On Wednesday, FedEx delivered DVDs containing the final, RTM bits of Windows Vista Service Pack 1 to three ZDNet bloggers. My colleagues posted their results (and in one case an extensive correction). Here's my report: Six successful installations, with no problems to report.
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The most common comment I've read lately by Windows analysts is that Microsoft has accelerated the development schedule of Windows 7 in a desperate attempt to replace Windows Vista. All of those predictions miss one big point: There's nothing "early" about the rumored late-2009 release date of Windows 7. Don't believe me? See for yourself.
Microsoft has belatedly gotten around to relaxing its licensing rules so that customers can install any edition of Windows Vista in a virtual machines, including the less expensive Home Basic and Home Premium editions. I haven't seen anyone document exactly how this change works yet, so I thought it would be worthwhile to run through the changes in detail. If you're thinking of adding a virtual copy of Vista on Apple hardware, the savings can be substantial.
It's easy to mock the over-the-top-ness of CES or the stuffed shirts that define some companies. But it's equally easy to forget that real people with real jobs lose sleep for months to get ready for this show. Gizmodo's CES stunt was obnoxious and mean-spirited. So my only question is who will be the first to give the Gizmodo Gang a dose of their own medicine?
More than 70% of Windows Vista copies sold in 2007 were so-called premium editions, which include Media Center capabilities. That's good news for digital media fans, who might not even realize that Vista Home Premium and Ultimate editions give them a direct pipeline to stream high-definition digital music, photos, and videos into other rooms with a Media Center Extender. I've got details on a handful of new extender devices introduced at CES.
My colleague Mary Jo Foley reported earlier today on Microsoft's claim that it has sold 100 million retail copies of Windows Vista. That's a stretch, as it turns out. I tracked down a Microsoft spokesperson who helped me unravel the numbers.
I attended my first CES 29 years ago. In 2008, the technologies have changed, but I'm still covering toys for my generation. What's on my road map for CES this year? (Besides Vista, of course.) How about some technologies that actually make life simpler?
Update 9-June-2008: A public beta release of Power Pack 1 is now available. For details, see "Windows Home Server gets a big bug fix (and much more).
In the Talkback section of my earlier post on XP versus Vista adoption, several commenters pointed to a PC World Techlog post that supposedly contradicts my conclusions. Those PC World numbers are interesting, but they don't add up. But don't believe me: just ask PC World, which published a very different set of numbers one year ago.
One of the most accepted bits of conventional wisdom among pundits as 2007 draws to a close is that the marketplace has rejected Windows Vista in favor of Windows XP. But is that conclusion supported by hard data? I found a large database of information from one of the world's biggest PC makers that provides a glimpse into how the market is really choosing between XP and Vista