An In-Depth Look at Vista, Part 1
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Other Features

Aside from the various features just described, here are some other areas worth noting.

Windows Media Player 10

Windows Vista Beta 1 ships with Windows Media Player 10 (see Figure 16).

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Figure 16. Windows Media Player 10

Network Presentation

A new application known as Network Presentation is embedded within the Start menu (see Figure 17). Using Network Presentation, you can broadcast a presentation using a wireless network to a remote projector. As I do not have a projector on hand, I wasn't able to test this feature out. But this should be a cool application.

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Figure 17. Network Presentation

Windows Explorer

If all of these virtual folders make you dizzy, the venerable Windows Explorer is still available (see Figure 18).

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Figure 18. Windows Explorer

SafeDocs

Windows Backup is now known as SafeDocs (see Figure 19).

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Figure 19. SafeDocs

Summary

Surprisingly, this build of Windows Vista is pretty stable, and the performance is quite good. While it is definitely not feature-complete, it is a good indication of what is to come in the next beta. I will talk more about the features of Windows Vista Beta 1 and IE 7 in my upcoming articles on WindowsDevCenter.com. Stay tuned!

Wei-Meng Lee (Microsoft MVP) http://weimenglee.blogspot.com is a technologist and founder of Developer Learning Solutions http://www.developerlearningsolutions.com, a technology company specializing in hands-on training on the latest Microsoft technologies.

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