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This Special Report is a compilation of old and new editorial content about Windows Vista to prepare you for its upcoming release.


November 13, 2006

Windows Vista incorporates many improvements for system administrators, including better security and manageability. For example, the Bitlock encryption feature allows you to dynamically encrypt and decrypt the contents of the hard disk. Microsoft is also closing off traditional access into the OS kernel, which makes it more difficult for third-party virus checkers to operate, and correspondingly difficult for hackers to infiltrate the kernel.

New MS Forefront Tools Improve Security
Discover Microsoft's new Forefront products and Vista security enhancements.

Microsoft Sets Its Sights on Collaboration
Microsoft has been successful in enterprise messaging and has gained momentum with realtime collaboration offerings, but the company has generally not been considered a leader in collaborative applications.

Primary Reasons to Upgrade to Windows Vista
PDC 2005 suggests Windows Vista is nearly ready for prime time.

Longhorn Redux
The next version of Windows will differ dramatically from its PDC 2003 preview version.

Microsoft's Platform Strategies for 2006 and Beyond
Longhorn represents both the culmination of the .NET vision and a dramatically improved foundation for future products.

Resources: Longhorn
Get acquainted with Longhorn.

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