Microsoft Marks the One-Year Anniversary of Windows Vista Worldwide Release

RichardRussell,PrincipalDevelopmentManagerintheWindowsClientPerformanceGroup

NowImadad,soitwasalsoimportantthatwegaveparentsparentalcontrolssotheycansetappropriateboundaresfortheirchildrenastheyplay。

Parentscancreatesettingsforeachchildwhetherayoungteenoranelementaryschooler,restrictingtheiraccesstogamesbytitle,categorygamerating,ortypeofcontent,regardlessofthegamesratingevenblockspecificgames。

IdalsoliketopointoutthatthequalityofgamesonWindowsVistacontinuestogetbetterforeveryonewecreatedtheGamesforWindowslogothatyoullfindonmanyofthebest-sellinggamesnearly60sofar。

ThatbrandmeansthatMicrosofthastestedthegamesforcompatibility,qualityandsafety,whichgetsevenbetteronWindowsVista。

AndtheresmanymoregreatbrandedgamescomingthisyearthatIcantwaittoplay。

NeilCharney:Takingamomenttoreflect,whatalwaysfascinatesmeiswhatpeopledowiththattechnologyonceitbecomestheplatform。

Forinstance,WindowsXPhadalotoffeaturesthatpeopledidntreallyunderstand,careaboutorfelttheyneeded。

Wedsay,Ithaswirelesssupportbuiltintoit,andpeoplewouldthink,Whatisthiswireless?

Idontneedwirelesssupport。

Butwithinacoupleofyears,peopleweretakingtheirlaptopstoworkincoffeeshopsandaccessingtheInternetthere。

Soayearlater,thisiswheremyexcitementreallybeginstobuildinearnest。

Withanestablishedecosystem,creativeideasarebubblingupandpeoplearereallystartingtodiscoverwhatthetechnologiesinWindowsVistacandoforthem。

OneofmyfavoriteexampleshastodowiththedigitalpictureframeIgavemymother。

Rightnow,ifIwanttochangeaphoto,Ihavetogoovertomymothershouseandupdateit。

Notideal。

Companies,likeSamsungofferasetofdigitalphotoframesthatwirelesslyconnecttomyWindowsLiveSpace。

Ivecreatedafolderonmyaccountjustformymom,andanytimeIpostnewphotosthereevenfrommyphoneoneclickimmediatelystreamsthephotototheframeinherhouse。

ConsumerdesiresareleadingtoanewwaveofinnovativePCformfactorsanddesigns。

LastweekweannouncedtheavailabilityofDell(PRODUCT)REDPCsrunningWindowsVistaUltimate(PRODUCT)RED。

ThisallowscustomerstonotonlyhaveagreatPCexperience,butalsoparticipateinsociallyconsciousshopping。

TheyarealsoreallygreatlookingPCs。

Nextyear,weregoingtoseesomebeautifully-designedsystemsthattakeadvantageoftheeleganceoftheoperatingsystem。

PartnerslikeHP,Gateway,Acer,Toshiba,ASUS,Lenovo,andSonyhavereleasedawholerangeofPCsthatarebeautifulandchic。

Forexample,HPsTouchSmartPC,designedtotakeadvantageofWindowsVista,issleek,stylishandfuntouse。

AccordingtoForrester,ithasthepotentialtocreateanewproductcategorywitharadicaluserinterface。

Ingeneral,weexcitedaboutwhereweareattodaywithWindowsVista。