Week one of Microsoft Experience

Microsoft ExperienceSo before I begin the report, I must say that I broke the rules. I downloaded the new beta of Windows Live Essentials, and it is AWESOME. The newest version of Messenger is quite possible the best free program Microsoft has ever released.

But to get down to things, the project has, so far, been a major success. I’m now using Internet Explorer 8, which works very well when there aren’t any plugins from third party developers. Microsoft Office 2010 is amazing, though I haven’t had to use it much (school starts tomorrow).

Windows Live Essentials is absolutely necessary to this project, because without this free suite, there isn’t much you can do with a PC without spending a lot of money.

I’ve done a lot of experimenting with the latest Internet Explorer 9 Platform Preview. If the final version works as well as the latest preview does, it will be a major success. It’s quite obvious that the reason Internet Explorer 8 jumped in the market in the past couple weeks because Microsoft did more advertising (I noticed it more in Hulu). If they do just as much advertising with IE9, Microsoft will once again own the general browser experience.

If you haven’t tried out the Bing Bar yet, I strongly recommend it. It is a very useful tool that is installed by default with Windows Live Essentials 2011, and it works beautifully.

I’m using Microsoft Security Essentials as my security software, and I have yet to find any problems, although I have had problems in the past. It runs in the background, using very few system resources, and adds very little time to startup. It has the options for quick scan, full scan, or custom scan. When the new version comes out in the next couple months, I intend on downloading it.

Zune is an absolutely wonderful media player, I’ve found, as long as you have plenty system resources. I’ve always preferred the Zune software over iTunes, but I may now prefer it over Windows Media Player 12. The new Bing/Zune collaboration is absolutely amazing. All you have to do is type the name of the song into Bing, and you can play it right there.

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~ by pcprefer on August 18, 2010.

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