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    Question What's in Vista beyond the pretty pictures

    I don't mean to sound cynical... I just haven't found any information about Vista yet which would make us more productive, quite the contrary, it sounds like it will take more system resources away from real work, so what have other people found that looks promising?

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    Default Re: What's in Vista beyond the pretty pictures

    From the Windows Vista website:

    User Experience:
    Windows Vista introduces a breakthrough user experience and is designed to help you feel confident in your ability to view, find, and organize information and to control your computing experience.

    The visual sophistication of Windows Vista helps streamline your computing experience by refining common window elements so you can better focus on the content on the screen rather than on how to access it. The desktop experience is more informative, intuitive, and helpful. And new tools bring better clarity to the information on your computer, so you can see what your files contain without opening them, find applications and files instantly, navigate efficiently among open windows, and use wizards and dialog boxes more confidently.

    Security:

    Windows Vista contains a number of new security features that, taken together, are designed to make Windows Vista-based PCs more secure and your online experiences safer. The improvements are designed to help you have:



    1. A PC protected from viruses, worms, spyware, and other potentially unwanted software
    2. A safer online experience for you and your family
    3. An understanding of when your PC is unsafe, and the control and guidance to help improve your security
    Search & Organization:
    Windows Vista gives you more flexibility when you search and organize your files. New controls, like the Instant Search box and Enhanced Column Headers, make it simple for you to manage large amounts of on-screen data in any way that you want.

    Sidebar & Gadgets:
    As you use your computer to access more information, perform more tasks, and interact with more software applications, you increasingly face information overload. You open a web browser just to check the weather, open an application to view your calendar, and open a calculator program to simply add numbers. You need simple, specialized, and lightweight mini-applications that put information and tasks at your fingertips—no matter what you're doing.

    Windows Sidebar boosts your personal productivity by providing instant access to gadgets—a wide variety of engaging, easy-to-use, and customizable mini-applications that offer information at a glance and provide easy access to frequently used tools.

    Performance:

    Windows Vista is designed to help make you more productive as you work with your PC throughout the day with new features like Sleep, Windows SuperFetch, Windows ReadyBoost, and Windows ReadyDrive.

    Windows SuperFetch helps manage memory to get the most out of available RAM while Windows ReadyBoost helps make PCs more responsive by using flash memory devices (like USB thumb drives) to boost performance. Windows ReadyDrive takes advantage of new hybrid hard disks—hard disks with integrated flash memory—to help improve battery life, performance, and reliability. With Windows Vista, your system is ready when you are.

    Windows Backup:

    Windows Vista provides valuable new innovations to help ensure you never lose information that is important to you. Windows Vista offers multiple layers of backup and restore protection from hardware failure, user error, or other issues. These innovations include system restore enhancements, a new feature called Windows Backup, and a related feature: Previous Versions, based on the Volume Shadow Copy technology which was first introduced with the Windows Server product family. These features are presented in a single, unified Windows Backup and Restore Center.

    Networking:

    Windows Vista includes new networking features that make your network easier to set up, easier to use, and more secure and reliable. Connect wirelessly to your company's network, share an Internet connection and printers, copy files between computers, or enjoy your favorite entertainment around your home. Whether at home, a small business, or a large enterprise, Windows Vista makes connectivity easier so you can focus on what matters to you.

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    Default Re: What's in Vista beyond the pretty pictures

    Windows Vista RC1 is available now. I think I may go home tonight and give it a whirl - making sure everything is backed up first

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    Default Re: What's in Vista beyond the pretty pictures

    My brother (a programmer) tried it, and he reported it was almost unusably slow. From the description quoted from Microsoft in the previous post, it looks like it's mostly a prettier interface that tries to do more system navigational hand-holding, which I'm guessing most CAD users don't need.

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    Default Re: What's in Vista beyond the pretty pictures

    That's exactly what I was afraid of. I want less OS not more, though if it was more secure I wouldn't need to have so many resources dedicated to virus scanning...

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    Default Re: What's in Vista beyond the pretty pictures

    Quote Originally Posted by Andre Baros
    That's exactly what I was afraid of. I want less OS not more, though if it was more secure I wouldn't need to have so many resources dedicated to virus scanning...
    Amen....

    Let's see, SuperFetch, ReadyBoost, ReadyDrive, Gadgets, "Volume Shadow Copy technology"...... It sounds like the marketing people had a field day with this one...

    That's all fine for your average home user who doesn't know a flash drive from a DOS prompt, but it would be nice to have a bare bones, stripped down, secure, O/S on which to run AutoCAD.. so we don't need 4GB ram....
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    Default Re: What's in Vista beyond the pretty pictures

    Quote Originally Posted by rkmcswain
    Amen....

    Let's see, SuperFetch, ReadyBoost, ReadyDrive, Gadgets, "Volume Shadow Copy technology"...... It sounds like the marketing people had a field day with this one...
    Well we need to give them some credit... it takes a while to make it function more like OS 10....

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    Default Re: What's in Vista beyond the pretty pictures

    Quote Originally Posted by rkmcswain
    Amen....

    Let's see, SuperFetch, ReadyBoost, ReadyDrive, Gadgets, "Volume Shadow Copy technology"...... It sounds like the marketing people had a field day with this one...

    That's all fine for your average home user who doesn't know a flash drive from a DOS prompt, but it would be nice to have a bare bones, stripped down, secure, O/S on which to run AutoCAD.. so we don't need 4GB ram....
    what's a DOS prompt

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    Default Re: What's in Vista beyond the pretty pictures

    That's kind of what I'm getting from it: Aesthetics over functionality.

    From what Microsoft says, "
    Windows SuperFetch helps manage memory to get the most out of available RAM", it seems like they're trying to make up for it's resource-intensive GUI by managing memory in a more efficient way. I would guess that this makes it, at best, as resource intensive as XP, or simply takes it from "unuseable" to "useable with a great machine". I have a pretty good machine at home (AMD Athlon64 X2, 6 Gb Ram, FX4500), so I think I'm gonna give it a try and really see how she does. I expect they're still working out some bugs, so I would think the finished product would be, at least in some respects, improved.

    Hopefully when the final product does come out it'll be worth having. Lord knows they didn't rush it like they did with ME, so that's a good sign.


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    Default Re: What's in Vista beyond the pretty pictures

    Micros**t's motto for Windows has always seemed to be "never mind the quality, admire the bells and whistles". Why should Vista be any different?

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