Monthly Archives: April 2006

Rising RAM Prices May Make Vista More Expensive

 
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"Tight supplies of DRAM and predictions of higher prices mean PCs capable of running Vista may be even more expensive when the operating system is unveiled than if it released today.

Several memory makers and chip industry analysts have recently projected continued price increases for DRAM (Dynamic RAM), particularly the widely-used 512MB DDR2 (Double Data Rate) chips.

Last week, for example, U.S. memory manufacturer Micron said during its quarterly financials Webcast that DRAM demand will jump 50 to 60 percent this year over 2005. Spot prices of 512MB 533MHz DDR2 chips, meanwhile, continue to climb, said research firm Gartner last week. DDR2 memory has posted price gains of as much as 5.9 percent in the past week, with memory across the board showing an upswing of 3.7 percent from the previous week, Gartner said."

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Well, my desktop and laptop machines have enough to run Vista just fine, the desktop is installed with 2.6GBs of DDR2 RAM and the laptop with 768 MBs of RAM. Vista is still not optimized for performance, so I hope to see the OS get more reponsive as it approaches BETA 2 then RTM.  

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Microsoft makes minor tweaks to Vista beta

 
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"Although a major update to the Vista test version is still some time away, Microsoft has been making some minor enhancements to the current test version.

The next big release is the consumer test version of Vista, which Microsoft is shooting to get out this quarter and make available to about 2 million testers.

Before that release, though, Microsoft is considering a smaller update that would be made available only to those Technology Adoption Program (TAP) customers and other testers who are already using the latest test version.

"We are considering releasing updated Windows Vista code to Windows Vista Technical Beta program participants, as well as select TAP customers," Microsoft said in a statement."

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Vista Gets New App Compatibility Tool

 
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"With any major new Windows release such as Vista, application compatibility becomes a critical concern for businesses and individuals considering an upgrade. No matter how much Microsoft promotes the new version, users aren’t going to make the switch unless their applications continue to function seamlessly.

In turn, Microsoft has long offered an Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT), which checks what programs are installed on a system and detects any potential conflicts. The Redmond company is preparing version 5 of the software to be ready by the time Windows Vista ships later this year, and has included a number of new features."

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Resources:

Windows Vista – Application Compatibility

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Vista Promises Group Policy Overhaul

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"Tech Analysis: The Group Policy Management Console will be the primary tool for domainwide Group Policy Objects management for the foreseeable future and that the tool automatically will grow and evolve in step with the Windows operating system.

Whenever it officially ships, Windows Vista will bring a lot of new power and flexibility to Microsoft’s Group Policy. Some changes are sexy and obvious, while others remain under the covers, but all are significant and could cause some refocusing among third-party vendors that have sprouted up in the Microsoft ecosystem to deal with various deficiencies in previous iterations of Windows and Group Policy.

Vista will be the first Windows operating system to include the newer GPMC (Group Policy Management Console). Unlike previous generations of Microsoft’s Group Policy management tools, the GPMC coalesces all GPOs (Group Policy Objects) into a single interface and allows administrators to easily link the objects to Domains, Sites or OUs (Organizational Units) in AD (Active Directory).

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Vista: Expect a Premium Push (With Premium Prices)

 
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"Microsoft still isn’t talking specifics regarding its Windows Vista pricing plans. But company watchers are predicting the Redmond software maker could reap big rewards from its planned premium-edition push.
 
Microsoft is still holding many specifics about Windows Vista — pricing among them — close to the vest. But Redmond’s reticence to talk isn’t stopping company watchers from speculating.

Goldman Sachs & Co. analyst Rick Sherlund issued a research note earlier this month, noting that Goldman is now figuring Microsoft could garner an extra $1.5 billion per year in revenues simply by persuading users to buy the premium Vista versions.

Microsoft announced earlier this year that it is readying six core Vista packages, or SKUs: Windows Starter 2007; Windows Vista Enterprise; Windows Vista Home Basic, Windows Vista Home Premium, Windows Vista Ultimate, and Windows Vista Business.

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I am still concerned about what will be in Ultimate Edition for me as a consumer that will make it worthy over Home Premium. I know I will get Vista Enterprise on the desktop at work. For Ultimate Edition, its enticing that it will combine features from both Home Premium and Enterprise, but I will probably need a Tablet PC instead of a desktop, I usually don’t carry home work from the Office, so its a bit confusing here. Like I said, I will get Enterprise Edition on my desktop at work, does it mean I need to get Ultimate on my machine at home?

The reason I ask these questions is simply because I am looking for value in Windows Vista, both at home and work. Its possible that Ultimate Edition will include a lot of online services for Genuine customers, but what will these services be? I need to see the cost first before I decide, if Ultimate replaces the premium price of XP Professional today, I will probably go for it instead. Right now, I am a bit in the dark.

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XP and Vista to get new media player

 
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"Microsoft plans to jazz up its music player in Windows Vista, the company’s next operating system. But at least some of the new features will debut much sooner.

The software, which will be built into Vista, is designed to offer better synching with portable devices, make it easier to scroll through long libraries of music, and be tightly integrated with Urge, a new subscription and download music service co-developed by Microsoft and MTV Networks.

But while most people won’t be able to get their hands on Vista until next year, consumers will be able to get some of the media enhancements sooner. Microsoft is on track to release a Windows XP version of Windows Media Player 11 before the end of June, the company confirmed last week.

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It will be interesting to see what the WMP 11 Team minuses from the XP version. Likely missing features includes the Windows Vista Aero theme, possibly the filtered search technology thats a part of Vista and maybe even the new album views such as thumbnail and stacks.

The URGE music service is the major feature I believe Microsoft iis targeting towards getting people hooked with this release as early as possible instead continually losing them to Apple’s iTunes Music service.

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Vista won’t show fancy side to pirates

 
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"Windows Vista plans to offer you spiffy new graphics, as long as you’re not a pirate.

With the new operating system, Microsoft is offering plenty of new graphics tricks, including translucent windows, animated flips between open programs and "live icons" that show a graphical representation of the file in question.

But before Vista will display its showiest side, known as Aero, it will run a check to make sure the software was properly purchased."

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And I think thats a good thing. Wouldn’t you consider it unfair paying for the software while others just download off torrent sites without any cost to them?

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