Microsoft Apologizes for Lack of Vista Ultimate Extras

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    Microsoft on Monday issued an apology for the tardy release of two add-ons to its Windows Vista operating system and promised to have the offerings available by summer's end.

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    When Microsoft released Vista in January, company executives touted a series of "Ultimate Extras" add-ons that would eventually be included in the operating system's Windows Vista Ultimate Edition.



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    To date, the software giant has released four of those add-ons: a poker game known as Windows Hold'Em; the secure online key backup, which stores a backup copy of BitLocker recovery passwords and encrypting file system recovery certificates in a digital locker; the BitLocker drive preparation tool, which configures hard drives to use Vista's BitLocker drive encryption feature; and 16 language packs.



    Microsoft has yet to release the 20 remaining language packs and a feature known as DreamScene, which allows users to select videos as Windows desktop backgrounds.



    On Monday, Microsst issued a mea culpa."We want to let our Windows Vista Ultimate customers know that we are actively working to deliver the remaining extras that we identified in January," Barry Goffe, director of Windows Vista Ultimate, wrote in a blog post.



    "We are continuing to work on these offerings," Goffe said. "We apologize for taking so long to provide a status update to customers."



    Goffe promised to ship the language packs and DreamScene by the end of the summer but said they will not be released "until they meet the high quality bar required by our enthusiastic customers."



    Microsoft on Feb. 14 released a preview version of DreamScene through Windows Update and said it was then in the "final testing phase" for the product. A month later, the company issued a content pack that included four video backgrounds for those who had installed the preview version.



    Goffe also said that Microsoft would be releasing additional extras "over the next couple years" but did not provide additional details.
     
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    Over the next couple of years?!! How about providing something every month large or small to keep everyone happy and justifying to those who paid extra that microsoft cares.
     
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    Ya really, what a rip off. I can't understand how Dreamscene still isn't done. I have the preview one and it works good.
     
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    all i hope is that someone keeps coming up with patches so everyone else can still enjoy all the benefits of vista extras. as far as the dream scene goes, i still don't understand what all is going to change when the full version comes out. cause as far as i can see, it looks pretty good.
     
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