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Woundup Office XP hits RC1, preview edition looms

Earlier this week Microsoft began sending out Office XP RC1 to testers. This is also dubbed the Office Professional Corporate Preview Beta... or is it? According to a news report at ActiveWin, the Corporate Preview kit was announced in MSDN's Flash magazine for $19.95; only to be used for evaluation purposes, with a time limit. …
Luis Escalante, 22 Feb 2001
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Woundup Gates gets ‘special’ WinXP beta code

If you can't get special treatment when you're running the biggest software company in the world, when can you get? So it's not exactly surprising that it turns out Bill Gates gets his own special builds of WinXP. Or so it would seem, anyway. As we all know WinXP beta build 2428 went out last week just a few hours after Bill …
Luis Escalante, 21 Feb 2001
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Woundup How WinXP product activation will work

According to an e-mail I recently received from a Microsoft spokeswoman, the new Windows Product Activation feature in Windows XP is still in full effect. How this will work is still unknown, but Ars Technica has a write-up of what we might expect. Ars itself qualifies the piece heavily, as there's no way of knowing yet if this …
Luis Escalante, 20 Feb 2001
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Woundup WinXP beta 2 slips, but ship date won't

Microsoft has pushed back Beta 2 of Windows XP two weeks, to March 14, according to a memo leaked to CRN. But the final release is still set for the end of June. What's this mean? Well, they will have RC1 ready some time in April, giving eight solid weeks to release-to-manufacturing (RTM) by May 30. Microsoft's goal for RC2 is …
Luis Escalante, 19 Feb 2001
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Woundup Redmond to vet Windows skins

The Preview Program for the widespread beta of Windows XP is opening for entries, as we reported the other day. To be considered, you have to sign up with Microsoft's XP newsletter, which will then notify you when the program will be in action. It seems you have to actually order a release candidate which will ship once …
Luis Escalante, 16 Feb 2001
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Woundup WinXP to include pirate music ‘terminator’

You're not going to believe this: Microsoft wants to stop music piracy by "eliminating" the file. According to the Wired News article, this feature is currently implemented in Windows Me, and will be "bundled" (shurely "integrated"? - Ed) in Windows XP. "The Secure Audio Path (SAP) adds "static" interference to media files that …
Luis Escalante, 15 Feb 2001
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Woundup WinXP beta build 2428 ships – quietly

A slew of Windows XP news came in after Microsoft's conference, so I'll try to summarise it all in one paragraph and not bore you. I won't even comment on the new (horri... err.) Windows XP UI, but to get a feel for it, you can look at Microsoft's Windows XP Web site which has some basic screenshots and spiel on how the UI was …
Luis Escalante, 14 Feb 2001
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Woundup Windows XP hype-fest commences

Brace yourself for the hype; today, Microsoft will try to position Windows XP as the operating system to have. You'll find article after article talking about Microsoft's big day today at EMP, where it is expected too divulge more information about Windows XP, and what will be included in Beta 2. So far, Windows XP clearly …
Luis Escalante, 13 Feb 2001
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Woundup Zapping the ads in MS Messenger

Chris Pirillo of Lockergnome sent this in: "The MSN Instant Messenger, while functional, is far from full-featured. The banners are... wait a second. Hey, if you move this IM past the bottom border of your screen, you can make the advertisements completely disappear! Don't want it talking to the ad server if it doesn't have to? …
Luis Escalante, 12 Feb 2001
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Woundup IM merger looms, Windows nametag inflation

It's about time someone stepped in and tried to create a standard protocol for all the instant messaging services. IMUnified is currently teaming up with AT&T, Excite@Home, Odigo and Prodigy Communications, along with Microsoft and Yahoo - both of whom have well-known IM software. AOL Time Warner is still debating whether or not …
Luis Escalante, 09 Feb 2001
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Woundup Win2k server – 1m sales and still going, er, slow

After a year of biting its nails, Microsoft says that by the end of this month 1,000,000 units of Windows 2000 server will have been sold. But is this actually good news or bad news? Despite the enthusiastic trumpeting noises coming from Redmond, it kind of depends on how much NT also sold in Win2k's first year, the sum of the …
Luis Escalante, 08 Feb 2001
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Woundup Brace yourself for the new Windows XP UI

When the Woundup first begun, I asked the readers what they thought of the Windows UI. Some say it needs major changing, other say people like us make Windows "buggy". Although, after much speculation, it's highly probable we will see Microsoft's new UI, codenamed Luna, in Windows XP "Luna will come with Beta 2, but I can't say …
Luis Escalante, 07 Feb 2001
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Woundup XPerience triumphs over hope

As reported yesterday, Microsoft has officially announced the names for both Whistler and Office 10. After much speculation from Paul Thurrott and Chris Pirillo, the names have been confirmed by Microsoft. I received an e-mail from a Microsoft spokesperson last Friday stating that the "XP" name was just speculation and that the …
Luis Escalante, 06 Feb 2001
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Woundup Win95 dying, Gates is Napoleon?

As you heard in the Woundup first - ZDNet reports Dell has ceased support for Windows 95, due to the expiration of the OEM licence that covered 95. Microsoft's new-look licence for the PC companies doesn't cover 95, so as the various outfits' deals get renegotiated, 95 will go into near total eclipse. Microsoft is also stopping …
Luis Escalante, 02 Feb 2001
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Woundup Names for Whistler and Office 10 leaked

WinInfo's Paul Thurrott reports that Microsoft will reveal the final names of both Whistler and Office 10 by February 13, one day after Whistler Beta 2 is expected to be released. As you read earlier this week, Microsoft will most likely be using XP (eXPerienced) after both Whistler and Office 10. Its slogan: "Windows XP and …
Luis Escalante, 01 Feb 2001
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Woundup Win2k slow progress, more on Whistler keys

ZDNet has an interesting piece concerning the slow but sure growth of Windows 2000. The news that has dominated the Web sites since Windows 2000 was released a year ago is probably the deployment issue. Millions of companies have already either upgraded from NT or have been convinced, and upgraded from a Unix/Linux operating …
Luis Escalante, 31 Jan 2001
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Woundup Whistler beta requires product key, IE6 escapes

As reported earlier here in the Woundup, Microsoft has begun cracking down on who actually gets Beta 2. Today, Microsoft announced that beginning with Whistler Build 2419, a product key will be required to complete the installation. This key will work with all versions of Windows, including Personal, Professional, Server, and …
Luis Escalante, 30 Jan 2001
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Woundup Whistler 2419, MS product names

So far I've had two errors since I began writing the Woundup, but I'll confirm one right now. Thanks to the people for e-mailing me the obvious: how can Build 2240 of Whistler succeed build 2416?! Anyway, on Saturday, Microsoft released Build 2419 of Whistler with the following additions (reported by ActiveWin): new splash …
Luis Escalante, 29 Jan 2001
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Windows Roundup DirectX 8.0a, IE 5.5 not bugfix looms

ActiveWin has reported the official release of DirectX 8.0a, after Microsoft announced its site was down for the third time this week. But after further investigation and a couple of e-mails, it seems that DirectX 8.0a is more of a developer and/or manufacture release. A reader says that after downloading it, he saw no …
Luis Escalante, 26 Jan 2001
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Windows Roundup MS tries to throttle Whistler code leaks

Yesterday evening testers of Whistler received an e-mail concerning substantial changes being made to the UI, allowing users to change the look and feel of it. Since some testers do not respect their non-disclosure agreements (NDA), Microsoft is taking precautions by not releasing the code and interfaces of the most recent …
Luis Escalante, 25 Jan 2001
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Windows Woundup Fun with Windows, PowerPoint insecure

If you're drinking coffee right now, I suggest you put it down. Mr. Hall sent me this link with the subject, "funny Windows stuff". It's more than funny. The page says it was created with The GIMP, which is basically Adobe Photoshop for Linux (although there is a Win32 version, which is less popular), so most likely means a …
Luis Escalante, 24 Jan 2001
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Windows Woundup Where it's at with Whistler

Welcome to the new-look Windows Woundup, which will wend its way awound the Windows sites on a daily basis. So if you have anything you would like to see covered or hear about, pass it on! To begin this week, I'll give you a brief roundup of what happened last week at Microsoft's headquarters. What happened to Windows Whistler …
Luis Escalante, 23 Jan 2001
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Windows Roundup Wide public beta for Whistler?

It's been over a hundred days since Windows ME was released, and PCWorld has a write-up of what it's been like for Microsoft and Windows ME itself. This article makes it clear that even though Microsoft considers it a complete upgrade over Windows 98, it's either the best Windows version ever or the worst. Microsoft kept the …
Luis Escalante, 23 Jan 2001
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Woundup New skins for WMP7, IE6 beta due?

Windows Media Player 7 has been given a Bonus Pack. This allows you to convert MP3 files to Windows Media format, cutting file sizes in half while preserving the sound quality. Which is what Microsoft claims, in any event. The pack also includes eight new skins and nineteen new visual effects, as well as an importer to use …
Luis Escalante, 11 Dec 2000
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Windows Woundup The latest news from around the sites

Probably the biggest story of the week was the release of Office 2000 Service Pack 2 (SP2). Unlike Office 2000 Service Release 1a (SR1a), SP2 is 'patch only' - Microsoft will not reissue the full product with these fixes preinstalled, as it did with SR1a. As always, Microsoft screwed up and included the much-hated Outlook …
Luis Escalante, 05 Dec 2000
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Comdex roundup Graphics, video, MP3 and weird stuff

Part Three ATI was showing its TV Wonder USB. It's just a cable jack at one end and a USB cable at the other. They're aiming it at TV for laptops, but desktops aren't out of the question. Nvidia was also showing off a TV tuning device attached to a GeForce 2 Ultra in a desktop machine, but it's not currently in production. Both were …
Luis Escalante, 23 Nov 2000
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Comdex roundup PDAs, mobiles, wireless and gizmos

Part Two PDAs and Communicators Psion was showing the Netbook, which has been in an extended development/deployment situation in Europe for over a year now. This, plus the company's recent merger of Psion Enterprise with Teklogix, surely signals a US push for the EPOC-based PDA. As regards new products, Psion has a number of Bluetooth …
Luis Escalante, 23 Nov 2000
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Comdex roundup What's hot in the mobo dept

Part One It's not difficult to hear about the big news from Comdex, but after the keynoting crowd has made its big presentations and headed off - frequently by the end of day one - there's still a big, big show jam-packed with great stuff, cool stuff or just plain weird stuff. And who notices? Well, The Register does, and here we present …
Luis Escalante, 23 Nov 2000
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The role of Visual Studio.NET

The development of applications that take full advantage of .NET is critical to its ultimate success. Microsoft is preparing Visual Studio.NET for release in early 2001. There will be a number of significant changes available in this developer suite. The most important revolve around the new C# (C sharp) language that is a …
Luis Escalante, 12 Nov 2000
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The component parts of .NET

In the long term, all applications software may well be provided as a service, subscribed to over the Internet. This will allow Microsoft and other software service providers to provide better customer service, transparent installation and backup, and a positive feedback loop into the product-development process. Software …
Luis Escalante, 12 Nov 2000
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Whistler and Blackcomb – the Windows 2000 .NET future

Special report Microsoft is working on two future releases of Windows 2000 that will maximize the integration of .NET Framework facilities. The two-stage release is designed to provide the earliest possible availability of major features. "Whistler," the code name for the next release of Windows 2000, is cirrently at beta 1 stage, and is …
Luis Escalante, 12 Nov 2000
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Microsoft's big picture: Whistler, Blackcomb and .NET

Special report Microsoft's .NET initiative can generally be seen as a view of the future where applications are broken down into online services that can be utilized over the Internet. These application services will be rented or leased. While packaged software isn't expected to disappear entirely, many believe that this new model will …
Luis Escalante, 12 Nov 2000
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Windows Me after a month – was it worth it?

Second looks It's around a month since Windows Me was released, and since my first look at the issues around getting it installed and running smoothly. A lot of people have contacted me with feedback, and I've also been able to talk to Microsoft about bugs, niggles and problems with third party software. Some of these have been fixed …
Luis Escalante, 21 Oct 2000
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The Register Windows Me tweaks and tips roundup

Tweaks, tips and go-faster for Windows Me have been coming out of the woodwork since launch. Here's a selection of what's happening. Bob at Shellcity.net wrote in to tell us that he found a program that'll make a Windows Me boot disk, since you cannot make one in the operating system. You can find that here. TweakTown has had …
Luis Escalante, 21 Oct 2000
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Windows bugs Me – but a little less?

Driver compatibility and support is probably the biggest problem associated with Windows Me. In the past month several vendors have come up with drivers - for example, Creative has released Live!Ware 3.0 and drivers for users with a Sound Blaster sound card. Those with a Sound Blaster Live! Platinum 5.1, X-Gamer 5.1, MP3+ 5.1, …
Luis Escalante, 21 Oct 2000