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Windows Mobile Device Center 6.1 Released

A new version of Windows Mobile Device Center, the software used to sync Windows Mobile phones with Windows Vista, has been released. The new version, 6.1, is mostly designed to bring full feature support for Windows Mobile 6. You can download the 32-bit version here and the 64-bit version here.

Besides the Windows Mobile 6 feature support, the new version includes:

  • Information Rights Management activation - Automatically configure the Windows Mobile 6 device to open IRM-protected documents and files
  • HTML mail – Set up your Windows Mobile 6 device to sync HTML-formatted mail
  • Certificate Enrollment - Acquire certificates through the PC the Windows Mobile 6 device is currently connected to
  • Allow data connections on the Windows Mobile 6 device when connected to the PC
  • File synchronization for smartphones – Synchronize files with your Windows Mobile 6 devices, including both touch screen and non-touch screen devices
  • Automatic device authentication - Connect the Windows Mobile device to the PC without the need to enter the device-lock PIN every time upon connect
  • Product Registration - Register your Windows Mobile device and get connected to information and offers available for your device
  • Windows Mobile Device Center 6.1 is fully compatible with Windows Mobile 2003 devices and later.
  • Basic connectivity support for Windows Embedded CE 4.2, 5.0, Pocket PC 2002, and Smartphone 2002 devices - Connect over USB and serial, use desktop passthrough using the PC’s internet connection, and file browse.

(via Technoworld > Digg)

Photo by jcl under a CC license

August 21st, 2007 Posted by Nathan Weinberg | General | no comments



Silverlight Sudoku Helper

silverlight-sudoku-helper.pngSudoku is a really fun game, a numbers grid puzzle you find in many newspapers. If you play a lot of Sudoku, you may sometimes need a little help, so you’d appreciate this Silverlight helper application, which lets you enter information about the puzzle you are trying to solve, and it gives you some information that should help you get there faster.

The program keeps track of what possible numbers can be entered in a given cell, which numbers came with the puzzle and which you wrote, makes noise if you make a mistake, and accepts a lot of keyboard input. But what I liked about it: It runs on Silverlight. You’ll need the Silverlight 1.1 Alpha and a compatible system (IE or Firefox on Windows). Enjoy!

The app was written by Microsoft’s Delay (not sure what his/her first name is).

August 21st, 2007 Posted by Nathan Weinberg | Silverlight, Developers, General | no comments

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MTV Kills URGE

3 - Home URGE viewsMTV has cancelled its music store, URGE, which comes built into every copy of the current version of Windows Media Player. MTV launched the service 15 months ago, with both MTV and Microsoft hoping the MTV name and the deep integration with Windows Media Player 11 would help it appeal over iTunes, but obviously that never really worked out. Microsoft basically gave up on URGE when it announced its own Zune would use a competing technology.

MTV announced a partnership with Real, which will allow current URGE users to move over to Real’s Rhapsody service. Rhapsody appears to use the same Windows Media DRM that URGE used, so it should be supported by the same music players as URGE. In a way, it’s a good argument for the multi-partner DRM system used by Windows Media over the single store system used by the Zune (and iTunes), since if a store closes, the users aren’t screwed. Closing a DRM store without a backup can be a costly mistake, as Google is learning.

August 21st, 2007 Posted by Nathan Weinberg | Windows Media, Media Player, Applications, General | no comments

MSN.com Goes All Powerpoint 2007

Microsoft has done it again, transforming MSN.com into an Office 2007 program. This time, though, it’s not Word, but Powerpoint. You’re able to change a chart on the page into several different styles, then change the color scheme used by the chart. The point of the promo is to show how easy it is to make professional graphics in Office 2007, using just two clicks to make it look however you want.

Take a look at the progression (click it to enlarge):

MSN-as-Powerpoint-2007

Get over to MSN.com right now before it goes away to try it out.
(via Long Zheng)

August 21st, 2007 Posted by Nathan Weinberg | Office, MSN, Applications, General | no comments

Sony XL1 200-Disk DVD Changer For Just $200

I’ve talked about the Sony XL1 200-disk DVD Changer, the only mass DVD storage device that allows streaming of all the DVDs to Windows Media Center Extenders PCs through the Media Center interface. There have been some good deals before, but if you really want the thing now, Amazon’s price on it has come down to a mere 200 dollars. That’s one dollar per disk!

Seriously, this thing is some high-end equipment, the sort of thing that would normally be found in only the most expensive home theater. I’d love to have one, and at this price, it’s pretty damn affordable. Check it out.

(via Chris Lanier)

August 21st, 2007 Posted by Nathan Weinberg | Sony | 4 comments