Whats Coming Your Way
Whats coming your way Microsofts Vista Beta 1 offers an early look at the next-generation Windows client. Which features will affect your organization?
Better diagnostics and reporting In Vista, Microsoft has beefed up the error-monitoring facilities of Windows and has overhauled the systems task monitor, both of which should make it easier for administrators to track down and solve system problems.
User Account Protection Everyone agrees that running Windows with administrative privileges is a bad idea, but only now is Microsoft doing something about it. Vista will make it easier for users to gain elevated rights only when they need them, which should make Vista a much more securable operating system.
New Windows firewall Vistas native firewall gains support for filtering outgoing traffic, a change that will deliver security benefits but also new application compatibility roadblocks.
Internet Explorer 7 Vista will ship with a new version of IE. It will be nice to have the option of tabbed browsing in IE, but more valuable will be the option of running the new Web browser in a limited-rights mode.
"Avalon" and "Indigo" frameworks Vista offers developers new methods for building user interfaces and for creating Web service-consuming applications.
Deployment Vista ships with new goodies for administrators charged with system deployment, including image-based installation options and a new pre-execution environment for configuring and patching Vista machines before letting them connect to the network.
Search and data organization Vistas Explorer offers users new ways of grouping and searching through their local data, and new offline-files features do a good job of extending this support to data on network shares.
Peer-to-peer capabilities Vista will make it easier for individual users to share files and collaborate with other members of their domain. Whats more, administrators will be able to push system updates across the Vista systems in their care with a peer-to-peer mechanism.
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