Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 29th Jan 2006 20:12 UTC, submitted by mono
Windows "On Wednesday morning, I met with Microsoft co-president Jim Allchin, the man most directly responsible for Windows Vista and Longhorn Server, the company's upcoming client and server operating system releases. Allchin is a soft-spoken, intelligent man with decades of industry experience, the last 15 years of which were spent at Microsoft. I've run into Mr. Allchin at various events throughout the years, but the last time I sat down with him for a one-on-one meeting was in August 2001, when we discussed the then-upcoming release of Windows XP. With Windows Vista on track for a late 2006 release, Allchin hit the road to meet with members of the technical press."
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RE: Security ...
by Hands on Mon 30th Jan 2006 17:47 UTC in reply to "Security ..."
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As far as I can understand (I don't have a beta copy of Vista to play with), the security model of Vista doesn't necessarily make it more secure than XP being run by someone who knows what they're doing. Vista makes security more convenient for everyone including those who don't really know much about security. Vista is supposed to take all of the advances that XP got from SP2, add a few more, and make them more transparent to the user. Vista has a different user policy that should make using a computer as a non-administrator user less painful than it is now. Vista even looks like it will have a few tools that were only available on XP through third party vendors, such as parental controls.

I remember when some people actually argued that if you knew what you were doing Win9x could be a stable OS. They were right to some degree, but few would bother with that argument now. Just as stability was probably the best argument for people to upgrade from Win9x to Win2k or XP, a new security model might in fact be a compelling argument for people to upgrade from Win2k or XP to Vista. This is nothing more than speculation at this point, but I'm going to hold my judgments until we are all able to see the final product.

Disclaimer: I doubt I'll ever have a need for Vista personally, but I'm hoping that when I encounter it at work (might be a long time off), it will be an improvement over XP.

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