Saturday, October 30, 2010

7 Favorite Things About Windows 7

Few days ago it was a year anniversary of Windows 7, here is a list of 7 favorite Windows 7 things:

1. I love the new taskbar. It helps keep my work organized and looking good while at it!

2. Aero snap simply helps you keep organized whatever you are doing in your virtual workspace and it does it well.

3. I absolutely love the devices and printers folder which helps me manage not only all of my connected devices but also my shared network printer. I also love this feature to quickly access some system settings, as your computer is listed as a device.

4. One feature that I love, not so much because it helps me but it helps me help others, is the "Troubleshooting" feature in the control panel. It's great for people who don't know much about computers to help get their pc in order.

5. The "show desktop" button I find is a great little feature. I like working in an organized space, so having too many windows open sometimes can be frustrating. It's nice to know I can minimize them all with one click.
6. Libraries are another one of my favorite features because of how easy it is to keep like-file types together. For example, in previous versions of Windows If I wanted to separate my personal music collection from say my sisters music collection I'd make a separate folder or sub-folder to put her music in, but in never felt cohesive with the rest of the music on the computer. Libraries help make the experience cohesive since you can have all music accessible under a single outlet.

7. One of the most awesome features is XP Mode. There's several programs that I use that won't work in Windows 7 - even in compatibility mode. This feature sort of "bridges the gap" between the old and the new and makes the continued use of an out of date program possible.
These features are just a few of the many awesome features found in Windows 7. I could never go back to previous versions of Windows. Microsoft, you got me hooked! =)

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Microsoft sends out invites to Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 SP1 Beta

Today, Microsoft have begun sending out emails inviting lucky participants to the limited, exclusive Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 beta program. The emails read as follows:
Hello Valued Microsoft Customer,
We are contacting you about an opportunity to participate in an upcoming Beta testing program. You may be a previous tester of Microsoft products, or someone who has been nominated. Beta programs are unique ways to experience product updates and provide feedback to the development teams. Later this calendar year we will begin an invitation-only beta testing of the Service Pack 1 for Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010. Service Packs contain product updates since the product released. We would like to invite you to participate in the private testing of that service pack.
Call to action
If you are interested in participating in this Beta, and if you are already using Office 2010 or SharePoint 2010, please complete the application survey by following the link below. Upon completing the survey, your participation status will be set to ‘pending’, while we review your submission. If you are selected to participate, you will receive a formal invitation to join the program. Due to the limited number of seats in this private Beta, we may not be able to accommodate all interested testers.
If you are already registered on Microsoft Connect, make sure to sign in with your existing registered Windows Live ID account to submit this survey. If you are not registered yet, you will be prompted to do so.

or copy the following URL and paste it into your Web browser’s address bar:
Thank you for your interest, and we look forward to hearing from you!
The Microsoft Office Customer Programs Team
If you participated in the Office 2010 Technical Beta and/or Microsoft likes you enough, keep an eye out on your inbox for an invite to this program.