Lifehacker Takes a Vista Beta Tour in Screenshots

lh vista preview screen
(image courtesy of Lifehacker)

Hmm…so even Notepad needs permission to access the internet?

Okay, well actually this happened when Notepad was opened to view the source of a webpage in IE7, but still!

LifeHacker (which has recently been redesigned, and despite the stodginess of some of the commenters, I like it!) posted a short tour of Windows Vista through screenshots taken through one of the editor’s test installations of the beta operating system. A long but good discussion followed over the benefits and drawbacks as compared to Mac OS X, and even more pertinent, the contsant security nagging of every application that wants to access the internet and whether it’s really a security feature or it’s just over the top. Additionally, a lot of commenters bring to light points as to whether or not Vista is ready for prime time or not.

Either way, Gina Trapani, chief editor at Lifehacker, shows us her system after Vista has been installed, walking us through the now completely redeveloped start menu and file browsers, the new ability to tag and rank files for easier searching and indexing, new security features, including the revamped (and now two-way) windows firewall, and much much more. I would do my own screenshot tour, but I’m still crying over file transfer errors when trying to install Vista on my test machine, so I’ll settle for Lifehacker’s.

[ Lifehacker :: Windows Vista Beta: A Tour in Screenshots ]

3 thoughts on “Lifehacker Takes a Vista Beta Tour in Screenshots

  1. [Geeks Are Sexy]

    Hmmm, having too much security is better then too little, so warning the user before he opens a file that comes from IE can’t really be a bad thing, even if it’s in IE. Who knows, eventually, someone may find a vulnerability that uses notepad to execute some code.



  2. Alan Henry Post author

    Thanks for the comment, Kiltak, and you’re absolutely right! Too much security is definitely better than too little. People can at least be trained in why security is important, but if there were nothing there, people would blame Microsoft for not taking security seriously. Damned if they do and damned if they don’t, I suppose!

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