August 2006 - Posts

  • Windows Vista From An Accessible Point Of View

    As most of you already know, Windows Vista will ship with a highly intuitive Speech Recognition program.  Yes, as I write this, I know many of you are thinking "but the demo went wrong!".  Let's just blame bad accoustics, people.  At any rate, I have used the SR program for many of my articles in the past, and continue to do so.  Recently in The Seattle Times, they ran an article about a young woman living with a brain injury and how SR technology in Vista has made her life easier.

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  • Windows Marketplace Is Updated

    Windows Marketplace has been renovating over the past couple of months and it has finally been unveiled what was behind all of that lovely tarp.  The new site layout is more intuitive, and features a wholly-Vista look and feel.  The significant change is a tool called Digital Locker, which lets you shop the site, input your credit card information, and pay for every piece of software at once without having to go to each developer’s site to pay.  Also included is the ability to retrieve all of your past downloads and CD-keys from what you buy on the site, and being able to see that information anywhere.  Users will now be able to use RSS feeds to get the latest downloads in Games, Mobile Devices, and Security. I think with the overall design scheme, users will be better at navigating the site, and not just immediately delete the Marketplace link in the start menu. Windows Marketplace could become a good contender for buying software without leaving your house.