Posts Tagged ‘Vista’

Vista ReadyBoost

February 28, 2007

I bought this 4 GB USB drive recently to boost the speed of my Lenovo T60 laptop.

The T60 is my office PC. It’s loaded with Vista Business Edtion.

Despite the UI, Vista’s backend services are the most innovative.
The SuperFetch and ReadyBoost features are key differentiators that set it apart from other operating systems.

Ever since I plugged in the USB drive, I’ve been experiencing less disk thrashing and better overall system performance.

There’s a good ReadyBoost FAQ here.


Vista RC1 Milestone

August 15, 2006

Vista is expected to be the first software product to ever sell one billion licenses. Consequently, the need for Microsoft to deliver a quality product is paramount.

Bill Gates recently implied that there is a 20% chance of a delay.
IMO, a 3-month slippage should be expected.

In any case, it’s interesting to note that Microsoft has consistently delivered monthly beta 2 builds.
The next big milestone is Release Candidate 1 (RC1).

Rumors are flying that RC1 will become available to Beta 2 testers on Tuesday, August 15.

The latest update is that Microsoft expects to ship RC1 on or after September 7.  The build number will be around 5520.

Here’s my revised take on the Vista delivery roadmap.

# Milestone Date
1. February CTP February 22
2. Beta 2: Build 5342 May 23
3. Beta 2: Build 5346 June 25
4. Beta 2: Build 5372 July 17
5. Beta 2: Build 5505 August 11
6. RC1: Build ~5520 September 7
7. RC1: Build ~5545 October 7
8. RC2: Build ~5570 November 1
9. RC2: Build ~5600 November 15
10. RTM Volume License November 30
11. Full Commercial Release January 31, 2007
12. Vista Server (Longhorn) RTM Q4 2007

Mysterious Delay of Vista

March 21, 2006

Yesterday (3/21) Microsoft announced an approximate 6 week delay of the commercial launch of Vista.

Due to industry logistics, Microsoft is going to delay the launch until January 2007. The goal is to prepare the whole industry for the January launch.

Notes from conference call:

  • business users (volume license users) will get it in November 2006 – 15% of the users
  • everyone else in January 2007 – 85% of the users
  • Vista Beta 2 update coming in April.
  • Beta 2 will be sent to 2 million people.
  • Will complete Vista this year
  • Broad consumer availability in January 2007
  • Root cause of delay is to ensure product quality


I consider the announcement to be mysterious due to the spontaneity of the event.

I am sure that the announcement was anything but spontaneous. From my perch, the whole thing was carefully orchestrated. It started with Steve Ballmer’s New York City press junket last week combined with the Bill Gates diversionary keynote yesterday at the Mix 06 conference.

In any case, it’s all good.

IMO, the best case scenario for Microsoft is to launch Vista and Office 2007 concurrently. The unified Office 2007/Vista marketing campaign would be compelling.