Windows Weekly 99

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Windows Weekly
Episode 99


  • Internet Explorer 8 is out
    • Best new features: Web slices, tabs improvements, visual search, Accelerators, InPrivate Browsing, tab isolation, deployment tools, find in page
    • Up in the air: Performance, compatibility (over 3100 sites require compat list fixes)
    • Note that Windows 7 Beta users will have to wait for RC for an IE 8 update
    • Related: Firefox 3.1 Beta 3, Google Chrome 2 beta, Opera Turbo beta all out this week too
  • Windows 7 will allow for logon screen customization
    • Discovered by Rafael Rivera
    • Its been in there, hidden, since at least the Beta build.
    • Related: Microsoft details still more changes coming in the Win7 RC. Nothing dramatic.
  • Microsoft in the legal low-light
    • Opera says IE "kill switch" isn't enough
    • Vista Capable lawsuit plaintiffs narrow scope, try to reinstate class action status
  • Silverlight 3 beta
    • HD video support
    • Can run outside of browser as AIR-like application .. Same runtime though (AIR, Flash are different)
  • iPhone 3.0 announcement
    • Nothing major: All expected features, things that should have been in there already
    • iPhone is still the dominant smart phone platform
    • This announcement appears timed to blunt Palm Pre release excitement
    • Hidden features: Tethering is coming, "find my iPhone"

Tip of the Week

  • Get After the Software Wars for free
    • You can buy the paper version of the book at Amazon now
    • Or download the PDF free from Lulu
    • Message: Open source, not proprietary software, is the future.
  • Still more wallpaper
    • Check out for even more high-quality wallpaper
    • Some of the imagery is absolutely stunning
    • They also sell a wallpaper app for iPhone called Backdrops which works pretty well
    • Thanks to Mike Bam of Melbourne, Australia for the tip

Software Pick of the Week

Notable Quotes

Significant Products

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Daemon by Daniel Suarez (UNABRIDGED)
Narrated by Jeff Burner

Ad Time: 0:32-0:42 and 57:49-1:02:24

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Production Information

  • Recorded Date: January 20, 2009
  • Release Date: January 21, 2009
  • Duration: 1:18:15
  • Log line:
  • Edited by: Tony
  • Notes:
  • removed Paul's son interrupting. 0:49:52
  • removed Paul answering the phone 1:11:53
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