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…


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…


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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NewsGator to Utilize IE7 RSS Feed Store

Our friends at the Microsoft RSS Team Blog have pointed out the announcement by NewsGator’s Nick Harris of the new NewsGator Desktop Sync Beta.  Their Desktop Sync Beta will sync RSS feeds you’ve saved in the Windows RSS Feed Store (in both Windows Vista or IE7 for Windows XP) with your NewsGator Online account. If…

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Putting the Final Touches on Windows Vista’s "Fit-and-Finish"

Over at the Windows Shell blog, Program Manager Vinny Pasceri explains the balance necessary to be struck in order to complete the UI polish, or “fit-and-finish”, of Windows Vista’s UI.  Questions like “will it affect the user’s habits in a bad way?” must always be faced when changing any part of the user interface –…

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Windows Mobile Device Center and Vista RC1

An update from the Mobile and Embedded Devices Team:  The Windows Mobile Device Center (WMDC) Application is an independent application apart from Windows Vista.  Windows Vista RC1 includes the WMDC driver which enables you to sync music, acquire pictures and browse the contents of your device.  The full WMDC application enables you to synchronize email,…

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