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More Vista technology revealed

by Nikola Strahija on December 20th, 2005 Windows Defender, BitLocker Drive Encryption, IE enhancements, SuperFetch algorithm, Windows Media Player 11, Aero improvements and a promise for code complete CTP by the end of 2005.


The latest Community Technology Preview (CTP) of Windows Vista issued this month, reveals more and more of what the final product should look like. The biggest improvements are indicated in security field, so now Windows Defender (former AntiSpyware) has improved heuristics for detection and removal of malicious programs. BitLocker Drive Encryption offers a full hardware based computer lock down, with an option to block installation of removable storage devices.

Internet Explorer got protected against spoofing of international domain names, while firewall management allows limitation of the file, registry, and network access, together with advanced IPSec and bi-directional filtering.

In addition to security enhancements, Microsoft programmers worked on improving usability and look of soon to be released product. SuperFetch algorithm can now use USB flash drives as an additional memory source, and a single on/off button is used for control. Windows Media Player 11 got some makeup and Aero theme got a redesigned start menu.

-We are on a path to be code-complete by the end of 2005, Shanen Boettcher, Microsoft senior director in the company's Windows client group said. A code-complete CTP is expected in early 2006, with the general release version of Vista set for the second half of next year.


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