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Vista power

So it?s finally here: Microsoft Windows Vista, the next-generation Windows operating system that will be released soon.

india Updated: Nov 10, 2006 00:48 IST

So it’s finally here: Microsoft Windows Vista, the next-generation Windows operating system that will be released soon. This caps more than five years of developmental effort for an operating system that seems to have been jinxed by several delays. In fact, the finished code apparently will not have some ambitious features that were dropped three years ago when the project started over from scratch. Still, given Microsoft’s spotty record on new releases, we must wait a while before giving a thumbs up for Vista.

Vista’s new features include a 3-D graphical design, more search options and additional virus protection. New organisation features make it easier to find programs and data on Vista machines and users can open folders and zoom in on previews of e-mails, spreadsheets and documents, and sort and search for files according to author, date and keywords related to contents. All this, however, remains to be proven. For, any new operating system has to start on the backfoot,  and Microsoft’s record on security aspects is hardly reassuring. Microsoft claims it has tackled the evident lack of security features that dogged previous generations of Windows.

Internet-borne malicious software have been constantly exploiting the security flaws riddling Windows of late. This has obviously triggered a flood of complaints. Microsoft’s assertion that this concern has been adequately addressed in Vista suggests that the world’s largest software maker is aggressively moving into the lucrative security applications arena. This spells good news not only for all Windows users, but also PC makers worldwide and hardware device manufacturers and software companies, whose technology must work well with each new version of Windows.