CNET gives us a visual tour of the development process that goes into producing the next version of Windows, Vista. I must say, its definitely a lot of work and dedication and makes you think differently as a Technical Tester and how you submit reports. Compiling an operating system is no easy task and the amount of man power and engineering definitely deserves accolades.
Microsoft Test Manager Paul Donnelly looks at one of the many machines he has running Vista. As the release of Vista has drawn closer, Donnelly has added more test machines to his office. Last week, that number totaled nine.
By having many different setups, some with rarely used configurations, Donnelly hopes he will encounter problems before a customer does.
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Spidercon looks at one of the mysteries of Windows Vista.
Logging on locally using Vista
One of the things that has appeared with Vista in a domain is that the selection box that you woudl normally use to be able to log onto the machine locally is no longer appearing on the login screen.
So .. how do I log onto a Vista box that is joined onto the domain using a local acount?
If I wanted to logon with a local user account called Kyle I would type into the account name box: .\kyle – this then logs on using a local account rather than a domain account.
New Office Online Website
Citrix Terminal software allows you to test a virtual version of Office 2007.
The new Office 2007 Online Portal is now out of beta, featuring a radical departure from its predecessor. Reflecting a similar look and feel to the core Office 2007 applications using the new Ribbon interface, Office Online features quick access to Help and How to (tips and tricks) on getting the most out of Office 2007 along with a online try out of the new version of the venerable Office suite. Its really cool. 🙂
Check it out here
For years, Microsoft has instituted BetaPlace as your pre-release software portal. Starting in mid 2005, Microsoft introduced Connect 1.0 as the replacement for Betaplace. Connect features more user control and feed tools plus better interaction with the developer teams. It also includes a voting system which enables you and fellow testers to give reports a high priority. Although its still its early phases, it has improved greatly and is upgraded rapidly with new enhancements on a regular basis.
The last product to be used by Beta Place was Office 12, now Office 2007. Future pre-release software will now move to Connect.
To sign up for technical testing, you now go to http:/connect.microsoft.com.