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Windows Vista Beta 2 Up Close and Personal
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Internet Explorer 7+

Internet Explorer 7 is now known as IE 7+ (see the IEBlog for more details). IE7+ is a Windows Vista-specific version that takes advantage of the new features in Vista, such as Protected Mode, Parental Controls, and improved Network Diagnostics.

This name change should not affect most developers, but checkout the link above for candid feedback from users and developers on the name change.


Search is deeply entrenched in Vista, and you can save your searches in virtual folders (see Figure 6) so they will always contain the latest result as new files are add or updated.

Figure 6
Figure 6. Saving your searches as virtual folders

User Access Control

The User Access Control (UAC) is much improved in this beta of Windows Vista. One of the nagging issues about Windows is that you need to login as an Administrator before you can do anything useful on your computer. In the last beta of Windows Vista, whenever you needed to perform a task that required administrator rights, you were prompted to logout and re-login as an administrator, which is troublesome and time-consuming. It also discourages people from logging in as standard users.

In Windows Vista Beta 2, the UAC is much improved. If you perform a task that requires administrator rights, you will be prompted to enter a password (see Figure 7) for the administrator account. You can then proceed to perform the specific action.

Figure 7
Figure 7. Prompting for administrator rights before continuing

If you are logged on as an administrator, you will still be alerted about the escalation of rights that is needed (see Figure 8). This is useful to prevent unauthorized changes to the computer.

Figure 8
Figure 8. Alerting you about the use of administrator rights

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