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Microsoft Delays Release Of RTM Version Of Vista

Fujitsu Siemens Computers Offers Microsoft Vista Upgrade Program

VIA And Everex Launch Energy Efficient Notebook

VIA Technologies, Inc. and Everex Systems, Inc. today unveiled the StepNote NC1500 notebook: the first Everex notebook to make use of the advanced VIA C7-M processor.

Employing a 15.4" widescreen display with DiamondBrite Technology, built-in wireless LAN and DVD burner, the US$498 computer utilizes the VIA C7-M processor to provide ultra-low power consumption, advanced security features and 1.5GHz performance at a mere 12W peak power.

According to the two organizations, utilization of VIA Enhanced PowerSaver technology and VIA TwinTurbo allow the laptop to dynamically shift between intermediate power states, providing users with 20% longer battery life then comparable systems.

"The latest notebook from Everex embodies the 'Simply Mobile' spirit of the VIA C7-M processor in enabling truly portable computing," commented Epan Wu, Deputy Director of CPU Product Marketing, VIA Technologies, Inc. "With the best performance-per-watt operation in the industry and innovative features such as Enhanced PowerSaver technology and the PadLock Security Engine, we're confident that the NC1500 will be a front runner in a market yearning for robust mobile solutions."

StepNote NC1500 key features:

  • Processor: 1.5GHz VIA C7-M processor
  • Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition with Service Pack 2
  • Graphics: VIA UniChrome Pro with Chromotion CE Video Display Engine
  • Memory: 512MB DDR2 SDRAM (2 Slots)
  • Hard Disk Drive: 60GB, 4200 PATA
  • Optical Drive: DVD±RW with Dual Layer Support
  • Display: 15.4" TFT, 1280 x 800 (WXGA) with DiamondBrite Technology
  • LAN: 10/100 Ethernet
  • Wireless: IEEE 802.11b/g
  • I/O: DB 15-Pin VGA, 3 x USB 2.0 ports, RJ45, RJ-11, Headphone/Line Out, Microphone/ Line In
  • Battery: Lithium Ion
  • Dimensions: 14.1" x 10.7" x 0.9" – 1.5" (W x D x H)
  • Weight: 5.3lbs
  • UPC: 853031001405
  • MSRP: $498.00

Source: VIA Technologies, Inc.

Microsoft Delays Release Of RTM Version Of Vista

Microsoft will delay the release of the RTM (release to manufacturing) version, or build number 5824, of its Windows Vista operating system (OS) to the second week of November from the originally scheduled fourth week of October, according to sources at Taiwan PC makers who were informed by the software giant of the revised schedule.

The RTM build 5824 was originally set to be released this week after reducing the number of bugs found in the Windows Vista Release Candidate 2 (RC2) version from 1,450 to around 500, the sources noted.

However, additional bugs were found in the RTM build 5824 version, and together the bugs could paralyze an upgraded Vista-capable Windows XP OS, said the sources.

Microsoft has overcome the problems found in RTM build 5824, resulting in RTM build 5840, added the sources, noting that Microsoft will continue to test the new version until its release in November.

Despite the delayed launch of the RTM version, Microsoft assured PC makers that its plan to launch the business-use and home-use Vista OS in November 2006 and January 2007, respectively, remain unchanged, the sources stated.

Microsoft Taiwan said that the release of the business and home versions of Vista is on schedule as planned.

Source: The DigiTimes

Fujitsu Siemens Computers Offers Microsoft Vista Upgrade Program

Fujitsu Siemens Computers is offering customers an opportunity to upgrade to Microsoft Windows Vista. The Upgrade Program will give customers from Fujitsu Siemens Computers the chance to upgrade their PC or notebook to Windows Vista, if they bought it between October 26, 2006 and March 15, 2007. The upgrade is then possible until March 31, 2007. This Update Program is targeted towards end users and small and medium enterprises.

More information on the program and how to upgrade can be found on: www.fujitsu-siemens.com/vista.

Source: Fujitsu Siemens Computers

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