Are you ready for vista what you need to know about the next microsoft windows
==== ====Windows 8http://windows8beta.com==== ====Vista is coming soon to a computer near you, are you ready?Unlike past editions of Microsoft Windows this new versionseems to be generating a lot more pre-launch buzz. Maybe ithas to do with all the new improved browsing and computerfeatures that the Vista will supposedly deliver.What is Vista?Vista is the new version of Microsoft Windows, which will offerusers a greatly improved browsing and computer experience mainlythrough more dynamic live windows and faster presentation. It willoffer a more robust security (direly needed!) and more business featuresin its corporate OS with encryption, Unix services, and virtualmachine capabilities.You will be able to use different graphical tools to more efficientlymanage your information and applications on your desktop. If you readthe information on the official Vista site, you may come away believingyour desktop will never look or feel the same again.Vista Homepage: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsvista/There is one underlying reason why this may just be the case.According to the Longhorn Statement of last year, RSS will play amajor role in these applications and in the OS itself. Longhornis the name for the Microsoft Windows Server code. RSS standsfor Really Simple Syndication and Microsoft should be applaudedfor bringing RSS to the forefront. Many believe RSS will changethe very nature of how we use the Internet and our computers.Regardless of what it may contain, the new Windows Vista hasmany consumers delaying the purchase of their next PC or laptopuntil the new Windows arrives. Many were hoping for a pre-Christmasrelease but...When Will It Arrive?According to Microsofts own official site on Vista, Windows Vistawill be available in early 2007. However, Vista (as of Sept.22, 2006)is already in Beta testing with over 30,000 testers from around the globe.
Read more about this at the Windows Vista Team Blog:http://blogs.technet.com/windowsvista/default.aspxVista will have TWO InterfacesVista Windows will have two interfaces, Basic and Aero. The BasicInterface will be similar to Windows XP and will run on most currentPCs and Laptops. The Aero Interface is more advanced and you will needhigher system requirements to take advantage of all the new features.(See Below)Actually, Vista will have six versions in all. According to the Vistaweb site these versions will range for the very basic up to the highestperformance level.* Windows Vista Starter which runs only on 32-bit systems and will beso on new machines in India, Thailand and other emerging markets.* Windows Vista Home Basic which is very comparable to XP Home whichwill not offer the high-end graphics and media features.* Windows Vista Home Premium which will offer these graphics and media.* Windows Vista Business which is similar to the current XP Professional.* Windows Vista Enterprise will be only available to those customerswith volume licenses - will offer Unix service, encryption and virtualmachine capabilities.* Windows Vista Ultimate will combine Vista Enterprise and Vista HomePremium which will give customers the highest version of Windows.There will also be "N" versions of Vista Business and Vista Home Basicfor the European market that will have Window Media Player removed.Microsoft is catering to all levels of the marketplace and its a prudentbusiness move because many current PCs and laptops dont have the systemrequirements to take advantage of the highest version of Vista Aero.Your System Requirements for Vista?Your system requirements for the new Windows Vista will depend on whichversion of Vista youre buying. For the basic Vista you will need amodern processor (800MHz or more) with at least 512 MB of system memory.Your graphics processor should be DirectX 9 capable.For the fully loaded Vista you will need a little morerobust system with at least 1 GHz processor with 1 GB ofsystem memory. This should be supported with DirectX 9 graphics
with 128 MB of graphics memory. A premium graphics card like ATIor NVIDIA is recommended and you will need a 40 GB hard drivewith 15 GB free space. In order to watch and recordlive TV you may have to add additional hardware.Still not sure your current system will support Vista, justrun the free Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor RC found here:http://www.microsoft.com/windowsvista/getready/upgradeadvisor/default.mspxThis program will tell you if your system can currently run Vistaor if you will need to upgrade your computer.What noteworthy features will Vista give you?If we get over the improved features like better organizingof information, better security, and more reliability - what newfeatures will the Vista deliver?One that really jumps out: INSTANT SEARCHInstead of using the slow cascading "All Programs", youcan just type in a file name or task and you will find whatyoure looking for. The new instant start menu willbe a lot quicker, saving you time.This also jumps out: DYNAMIC WINDOWSPerhaps, one of the major improvement will be in theappearance and use of the new desktop with transparent"glass-like" windows and animated windows on the taskbar.It will have live thumbnails on the taskbar, place yourmouse over these and you will see the live contents withouthaving to bring it up on your screen. You will also be ableto create a three-dimensional stack of open windows on yourdesktop and you will have smoother performance in dynamiccontent or windows such as video.And this one: SPEECH RECOGNITIONSpeech Recognition will play a major role in the newWindows Vista which promises to feature all thelatest Microsoft speech technologies with unparalleledvoice recognition accuracy supported with multiplelanguages and a more human-sounding synthesizer --step aside Stephen Hawkins!Plus, you will be able to control your computer byusing your voice. It will provide you with a list
of smart choices, whether its selecting a word orchoosing an application. Mouseless and hands-freecomputing tasks -- might be worth seeing.And this: WATCH AND RECORD LIVE TVYou will be able to watch and record live TV with Vista. Youmay have to use additional hardware to access this feature.It is only a matter of time before the union of the Internetand full TV broadcasting services. Windows Vista may help infurthering this rather slow process. Integration, IntegrationIntegration.Also this: BETTER SECURITY AND ENCRYPTIONThe new Window Vista offers improved security and has afew new encryption programs. There is something calledthe Windows BitLocker(TM) Drive Encryption which help protectthe sensitive data on your hard drive - especially importantin our ever increasing mobile lifestyles and workforces.This program will encrypt your entire Windows system andprotect your information in the case of a stolen or lostPC or laptop.Then there is the Encrypting File System (EFS) which will protectuser-level files and folders. This is important when twoor more people share the same computer as in a company network.Companies will be able to use smart cards with EFS keys to allowemployees or workers to access only the content thats appropriatefor them to access. In addition, companies or users will be ableto restrict use of USB keys and other removable storage devices,thus hampering the quick removal of data from your computer.Wildcard: What role will RSS Play?For interested techies and web watchers, the role RSS willplay in the new Vista is an intriguing question. What aboutall those new RSS applications? The list extensions? What willit bring? Read more here http://blogs.msdn.com/rssteam/Will RSS (via Vista) be given the means to finally turn theInternet into a Billion Channel Universe? Turning every web siteinto its own mini-broadcasting system sending out its contentto all interested parties. Dont come to us, we will deliver.Changing static content into dynamic content. Furthermore,will speech recognition turn this dynamic content into a fullyinteractive hands-free browsing experience. Might give a wholenew meaning to the expression Look Ma - no hands!