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Get Ready For Vista

In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Hello Vista, Goodbye PC
2. The Latest Vista News
    - First Vista Service Pack Due In Second Half Of 2007
    - Bill Gates To Face Jon Stewart
    - Microsoft Posts Record Quarterly Sales, But Profits Fall 28% On Vista Delay
3. Additional Vista Resources
4. Last Week's Top 10 Stories
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Quote of the day:
"I can't walk into Wal-Mart and buy Mac software. I'm no fan of Microsoft ... but in terms of practicality, hey, I frequently buy my software at the warehouse clubs, and let's face it, they generally don't sell to the Apple trade." -- Reader "Perfesser Bear" on the InformationWeek blog


1. Editor's Note: Hello Windows Vista, Goodbye PC

Microsoft's New York City bash on Monday to mark the official, it's really, really here, introduction of the consumer version of Windows Vista will be the last "operating system as event" the PC world will ever witness.

The reason is obvious: with Vista, Microsoft has taken the monolithic OS just about as far as it can go. With dual-core processors and systems software stuffed to the gills with features, there's not much left on the table to be added in future iterations.

In software terms, there are two interesting trends, which underscore Vista's probable place as Microsoft's high operating system watermark. First, Vista has essentially—and at long last—brought most of the features of Apple's Mac OS X to the Wintel platform. (Widgets/Gadgets, anyone?)

Secondly, Linux has effectively disintermediated expensive software vendors like Microsoft. For Microsoft, it seems to me that the only real question going forward is, will the company's fate mirror more closely that of DEC (Digital Equipment Corp., to readers under 40), or of IBM? Let us know what you think at my blog entry.

Alexander Wolfe
awolfe@cmp.com
www.informationweek.com


2. The Latest Vista News

First Vista Service Pack Due In Second Half of 2007
Microsoft's download for the new Windows operating system will include security updates, hot fixes, and additional quality changes.

Bill Gates To Face Jon Stewart
After the big consumer Vista launch, Bill Gates will share the fake news desk with Comedy Central's Jon Stewart.

Microsoft Posts Record Quarterly Sales, But Profits Fall 28% On Vista Delay
Company says it pushed $1.13 billion in net income into the next quarter to account for a program that lets buyers of Windows XP PCs get a low-cost upgrade to Windows Vista.


3. Additional Vista Resources

Processing Vista: Is Your CPU Up To The Task?
Vista's coming, and will probably cause a big change in your computing real estate. The question is: Will this include a new processor?

Are You Ready for Vista Graphics?
Windows Vista will offer varying levels of functionality depending on what kind of video card you have. When you upgrade, will your PC be up to the challenge?

Does OS X Really Shine Brighter Than Vista?
It's wrong to make the differences between Mac OS X and Windows Vista into a horserace—each OS is most challenged by its own history, limitations, and possibilities.

Windows Vista: Combined Image Galleries
Pictures—38 of them—speak louder than words when it comes to the Microsoft operating system debuting on Thursday.

100 Things You Must Know About Microsoft's Most Important Product Launch Ever
Can 'software and service,' promises of increased security, programmable mini-apps, improved search, and a powerful graphics engine get the company's vast installed base to upgrade to Windows Vista?

Check out our Windows Vista Resource Center


4. Last Week's Top 10 Stories

Review: Mac OS X Shines In Comparison With Windows Vista

Analysis: How Smartphone Platforms Compare

Review: Six Rootkit Detectors Protect Your System

The Problems With E-Mail

The Mac OS/Vista Debate: Readers Have Their Say

'Storm' Trojan Hits 1.6 Million PCs; Vista May Be Vulnerable

One Hacker Kit Accounts For 71% Of December Web-Based Attacks

Counterpoint: Does OS X Really Shine Brighter Than Vista?

Microsoft May Have Mistakenly Pegged Half A Million As Pirates

Langa Letter: XP's No-Reformat, Nondestructive Total-Rebuild Option


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