Microsoft published the Windows Vista Product Guide with 316 pages. Many of the information there can also be found on the Web, but with this guide, you will have it all in one document. I just skimmed over it and found some information I didn't see before anywhere else.

There is a comprehensive table comparing the various editions of Vista. The differing features are explained in the text. Of course, it is a marketing text. So you shouldn't expect an objective review of Vista. However, I find this document quite useful, because it enables you to search for new terms and concepts more easily as on the Web.

It is interesting to note that Microsoft offers it only as Office 2007 and XPS file. If you want to read it on a Windows XP machine, you have to download the XPS viewer first. This reader is included in Vista already.

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It is the first time I used the XML Paper Specification viewer. I must admit that I am quite disappointed. This thing can hardly compete with Adobe Reader. It only has a very primitive search function, annotations can't be added, and it is not possible to highlight text. The XPS viewer behaved quite sluggish on my 2 GHz PC when I scrolled down in the Vista Product Guide.


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