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

By ebott ·
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 wrachet In reply to Ed Bott's Microsoft Chall ...

I would like to see SisSoft Sandra 2000 professional or a similar program included in the next version of Windows. This program is great. Not only does it give you information on what you have in your computer, it also tells you what you don't have. This program also gives you performance tips. This program could be useful for overclockers, power users, and it could be great as a diagnostics tool.

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

I would also like to see something, maybe a program, that tells you exactly what is messing up when you receive an GPF(General Protection Fault) or IPF(Invalid Page Fault). Yes we can get the memory addresses but a little more detail would be extremely nice.

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

I'd like to see GoBack, a program that lets systems be restored to their state at a given point in the past, integrated into Whistler (I think there's something like it in Windows Me). It can really save your bacon if a badly behaved app or driver, or user stupidity (hey, we all do dumb things!) destroys critical application or OS files (tho the Windows file protection helps some). It also makes it safer to test new software, since you can get your system back exactly as it was before installation without spending ages doing tape or CD backups.

Another utility I won't do without is Quick View Plus, which is an immense improvement over the integrated Quick View, and lets me check out the contents of files quickly and easily, without opening their associated app.

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

Don't know if anyones mentioned this yet, but better integration for zip files and imaging software to allow you to image your machine to a back up partition

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by help4u In reply to Ed Bott's Microsoft Chall ...

Ever since 95 was released I've wondered why you can't print a test page from the right click drop down menu. This would save so much time when installing, "fixing" and otherwise testing printers and thier drivers.

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

As a Network Manager I want some mechanism for documenting easily my AD Design. I know that Microsofts Answer would be to either export it as an LDIF file and view it in in someother third part utility - but that doesn't allow me to track which OUs have got GPOs attached to them. This area oF managing and documenting networks is an area that MS have historically been very poor on - adding VISIO to thier portfolio should mean that some areas of documention MUST be improved in the new code release of Win2K.

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