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Extra, extra! Vista Ultimate extras go live

Windows Vista Ultimate edition extras will be available upon launch.

If you've been playing around with a prerelease version of Windows Vista Ultimate (millions of people have been testing different versions of the new OS for months), you might have been wondering about all the extra features promised in the highest-end Ultimate edition.

Instead of the usual "no extras are currently available" message, users can now download two new features. The first is Hold 'Em Poker, a basic single-player poker simulator. The second is a series of enhancements that make it easier to use the BitLocker hard drive encryption system.

It may not be the most awe-inspiring start for the much-hyped Ultimate Extras program, but at least Microsoft has started dishing them out right at launch. If you have Windows Vista Ultimate, just click Windows Update, and you'll be able to download the new extras.