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6.0 (Dec 1, 2006)
I don't have a Vista or Longhorn system to test this with, but using it to connect to XP, 2003 or 2000 systems is a pain. The extra layer of security is not yet compatible with the legacy systems (maybe if you installed the update - which is in the form of a KB update - on both machines). The session opens with the requirement to put in your connection credentials - which can not be authenticated by the legacy machines. Therefore, you must set the client to connect despite the lack of authentication, and then type in your credentials again.
I anticipate that with a compatible system, the connection credentials would pass through for logon as well - but that is only a guess.
On the plus side, there are more videao options and the ability to select which local drives are available to the session, which is nice.
I re-installed the RDP client for 2003 and I don't see myself using it again until I have a predominately Vista environment or XP, 2003 and 2000 are updated to handle the new athentication method.
0.0.5 Beta (Jun 19, 2002)
Does what it says and I like the idea, but is limiting. No opportunity to optimize or browse separately. I have a home built page with frames and it refuses to load. I would love to have a separate home page for the band; the ability to position the band; and the ability to independantly navigate in the band (at least back and forward would be helpful).
0.0.5 Beta (Mar 22, 2010 - 11:12 PM)
I have both Mac and Windows products at home, and I support Microsoft products as a DBA at work. I have an iPhone (my third) which is a top notch communication device and a the perfect gaming platform for those long lines at the Starbucks; a MacBook Pro (my second) which I use for writing and some music work; a Windows 7 Desktop (my 17th or something like that) which is my primary personal computer and serves as a communication, productivity and gaming platform; and a Windows 7 / Dell laptop issued by my company. Each of these machines enhances my life by serving a specific purpose or solving a specific problem. I think the iPad is pretty, but it doesn't offer me anything. I really can't think why I would want it or how I would use it.
Now, If all I had was an underpowered laptop, and was looking for a new device to enhance my life experience - would I turn to the iPad?
* Its too big to be a "take it everywhere" gaming / productivity device - go iPhone
* Its size and lack of phone capabilities make it a handicapped communication device - go iPhone
* Its expense and lack of e-Ink make it a poor e-book reader - go Kindle or something - I prefer paper anyway
* Its size and keyboard make it a frustration as an email / document device - I mean, are there any journalists who are want to blog, let alone craft a published article, using the soft keyboard. - Go MacBook Pro
* It is not robust enough to handle true enterprise class applications or games - go PC
I like Apple and I like Microsoft - I take them for what they are and what they offer. At this point, the iPad really doesn't offer anything.
0.0.5 Beta (Feb 22, 2010 - 12:37 PM)
Just a caveat to your point - it has typically been the case that a cell phone or smart phone user has moved on to the next new thing when (or before) the old device breaks down, but I think app stores change all of that. I have an iPhone and I like it. I have an investment in the applications I have purchased through the App store, and moving to a new platform means losing that investment. That is something I am willing to do for the right phone. I jumped from Windows Mobile (Black Jack, then Tilt) to the iPhone because the benefits outweighed the losses (I had invested in many apps through Handmark and others - but not hundreds of dollars as I have on the iPhone). Without a truly game changing device, like the iPhone, I am unlikey to abandon my investment in the iPhone platform. I am mildly intrigued by Android, mostly because there will be multiple device choices, but not enough to switch device platforms. The Windows Mobile 7 platform is even more intriguing, especially as I would assume greater integration with MS products like Office and MS Backoffice will make it a better business tool. But I am unlikely to make the jump unless the companies that make my high ticket applications (I have two navigation apps, and a few others that cost more than $25) build for the new platform AND allow me to carry the license (Olive Tree Bible software has allowed me to use one license on Windows Mobile, Blackberry and now iPhone platforms) - I will probably stick with the iPhone. I am not even close to being a fanboy for either MS or Apple, I use both as they make practical/financial sense. I am glad the iPhone is getting competition, but I need more than what I am seeing now from either Android or Microsoft for me to switch.
0.0.5 Beta (Jan 26, 2010 - 9:09 PM)
I use Office both at work and at home. In fact, most, if not all the businesses that my business works with use Office applications: Excel, Word, Powerpoint and Outlook especially - not to mention Internet Explorer. The fact is that business (I am not talking small, 10 person businesses, but businesses with 100+ people) is done on Microsoft products. I agree that new times are coming and that Microsoft will fall if it does not adapt. Cloud computing is the future, but it appears a way off to me. Cloud applications require connection everywhere - and that is not yet a reality. Sales folks need to use Word and Powerpoint, and they need to be able to do their work in diverse settings and times. Putting business users in a scenario where they can't work when they want to work is untenable. Finance users live in Excel. IT has been trying to wean users off Excel for 10 years, and it is still the most heavily used application (outside of outlook and IE) in every company for which I have worked. Cloud based spreadsheets do not yet have the power and versatility to render Excel redundant. I have been in IT for 15 years, and I see more, not less Microsoft usage today. I think we are at least 5 years from the death of Office, but five years is an eternity in the digital age; plenty of time for Microsoft to find a way to redefine its relevance.
0.0.5 Beta (Jul 30, 2007 - 3:02 PM)
Math - Take the lowest time between charges under heavy use - 5 hours - with say 30 minutes to fully recharge (am I being generous here?) and he would have needed to recharge at least 10 times a day to make it to 300 in one month. That would require 55 hour days to test.
Obviously this guy somehow traversed the dimensional gap from a world which has 55 hour days and Apple did not publisize the un-changeable battery. Could he be from the Mortorola System, or the Nokia Universe? Possibly he is from the Microsoft homeworld (I know - how unlikely that Microsoft would play dirty tricks, I am just trying to be fair here...). This is obviously a cry for help. I am sure that the judge will send him home in good time, but the transportation fee might be stiff.
0.0.5 Beta (Mar 15, 2007 - 12:19 PM)
As far as this being an editorial - it is clear that anything that doesn't excoriate any Microsoft initiative will be viewed as a puff piece. If the tone of the article had been an editorial against Microsoft, nobody would have accused you of editorializing.
I think this technology is more likely to be directed at the Windows Mobile technologies, with voice recognition at the desktop being secondary. I would anticipate that Microsoft will use their market edge to create standards that will tie the communications industry to Tellme technology for the forseeable future. Microsoft is not going to be content with merely enhancing Office, they want to change the way we communicate.
In this world, the phone device need consist of no more than the speaker and the microphone; allowing you to search for numbers through your own or public online phone books or asking for information in a variety of ways. Not just communicating with people or organizations, but accessing media and information where sound (with Video) is both the input and the output. And All this with Microsoft handling the security and search.
Now to avoid being seen as a Microsoft slut, I will insert some standard anti-microsoft rhetoric:
Microsoft sucks - they are trying to take over the world! They won't be satisfied until they own the licensing rights to the names I will give my children; blah, blah, blah.