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Vista is Microsoft's replacement for Windows XP. Its main
technology changes include Aero graphics with a completely new
look and feel, Indigo a messaging technology based on Web Services, Security upgrades, Anti-Spyware, IE7, and more.
There are a number of Home versions with different price points.
Home Basic: Designed for basic functions such as email and web surfing. Lacks Aero graphics and extra multimedia applications that are available in the Premium version.
|News||25-Feb-2010 Vista RTM Support has ended as of April 13, 2010
28-Apr-2009 SP2 Offically released to manufacturing.
18-Mar-2008 SP1 Officially released
24-Sep-2007 SP1 Beta in limited release. SP1 beta overview.
29-Jan-2007 Now available.
9-Nov-2006 Released to production (for OEMs), consumer release date set at January 30, 2007.
12-Sep-2006 Vista Beta 2 RC1 ships
23-May-2006 Vista Beta 2 ships
21-Mar-2006 Microsoft postpones consumer versions of Vista until January 2007. Corporate versions are still planned for November 2006.
22-Jul-2005 Microsoft announces product name - Windows Vista
April-2003 - Microsoft at WINHEC announces Longhorn planned release in 2005.
This is a new desktop OS, planned for release in 2003 or 2004.
(InfoWeek Dec 10, 2001, pg 45).
|Product||Windows Vista Home Basic|
|Processor|| Vista Capable: 800
Vista Premium: 1 GHz processor (for Aero 3D interface)
|RAM|| Vista Capable: 512
Vista Premium: 1 GB (for Aero 3D interface)
|Drive space||15 GB|
|Drives||DVD drive required|
|Video|| Vista Capable:SVGA
with DirectX capable graphics processor - 128 MB recommended
Vista Premium: SVGA with 32-bit color, Pixel Shader 2.0, DirectX capable graphics processor with WDDM (Windows Display Driver Model) support. 128 MB recommended (for Aero 3D interface)
|File systems||NTFS, FAT32|
|Compatibility||Support for legacy WIn32 applications, but existing Windows apps may need to be modified to be native under Vista. Applications with drivers will need to be updated for Vista.|
|Interface||View Vista Desktop Screenshots and more|
|Installation||Requires installation into NTFS partition. For multi-boot situations, it will alter other Windows boot partitions and attempt to take control, so we recommend hiding all partitions from Vista during installation.|
Windows Vista Home Basic
Windows Vista Home Basic N (No Media Player)
Windows Vista Home Premium
Windows Vista Business
Windows Vista Business N (No Media Player)
Windows Vista Ultimate
Windows Vista Enterprise
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Windows release timeline
|Downloads||Vista SP2 DVD ISO|
Windows Vista Features
Windows Vista Developer Page
Sysinternals Advanced System Utilities
Microsoft Technet resources for IT
|Books||Vista Categories: All - Using - Solutions - Fixing - Development - MCSE
Phone 1-206-635-7000 (support)
|Support||Yes. For OEM versions shipping with a new computer, OEM is responsible for support.|
|Alternatives||Other Vista versions, Windows XP, Linux|
Look for "Fiji" the interim SP1 release after Vista - likely for release in 2008.
Click here for Microsoft codenames.
|Pricing||Windows Vista Home Basic - $199 and $179 for extra licenses
Windows Vista Home Basic Upgrade- $100
Windows Vista Home Premium - $239
Windows Vista Home Premium Upgrade - $159