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Bringing clarity to your world

Week of July 28, 2005

Microsoft will save you - again - from Microsoft.

Deny thy horns and refuse thy name, but don't expect to smell like roses.
 - J Capulet

It's a big confusing nightscape out there. A city skyline enveloped in a kind of photographic negative of a Teletubbie meadow. A lone US Marine stands, back to you, contemplating the more and more bewildering world neither you nor he will never hope to understand.

But as always, when most you need it, Microsoft are there to help.

'Bringing clarity to your world' (©®™).

With their touted (and much maligned) Longhorn - aka Longwait aka a thousand other sarcastic barbs - now trademarked as Vista™ (already slurred as 'Viruses Infections Spyware Trojans Adware') the festivities have begun. Heave a deep sigh of relief: Microsoft will save you - again - from Microsoft.

Breakthrough basics

Windows Vista is a huge leap forward in personal computing. Advances in reliability, security, ease of deployment, performance, and manageability make it easy to:

  • Confidently do what you want, when you want, and where you want
  • Clearly organise your work and play in powerful new ways
  • Connect seamlessly with other people, devices, and computers

Windows Vista has something for everyone. Users will love the fast startup time and even faster return from sleep state. IT departments face fewer user problems and enjoy more automated repair and easier administration. Organisations and enterprises benefit from less downtime, fewer IT hassles, and greater productivity.

Reliability: From prevention through recovery

Windows Vista detects hardware problems before they occur; reduces the frequency of incidents in which applications stop responding or the PC needs to be restarted; and automatically recovers from startup and service failures. How do you benefit? No data loss, no frustration, and no downtime.

Security: Defense in depth

Windows Vista is the most secure and trustworthy Windows operating system ever, and it helps organizations achieve their business and computing goals with confidence. Windows Vista security features protect against the latest generation of threats, such as worms, viruses, and spyware. If an attacker manages to compromise a computer, Windows Vista limits the damage.

Deployment: Image-based setup

An image-based setup makes Windows Vista much easier to deploy than earlier versions of the Windows operating system. Installation is more reliable and takes advantage of built-in imaging technology and tools. Upgrades from earlier versions of Windows are clean installations that allow you to preserve user data and settings.

Performance: Fast and responsive

Windows Vista delivers improved performance where you're sure to notice it. Enjoy the faster startup time and low power consumption of the new sleep state. In many cases, Windows Vista is noticeably more responsive than Windows XP on identical hardware.

Management: Greater control and better tools

Windows Vista simplifies and centralizes desktop configuration management, reducing the cost of keeping systems updated.

As this website is renowned for its educated scorn of all things Microsoft, the avid reader may dig for subtle sarcasm in the above blurbs - and find it.

All the more revealing in such case because the text is a straight lift.

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