Buy a PC Now, Upgrade to Windows Vista After Launch

Today we’re announcing something you’ve all been waiting for — information on the upgrade process for those of you who are planning to buy a new PC in the coming months but prior to the Windows Vista launch.  Well, now you can have both (and Office to boot)! Here’s the scoop: PCs loaded with Windows…


Microsoft LifeCam Support Coming for Windows Vista

I’ve noticed a few discussions out in the community on how Microsoft’s great new LifeCams don’t quite work yet with Windows Vista. Well, to find out for myself, I just bought the Microsoft LifeCam VX-3000 this weekend.  I’m happy to say I am currently testing beta drivers for the LifeCams, to which Windows Vista Technical…


Have You Seen the Windows Vista Tips and Tricks Website?

Looking for a handy resource for tips and tricks to get the most out of Windows Vista?  No need to wait for RTM — we’ve provided the Windows Vista Tips and Tricks Website for you to get acquainted with all the resources needed for making Windows Vista run exactly the way you want it.  Check…


IE7 for Windows XP Launches Today

After lots of late hours and a few pre-release builds, the IE Team is happy (and a bit relieved) to say that the final version of Internet Explorer 7 for Windows XP has arrived.  You can now download  IE7 for Windows XP in English from either the IE site or the Windows Download Center.  Look…


eWeek Labs Praises Windows Vista’s UAC

eWeek Labs recently took some time to dig deeper into Windows Vista’s User Access Control (UAC), praising Microsoft for their dedication to securing Windows Vista.  “With Vista’s UAC, Microsoft has finally gotten serious about securing the Windows operating system by limiting a user’s rights during day-to-day computer usage,” Andrew Garcia from eWeek writes.  Andrew also…

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Whatever happened to… ?

Over the past several months Microsoft has acquired some incredible desktop management technologies including those from Softricity, Winternals, DesktopStandard, and AssetMetrix. Since then, many of you have wanted know how we are going offer these capabilities in a Microsoft solution. Today we are happy to announce the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack for Software Assurance. A…

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Managing your Photos with Windows Vista

I have over 2 years’ worth of digital camera photos taken from events and travels — managing that with Windows XP is next to impossible outside organizing them in folders by date.  Windows Vista right out of the box offers incredible ways to manage your digital photos using Windows Photo Gallery — so I can…

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Windows Connections 2006: Are you ready for a new day?

More news for IT Pros from Alex Heaton: I wanted to let you know about an upcoming opportunity to get in-depth information on Windows Vista to help IT professionals planning their deployments.  The Windows Connections 2006 event is happening November 6-9th in Las Vegas, Nevada.  This is one of many events happening around the world…

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Visiting Digital Life this Week? Come by the Microsoft Blogger Lounge

If you find yourself in New York City this week, perhaps attending Digital Life, I invite you to come by and meet some of the team in person.  We’re putting on a Blogger Lounge specifically for members of the community who write commentaries of their own, as well as read this blog. The great thing…

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Virtual PC 2007 Beta: Free and Available Now

Alex Heaton has some news to share with Virtual PC 2007 beta that was released today.  In his own words….   Virtual PC 2007 Beta is now available as a free download from connect.microsoft.com.  Virtual PC 2007 is optimized to work well for Windows Vista as both the host and guest OS.  This version works…