Windows XP and Windows Vista News

Windows Vista and Windows XP in the news.

Vista: Benchmarking or Benchmarketing? Microsoft is in an excellent position to create an industry standard benchmark on a consumer level, because Vista will be the dominant operating system for new PCs by the middle of this year. A built-in benchmarking solution would not only allow users to assess and compare the performance of components and systems, but be a powerful marketing instrument for the whole industry as well. Microsoft developed a comprehensive but simple to understand rating scheme, called the Windows Experience Index.

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Researcher to Demonstrate Vista Attacks A security researcher will show hackers new ways to defeat Vista’s BitLocker drive encryption. Sounds like a good idea, right?

Windows Vista Tip: Installing And Running Adobe Reader When you want to put a document online, or distribute it via e-mail, and you need it to look exactly the way it looks on paper, then PDF is the way to go — and the standard application used to view PDF files is, of course, Adobe Reader.

So Where is Microsoft Vista SP1? The April 25 release of a feature-complete Windows Server “Longhorn” beta is a monumental milestone for Microsoft, perhaps more important than the launch of Windows Vista. As the nucleus of Microsoft’s enterprise product strategy, Longhorn will likely pull deployments of other products, including Vista. However, uncertainty about the release of the first Vista service pack looms like a dark cloud over future upgrades.

How the ANI bug got baked into Vista: Microsoft explains In a postmortem of last month’s Windows animated (.ANI) cursor vulnerability, one of Microsoft Corp.’s security development gurus today spelled out how the bug sneaked into Vista.

Manual switch solves XP’s auto-play options Q. I have several flash drives and a couple memory card readers and want to change the automatic-play options that Windows XP offers when I plug them into a USB port. XP will automatically open Windows Explorer — unless there are any JPG picture or AVI movie files on the drive.

NVIDIA Releases nTune 5.05.38 For Windows XP and Vista NVIDIA has released a new version of nTune, its GPU and platform overclocking utility, to NVIDIA.com. The version is 5.05.38 and supports Windows XP (32/64-bit) and Windows Vista (32/64-bit).

Microsoft: Windows XP Sales Will Fade In 2008 as Vista Takes Hold Officials at the software maker said they expect that Windows Vista will account for 85% of OS sales in fiscal 2008 compared to 15% for Windows XP.