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Windows-Help.NET Newsletter04 Dec. 1998, Vol 1 No. 2

 Windows-Help.NET Newsletter
by Arie Slob

Dear Windows-Help.NET subscriber,

Thank you all for you comments on the first Newsletter. Most where quite positive, but unfortunately even I "can't please all people - all of the time!".... If you don't like the HTML format, you can visit the Subscriptions page, where you can ubsubscribe yourself from the HTML version, and join the Text version.

If you have comments, or suggestions for what you would like to see in this Newsletter, let me know! You can send me email. I won't have chance to respond to all feedback personally, but I read all!

This Newsletter is also available on-line, and you can also check on back issues.

In the News

A little more on the Netscape - AOL deal.

Many people have been wondering why AOL would want to buy Netscape. O.K. according to some their browser is cool, but that could hardly be the reason. There are a few things that come to mind.

When looking at the total deal (which includes SUN) one cannot miss the fact that all three are currently testifying on behalf of the government at Microsoft's antitrust trial.
They all want to try and increase their market share at Microsoft's cost.

Another angle reveals some details which must have been in the minds of the Advertising reps at AOL: The Netscape site alone draws 20 million visitors a month. The other 3 most popular sites are operated by AOL, Microsoft and Yahoo, so this deal will give AOL 2 (out of four) of the most popular sites on the Internet.

And to make matters more interesting, AOL signed a deal with Microsoft back in 1996 to include Microsoft’s Internet Explorer browser in the AOL software. Microsoft - on the other hand - included AOL's software in the Internet Connection Wizard. This agreement ends in January, so it could well see Netscape being bundled with AOL's software, which will give it a much needed boost in share of the browser markets. Estimates are that AOL has around 12-14 million subscribers world wide.

Netscape - in the mean time - released their "Netscape TuneUp for IE", which is a small (40Kb) ActiveX control that brings



Netcenter smart services to Microsoft Internet Explorer users (you must be running IE 4.0 or later, on Windows 95, 98, or NT 4.0).

Netscape TuneUp for IE includes:

Smart Browsing with Internet Keywords or with What's Related and Integrated access to Netcenter, Netscape Search, My Netscape, Netscape WebMail, Netscape SmartUpdate, Netscape Member Directory and Netscape Contact.

Full details can be found on the Netscape site. There is also a FAQ, or if you want to take the plunge, you can download from this page.

I haven't tried it myself, and I'm not going to. Uninstalling should be easy though, I leave it up to you!

P.S. I think the name TuneUp for IE is inappropriate; there's no tuning done here!

Hmmmm... when reading my column you would think I'm a Netscape fan! Actually I only use their browser to test my Web site pages. And I know that only around 32% of the Windows-Help.NET's visitors use a flavor of Netscape - as compared to 67% using a Microsoft browser.

FREE stuff

Don't we just love free stuff? Here's another giveaway from Microsoft (but with a built in 30 day limit):

PhotoDraw 2000 trial version

PhotoDraw 2000 - one of the parts of the new Office 2000 Premium package, - is out as a stand-alone. While high-end graphics folks won't throw away their PhotoShop, PhotoDraw is a good alternative for the graphics needs of most Office users. PhotoDraw ships with 200 fonts, 20,000 pieces of clip art, 300 templates, and 375 background textures.

You can download from Microsoft's Web site, but be warned that it's a whopping 31Mb! For US$ 5.95 you might as well order it on CD (This trial CD offer is available only to customers in the United States, U.S. Territories, and Canada).

The full version can be ordered from a link on the PhotoDraw page, and costs US$ 149.00.


List of Documentation Errors in Windows 98 Resource Kit
This article lists known documentation errors in the Microsoft Windows 98 Resource Kit and the Microsoft Windows 98 Resource Kit Book Online located in the Tools\Reskit\Help folder on the Windows 98 CD-ROM.

If you do any word processing, email or web surfing, you can't afford to be without this tool! Never lose another address, phone number or other important data again. Everything you cut and paste is stored for easy retrieval from an icon which sits quietly in the system tray on your taskbar.

Windows 2000
OK, you probably knew that Microsoft changed the name from Windows NT to Windows 2000, but did you know there are 4 "flavours"? Get all information about Windows 2000 from Microsoft.

P.S. I haven't spend much time on NT in the past, but that will change in the near future!

You can check out the headlines of sites with related news items from the Windows-Help.NET site. Headlines are displayed for:

Business Wire: Technology CMPnet: TechWeb News
CNET: Computers CNET: Download - Highlights
CNET: Downloads - Most Popular NEWS.COM: The Net
NEWS.COM: Year 2000 PC World Online
ZDNet News Anchordesk ZDNet News: Computing

Microsoft Golf '99 Trial Version
Ah... Another free download from Microsoft... Nothing to do on a rainy day? Try a round of Golf (well, actually only 3 holes :-( of The Donald Ross Memorial course). For Win 95/98 and NT 4.0 running service pack 3.

Download (24Mb). For international download locations visit the Web site.

Speer's 1st Law of Proofreading:
The visibility of an error is inversely proportional to the number of times you have looked at it.

  These pages were added/updated in the past week:

Pages Added/Updated on the Windows 95 site:

Fine Tune Windows 95:
Updated: Update your (Intel) Hard Disk Controller

Getting Started with Windows 95:
Added: Using Device Manager in Windows 95

Pages Added/Updated on the Windows 98 site:

Fine Tune Windows 98:
Updated: Using DMA (Bus Mastering)

  Recommended Book:

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For instance, you'll find coverage of these following topics in Woody Teaches Microsoft Office that you won't find in most other Office books and that Microsoft doesn't really want readers to know about:

- How to best organize your documents in the My Documents folder to find them easier the next time

- How to protect yourself from the more than 2000 macro viruses that can infect Office documents

- How to choose the right application and document type for your new documents

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