The December CTP has been released. The full build string is Build 5270.winmain_idx03.051214-1910. None of these screenshots are mine, yet. I will be getting this in the next day or two. *knocks on wood*
Vista Build 5270 Screenshots
Microsoft Windows Vista December Community Technology Preview
December Community Technology Preview Fact Sheet
â€¢ Windows Defender. Windows Defender (formerly known as Windows AntiSpyware) helps protect customers against spyware and other potentially unwanted software. The Windows Defender solution in the December CTP is a functioning early preview of what will be available in the final version, and includes several enhancements and new functionality that reflects ongoing input from our customers, including these:
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.
â€¢ BitLocker Drive Encryption. BitLocker Drive Encryption (previously known as full-volume encryption) is a hardware-based data protection feature that addresses the growing concern over corporate and customer data being accessed from lost or stolen machines. By encrypting the entire Windows system volume, data is better protected, preventing unauthorized users from breaking Windows file and system protection on lost or stolen computers. This improves data security and reduces equipment-repurposing concerns. The feature is simple to deploy and use, and enables easy recovery.
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.
â€¢ Control over installation of device drivers. IT administrators can use Group Policy in Windows Vista to block the installation of removable storage devices, such as USB flash drives and external hard drives, to help prevent corporate intellectual property or sensitive data from being compromised or stolen.
â€¢ International Domain Names support in Internet Explorer 7. Microsoft Internet Explorer 7 in Windows Vista now includes support for International Domain Names (IDNs) in URLs, and protects against URLs that are designed to trick users into believing they have visited a trustworthy site. Supporting international URLs and allowing users to access the Web in their native character set enables customers to be confident in a truly worldwide Web browsing experience. Further, Internet Explorer has a number of built-in features to highlight potential spoofing of legitimate Web sites to increase security, including the anti-phishing capabilities that also are a part of Internet Explorer 7 in Windows Vista.
â€¢ Enhanced firewall. The firewall in Windows Vista enforces the rules set in the Windows Service Hardening platform, which limit the file, registry and network access allowed to only those that are legitimately required for a serviceâ€™s operation. If the firewall detects abnormal behavior, as defined in the Windows Service Hardening rules, it will attempt to block it.
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.
â€¢ Single-button on and off control. Windows Vista will enable users to switch a PC to Sleep/off mode using a one-click button, much like a TV or other consumer electronics device. Unlike Windows XPâ€™s multistep process, the Windows Vista Sleep and Shut Down interface is simple and clean.
â€¢ Fast off. A Windows Vista-based PC will respond quickly and gracefully to the userâ€™s Sleep, Shut Down or Restart request. This improvement eliminates the confusion caused by delays or a lack of responsiveness, and provides users with a consistent, reliable â€œoffâ€ experience.
â€¢ Expandable storage devices for Windows SuperFetch. Windows Vista gives users the ability to insert a USB Flash drive to provide additional memory that can then be employed by Windows SuperFetch. SuperFetch is the utility in Windows Vista that proactively loads all or part of the customerâ€™s most-often-used applications and files into unallocated system memory before they are needed by the system. Windows SuperFetch adapts to a customerâ€™s usage patterns, optimizing the utilization of available memory to help keep the PC performance at its peak.