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Windows Vista Set to Debut

Windows Vista Set to Debut

Jan 18, 2007
Mary Hobson
Technology Schools Columnist

If you are a PC user, the odds are that you use Windows as your operating system. On January 30, Microsoft's much-talked-about new OS, Vista, will debut to an audience ready for change.

Unlike many previous "new" versions of Windows, this is a really different take on how you use your PC and the way you can input data and give commands. However, you will need a seriously powerful PC configuration. The Microsoft Windows Vista website gives recommends two different possibilities.

To run a relatively trimmed-down version of the new operating system, you need a modern processor (at least 800MHz1) and 512 MB of system memory. The second configuration requires a 1 GHz 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor with 1 GB of system memory, plus a graphics processor that runs Windows Aero2. It will also need considerable amounts of hard drive capacity.

Technology Schools Perform Beta Tests

Unlike many previous launches of new Windows versions, Microsoft has extensively and publicly tested early versions of Vista. Technology schools and other institutions have had access to beta versions for some time, reporting back with problems and ideas to make this new Windows more tuned to the computing community. This access to developing software is a great opportunity for students who are studying for their information technology degree, giving them a chance to participate in the software development lifecycle.

Technology schools work hard to try to provide this kind of real-life experience for their students, as it is the best possible learning experience that they can have. An information technology degree ensures that you have all the theory you need for your computer programming jobs, but gaining experience of real situations during your study gives you a chance to put that theory into practice.

Information technology may look mundane, but these developments are changing our lives in a thousand tiny ways. New releases such as Windows Vista are milestones on the information technology development path. You can be a part of these new developments by studying for an information technology degree. Contact a technology school to discover how you can enter a career in information technology.


About the Author

Mary Hobson is the Head of IT School at a Polytechnic in New Zealand. She also works as a freelance writer.