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The Vista Quiz

The Vista Quiz

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Those of you who have been reading this blog for a while will remember that just about 1 year ago we were gearing up for the UK developer launch of Vista and Office 2007. It was an interesting time for us who were involved with the event.

While there was lots of stuff happening (not least pre-recording every session and releasing online at the same time as the launch event - something we later received an award for...) one of the little sidelines was organising a quiz for the Saturday event with prizes of webcams and an Xbox 360.

A year on I thought it would be fun (fun being a relative term) to reproduce the questions in this blog so that people who didn't attend the launch could try out their knowledge. No prizes this time, it's just for amusement (another relative term).

There were 40 Vista questions, 40 Office 2007 questions, and 40 general knowledge questions. I'll release the 40 Vista ones today, with the answers later, then the 40 Office ones with those answers later. Not too sure whether you really want the general knowledge ones!

Oh and one final thing: If you disagree with the answers don't shoot me! The judges' decision was final on the day :-)

And thanks to my colleagues John Noakes, Charlotte Duffy and Mark Quirk for helping make this happen 12 months ago.

So here we go. And bear in mind these were written in January 2007 so some of the wording reflects that (eg "what is the release date of the consumer version of Windows Vista"):

1 What is the name of the new text-to-speech voice in Windows Vista?

2 What was codename of the product now known as CardSpace?

3 Which version of Windows Vista DOESN'T have Tablet PC capability

4 What name is given to the new Windows Vista collaboration feature that allows desktops and applications to be shared during meetings using wireless adaptors only?

5 What was the codename for Windows Presentation Foundation?

6 Which version number of the .NET Framework is pre-installed on Windows Vista?

7 What is the name of the new “glass-like” effect on Windows Vista that can display semi-transparent effects on dialog boxes?

8 What was the codename for the technology now known as the Windows Communication Foundation?

9 What is the release date for the consumer version of Windows Vista?

10 Which feature protects your security by allowing you to use Windows Vista without administrator privileges?

11 Which version of Direct X is included with Windows Vista?

12 Which version of the .NET Framework contains the Windows Presentation Foundation?

13 What version of Windows was released in 2001 and is superseded by Windows Vista?

14 What does the “A” in XAML stand for?

15 How many versions of Windows Vista are there (excluding upgrades)?

16 True or False: Windows Vista Photo Gallery can use tags you have associated with your photos

17 Which version of Windows Media Player is included with Windows Vista?

18 How many jobs are expected to be created by Windows Vista in Europe according to the IDC? 10,000; 50,000; 100,000; 500,000

19 What is the name of the Windows anti spyware product that started life as GIANT AntiSpyware?

20 What Windows Vista feature is able to take advantage of external storage such as USB memory sticks to take some of the load away from the hard drive and RAM?

21 What is the name of the small applications that run in the Windows Vista Sidebar?

22 What was the codename of Windows Vista?

23 True or False: Windows Vista was originally going to be called Windows Orion

24 What is the recommended user account for most users of Windows Vista, “standard” or “administrator”?

25 What version of Internet Explorer is included in Windows Vista?

26 (Multiple Choice) What is the current maximum value of the Windows Experience Index score (the new feature in Windows Vista that provides you with an indication of the capability of your PC)?

3.0 / 5.9 / 7.2 / 8.4

27 (Multiple Choice) How many new PCs are expected to be shipped in the next two years preloaded with Windows Vista?

58 million / 129 million / 368 million /572 million

28 What does the “A” in AERO stand for (supposedly!)

29 (Multiple Choice) What has replaced the hourglass “wait cursor” in Windows Vista?

a) Nothing – it’s still the hour glass

b) A blue animated circle

c) A spinning triangle

d) A row of dots

30 (Multiple Choice) Which of these games is not included as standard in Windows Vista?

a) Pinball

b) FreeCell

c) Mahjong

d) Minesweeper

31 True or False: Windows Vista allows parents to restrict the times their children can use the PC via the Parental Controls feature

32 What is the codename for the next version of Visual Studio that will specifically include features for targeting development of Windows Vista applications?

33 Name a Windows Vista version that include Media Center

34 What is the name of the successor to Outlook Express, included by default in Windows Vista

35 What is the Windows Vista technology that supports secondary displays on the front of desktop PCs and on the lids of laptops?

36 The benefits of Windows Vista have been described in terms of three overall themes: These are “Clear”, “Confident” and ...what?

37 True or False: The new Windows Vista startup sound has two parallel melodies played in an intentional "Win-dows Vis-ta" rhythm

38 (Multiple Choice) What is the minimum processor speed for a PC to be classed as Windows Vista capable?

600 MHz / 800 MHz / 1 GHz / 1.5 GHz

39 (Multiple Choice) How many new security improvements and features have been included in Windows Vista according to InfoWorld Test Centre?

More than 35

More than 70

More than 180

More than 360

40 What is the codename of the next version of the Windows Client operating system ie the one that will replace Windows Vista?

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  • I remember that quiz.  I walked away with two MS webcams as a result.  Would have liked to have won the Xbox but unfortunately, I severely mis-guessed the number of teabags drunk at Redmond...

    Was the ever a final decision about the number of editions of Vista - the 'N' (non Windows Media Player) editions and whether they counted. ;)

    Certainly was a great day - loved the developer programming sessions - any chance something like that might be repeated for the VS2008 launch?

  • As for question 40, Windows 7 (aka Vienna, which i prefer), any ideas when we're going to get some details about it? Not meaning to be a pest of course...

  • Hi Paul, feel free to be a pest :-), but I can't promise to be able to help....

    As for Windows 7 / Vienna, I can't tell you anything more than you may have read elsewhere unfortunately. As soon as I have more I'll let you know, but right now there's nothing to share.

  • So am i right in assuming that all those "screenshots" floating around on the web are fakes then?

    http://www.sykey.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2007/02/vienna_wm.jpg

    http://raym.host.sk/Vienna_modern.png

    http://img218.imageshack.us/img218/2144/mywindowsconceptbyalckolc2.png

    Because they're all quite nice.

  • Following on from my earlier post re the Vista quiz we ran 12 months ago, here are the answers. A few

  • Following on from my earlier post re the Vista quiz we ran 12 months ago, here are the answers. A few

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