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Vista Quiz - The Answers

Vista Quiz - The Answers

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

A few caveats: As I mentioned previously these questions were devised 12 months ago, and the answers were written as at Jan 2007, so read them with that in mind. Also, don't shoot me if you disagree with the answers :-)

Now, if this was a Cosmo quiz I'd devise a scoring mechanism so that you could assess how smart you are, themed around Vista eg more than 35 and you're a "Vista Virtuoso". But luckily I'm not going to do that (and this definitely isn't Cosmo).

1

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

Microsoft Anna

2

What was codename of the product now known as CardSpace?

InfoCard

3

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

Windows Vista Home Basic

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?

Windows Meeting Space

5

What was the codename for Windows Presentation Foundation?

Avalon

6

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

3.0 (or just “3” will do)

7

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

Aero

8

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

Indigo

9

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

30 January 2007

10

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

User Account Control (or UAC)

11

Which version of Direct X is included with Windows Vista?

10

12

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

3.0 (or just “3” will do)

13

What version of Windows was released in 2001 and is superseded by Windows Vista?

Windows XP

14

What does the “A” in XAML stand for?

Application

The full acronym is “Extensible Application Markup Language”

15

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

5

(Home basic, home premium, business, enterprise, ultimate)

16

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

True

17

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

11

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

50,000

19

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

Windows Defender

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?

ReadyBoost

21

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

Gadgets

22

What was the codename of Windows Vista?

Longhorn

23

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

False

24

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

Standard

25

What version of Internet Explorer is included in Windows Vista?

7 (or “IE7”)

26

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

5.9

27

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

368 million

28

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

Authentic

The whole thing is “Authentic, Energetic, Reflective, and Open”.

29

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

A blue animated circle

30

Which of these games is not included as standard in Windows Vista?

a)      Pinball

b)      FreeCell

c)       Mahjong

d)      Minesweeper

Pinball

31

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

True

32

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

Orcas

33

Name a Windows Vista version that includes Media Center

Either Home Premium or Ultimate

34

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

Windows Mail

35

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

Windows Sideshow

36

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

Connected

37

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

True

38

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

800 MHz

39

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

More than 180

40

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

Vienna

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  • very nice:)a few more things learnt

  • If the new voice in Vista is MS Anna, where did my MS Mike come from on Vista Ultimate?

  • So...we've done the Vista quiz , now we've got the Office 2007 questions. Actually I think these were

  • So...we've done the Vista quiz , now we've got the Office 2007 questions. Actually I think these

  • Paul - can't help with that one, Anna should be the default voice for Vista as far as I know...anyone else have a view?

    I did write the questions but a) it was 12 months ago and b) I don't want to imply that I'm an expert in every element covered by the questions. In fact, I'll go further: I'm definitely *not* an expert in every area covered :-(

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