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  • CNET looks at the Post-Gates Era

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    CNET takes a moment to ask members of the community what their thoughts are on Windows in a post-Bill Gates Era at Microsoft when he departs the company in 2008 . Our very own Robert McLaws was one of those community members they interviewed. I totally
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  • My New Columns!

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    I've started up three new weekly "round-up" columns this week: "This Week with Windows" - a weekly round-up of conversations within our community along with some commentary by me of course. I think this is a great way to try and showcase some of the great
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  • A Few Vista CPP Updates

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    Here's a few updates on Microsoft's Customer Preview Program for Windows Vista: Users flock to download Vista through the CPP: As of last night, over 18,000 orders of Windows Vista Beta 2 were made! Also: CPP Customers will get access to RC1 when available
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  • Windows Vista Beta 2 CPP Launched

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    The Windows Vista Beta 2 Customer Preview Program has officially launched this evening making Build 5384.4 available to the masses. Not in the Technical Beta Program and dying for a chance to test out Microsoft's next version of Windows? You can now sign
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  • My WinHEC 2006 Round-up

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    You can view a round-up of my WinHEC 2006 Coverage by clicking here. Overall, I found my experience at WinHEC very rewarding.
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  • Windows Mobile Device Center

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    Microsoft is using "Centers" to control certain aspects of Windows rather than smothering you with tons of "Wizards". And in one area they use a Center is for Windows Mobile Device Control. You can read about Windows Mobile Device Center by clicking here
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  • Enable Windows Vista's New Boot Screen

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    A member of AeroXperience's Forum has posted instructions on how to enable the new Windows Vista Boot Screen that supposedly replaces the empty black screen with the gray status bars we've seen for quite some time. Click here for the instructions to enable
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  • Beta 2 May not be Build 5381 (Updated)?

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    Paul Thurrott is now reporting that although Microsoft still intends to had out Windows Vista Beta 2 DVD's out at WinHEC, we may not be seeing Build 5381 as the Beta 2 Build . Its interesting to see how the road to Beta 2 is unfolding. I would have thought
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  • Windows Media Player 11 for XP Details

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    Bink talks about some details posted by the website The Hot Fix in regards to possibly seeing Windows Media Player 11 Beta for XP enter public preview mode later this month. The beta is expected to hit May 17th, and be open to the public. As expected
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  • At the Windows Vista Beta 2 Lab: Day 1

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    Today was an awesome day. Robert and I flew out to Seattle for the Windows Vista Beta 2 Lab for Featured Communities. This lab is designed to give the Featured Communities a closer look at the upcoming Beta 2 Release, slated for the week of May 22nd to
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  • Windows SideShow on 10

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    Laura and Tina over at the 10 Show take a look at Windows SideShow. Windows SideShow is the new hardware technology that is exists in an auxiliary display on the exterior of devices such as laptops, cell phones, and even Media Center Remote Controls.
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  • Windows Vista Build 5381 Released

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    Microsoft last night released yet another interim build of Windows Vista - Build 5381. This is certainly a very interesting releasing seeing as Paul Thurrott had stated this build would be Beta 2 . My only guess is they might be giving us step one of
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  • Windows Vista Beta 2 Coming to WinHEC

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    According to Paul Thurrott, Build 5381 will be finalized and released at WinHEC this year - with a broader Customer Preview Program (CPP) release in the following days. While I have no doubt Paul is correct about getting Beta 2 at WinHEC, I remain skeptical
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  • New User Access Control Articles

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    The User Access Control (UAC) Blog talks about the Application Compatibility Toolkit 5.0 that's coming . The toolkit will be a major asset for Developers wanting to test their applications for Windows Vista and UAC. ALSO: The UAC Blog has an indepth article
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  • Glass with Office 2007 on Windows Vista

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    Jensen Harris put online some screenshots that show us exactly what Glass will look like on Windows Vista . Here's what Jensen tells us about the screenshots: We're still planning on some visual tweaks based on feedback and to optimize for glass, especially
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  • New York Times Embraces Vista

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    The New York Times has developed a desktop application for reading your news called Times Reader . Times reader takes full advantage of the technologies in Windows Vista. Here's a bit from the Press Release: Overall, the Times Reader enhances the onscreen
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  • What's up with Internet Explorer 7+?

    In the latest build of Windows Vista (Build 5365), users have noticed that in the About information for IE 7 it displays the name "Windows Internet Explorer 7+". I decided to do some digging as to what the + means. According to a Microsoft spokesperson
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  • Windows Mail Tray Control

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    My good friend Kristan from digitalfive.org felt Windows Mail in Vista needs a Tray Control feature so he decided to make one himself! I was one of his beta testers and found the new Tray Control tool he created actually quite useful. Head over to his
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  • Windows Vista Preview on 10

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    Microsoft's 10 Show does a Windows Vista Preview . Here's what they say about the Preview: "Microsoft Windows Vista! Are you kidding me? We get an inside look at Microsoft's new operating system. From music to digital photos to new search capabilities
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  • Windows Internet Explorer 7.0 Beta 2 Now Available

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    You can now test Windows Internet Explorer 7.0 Beta 2 . You must uninstall any previous Beta 2 Previews before proceeding to install the full Beta 2 of IE 7. After installing Beta 2, you will notice the UI is the same has seen to some extend from the
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