Windows-Help.NET Newsletter 22 Nov. 2003, Vol 6 No. 39

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w   Microsoft Prepares Online Music Store
w   Protect Your PC
w   Featured Software: Registry Compactor
w   Recent Support BBS Postings
w   Web Site Updates
w   Administrivia

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Microsoft Prepares Online Music Store

by Arie Slob

Hello Windows users,

Microsoft is preparing to enter the crowded marketplace for legal online music services, with the introduction of a song-downloading service next year. The product will be competing with offers from Apple Computer,, MusicMatch, Napster, RealNetworks and others.

Without giving many details, a Microsoft spokeswoman confirmed that Microsoft's MSN Web site will offer a download music service. More details are expected at a later time.

The market is divided into three types of digital-music services: digital-music streaming services such as RealNetworks' RHAPSODY service, digital-music download services such as Apple's iTunes Music Store, and services that offer both features, such as Napster.

While Microsoft has not revealed its plan as to which service type they will choose, it could well be the "mixed" service. Microsoft already operates a music service in the UK called MSN Music Club, which offers both streams & digital downloads. Downloads are sub-divided in "Temporary" and "Permanent" downloads. The difference is that a temporary download can only be listened to from your computer, and a permanent download can be burned to CD and/or played on another device.

It seems likely that the UK service could well be the model for the US. In the UK, both a monthly subscription as a "Pay As You Go" option is available. The system works with "credits". For example, £1.49 (roughly $2.54) would get you 150 credits, good for 1 permanent download, up to 15 temporary downloads, or 150 streams.

Apple charges $0.99 for each downloaded song (and is reported to lose money hand over fist), so I'd expect to see pricing in the US at a competitive level. After all, Microsoft is sitting on a cash horde of some $50 billion, so it could take some losses until it perfects its system (and becomes market leader?).

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Recent Support BBS Postings

Hide hard drives or deny viewing of contents - Windows XP
Delecting Blocked Sender's List - Outlook Express
No QuikView? - Windows XP
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Web Site Updates

These pages were added/updated in the past week. Information on previously updated/added pages is available on the What's New? page for 1 month.


Added: Storage Hardware Vendors Qualify iSCSI-Based Products For the Windows Platform


How to Troubleshoot Registry Corruption Issues

There are many reasons why a registry hive may be corrupted. Most likely, the corruption is introduced when the computer is shut down, and you cannot track the cause because the computer is unloading processes and drivers during shutdown. Sometimes, it is difficult to find the cause of registry corruption.

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Storage Hardware Vendors Qualify iSCSI-Based Products For the Windows Platform

This week, Microsoft announced that 14 leading storage hardware vendors have qualified their Internet Small Computer System Interface (iSCSI) hardware products for use with Windows under the Microsoft Designed for Windows Logo Program. As a result, customers now have a wide choice of tested iSCSI hardware components designed to interoperate with Windows and the Microsoft iSCSI Architecture.

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Microsoft Fined $62.3 million in Patent Case

Last week a jury fined Microsoft $62.3 million in damages, after deciding the software giant infringed on a patent held by Imagexpo, a subsidiary of industrial and flow technology concern SPX Corporation. The company sued Microsoft in October 2002 in federal court in Richmond, Va., for using its patented technology in Microsoft's NetMeeting whiteboarding feature.

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File and Printer Sharing with Microsoft Windows

File and printer sharing in Microsoft Windows allows you to share the contents of selected folders and locally attached printers with other computers. Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows 98, Windows Millennium Edition (Me), and Windows NT 4.0 support file and printer sharing. For each of these operating systems, this article describes the features, components, connection process, how to share a folder and connect to a shared folder, how to share a printer and connect to a shared printer, and how to manage file sharing in a small office/home office environment.

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