Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1) Looking Good So Far, Due in Q1 '08

The first service pack for Windows Vista is on its way, and PC Magazine has a preview of an early private beta version. The good news is that reviewer Neil Randall found the service pack to be faster overall than the shipping version of Windows Vista, and also noticed more drivers available and improved encryption.… » 10/08/07 12:05pm 10/08/07 12:05pm

Because of Microsoft Vista Lameness, Windows XP to Stay On Sale for…

Poor Microsoft Windows Vista. So many people think it sucks that Microsoft has extended the life of the ancient but stalwart Windows XP, originally scheduled to stop shipping in January 2008. Now the company will extend XP's sales life until the end of June 2008, and will keep those boxes of software flowing to… » 9/28/07 12:14pm 9/28/07 12:14pm

Microsoft Vista Hacked, Brute Force Keygen Opens Pandora's Box

Finding the secret keys to the kingdom has become an international sport, and now we're hearing that the mighty product activation for Microsoft Windows Vista has already been compromised. Using a brute force technique of checking 20,000 possibilities an hour, it might take a few days to find a valid product key, but… » 3/02/07 9:52am 3/02/07 9:52am

Vista on the Mac: Only Legal With Enterprise or Ultimate Editions

Just when we were starting to be impressed with the ability to run Microsoft Vista on the Mac, the plot thickens: If you want to legally run Vista on Parallels Desktop for the Mac, you're going to have to pony up for either the Enterprise or Ultimate Edition. Essentially, it's a money issue, where Microsoft's Home… » 2/01/07 1:45pm 2/01/07 1:45pm

Everything You Wanted to Know About Vista's SideShow

One of Vista's features that has caught our attention is SideShow. Think of SideShow as Vista's sidekick. With the help of these mini apps that MS calls "gadgets," SideShow can let you perform small tasks like read e-mail, check on weather, look through photos, or flip through your list of contacts regardless of… » 1/30/07 2:37pm 1/30/07 2:37pm

Vista Launch Parties Kickin' off Tonight

Yo party animals geeks, it's time to get that freshly dry-cleaned Zelda t-shirt on and head out for a night of Vista release partying. A bunch of retailers are hosting kickoff events all night with sports stars, local radio stations, free prizes, and fresh copies of Vista and Office 2007. Yea, we wouldn't tell our… » 1/29/07 10:08pm 1/29/07 10:08pm

CNet Checks Out Windows Vista: Stable, but No OS X Killer

The folks at CNET have given Windows Vista Ultimate a thorough testing. Their verdict? Buy it if it's already installed on a new PC, but skip it if you're merely upgrading. Though they found MS' new OS very stable, they felt there weren't enough new features in it to merit an upgrade. Also, chances are if you do… » 1/24/07 7:18pm 1/24/07 7:18pm

Pogue Points Out Vista's "Coincidences" with Mac OS X

Did Microsoft rip off Apple's Mac OS X when making Vista? New York Times tech superstar David Pogue takes it upon himself to highlight the "coincidences" between both operating systems and show us why they're different. Nothing like a little tech sarcasm for the holidays. Long live Mac OS X. Er, I mean Vista. » 12/25/06 10:30am 12/25/06 10:30am

Samsung 4GB Flash Disk: Windows Vista Performance Booster

Samsung is beginning production of a special 4GB solid-state disk (SSD) it says will dramatically speed up notebooks and PCs when using Microsoft Windows Vista. Using a Vista feature called Windows ReadyBoost, Samsung says this little flash disk will eliminate hundreds of exasperating multi-second delays when working… » 7/26/06 10:39am 7/26/06 10:39am

Deleting a Shortcut in Vista: Same as It Ever Was

Yesterday we got a series of screen shots from a tipster showing it apparently taking seven steps to delete a shortcut in Windows Vista. We decided to fire up our own copy of Windows Vista—this one is Beta 2, Build 5384—and we quickly and easily discovered that this series of pictures must be showing us the behavior… » 6/26/06 10:06am 6/26/06 10:06am