Some of Windows 7’s best new features aren’t so easy to find.
These include a problem recorder to aid tech support, a list of the programs affected by a System Restore, more precise power adjustments for notebooks and netbooks, and keyboard shortcuts that open system resources.
Windows Mobile version 7 is scheduled to ship in 2010, and the buzz about the major new version is overshadowing Microsoft’s less-notable 6.5 upgrade, which arrives on Oct. 6.
Despite some nice interface changes and new applications, Windows Mobile 6.5 will continue to trail the smart-phone competition, although some IT types will like the close ties Redmond’s smart-phone OS has to Exchange Server.
An old urban myth claims that the microprocessors used in PCs and other consumer electronics are designed to fail within days or weeks of their warranty expiration.
For tens of thousands of people who bought Dell and HP notebooks whose motherboards fried — often a few weeks after their warranty expired — there’s nothing mythical about it.