Windows Weekly 143

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Episode 143

Windows Weekly 143: Macworld Expo... Not

Microsoft kills Windows 2000, why Windows 7 is not responsible for your battery life, and Windows Mobile 7 debuts in Barcelona...


  • Windows Activation Technologies Update for Windows 7
    • Microsoft changes product activation in Windows 7 to meet new threats and exploits
    • There are no user experience changes
    • Curiously, it's completely optional
    • But if you do install it and it finds your PC to be non-genuine, there's no going back
    • Most important note: My clean install with Upgrade media hack is not affected by this
  • The Windows 7 battery life issue that wasn't
    • Microsoft announces that Windows 7 is not responsible for any battery issues
    • What's really happening: Windows 7 includes new battery health alerts, these batteries were already dying
  • Another look at smart phone market share
    • This time from the US
    • Some interesting trends here
    • RIM is still number one with 41.6 percent of the market (down 1 percent)
    • Apple is number 2 with 25.3 percent (up 1.2)
    • Microsoft #3 with 18 (down 1)
    • Palm #4 6.1 percent (down 2.2), Nokia #5
    • Question: If iPhone is so dominant in the US, how is Windows Mobile still so close?
    • This suggests Windows Mobile 7 might actually have a chance
  • Some Windows versions are expiring this year, Time to upgrade
    • Windows Vista (RTM). The initial shipping version of Windows Vista will no longer be supported starting April 13, 2010. Microsoft recommends that users upgrade to Vista Service Pack 2 (SP2) or to Windows 7.
    • Windows XP with Service Pack 2. This XP version is no longer supported as of July 13, 2010. Microsoft recommends that users upgrade to Service Pack 3 (SP3) or to Windows 7. (Also of note is Windows Vista with Service Pack 1, which will no longer be supported starting July 13, 2011, and as with Vista RTM, Microsoft recommends that users upgrade to a newer version.)
    • Windows 2000. The extended support phase for Windows 2000 will retire on July 13, 2010. Customers will need to upgrade to a newer Windows version in order to continue receiving security updates.

Windows 7 Feature of the Week: Taskbar

  • The Windows 7 taskbar is all new, with new capabilities and some new issues to workaround. [1]

Tip of the Week

  • Search the Internet from the Start Menu
    • Normally, Start Menu Search can only be used to search for programs and files. But with a simple change, you can use it to trigger Internet searches using your default browser and search engine.

Thanks to L. Valenta for the tip

  • Get "Windows 7 Secrets" for 47 percent off at Amazon for a limited time [2]
    • The bad news: It's US only

Software Pick of the Week

  • Visual Studio 2010 RC - Latest pre-release version of Microsoft's development environment I use it to develop web sites. Killer text editor
  • Speccy - Advanced system information tool for Windows
    • Thanks to Brent for the tip.

Notable Quotes

Significant Products

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A People's History of the United States: Highlights from the Twentieth Century by Howard Zinn (ABRIDGED)
Narrated by Matt Damon and Howard Zinn



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Production Information

  • Edited by: Tony
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