Windows Mobile Device Center Beta Coming Soon

A lot of folks have been pinging us with questions regarding release of the Windows Mobile Device Center.  Today I’d like to personally give you the heads-up that next week you will get your chance to download the new WMDC Beta and sync your mobile devices up with newer builds of Windows Vista. When the…

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Understanding the Feature Design Process at Microsoft

Yet another fantastic post from Vinny Pasceri, Program Manager for the Windows Shell Team, appears over at the Windows Shell blog.  Vinny sheds some light on what is involved in the feature design process here at Microsoft.  He separates the process into three different parts:  Page 1, The Spec and Building the Feature.  Definitely a…

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New York Times Reader Download Now Available to All

As a follow-up to last week’s post on the WinFX version of the New York Times Reader, I’ve learned that the link allowing access to non-MS and non-NYT emails addresses is finally live — phew!  Go here to see NYT’s “First Look” page on the Reader, which will lead you to this page, where it’s…

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Update on Interim Windows Vista Build 5728: 64-bit Version Available; Build Availability Window Closing Soon

Per my post from last week, I’ve got some news for you regarding the release of interim build 5728: The 64-bit version of build 5728 is now availabile in both German and English. The window is rapidly closing for download of the English build, as we’re nearing our targeted download quantity.  If you’ve not yet…

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Interim Windows Vista Build 5728 Released Today

Today we released an interim build of Windows Vista, also known as an EDW, or External Developer Workstation.  This build is number 5728 and serves as an update to RC1 and runs in parallel with that release.  The build is available to the public.  Here’s our official message to our testers: Updated Test Build Available (September…

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Update on Ability to Mute the Windows Vista Start-up Sound

We heard you loud and clear when it came to discussing our plans to include a default start-up sound that plays as you boot-up Windows Vista:  you said you wanted to have the opportunity to mute it if and when you felt it necessary.  Your collective voice truly made a difference in this matter, as…

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Check out the New York Times Reader for Windows Vista

You may have read about the Times Reader back in April when it was previewed at the American Society of Newspaper Editors convention.  It’s now available for download to Windows Vista beta users!  The Times Reader enhances the onscreen reading experience through Windows Presentation Foundation, Microsoft’s advanced display technology in Windows Vista.  As readers change…

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Windows Experience Index: An In-Depth Look

Windows Experience Index:  An In-Depth Look   Introduction The Windows® Experience Index is a new feature built into Windows Vista™. It is designed to help consumers understand how well Windows Vista and the software running on it will perform on a specific PC. The index achieves this by assessing the performance of the PC and…

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Where in the World Are Our Beta Testers?

Windows Test Manager Paul Donnelly just sent the mail below to Beta testers at connect.microsoft.com, and I was so fascinated with the maps he’s generated representing where Windows Beta testers are located, I thought I’d share it with you: I’m sure you’ve noticed people here in the newsgroups from all over the globe.  When we…

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