So you're not exactly a geek. But you've heard Windows Vista's coming, you've heard it's different, you've heard it's pretty interesting. Maybe your company's planning to upgrade. Maybe you'll be buying a new PC soon, and you want to know what you're in for. Maybe you're just plain curious. Whatever the case, we have the easiest, quickest (and cheapest) Windows Vista preview you can find: Windows Vista for Dummies Special Preview Edition.
Check out the price. But also check out the author, Andy Rathbone. He's been writing For Dummies guides on Windows since the Pleistocene era (well, actually, 1992). So he's got the formula down perfectly: fun, easy, real. In just 192 pages, Rathbone's captured the stuff about Windows Vista that'll be important to normal people -- not techies.
Rathbone shows how to download a free beta test copy of Vista, then sorts through its five versions (there will be two home versions, believe it or not). You'll glide through Vista's new interface, getting comfy with goodies like the Sidebar and Windows Flip (2D and 3D versions). There's a full chapter on personalizing Vista -- including controlling security features such as Windows Firewall, Automatic Updates, malware protection, and user account controls.
There's a chapter on Vista's improved search features (maybe, just maybe, you'll finally be able to find that old file you're looking for). And, of course, Rathbone covers Windows' improved Internet tools, including Internet Explorer 7. He even previews the new Microsoft Office that's due around the same time as Vista, also with a revamped interface. Hard to believe Rathbone could do all this in such a short, easy-to-read book. But he has. Bill Camarda, from the September 2006 Read Only