The XP Files: Windows Hidden Tools for Secure Sharing, Communication, and Collaboration

The XP Files: Windows Hidden Tools for Secure Sharing, Communication, and Collaboration

by Guy Hart - Davis (Author)


Microsoft hopes to entice buyers with a number of new features planned for Windows XP. An image clipboard, for instance, lets XP users collect photos or video on a sidebar to make it easier to clip and edit them. CD burning will be much easier. Notebooks equipped with 802.11b wireless connections will be allowed to roam. The OS also functions much more efficiently than Windows 2000...Boot-up time is three to four times faster...In tests, Microsoft has found that 80 percent of notebooks can run through the shutdown/resume cycle in five seconds, while 70 percent recover in three seconds. The new Messenger tool (not yet available as a separate download) lards serious conferencing tools on top of the regular, typed chat windows. Messenger adds two-way audio and video, application sharing (in which your chat buddy views and controls programs on your PC), and whiteboarding (the ability to share freehand drawings and other graphics). Messenger even integrates with Remote Assistance, a feature that lets you yield control of your system to a friend (with enough password protection and time limitations to allay any fear of hacking). Windows Messenger shares contact lists and a back-end network with MSN Messenger, but it doesn't work with Microsoft's existing conferencing software, NetMeeting. --CNET


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Format: Paperback
Pages: 321
Publisher: Osborne/McGraw-Hill,U.S.
Published: 01 Mar 2002

ISBN 10: 0072224010
ISBN 13: 9780072224016

Author Bio
Guy Hart-Davis (Richmond, UK), the former associate publisher in charge of Sybex's certification group, is now a freelance author living in his native England. Guy is the author or co-author of 20 computer books, as well as a contributor to numerous others.