Windows Vista – the launch roundup

All the news you need to know surrounding the consumer launch of Windows Vista – Home and Ultimate editions – and Office 2007.

Windows Vista - the launch roundup


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Friday 2 February

The Cloud has a silver lining for Vista users

The Cloud, which operates Europe’s largest number of Wi-Fi hotspots, is offering UK-based Vista users a month’s free wireless access

Fury at failed Vista upgrades

Free OEM upgrade vouchers don’t count when they aren’t sold with new PCs, says Microsoft

Apple releases iTunes Store patch for Vista

Provides step-by-step guide to upgrading and lists known issues

Microsoft prohibits Parallels installation of Vista Home edition

Virtualisation only permitted for Business and Ultimate versions

Thursday 1 February

Vista-forced upgrades lead to recycling headache – environmental bodies

Concerns are being raised about the impact of Windows Vista by those involved with computer recycling and environmental organisations

Vista tweak enables iTunes downloads authorisation

Early adopters of Microsoft’s Windows Vista have discovered that they are unable to play songs purchased from Apple’s iTunes Music Store without tweaking Vista’s settings

Wednesday 31 January

Vista DRM cracked

Security researcher writes code that fools media applications into thinking they are running on protected hardware, bypassing DRM controls

Vista launch puts it in hands of hackers

General availability of Microsoft’s flagship operating system means experts on both sides of the security fence will be testing its mettle

Tuesday 30 January

Gates: Vista takes Windows to ‘whole new level’

Microsoft chairman launches Windows Vista and Office 2007 in London

Windows Vista goes Home

Consumers get their first view of Windows Vista as Home and Ultimate editions of Microsoft’s OS are released worldwide

British Library showcases book reader for Vista

Scene of the UK launch of Vista, the British Library showcases its Turning the Pages 2.0 application

Windows Vista – the impact on developers

Microsoft outlines the impact of Windows Vista on developers and their building of apps for the new OS using the .Net Framework

Vista success depends on business adoption

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