• Here Comes Windows Mobile 6

    This blog post is dedicated to the nearest and dearest technology devices in my household - my mobile devices. 

    I'm sure you've heard by now that the announcement of Windows Mobile 6 is coming on Monday, and I cannot be more excitied.  I've gone from having 2003SE devices, to WM5, but from the looks of things, WM6 seems to be the heavy hitter right now. 

    It's not just the pretty looks of the skin, oh no.  It's the internals that have me smiling from ear to ear.  Searching is completely integrated (think of it as the Vista search for your mobile device), data encryption to memory cards, it's all too much for me to take in! 

    The biggest leap for some of us might be the name change though.  Not from the name Crossbow, but from the OS versions.  The new OS name scheme is this:

     Pocket PC Phone Edition -> Windows Mobile Professional (phones with touchscreens)

    Smartphone Edition -> Windows Mobile Standard (phones WITHOUT touchscreens)

    Pocket PC -> Windows Mobile Classic (PDA's without phone capabilities)

    Got all that?  The countdown is on, let's look forward to Monday!

    -Dena

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  • Let the party begin!

    It's 24 hours to go until the masses en force will be able to get Vista.  Retailers such as Newegg and Amazon has been pre-selling like crazy.  My husband came home the other night from work in a fit of joy over the box of Vista copies that are set to be put out tomarrow night. 

     While I won't be able to don all of my Vista gear in celebration for the release at work (Macy's doesn't allow logo shirts), as soon as I get off, i'm putting everything on and hopping online to join you folks in celebration. 

    Also, if any of you are in the Chicago area, and attending the Chicago New Day launch on the 7th, please let me know, I'd love to meet you there!

    One last item:  please, if any of you are headed out to get Vista, no weapons, no firearms, nothing of that sort.  We don't need deaths for technology, got it?

    -Dena

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  • Jim Allchin Responds to the Bloggers

    Jim has just posted a response to all those bloggers and "media" who have posted that Jim said that people didn't need anti-virus software.  May this be a lesson to all:  get your facts straight before posting!

     Go here to read his post.

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  • The Sounds of Windows Vista

    Jim Allchin has just written up a wonderful blog post about the new sounds in the RTM of Windows Vista.  What I thought was important to note was that the Aero user interface is actually an acronym for "Authentic, Energetic, Reflective and Open".  Jim goes on to say this:

    “It was our goal for the sounds to be just noticeable enough that if they weren’t there you would miss them, but they’re subtle enough that they don’t get in your way.  Just like the visual cues of the new Start button, the audio cues of the new sounds are "rounded" and "translucent."  The default sound scheme in Windows Vista is intentionally much gentler and softer than in previous versions.”

    P.S. -- here are a few interesting facts about the new Windows Vista Start-up sound.

    The Windows Vista Startup sound:

    • is made of dual ascending 'glassy' melodies played on top of a gentle fading Fripp 'AERO' Soundscape
    • has two parallel melodies played in an intentional "Win-dows Vis-ta" rhythm
    • consists of 4 chords, one for each color in the Windows flag
    • is  ~4 seconds long, end-to-end
    • is a collaboration between contributors Robert Fripp (primary melody + Soundscape), Tucker Martine (rhythm) and Steve Ball (harmony and final orchestration)
    • would never have been possible without the great work of Microsoft's Steve Ball and his team.  There’s an interview with Steve airing tomorrow morning (November 10, 2006) on NPR radio (we’ll post a link when it's available), if you’d like to hear more about these new sounds and the process of generating them.

    Read the entire blog post by Jim Allchin here.

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  • Windows Starter Edition

    Not alot of people seem to care about Windows Starter Edition, mainly because it doens't effect their market.  But for the millions of PC users who live in underdeveloped countries around the globe, Starter is the perfect example of the manufactorers making the person's needs met.  Don't be fooled by the people who have reviewed it and determined it is worthless; these people are high power users who arent' what Starter is targeted for at all.  To date, Starter is available in 25 languages and sold with new PC's in 139 countries. 

    With Vista RTM just a day behind us, I thought I'd give this often looked-over product a space on this blog.  Here's to many more lives being touched by still having the vision of a PC in every home.

    Windows Starter in Argentina

    Windows Starter in Brazil

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  • November 30th - Business Launch Day in New York!

    While not quite as exciting as the mass availability launch for Windows Vista, the business launch day is set for Novemeber 30th in New York City.  The event will be the launch for both Vista and Office 2007.

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  • Athens ad

    Long gone are the days when Vista was Longhorn and everything amazed and wowed us.  Back in 2004, the Athens PC concept was all the rage, and we are seeing, albeit slowly, the evolution of it's form into the mainstream computers of today.  Developed in partnership with HP, Microsoft had high hopes that this computer would be the model for the future.  here's to it actually happening in my lifetime.  Go here to see the video.

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  • November 23, 2006 - Launch Day in Canada

    Techworld.nl is reporting that MSDN Canada has realeased details of the launch events for Canadians, starting November 23rd in Edmonton.  As the MSDN page says:

    The 2007 Microsoft Launch Event
    The world is ready. Microsoft is ready.


    Join us at the biggest Microsoft launch event ever.

    You'll witness the launch of Microsoft® Windows Vista™, the 2007 Microsoft® Office system and Microsoft® Exchange Server 2007.

    Sounds exciting.  I've heard rumors that the US Vista launch will be in DC, so I've got to save my money for that.  Anyone willing to donate a few bucks to the Dena-needs-money foundation?  Wink

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  • ISO Recorder V3 out!

    Chris Johnson just wrote that ISO Recorder is now out and fully compatable with Vista!  Get it while it's hot.

    http://isorecorder.alexfeinman.com/isorecorder.htm

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  • Windows Mobile Device Center Beta 3 For Vista

    If you have been damning the fact that there has not been a way to sync your ultra-cool new Cingular 3125 or HTC Hermes with your main production Vista computer, rejoice now.  Microsoft has just released beta 3 of it's upgrade to ActiveSync, called Windows Mobile Device Center.

    The refresh has been a long time coming, and I'm sure when I get home from my trip, I'll be able to share in all of the connection joy (I'm still in Seattle until Saturday).

    For those who aren't aware, WMDC will NOT be included into Vista, but will be offered as a download when you first connect a Windows Mobile device.  Please keep in mind that WM5 and WM2003 (and SE) are supported, while WM2002 has been left out of the final code.

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  • Office 2007 RTM...Almost

    It seems with all the roar happening around the RC2 of Vista, Office 2007 got left in the dust.  Today I was informed that Office 2007 will indeed be RTM-ing by October 25th (a peculiar date coinciding with a particular operating system perhaps?). 

    While I am happy that Office 2007 has finally made it's way to RTM, I wish the team would have cranked out more betas to the testers.  It seemed a long time from Beta 2 until the TR, and then now we have been told that there will not be any more code to us until we can buy the Office suite.  One more drop, Microsoft, please?

    Nonetheless, congratulations to the team for working very hard and staying up late into the midnight hours to help squash bugs.  Here's to Office 2007 making an office administrator's dream come true.

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  • Microsoft Vacation

    Yikes, this week has been hectic!  The Vista tour at Microsoft is over, and it really was great to see all the amazing people who work on Vista daily.  I want to thank the beta team for making the tour happen, especially Wendy Stidmon and Paul Donnelly.  Special thanks also to Robert, our very own admin here at Windows-Now, for some very down-to-Earth discussions.

    While I can't delve into what was talked about extensivly at the tour, there are certain things that are looking very promising.  RC2 was released at the touch of a special beta testers' hand, and they are still on track for delivering Vista to the masses in the early part of next year. 

    In the next few days, the public download for RC2 should be up and ready for anyone willing to throw it onto their home machines.  RTM is on the way and it's looking quite good.  I'd highly suggest that if you can afford the Ultimate Edition, you should get it. 

    The SWAG gallery isn't up yet because I still have some items to photograph, but it should be up in the next day or so.

    Last but not least, I wanted to take the time out to thank the people I met on the tour that actually read my blog.  It's been a real invigorating expereince for me to go from no readership to being able to see my posts in very cool places.  So thanks to the people who continue to support me, my blog, and most importantly, the new Windows-Now.com.  Thank you all!

     PS:  Some people have written to me to tell me the Gallery isn't working.  I havent' posted the pictures yet as I am not home from my vacation yet and don't have a good enough access to a computer to upload the photographs at this time.  My sincere apologies, and I will try to have the gallery up on Sunday the 15th.  Thanks!

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  • Vacation to Redmond

    Hey Guys!  I hope you really like the new site, it should be really invigorating.  Just wanted to drop a note that I will be at the Redmond campus Thursday and Friday for the Microsoft Vista Tour.  The NDA is pretty strict, but I'll post what I can share for you.  Stay tuned for more details and a fabulous SWAG gallery!
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  • No Love From Symantec

    I started sifting through some Vista news today and I can't even bear to see it.  All I see is that Symantec is claiming that Microsoft is not giving up the API's to Vista so that microsoft can dominate and abuse it's power over the computer masses and have people buy their software instead of Symantec's.  Well I've got news for you Symantec.  It's not abuse of power.  If your shitty product worked half as good as you tout it to be, then there would be no need for other people to be making anti-virus and other security programs.  Some of you may be wondering what i did to say that they have a no-good product.  In December 2001, I bought a DVD, and I popped it into my computer (running Windows 98 at the time...hadn't got the upgrade to XP yet).  The DVD that I had bought was a Powerpuff Girl DVD, and unbeknownst to me, it had the PE FunLove virus on it.  That thing is nasty.  If you do a little bit of Google-ing, you can find out that it was actually that way in the factory, and they had recalled all the DVD's.  Anyway, so I had the  most up to date detections, and this virus STILL MADE IT BY.  The detections for it had been out since 1999, but it got by, and crashed my machine hard.  So needless to say, I can't see Symantec whining over anything when they themsevles can't produce a consistant anti-virus product.  Let them whine; I'll take any other anti-virus but them.
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  • SPOT Watches: An End User's Journey

    I found this article on The Seattle Times website.  I thought I'd share this with you guys so that you can see how tough it is to own a SPOT watch.  I myself had TWO of these watches back in 2005.  I like them, even though they are definatly NOT made for a ladies' wrist.  The problem I had was that I had to change my subscription over and they kept saying it was done, but it wasn't.  I felt that the "support" team didn't have a clue as to how to work the watches themselves.  After 6 months of owning the 2nd watch, I gave up, stopped calling support and canceled my subscription.  Unfortunatly, I'd still be using the watches if the support team had done their job properly.  Anyway, here is the story from the Seattle Times, and if you have any comments, please do!  i love to hear from you guys, evne if you say you love the watches ;-)

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