Friday, August 26, 2005

[TechRepublic] Is Vista part of the upgrade treadmill?

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Is Vista part of the upgrade treadmill?

In this discussion, TechRepublic members talk about the "upgrade treadmill." Markand says, "I won't have replaced half my existing Windows 2000 boxes before Microsoft announces end-of-life for Windows XP - and Windows Vista goes mainstream." DilbertTom says, "Microsoft wants to control the world, but expects us to throw away 3-year old computers over and over to keep up." Are you in a similar position? Join the discussion and see what others have to say.

Vista's answer to PC power woes

When it comes to power management on most electronic devices, things are pretty simple. There's "off," and then there's "on." Computers, however, have always been more complicated, particularly those running Windows. This article from looks at the new shutdown options inside Microsoft Vista.

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Microsoft Drums Up ISV Support For Windows Vista
ISVs take two to three years to create new or updated versions of their software. So Microsoft has issued technology-preview versions of key Vista features that appeal to ISVs, along with a full beta 1 of the OS itself.

Vista, Virtual Earth, and Malicious Blogs
In this TechProGuild podcast, Michael Jackman looks at Microsoft Vista, their new mapping site, as well as a new security threat you need to be aware of.

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Another security hole found in early Vista
The goal of a peer-to-peer networking feature that is turned on by default in Vista Beta 1 is to connect to other beta machines, but it's a bit of a security risk.

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