And, more than five years after the debut of Windows XP, Vista is
finally ready - at least, for businesses willing to buy at least five
copies of the operating system. Those companies can get it starting on
Thursday, while consumers and those looking to get a Vista-equipped PC
will have to wait until January.

For those who have been tuning out all the Vista chatter for the last
few months, here's a primer on the new Windows. The update has security
improvements, some snazzy new graphics and new desktop-searching
abilities, among other features.

So is Vista really here?
After months of issuing community preview versions, beta versions and
release candidate versions, Microsoft has finally declared Vista ready.

Large businesses can start getting Vista through volume-licensing
contracts as of Thursday, while CompUSA is selling licences to smaller
businesses that purchase at least five copies of Vista. However,
consumers and those looking to get new PCs with Vista installed will
have to wait until the mainstream launch in January.

What if I buy a new PC now? Will it still run Vista?
Microsoft is offering an "Express Upgrade" programme that runs through
early next year. It offers those who buy an XP machine now a free or
discounted copy of Vista, once it starts shipping to consumers.

There's still the question of how Vista-ready the PC is. Microsoft is
using two logos to help consumers get a sense of that. Some machines
are billed as "Windows Vista Capable". A PC with that logo will be able
to run Vista, but that sticker does not guarantee the computer will
have enough graphics horsepower and other components needed to run all
the operating system's new features. Those who want to guarantee that
should look for the shiny "Vista Premium Ready" logo.

So what's in this Vista thing?
Vista - which used to be called Longhorn - has evolved quite a bit
since Microsoft first demonstrated an early version in 2003. The
company has dropped plans to include its all-new WinFS file system. It
has also changed the way it's implementing a new web services
architecture, known as Indigo, and a new graphics engine, dubbed

Among the key features of Vista as it currently stands are: security
enhancements, a new searching mechanism, lots of new laptop features,
parental controls and better home networking. There will also be visual
changes, thanks to Avalon, ranging from shiny translucent windows to
icons that are tiny representations of a document itself.

On the business side, Microsoft said Vista will be easier for companies
to deploy on multiple PCs and that it will save costs by reducing the
number of times computers will have to be rebooted.

Vista includes antispyware tools, Internet Explorer 7, an update to its
web browser, as well as Windows Media Player 11. It also has Windows
Calendar, a new system-wide tool designed to do for datebook
information what Outlook Express does for email in Windows XP.

Is that all?
No. Among the other features Microsoft has publicly confirmed are:
broad IPv6 support, improved clientside caching of data stored on a
server, whole-volume encryption, a revamped synchronisation engine, the
ability to support laptops with an auxiliary display, automatic hard
drive optimisation and a secure bootup process that helps prevent
someone from gaining access to your data if your PC is lost or stolen.

Will my PC run Vista?
That depends on how recently you bought it and just how much Vista you
want. To get the basics, like the new search abilities and improved
security, you'll need a PC with 512MB of memory, an 800MHz processor
and a 20GB hard drive with at least 15GB of free space. But to see
Vista in all its glory, particularly its new Aero graphics, you'll
really need a relatively modern video card with around 128MB of
dedicated graphics memory or, for a system with shared systems and
graphics memory, you'll need 1GB of memory.

Will it come in the same editions as in the past - Home,
Professional, Tablet and Media Center?
Microsoft announced in February that there will be six basic versions
of Vista. On the consumer front, there will be a Vista Home Basic,
which will lack Vista's advanced graphics or media features, and a
Vista Home Premium, which will include such perks.

For businesses, there will be Vista Business as well as Vista
Enterprise. The latter version will be available only to
volume-licensing customers, and it will include extras like full-volume
encryption and built-in Virtual PC software to run a second operating
system as a virtual machine.

Vista Ultimate will put the best of the consumer and business features
in one package. At the other end of the spectrum, a scaled-down Vista
Starter edition will also be offered, though only on new PCs sold in
emerging markets such as India and Thailand.

How much will it cost?
Windows Vista Home Basic has a suggested price of $199 (102) for the
full product or $99 (50.70) for those upgrading from a prior version
of Windows. The higher-end Home Premium version is priced at $239
(122) for the full version and $159 (81) for those upgrading. Vista
Business has a sticker price of $299 (153) for the full version and
$199 (102) for the upgrade. The Ultimate edition carries a suggested
price of $399 (204) or $259 (133) for the upgrade. Windows Vista
Enterprise is available only to large businesses through volume
licensing, with prices varying based on the number of licences.

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