In the earlier papers, the author focused on Windows Vista Beta 1 while it focus on Beta 2. Beta 1 allows a glimpse of what is to come in Beta 2 (and ultimately RTM), and most importantly, for testers to feedback on what should be incorporated in the OS and what should not. And so, in this paper, the author explains some of the more advanced features of Vista.
When one considers various wireless networking technologies for deployment it has been noticed that there is another technology that is gradually maturing to a point where it cannot be ignored. While the first large-scale community mesh deployments yet to be seen, exist lab-level implementations and feasibility tests have demonstrated enough advantages to motivate further experimenting.
Planning a wireless LAN installation is a significant undertaking that cuts across many previously disparate disciplines. Network design is about trade-offs between several factors, including cost, manageability, availability, and performance. Wireless networks add the additional dimension of mobility to the mix. It discusses four approaches to building a wireless LAN.
This paper from OReilly Media explains the APIs that developers will use to write the next generation of Windows applications. There are several new acronyms and names that are usually mentioned whenever someone talks about Longhorn. These include WinFX, WinFS, Indigo, and Avalon. The paper focuses on WinFX and discusses briefly the rest of the technologies.
Microsoft released the second build of Windows Longhorn at the Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC). This latest build is much more stable than the one distributed at the Professional Developer Conference (PDC) in 2003, and includes more features as well. This paper from Microsoft explains some of the features in the most recent build of Longhorn.
Microsoft released Beta 1 of Windows Vista. Available for download to MSDN subscribers and selected beta testers, the beta is a good opportunity for customers to see Microsofts progress in building the next-generation Windows operating system. In this white paper the author presents his first look at the latest build, 5112, of Windows Vista Beta 1.
When operated in a special mode called Managed, the host computer acts as a wireless access point. HostAP does its job and does it well, but it is command line only, and thats not suitable for everyone. A complete solution that potentially competes with off-the-shelf devices needs more features, including DHCP, firewall, DNS, and NTP, along with a web interface for configuration. This is the de facto standard nowadays.
Microsoft has released a newer build of Longhorn (5048) and made it available to attendees of WinHEC 2005. In this white paper the author explains about the current build of Longhorn and examines some of the changes to the Windows UI. While this build is not specifically designed for end users, its worth a look, especially if a person is looking forward to the next release of Windows. Longhorn build 5048 was designed primarily for device driver writers and, as such, does not focus on the user interface experience.
In this white paper the author explains the reason why Firefox became his favorite browser. It shows the power of tabbed browsing in Firefox that can be had by taking advantage of the functionality that comes loaded in the browser, as well as through the use of four tabbed browsing extensions. The tabbed browsing lets one open new web pages as tabs inside the browser window rather than opening a bunch of individual windows. Thus one can view many favorite sites in one window and even view multiple search results at the same time.
Vista includes a diagnostic architecture that makes it more resourceful at detecting and identifying problems and repairing them automatically if possible. If automatic repair isnt possible, Vista leads a person through the process of trying to fix the problem himself. Not all of this has been uncovered in the latest builds, but according to author it would be worthwhile to examine some of whats currently available.