14 Must Have Windows programs

31 10 2007

PC World has compiled a list of 14 great programs you didn’t even know you needed, all designed to work around Windows’ limitations or enhance your productivity. Most of them are free or really cheap — just the way we like our software around here. Here’s the scoop on one of them: Macro ToolsWorks, which records keystrokes and even mouse-strokes and turns them into macros:

A lot of macro programs let you do fast, slam-bang recording. Macro ToolsWorks makes your macros more powerful by providing simple programming commands that you insert into your recordings to allow the use of variables, flow control, text manipulation, macro menus, Internet functions, and other commands that even a programming virgin can master before the honeymoon is over.

Lots of good stuff here, including a utility that lets you reassign keyboard keys and another that greatly improves Windows’ file-copying capabilities. Give ‘em a look.

Windows Vista is clearly finding its way onto lots and lots of PCs.

29 10 2007

In last week’s earnings announcement, Microsoft reported a 25 percent increase in revenue from the unit that sells Windows for notebook and desktop PCs. Granted, some of that bump came from a crackdown in piracy and because more people are opting for “premium” versions of Vista. Still, the company has now managed to sell 88 million copies of the operating system, a significant tally.

“We have a lot of consumer interest and enthusiasm around it,” CEO Steve Ballmer said in an interview with CNET News.com last week.

Vista has picked up momentum in recent months, said Samir Bhavnani, an analyst at Current Analysis West.

“It got off to kind of a rocky start,” he said. “There was a very vocal minority of people that were kind of ripping into Vista.”

On the corporate side, momentum has been harder to come by. Microsoft finally acknowledged that it won’t hit its lofty goal of having Vista in use on twice as many business PCs as were running XP in its first 12 months on the market.

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Leopard vs Vista? You decide..

29 10 2007

Follow this link which shows the exact features chart of Mas OS X and Vista.

You decide which one is the best