Among them are changes in the development process designed to ensure that software code included in Vista is secure by running through a threat modeling scheme. To help out corporate IT, Windows Vista will also employ User Account Control, which takes away user privileges in a corporate setting, preventing workers from installing applications.The company will also offer BitLocker, a feature that encrypts the whole volume of a PCs hard drive. Microsoft is committed to delivering "the highest quality operating system ever" in Vista, Koski said. Thus the company is shooting for large number of downloads in an effort to get "get as much feedback as possible so we can insure you the best operating system possible," he said. To date, the company has already incorporated several hundred changes to the OS based on customer and tester feedback. But while customers wait for Vista to arrive, Microsoft will roll out a new logo program by the 2006 holiday season, where the bulk of consumers PCs are sold each year. The company, in keeping with its May 18 hardware requirement announcement, will offer PC makers one of two Vista logos, including a Vista Basic logo and a Vista Premium logo. To read more about the Vista betas debut at WinHEC, click here. A basic logo will denote a PC that meets the minimum hardware specs to run Vista, will appear on most computers, Koski said. The premium logo will show that a PC has the hardware necessary to run Vistas three-dimensional Aero interface. "Premium is something you might go for when you really want to showcase the new features in Windows Vista," Koski said. Check out eWEEK.coms for Microsoft and Windows news, views and analysis.
Internet Explorer 7, to be released with the OS, will also include a protected mode, which prevents it from influencing the rest of the OS.