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Images: First views of Windows Vista

Here are some early screen shots of the beta version of Microsoft's long-awaited operating system.
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Pictures and Video folder

The Pictures and Video folder in Windows Vista contains new information about a picture, including the type of camera used and a user-assigned rating.

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Desktop search

A Windows Vista screenshot shows improved desktop search abilities.

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Virtual folders

The Virtual Folders feature in Windows Vista allows users to view documents that share a specific criteria, such as "edited in the last week" or "containing the word 'budget.'"

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Start menu

A redesigned Start Menu in Windows Vista lets users start typing the name of the application they wish to open.

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