ActiveWin.com: Microsoft Windows Vista Build 5270 December 2005 CTP Feature List
Microsoft Windows Vista December Community Technology Preview
December Community Technology Preview Fact Sheet
The December Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Community Technology Preview (CTP) is the third in a series of early Windows Vista builds being released to an extensive technical community. The CTP program is designed to involve customers and partners in the various stages of Windows Vista development by facilitating timely and relevant feedback. Microsoft Corp. is on schedule to have the majority of Windows Vista features code-complete by the end of 2005, and the CTP program will help enable Microsoft to provide testers with a feature-complete version of the product sooner than for any previous Windows® release.
The December CTP will be distributed to testers in the Windows Vista Technical Beta Program, and is available to more than half a million Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN®) and TechNet subscribers. The December CTP offers developers, IT professionals, and Windows enthusiasts an opportunity to review and test some of the operating system’s significant security and performance enhancements and innovations. It also showcases progress on the overall user experience and design elements in Windows Vista.
As with the previous CTPs, the December CTP is intended for use by developers, IT professionals and the technical community. Given the nature of software development and the feedback process, many of the features in this CTP will continue to evolve throughout the development cycle. End users interested in testing pre-release versions of Windows Vista should continue to wait until the beta 2 version becomes available.
Today’s computer user is faced with increasingly sophisticated threats from a broad range of sources. Enhanced security is a fundamental element of Windows Vista; Windows Vista will help ensure users are better protected from threats and malware, and that they can be more confident using their PCs. The December CTP includes the following security advances, among others:
Improved detection and removal. Based on a new engine, Windows Defender is able to detect and remove more threats posed by spyware and other potentially unwanted software. Real-time protection, which helps keep unwanted software from being installed, has also been enhanced to better monitor key points in the operating system for changes.
A redesigned and simplified user interface. The Windows Defender user interface has been redesigned to make common tasks such as scanning and removal easier to accomplish, and to deliver a warning system that adapts alert escalations according to the severity of a threat.
Protection for all users.Windows Defender can now be run by all users on a computer with or without administrative privileges. This ensures that all users on a computer are protected by Windows Defender.
BitLocker works best when deployed on PCs with Trusted Platform Modules (TPMs), leveraging a new infrastructure in Windows Vista called TPM Base Services v1.2. BitLocker is available in Windows Vista Enterprise Edition, and should be implemented in a well-managed IT environment.
Limit when and for how long their children use the computer
Control what Web sites their children can visit and limit what programs their children run
Restrict access to games based on title, content or Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) rating
Run detailed reports about their children’s computer usage
Inbound and outbound filtering. The Windows Vista firewall adds full directional control to the personal firewall, configurable by enterprise administrators through Group Policy. It allows administrators to block applications, such as peer-to-peer sharing or instant messaging applications, from contacting or responding to other computers.
Advanced security. Internet protocol security (IPSec) and firewall management are integrated in a single console. This console centralizes inbound and outbound traffic filtering along with IPSec server and domain isolation settings in the user interface, enabling increased visibility into security settings.
Enhanced Performance and Power State Transitions
Window Vista is designed to provide more consistent system responsiveness than previous versions of the Windows operating system. Notable changes have been made to how Windows Vista will improve the reliability and consistency of transitions between power states, and initial work on some of these changes is evident in the December CTP. Windows Vista will diminish the ability of applications and device drivers to veto or suspend power state transition requests that are initiated by the end user, giving users a new level of confidence that their PCs will shut down or sleep on demand. Windows Vista also will improve the performance of starting up or running applications by optimizing the utilization of available memory to help keep PC performance at its peak. Related features include the following:
Progress on User Interface and Design Elements
The December CTP also shows significant improvement on the new Window Vista new user interface, design elements and some consumer-oriented features. While the December CTP represents significant progress relative to previous CTPs, these areas will continue to evolve throughout the development process. Microsoft plans to release more information in the coming months: