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Windows Vista released to manufacturing

updated 05:20 pm EST, Wed November 8, 2006

Windows Vista goes gold

Microsoft today released Windows Vista to manufacturing, signaling the first official release of the company's next-generation operating system that will compete with Mac OS X. The announcement comes one day earlier than anticipated, and is touted by the software giant as the most heavily tested operating system ever. "Release to manufacturing signifies the completion of our development work and the start of the next phase for Windows Vista," said Sven Hallauer, release manager and director of program management at Microsoft. "Windows Vista is the highest-quality version of Windows that we've ever produced. We've had more people test more builds than previous development cycles, and the result is that we received more feedback than ever before." Industry watchers repeatedly questioned the reliability of Vista and the Microsoft's marketing strategies as Vista progressed through its development cycle. Apple, meanwhile, is scheduled to release Mac OS X 10.5 'Leopard' in early January alongside numerous other products.




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  1. iPond317

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    oh boy...

    I'm so scurred... Geez!

  1. Detrius

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Leopard "Scheduled?"

    Since when has 10.5 been "scheduled" for early January? Apple's own website says spring, and by my calendar, that doesn't start until late March... and it includes most of June (April and May are a different season called "Vista viruses on the rise").

  1. Deal

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    This will be great!

    Apple's OS might be announced at MacWorld, but I'm not so sure it will be released then.

    It would seem better than Apple wait until all the negative news about Vista come to fruition (and there will be a lot of negative media) and then put OS 10.5 on the shelves.

    It really will be great!

  1. Simon

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Testudo OS

    Who else on this site would care about the release of Vista? 10.2 was more advanced. Yawn.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Re: this will be great!

    Apple's OS might be announced at MacWorld, but I'm not so sure it will be released then.

    Leopard has already been announced, although I guess Apple could announce it again.

    But I'm sure if they do, and MacNN posts it, people here will be complaining how its old news.

    Oh, and simon, 10.2 was NOT more advanced. 10.2 was barely usable as an OS.

  1. hayesk

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Re: testudo

    "Oh, and simon, 10.2 was NOT more advanced. 10.2 was barely usable as an OS."

    That's bull. 10.2 was perfectly usable. Sure there were advances since then, but I don't recall anyone complaining how unusable it was at the time.

  1. Simon

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    re: testudo

    10.2 was all Vista has and more. Plus it had less demand on hardware and ran a whole lot more stable than Vista ever will. Only a moron MS troll like testudo would claim otherwise.

  1. Detrius

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    re: testudo

    Sorry folks. I'm going to have to agree with testudo on this one. As a user, 10.2 was the first good version of OS X. As a programmer, 10.3 was okay, and 10.4 is good. Half of the API calls that make my life easier require 10.4. The rest were available by 10.1.

    Of course, Vista running under Parallels (even with 1GB given to Vista) on a Core Duo iMac is unbearably slow. I'll know more when Vista ships (as it will go on a physical machine). Vista still sucks, but it is a major, major improvement over XP, from what I've seen so far. That is, except for the fact that it drops support for IP over FireWire.

  1. test22

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Comment by test22

    Comment by test22 - 14 nov 06

  1. test22

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    14Nov06

    Windows .... comment 14Nov06

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