Vista - Released to Developers and Businesses
Mid-November Microsoft made the next
generation of Windows, Windows Vista, available to
developers. This week Windows Vista was released to
businesses, and on Jan 30th it will be generally available
We are now running Windows Vista here and
are happy to report Logbook Pro is fully compatible.
As many supporting programs such as ActiveSync, Video
Drivers, Sound Drivers, Security Programs are not yet
available, there is still testing to be done before we fully
give the thumbs up for Windows Vista. The only hold up
at this time we know of is the Pocket PC integration,
ActiveSync does not install on Windows Vista as of this
writing. There is discussion about built in Pocket PC
support, however, we have not had success in seeing this
A few notes on Windows Vista. It has
been a challenging experience and consumed about two weeks
of time moving to Windows Vista. For developers, this
was a bit of a set back due to incompatibility in a prior
edition of the Microsoft developer studio suite.
Windows itself is tremendously changed, to the point I'm
very concerned about novice computer users being able to
make the transition. You'll have to rely on old habit
patterns to remember where things are, a lot is changed.
For example "Add/Remove Programs" is gone! It's now
"Programs and Features" in the extensive control panel.
A security system called "User Access Control" is meant to
protect programs from running without your permission.
Well, the consensus among the developer community is to turn
this off, it has been troublesome and far too interfering
with installation of software applications, much less their
usage! So buckle up, get ready for the ride, Windows
Vista and Office System 2007 are drastic changes to the
user-interfaces you've become accustomed!