August 26, 2005

Dog-fooding Windows Vista Beta 2

I have been "dog-fooding" some pre-release builds of Windows Vista Beta 2 on my desktop machine at work for the last few weeks, and I must say I am already very impressed with the new features and stability.
Sure I've found a few bugs (this is pre-release software, still being developed, after all!) and I've reported them to the development teams, but nothing that has completely prevented me using the machine for my normal day job.

One of the most impressive features is the awesome new visuals and graphic UI experience, which just has to be seen to be believed!
It is also remarfably easy to use the new UI features once you get used to them, and the UI on my "old" Windows XP systems seems positively dated and unproductive in comparison.

However, I think the feature that will ultimately have the most positive impact on users everywhere is User Account Protection - a fundemental change to the Windows protection model that results in all processes and user tasks being performed at the least possible privilidge level to get the job done.
For example, it will now require explicit action from a power user to perform an administrator task (even if they are configured as an admin for this machine). This means that non privilidged code such as malware or viruses will be more obvious and preventable. it will also be much harder for users to inadvertently mess up the system configuration.

Roll on PDC 2005 when more people we people will have a chance to be shocked and awed by the new Windows Vista!

Entry categories: Microsoft
Posted by Jorgen Thelin at August 26, 2005 08:11 PM - [PermaLink]
Wow, how did you get Windows Vista BETA 2 in the first place? Oh and you could have added some screen shots or other stuff. Anyway, How did you get the BETA 2? Please tell Posted by: Milan on September 11, 2005 01:05 AM
Yeah, I totally agree. I've been running build 5231 for a week now, and already my WinXP UI appears dated in comparison. I'm really looking forward to the final product. I hope my laptop (Centrino 1,5Ghz with 512MB ram) will be able to run it properly though... Posted by: Roger on October 24, 2005 03:41 AM