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Monday, January 29, 2007

So Tonight We're Gonna Party Like It's 1995!

Well, it's finally here: Windows Vista! Microsoft hasn't had this major an OS launch since the release of Windows 95. I for one am excited. With this launch, Microsoft rolls all of their major OSes into one: TabletPC, Media Center, and the professional bits. I attended a Vista install fair a few months back to help with hardware installation issues, so I'm eligible for a free copy of Vista Ultimate! In addition, I've signed up for a business launch event on 2/1/2007 at which I'll be given a free copy of the brand spanking new Office 2007, Professional Edition. And tonight, from 10pm to 2am, there's a party at CompUSA on Market street. Yeah, I'm getting my geek on this week!

For those who are considering Vista, there are two qualifiers for the full experience. 1) You need a gig or more of memory in your computer and 2) Your video card should have 128mb of memory and support DirectX 9. Nearly all pcs released in the last couple years meet or exceed these requirements. Most others can be raised to meet the bar pretty inexpensively.

Vista promises a lot for TPC users, both in increased functionality and visibility. The future is wide open.

5 comments:

Sidney said...

Sounds like fun. I saw a headline in an Advertising Age e-newsletter this morning that MS is pumping $500 million into the marketing campaign. Apparently in Times Square there will be a billboard with dancers forming the Vista logo.

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Charles Gramlich said...

I'm getting a new computer with vista on it today. I'm trying to decide between the Microsoft office home and student or the microsoft small business, since I might try to do some publishing. I have to see what the cost differences are

Wayne Allen Sallee said...

Cliff, good luck with the Vista thingamajig. I'm sure Sid will keep me abreast of any meltdown that might occur. Same with you, Charles. I have XP, but still thin Bill Gates is an evil, evil Rumsfeldian man. Who probably likes anal probes from aliens like you see on old issue of EERIE. :)

Clifford said...

Hey Wayne,

Both Bill Gates and anal probes have gotten a bad rap for far too long! Any billionaire whose plan is to funnel all his cash into charitable causes aimed at the poor, healthcare and developing nations is all right with me. And there are plenty of upright folks who've funneled all their disposable income into ferreting out the ultimate anal prob.

Worthy.

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