Windows Weekly with Leo Laporte, Mary Jo Foley, and Paul Thurrott

Apr 3rd 2009

Windows Weekly 101

The Turbo Button

Windows 7 build 7068, Server 2008 Foundation, Encarta dead, Conficker dud, DOSBox, and more.
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Category: News

Windows 7 build 7068, Server 2008 Foundation, Encarta dead, Conficker dud, DOSBox, and more.

  • Windows 7 build 7068 has leaked
    • Windows 7 Build 7068 Screens Windows 7 Home Basic
    • Windows 7 Build 7068 Screens Windows 7 Home Premium
    • Windows 7 Build 7068 Screens Windows 7 Starter
    • No major changes this time around, but someone has hacked the installer so that you can install all of the retail product versions individually: Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional, and Ultimate
    • I've made up detailed tables comparing which features are available in each product edition
    • Some interesting Starter edition tidbits: The 3 app limit, weird limitations around the wallpaper, welcome screen
    • Related: AT&Ts subsidized netbooks starting at $49
    • Related: Gizmodo story about Windows 7 not working with third-party codecs is BS
    • Related: TechEd 2009 launch for Windows 7 RC? Maybe, but Microsoft is recommending that the press does not attend (!)
  • Windows Server 2008 Foundation
    • This one is cool
    • Low-cost server aimed for low-end hardware and very small businesses
    • will cost $150, 200 .... only on new hardware, not retail
    • Single proc only, up to 15 users, no CALs, no Hyper-V or virtualization licensing
    • Clearly aimed at Linux
    • Ballmer: It's like a netbook version of Server
  • Microsoft kills Encarta: Yet another Wikipedia-related death
  • Conficker came and went on April 1: A complete non-event
  • Everything Must Go is on for April 4
    • But ... will be the first of a few of these events this month. First one will be the big ticket items
    • Do it again a week from Saturday ... see how it goes
  • Tip of the Week: Speed up IE 8! See Bigfoot while you're at it
    • With a nod towards April Fools: Ed Bott does it again ... not the good kind
    • But who knows, it may work if you upgraded on a messy system
  • Software Pick of the Week: DOSBox
    • x86 emulator with DOS, lets you run DOS games in Windows XP/Vista/7
    • Like Wolfenstein 3D, mentioned last week, also Duke Nukem, etc.

Audible picks of the week: The Tourist: A Novel, Unabridged, By Olen Steinhauer, Narrated by Tom Weiner. For a free credit toward the audiobook of your choice, visit Audible.com/windows.

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