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Ed Bott's Microsoft Challenge, 11/16/00

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Microsoft has begun serious testing of its next Windows version, code-named Whistler, which is due for release sometime in 2001. Microsoft's product managers have told me they're still designing the product and they're actively seeking feedback. So I'm asking for your helpo in putting together a Whistler wishlist. This week, I'm focusing on tools and system utilities for power users and network administrators. What sort of utilities do you want to see included with the next version of Windows? Antivirus software? Firewall programs? If you've got a favorite third-party utility that deserves to be integrated into the OS, here's your chance to make your case. Be specific, and be sure to include solid reasons for your choices.

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by rich In reply to Ed Bott's Microsoft Chall ...

I'm new here, but I'll give my wishlist:

A 'techie' version of Whistler might do well to have disk management features resembling Partition Magic. I doubt most consumers would care, however.
- DEFINITELY firewall protection would be welcome, something like Black Ice Defender.
- If MS had an antivirus group, maybe it would be good to build it into the OS; in the meantime, it might just do them well to offer promotionals for existing antivirus software (McAfee, maybe?).
- overclockers might appreciate CPU fan status monitors and temperature alerts.
- on the same line, a performance profiler could make suggestions as to what hardware or software is slowing down the system.
- DOS based registry checker/editor? (I suppose that's more Win9x than NT though)

Well, I could think of more I suppose but those are some ideas off the top of my head.

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by Maity-boy In reply to Ed Bott's Microsoft Chall ...

A little program called configsafe. I got a version called configsafe95 free with a batch of gateway 2000 pcs about 3 years ago and found this very usefull. what it does is takes a snapshot of the registry etc every time you log on and keeps it for a specified number of days. If a users deletes something or tries to install something you can always take it back to a previous configuration. I'm sure there must be a version out there for more uptodat windows versions.

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by mwb In reply to Ed Bott's Microsoft Chall ...

My vote would be for following:

A friendlier version of Performance Monitor is needed. Perhaps one that is extensible to include SNMP counters on non-pc equipment. It doesn't seem that it would be too difficult to create something that would allow you to enter the SNMP address of a remote counter and simply log it...like page count on a networked printer?

A version of the automatic registry backup & restore program that ships with Win98 is a must have for every future version of any MS OS. It automatically saves a copy of the registry at bootup and also allows you to backup and restore manually. I don't know why this wouldn't be included.

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by kwangern In reply to Ed Bott's Microsoft Chall ...

Having a firewall in a computer nowdays are essential, good firewalls are hard to find, so far i found that AtGuard firewall is the best for advance users. Norton Internet Security 2000 works exactly the same the AtGuard, although AtGuard came out ages before Norton. Anywayz, a firewall like AtGuard is much appreciated because at least there is the power to control your firewall. BlackIce Defender is an automatic firewall, it does not work as good as AtGuard, as far as i have tested.
Another thing is the DOS program. DOS is marvellous, i love it!! it's powerful and nice, doesn't take up much resources and yet it does the job. Windows ME and Win2K doesn't have DOS, which is why i don't upgrade my computer. DOS is just amazing, i just hope that it will come out in the next edition of Windows. Maybe more dos associated programs?
Guess that's it... ;-}

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by SSGappz In reply to Ed Bott's Microsoft Chall ...

Microsoftware has the ability to make use of encryption technologies. I would suggest that Whistler should have the ability to support Personal VPN's by providing an encryption structure for generating an encryption key for your users or home network. F.I. by providing a one time access to an internet server (Microsoft CA server) where the machine collects it's own sub-CA for microsoft networks and applications.

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