Every so often, something really kewl comes along that you just have to have. The Windows Vista Product Guide is one of those objects of affection. It’s a comprehensive look at the Windows Vista product line and explains the features, the differences between the product versions, screen shots, etc.
A word or two of warning is in order. First, the guide is pretty big (313 pages) so the filesize is almost 44meg. Second, you’ll need to install WinFX XML Paper Specifications Document (BETA) stuff in order to render this guide. You can download the WinFX goodies at http://www.microsoft.com/whdc/xps/viewxps.mspx. Since I already had IE7 installed, I just installed the WinFX Runtime Components and was able to view the document without issue.
I cheated a bit however (as usual). I am running a Lenovo T60 Dual Core laptop so it certainly has the power to do such things. Let me know your experience. I am also currently in the Microsoft Toronto office so I sent the document to one of their high speed duplex printers. Now I have a few extra pounds of reading for my trip home tomorrow.
So, where’s the guide? I had permission from the Program Manager to post the Windows Vista Product Guide to my blog. Apparently, it isn’t quite ready for public consumption so I was asked to remove the link. If you were lucky enough to download the “sneak peek” preview, enjoy! The guide will be back when we ship Windows Vista Beta 2.
By the way, the isp server that had the guide caught fire. Just teasing...