Windows Weekly 152

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Windows Weekly
Episode 152

Contents

Topics

  • SuperSite Blog gets moderated
    • And the silliness ends
  • PC sales surge in Q1 2010: We could be looking at a record year
    • 81.7 million units sold worldwide, up 26 percent
    • 17.5 million units sold in US, up  18.6 percent 
  • Windows 7 Service Pack 1 leaks
    • Nothing to see here, as previously promised
  • Microsoft KIN launches
    • Thoughts about Microsoft's new social phone
    • Oh, and Palm is going under. Not because of KIN, but related news.
  • Another reminder: End of support for Vista RTM this past week
    • Plus other OSes expiring soon. 
  • Google Docs vs. Microsoft Office
    • Come on, it's no contest

Windows 7 Feature of the Week: Readyboost

  • eadyBoost first appeared in Windows Vista, providing users with a way to cheaply and easily improve the performance of their PCs by utilizing a USB memory key as a memory cache. In Windows 7, ReadyBoost is improved in numerous way: It supports multiple memory devices, can work with USB memory keys, Secure Digital (SD) memory cards, and other internal flash devices, and supports over 4 GB of storage.

Windows 7 Tip of the Week: Understand your PC-to-PC sync options

  • Windows 7 has an offline files feature that can be used to sync network-based files and folders to a PC for roaming access. This works OK, but there are better options for home users.
    • Live Mesh and Windows Live Sync for PC-to-PC folder sync. (Mesh adds remote PC access and web folder).
    • SyncToy 2 for keeping a running backup of a folder on one PC on another (can be one-way or two-way). This can be useful even with WHS.
    • Carbonite and many others for PC-to-cloud sync/auto backup.
  • There's a lot more that could be discussed around sync ... Bookmarks/favorites sync and so on
  • Some follow-ups to last week's tip:
    • Individuals can save 25 percent on TechNet Plus subscriptions too. Here's how.
    • Very small businesses (10 or fewer employees) can get free* copies of Windows Web Server Edition and SQL Server Web Edition through WebSiteSpark
    • Startups can get an amazing range of free* Microsoft software as well as support through BizSpark - Development tools (Visual Studio/Expression Studio), platforms (Windows Server, SQL Server, Office SharePoint Server, System Center servers, more), and production licenses
  • Thanks to Ola Johansson for the tip on those last two
  • Bonus tip: Free Starbucks coffee today only
    • "On Thursday, April 15, the company will reward customers who bring a reusable tumbler into participating stores with a complimentary brewed coffee."
  • Thanks to Jeff S. for the tip.

Software Pick of the Week

Notable Quotes

Significant Products

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Sponsors

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