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Odds and Ends

Odds and Ends

I was just searching online and I found some interesting articles about upcoming programs, etc. I figured for sure that most of you would be interested in them as well, so I thought I would do an “odds and ends” type of article for today’s Tip of the Day. Hope that sounds okay with everyone else as well. Here we go!

First, I’m going to talk about “the next version of Windows.” Now, this is a process in its very beginning stages and this information was only released last week. It’s nothing to go crazy over just yet, but it is good to know about. For this section of today’s tip, all you need to know is a codename and that just so happens to be “Fiji.”

Microsoft always chooses a new codename for each new product they create and the one for the next version of the Windows operating system just happens to be Fiji. This version will follow Windows Vista, but supposedly will be released before Windows Vienna (codenamed Blackcomb), which is another version currently underway at the Microsoft offices. Although Microsoft themselves won’t really comment on Fiji, there are suspicions that it will be a pretty minor release. Some are saying it will be like a second version of Vista, with only a few small changes.

The second news story of today is that of a Mozilla Thunderbird 2.0 Beta 1 review. If you’re an avid Thunderbird user, you have probably been waiting on this for some time now. It’s been awhile since any talk about this even came up and frankly, it’s just time for some changes. Now, as I already said, this is still in the beta stages and the full release is still a ways off, but when it does come around, it promises a good amount of brand new features.

This version of Thunderbird is still being tested by the developers and it will be until the new features are completely stable. The most noticeable change will be the interface, which will be a GUI. The icons have also gone under some serious construction. They have been cleaned up and redesigned. The developers have also focused on the user friendly factor and have made Thunderbird much easier to use.

There are several other features that are said to come along with the new version and although it may take awhile to be able to enjoy them, it’s promised that they will all be worth the wait. The final version of Thunderbird 2.0 is said to be released early next year.

Okay, I have one more feature for you! We here at WorldStart have done a couple other articles on this program before, but this new one is worth repeating. The program is called Skype. Some of you may be familiar with it and those of you who are, can enjoy a brand new version of it right now. Skype 3.0 was released on December 13, 2006 and it has quite a few new features to brag about as well. A few items have been added that you can use for free, along with a few others that cost you a little bit of money. You can check out all the new features and download the 3.0 version right here. Just click on the Download Now button and you’ll be all set to go.

So, how does all that sound? These are three different programs that are on their way to making your computer lives so much easier. All of them have a little ways to go before they’ll really be something to talk about, but until then, they are certainly interesting to speculate, don’t you think? Go check them all out!

~ Erin