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O'Reilly Releases Windows Vista in a Nutshell Understanding and Succeeding in the Vista Revolution

January 4, 2007

Sebastopol, CA--Anticipation about Microsoft's new operating system, Windows Vista, is building exponentially. Thankfully, after all the hype and attention paid to the Vista revolution--with its 50 million lines of code soon to be running on 400 million computers--Preston Gralla's Windows Vista in a Nutshell (O'Reilly, $34.99), stands ready to answer the questions of power users, enthusiasts, small business owners, and IT professionals.

"Some may complain that Vista isn't as revolutionary as it should be after five years of work," writes Gralla in his recent PC World article. "But you don't judge an OS by the amount of time developers put into it. You judge it by how useful and pleasurable it is to work with--and in these respects Windows Vista is a clear winner. It's beautiful, sports much-improved security, offers superb networking capabilities...and maybe most of all, it's just plan fun to use.

Keeping Windows Vista in a Nutshell, within reach helps new users:

  • Take advantage of numerous networking features, including offline folders
  • Learn about the elements that make up the new graphical interface
  • Work with Windows Mail, a much improved program that replaces Outlook Express
  • Discover and utilize the numerous new security features, including hidden methods to configure security and customize the Window's Firewalls outbound port filtering
  • All the new details of the revamped Internet Explorer browser, covering tabbed browsing, the new antiphishing filter, RSS feeds, and more.

"This book will help people get up to speed quickly, as well as being a resource they can frequently turn to when they want to find out about virtually any feature or setting," says Gralla.

Windows Vista in a Nutshell is the latest in a long line the bestselling In a Nutshell series. The bottom line is this comprehensive reference covers every feature of the new operating system, which will be sold to millions of Windows XP and 2000 upgraders and installed on all new PCs shipped.

About the Author:
Preston Gralla is the editor of WindowsDevCenter.com and OnDotNet. He is the author of Internet Annoyances, PC Pest Control, Windows XP Power Hound, and Windows XP Hacks, Second Edition and coauthor of Windows XP Cookbook. He has also written more than 30 other books. He has written for major national newspapers and magazines, including PC Magazine, Computerworld, the Los Angeles Times, the Dallas Morning News (where he was the technology columnist), USA Today, and several others. A well-known technology expert, Preston has also appeared on many TV and radio programs and networks, including CNN, MSNBC, and NPR. In addition, he's won a number of awards for his writing, including Best Feature in a Computer Magazine from the Computer Press Association. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

About the In a Nutshell series:
O'Reilly's "In a Nutshell" books are topical quick-reference guides that document every nook and cranny of a topic or technology area. They provide quick, authoritative solutions to daily challenges. According to Tim O'Reilly, "These books aren't tutorials. They take a topic and drill down, expand, and, we hope, delight the reader by providing useful information the reader didn't even expect to find. This 'leap of usefulness' is crucial to an In a Nutshell book." Designed to be daily companions, these books belong next to your keyboard, at the ready when you need a quick answer.

Background and market info about Windows Vista in a Nutshell

Additional Resources:

Windows Vista in a Nutshell
Preston Gralla
ISBN: 0-596-52707-1, 732 pages, $34.99 US, $45.99, CAN
1-800-998-9938; 1-707-827-7000

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