Microsoft Simplifies Home Computing with Windows Rally Technologies
The device-connectivity technologies, part of Windows Vista,
provide people with the ability to easily connect devices and simplify their
LOS ANGELES, May 15, 2007 – Microsoft
doesn’t just want people to live a digital lifestyle. The software company
wants them to embrace it.
That can be difficult for people who
feel bombarded by the amount of digital information they’ve amassed and the
number of devices they use to create, share and store it. Windows Rally
technologies seek to help users get the most from their Windows Vista-based PCs
and the new wave of innovation occurring on connected devices.
Windows Rally technologies aim to make
device connectivity simple, robust and more secure. Networking devices that
carry the Certified for Windows Vista logo, Windows Vista-based PCs, and Xbox
360s all use Windows Rally technologies. The Certified for Windows Vista logo
ensures the software or devices are tested for Windows Vista security,
reliability and compatibility standards, as well as ease of installation and
uninstallation. Certified for Windows Vista components and devices undergo
testing that will be validated by Microsoft’s Windows Hardware Quality Lab.
Microsoft expects the program to improve customer experiences by providing a
uniform minimum quality bar for all certified products.
Windows Rally technologies aim to give
users great end-to-end experiences for every element of their interaction with
a device. This is accomplished by providing standard, baseline mechanisms for
device discovery, configuration, management and network quality. The individual
protocols and the experiences they are designed to enable are:
- Link Layer Topology Discovery (LLTD), a
layer 2 protocol that operates over Ethernet. Any device that implements LLTD
will appear on the Windows Vista Network Map with an icon representing the
device, allowing users one-click access to the device’s Web User Interface.
- Windows Connect Now (WCN), Microsoft’s
implementation of the WiFi Alliance’s WiFi Protected Setup, which provides a
simple, secure wireless setup experience for Wi-Fi enabled devices.
- Devices Profile for Web Services
(DPWS), which enables rich, secure programmatic control of devices, and easy
discovery of device capabilities.
- Plug and Play Extensions (PnPX), which
enable the same plug-and-play experience users are familiar with for devices
that connect via buses, such as USB. By extending this model to
network-connected devices, users get the same rapid discovery and simple
"ready to use" experience.
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