During WinHEC 2006, I had the chance to communicate with many Microsoft professionals first hand. I would like to enlighten our readers about a few key features of Windows Vista Beta2, which you may have not heard of before.Networking Stack
The networking stack has been completely redone from the ground up. The algorithms have combined the old and new technology for ultimate compatibility and speed. From what I was told there will be no more need to do network optimizations with tools that change your mtu (Maximum Transmission Unit), etc.. This is because Vista will automatically find your optimal network settings and apply them without the need of rebooting like previous Windows Operating Systems.Firewall
Larry Richman from pro-networks.org has informed me that Mike Nash (Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President) said during a presentation that Vista’s outbound firewall will be enabled. This is very good information, It will help keep computer illiterate users and there data safer from inbound and outbound attacks.EFI Bits
We were also told that the EFI bits are in Vista Beta2. I current do not know if this is true or not, due to the fact that I don’t own a MAC. So if there’s anyone out there who can verify this please leave a comment at the bottom of this blog post.Security Center (RC1)
When Vista RC1 is released to testers you will notice that it will be easier than ever to manage your 3rd party anti-spyware, anti-virus, and firewall software. Users will be able do everything in one area.
For more detailed information check out this article that Larry Richman wrote called “
The "New" Windows Vista Security Center” It is worth a read.
May 28 2006, 08:47 PM