Buy a PC Now, Upgrade to Windows Vista After Launch

Today we’re announcing something you’ve all been waiting for — information on the upgrade process for those of you who are planning to buy a new PC in the coming months but prior to the Windows Vista launch.  Well, now you can have both (and Office to boot)! Here’s the scoop: PCs loaded with Windows…


Microsoft LifeCam Support Coming for Windows Vista

I’ve noticed a few discussions out in the community on how Microsoft’s great new LifeCams don’t quite work yet with Windows Vista. Well, to find out for myself, I just bought the Microsoft LifeCam VX-3000 this weekend.  I’m happy to say I am currently testing beta drivers for the LifeCams, to which Windows Vista Technical…


Have You Seen the Windows Vista Tips and Tricks Website?

Looking for a handy resource for tips and tricks to get the most out of Windows Vista?  No need to wait for RTM — we’ve provided the Windows Vista Tips and Tricks Website for you to get acquainted with all the resources needed for making Windows Vista run exactly the way you want it.  Check…


eWeek Labs Praises Windows Vista’s UAC

eWeek Labs recently took some time to dig deeper into Windows Vista’s User Access Control (UAC), praising Microsoft for their dedication to securing Windows Vista.  “With Vista’s UAC, Microsoft has finally gotten serious about securing the Windows operating system by limiting a user’s rights during day-to-day computer usage,” Andrew Garcia from eWeek writes.  Andrew also…

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Managing your Photos with Windows Vista

I have over 2 years’ worth of digital camera photos taken from events and travels — managing that with Windows XP is next to impossible outside organizing them in folders by date.  Windows Vista right out of the box offers incredible ways to manage your digital photos using Windows Photo Gallery — so I can…

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Visiting Digital Life this Week? Come by the Microsoft Blogger Lounge

If you find yourself in New York City this week, perhaps attending Digital Life, I invite you to come by and meet some of the team in person.  We’re putting on a Blogger Lounge specifically for members of the community who write commentaries of their own, as well as read this blog. The great thing…

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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!