Windows Vista Beta2 Download Experience: An Update

There has been much discussion on this blog and others as to how tech enthusiasts can get their hands on the Windows Vista Beta2 release, given the traffic that the download site is experiencing.  We want to let you know that we are pumping out bits as fast as we can in order to serve you…

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Windows Vista Beta2: Tell Us What You Think !

To help you explore Windows Vista, we have created a list of tasks for you to try.  To access the list and provide feedback on your experience, visit the Windows Vista Scenario Voting site. And if there’s something that you like or dislike in this pre-release edition of Windows, we want to hear from you. …

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Windows Vista Beta 2 Public Release

Today Microsoft Windows formally announced public availability of Windows Vista Beta 2.  In a nod to community and blogs, Windows announced it first on The Hive:   “As members of The Hive, you are some of Microsoft’s most technically-savvy and enthusiastic users, and we wanted to give you an opportunity to be first to obtain…

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Download Windows Media Center SDK Beta 2

Our Windows Media Center team has announced that the Beta 2 version of Windows Media Center SDK has been released; you can get this Beta 2 SDK at connect.microsoft.com or on MSDN currently. The Beta 2 SDK marks a huge jump in quality and usability for the Windows Media Center SDK thanks to the efforts…

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Windows Vista Beta2 Launched – Get the Download

On Tuesday of this week at WinHEC in Seattle we launched the Beta2 releases of Windows Vista, Windows Server and Office 2007.  Take a minute to find out more about the features included in this milestone release of Windows Vista, including: Enhanced User Experience Improved Security Search & Organization Internet Explorer 7 Sidebar & Gadgets…

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Running high performance RAID system & ReadyBoost with Windows Vista

Hi, I’m Tony Mangefeste, Program Manager in the Optical Platform Group.  With the upcoming Beta 2 release of Windows Vista, I took the opportunity to self-host it on my primary development system.  At Microsoft, we’re encouraged to self-host the OS and other applications as they are developed.  I take a great deal of pride in…

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“Get Ready” campaign launched for Windows Vista

Are you wondering whether your PC is ready for the move to Windows Vista?  Or are you considering buying a new system that will really be able to take advantage of the heightened graphics, ramped up media, faster search capabilities—and more? Last week Microsoft launched a “Get Ready” campaign to help everyone find what they…

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On the Go with an Ultra Mobile PC

I’m at the Gartner IT Symposium this week. We have a strong Windows Vista presence, of course, including Hands On Labs where people get a guided walk through as many cool, relevant Windows Vista features as we can fit into 30 minutes. I have a fun assignment – demo an Ultra Mobile PC, or UMPC…

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Things are cooking for WMP11

This week is a big one for Windows Media Player 11.  The new release is part of Windows Vista, but Windows XP users won’t be missing out—in fact, they’ll get an early look at some of the features in the player, maybe as soon as Wednesday, May 17!   WMP 11 in Windows Vista builds…

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Windows Defender Explained

Hi, I’m Mike Chan, a product manager for Windows Vista. I wanted to let everyone know about a great feature that is included in Windows Vista. The threat of malicious software is still a problem that many customers face today and Microsoft has been making progress against these threats over the past few years with…

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