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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