Windows Weekly 100

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Windows Weekly
Episode 100


Topics

  • Windows 7 RC news
    • Looks like it's happening in May http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/dd353205.aspx
    • Some secret new features are coming. I can't say more.
    • Side issue: Had an interesting phone conference with Ed Bott and Joe Wilcox. Joe said something that I think is correct: With all the changes Microsoft is suddenly making to Windows 7 post-Beta, it seems that its heading back into "design-by-committee" territory. Previously, it seemed like there was an Apple-like vision to the design, where right or wrong, it was at least cohesive.
  • Windows Home Server PP2 is out
    • Minor update to original WHS software ... the last one, actually
    • Next release is a major new WHS version due in 2010, codenamed Vail
    • Just a few features: Better OOBE/new language support (for new installs only), Better remote access, better media streaming (Media Center integration and MPEG-4 support)
    • Will arrive automatically via WU, no direct download
    • Related: WHS Add-ins. There are over 100 right now and some are really good http://forum.wegotserved.com/index.php?autocom=downloads
  • Windows Mobile 6.5 update
    • Check out the MIX 09 web site for some interesting session videos and PPT downloads
    • Includes a really nice overview of Windows Mobile 6.5
    • I may have been too hasty about this release. Yes, its an interim/catch up release. But it looks decent
    • Related: I think I've settled on a plan for Windows Mobile
  • OnLive: Gaming in the cloud
    • New service will remote need for 3D hardware, high-end PCs ... and video game consoles
    • This one looks real, is backed by some serious software developers
  • Sorry Derek, Maybe we jumped the gun too fast on Jim Allchin  :)
  • Everything Must Go ... delayed one week to April 4
    • I've been too busy to get everything together in time for Saturday.... So, sorry... one more week

Tip of the Week

Check out a few of IE 8's least understood new features:

  • Web slices are Microsoft's latest attempt at "at your fingertips info access" (a la the Sidebar in Windows Vista).

http://ieaddons.com/ and then Web Slices on the left Some obvious ones: Weather, eBay, Traffic, ESPN Sports

  • Visual search suggestions ... and multiple search providers

IE 8 is the most search engine-friendly browser there is Load it up with Google, Live Search, Yahoo!, Amazon.com, NYTimes, whatever Run the same search against multiple searches Web-based searches auto-populate the search box

Software Pick of the Week

  • WMWiFiRouter http://www.wmwifirouter.com/
    • Use your Windows Mobile phone and its 3G connection as a high-speed modem for your PC. Requires a WM 5.x or 6.x phone with both Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity. Will be testing this soon,(Not free: Costs 19.99 Euro.)
    • Recommended by a number of people, most recently of Derek J. Nolan of 2old2play.com and the 2old2type Radio Podcast - aimed at the discriminating older gentlemen. :)
  • Wolfenstein 3D Classic for the iPhone, DOS-based 3D shooter comes to the iPhone, DOOM is next

Notable Quotes

Significant Products

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Sponsors

Audible

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Picks

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Meltdown: A Look at Why the Economy Tanked and Government Bailouts Will Make Things Worse by Thomas E. Woods (UNABRIDGED)
Narrated by Alan Sklar

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  • gotomeeting.com/windows
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Production Information

  • Recorded Date: March 26, 2009
  • Release Date: March 27, 2009
  • Duration: 1:25:07
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  • Edited by: Tony
  • Notes: NA
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