Via CNET, this would be funny if it weren’t so sad in regards to the ongoing scheduling saga of computer book authors and publishers everywhere. Microsoft wants customers to “Get Ready Now,” for Vista, which means they want you to upgrade your PC ahead of time and benefit from special offers when the product actually ships. But you know what happens when you upgrade, prices drop the next week, and the “Vista Ready” PC you buy in November is not as capable as the actual Vista machine you buy in January, February or March. Linked.
Of course, as befits an operating system that will ship in many different flavors, you can plan to be “Vista Capable” or you can be “Premium Ready.” CNET quotes the specs — “To be classified as Vista-capable, a computer needs an 800MHz processor, 512MB of memory and a DirectX 9-capable graphics card. Premium Ready machines need a 1GHz processor, 128MB of graphics memory, 1GB of system memory, a 40GB hard drive and an internal or external DVD-ROM drive.”