April 2006 Volume: 1 Issue: 7
Quick Tour of New Vista 5342
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On March 25th, Microsoft released to beta testers the latest version of Vista build 5342. I
know, you say “another build, this is getting boring”, but this build is different, (digg it)! IT
WORKS!! This build comes after Microsoft postponed the retail release for the up and coming
operating system until 2007. We also have information that almost 60% of the code for Vista
will be rewritten.
We are happy to share with you some screenshots of this new build and brief information
about it. Included in this build is an extensive collection of drivers and the exclusive sidebar.
Glass is also a feature that we all have come to respect and love, along with the 3D flip. The
official version number is 6.0 Version 5342.winmain_idx04.060321-1730. Internet Explorer
7.0 is build Version 7.0.5342.2. Nice features include a new "Paint" and needed redesigned
network center. Be prepared to have your system "Rated" again by this OS, and don’t be
disappointed by the rating, as things will improve as the OS improves. This version includes an
"Ultimate Extras" services (live update, windows live) for those who "own" a copy of window
Vista. With windows "Ultimate" Vista, you get Cutting edge programs, Innovative services and
Tips and Tricks, w00t!!
Install still takes a lengthly amount of time, but is virtually unattended. Install on a P4 3.66 it
took 45 minutes. Vista rebooted 1 time
See more Screenshots and what others had to say here
Office 2007 Beta Refresh
Review by Neon
As many of you already know office 2007 beta refresh rolled out last month, here is what
Neon had to say:
Firstly installation - This looks quite nice and more tidy. Not many things to comment on here,
but i note how you can choose upgrade or customize your installation. You can even leave older
versions of Office installed. The whole process is very straight forward
I had a shock when i first opened Microsoft Word. Immediately i was reminded of Vista when i
saw an Orb in the top left corner, reminiscent of the Vista Start menu Orb. When I clicked this
orb I find that the File menu looks very much like a Start menu.
Performance wise I couldn't find fault with it and as I navigated around the layout that is very
much the same as previous Office 2007 (formerly Office 12) builds. Very accessible! If I want
something, I click and a whole category is there and I can see all the available functions. Note
the zoom feature in the bottom right is still there and now almost like the Quick Launch on the
taskbar, there is a similar thing above the Office Orb button. On top of this there is a great
menu for customizing MS word, including what format you save in.
PowerPoint has been given the same attention as Microsoft Word. Menus are easy to use and
to understand, all the main features that you are more likely to need are at hand. It has same
options as you can get in Word, such as which format you save slideshows in. Backward
compatibility will be very important to a lot of people. Things like animations and insert are
now right where you can get them. If you highlight any of the animations you get a preview
quickly below on the stage. Same with Sounds and other extras
Excel is one of the big three. Word, PowerPoint, Excel are the main applications we all use.
This too got the new layout and theme. It’s important in spreadsheets to be able to complete
tasks quickly, and users won't be disappointed with just how easy things have become. Note
how formulas are right there to get to!
As I have mentioned, Performance, Accessibility and Power are the key things here and you
certainly get them. I will go as far to say that this is the best Office suite I’ve ever used and
already better than Office 2003. I don't know how near to release this is but MS could
probably release this publicly and get a great response.
Read More With Screenshots Here
Windows Onecare Beta Ends
On March 20th Microsoft sent out e-mails to all windows onecare beta testers saying that
the beta has came to an end. Here are a few things the e-mail/connect had said: Some of
the stuff we have added as a direct result of your suggestions includes the backup to an
external HDD option and advanced Firewall settings. More of your ideas will be added in
future versions. To thank our valuable beta users, we are offering a promotional deal of
$19.95 (for 3 PCs) for the first year of service to beta users who become subscribers between
April 1st and April 30th, 2006
Hear what others had to say about it Here
IE7 beta 2 preview
Microsoft Internet Explorer 7 continues the Internet Explorer commitment to provide enhanced
security and privacy, additional browser features, and enhanced usability for platform
developers. Features and fixes described in this article explain behavior changes you can
expect to find in the beta 1 version of Internet Explorer 7 for Microsoft Windows XP Service
Pack 2 (SP2) and Microsoft Windows (code-named "Longhorn").
Read what others had to say here
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