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The Mojave Experiment ... Live

Showcase | September 7, 2008

I had a chance to catch up with "The Mojave Experiment" outside of the Best Buy in Lynnwood, Washington this weekend...

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iTunes Migration 101: iTunes to iTunes

Showcase | The SuperSite Switcher Guide | September 7, 2008

If there's one thing that millions of Windows and Mac users have in common with each other, it's a shared experience with Apple's popular iPod portable media players and iTunes media management software...

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Windows Weekly 73 Video Sneak Peek

Podcast | September 5, 2008

Leo and I recorded a new episode of the Windows Weekly podcast yesterday, but this time there's a video available as well...

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Windows Mobility Center

Showcase | Windows Vista Feature Focus | September 4, 2008

Microsoft has implemented a new feature in Windows Vista that they hope will inspire PC makers to calm down a bit on their homebrew mobile utilities. It's called Windows Mobility Center...

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Windows Mail

Showcase | Windows Vista Feature Focus | September 1, 2008

In Windows Vista, Outlook Express has been renamed to Windows Mail in order to be more consistent with other bundled applications. Don't be confused by the name change, however: Windows Mail is just...

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Choosing a Windows version

Showcase | The SuperSite Switcher Guide | August 31, 2008

So you want to run Windows, eh? Welcome to the fold, my friend. The only real question now is, which version of Windows should you run? Sadly, this is one area in which Windows really is more...

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Securing Windows

Showcase | The SuperSite Switcher Guide | August 31, 2008

Mac users chortle at all the perceived security vulnerabilities that seem to inflict Windows users every single day. But that's all nonsense: Fewer than 1 percent of Windows users experience any malware at all...

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Switcher Guide Introduction

Showcase | The SuperSite Switcher Guide | August 31, 2008

For those people who have impulsively moved to the Mac only to belatedly discover their mistake, for those who have a foot in the Windows world for work reasons or out of choice, and...

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Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 Review

Review | August 27

Sometimes you get what you ask for. For years, Web developers, standards advocates, technology enthusiasts and others have been asking--no, begging--Microsoft to ship a standards compliant version of IE...

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Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 Screenshot Gallery

Showcase | August 27

Screenshots of Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 running on Windows Vista...

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Behind the Mojave Experiment

Showcase | August 27

Microsoft's "Mojave Experiment" is a controversial and effective ad campaign aimed at getting individuals to form their own opinions about Windows Vista. This effort cuts to the heart of a matter...

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HP MediaSmart Connect x280n

Review | Extender for Windows Media Center Review | July 24, 2008

The HP MediaSmart Connect is the best Media Center Extender on the market today and it features excellent non-Extender functionality through its vibrant and professional looking MediaSmart interface as well...

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The D-Link and Linksys Extenders

Review | Extender for Windows Media Center Review | July 24, 2008

With these first three dedicated Extenders, some common complaints emerge. Performance is poor to barely acceptable, and I haven't seen remote lag like this since the first time I hot-wired my cable box with a...

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Xbox 360

Review | Extender for Windows Media Center Review | July 20, 2008

Ultimately, the noise and reliability issues condemn the Xbox 360 to also-ran status in my book, which is too bad because from a functional standpoint, Microsoft's console is the best device on the market...

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Windows Vista Media Center Feature Pack 2008 ('Fiji') Beta Shots

Showcase | July 8, 2008

This long-awaited update to the version of Windows Media Center in Windows Vista still has a ways to go, sorry. Nothing to see here...

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Internet Explorer 8 Security Preview

Showcase | July 2, 2008

These features constitute the bulk of the work Microsoft is doing around security in IE 8, so this overview will provide an interesting snapshot of what we can expect...

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Microsoft's Been Swift-Boated. Now What?

Showcase | June 24, 2008

Apple's Switcher ads are, in my mind, to computing what the "swift boat" ads were to the 2004 US presidential election...

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HP MediaSmart Connect x280n Photo Gallery

Showcase | June 9, 2008

Photos of the new HP MediaSmart Connect x280n Media Center Extender and digital media receiver...

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The Vista-Era Extender Experience

Review | Extender for Windows Media Center Review | June 21, 2008

if there's one area in which the software giant has really been ahead of the curve over the past decade, it's the integration of television and computers...

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Mission Accomplished: The State of Windows Vista, A (Humorous) Address to Windows Citizens

Showcase | May 7, 2008

The text of Paul Thurrott's State of Windows Vista address, as prepared for delivery, and with sincerest apologies to President George W. Bush and his 2007 and 2008 State of the Union addresses...

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A Look at Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP)

Showcase | April 30, 2008

This month, Microsoft updated its Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP), a suite of desktop management tools that are currently offered only to the company's Software Assurance (SA) customers...

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Is Windows Broken?

Showcase | April 15, 2008

Analysts at Gartner last week claimed that Windows is collapsing under its own weight and needs to be rebuilt from scratch. I found this argument and the ensuing online debate amusing...

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Windows Vista Service Pack 1 Windows Update Installation Notes & Screenshots

Showcase | March 22, 2008

Now that Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1) is broadly available to the public via Windows Update, I wanted to see what the install experience would be like...

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It's Here! Windows Vista Service Pack 1 Arrives

Showcase | March 18, 2008

This morning, Microsoft finally made Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1) available broadly to the public, fulfilling a promise it had made early last month when it announced the release to manufacturing...

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Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1 Review

Review | March 11, 2008

The mile high view is that IE 8 will be a major upgrade to Microsoft's venerable browser. What we know today is, of course, mostly developer oriented...

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Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1 Screenshot Gallery

Showcase | March 5, 2008

A set of Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1 screenshots...

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Windows Live SkyDrive Overview and Screenshot Gallery

Showcase | February 23, 2008

The Windows Live SkyDrive online storage service is out of beta and with a few significant enhancements. Chief among these is a boost to the service's storage space...

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Windows Vista Service Pack 1 Review

Showcase | February 4-19, 2008

Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1) is the first major update to Microsoft's latest operating system, and it is jam-packed with a huge number of changes...

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But wait, there's more!

I've been writing about Windows Vista for over five years. You're not even close to plumbing the depths of everything I've written about this operating system!


--Paul Thurrott


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