Chapter 1. An Overview of Windows Vista

IN THIS CHAPTER

The Development of Longhorn

New Interface Features

What’s New Under the Hood

New and Improved Programs and Tools

How Windows Vista Affects You

It’s hard to believe, but when Windows Vista ships in 2007, it will be a full quarter of a century after Microsoft released its first version of MS-DOS, and an astonishing 23 years since the company announced the original version of Windows (which eventually shipped—to almost no acclaim—in 1985). Windows 2.0, released in 1987, was marginally more promising, but it resolutely failed to light any fires on the PC landscape. It wasn’t until Windows 3.0 was released in 1990 that Windows finally came into its own and its utter dominance of the ...

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