SOURCE: Windows Vista Secrets

January 08, 2007 07:00 ET

Windows Vista Secrets Reveals 100s of New Tricks

Brian Livingston and Paul Thurrott Join Forces to Unveil Microsoft's Product

SEATTLE, WA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- January 8, 2007 -- A new book reveals hundreds of features of Microsoft's new Windows Vista operating system that the authors say most people would never find on their own.

"Windows Vista Secrets" (Wiley Publishing) is a $39.99, 672-page book with a release date of Jan. 15, 2007. That's just days before Microsoft's official kickoff for the consumer version of Vista.

The co-authors of the book are a bit notorious for raising Microsoft's hackles. Brian Livingston, editorial director of and the co-author of 10 previous books on Windows, called the original version of Microsoft's so-called Genuine Advantage program a form of "spyware" last June.(1) For his part, Paul Thurrott, editor of, called the Redmond company's old Internet Explorer browser "a cancer on the Web" in August 2005.(2)

The two of them, however, seem to think Windows Vista is a big improvement over Microsoft's previous software.

"Vista is easier to use and a lot more secure than Windows XP, although Microsoft really had no choice but to make the improvements," Livingston jokes. "For most people, choosing Vista instead of XP when buying a new PC will be a no-brainer."

The authors say that the book is packed with literally hundreds of hidden and obscure Vista commands. They back up this assertion by pointing to the book's design. Every secret is printed in a box with a contrasting background color. "Readers can simply flip through the book and quickly find the naughty bits without reading an entire chapter," Livingston says.

Livingston has been a contributing editor of CNET, PC World, PC/Computing, Windows Sources, Windows Magazine, and InfoWorld. He wrote the weekly "Window Manager" column for the latter publication for 12 years, from 1991 to 2003. He now edits the weekly Windows Secrets Newsletter, an e-mail publication with a circulation of over 270,000.

Thurrott writes two e-mail newsletters: WinInfo Daily five times a week and the Windows IT Pro Update once a week. He is also the news editor of Windows IT Pro Media and writes the monthly "Need to Know" column in Windows IT Pro Magazine.

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