Sunday, March 30, 2008

Windows Vista product editions revealed

Hi........ Join me now as I romp through the various editions, many of which you'll see are just barely differentiated.

First up, there's Starter Edition, which like XP Starter Edition, is a crippled and lame product aimed at the two-thirds world. It will limit users to three concurrent applications, and provide only basic TCP/IP networking, and won't be suitable for most games. The next step up is Home Basic Edition, which is really the sibling to today's Windows XP Home. However, as the name suggests, there's also Home Premium Edition, and this is where we start to split features like hairs and create a gaggle of products. HPE will build on the the Basic Edition by adding, most notably, the next-generation of Media Center capabilities, including support for HDTV, DVD authoring, and even DVD ripping backed up (of course) by Windows DRM. For non-corporate types, this is probably going to be the OS that most people use. It's similar to XP Pro in power, but with all of the added bells and whistles for entertainment. Well, most of them.

Windows Vista Professional Edition won't occupy the same spot that XP Pro occupies today, because this time it's truly aimed at businesses. It won't feature the MCE functionality that Home Premium Edition has, but it begins to provide the kind of functionality you'd expect in a business environment, such as support for non-Microsoft networking protocols and Domain support. But don't expect too many businesses to necessarily turn to PE. Microsoft is also planning both a Small Business Edition and an Enterprise Edition, which build upon pro by adding (seemingly minor) features aimed at appealing to each market. SBE, for instance, includes a networked backup solution, while EE will include things like Virtual PC integration, and the ability to encrypt an entire volume of information.

Last but not least, there's Ultimate Edition. Hey, I'm just glad that they didn't call it Extreme Edition.

The best operating system ever offered for a personal PC, optimized for the individual. Windows Vista Ultimate Edition is a superset of both Vista Home Premium and Vista Pro Edition, so it includes all of the features of both of those product versions, plus adds Game Performance Tweaker with integrated gaming experiences, a Podcast creation utility (under consideration, may be cut from product), and online "Club" services (exclusive access to music, movies, services and preferred customer care) and other offerings (also under consideration, may be cut from product). Microsoft is still investigating how to position its most impressive Windows release yet, and is looking into offering Ultimate Edition owners such services as extended A1 subscriptions, free music downloads, free movie downloads, Online Spotlight and entertainment software, preferred product support, and custom themes. There is nothing like Vista Ultimate Edition today. This version is aimed at high-end PC users and technology influencers, gamers, digital media enthusiasts, and students.

OK, everyone got that?

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Sunday, March 23, 2008

Which Vista Operating System is Right for You?

When purchasing a new computer, you have several Vista operating systems to choose from including the Home, Professional and Enterprise Editions. You may also be wondering how the Vista versions compare to the XP version you have become accustomed to.

Luckily, choosing a Windows Operating System (OS) isn't rocket science, but you do have to think about what you plan to do with your new computer. Vista is available in five versions and runs best on high–end systems. Vista also has laptop and tablet PC features and is ready for flash drives. Here is a brief outline of the Vista operating systems.

Home Use

  • Windows Vista Home Basic – This is for basic computing; it has enough security for home use and can be installed on a simple network. This OS will run on PCs with at least 512 MB of RAM.

    Replaces: Windows XP Home

  • Windows Vista Home Premium – Has the computing elements of the Home version with the Media Center. A capable PC with this OS can be connected to a home entertainment system and will play movies, music, organize photos and access online content. This OS requires a high–end PC and a fast Internet connection.

    Replaces: Windows XP Media Center

Office Use
  • Windows Vista Business – This is for basic computing and has administration and networking tools and security devices for business use. It can run on basic PCs.
  • Windows Vista Enterprise – For large–scale, global companies. This version can handle multiple languages, a mobile workforce and Unicode.
  • Windows Vista Ultimate – Contains all business and home computing elements as well as the Media Center. Basically, this version does everything and requires a good system to run.

    Replaces: Windows XP Professonal and Professional x64

Monday, March 10, 2008

Windows Vista Starter: Recommended System Requirements

Windows Vista Starter is designed for low-cost, entry-level PCs running value-based processors only.

Windows Vista Starter has the following system requirements:

800MHz processor (1GHz or higher processor recommended)

A minimum of 384 MB and a maximum of 1 GB of RAM (512 MB recommended)

15 GB of hard disk space (250 GB maximum)

Super VGA 800 x 600 resolution video adapter

Recommended system requirements:

CD-ROM or DVD drive

Monitor, keyboard and Microsoft mouse or compatible pointing device

Support for DirectX 9 graphics and 32 MB of graphics memory

Internet access (fees may apply)

Audio output capability

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Using Genuine Windows software helps ensure your computer experience is always up-to-date and provides innovative security technologies through access to updates and enhancements from Microsoft's Windows Update online—and is backed by Microsoft's support services.

Windows Defender helps automatically safeguard your PC against pop-ups, slow performance, and security threats caused by spyware and other unwanted software.

With dynamic security protection, Internet Explorer 7 helps you achieve a higher level of security protection than ever before when browsing the web.

The anti-phising technology in Internet Explorer 7 helps protect you from fraudulent websites that attempt to steal your personal information.

Unique to Windows Vista is Internet Explorer protected mode, which helps prevent unwanted malicious software downloads when browsing the web.

With Parental Controls, you can manage the rules for your children's computer use. You can set time limits for use, and also manage their access to the web and to PC games.

Using Standard user accounts, you can confidently allow your children to use your PC, and lessen the risk that they will install malicious software or make harmful changes to the PC.

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Instantly find information on your computer—including documents, e-mails, photos, and even music files—with Instant Search, which is integrated throughout Windows Vista.

Searching for information on the Internet is easier than ever with Windows Internet Explorer 7, which includes web searching right from the browser, with no additional toolbars necessary. Tabbed browsing also enables you to simultaneously browse multiple web pages in one window.

See the information you care about instantly with Gadgets for Windows Sidebar, which bring real-time information, like weather and news, directly to your desktop.

Flexible organization features make it simple to instantly find and view your files any way you want.

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So as promised to you all that in the coming post's we are going to take all the Vista Edition one by one here is Windows Vista Starter Edition to start with... it was designed specifically to make more men, women, and children in developing technology markets learn valuable computer skills and reach new opportunities. With the goal of addressing digital divide challenges around the world, Windows Vista Starter is the most affordable edition in the Windows Vista line-up.

Windows Vista Starter is designed for the beginner computer user. While it doesn't provide as many benefits as Windows Vista Home Basic, it is great for the beginner user who wants to perform basic tasks.

Windows Vista Starter provides everything you need to:

  • Easily browse the Internet
  • Communicate with friends and family around the world
  • Listen to music and watch videos
  • Store, print, and share photos online with easy-to-use tools
  • Limit a child's access to specific web sites, games, and other mature content with parental controls
  • Use educational, productivity, small business, and other software designed for Windows
  • Connect cameras, printers, speakers, and other hardware devices designed for Windows
  • Access updates and enhancements from Microsoft online
To conclude it was something Microsoft came with to encourage computer and technology world to the non tech's or who are in their preliminary stage of brushing their computer skills.

It was a package of all the incorporated features you need for entertainment with

Send and receive email with Windows Mail, designed to make your email experience as productive and fun as possible.

Exchange instant messages with Windows Live Messenger and stay connected with those you care about.

Download music and videos, import music from CDs, and burn your own CDs with Windows Media Player.

Play a host of games for Windows, while parents access a rich set of controls to manage and monitor their children’s gaming experience.

Relive a lifetime of memories using Windows Photo Gallery. It's now easier to download photos from your digital camera and then organize, edit, view, and share them with family and friends.

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