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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Windows Live Essentials 2011 Update Released

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Software" @ 07:05 PM

http://windowsteamblog.com/windows_...tials-2011.aspx

"This week, we will release an update to Windows Live Essentials 2011. In addition to changes that improve performance and quality of service, the update also includes full support for SSL in Windows Live Mail, and the latest Bing bar. Here are a few of things we think you'll find the most interesting: Mail: We fixed a sorting issue in the Sent items folder and improved the upload reliability and instrumentation in Photo mail. Messenger: We fixed a couple of stability issues and made various changes for improved voice and video quality. We fixed an issue that was causing sound to be lost after upgrading, and we improved performance when displaying the MSN Today page in the main window."

The download is available now, so go get it! I don't see Live Mesh listed, but I'm dearly hoping they improved the performance and made it less hard-drive-hammery (it kills performance forever after a reboot).


Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Windows 7 SP1 Now Available for Public Download

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home News" @ 01:52 PM

http://www.winrumors.com/windows-7-..._source=twitter

"Microsoft posted its final build of Windows 7 SP1 to the Microsoft Download Center on Tuesday (see links below). The public release follows a private release to MSDN and TechNet customers last week. Copies of Microsoft's Windows 7 SP1 RTM update leaked last month to file sharing websites ahead of its release. Microsoft has confirmed 7601.17514.101119-1850 is the final RTM. The software giant has also pushed the bits out to Windows Update."

If you hit up Windows Update, you'll now see SP1 available for download. It's a somewhat lengthy download and install, so do it over your lunch/dinner break.


Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Adobe Releases Lightroom 3.2

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Software" @ 12:00 PM

http://www.adobe.com/support/downlo....jsp?ftpID=4789

What happened to Lightroom 3.1? I have no idea. But Lightroom has jumped from 3.0 to 3.2, and this new update adds support for new cameras, corrections for "issues", Facebook publishing, and over 120 new lens profiles. I wonder if one of the "issues" is performance? Lightroom 3.0 often feels sluggish to me, even on strong hardware. I'm downloading it now...


Saturday, May 22, 2010

What's New in Windows Live Wave 4

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home News" @ 04:30 PM

http://www.liveside.net/main/archiv...essentials.aspx

"Following the announcement of Messenger and Hotmail Wave 4, the next step for Microsoft's Windows Live Wave 4 announcement is the new Essentials. Today the Windows Live Essentials Preview website (http://windowslive.com/essentials) briefly went online for a short while before locking out all users with a login ID and password again. Fortunately, we were able to capture some of the information from the website, and just like before, we only chose those that we think might most interest you (those marked with Star are new ones we haven't mentioned before, other ones we have conveniently linked you to our previous coverage)..."

I was initially a bit dubious when Microsoft announced that Windows 7 wasn't going to come with an email client, photo gallery software, etc. but I was all aboard with more frequent updates; they let Windows Mail on Vista languish without any significant updates. Windows Live Photo Gallery seems to be getting the lion's share of the updates, but the other apps are getting updated as well. My wish list for Windows Live Movie Maker is really short: MPEG (h.264) output. Windows Live Sync, the most overlooked program in the Live family, is getting some updates as well, but there's no mention of the most glaring problem with it today: the 20,000 file limit per library. I really hope Microsoft gets the message that the 20,000 file limit sucks for those of us trying to keep our photo libraries in sync across multiple machines. I've had to break apart my photo library into two separate folders to keep things working...


Friday, October 23, 2009

New Windows Live Sync Update a Disaster on Windows 7 Computers

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Talk" @ 10:00 AM

Yesterday morning, Microsoft's Live Sync service wasn't working for me. It has its glitches here and there, so I waited and assumed it would start working again. Hours passed, and it still wasn't connecting. That's not normal, so I checked the Sync Web site. Nothing posted there. I posted in the newsgroup, and discovered it was planned maintenance - evidently the Live Sync team expects people to check their updated-a-few-times-a-year blog regularly for announcements. Why they wouldn't have pushed out a message via the client is beyond me - they have the capability to do so, yet they don't use it when they should.

I upgraded Live Sync on five of my computers today, and the install went smooth. I noticed that after installing the client it still doesn't auto-run itself - which is silly and would confuse most users - so I ran the client, re-entered my username/password, then watched what happened. Nothing happened. Read more...


Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Windows Vista Service Pack 2 (SP2) Available For Download

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Software" @ 12:00 PM

http://www.neowin.net/news/main/09/...server-2008-sp2

If you hit Windows Update today, you'll likely be presented with a big 343 MB download - that's SP2 for Windows Vista. I'm in the midst of installing it on one of my machines right now, but the download is taking a very long time...I suspect the Windows Update servers are saturated with people requesting this update. You can always grab the stand-alone installer if you wish (32-bit, 64-bit). In terms of what's new, well, not much of anything interesting - this Technet article has the full list, but nothing jumped out at me. Unlike SP1, which had major performance improvements, SP2 is more about the bug fixes and improving compatibility with third-party software. Honestly, the more I use Windows 7 the more I want to ditch Windows Vista. Not because there's anything wrong with Vista, but because Windows 7 is even better.


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