Windows Vista Launches

Microsoft's, long delayed, Windows Vista was finally released to consumers amidst controversy over its various security features.

Large scale, publicity events in the U.S., London and Tokyo marked the release of Vista while Microsoft also celebrated the release of new versions of its Office suite and Microsoft Exchange email software. These launch events are highly symbolic as Windows Vista, for the first time, is also available to download over the Internet. Despite the brave face of the launch, it is not expected that Vista will sell well in its first few months as users try to come to terms with the changes it will introduce and the need for hardware upgrades. Another issue for Microsoft is the controversy surrounding the Vista DRM and its purpose while a Romanian programmer claims to have managed to bypass the Vista security feature.

Vista has been available to businesses since November 30 while prices for consumers will vary from USD 100 to 400. Bill Gates claimed that Vista is more important than ever as users have come to associate their computers with their OS, When people think about their PC, they think about Windows even more than who the manufacturer is, Gates told The Associated Press. That determines how it looks, how you navigate, what the applications are that are available. Microsoft's Steve Ballmer claims there is still a lot of work to do as Vista will continue to grow, Developers need a richer platform if we're going to get speech, voice, natural language, and more rich 3-D-type graphics into the user interface, Ballmer said. The operating system will need to evolve with them. (PC - chips, storage, high-definition DVDs)

Vista will also introduce DirectX 10 gaming which will be exclusive to the platform while Microsoft also plans to release some Vista-exclusive games such as the PC version of Halo 2. According to Ballmer however, the bulk of consumer sales will originate from the sale of new PCs and this may also serve to keep initial Vista sales figures low.

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Windows Vista Launches

im moving to linux, and ive been a windows supporter for a long time, why u ask? its better, its more secure, its more advanced and its free (most of the time) and i aint paying $750Aud for the ultimate dvd retail edition.more than i can build a pc for.

Windows Vista Launches

yes i lok forward to downloading this ...and puking all over it. MS sucks...i go out and spend $300 on a program they will only let me re install twice...WHAT BS!!! happend to me with MEDIA CENTER...i had to reinstall 3 times in one night cause it kept getting corrupted after install. on 3rd try SORRY U CANT ACTIVATE ANYMORE! f**k YOU MICROSOFT!!!

Windows Vista Launches

Linux is good, but all the good gaming is on Windows because the graphics card drivers tend to suck, and developers hate the lack of standardization, same applies to macs.Things are getting better slowly, but dual boot seems the most practical solution at the moment.

Windows Vista Launches

Been using Vista for a few weeks now and performance wise I've found it no different to XP. All hardware drivers were found straight away (quite surprised with that). All applications and games run smooth. So far the only trouble I've had is trying to install a virtual CD/DVD program. Destroyed my installation beyond repair. Apart from that I think it's rather good

Windows Vista Launches

Marfield Mac so far has a operating system far beyond Vista. I bet you didn't know that Vista copied Mac OSX in about a hundred ways. So if Mac sucks balls then why is Microsoft copying them? The only think that sucks about makes is the up-grad ability but that is fixable with a driver crack. I can install any graphics card in the mac pro. And run windows vista at the same time as running 6 six operating systems all at the same time.

Windows Vista Launches

@ belgolas...yeah yeah yeah, we all know all about macs and what they can/cant do and we STILL dont want one.So please GET OVER IT FFS.I swear mac lovers are like fvcking cult members preaching crap that no one wants to hear and wondering why no one else loves em too.THEY SUCK BALLZ !oh and so does vista....atm:P

Windows Vista Launches

Get openSuse or Ubutu , once u try linux (new versions) u will see how much windows sux. Oh if u wanna use windows programs , just use WINE, even WOW is working now.The more we support open n free software like linux, the faster we get rid of microcraps monopoly

Windows Vista Launches

Windows XP will be the dominating operation system for another few years simply because most people know how Vista sucks, and was released buggy as hell.Smart people don't pay for beta software that's not ready for release.Oh, and I hate n****rs too....

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