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Microsoft finishes work on Windows Vista has word that Microsoft's new operating system has been deemed ready for prime time, and is due in stores on January 30:

SEATTLE - Microsoft Corp. finished work Wednesday on its long-delayed Windows Vista operating system, and said the software would be broadly available Jan. 30.

The announcement means Microsoft will meet just barely its revised goal of putting Vista in consumers' hands in the first month of 2007.

Windows Vista's code was released midmorning Wednesday to manufacturing a step that allows the company to begin making the copies that will be distributed with PCs and sold at stores, said Jim Allchin, co-president of the Microsoft division that includes Windows, in a conference.

"This is a good day," Allchin said.

Microsoft had previously said it would release Vista to big business clients at an event at the Nasdaq Stock Market on Nov. 30, and Allchin reiterated Wednesday that corporations who buy Windows licenses in bulk will get the new system this month. That's also in keeping with the company's revised release schedule.

The release will be the first major upgrade in more than five years to the operating system that powers most of the world's personal computers. Vista boasts improved graphics, more effective tools for finding documents, pictures and other items on personal computers, and a new Internet browser, among other changes.

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13. Re: No subject Nov 8, 2006, 22:35 dubfanatic
 
As a slight aside, does anyone actually use EAX? I've always thought it was just a lame gimmick that nobody actually uses...

 
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12. Re: No subject Nov 8, 2006, 22:33 dubfanatic
 
Just fuck it. New games aren't worth this shit any more.

My sentiments exactly. There have been enough time-tested classics over the last 25 years to keep me going, and as long as there are still developers committed to porting their games to alternative operating systems, there will be more for me to play.

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11. No subject Nov 8, 2006, 22:29 space captain
 
shit i hope games still work on XP for at least 5 more years.. fuck all that vista shit

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10. haha Nov 8, 2006, 22:19 RaZ0r!
 
In 2007 Microsoft will release a new operating system after five years of work that still requires to be defragged ROFL.

 
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9. Re:Wait for SP1 Nov 8, 2006, 22:10 Techie714
 
I'm not even bothering with Vista till way after SP1 is released.

 
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8. All I Can Say Is... Nov 8, 2006, 21:58 Parallax Abstraction
 
...God help us all.

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7. No subject Nov 8, 2006, 21:54 xXBatmanXx
 
I don't want a pop - I want a SHASTA! Vista!

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6. Re: No subject Nov 8, 2006, 21:34 Tehol
 
so when should be the right time to convert to vista ism?six months or one year from now?

 
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5. No subject Nov 8, 2006, 21:30 nin
 

God help us...each day a Mac and a console sounds more like the way to go...

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4. Re: No subject Nov 8, 2006, 21:19 PHJF
 
maybe some day soon we'll actually start to see some real competition in the soundcard market at last.

LoL, right; as soon as anything beyond EAX 2 is opened up to the market. Like it or not, EAX and Creative Lab's stranglehold on gaming audio is here to stay.

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3. Re: No subject Nov 8, 2006, 21:11 Yakumo
 
ds3d eax was crappy anyway, creative may have a huge hand in openAL but it should leave things more open for other manufacturers, maybe some day soon we'll actually start to see some real competition in the soundcard market at last.

shouldn't be too hard, most people would be happy with shoddier hardware even if only the drives outclassed creative and THAT wouldn't be a problem.

 
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2. end of an era... Nov 8, 2006, 21:07 Yakumo
 
of beta testing \o/

seriously though, will be interesting to see what happens now, manufacturers have no option but to get off their asses and start dealing with drivers (if there are any left idiotic enough to have not started WAY back)
there's a lot of positives to vista, it really does have the potential to change the way people think about PC's and worry about security.
I'm sure they'll sort out the 50% drop HL2 engine performance problem, and ogl games seem fine.

 
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1. No subject Nov 8, 2006, 21:05 FreonTrip
 
The inexplicable removal of the DirectSound3D HAL (no more non-OpenAL audio acceleration for you!), inexplicable performance-hobbling bloat, gimmickry masquerading as legitimate features, digital rights management to the very core of the operating system, a ridiculous and hamfistedly evil EULA, and just enough tightening of certain core tenets of the system to enable performance improvements that put it just slightly behind Windows XP in game performance...

Just fuck it. New games aren't worth this shit any more.

 
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