Review: Vista Needs More Fine-Tuning

By Jason Brooks  |  Posted 2006-05-23 Print this article Print

Review: eWEEK Labs' tests of Windows Vista Beta 2 show steady progress, but the new 3D Aero Glass user interface in particular still flakes out.

At WinHEC May 23, Microsoft released Build 5384 of Windows Vista, a.k.a. Windows Vista Beta 2. Based on eWEEK Labs' tests of the near-Beta 2 Build 5381, we can report that Vista has been progressing steadily, but it will require some more tightening up before it will be ready to shed its beta label.

In particular, Vista's new 3D Aero Glass user interface, the one causing most of the are-you-Vista-ready ruckus, tends to flake out at times. As our tests with Longhorn Server illustrated for us, however, Vista manages to deliver the goods without Aero Glass enabled at all.

We've written about the testing builds of Vista a couple of times already. We opted this time to chronicle, in screen shots and words, the initial Vista experience from the standpoint of an appropriately rights-constrained non-admin user.

eWEEK Labs also looks at Office 2007 Beta 2. Click here to read the review.

Windows XP's "limited" user accounts are known as "standard" accounts in Vista. Only time will tell how Vista users will respond to the standard of eschewing admin rights when they aren't strictly required.

For the start of our standard-user tour, Vista's jump-off screen is fairly helpful, and that's a good thing. The user interface changes have left some commonly accessed functions in slightly different spots than they were before. Links to common operations are organized a bit differently in Vista—the operation for changing display resolution, for instance, now lives in a "personalization" panel.

Read the full story on eWEEK.com: Vista Needs More Fine-Tuning

Jason has been a member of the Labs staff since 1999, and was previously research and technology coordinator at a French economic development agency. Jason covers the mobile and wireless space, including mobile operating systems such as Palm, Windows CE, Symbian and Linux, as well as the devices that run them. Jason has performed some of the most comprehensive tests published to date of the nascent Bluetooth wireless technology, including interference testing among Bluetooth and other wireless technologies such as 802.11. Jason also provides analysis of the desktop computing area, including Windows, Mac and Linux operating sytems, as well as productivity applications such as Microsoft Office, StarOffice, Lotus Notes, GNOME and KDE. Jason's review of StarOffice received the most hits of any story published on www.eweek.com.

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