Windows Vista News of the Day

Quite a bit of Windows Vista news today, to start off, Microsoft is giving Windows Vista users 90 days of free wi-fi from T-Mobile. Anyone with Windows Vista installed will be able to access any of T-Mobile’s 8,234 wi-fi locations for free, and users who already have Vista installed should be able to use it starting around January 26th.

As part of its promotional efforts surrounding the launch of Windows Vista, Microsoft said Wednesday that for 90 days after the debut of the next-generation operating system, customers would be able to use T-Mobile Hotspot Wi-Fi for free on laptops running Vista. Those with advance copies of the operating system would be able to take advantage of the program beginning January 26, Microsoft said.

The service would be available at any of T-Mobile’s 8,234 locations across the United States, including Starbucks, Borders bookstores, FedEx Kinko’s location, select Hyatt Hotels & Resorts, airports, and the airline clubs of American, Delta, United and US Airways. The only requirement to access the service is a computer with Windows Vista installed. Source: Free T-Mobile Hotspot for Vista Users

Ars Technica has released OEM pricing information for Windows Vista, usually, it is discounted heavily, but only the business and ultimate editions are actually discounted this time around.

Vista Home Basic $99 (full version retail: $199)
Vista Home Premium: $119 (full version retail: $239)
Vista Business: $149 (full version retail: $299)
Vista Ultimate $199 (full version retail: $399)

It must be noted that the OEM license that comes with Vista is indeed similar to the Windows XP OEM license in that it forbids any kind of transfer between machines. We expect that DIYers won’t have problems swapping parts, but technically you won’t be able to move a license to a brand-new box in two years without falling out of compliance. Source: OEM pricing for Windows Vista comes into focus

Another article today from Digital Chosunilbo, the English version, a Korean website, warns it’s readers to check with their favorite online sites, banking institutions and portals because Windows Vista does not like Active-X.

When Microsoft releases its next-generation Windows operating system in Korea next week, local Internet users will find that it doesn’t work with many of their favorite Web sites. A Hangul version of the new OS, called Vista, hits shelves Jan. 31, but the new OS is incompatible with many Korean online banks, portals, games sites and malls.

Three government bodies — the Ministry of Information and Communication, the Ministry of Government Administration and Home Affairs, and the Financial Supervisory Service — warned Tuesday about the expected confusion. The problem is that Vista doesn’t play well with a software program called Active-X that is widely used in Korean Internet sites. Without support for Active-X, online services that Koreans use everyday like banking, stock trading, and shopping won’t be available. Vista users will also experience problems with government sites in applying for and printing documents and certificates. Source: Microsoft Vista to Cause Confusion for Korean Net Users

While it is true that Windows Vista will have trouble with some of these websites, it is because of IE7 Active-X Opt-in which only allows controls you say can run or high-volume, trusted controls like Flash. I guess this was another reason not to use the highly insecure Active-X controls, as most Korean websites apparently do.