Tag: "windows vista"

Ultimate Extras team update

A follow on to this post here. The Ultimate Extras team have put up an update on what's going on.

We intend to ship Windows DreamScene and the remaining 20 Language Packs by the end of the summer. We will not ship the last two Extras showcased in January (Windows DreamScene and the remaining 20 Language Packs) until they meet the high quality bar required by our enthusiastic customers—and we believe that we can achieve that bar by the end of this summer.

They also go on to mention further updates that will be rolled out over the next couple of years, which they are "confident will delight" us. My thoughts, DreamScene final is good, the pre-release version does have a few niggling issues, and 20 more language packs, which would bring the total up to 35 (by my reckoning).

It's good that we've got this update, thanks to the team for posting something up, but I still like Long's idea of getting your choice of game to download. :)

Windows Vista six month security report

Jeff Jones has thrown up a report (available in PDF on his web page) on Windows Vista's 6 months security record and compared it to some competitors.

Like the 90 day results I posted up a while back, Windows Vista is still leading the field at this milestone too.

Windows Vista security vulnerabilities compared with other operating systems

Looks similar to the 90 day report, Windows Vista having just half the number of vulnerabilities as the supposedly "secure" Mac OS, somebody should really do them for false advertising.

Microsoft Surface

For those that haven't seen what Microsoft Surface is all about have a look at on10 for a demonstration of some different applications running on it.

It'll be shipping this year at $10000, so very much aimed at the commercial space at the moment, but hopefully within 5 or so years it'll start becoming more mainstream.

I want one of these as my coffee table, and we need some cool applications for it too. Like Pac-Man and Geometry Wars.

From a hardware perspective, it's a PC running Windows Vista, in a box with a projector and a few cameras which are watching the surface, so it's not a touch screen, which means you can place objects on the table and it can recognise them. Pretty neat.

Ultimate Extras

Long Zheng did up a recent post on his blog covering Ultimate Extras, or lack of. This was a concern for many people going back to when it was announced, will Microsoft get bored and turn its efforts on something else. It's been pretty quiet for the last 5 months, Dreamscene RTM has yet to ship, and we've had one content pack released for the beta version, and some wallpapers.

I for one would like Microsoft to clarify what they're doing and what the status of the Ultimate Extras team is. Long made a good suggestion, letting users pick a couple of Games for Windows games to download over Ultimate Extras, now that would be a good idea. Heck I'm sure most people would settle for that funky photo editing application they demoed back at the beginning of the year or even an announcement on what they're working on instead of the near virtually wall of silence we're facing at the moment.

Halo 2 for Windows Vista fact check

I'm finding more and more nonsense about this release, this stuff from the Bungie.net forums.

Check this guy out:

Unless you get a Gold Windows Live account, you're basically playing a demo of Halo 2. Microsoft wants you to pay for stuff that is free in virtually every other PC FPS.

Wrong, there's just so much wrong with this statement. Firstly, what on Earth is a Gold Windows Live account? There's no such thing. OK let's throw the facts out:

1) You can play Halo 2 online for free, you get a typical PC-style server browser.
2) Those who have an Xbox Live Gold account, get matchmaking features like TrueSkill (or whatever its called) and can earn multiplayer achievements.
3) I wouldn't call being able to play the whole single player without an Xbox Live Gold account a demo, you don't even need a silver account.

If you buy Halo 2 Vista, you're supporting this blatant rip-off that Microsoft is trying to pull. If Windows Live becomes popular, in the future, a lot of games might be like Halo 2 Vista.

What's Windows Live got to do with Halo 2? Windows Live is a rehashed semi-rebranding of MSN. Games for Windows is unrelated, and is really just a logo program for games, like Certified for Windows logos etc.

A lot of games might be like Halo 2 Vista? Great, I want to earn achievements in PC games, and be able to voice chat with people on their Xboxes. I've got an Xbox Live Gold account, I won't say no to some extra features for PC games.

The only reason Halo 2 Vista is Vista exclusive is to promote Vista. There is absolutely no reason why Halo 2 couldn't be done on XP.

Sure Halo 2 could be done on Windows XP. But it wouldn't have all the Live features, which are only for Windows Vista. Microsoft don't need a little game to promote Windows Vista, which is selling twice as fast as any previous Windows release, and in only five weeks eclipsed the entire Macintosh platform. Microsoft made a business decision to only release on Windows Vista so they could use Halo 2 to show off some of their new technologies.

My point is that Microsoft wants you to pay for stuff when it's free in other games

Other PC games don't have the fancy Xbox matchmaking thing nor achievements, so you are wrong. Halo 2 has the standard PC multiplayer stuff for free.

Halo 2 for Windows Vista resolutions

I spotted the first review claiming Halo 2 on Windows Vista would only go up to 1680x1050 a few weeks back now. I've seen that number spread to a number of other reviews on much more popular websites which should know better.

Halo 2 on Windows Vista screen resolution

Halo 2 will go up to *at least* 1920x1200.

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