eWEEK Labs got a hold of Vista Build 5472 on July 18, loaded it up on a test machine and took a quick tour. eWEEK Labs’ tests show a smooth upgrade from Windows XP and helpful new utilities, but the overhauled Windows Explorer still needs work.
Vista Build 5472 Shows Steady Progress
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2006-07-19 11:38 pmCPUGuy
5472 is only available to connect beta testers and will not be available to MSDN.
MSDN doesn’t usually get interim builds.
Can’t seem to edit my post.
Typical, as soon as I open my mouth it makes its way to MSDN
I’m sick of seeing a new article every time a new Vista build is released. Don’t you have anything more insteresting to post?
2006-07-20 1:36 amsuryad
I might be wrong…but isn’t the name of this site “OSnews”?
Actually it is available to MSDN this time around.
Off the MSDN Site.
MSDN Subscriptions is pleased to bring you the Windows Vista July 2006 CTP (Build 5472). The July CTP is now available from MSDN Subscriber Downloads.
Edited 2006-07-20 01:12
Windows is dead, why are we even still talking about it. Microsoft cannot even hope to keep up withb the Linux community or even Apple. If I see one more Windows Vista article on this site I will never come back. We need to talk about the future of OS’s, not a dried up, buggy, insecure, useless joke like Windows. More Linux, less Windows.
2006-07-20 5:57 amShannara
You have that absolutely backwards, but it was a funny troll post nontheless.
I have not been very impressed with the screenshots of the new UI. The cheap transparency thrills they added looks like it will get old faster than brushed metal on OSX. Everyone will play with it for the first few days… but when they want to start getting work done they will probably want to turn it off so that they can actually read the window headings. Glitz is cool… right up to the point where it gets in your way.
The 10,000-ft perspective I’ve gleened from the last 2 months of Vista beta news is that Vista will be far from a slam dunk, but at least the world won’t come to a screeching halt. There’s enough positive news coming out of the media and gradual progress coming out of Redmond that while I still feel sorry for the unfortunate fate of Windows users, I’m no longer concerned that Vista will be so bad that it will have a large negative impact on Mac and Linux users like myself.
Some people have suggested that Vista will be a referendum on proprietary software development, the death knoll of a dying model. I sure hope it isn’t that bad, because that wouldn’t be good news for anybody.
2006-07-20 3:00 pmRayz
None of Microsoft’s operating systems are a slam-dunk; they don’t have to be. They just have to work well, support the user base … and get pre-installed.
I certainly hope that Vista is not the end of the line, because I’ver tried the alternatives, and for me at least, they don’t cut the mustard.
Yes, but is it necessary to cover each single build? Sheez, it’s just a build, not a release!
2006-07-20 7:43 amRayz
If the build is a significant improvement over previous one, then it should be covered.
Like it or not, preloading alone, will guarantee the success of Vista; so it’s nice to know that it probably won’t suck …. 🙂
Ahh i can feel your pain. You know linux desktop is dead for good and that’s why you are pissed.
2006-07-20 8:07 amcyclops
Why is the Linux desktop dead? It surely can’t be because of an OS not availablt till at least 2007.
The reality is every build gets posted. I can ony see good things for Vista for releasing test versions often, but these in these articles the enphasis is not what has changed, improved over the last build, but another this is what the beta is. I’d be happy with a *changelog*, at least I can make a sensible comment.
2006-07-21 10:54 pmjason_brooks
We keep writing about these builds because so many people seem to want to read about them. Really, each build looks a little tighter than the last — and that’s about as exciting as it gets. Hey, what sorts of things would you like to know about this and subsequent builds?
I have yet to try this latest build, but from what I can gather so far is that Vista will be a significant move forward, although not as far of a leap as there was from 3.11 to 95.
One comment I do have to make regarding the glass interface. I find a lot of the buzz strange about XGL and the Glass interface as been so freaking revolutionary. I say this because currently my Nvidia card is doing a lot of the same tricks that XGL does. Although neat to see, I have yet to fully comprehend I guess how these are so revolutionary. Especially XGL which I found to not only be a pain in the ass to get working, but once it is it is rather annoying to say the least. While at the same time not really offering anything substantial. I would hope that devlopers see that the next step should move away from cheap eye candy to something much more useful.
I agree with Debaser, these are interesting the first day or so, but afterwards it is best just turning them off
Edited 2006-07-20 16:24
Despite the new build and the announcement a couple of days ago, this version hasn’t actually been released to MSDN members, or there have been very few that have actually received it.