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Windows Vista: What You Need to Know

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

Windows Vista: What You Need to Know

November 13, 2006

October 25, 2001. This was the last time Microsoft released an all-new client operating system. So if you feel the excitement starting to build for another new Microsoft operating system (OS), you can understand why. It has been a long time since an entirely new OS release from Microsoft. Developers, system administrators, testing specialists, and others in the industry have to learn new technologies and how to apply them in their jobs.

FTPOnline has published a great deal of material on Windows Vista. This Special Report is a compilation of material on the topic from the past year and half, complemented by all-new editorial content on the eve of the Vista launch. The information provided in this report will be useful to you in understanding what Vista is all about and what you need to accomplish to use it as your new application platform.

In some of the older articles and postings, the information presented has been superceded by more recent Microsoft announcements or events. These features are included in this report to provide you with historical perspective and help you understand the long road that the community has traveled over the last year and a half as Microsoft has bounded the development effort and prepared for release.

Vista will be available to enterprise customers soon, and certainly before the end of 2006. Developers will likely see it in their MSDN subscriptions around the same time. After the first of the year, Windows Vista will be available commercially for businesses and consumers. Please enjoy the FTPOnline perspective regarding Microsoft's new operating system while you anxiously await the product release.

For your convenience, this content is arranged into different subcategories associated with Windows Vista:

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