Microsoft releases new Ultimate Extras - Microsoft Tinker

Microsoft has silently released 3 updates for Windows Ultimate users today.

Microsoft Tinker, Ultimate Extra sounds from Microsoft Tinker and Windows DreamScene Content Pack #4 are all available on Windows Update now.

Microsoft Tinker is a puzzle based game where players get a set amount of moves to move a robot around a puzzle and solve the level. The DreamScene content pack adds some new high definition videos for use on the desktop and the sound pack allows you to set your sound scheme to that of Microsoft Tinker.

Previously, Microsoft released a set of extras back in April and promised more offerings in the future. Like the update in April there has been no official announcement that these extras have been released on UltimatePC.com or Microsoft's main site.

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With theese poor extras, the only ultimate in Vista ultumate is the price. Theese extras are things you could get anywhere else but from Microsoft. With any operating system, should be able to get the most of your computer, not having to pay more for the full operability of devices (such as faxing). Full operability, reasonable price, no phony extras.

(buzz99 said @ #13)
With theese poor extras, the only ultimate in Vista ultumate is the price. Theese extras are things you could get anywhere else but from Microsoft. With any operating system, should be able to get the most of your computer, not having to pay more for the full operability of devices (such as faxing). Full operability, reasonable price, no phony extras.

Then tell me how to get SUA on non-Ultimate Windows.
Or GTFO.

Microsoft should consider making Vista Ultimate more "special"... one thing I can think of is to allow remote access to the computer as another user (via remote desktop) while a local user is using the computer. Those using their computer with HTPCs would definitely benefit from being able to, say, edit a document on a laptop remotely connected to the HTPC while watching a movie...

I know there are already hacks to do this, but it would be nice if such a feature was officially supported by Microsoft - something to make Ultimate more than just Home Premium + Business.

Of course, more stuff would be nice...

So if my post informs the news poster I still don't get credit? I'm not saying mine 100% did, but jeez never mind.

Thanks Microsoft, but I can choose my own game on the game shop shelves

Luckily I got my Vista Ultimate legally somewhere else (not paid for it). You guys must have been ****ed with all these extras O_o

(:: Lyon :: said @ #9)
Thanks Microsoft, but I can choose my own game on the game shop shelves

Luckily I got my Vista Ultimate legally somewhere else (not paid for it). You guys must have been ****ed with all these extras O_o

I don't think most people bought it for the extras. Many people simply wanted all the Vista features at once.

(GreyWolfSC said @ #9.1)

I don't think most people bought it for the extras. Many people simply wanted all the Vista features at once.


Exactly. Vista Ultimate is just that... the ultimate version of Windows Vista; It has all the features of all the other versions of Vista. The "Ultimate" Extras" are extra crap the Microsoft throws your way from time to time. Most people don't need Vista Ultimate. (Heck, most people, don't need Vista, period. They would be better off with XP IMHO)

If you pay for a premium product, you expect a premium product. Not one that arrives in a years time in a half-hearted manner. Athough I don't have any (major) issues with Ultimate itself, I think that people are being convinced into buying Ultimate under the impression that it is noticably better yet the normal vista user will never use any of the features that Ultimate offers over Home Premium.

Ultimate doesn't offer value for money compared to other versions in the majority of normal situations. Lower the price.

(RDExpress said @ #9.3)
If you pay for a premium product, you expect a premium product. Not one that arrives in a years time in a half-hearted manner. Athough I don't have any (major) issues with Ultimate itself, I think that people are being convinced into buying Ultimate under the impression that it is noticably better yet the normal vista user will never use any of the features that Ultimate offers over Home Premium.

Ultimate doesn't offer value for money compared to other versions in the majority of normal situations. Lower the price.

By that logic though, Ferraris should be the same price as all the "normal" cars as the normal user won't do anything different with them.

Buying Vista ultimate and using it only for it's "Home Premium" features is like buying a Ferrari to do the school run, if you're willing to spend the money, you should have the sense to research what advantages it holds, and whether you really need it.

(Majesticmerc said @ #9.4)

By that logic though, Ferraris should be the same price as all the "normal" cars as the normal user won't do anything different with them.

Buying Vista ultimate and using it only for it's "Home Premium" features is like buying a Ferrari to do the school run, if you're willing to spend the money, you should have the sense to research what advantages it holds, and whether you really need it.


Except the with a Ferrari vs say my Saturn, there is a value added with the price difference, I get a car with a better motor, seats, etc.

The difference between Ultimate and Home Premium is more like buying a car and paying an extra grand for the "Spot" Package.

(z0phi3l said @ #9.5)
Except the with a Ferrari vs say my Saturn, there is a value added with the price difference, I get a car with a better motor, seats, etc.

The difference between Ultimate and Home Premium is more like buying a car and paying an extra grand for the "Spot" Package.


You can't really compare vi$ta ultimate to a ferrari, unless the ferrari comes with a blown engine or just breaks down all the time, then the comparison would be somewhat valid.

Your logic only works if

1) you already presupposed that there is a justification for 4 different versions of Vista (available to home users)

Microsoft has performed marvellously in making its users perceive a substantial value difference between Ultimate and the other non-Ultimate versions. For as long as we talk about Vista that way (and make known our desire to own the 'latest and greatest' from Microsoft), the psychological conditioning has worked.

(spinning_quirK said @ #9.7)
Your logic only works if

1) you already presupposed that there is a justification for 4 different versions of Vista (available to home users)

Microsoft has performed marvellously in making its users perceive a substantial value difference between Ultimate and the other non-Ultimate versions. For as long as we talk about Vista that way (and make known our desire to own the 'latest and greatest' from Microsoft), the psychological conditioning has worked.


Since you ask, and since we're talking about cars: why do manufacturers make more than one type of car? To suit different needs.

Yes, a software package is built somewhat differently, but it's justifiable to still give it different levels. If you put everything in one package, it's too much, and too expensive. The company can't justify all the content for the cost and the customer return.

Thus, you create different levels, suitable for different people. Vista Ultimate is generally not suitable for Joe Public - there's all sorts of extra stuff they just don't need and will confuse more than help.


Aaanyway, this comes from a thread where someone says "You can't really compare vi$ta ultimate to a ferrari, unless the ferrari comes with a blown engine or just breaks down all the time, then the comparison would be somewhat valid."

Is there no originality (or actual thinking) left in the world?

Well, definitely better than nothing but really... DreamScene videos and a new sound set? I always disable sounds and use conventional wallpapers. Tinker is actually pretty cool, much more what I was expecting from Ultimate Extras. However, there should definitely be more content. It would also be nice to see some regular desktops, as those would like be used by a lot more people.

I guess with Windows 7 coming up they don't want the bad press associated with the lack of content to date.

ok, Tinker is quite cool, but seriously, why on earth does such a simple game take SOOoooooo long to load a level?? (core2duo, vista 64, 4gb ram)

BAH!!!! Really bad extras if you ask me.... Give some wpf apps or something cool that can set me apart from the other Vista users!!!!!!!!!

(WarLuigi said @ #3)
BAH!!!! Really bad extras if you ask me.... Give some wpf apps or something cool that can set me apart from the other Vista users!!!!!!!!!

WPF works on any version of Vista, the extras don't. You're set apart.