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Windows Vista RC2 Comes On Friday !

 

According to Paul Thurrot, Microsoft plans to ship the final pre-release version of Windows Vista this Friday. Unexpectedly, Microsoft will name the release as Release Candidate 2 (RC2). Previously, Microsoft had publicly asserted that it would not ship an RC2 milestone release of Windows Vista. But don't let the name fool you: RC2 is really just a standard interim build of Vista and will not be given out to millions of users as was RC1.

The RC2 build is 5743, and Microsoft is currently testing it internally. As with the previous interim build, 5728, RC2 will be given out to beta testers, MSDN and TechNet subscribers, and a random, limited selection of Consumer Preview Program (CPP) members.

 Windows Vista RC 1 Now Publically Availabe

 

This is the moment you've all been waiting for.. (OK, all the non testers!)Windows Vista RC1, the exact same build testers received on Friday has now been released publicly.

This particular build (being 5600) has received high praise about its much improved stability and performance.
Windows Vista RC1 is available in both 32-Bit and 64-bit Editions, to download your desired edition click the "Windows Vista RC1 Download Page" link provided below.

View: Windows Vista RC1 Download Page

 

New Hardware For Windows Vista Unleashed

Microsoft has just announced the availability of three new pieces of hardware coming from MS Hardware later this year that will take advantage of Windows Vista functionality at the press of a button.

  • Wireless Laser Desktop 6000 – Available September 2006.

The Wireless Entertainment Desktop 8000 is the very first rechargeable wireless and backlit keyboard to hit the market.  It was originally dubbed the "Ultimate Keyboard" a few months ago.

These new hardware set-ups also bring Windows Vista features right to your fingertips:

  • Windows Start Button: access the Windows Vista Start Menu
  • Windows Media Start Button: quick access to Windows Media Center in Windows Vista
  • Windows Live Call Button: make a call using Windows Live Messenger and Windows Live Call
  • Gadget Button: launches Live.com for quick access to your personalized Gadgets

 

Windows Vista Build 5487 Screenshots Released  - 2nd August 2006

    Wednesday Winfuture.de, a German Windows enthusiast site, released a slew of screenshots of the recently aquired 5487 build of Windows vista.

It appears that the new task bar and sidebar have still yet to have been included, but you will notice a few changes here and there. The welcome screen appears to have been overhauled with many new features adding an "Offers from Microsoft" panel which gives quick access to many new Windows Live services such as Messenger, Mail Center (still currently known as Mail Desktop Beta) and OneCare.

Another thing you will spot is a slightly tuned interface in Media Center, nothing big as it appears they just tweaked the drop shadows and a few graphics.

Although the new sidebar didn't make an appearance in this build, some redesigned gadgets did. The system performance and weather gadget have been redesigned as well as the stocks gadget.

Last but not least is the new voice recognition feature (or after a bad performance at a Microsoft Conference last week, voice wreck-ognition may be a more appropriate term.) Voice recognition allows you to control the system and take notes by using audio commands which the system recognizes.

 

View :   Vista Build 5487 Screenshots

 

Vista Pre-RC 1 Released to Public 

Not part ot the managed beta? Just itching to see what's happened to Vista since Beta 2? Good news for you then, Vista Pre-RC1 has just been released to the public as a CPP (Customer Preview Program)

Build 5536, which was just released on Connect to participants for the Managed Beta Program, is now available as a public download.

Just for a reminder the build is just over 2.5GB and is only available in 32-bit. It has been confirmed that a 64-bit build will not be released.

The build can be downloaded either through your browser or using the Akamai Download Manager provided by Microsoft.

Hurry up though, because it is limited to 100,000 downloads! And only those with valid Beta 2 keys will be able to install this after downloading due to the fact that no new keys have been provided.

 Download: Windows Vista Build 5536 CPP

Note : Download Closed

 Windows Vista Prices Discovered 

 Rumors for Vista's prices have been going arround for a long time, however today the official prices have been dug up on the Microsoft Canada price lists web page.

The prices are as follows;

Vista Ultimate

-Upgrade: $299
-Full Retail: $499

Vista Home Premium
-Upgrade: $199
-Full Retail: $299

Vista Home Basic
-Upgrade: $129
-Full Retail: $259

Vista Business
-Upgrade: $249
-Full Retail: $379

Also note that there is no price difference between the 32-bit and 64-bit editions of Vista. The listed prices are in Canadian Dollars, If you would like to convert the currencies, you can do so using
This Site.

Update: The pages have now been removed however screenshots of the pages are available below.

Screenshots: 1 | 2
View:
Microsoft Canada Price Lists (Removed)
View:
Windows Vista Price Lists (Removed)  



 

 

 

 

 

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