First Ultimate Extras appear for Vista together with language packs and updates

, posted: 31-Jan-2007 12:30

The Windows Vista launch is over and done with so now Microsoft's OS is well and truly released. Honest.

This means people with Vista Ultimate Edition should get some of the Extras that will only be available for the top-end version. True enough, two Ultimate Extras popped up in Windows Update when I booted into Vista today: a poker game called Texas Hold'em developed by Mobicore and the Bitlocker Secure Online Key Storage. Here's a screenshot of Hold'Em:
If you're into poker, it's amusing enough but hardly groundbreaking stuff. It's not even multiplayer over a network.

The Bitlocker Secure Online Key Storage is arguably more useful, but... you download it in Windows Update and then what? No instructions as such are given in the Bitlocker Control Panel applet, but if you head over to the Vista site, you'll see this:
Windows BitLocker Secure Online Key storage, where Ultimate users can store their BitLocker recovery password and Encrypting File System certificate on Windows Marketplace’s Digital Locker website for access to the key anytime, anyplace, and from any computer that has an Internet connection.

The Digital Locker page on Windows Marketplace is here.

Also in Windows Update: 15 language packs, a fix for High Definition Audio not working if the computer comes out of sleep or hibernation, a patch to stop Office 2007 and VS Studio 2005 from sending error reports without permission, phishing filter fix for IE7 when it checks sites with frames, and an update to stop already-activated copies of Windows Vista from requiring activation again after you've installed device drivers and software. Interesting bug, the last one.

There's also an Application Compatibility Update, for a long list of programs. Quite a few Microsoft programs on that list as well, I note, like Office 2003 and Age of Empires. Didn't MS try all its apps on Vista during the five-year development programme then?

Update I almost forgot - the Windows Vista Ultimate page linked to above mentions the Windows DreamScene Ultimate Extra as being available now. Well, despite being demoed at the Vista launch, it isn't.

In case you're curious as to what it is, Dreamscene lets you run video clips as your desktop background. It's neat, but not immediately useful as far as I can tell. Dreamscene should be more interesting once you can use it to stream from e.g. TV capture cards though.

Other related posts:
Fighting with Windows 8
The Windows Phone 7.5 bouncing tiles bug
Windows Live Essentials betas seem good, but oh so flaky

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