Windows Vista – We’re Done!

I'm so glad to have been involved in the development of Windows Vista, it's a wonderful OS. For the longest time I hung on to Windows XP SP2, thinking it's "good enough" but after using Vista for over a year now on my daily laptop, I simply can't go back. I always had Longhorn or Vista on machines in my office, but for a long time I had XP on my laptop.

I have a poster on my office door:

This office is certified XP-free

Is Windows Vista perfect? er, no! Will it have security bugs? Yes. But I really think the operating system raises the security bar substantially, and does so in a way that is pretty transparent to customers, and that's critical. Just about every defense I can think of, from image randomization, integrity levels, users-are-users, stack randomization, heap randomization, NX, exception handling protection, stack and heap overrun detection, IE7 defenses and ActiveX opt-in and so on are all enabled by default.

Again, Windows Vista is a pleasure to use, and from a security perspective, it'll be interesting to see how the security vulns pan out over the next, say, two years. I think we'll see real progress.

Comments (4)
  1. Zach says:

    Congratulations (and, of course…"FINALLY!")!

  2. steven romej says:

    Congrats, look forward to using it

  3. Finally, it is true! Windows Vista is ready and has been shipped to the manufacturer! So, this means

  4. Greg says:

    Hi I was just wondering if someone could email me on updates with vista! as I have a HP 3020au and some of the drivers are not compatible for vista whats the go I tried it when it first come out and ended up with no sound thanks


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