It’s been nearly 9 months since Vista’s consumer launch, and 11 months since Vista’s business launch. It’s hard for me to believe that it’s been that long already, and Microsoft is finally delivering all of the Vista Ultimate Extras that had been promised to users. That’s right, the 19 Language Packs have been pushed out the door via Windows Update.
I’m sure you’re wondering why Microsoft was so adamant about providing Language Packs. Many computers these days have more than one user that accesses the system, and in some of those cases the users may speak different languages. With the Language Packs each user is able to specify their own language from the 19 that are available:
- Portuguese (Portugal)
- Serbian (Latin)
Now that they have everything done they will begin working on more Ultimate Extras. This time around they are going to hold off on mentioning what the future holds to avoid additional criticism:
While today’s delivery marks the final installment of the Extras announced earlier this year, these are by no means the final set of Extras that we intend to deliver. As I mentioned in my post last month, beyond the Extras shipped to date, we plan to ship a collection of additional Windows Ultimate Extras that we are confident will delight our passionate Windows Vista Ultimate customers.
Given our track record, it would be unwise to provide details of what comes next until I am 100% confident in our ability to deliver. Please rest assured, though, that our team is working on hard to deliver on our promise to Ultimate customers.
As a Vista Ultimate user I want to see things that will make me more productive. How about a nice virtual desktop manager or an advanced tweaking application that lets you customize various aspects of the operating system (Taskbar preview size, auto-hide the sidebar, rearrange Taskbar items, etc…). Vista has the amazing Aero graphics system, but where are the Ultimate Extras that are taking advantage of it? Come on Microsoft, show us the WOW!