Windows-Help.NET Newsletter 05 July 2003, Vol 6 No. 24

In this issue:

w   Microsoft Announces eBook Promotion
w   Featured Software: GhostSurf
w   Recent Support BBS Postings
w   Recommended Web Sites
w   Web Site Updates
w   Administrivia

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Microsoft Announces eBook Promotion

by Arie Slob

Hello Windows users,

Microsoft Reader This week Microsoft announced the availability of 60 best-selling eBooks available for free* download by users of Microsoft® Reader. These books represent a wide cross-section of authors and books from a variety of publishers, such as "A Short History of Nearly Everything," by Bill Bryson; "The Joy Luck Club," by Amy Tan; "Fear Itself," by Walter Mosley; and "Beach Music," by Pat Conroy.

The 20-week promotion will feature three new titles each week, available at the Microsoft Reader Web site. Once downloaded, each eBook can be read on a user's desktop or laptop PC, Pocket PC or Tablet PC. Each week, new content will be made available to expand each user's personal library of eBooks. More than 20,000 titles, including 19,000 commercial titles, are currently available for Microsoft Reader.

"We believe this summer promotion underscores the growing interest in reading eBooks," said Cliff Guren, group product manager of eReading at Microsoft. "Every month, more and more best-selling books are being released simultaneously in both print and eBook formats. The growing popularity of Pocket PCs and the introduction of Tablet PCs give customers really great mobile platforms for reading books on screen. We believe this promotion will encourage more consumers to give eBooks a try; our research shows that once customers actually start reading on screen with Microsoft Reader, they find it a really satisfying experience, and they purchase eBooks on a regular basis."

For both new and current users of Microsoft Reader, the initial download process will include an upgraded version of the software with a simpler installation and activation process, as well as enhanced security features. The new version is required to take advantage of the new promotional eBooks as well as future additions to the Microsoft Reader catalog; consumers also will be able to use it to read previously downloaded eBooks.

Microsoft Reader 2.0 adheres to the traditions of classical typography for reading, with the added technology provided by Microsoft ClearType®, which enhances the readability of type fonts on screen, particularly for laptop PCs and Tablet PCs. Microsoft Reader offers a clean, uncluttered layout; ample margins; proper spacing, leading and kerning; and powerful tools for marking, annotating and editing electronic documents. With Microsoft Reader, users can read electronic content on multiple devices, including notebook and desktop computers, Pocket PCs and now Tablet PCs.

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Recent Support BBS Postings

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Recommended Web sites

Each month we will feature a few Web sites here, ones which sent us the most visitors to our Web site in the previous month. We would encourage you to visit these popular Web sites yourself!

Here are some sites in the Top 15 for June 2003:

The Top 15 sites are listed on our Web site.

Web Site Updates

These pages were added/updated in the past week. Information on previously updated/added pages is available on the What's New? page for 1 month.

Added: Browsing Smarter
Added: Block Annoying Telemarketers
Added: All New Courier Email Email Released!

Added: Courier 3.5


Added: Microsoft Announces Cool eBook Promotion for Hot Summer Reading
Added: Microsoft Delivers iSCSI Support for Windows


Browsing Smarter

Making the best use of your Web Browser.

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Block Annoying Telemarketers

Sick of telemarketing calls at dinner time? Now you can put an end to it.

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Microsoft Delivers iSCSI Support for Windows

This week Microsoft announced the availability of its Internet Small Computer System Interface (iSCSI) software initiator package, including the Microsoft® iSCSI initiator service and the Microsoft iSCSI initiator software driver. Available now via Web download at no charge, the software driver is for Microsoft Windows® 2000 client and server versions, Windows XP, and the recently launched Windows Server™ 2003 family of products.

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Netscape Founder Andreessen: Web Browsing Innovation Dead

Netscape Founder and co-creator of the Mosaic Web browser Marc Andreessen told Reuters in a recent interview that innovation on Web browsers has all but ceased.

Andreessen, now working for his company Opsware, a data-center management firm, told Reuters correspondent Bernhard Warner that for the last five years he hasn't seen any innovation on the Web browser, and he isn't expecting any in the next five years either.

According to Andreessen, when he was still working at Netscape, they had some eighteen different things in mind for the browser, without giving any details.

He also commented on the demise of Netscape, calling it "a certainty".

Microsoft's Internet Explorer is now used by more then 90 percent of the Web browsing public
Windows XP Expert Zone Seminars

Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition: This presentation gives a quick introduction to Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition--the latest version of Windows XP.

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Introduction to the Tablet PC: An introduction to Windows XP Tablet PC Edition, including a preview of the latest form factors and a demo of Tablet PC features.

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System Requirements
OS: Win. 2000, NT, XP
Req. disk space: 44 MB
Media Player 6.x or later
IE 5.x or later
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