Todays Windows Vista Stories

No, I don’t mean stories featuring Windows Vista, I mean news stories about Windows Vista, it’s features, reviews, liked it, don’t like it, whatever. Ed Bott posted an article today called Windows Vista’s three killer features, and if you ask me, he couldn’t of picked a more boring set of features to crow about. The first one he talks about is interesting in the fact that some of the big competing programs, like Google’s Picasa, do it differently. He’s talking about Windows Photo Gallery and the fact that it stores the photos metadata in the photo itself, while Picasa and Apple’s iPhoto use sidecar files.

Windows Photo Gallery. Ho-hum, right? Just another lightweight program to import photos from a digital camera? What most reviewers miss is Photo Gallery’s support for the Extensible Metadata Platform (XMP), developed by Adobe and used in a variety of professional-strength photo-editing applications. When you tag a JPEG or TIFF photo with keywords in Windows Vista, those tags are stored directly in the file as metadata, which you can use to search, sort, and filter images in Photo Gallery. That’s a great leap forward from Apple’s iPhoto and Google’s Picasa, both of which store metadata in sidecar files rather than in the image itself.

Windows Speech Recognition. You probably haven’t heard much about speech recognition in Windows Vista. If you did, it was probably thanks to a demo that went awry last summer and was widely reported. That’s a shame, because the built-in speech-to -text conversion software in the final release works exceptionally well for controlling the Windows interface and dictating text.

Windows Desktop Search. Yes, you have lots of third-party desktop search options for Windows XP. I’ve tried them all and never found one that was reliable enough for daily use. What makes Vista’s search so useful is the fact that it’s integrated directly into the operating system, so you can search in the Start menu, in Control Panel, in Explorer windows, and in common dialog boxes. I miss this capability most when I sit down at a Windows XP machine and try to find a specific Control Panel option. It also just works. I haven’t had to rebuild indexes or mess with search settings on any Vista PCs in my office. Source: Windows Vista?s three killer features

Stewart Butterfield from the Flickrblog says a good reason to get Vista is because several of the wallpaper files include ones from Flickr members.

One good reason to consider an upgrade to Vista, Microsoft’s just-released upgrade to Windows: the default set of desktop wallpapers it ships with include several from Flickr members. Long Zheng has a blog post with some examples, and Microsoft’s Raymond Chen has more details.
Reportedly, Microsoft experience designer Jenny Lam considered around 10,000 images, combing traditional sources and commissioning a few photo shoots, but is happiest with the ones that came from Flickr members, like these from Hamad Darwish. Source: A Key Benefit of Vista

While it may be nice that their members created several of these files, it is definitely not a reason to upgrade, but the images he shows on the blog are definitely very good.

Nail Kennedy says no one is lining up for Windows Vista in San Francisco.

Earlier tonight I attended a Windows Vista launch event in San Francisco and was surprised to find not a single person in line to buy the software less than an hour before launch. CompUSA stayed open late to provide hands-on demonstrations of Microsoft’s new Windows Vista and Office 2007 but for most people I talked to in the store the event was a learning experience and a chance for some special sales and discounts. When I left about 45 minutes before Vista officially went on sale to consumers there were no eager customers ready for launch. Source: No one is lining up for Windows Vista in San Francisco

Seriously, was anybody expecting anyone to line up for a copy of a Windows Operating System? Sure, there are going to be Mac fan boys who line up for anything, and I don’t mean that it’s not worth lining up for, but he said he figured there would be a few to compare to the 200+ that were at the last Apple OS X event. I’m not surprised at all. Most people who are really into Windows probably have been using it for awhile and anybody else who would want it, would they line up? I want a copy of Windows Vista, but not bad enough to wait in line for it, I’ll be ready when my copy comes in the mail. And besides, how much ridicule would someone have to take from people for waiting in line for a copy of any Microsoft operating system?