Windows Vista is the latest operating system from Microsoft®, released in January 2007. Available in Windows Vista Home Basic edition, Windows Vista Home Premium edition, Windows Vista Business edition, Windows Vista Ultimate edition and Windows Vista Enterprise edition, Vista provides improved security features along with dramatic new graphics and easy-to-use features.
1.2 HISTORY OF WINDOWS VISTA
Window operating system simplifies the process of working with document and applications by transferring data between documents, organizing the manner you interact with the computer and using the computer to access information on the internet or intranet. Windows vista is used to run application programs, which are program that perform a specific function such as word processing. In business, Window Vista is commonly used on standalone computers, clients’ computers, and portable computers .A standalone computer is part of a computer network and has access only to software that is installed on it, and hardware directly connected to it.
Windows Vista is a line of operating systems developed by Microsoft for use on personal computers, including home and business desktops, laptops, Tablet PCs, and media centers .Prior to its announcement on July 22,2005,Windows Vista was known by its codename “Longhorn”. Development was completed on November 8,2006;over the following three month it was released in stages to computer hardware and software manufacturers, business customers, and retail channels. On January 30 ,2007,it was released worldwide to the general public ,and was made available for purchase and downloading from Microsoft’s Website .The release of Windows Vista come more than five years after the introduction of its predecessor ,Window XP ,to date the longest elapsed time between successive releases of Microsoft Windows.
Windows Vista contains many changes and new features, including an updated graphical user interface and visual style dubbed Windows Aero, improved searching features, new multimedia creation tools such as Windows DVD Maker, and redesigned networking, audio, print, display sub-systems. Vista also is to increase the level of communication between machines on home network, using peer to peer technology to simplify sharing files and digital media between computers and devices.Windows Vista includes version 3.0 of the NET Framework, which aims to make significantly easier for developers to write application than with traditional Windows API.
1.3 WINDOWS VISTA: EDITIONS OF VISTA
There are not just one, two, or even three editions of Windows Vista-----there are six editions (see list below). Different editions exist for home users, video game enthusiasts, small, medium and large organizations, business professionals, and even emerging markets. The Windows Vista editions are:
According to Microsoft, "Windows Vista Starter is not currently scheduled to be available in the United States, Canada, the European Union, Australia, New Zealand, or other high income markets as defined by the World Bank."Vista has been released in January 2007. UIS will support Vista Enterprise and Vista Business. Department, classroom, and lab computers at Georgetown will include Vista Enterprise. For detailed explanation of each edition of Vista, please refer to the Microsoft Vista Editions Comparison Chart. If you're not sure whether your computer can run the Vista edition you want, Microsoft has created a Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor that, according to Microsoft, "will scan your computer to help you choose which edition of Windows Vista is right for you. It will also provide guidance about many of the advanced Windows Vista features your computer supports and compatibility of your existing software and devices with Windows Vista."
1.3 ADVANTAGES OF THE WINDOWS VISTA OPERATING SYSTEM?