Windows Vista Build 5270 – December CTP

December 19, 2005


Well, it’s official. Microsoft has released Build 5270 as the Windows Vista December CTP. ActiveWin has a great preview (including the screenshot from above) of what they’ve found so far.

Here are the highlights:

– Updated Windows Defender (formerly Windows Anti-Spyware)
– H/W enabled drive encryption
– GPO control of device driver installs (ostensibly to allow administrators to control removable media devices)
– IE7 support International Domain Names (IDN’s)
– A new and enhanced set of parental controls
– Improved firewall
– Single button on/off controls (in a tardy nod to the early Mac line)
– Aero (the design coda for Vista) has some additional translucent elements
– Windows Media Player 11 is included

As with other new announcements, Microsoft is going to talk big in the Las Vegas CES. This should be fun!




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