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“Hold that Doc”…Microsoft does it again-by freeze-drying.

September 2nd, 2005 by Patrick S

Speaking at the Australian Tech Ed conference on the Gold Coast in Queensland this week, senior product manager Amy Stephan offered a preview of the Freeze Dry technology.

Windows Vista will include a new technology known as Freeze Dry designed to maintain application states and unsaved documents even when patches are automatically applied and PCs are rebooted.

Usually IT managers plan to automatically install patches and updates on machines during periods when they are inactive, such as overnight or on weekends. However, as some patches require machines to reboot, users who leave documents open and unsaved run the risk of losing that data if the machine is automatically updated.

Freeze Dry eliminates that problem by automatically saving application state and documents and then restoring them once the system restarts, Stephan said (sort of like Hibernating but your system is still rebooted completely.)

Microsoft has promoted the general concept of saving application state in earlier discussions of Windows Vista, (formerly codenamed Longhorn), but hasn’t previously revealed the Freeze Dry name.
A new point release of Vista is expected at the Professional Developers Conference in Los Angeles later this month. Officials said this week that beta 2 of the operating system is on target for a wider release before the end of the year.

In my opinion (if it works without any glitches) it will be an awesome concept!
(Almost should incorporate it into R2 *cough* :P)

Patrick S

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  1. Patrick E Says:

    There are times I’d like to “freeze-dry” Windows Vista itself… I just keep reminding myself it’s still Beta 1 software, and how far it’s come since the 4074 MSDN build that was terribly slow a year ago..

    But this looks like a really cool feature, hope to see some more cool stuff whenever Redmond gives us a new build 🙂