Closure of RC2, Feedback Handling in the New York Times, and Licensing Information for Windows

As you’ve probably already surmised, downloads of Windows Vista RC2 for the Customer Preview Program (CPP) have now closed and the links are no longer active.  We were bowled over by your response to RC2 — in fact, we hit our download target (200K+) within 72 hours of propping the files!  This is an incredible…


More News on Windows Mobile Device Center Beta 3

You already know that a new version of the Windows Mobile Device Center (WMDC) Beta has been released for Windows Vista RC1; its build number is 6.0.6526.  WMDC Beta 3 enables you to setup new partnerships, synchronize content and manage music, pictures and video with any Windows Mobile 2003- or Windows Mobile 5-powered device. The…

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Introducing Alex Heaton, Our New IT and Business Blogger

As we get close to the business availability of Windows Vista, we’ll want to provide more information specifically for IT professionals to help them get ready for their Windows Vista deployments.  To help out, one of my teammates, Alex Heaton, will become a regular contributor here on the blog, focusing on issues that impact organizational…

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Windows Mobile Device Center for Windows Vista Now Available

Windows Mobile Program Manager Mel Sampat tells us that Windows Mobile Device Center (Beta 3) is finally here for Public Download for Windows Vista RC1 and higher. Head over to the Windows Mobile Device Center webpage at Microsoft.com to download!


Windows Vista RC2 is now available to technical beta testers!

Today, Microsoft is excited to announce the availability of Windows Vista RC2 to Technical Beta Testers, TAP Testers, and MSDN/TechNet subscribers. This new build of Windows Vista offers users a higher level of performance and stability – improving what was established in Windows Vista RC1. We were able to also fix many of your bugs reported from…


Examples of Fit-and-Finish in Build 5728

In Build 5728, we got to see examples of the kind of fit-and-finish the Windows Shell Team is making to Windows Vista as they progress toward RTM. I’d like to show you a few that I found. I imagine there is quite a bit more. In “Computer”, you will notice that the “System Properties” and…

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Windows Vista Imaging and Installation Performance

PC World got the conversation going on installation times in Windows Vista.  While they quote Jim Allchin that Windows Vista can take as little as 15 minutes to install, my installs have been more like 20 minutes (still rocking fast), so I thought I would talk with David D’Souza who manages our Deployment and Installation…


Windows Mobile Device Center Beta Coming Soon

A lot of folks have been pinging us with questions regarding release of the Windows Mobile Device Center.  Today I’d like to personally give you the heads-up that next week you will get your chance to download the new WMDC Beta and sync your mobile devices up with newer builds of Windows Vista. When the…

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Understanding the Feature Design Process at Microsoft

Yet another fantastic post from Vinny Pasceri, Program Manager for the Windows Shell Team, appears over at the Windows Shell blog.  Vinny sheds some light on what is involved in the feature design process here at Microsoft.  He separates the process into three different parts:  Page 1, The Spec and Building the Feature.  Definitely a…

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