Today, Microsoft invited me to have a look at the Microsoft Download Center Beta Preview and I have to admit, it’s looking great!
Here are some screenshots. The new windows udpate, I will check out on Windows XP X64 somewhen since in Vista it asks you to use the update function included in Vista instead.
As you can see, the MarketPlace also got a new face now and the whole thing is more like a small control panel and you can more easily find your way around the whole offerings of the Microsoft homepage
My catch? Windows Vista is really fun to use, even with only 1 GB of RAM and single core AMD64 3200+ CPU, however I cannot wait for the new multi-core CPU and a better system with 4 GB of RAM. This thing should rock the sky then. Anyway, Vista worked since the final (Use it since February) pretty well for me even with out any updated.
The most I am disappointed about HardSID not releasing 64bit drivers and Leadtek not convincing the sound chip manufacturer of the PAL version of the LeadTek TVUSB 2 card to supply the source so they make a 64bit XP/Vista driver.
I seldom saw any BSOD and I seldom had any serious issues and it’s cool that you can access system restore right from a graphical Vista boot DVD interface. Back in XP times if you couldn’t access the Safe Mode, you were done with it and had to restore an image if nothing else helped.
On the software side I am very disappointed about freeware firewalls which were all either incompatible, or very bad to use and just a piece of trash! The situation changed when the Alpha of the Comodo Firewall came out (final is out since yesterday – download it!).
ICQ got a new Xtra for Germans, the ICQ ClubCard which is a offer in co-op with the Schweabische Bank.
The screenshot says:
-6 months ICQ ClubCard for just 18 € -A real MasterCard without age restrictions with your bank giro account -The ICQ Prepaid MasterCard +without contract obligations +without cancellation period +and for sure without debts -With cool design +with your ICQ number
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