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Pre-RC1 Build 5536 (Aug 29, 2006)
Will my beta 2 product key suffice for this build? I went to the Windows website and it says that the Preview Program is closed.
Pre-RC1 Build 5536 (Sep 3, 2006 - 10:05 AM)
Just a quick addendum to my observation below:
Paul Thurott's recent article, "Five Great Features in Windows Vista RC1" (http://www.winsupersite....e/winvista_rc1_best.asp) indirectly corroborates my point. Nothing there really that entices.
Pre-RC1 Build 5536 (Sep 2, 2006 - 3:01 PM)
A significant issue for Microsoft, I suspect, would be to create incentive for users of XP to migrate to Vista. I've been using Vista since early betas and just last week switched back to XP. It suddenly struck me that there's not one thing I miss from Vista using XP. That was not at all the case when testing versions of XP while using win98 and W2K. I suppose Vista will appeal more to the 98 and 2000 user thinking of upgrading. As for regular, non-pirate users, I suspect Microsoft will have a hard time convincing them they need Vista. I'm have a d***ens of a time convincing myself and I want to need Vista.
Pre-RC1 Build 5536 (Jun 12, 2005 - 12:59 PM)
Personally I find the tab integration in IE 6 only adds to the bulkiness of its interface with msn search toolbar. Yuck! Its functionality feels unrefined too. "Shell" is written all over it. I'll stick with Firefox (cleaner interface and much better functionality with the tabs and other extensions). However, the Windows Desktop Search is really nice. Great integration. I've removed Google's alternative for the time being.
Pre-RC1 Build 5536 (Jun 1, 2005 - 6:07 PM)
I use Ubuntu (Hoary) and, although a step in the right direction, it's an understatement to say that it's a little harder than Windows. It's still considerably harder than Windows given that Windows XP has Wizards galore to get grandma's pc up and running. Indeed, right from the get-go XP detects and installs devices for hardware almost flawlessly. It's pretty impressive if one takes into consideration all the variables. I'm not a fanboy of M$, but they know how to deliver (even if often expensively, i.e., Office, which for the most part is bloatware). At any rate, it's still a chore to get plugins working in supoorted browsers in Linux and to run a network. Even installing programs is not for the faint of heart. Tweaking video refresh rates, for instance, is cumbersome, to say the least. I won't even mention 3D games. Linux, the idea of Linux, is great. But it will take some time yet to say that it's just "a bit more difficult than Windows." Things just work in Windows. No wonder, over 90% of the stuff out there is programmed for it.
Pre-RC1 Build 5536 (May 27, 2005 - 8:35 AM)
It's hilarious to see people get all riled up over browsers! ROFLMAO