"Building" Windows Vista: A Podcast Interview with Sven Hallauer, Director of Windows Release Management

We were recently able to catch up with Sven Hallauer, Director of Release Management for Windows Vista, to ask him a few questions regarding the build process of Windows Vista.  Sven is the master of all Windows builds. On top of the awesome interview Sven did for us, he also helped us understand the process…


The Sweet Sound of Windows Vista

There has been a lot of talk lately about sound in Windows Vista. Recently Robert Scoble talked with Steve Ball, Group Program Manager for the Windows Audio/Video Excellence Team regarding plans to hard-code the start-up sound played just before the OS is ready for the user to log on to their PC.  To elaborate: right…


Why a New Windows Vista Build Prior to RC1?

Per my post from late last week, Microsoft has placed build 5536 online for public download.  Folks visiting this page over at the Windows Vista website are testing this interim build in anticipation of the upcoming release of RC1. Let me clarify:  only the first 100,000 visitors downloading will receive the build, after which the…


See Windows Vista Running on Multiple GPUs

We’ve gotten lots of heat from the community for the lack of multi-GPU support in Windows Vista.  No longer — check out Multi GPU running in Vista from the Gaming section of Hexus: “…the reason ATI are pumping out 3DMark over three monitors is to give a visual layman’s term view of how the two…

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Pre-RC1 Build Released

Last piece of news for tonight, this time from the Release Team: “We are pleased to announce the release of Pre-RC1 build 5536.16385!  This build represents significant progress incorporating your Beta 2 and 5472 feedback. We have made a lot of progress since Beta 2 and 5472, and we think you will notice the quality…


Internet Explorer 7 RC1 Released for Windows XP SP2

(Almost got lost in all the excitement of today’s news around HD-DVD support in Windows Vista.) Today the IE Team shipped Internet Explorer 7 Release Candidate 1 for Windows XP SP2/x64/Server 2003 users. Some of the enhancements you’ll find with IE7 RC1 are final changes to the CSS platform in IE7, UI fit-and-finish, and installation…

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Clarifying Windows Vista Support of Protected HD Content in 32-bit Systems

The community is buzzing with reactions to APC Magazine’s article regarding playback of protected High Definition content in 32-bit versions of Windows Vista.  However, the information shared was incorrect and the reactions pervading the community are thus (understandably) ill-informed. The real deal is that no version of Windows Vista will make a determination as to…


Audio Innovations in Windows Vista

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"Microsoft’s New Operating System Records Brain Waves Of Users"

This is just plain great reporting (wink wink, nudge nudge): Redmond, Washington – Windows Vista, Microsoft’s new operating system which is scheduled for release early next year, is already causing a great deal of controversy because of a very unusual feature that allows Vista to record the brain waves of users as they work on their…

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Taking a Look at InfoCenter

Fellow Microsoftie Marc Mercuri has developed a new application designed to harvest the best parts of RSS by helping users more handily manage their subscriptions and access that content.  If you’re looking for a impressive new way of managing your video blogs or podcasts, this application might just be for you.  “I thought there was a need for…

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