about the pricing of the separate versions.

The six versions are:

Vista Business
Vista Enterprise
Vista Home Basic
Vista Home Premium
Vista Ultimate
Vista Starter

Vista Business will be the basic version for companies of all sizes and includes tools that will help organisations manage their PCs.

The Enterprise version of Vista will have all of the features in the basic version and add to them improved encryption including a BitLocker system that will stop confidential data being viewed if a computer is lost or stolen.

The Home Basic version is intended for those who only want to use their PC to browse the net, use e-mail and create and edit basic documents. It will also include desktop search and security tools.

Vista Home Premium includes everything in the Basic version and adds the new graphical interface called Aero.

Microsoft said it will also have improved media handling abilities so it can help users organise and enjoy their digital images, music and movie collections. Also included will be tools to help people author and burn DVDs.

PCs running the Premium edition will also be able to connect their machine to an Xbox 360 gaming console.

Vista Ultimate has all the features of the business and home editions in one package.

The Starter edition is a streamlined version intended for low powered PCs found in many developing nations.

Also available will be versions made specifically for Europe that, in accordance with an EU mandate, remove the Windows media player.

Microsoft pointed out that the current version of Windows, XP, is available in six different versions though most of these are tuned for the different types of hardware, such as a Tablet PC, people are using.

By contrast Vista versions are organised by what people plan to do with their computer.

"We don't want customers to be forced into buying something that isn't going to meet all their needs," said Barry Goffe, Microsoft's director of Windows client product management.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 27, 2006 1:31 pm 
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The need at least 1GB ram to run :shock:

Oliver wrote:
Vista Business
Vista Enterprise
Vista Home Basic
Vista Home Premium
Vista Ultimate
Vista Starter


Wheres longhorn gone ?

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 27, 2006 2:53 pm 
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Longhorn was the project name. It's Vista for quite a while now..

And 1gb is no biggy.. most pcs come with that.. kinda the same as when win XP was released..


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Yeah, Vista = new, new computers = 1GB+ RAM.

Also, have you seen the ammount of CPU it uses!

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I hate the new interface, the transparency is horrible. Especially on the start menu.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 03, 2006 9:12 pm 
I have tested it and I think that it is alright. It has many options for parental controls (I mean EVERYTHING is logged if turned on, logins, times on, sites visited, files downloaded, chat logs, and parents can even set time limits on the computer AND internet.... Not sure if you should convince your parents any teens out there :evil:


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I am running XP on a gig and its great. 256 mb of RAM is not good at all. :?

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 04, 2006 6:39 pm 
Ya 256 is alright for a while, anything lower is horrible (I once had it running on 56MB of RAM (64-8MB vid ram shared... Now THAT was slow)


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