Archive for the ‘Vista’ Category

Microsoft Ending Vista Family Discount

July 3, 2007

“Five months after its introduction, Microsoft is discontinuing a program that offered some Windows Vista purchasers the ability to buy additional copies of the operating system at a substantial discount.

Since Windows Vista went on sale to consumers at the end of January, US and Canadian buyers of Vista Ultimate have had the option of buying up to two additional copies of Vista–albeit the Home Premium version–for an additional US$50 apiece. The company had said it would re-evaluate the “Windows Vista Family Discount” after 30 June.

In a posting on the Windows Vista Team Blog, Microsoft product manager Nick White said the program would “sunset” as of 11.59pm PDT on 30 June.

“Around the time of the Windows Vista launch, we announced the Windows Vista Family Discount program to further persuade families to become early adopters of Windows Vista,” White wrote. “We’ve been pleased with the response to the program, which has enabled thousands of multicomputer families to upgrade more than one PC in their home to Windows Vista.””


Microsoft Flip-flopping On Virtualization License

June 21, 2007

Microsoft came within a few hours of reversing its EULA-based ban on the virtualization of Vista Basic and Premium, only to cancel the announcement at the last minute. The company reached out to media and bloggers about the announcement and was ready to celebrate “user choice” before pulling the plug, apparently clinging to security excuses.”


Look, It’s Google, Crying Like A Baby

June 11, 2007

“Google alleged that Microsoft’s new Windows Vista operating system puts other search software companies at a disadvantage, making it difficult for users to employ non-Microsoft desktop-search software, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing lawyers familiar with the case. Microsoft’s own desktop indexing system is almost impossible to turn off, Google claimed in a white paper sent to both the DOJ and states’ attorneys general, thereby affecting a computer’s performance when running non-Microsoft search index, the report said.”


Windows Evolution – From 1.0 to Vista

June 11, 2007

There is a collection of pictures of different Windows versions. You can see how Windows changed from 1.0 to Vista.”


XP vs. Vista – A Tale Of Framerates

June 7, 2007

From HardOCP

“We recently published an article that compared framerate performance between Vista and Windows XP in multiple current gaming titles. We wanted to do this because there were many claims that Vista was a poor gaming operating system, or at least that it didn’t perform as well as XP on the same hardware. Up to now, it’s been claimed that poor driver support has crippled Microsoft’s new operating system. We wanted to try to associate hard numbers to this issue and take an industry accounting of what users can expect from Vista. We even went so far as to test two different video cards and driver sets. Both were from NVIDIA, and included a 7600 GS and an 8800 GTS 320MB.

However, our scope was more limited than we realized. After the article, a consistent criticism was that we did not include ATI hardware in our evaluation, so any claims that we made were unqualified. Our readers were absolutely right. One of the reasons that our content is better than most publications is that because we have the best readership in the industry and we listen to them.”


Pirates Fully Crack Vista Install

May 17, 2007

DISCUSSING PIRATED software is still fairly taboo within the press, but sometimes a scene release is worthy of note, despite the influx of staunch anti-piracy e-mails that will flood our in-box. Don’t forget, we don’t support piracy, we’re only reporting the news. A widely available release, located at the usual pirate havens, from a scene group entitled ‘NoPE’ (which doesn’t appear to have released much else) has quickly become the most highly sought-after asset of eye-patched, peg-legged, shoulder-mounted-parrot pirate types.

Vista has been leaked in every conceivable form and in all its various releases and flavours, but has still remained difficult to crack for the average swashbuckling black-beard.”


Free Vista Upgrades Slow To Arrive

May 11, 2007

“Julie Marto of Medfield, Massachusetts, purchased a Dell Inspiron notebook running Windows XP last October. Through a program called Express Upgrade, she was promised a free copy of Windows Vista when the operating system became commercially available. It’s been five months since Vista went on sale January 30. Marto is still waiting and steaming mad.”I’ve done everything I can to get my Vista upgrade including e-mailing a request to Michael Dell himself,” Marto says. She says she never received a reply from Michael Dell.”

“ModusLink, which is processing Vista upgrade requests for people who bought Acer, Fujitsu, Gateway, HP, and Toshiba computers, says the company is very sensitive to the fact that customers are frustrated. “We are doing the best we can,” says Christine Pothier, the company’s marketing communications manager.

When PC World spoke to Pothier in early April she said the issues with handling extremely large volumes of Vista upgrade requests had been remedied by hiring extra staff. She now says that new issues are delaying shipment of some Vista upgrade discs.”

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Hardware Accelerated DirectSound 3D and EAX for Vista Audigy Users Later This Year

May 3, 2007

Audigy owners will get ALchemy, for a low cost, later this year

Microsoft Windows Vista features a new audio stack, which completely revamps how the operating system communicates with audio devices. The new audio stack, dubbed Universal Audio Architecture, or UAA, requires companies to develop new drivers. Hardware accelerated audio devices are treated as an independent device, separate from the audio output capabilities of a sound card under Windows Vista.

The way UAA handles hardware DSPs is a problem for Creative Labs when it comes to delivering hardware acceleration for DirectSound 3D and EAX algorithms. Earlier this year Creative Labs launched its ALchemy project that enabled hardware-accelerated audio on Sound Blaster X-Fi owners. ALchemy translates DirectSound 3D and EAX calls into OpenAL, which can still take advantage of the DSP hardware.”


Dell Brings Back XP On Home Systems

April 20, 2007

I honestly didn’t see this one coming.  I’m actually surprised Microsoft is allowing it.

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Vista? Banned!

March 19, 2007

National Institute of Standards and Technology has banned Windows Vista from its internal computing network. No details as to why this ban is enforced. This is another major setback for Microsoft after US Department of Transportation and The Federal Aviation Administration has similarly banned Windows Vista as well as Office 2007 and Internet Explorer 7.”