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  • Iain McDonald and Andrew Mason show off the new Windows Server OS

    ChrisA wrote:
    Is Microsoft going to supply BASH, TCSH or any type of unix type shells? Where is a list of command line commands for core server? cmd.exe is a weak shell and unless enough cli tools are provided to make this thing really useful

    Windows isn't as shell-centric as Unix is.

    Philosophically, you don't generally pass around bits of data between multiple programs in Windows.  Instead, you write script in VBScript, JScript, etc. and have cscript (or wscript) execute it.  You get contructs and tools (string manipulation, file I/O, logging, etc.) which are more or less equivalent to what you'll get from the GNU set of tools, as well as access to a lot of neat information and functionality that the OS provides, through WMI and COM.

    Microsoft has already been providing piles of Unix command-line tools for years, including tcsh and ksh.  More info here:

    Whether or not this stuff will be installable as part of Server Core is something MS will need to clarify someday.
  • Don McGowan - Technology law at Microsoft (and the software industry)

    Excellent interview, Robert, definitely amongst the best!

  • IE 7: What's new in Beta 2 Preview

    BenZilla wrote:
    I like it, but there is 1 thing I do not like about the UX:

    In firefox it has the close tabs all the way to the right, so I can just slam my mouse over and click on it without any hesitation. In I.E. I have to click on the tab itself.

    Press Ctrl+W.  That will close the current tab.  If you mouse right-handed, you probably have your left hand resting on the left side of the keyboard anyhow, so it's a pretty quick & convenient shortcut.

  • IE 7: What's new in Beta 2 Preview

    Best quote from the video: "IE7 makes junk mail fun again!"
  • Piero Sierra (and others) - Microsoft Max

    scobleizer wrote:
    Zeo wrote: Blackcomb is alive and well.....Good to know that the codename of "Blackcomb" hasn't changed! Thanks for the confirmation...hadn't heard that codename being used since early 2004

    Zeo: sssshhhhh, but since this video was shot the codename for Blackcomb has indeed changed to Vienna. I haven't gotten the story on this yet, though.

    Eerrrrr... Robert, wasn't "Vienna" the code-name for Live Communications Server 2005?


  • Cleartype Team - Typography in Windows Vista

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  • Cleartype Team - Typography in Windows Vista

    Khamul wrote:
    PS: Why do they all start with C?

    Bill Hill answers this in the video: It's because they're all fonts designed for ClearType, so they started the names of all the fonts with C to go along with that.
  • Introducing MSN Toolbar Suite - Silicon Valley team (and demo!)

    glebd wrote:
    So where does this leave the Windows search feature available from the Start menu? Would it be better to update that one instead of fragmenting the search feature by introducing another tool?

    MSN products don't typically replace existing Windows functionality.  For example,  Windows Messenger is left alone when you install MSN Messenger.  Also, the MSN Toolbar has a pop-up blocker, and if you attempt to use it with XP SP2, it will force you to choose one blocker or the other.

    This is one aspect of Microsoft I really don't understand.  It really seems like MSN is off in their own little world, writing what could be considered third-party software for Windows.  Seems like a wasteful duplication of effort to me...

  • Bill Hill - How does ClearType work?

    dpen2000 wrote:
    green eh? that explains why the xp start button is green I guess.
    But hey, cleartype is cool and nice looking but what is it actually? How do you define Cleartype?


    This is Microsoft's site on ClearType.  There's some good information there.