Links adapted from this months Microsoft Mindshare Newsletter.
This month we bring you a number of items to help you get the most out of Windows Vista, as well as pass along a few new free trials and downloads.
Reminder! Windows News: Windows Vista Beta 2, RC1, and RC2 Set to Expire
On May 31, 2007, the pre-release versions of Windows Vista will expire. This means that if you are running a pre-release version of Windows Vista (Beta 2, RC1, or RC2) you will begin to receive notifications about the upcoming expiration on May 18, 2007. To avoid work disruption and the loss of data, it is strongly recommended that if you are running any of these pre-release versions of Windows Vista, you migrate your PCs to the final version of Windows Vista before May 31.
To install the final version of Windows Vista on any of these pre-release versions of Windows Vista, you may purchase the desired Windows Vista Upgrade. The Windows Vista Upgrade must be the same language version as the pre-release version you are replacing. To find the versions of Windows Vista available for purchase through Windows Marketplace, click here.
New Resource: The Windows Experience Blog
The Windows Vista team has announced a new blog called The Windows Experience, focusing on the user experience of working Windows Vista in a variety of ways. For example, are you curious to know how, exactly, Windows Vista will make your games better? Or improve the way you work with photos? Or enable you to find, organize, and work with files? The Windows Experience blog will report on those types of activities, and more. Click here to read the initial post in the Windows Experience and check back regularly to find out what new frontiers blogger Brandon LeBlanc explores with Windows Vista.
Choosing Devices That Work with Windows Vista
Are you wondering which devices and hardware work with Windows Vista? Get the information you need to make informed purchasing choices. Click here to learn how to distinguish between the "Certified for Windows Vista" and "Works with Windows Vista" programs that have been tested to provide you with the best experience.
Top Downloads for Windows Vista
Since the Windows Vista release, users have been enjoying customizing the operating system and adding gadgets, security features, and more. You can see what other users are adding to their Windows Vista experience by going to the Downloads page on the Windows Vista site. The Popular Downloads tab lists the most popular downloads. Click any link for more information about the products listed.
Get the Latest Windows Vista Drivers
If you want to make sure your hardware devices make the most of Windows Vista features, or you need additional support finding answers and solutions to Windows Vista compatibility, please check out the online resources supporting Windows Vista users. You’ll find a compatibility list of hardware products that work with Windows Vista, help with hardware, devices, and drivers and more at http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/updatemanagement/bb310559.aspx.
The Basics of Windows Vista Gadgets
Adding a gadget to Windows Vista is easier than you might think. You can browse through all your available gadget options by going to the Windows Vista Gadget Gallery. In the Browse column on the left side of the page, select the type of gadgets you want to see. You can then click the name of a gadget in either the Popular Downloads column or the Top Rated column to display details about the gadget. When you have found the one you want, click Download. For more information about adding, downloading, and even creating your own gadgets for Windows Vista, go to the Windows Vista Gadget Gallery.
Add-Ons for IE 7
Are you already an IE 7 user? You can personalize the way you surf by checking out the fun and useful add-ons for Internet Explorer 7. Click here to go to Windows Marketplace and find the add-ons that are available now.
Fixing Stubborn PC Problems
If you are known as the PC guru in your user group, you may be used to group members coming to you with all sorts of computer problems. In the article, "3 Stubborn PC Problems You Can Fix," technology writer Chris Tull shows you how to troubleshoot some of the most common-and persistent-PC problems most users face at one time or another. Click here to read the article and share it with your group.