LabVIEW 8.2.1 operates with Windows Vista
National Instruments is releasing a new version of LabVIEW, the graphical design platform for test, control and embedded system development, for use with Windows Vista. NI LabVIEW 8.2.1 includes both the desktop development environment as well as related application software including the LabVIEW Real-Time and LabVIEW FPGA modules. NI is also releasing new 32-bit and 64-bit hardware drivers with support for the 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows Vista. For the first time, NI is offering PXI embedded controllers with Windows Vista pre-installed as the default operating system.
As a scheduled maintenance release, LabVIEW 8.2.1 includes bug fixes for improved performance and reliability. In addition to Windows Vista, LabVIEW 8.2.1 continues to support Windows XP and Windows 2000, as well as Mac OS X and Linux. LabVIEW 8.2.1 is available for download now through the NI Services Resource Center to current NI Standard Service Program (SSP) members.
Windows Vista, the newest version of the Microsoft operating system, was released to the general public in early 2007. One important aspect of Windows Vista that impacts engineers and scientists is an increased focus on security, resulting in a new user privilege model known as User Account Control. UAC is designed to prevent viruses and other malware from gaining control of a PC. Engineers and scientists building mission-critical systems or controlling production lines and manufacturing test systems with LabVIEW and related National Instruments software benefit from this new emphasis on security. LabVIEW 8.2.1 extends the new features and improvements found in LabVIEW 8.20 by introducing compatibility with Windows Vista security changes.
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