Looking beyond Microsoft Vista – Fiji And Vienna

As we all know that Microsoft Vista was originally scheduled to be released in 2003, after two years of Windows XP, but it got delayed by over five years due to various reasons. Definitely, Vista is very very improved OS over the previous versions, but the delayed in the launch has cost Microsoft, billions of dollars. Now the question at the moment is, what exactly after Vista? Microsoft can’t afford to wait another five years for an operating system. People are becoming more aware of the choices they have, and Linux is no longer a hobbyist OS, and that day isnt far away when it becomes simple enough to be a viable alternative to Windows. The competition is fierce. That is why, to stay at the top, Microsoft has planned a ‘Vista R2’, codenamed ˜Fiji which will be released some time in 2008. And after Fiji, there will be Windows ‘Vienna’. Windows Fiji, will not be a totally different OS from Vista; but it will be an add-on. Whereas Vienna will be totally different from Vista.

Windows Fiji will feature a more powerful sidebar, Monaco, a music authoring tool similar to Apples Garageband, default playback of HD-DVD, more advanced Speech Recognition, and new themes, icons, wallpapers, games, and minor tweaks to almost everything.
While in Windows Vienna the current interface will be completely stripped, no more explorer shells, and taskbars. No start menu. Probably no toolbars, or menus and Speech Recognition will become a major input device. One thing is for certain, Vienna wont be just an operating system, but a new generation in computing.

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Microsoft Windows Turns 21 Today

Microsoft Windows turns 21 today. Microsoft first launches Windows 1.0 on 20th Nov 1985.

Believe it or not Windows is 21 years old on Monday. When it was launched in 1985 the PC market was barely out of it’s infancy, and whatever you may think of Microsoft it is amazing what they Bill Gates & Co have built in such a relatively short time.

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Windows Vista Gone Gold

After 5 years of development, Windows Vista has gone gold and it will be available to the public by 30th January 2007.

REDMOND, Wash., Nov. 8, 2006 ” As Windows Vista is released to manufacturing (RTM) today ” a significant milestone for Microsoft and its partners ” anticipation is building around that all-important question: How good is it really?

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Internet Explorer 7 Released

The final version of Microsoft Windows Internet Explorer 7 is now out. It is available for Windows XP SP 2, Windows 2003 32-bit, Windows 2003/XP 64-bit and Windows 2003 ia64. Windows XP SP 1 users, I think you need to upgrade to SP 2 before you can install IE7.

» Windows XP SP2
» Windows 2003 32-bit
» Windows 2003/XP 64-bit
» Windows 2003 ia64

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A few of my friends had already been infected by this virus. It is a very wide spread virus. The patch had already been released weeks ago. If you got infected, you deserved it. For god’s sake, be a responsible user and keep your Windows up to date.

How to Tell If Your Computer Is Infected
If your computer is infected with W32.Sasser.worm, you may see a dialog box with text that refers to LSASS.exe. Some customers whose computers have been infected may not notice the presence of the worm at all, while others who are not infected may experience problems because the worm is attempting to attack their computer. Typical symptoms may include systems rebooting every few minutes without user input.

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Windows 2000 & Windows NT 4 Source Code Leaks

Copy + Paste from Neowin.

Neowin has learned of shocking and potentially devastating news. It would appear that two packages are circulating on the internet, one being the source code to Windows 2000, and the other being the source code to Windows NT. At this time, it is hard to establish whether or not full code has leaked, and this will undoubtedly remain the situation until an attempt is made to compile them. Microsoft are currently unavailable for comment surrounding this leak so we have no official response from them at the time of writing.

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