Windows Vista description

Windows Vista RC1 is now available for IT professionals and developers with MSDN and TechNet subscriptions. In the coming weeks, Microsoft will start the Windows Vista Customer Preview Program (CPP) for developers and IT professionals who are not members of the subscription services.

The Windows Vista CPP will also be available to technology enthusiasts that want to install and test a copy of Windows Vista Beta 2. You can get a head start on your Windows Vista CPP preparation by visiting the Get Ready section of this site and downloading the Windows Vista Product Guide (60 MB Word doc).

Windows Vista comes with a breakthrough user experience and is designed to help you feel confident in your ability to view, find, and organize information and to control your computing experience.

The visual sophistication of Windows Vista helps streamline your computing experience by refining common window elements so you can better focus on the content on the screen rather than on how to access it. The desktop experience is more informative, intuitive, and helpful. And new tools bring better clarity to the information on your computer, so you can see what your files contain without opening them, find applications and files instantly, navigate efficiently among open windows, and use wizards and dialog boxes more confidently.

Windows Vista is engineered to be the most secure version of Windows yet. The new features in Windows Vista help to give you the control and confidence you need to get the most out of your PC.

Here are some key features of "Windows Vista":

· User Experience
· Security
· Search & Organization
· Internet Explorer 7
· Sidebar & Gadgets
· Performance
· Windows Backup
· Networking
· Windows SideShow
· Speech Recognition
· Help and Feedback
· Windows Update


Windows Vista Capable PC Logo:
· at least 800 MHz
· 512 MB
· GPU DirectX 9 Capable (WDDM Driver Support recommended)

Windows Vista Premium Ready:
· 1 GHz 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
· 1 GB RAM
· Windows Aero Capable
· DirectX 9-class GPU that supports:
· A WDDM Driver
· Pixel Shader 2.0 in hardware
· 32 bits per pixel
· Adequate graphics memory
· HDD free space 15 GB
· DVD-ROM Drive