Windows Weekly 109

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Windows Weekly
Episode 109


Topics

  • Bing
    • Microsoft's next-gen search engine is announced
    • Public beta next week
    • What it is: General purpose search engine, yes, but the big deal is decision-oriented searches around verticals like travel, health, shopping, and others
    • Nice work cleaning up the UI too
  • Zune HD is real
    • Here's what we know: OLED multi-touch screen, HD output, HD Radio receiver, Wi-Fi, IE 6-based web browser. Ships September 5 according to my sources at Microsoft. More info this summer[1]
    • Related (and the real point of this announcement): Zune/Xbox Live Marketplace integration
    • Next week at E3, Microsoft will announce new Zune video service for Xbox Live
  • Windows Touch puts natural UI over the top
    • Windows 7 will be first version of Windows to include pervasive, integrated multi-touch
    • Puts natural UIs over the top: Previous efforts--pen computing, Tablet PC, touch, UMPC, etc.--only solved part of the problem.
    • A Touch Feature Pack for Windows 7 will be made available with new PCs, includes touch-specific games and apps[2]
  • Also...
    • Windows 7 build 7137 has leaked
    • Windows Vista/Server 2008 SP2 is publicly available as promised
  • HP supports first-gen WHS users with features from newer server versions
    • Amazon S3 backup, Apple Time Machine support

Tip of the Week

  • I get a lot of questions about using Windows Live SkyDrive via Windows Explorer. Microsoft offers no solution for this, and we've previously discussed Gladinet as a workaround. But there are other alternatives: Live Mesh (excellent for PC-to-PC-to-web sync) and third party tools like DropBox (http://www.getdropbox.com), which let you do true drag and drop file sync, treating remote locations like normal shell folders in Windows. Live Mesh is so good we used it for the book.

Software Pick of the Week

  • Installpad - "InstallPad takes a list of your favorite programs and will download and install the ones you pick. It doesn't need to ask any questions, so you can go do more important things ... InstallPad can help you get a machine set up with service packs, applications or development tools without the need for CDs or running lots of scripts. With it you can quickly install a host of programs silently, pass arguments to the installers, and run post-installation scripts."

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Picks

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The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite by David Kessler (UNABRIDGED)
Narrated by Blair Hardman

ad time: 0:33-0:43 and 55:59-1:00:48

Drobo

ad time 0:44-0:58 and 15:53-20:00

Production Information

  • Recorded Date: May 28, 2009
  • Release Date: May 29, 2009
  • Duration: 1:18:19
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  • Edited by: Tony
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