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Vista is Microsoft's replacement for Windows XP. Its main
technology changes include Areo 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.
Starter: This is the most limited version of Vista, runs only in 32-bit mode and does not offer Areo graphics. It is limited to 119 emerging markets like India and Mexico. It wil only be offered by OEM and system builders in these select markets (i.e. not US, Canada, European Union, etc.)
|News||25-Feb-2010 Vista RTM Support has ended as of April 13, 2010
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
|Product||Windows Vista Starter|
|Processor||800 MHz processor|
|Drive space||15 GB|
|Drives||DVD drive required|
|Video||Vista Capable:SVGA with DirectX capable graphics processor - 128 MB recommended|
|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
Windows release timeline
Windows Vista Home page
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)
|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||Pricing should be below Home Basic, which is $199