Microsoft says Windows Vista will introduce a whole new level of confidence to the experience of using your computer. Vista will feature improved aesthetics, better security and will give you more control. Lets take a quick look at some of the new features which should enhance the user experience.
Fast On and Off is one of the more than welcome new features of Vista. Microsoft says computers with Windows Vista should start and shut down just as quickly and reliably as a TV. This means bootup times of typically only 2 to 3 seconds. One of the reasons for this is because Windows Vista will process login scripts and startup programs and services in the background, enabling you to start working right away.
Shutting down and restarting your computer should also happen less often by using the New Sleep state. With a simple one-click on and off this new power state will reduce power consumption while maintaining the user data.
Parents will also be happy as Vista will feature advanced Parental Controls to monitor, manage, and administer their children's computer usage to keep them safe.
Then there are also new diagnostics tools which will help the user to detect, analyze and fix problems such as failing hard drives, networking and performance issues more quickly and easily.
Microsoft has also added new user account protection features. Windows Vista User Account Protection will bridge the gap between user and administrative privileges by running programs with limited permissions. When you need to perform an administrative task, such as installing software or drivers, Windows Vista will prompt you to confirm your intentions or to provide the proper administrator credentials.
Businesses will be able to protect their employee's systems data without affecting productivity by using seamlessly-implemented Standard User Accounts.
Especially the 2-3 seconds boot-up time for Windows Vista looks pretty good. Lets hope this is more than just a marketing claim.