The first in a series...
Thursday, September 07, 2006 by Frogboy | Discussion:
Windows Vista is Microsoft's long-awaited sequel to its most successful operating system of all time -- Windows XP. Released 5 years ago, Windows XP is really a tough act to follow. It delivered on the promise of Windows NT based technology in a mainstream form.
Windows XP, in hindsight, was about 3 things:
- Delivering a mainstream operating system that was based on the NT code-base instead of the ancient Windows 9x/DOS legacy. This enabled developers to create far more powerful applications because the OS was far more robust.
- The bundling of a myriad of minor tools that we take for granted today such as Instant Messenger, Compressed Folders, Remote Desktop, Windows Movie Movie Maker, etc.
- A friendlier environment than Windows 2000/98.
(a full list of features can be found Here). So what is the big deal about Windows Vista? Well here's my best guess at what the bullet items will be looking back:
- More Secure.
- New underlying architectures (Windows Presentation Foundation, Windows Communication Foundation, and .NET part of the OS).
- Cleaner user experience.
- Desktop is a 3D surface allowing for applications on the desktop to use 3D acceleration to do visually interesting things.
The purpose of these blogs along with the site VistaBlogging.com is to provide a place for users to discuss their Windows Vista experience, suggestions, etc.
We have created a new site called http://www.VistaBlogging.com where articles on the subject of Vista (and forum posts) will automatically get syndicated. You can use JoeUser.com or Wincustomize.com (create a free account) to create an article that is of the type Personal Computing->Windows Vista and upon faster moderation it will show up on VistaBlogging.com.