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Microsoft's labour of love

Windows Vista is the focal point for a huge wave of new PCs, applications, hardware and devices, writes Puneet Mehrotra.

india Updated: Feb 04, 2007 14:05 IST

Microsoft Vista - Stepping into the future

Codenamed Longhorn, five years in the making, packed with hundreds of new features, Microsoft's latest labor was released on January 30th 2007. A rather special day for the software giant which has probably given it all it can. First about Vista and after that if it's really worth the upgrade.

Stepping into the Digital Lifestyle

Windows Vista represents the highest-quality and most responsive Microsoft operating system release ever.

According to Microsoft, Vista has been a collaboration between Microsoft and its customers and industry partners. Windows Vista is the focal point for a huge wave of new PCs, applications, hardware and devices. Users can tap into this ecosystem and experience personal computing like never before.

Available in more than 70 countries, in 19 languages (with 99 languages anticipated by the end of the year), and at more than 39,000 retail stores and online, Microsoft is leaving no stone left unturned.

Security Wise

According to Microsoft, Windows Vista is the most secure and reliable version of Windows that Microsoft Corp. has ever shipped, providing an unprecedented level of confidence and control when users browse the Web or engage in other online activities. Now every member of the family can have a safer, more secure online experience.

Windows Vista offers multiple layers of defense that work together, including strong default protections, such as Protected Mode in Windows Internet Explorer 7 in Windows Vista. Protected Mode helps prevent silent installations of malicious code.

To help further reduce identity theft and increase user confidence in Web transactions, the Internet Explorer 7 Address Bar will display a green highlight when it detects that a user is visiting a safe Web site with a new Extended Validation Certificate. Plus there are malware controls, phishing prevention and more.

The Entertainment Factor

The entertainment factor comprising of digital music, photos, movies and other entertainment is well taken care of Vista. Microsoft says that Vista "redefines digital entertainment", making it easier for people to manage and enjoy their growing digital collection.

Better Connected

With server based applications ruling the times and the times to come Microsoft has done great job connectivity wise. With Vista you can actually take your entire computing experience wherever you go. Users can work without a keyboard and easily keep information synchronized between home, office and mobile devices. They can watch a TV show, review their photo collection, or even edit a home video on their mobile PC.

Should you upgrade?

A rather tricky question. Well it would depend a lot on what you use your PC for. For a hard core gamer the answer maybe yes if you are willing to spend. Vista Premium maybe just the dream come true. The graphics interface and deliverables are simply super and may well be worth it.

For enterprise and home users the answer would be wait and watch. The logic is rather simple wait and let the initial operating system issues get sorted out. Vista isn't just a software upgrading cost, the entire hardware will have to be upgraded. Upgrading hardware reminds of me an interesting piece of news I saw on Vista today.

Green Party: Vista means more dead PCs

The UK Green Party has claimed that Microsoft's latest operating system, Vista, could lead to a mass upgrade of PCs that will result in old machines being dumped in landfill sites.

A very valid environment issue that could have huge commercial ramifications in times to come with legislation such as the EU Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) directive coming soon it could impact businesses' approach to IT disposal and recycling.

The Last Word

Vista has received mixed reviews but one thing is for sure Vista is the best operating system Microsoft has ever made. Around two months ago I had written about the change of soul at Microsoft and how it is emerging a winner in my column titled "Microsoft - Stepping into the future". The Ballmer effect sure seems to be working.

Puneet Mehrotra is a web strategist atwww.cyberzest.comand editswww.thebusinessedition.comyou can email him

First Published: Feb 04, 2007 14:05 IST