Finally, it is true! Windows Vista is ready and has been shipped to the manufacturer! So, this means that everything is locked, the CDs will shortly be printed and put into boxes together with the corresponding manuals. Finally, in 30th January everybody will be able to buy them from the stores either as standalone product or preinstalled in computers.
So, how is Vista? From my point of view, I think that it's much more secure than Windows XP and has some very interesting new features. I definately agree with Michael Howard that after all this multi-year effort, it'll be interesting to see how the attacks against the operating system evolve. I'm sure that it'll be tough to break it 🙂 Definately, the bar has been raised. Also, from the end-user's perspective there is a new User Interface, which might take some time to get used to, but is proves to be user-friendly. Also, there are many technologies that allow faster booting, faster application loading, easier application development, greater stability etc. From the system developer's perspective, there are many changes, because of WDF, UMDF and KMDF. Hopefully these frameworks will make it much easier for driver developers to develop, debug and maintain drivers, and so the overall system will be more stable.
So, here it is! Enjoy 🙂