Windows Vista to Ship with Four Themes

The buzz of the week seems to be which hardware will be necessary to run Windows Vista. So, in response to that question Microsoft has announced that Vista will ship with 4 themes, from the Classic Windows XP to the eye-candy Aero Glass. They have also announced the following will be needed in order to run Windows Vista with the Aero Glass theme.

  • DirectX 9 framework
  • Windows Display Driver Model
  • 32 bits per pixel depth with 64MB of graphics RAM
  • 2.4GHz processor
  • 512MB RAM
  • Graphics card capable of handling
    Presentation Foundation

Microsoft also recommends that when you purchase a PC to make sure it has an extra AGP or PCI-Express slot.

Read onwards for my personal opinion.

Pardon the language, but to all this I say WTF?

As if releasing Windows Vista in more than a dozen versions wasn’t enough they also bring out the OS with 4 themes in order to appeal the consumers to upgrade their PCs in order to use the most fancy one.

Let me guess, during the installation of Vista we’ll have the usual “this is the fastest version of Windows ever!*”

in which the * demands a whooping graphics card (or two), 512 RAM which they say is minimum, although you’ll probably need 1 GB of it in order to get a decent performance with more than two programs running and 2.4Ghz PC just to render the UI!

If a Mac Mini can (somewhat) handle Tiger which is probably as advanced as Longhorn will be, how come Longhorn will require so much more power?

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