Thursday 16 February 2006

Microsoft Releases Windows Defender Beta 2

 Christo [PCD]    16 Feb : 17:18
 None    Software

Microsoft spruces up its antispyware software

Microsoft spruces up its antispyware software

Microsoft is moving along rather smoothly with the development of its consumer antispyware software. Windows Defender was previously known as Microsoft AntiSpyware which itself was a rebranded version of software from GIANT Software -- a company which Microsoft acquired in December of 2004. Here are the features/enhancements new to Beta 2:

* Enhanced performance through a new scanning engine.
* Streamlined, simplified user interface and alerts.
* Improved control over programs on your computer using enhanced Software Explorer.
* Multiple language support with globalization and localization features.
* Protection technologies for all users, whether or not they have administrator rights on the computer.
* Support for assistive technology for individuals who have physical or cognitive difficulties, impairments, and disabilities.
* Support for Microsoft Windows XP Professional x64 Edition.
* Automatic cleaning according to your settings during regularly scheduled scans.

You must be running a genuine copy of Windows in order to download the free software. There are versions available for Windows XP and Windows XP Professional x64.

Windows Defender receives a redesigned user interface
[Submitted by Kcarrim]

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Monday 13 February 2006

Windows Vista Due 1 December 2006!!!

 Christo [PCD]    13 Feb : 13:10
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Microsoft Hints At Dec.

Microsoft Hints At Dec. 1 For Windows Vista Launch

Microsoft drops clues in a guess-the-launch-date game aimed at software developers in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.

Microsoft Corp.'s Windows Vista launch date contest for developers in Europe, the Middle East and Africa indicates that the next-generation operating system could be set for release Dec. 1.

The contest, which requires registration to play, lets people choose dates and then follows up the choice with a short video before the user has to confirm the selection.

Choosing Nov. 30 gets a comic response from a character in the video that the date is too soon. Dec. 1, however, gets the response that the date is too late.

Microsoft on Wednesday would not confirm the release date for Vista, and said the "Guess the Date" contest was a way to encourage EMEA developers to register and participate in Windows Vista beta testing.

"We expect Windows Vista to be broadly available in all channels – as retail, full-packaged product and on new PCs – in the second half of 2006," the company said in a statement sent by email.

In his keynote speech at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nev., last month, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates told attendees that Vista would ship this year, but didn't specify a date. The OS beta has been in the field since December, with developers logging experiences, questions and complaints to a special series of forums and newsgroups set up by Microsoft.

Microsoft plans to release Windows Vista Beta 2 for businesses this quarter, and for consumers in the second quarter. Security is among the key enhancements in the new version.
[Submitted by RaZeaL]

Thursday 09 February 2006

Windows Vista GPU requirements

 Christo [PCD]    09 Feb : 08:52
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Graphics Card Requirements

Graphics Card Requirements

Windows Vista doesn't have official minimum system requirements yet, but Microsoft has recommended at least 512MB of memory, a "modern" Intel or AMD processor, and a DirectX 9.0 graphics card for the current Windows Vista Beta 1. You'll need to have the right hardware to get the Windows Vista experience you see in all the pretty screenshots. Yes, your system can run Vista if you don't have a DirectX 9.0 card, but you won't be able to enjoy the full Aero desktop effect because the system will default back to 2D mode.

You can't have just any DX9-compatible card either. According to Andrew Dodd, product manager for ATI's software group, the quality of the graphics card can impact the performance of the Aero desktop because it's now just like any other 3D application. Using a new Windows Vista driver from ATI, we tested a handful of ATI DX9 video cards on Windows Vista to see if we could get the system to lag on the desktop. Our 256MB Radeon X1900 XTX and Radeon X850PE cards performed flawlessly when we dragged a window over 10 open Internet Explorer windows. Our 128MB Radeon X300 SE showed some slight hitching when we got up over seven windows, but we had to frantically whip around the mouse to make it noticeable--we wouldn't have seen any signs of strain with normal usage. Current discrete DirectX 9.0 video cards should be able to handle Aero without a problem.

If you're thinking about upgrading your video card for Windows Vista, consider waiting a little while for ATI and Nvidia to release their DirectX 10 graphics cards. DirectX 9.0 cards will work great on the desktop and in legacy DX9 games, but you'll need DirectX 10 hardware for advanced Windows Vista games.
Keep your eyes open for more Windows Vista coverage!
[Submitted by RaZeaL]

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