Windows Weekly 157

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Windows Weekly
Episode 157


  • Embedded in Redmond
    • My week in the belly of the beast (literally)
    • Hands on with the KIN ... And a little bit about Windows Phone 7
  • The New Hotmail
    • Microsoft unveils the next version of its Hotmail webmail service. Due in mid-to-late June
    • Slightly modified new UI (more Gmail like), filtering (Quick Views and mailbox filters), conversation view (optional, unlike Gmail), integrated Messenger, major photo/Office document sharing improvements (10 GB per email, 200 docs/photos per email, each up to 50 MB big; hosted on SkyDrive), Active Views.
    • The best bit: They're adding Exchange ActiveSync support for mobile devices (finally). There's also a new mobile site for email/calendar that works on iPhone/Android/etc.
    • This is the beginning of the Windows Live Wave 4 stuff.
  • No huge surprise here: Office Live Workspace accounts moving to Office Web Apps this year
  • Smart phone Q1 2010 sales
    • 1 - Symbian, 24m units sold, 44 percent market share, down 5.5 percentage points
    • 2 - RIM, 10.5m units, 19.4, down 2
    • 3 - Apple, 15.4m units, up 5
    • 4 - Android, 9.6m units, up 8 (up 707 percent in NA!)
    • 5 - Windows Mobile, 6.8m units, down 3.4
    • Notes: 54m smart phones sold in first quarter, up 49 percent (PCs are selling 1m a day/90m quarter)
    • Last year, iPhone and WM were neck and neck at 10.5/10.2 percent
    • Android expected to surpass Apple by end of year, early 2011

Windows 7 Feature of the Week: Windows Experience Index

  • My PC goes to 11
    • Started in Vista, used to rate overall PC performance on a scale of 1 to 5.9; now goes to 7.9 [1]
    • Ostensibly used to ensure that certain applications (especially games) will run properly but it's really just a way for support people to quickly gauge potential system bottlenecks.

Windows 7 Tip of the Week: Map SkyDrive to Windows Explorer without Microsoft Office

  • A number of readers have written in with tips about mapping SkyDrive folders to Windows Explorer without using Microsoft Office 2010. There's even a utility to make this easier. [2]

Software Pick of the Week

  • Aqua Snap - An Aero Snap extension with some other interesting features too
  • Thanks to Victor Sacco for the tip!
  • Tiny Spell - "Occasionally you need to check spelling in an application that does not include a spelling checker and you don't want to launch your word processor just for that. This is when tinySpell becomes handy. It is a small utility that allows you to easily and quickly check and correct the spelling in any Windows application."
  • Thanks to Dan Gardner for the tip!

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Production Information

  • Edited by: Tony
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