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- User-friendly software offers powerful new ways to organize, find, and share information
- Keeps your network running smoothly and securely without excessive reliance on dedicated IT support; ideal for organizations of all sizes
- Sophisticated data protection and auditing capabilities help simplify IT management and can help lower costs for regulatory compliance
- Warns you of impending hardware failures early on, so you don't have to worry about the devastating loss of any important business data
- More securely connects you to your business information whether you're in or out of the office
- Includes Small Business Resources, a built-in how-to guide leads you through everyday tasks and troubleshooting in non-technical language
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Windows Sidebar gives you quick access to gadgets like picture slide shows, Windows Media Player controls, or news headlines. You pick the gadgets you want to see in Windows Sidebar. View larger.
Use Instant Search to quickly find the information you need. View larger.
Use Flip 3D to navigate through open windows using the scroll wheel on your mouse. View larger.
Windows Vista Aero provides spectacular visual effects such as glass-like interface elements that you can see through.
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Security alerts enable you to quickly resolve potentially damaging issues that can harm your Windows Vista PC. View larger.
Use the new Sync Center to manage the synchronization of your data with other PCs or the devices you connect to your PC. View larger.
Starting and managing file sharing and application collaboration is easy and intuitive. View larger.
Windows Vista Provides a single destination where you can access all of the related Backup and Restore features. View larger.
Windows Fax and Scan simplifies your document handling and communication needs. View larger.
Easier, Faster Access to Information
Windows Vista Business features Windows Aero, a new interface that delivers higher levels of efficiency for any business user. This easy-to-use interface makes it a snap to navigate through the operating system and from application to application. Most importantly, Windows Aero helps you juggle multiple tasks at once by providing a three-dimensional, real-time, animated view of all your open applications and documents.
In addition to these navigation improvements, Windows Vista Business makes it easier than ever to manage huge volumes of business documents. By integrating search throughout the operating system and providing new ways to organize files, this software helps you quickly find exactly what you are looking for.
Collaborate and Communicate More Effectively
Windows Vista Business helps your work teams collaborate and communicate more effectively, regardless of their location. By helping users find and use information quickly and easily, this software can dramatically improve how people in your organization access and apply essential knowledge and resources on PCs, in e-mail, from corporate servers, and on the Internet.
Improved Security and Compliance
Protecting your business information and complying with regulations places increased demands on your IT staff. Windows Vista Business' more sophisticated data protection and auditing capabilities help simplify IT management and can help lower costs for regulatory compliance. In addition, with features like the Encryption File system, Windows Vista helps organizations manage security risks by protecting information and services in a more controllable and secure environment.
For businesses of any size, Windows Vista Business makes it possible for your IT department to configure users' systems so that they can log onto their PCs as standard users instead of as administrators. This helps minimize compatibility and usability issues that might have occurred in previous versions of Windows, while also making those issues easier to resolve. Moreover, this new capability significantly reduces the likelihood of a malicious attack causing damage to your organization's PCs.
Keep Your Network Running Smoothly
For small businesses, Windows Vista Business includes new technology and tools to ensure your PCs are always up-to-date, more secure, and running smoothly. For instance, this software helps make your PCs safer with built-in protection against malicious software, or malware. And because Windows Vista Business warns you of impending hardware failures early on, you don't have to worry about the devastating loss of any important business data. No matter what potential problems arise, an array of sophisticated new backup technologies helps protect your information even in the event of a catastrophic hardware failure. When it comes to management, features like Domain Join and Group Policy support improve the efficiency of your workgroups.
Small Business Resources
And for those who are not full-time IT professionals but have roles that require them to support their organizations' PCs, Windows Vista Business includes Small Business Resources. This built-in how-to guide leads you through everyday tasks and troubleshooting in easy-to-follow, non-technical language. By giving you the ability to solve problems as they arise, you can help keep your business efficient. Windows Vista Business also provides business specific features like fax and scan that increase productivity.
For larger organizations, Windows Vista Business has been designed from the ground up to improve the deployment and management of the central operating system. For instance, image-based installation is now the default method for installing the Windows Vista operating system, and the images are no longer hardware-dependent. These two key design principles enable your organization to dramatically reduce the number of images you are required to manage and streamline the process of deploying new PCs and updating existing PCs. The end result is faster, easier operation than ever before, which helps improve the overall productivity of your business.
More Mobile and Better Connected
Today, more businesses rely on an ever-expanding mobile workforce as a way to enhance their scope of service and reduce enterprise costs associated with supporting a large on-site staff. Windows Vista Business gives mobile professionals easier and more secure access to corporate resources so they can readily collaborate with colleagues-- both on and off the network. Employees and colleagues will also find it easier to make wireless connections and synchronize mobile devices. The success of any business depends on communication, and Windows Vista Business helps you easily and quickly connect with your organization, your customers, and your partners, whether you are in the office or on the road. This software package includes all of the essential infrastructure required to more securely connect you to your business information whether you are sitting at your desk, working at home, connected to a Wi-Fi hotspot, or even if you are using your cell phone to connect to the Internet.
To help you be more productive when you're away from your desk, Windows Vista Business includes Windows Tablet and Touch Technology, so you can interact with your Tablet PC by using a digital pen, your fingertip, or a keyboard. Improved handwriting recognition and easier ways to browse documents and programs without using a keyboard give you added flexibility and convenience.
Computers that include Windows Vista Business and an auxiliary Windows SideShow display will also allow you to access critical business information even when your computer is turned off. You can also share documents and collaborate with colleagues, partners, and customers--even if a network is not available. Additionally, Windows Vista Business helps you get the most out of your portable PC by making it quick and easy to manage key mobility settings.
Meeting the increasingly complex demands that are placed on your IT systems doesn't have to be expensive. Designed to be less expensive to deploy and support, Windows Vista Business offers you a better return on your IT investments. By empowering people to work more efficiently, this system helps keep both productivity and morale high.
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On the other hand, Vista suffers a thousand little flaws. For one thing, iTunes isn't compatible yet. Then, NVidia doesn't have decent drivers yet. Firefox doesn't work with the Windows Media plugin yet. For some strange reason, whenever I save a file in Microsoft Visual Studio, I get impossible-to-delete temporary files in my working folder. Some piece of incompatible software is creating them. Is it Windows Live OneCare? Visual Studio? Tortoise SVN? Who knows? Oh, and did I mention that Vista crashes whenever it tries to come out of sleep mode? I could list more problems, but you get the picture. Vista is not really stable.
My advice is this: If you are building a new system, go ahead and install Vista. You will have a bumpy road, but it's better than buying XP now and upgrading later. Otherwise, wait about six months for Microsoft and the other software companies to get their act together. You have been warned.
Then there's the issue of endless 'Are you sure you want to do this' confirmations whatever you try to do. Clicking thru these dialogs gets so annoying you wish to throw your PC out the window. This is definitely the last piece of MS software I'll ever buy.
Then there are the XP hypocrites who have been using XP for so long that they fear anything new.
Hypocrytes you say? Yup. This same negative "new Windows sucks" propaganda wave happened when Windows 2000 was released in 1999 (nobody wanted "NT") and again when XP was released in 2002 (incompatibility problems, verybody absolutely HATED that "Made by PlaySkool" interface). Everybody hated each of them until the next version of Windows came along. Then, suddenly, they LOVED the older version and tried to cling to it. Not only pathetic, but now very predictable. Vista is just the latest victim.
I have absolutely no love affair with Microsoft, trust me. But it's time for an actual professional with a masters in programming and operating systems to set a few things straight.
Fact: Windows Vista was in development a whole year before Windows XP was even released. Microsoft had been working feverishly on this OS for 6 years at the time of its release. Little id you know that nearly EVERY Microsoft product that comes out is extensively tested by a public usability testing program that is totally seperate from their beta testing program. Microsoft doesn't let anything out the door until all the usability testers (the general public that come to visit the Microsoft facility in Redmond, Wa) say they like it. Vista was OK'd by both internal and external beta testers in addition to the usability test program, or it never would have been released.Read more ›
I have just backed up my computer to take it back to XP. Not even the slide show works in Vista, drivers are not as well supported (even with the 32 bit release that makes waste of my 64 bit processor), no up folder toolbar icon, annoying security, IE is still not as good as FireFox, stuff is harder to find, can't connect to external monitors for some reason, and the picture slide show built into XP does not work, camera and GPS driver problems, the list goes on ... They only good thing, the search box they should have put in 5 years ago when Google did it for them (with their desktop plugin)
At this point I wished I bought a Mac ... but I guess I'll go back to XP for now ... I have always been excited about Microsoft products, I was even one of the first adopters of Windows 95 when it came out and everybody had mixed feeling ... but this time, I think Microsoft has SERIOUSLY messed up. This OS is worse than the previous OS ... bad sign for them ... and I've never used a mac much, but I'm sure it's the way to go now. Why didn't I get a mac?... not really sure still, but I develop software (mostly on Windows OS platforms) ... So I thought it would be safer for my development future. Oh well ... XP works pretty well.
I do most of my work on my Dell 640M laptop:
1.6 GHz Intel Dual Core
2 GB RAM
80 GB hard drive
My laptop came with Windows XP and I got Vista Business as a "free" upgrade, even though I had to pay over $30 for shipping.
First, I installed it as upgrade -- a terrible idea. It was incredibly slow and would freeze on simple tasks like copy/pasting text or files. Many programs would crash or simply would not load.
Off goes the upgrade, on comes the clean install...
Things are better this time around, but boot time is at least twice as slow compared to Windows XP.
Next thing I tried to do is to use a briefcase to synchronize my development projects. There's this big site I'm working on with probably 1000 files in it, and Vista could never quite finish copying all the files to the briefcase over my home network (no such problems with XP). About half-way through, it would just freeze.
The Aero interface looked nice, but I had to disable it because it was just too much for my built-in Intel video chip. Still, simple operations like copy/ paste result in a small freeze, then up comes the system warning which other reviewers mentioned and then finally the "paste" part.
Same 5-10 sec freeze when I do development work and call up some application or try to display a simple HTML page from my local IIS server. Again, no such thing with XP.
Next gripe is the system shutdown. The default option is now "Sleep" which is real fast. But if you select, "Shut Down", prepare to wait. Possibly, forever.Read more ›
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on the life-cycle of this item & the other vista versions aswell & if ur one of the xp users out there who have been afraid to upgrade to windows 7 or 8, then this item is for... Read morePublished 23 months ago by cofffeebean
I waited paciently for my windows to arrive but it did not come. I neededit for working, so I received a legal copy from a friend of another version.Published on August 12, 2013 by ffloreso
We run Parallels on our Mac Book Pro and I like the performance of Vista on it. The software came as expected and performed just fine. Everything seems legit.Published on July 31, 2013 by OctaneGuy
It only deserves one star due to being a Microsoft product, with it's spyware running in the background and Microsoft's Digital Rights Management limitations; but Windows 7 has... Read morePublished on March 9, 2013 by LinuxMint
I bought this, but re-sold it as soon as I got Windows 7. Regardless, it is a nice software, but 7 is SSD capable.Published on February 8, 2013 by Jose G. Balboa
Took kit to repair shop but was unable to use because the CD's had on them "NOT FOR SALE" so I could not use them.Published on January 10, 2013 by fig newton