Once envisioned as a minor upgrade to Windows XP, Windows Vista (formerly
codenamed "Longhorn") first took on all-new importance in early 2002 when Microsoft
decided to reach for the brass ring and make this upcoming Windows release an all-
encompassing major upgrade with a new security architecture, a hardware 3D-enabled
user interface, and many more exciting new features. Since then, numerous delays have
caused Microsoft to scale back things a bit, but Windows Vista is still the most
impressive Windows upgrade in over a decade.
is the latest release of Microsoft, a line of graphical operating
system used on personal, including home and business desktops. Before its
announcement on July 22,2005, Vista was known by its codename
November 8,2006, Windows Vista development was completed and released to
manufacturing. On January 30, 2007 it was released worldwide to the general public, and
is available for purchase and downloading from Microsoft's web site. These release dates
come more than five years after the release of its predecessor,
the longest time span between two releases of Windows.
According to Microsoft Windows Vista contains hundreds of features; some of
the most significant include an updated graphical user interface and visual style dubbed
Windows Aero, improved searching features, new multimedia creation tools such as
Windows DVD Maker, and completely redesigned networking, audio, print, and display
sub-systems. Vista also aims to increase the level of communication between machines
on a home network using peer-to-peer technology, making it easier to share files and
digital media between computers and devices.
Microsoft's primary stated objective with Vista, however, has been to improve the
state of security in the Windows operating system.
One common criticism of Windows
XP and its predecessors has been their commonly exploited security vulnerabilities and
overall susceptibility to malware, viruses and buffer overflows.
During the course of its development, Vista has been the target of a number of