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What is a beta? Beta programs are programs that are almost finished and almost ready for the population. Usually beta programs are well done, almost completely error-free and available to a select few.

Microsoft has a relatively unknown site where you can try out their beta software, usually for free. It is known as fact that betas may cause some problems so… caveat emptor!

I do find it interesting to see the, seemingly, ever more overlapping of items from Yahoo, Google and Microsoft. Many of the items listed have equally interesting counterparts from their compeition.

MARK MY WORDS, The next most important piece of software for the world will be the web browser itself. The reliability of the web browsers, the expandability of the web browser and the ability of the web browser to “assume” proxy for the vast number of other applications will make it (if it hasn’t already!) the next super tool.

Soon entire offices, organizations, schools and homes will be running most of their applications from the shell of a web browser. Not to be repetitive, but as you know, many are already doing this!

If you are still skeptical about this stream of thought, think about this; count how many time you have launched any piece of software on your computer and compare it to the number of times you have launched your web interface. See.

Web browser function and reliability plus wlan capabilities and stability of connection will be the most important center of focus of developers in the upcoming years.

Please note that most of the information below is taken from the site:

Current Windows Live Beta products:

EN Icon FSWindows Live Onecare Family Safety:

Free software that helps you and your kids explore the Internet more safely. Family Safety helps you filter information based on each child’s age to help protect them from stuff you don’t want them to see. You can also limit searches, block or allow certain Web sites, and monitor what they’re doing online.

EN Icon writerWindows Live Writer:

Windows Live™ Writer is a free, downloadable program that will help you include rich content in your blog posts and know exactly what your blog will look like before you publish it to the Web.

In one of my next posts, I will be comparing Live Writer with Blogdesk!

EN Icon QnAWindows Live QnA:

What do you really want to know? The best chocolate chip cookie recipe? The fastest shortcut through downtown? Elvis’s weight on Jupiter? Somebody out there is bound to have the answers you’re looking for—and you probably know something they want to know, too. Get and give answers based on personal experience and expertise. QnA creates a community of knowledge that grows and gets better every day.

EN Icon mailWindows Live Mail:

Fast and simple e-mail that makes it easy to read, send and organize your messagesFast and simple e-mail that makes it easy to read, send and organize your messages

EN Icon searchWindows Live Academic Search:

A powerful research tool to help you find and sort articles from thousands of academic and research journals, including computer science, electrical engineering, physics, and more to come soon.

This will become a use full search tool indeed, not unlike Google Scholar!

EN Icon searchWindows Live Product Search:

A powerful search tool with an exclusive focus on consumer products.

EN Icon live localWindows Live Local:

A free global mapping and search service. It helps you find stuff in specific locations—pizza in Pittsburgh, for example—and lets you customize your map views, see most major U.S. cities from the point of view of a low-flying plane, and explore your world in new ways.


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Joseph M. Pisano, Ph.D. is an industry innovator, education clinician and lecturer, trumpeter and conductor, and the creator of many education websites. He is currently the Vice President of Innovation and Engagement at Keystone Ridge Designs, Inc. After twenty-three years as a professor and administrator at Grove City College, he made the move into industry in 2018.  As one of the youngest full professors in Grove City’s history, he served in various roles over his tenure including the Technical Director of the Pew Fine Arts Center, Assistant and Associate Chairs of Music and Music and Fine Arts, Director of Music and Fine Arts Technology, Director of Jazz Studies, Stage Manager, and he finished his tenure as the Director of Bands where he directed the college’s Symphonic Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Marching Band, Pep Bands, and various small ensembles.

He been named a TI:ME Teacher of the Year, received the JEN Jazz Educator Award, the PA Citation of Excellence, and named a “member for life” of the PA Intercollegiate Bandmasters Association. He is a past Vice President of the Technology Institute for Music Educators, an associate member of the American Bandmasters Association,  a past President of the PA Intercollegiate Bandmasters Association, and a member of various education and music honoraries. He has written for numerous publications including DCI Magazine, Teaching Music Magazine, and was the Educational Editor for In-Tune Monthly Magazine for eight years; he has contributed hundreds of articles to various publications. He is an active conductor, trumpeter, clinician, and educator. Find out more at his website

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