Windows Vista in Namibia

Windows Vista is the name of the latest release from Microsoft, a line of graphical operating systems used on personal computers, including home and business desktops, notebook computers and media centers.

Information and technology experts said that Vista contains hundreds of new features, some of which include an updated graphical user interface and visual style dubbed Windows Aero, improved searching features, new multimedia creation tools such as Windows DVD maker and completely redesigned networking, audio, print and display sub-systems.

Vista also aims to increase the level of communication between machines on a home network using peer-to-peer technology, making it easier to share files and digital media between computers and devices.

Microsoft’s primary stated objective with Vista, however, has been to improve the state of security in the windows operating system.

One of the most common criticisms of Windows XP and its predecessors has been their commonly exploited security vulnerabilities and overall susceptibility to malware, viruses and buffer overflows.

Microsoft chairman Bill Gates at one time said that his global firm was launching a ‘trustworthy computing initiative’ which aims to incorporate security work into every aspect of software development at the company.

“The modern business environment in Namibia demands that people have immediate access to information in a secure and efficient way. These same people are looking for technology to be easy to use, agile and scalable,” said Thomas Hansen, general manager for Microsoft in West, East and Central Africa.

“With the release of Windows Vista, the 2007 office system and exchange 2007, we believe we are meeting and exceeding demands. We are using the bar on collaboration, security and integration and giving modern business users the tools they need to work in news ways and to make existing work processes a lot better,” Hansen said at the launch of the new system in the capital last week.

He said that the programme will be available to licence users starting this month, December.

But the new Microsoft programme has come under intense criticism especially on the protracted development time, more restrictive licensing terms, the inclusion of a number of new digital rights management technologies aimed at restricting the copying of protected digital media and the usability of news features such as user account control.

But Hansen said that the new programme is more user friendly adding that it was ushering in new forms of communication into the fast evolving corporate landscape.

He said that the new programme would help increase productivity at very low costs.

“Vista gives users a more intuitive interface, placing functionality where they would logically expect it to be and allowing them to navigate between features quickly,” Hansen said.

He said that the Office 2007’s new ribbon interface predicts whats users would like to do and gives them relevant options and changes depending on the application and task at hand.

“Exchange 2007 brings new forms of communication into the mix, extending email and calendaring into the realm of unified messaging, whereby voice, fax messages and all forms of electronic communication are placed at users’ fingertips.

“Early adopters have realised cost savings through workflow automation, easier access to information, improved collaboration with colleagues and lower costs of compliance,” Hansen said.

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