HelpWithWindows Newsletter Volume 9, Number 21
November 4, 2006

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Microsoft Releases Windows Media Player 11

by Arie Slob

Hello Windows users,

Windows Media Player 11 This week Microsoft released Microsoft Windows Media Player 11 (WMP 11) for Windows XP. This latest version of Windows Media Player offers enhanced search and media management technologies, a visually driven user interface, and optimized support for portable music players.

"Windows Media Player 11 is the first media player to be truly designed with the digital entertainment lover in mind," said Mike Sievert, corporate vice president of Windows at Microsoft. "The fresh, exciting new look, the ability to find songs and videos in an instant, and the enhanced capabilities for syncing with portable devices are not only exactly what customers have asked us for, they're also a preview of what's to come in Windows Vista."

The new player is a huge improvement over previous versions, and should also offer better performance when it comes to indexing your media library, especially if you have a larger than usual collection of songs. There's also the new and improved device experience with shuffle- and reverse sync options and a dedicated category view for all media types.

The one thing missing from WMP 11 is iPod compatibility, so for the millions of people that use iPod, WMP 11 has nothing to offer you.

WMP 11 right now only has MTV's URGE online service integrated, although Microsoft is saying that several other services with similar technologies will soon join.

You can download WMP 11 for free from Microsoft, but it does require a Windows Genuine Advantage Validation.

WMP 11 for Windows XP SP2 can be downloaded from Microsoft's download [24.5 MB] site. Minimum and recommended system requirements for WMP 11 can be checked here.

You can also download a 64-bit version for Windows XP Professional x64 Edition as well as older WMP versions for Windows XP and other operating systems from Microsoft's WMP download page

Microsoft Delays Vista's RTM

Microsoft had initially set a target date of October 25th to have Windows Vista to go to Release To Manufacturing (RTM), but a few days before the 25th Microsoft's Platforms & Services Division co-president Jim Allchin told Mary Jo Foley at ZDNet that "We won't RTM in a week. We are in pretty good shape. And there are still months before (the January 2007) launch."

Early November now seems to be the target set for Vista's RTM. Microsoft has planned their business launch of Vista and Office 2007 on November 30 in New York City.

Microsoft Adjusts Windows Vista License

Windows Vista The first publication of Windows Vista's End User License Agreement (EULA) last month drew a lot of criticism, mainly from "tech-enthusiasts" users, that it was too restrictive.

Part of the EULA that was the problem had stated that customers who purchased a retail version of the product could reassign the software "to another device one time." Now, the revised license reads as follows: "You may uninstall the software and install it on another device for your use. You may not do so to share this license between devices."

So you can now transfer your (retail) copy as many times as you want, provided you remove the previous installation.

This new wording of the EULA only applies to the retail version of the software. If you get Windows Vista with a new PC (OEM), or use Windows Anytime Upgrade [http://windowshelp.microsoft.com/Windows/en-US/Help/37070041-1b90-4433-be0c-ab2855841b981033.mspx ] the license read: "The first user of the software may reassign the license to another device one time, but only if the license terms of the software you upgraded from allows reassignment."

You can download a copy of the Windows Vista EULA from Microsoft's Retail Software License Terms Web site.

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Microsoft Introduces Mandatory Office Genuine Advantage

Microsoft's Office Genuine Advantage (OGA) program will require mandatory validation of Office software starting October 27, it was annouced recently. OGA applies to users of Office XP or later versions, as well as individual Office 2002 and later applications. Office users who want to download Office add-ons from the Microsoft Web site will now need to pass the OGA test.

Starting in January, users of Office Update will have to validate the legitimacy of their Office software before they can download non-critical software-update downloads, Microsoft added. As with Windows Genuine Advantage, Microsoft will let all users download critical software updates.

Review: Internet Explorer 7

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How to surf the Internet more safely with IE 7

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Microsoft Releases Windows Defender

At the end of October, Microsoft released the final version of Windows Defender, its anti-spyware tool that was previously known as Windows AntiSpyware.

According to Microsoft, the final version fixes some 400 bugs from the beta 2 version which was released last February.

Windows Defender can be downloaded from Microsoft's Windows Defender Web site, and is available for Windows XP and Windows 2003. Previous support for Windows 2000 has been dropped by Microsoft, because Windows 2000 mainstream support ended June 30, 2005 and the OS was not a popular consumer OS (according to Microsoft).

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