Images: A look inside Windows Vista beta

Images: A look inside Windows Vista beta

Summary: Testers have been dissecting the beta version of Microsoft's next big OS since late July. Here's a look at some of the features you might end up using.


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  • New search capabilities built into Vista make it easy to group and index your music files.

  • Embedded within Vista is an integrated desktop search. You're not limited to just filename and file type; Vista will allow you to search for a variety of criteria, such as the bit depth and camera model information supplied by your digital camera.

  • Windows Vista makes it easy to associate keywords, authors, and ratings on the fly to almost any file. Every time you open a new file, save it to disk, or even drag and drop it into a new folder, you have the opportunity to change the metadata. Metadata is important to Windows search, allowing you to find and access files that might otherwise become lost on your hard drive.

Topics: Windows, Microsoft, Operating Systems, Software

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