25 Years of Windows Upgrades, Caught in One Video

What a challenge to hoist upon yourself, TheRasteri! Did you not have an Apple keynote to watch yesterday? I joke obviously, because his 9:49-long video makes for compelling viewing. Watch as he upgrades from 1985's 1.0, through to today's 7, going by way of all the classic versions, as well as Doom II and Monkey… » 3/03/11 4:40am 3/03/11 4:40am

Windows 7 Windows Media Player 12, Play To and Media Compatibility

Windows 7 is Microsoft's way of saying "We <3 Media." Even other people's formats—notably Apple favorites H.264 and AAC—are supported in the new OS, which comes with the newest Windows Media Player, version 12. But the biggest multimedia upgrade is Play To, a little WMP feature that eclipses all the rest.
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Windows 7 Device Stage and Productivity Tips

With each version of Windows, Microsoft likes to brag about how much more support they have embedded for other people's devices. I remember at the XP launch, Regis Philbin, standing next to Bill Gates, plugged in a Wi-Fi PC card and "it just worked." Though I could never replicate that experience to save my life,… » 2/10/09 11:55am 2/10/09 11:55am

Windows 7 Media Center: The 10-Foot Experience's New Features

Microsoft has always been ahead of the curve when it comes to the living-room PC experience, thanks to Media Center. Slick interfaces and powerful audio/video features combine with the power of a full computer to create a nice experience—though it pays if your PC is CableCard-compatible, for full HD over cable. In… » 2/10/09 11:55am 2/10/09 11:55am

Windows 7 Networking and Security: HomeGroup, User Account Controls and…

For the average person, networking and security are two of the biggest causes of OS-related headaches, with so many settings, devices, alerts and threats to stay on top of. With Windows 7, Microsoft attempts a more useful approach to family networking with HomeGroup. It expands its security options, too, but does it… » 2/10/09 11:55am 2/10/09 11:55am

Microsoft Shows Windows 7 Running on Asus EeePC

Windows honcho Steve "Don't Blame Me For Vista, I Was Running Office At The Time" Sinofsky hinted that he would whip out an impressively low-powered device to show how skinny Windows 7 can get. Sure enough, today at his keynote at PDC 2008, he waved a Asus EeePC running Win 7 with a 1GHz processor and just 1GB of RAM.… » 10/28/08 2:20pm 10/28/08 2:20pm

Windows 7 Walkthrough, Boot Video and Impressions

Like Elvis in '68, Microsoft is itching for a "comeback," and Windows 7 is the perfect excuse. In fact, this week in LA at the Professional Developers Conference » 10/28/08 12:00pm 10/28/08 12:00pm, Windows 7 officially shoved Vista aside. Having suffered through the often deserved criticisms of that ill-fated OS installment, Microsoft's people are…

Windows XP Gets Another Six Months to Live: Will Not Go Gently Into…

According to a leaked email from a PC OEM, Microsoft has officially extended the life of its now-beloved Windows XP, moving the date of planned obsolescence from January 31, 2009 all the way to July 31, 2009. In the wake of its very expensive ad campaign » 10/04/08 10:00am 10/04/08 10:00am promoting (in a roundabout way) Vista, the move is a bit…

Microsoft Cuts Vista Prices, XP Still Better

Looks like Microsoft is trying another push to get Vista Ultimate running as your OS of choice. The top-end operating system will receive a price cut from $399 to $319, whilst the upgrade version will now retail at $219, a savings of $40 on the original price. Vista Home Premium will also be dropped in price, from… » 2/29/08 3:45am 2/29/08 3:45am