Ultimate List of Free Windows Software from Microsoft Microsoft has over 150 FREE Windows & Office Programs available for download -- finding them all is extremely difficult . . . until now. WINDOWS XP GOODIES Agent components provide animated characters (Genie, Merlin, Peedy, Robby & "Custom") to appear during specific help or instruction. (Support FAQ) Alt-Tab Replacement in addition to the icon of the application window you are switching to, you see a preview of the page. Calculator Plus also performs many types of conversions. ConferenceXP enables you to see & hear others in a virtual collaborative space, called a venue. You collaborate on an electronic whiteboard or PowerPoint presentation, send messages and more. Feeds Plus is an Internet Explorer 7 add-on for RSS pop-up notifications. FolderShare keeps important files at your fingertips - anywhere. All file changes are automatically synchronized between linked computers, so you always access the latest files. GroupBar desktop tool offers enhanced window management capabilities in a taskbar-like setting. Through simple drag- and-drop operations on window tiles within the bar, users can create lightweight, transient grouping relationships that allow them to perform certain higher-level window layout functions on multiple windows at once. Location Finder turns a regular WiFi enabled laptop, Tablet or PC into a location determining device without the addition of any separate hardware. Location Finder uses WiFi access points - or reverse IP lookup when WiFi is not available - to center and display the person's location on the Windows Live Local. MapCruncher converts existing maps into an online format that’s easy to use as Virtual Earth. PDF and raster maps can be converted just by clicking on corresponding landmarks on the user's map. (Support: Website) My Font Tool converts your handwriting into a TrueType font, making typed text appear written by hand. Open Command Window Here adds an "Open Command Window Here" context menu option on file system folders, giving a quick way to open a command window. Power Calculator graphd and evaluated functions as well as performs many conversions. Scalable Fabric task management system. A central focus area, defined by you, contains windows that behave in the traditional way. When you drag a window into the periphery, it becomes smaller and continues to get smaller the closer you get to the edge of the screen. This makes it possible to keep windows open all the time, and change "minimize" to mean "return to the periphery". (Support: Website) Snip IT can email selected text within Internet Explorer. Taskbar Magnifier magnifies part of the screen from the taskbar. TIME ZONES: There are two programs that help deal with multiple Time Zones: Premium Time Zone requires genuine Windows XP, the Standard Time Zone program does not. (Support: Working with Time Zones) Tweak UI gives access to system settings not exposed in the default user interface, including mouse settings, Explorer settings, taskbar settings, and more. USB Flash Drive Manager backup & restore files to/from a USB Flash Drive device. Virtual Desktop Manager manages up to four desktops from the Windows taskbar Virtual Machine is Microsoft's Java Virtual Machine for Internet Explorer, allowing you to view java applets on Web pages. Webcam Timershot takes and saves pictures at specified time intervals from a Webcam. Windows Live Writer blogging authoring tool XML Notepad 2007 provides browsing and editing XML documents. (Support: Design Doc) XML Paper Specification Essentials Pack enables you to view, generate and index XPS Documents. ZoomIt is screen zoom and annotation tool for technical presentations that include application demonstrations. EBOOKS READER eBooks Reader offers digital versions of printed books using ClearType technology. Optional Reference & Dictionaries • Encarta Pocket Reference • Foreign Language Translations English --> French French --> English English --> German German --> English English --> Italian Italian --> English English --> Spanish Spanish --> English • Text-to-Speech Packages English French German UTILITIES ActiveSync synchronization of Outlook information, Office docs, pics, music, videos and applications from your desktop to Windows Mobile-based Pocket PCs & Smartphones. Clear Cache Feature for Internet Explorer – automatically deletes all temporary Internet files, cookies, and history files. This was developed to programmatically clear these files when a corrupt entry caused errors with Internet Explorer. ClearType Tuner fine tunes the ClearType technology via the Control Panel, making it easier to read text on your screen. A necessity for LCD screens (portables and flat screens) -- Or try it On-Line. [Bonus = Consolas ClearType Font Pack] Color Control Panel Applet adds a new "Color" item to the control panel, providing viewing and editing color management settings. Desktop Language Settings changes language, keyboard, and regional settings for Windows, Internet Explorer, and Office. Desktop Search 3.01 helps you to find, preview, and use your documents, e-mail, music, photos, and other items. • Internet Explorer History Protocol Handler Add-in indexes the history of the web pages you have browsed using Internet Explorer. (Support KB918998) • UNC/FAT Protocol Handler Add-in indexes your shared network directories and FAT drive(s) allowing you to easily find your specific content. (Support KB918996) Font Properties Extension adds several new property tabs to the fonts dialog box. (Support: Website) ISO Recorder Power Toy makes images of CDs & DVDs to create ISO images. Keyboard Layout Creator create & modify keyboard layouts. MSN Search Toolbar software and components. Mount ISO Files Virtually - this tool allows ISO image files to be mounted virtually as a CD/DVD device. RoboCopy GUI - GUI for Command Line Utility ROBOCOPY SequoiaView - Treemap visualization of hard drive’s contents. (Utilityapproved by the PowerToys group) SyncToy helps copy, move, and synchronize files with digital cameras, e-mail, cell phones, portable media players, camcorders, PDAs, and laptops. (Support: How to . . .) System Configuration Utility (msconfig) has been updated with a Tools Tab. The System Configuration utility automates the routine troubleshooting steps used when diagnosing system configuration issues. (Support: How to MSCONFIG & How to perform advanced clean-boot troubleshooting) Terminals is a "tabbed" terminal services/remote desktop client used for controlling multiple connection simultaneously. Transliteration Utility (TU) tool for transliterating one natural language script to another (like Serbian Latin to Serbian Cyrillic or Latin to Inuktitut). Plus, it can be used to create, edit, debug, and test natural language transliteration modules used to convert one script to another. (Support: How to . . .) Tweakomatic utility that writes Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) scripts enablimg you to retrieve and/or configure Windows and Internet Explorer settings locally or remotely. User State Migration Tool (USMT) migrates user files and settings during large deployments by capturing desktop, network and application settings as well as a user files, and then migrates them to a new Windows installation. (Support: Homepage) Virtual PC is a powerful software virtualization solution that allows running multiple PC-based operating systems simultaneously on one workstation. (Support: Technical Overview) VirtualWiFi abstracts a single WLAN card to appear as multiple virtual WLAN cards to the user. The user can then configure each virtual card to connect to a different wireless network. Therefore, VirtualWiFi allows a user to simultaneously connect his machine to multiple wireless networks using just one WLAN card. Windows SteadyState is designed for schools, libraries, Internet Cafés, and other public locations. Wntipcfg This GUI tool gives you information about your IP configuration. SUPPORT & TROUBLESHOOTING Bootvis – Microsoft states this tool is not available, but they still “support it”. Bootvis “was” a performance tracing and visualization tool designed to help identify performance issues for boot/resume timing while developing new PC products or supporting software. Change Analysis Diagnostic tracks Windows OS changes COMDisable tool, views, disable or enable a list of available COM ports. DebugView monitors kernel-mode and Win32 debug output on your local or networked TCP/IP computer. Desktop Heap Monitor examines usage of a WIN32 subsystem that has an internal heap area known as "desktop heap". When running large number of programs, "Out Of Memory" error messages appear when you attempt to start new programs or try to use programs that are already running, even though you still have plenty of physical and pagefile memory available. (Support: KB126952) DiskMon logs and displays all hard disk activity. DLL Online Help Database – helps identify DLL version conflicts. Fiddler is an HTTP Debugging Proxy which logs all HTTP traffic between your computer and the Internet. Fiddler allows you to inspect all HTTP Traffic, set breakpoints, and "fiddle" with incoming or outgoing data. (Support: HTTP Debugging) Guided Help (depending on the problem) can automatically guide you through various steps to perform some diagnostic tasks yourself. (Support: How to . . .) Kernel Memory Space Analyzer helps expert debugging engineers analyze crash dump files. MDAC Component Checker helps you determine installed version information and diagnose installation issues with the Microsoft Data Access Components (Support: MDAC Website) Memory Diagnostic tests the Random Access Memory (RAM) on your computer for errors. (Support: Users Guide) Network Diagnostics for Windows XP tool (xpnetdiag) analyzes information about your network connectivity to help troubleshoot common connection problems. (Support: KB914440) Portmon monitors and displays all serial and parallel port activity on a system. Advanced filtering and search capabilities make it a powerful tool for tracking down problems in system or application configurations. PortQry Command Line Port Scanner is a command-line utility that troubleshoots TCP/IP connectivity issues by reporting the port status of TCP and UDP ports on a computer you choose. For details, see KB310099 and description. (Description of Microsoft Port Numbers & All Port Numbers) Port Reporter logs TCP and UDP port activity on a local Windows system by running as a service logging which ports are used, which process is using the port, if the process is a service, which modules the process has loaded and which user account is running the process. (Description of Microsoft Port Numbers & All Port Numbers) Port Reporter Parser Tool is a log parser for Port Reporter log files. Port Reporter Parser has many features that can help you analyze Port Reporter log files. Process Explorer shows information about which handles and DLLs processes have opened or loaded. Process Monitor shows real-time file system, Registry and process/thread activity. Product Support's Reporting Tools and Premier Services Reporting Utility (Alliance version) facilitates the gathering of critical system and logging information used in troubleshooting support issues. There are 8 specialty versions, one for each of the following support scenario categories: Alliance, Directory Services (not for NT 4.0), Networking, Clustering, SQL, Software Update Services, MDAC and Base / Setup / Storage / Print / Performance. (Support: Blog Article & Overview) Sysinternals Troubleshooting Utilities zipped into a single file containing the individual troubleshooting tools and help files. User Mode Process Dumper (userdump) dumps any running Win32 processes memory image (including system processes such as csrss.exe, winlogon.exe, services.exe, etc) on the fly, without attaching a debugger, or terminating target processes. Generated dump file can be analyzed or debugged by using the standard debugging tools. User Profile Deletion Utility (Delprof) deletes all data that is stored in a user profile including desktop settings, favorites, program-specific data that is contained in the Application Data folder, and the contents of the My Documents folder. User Profile Hive Cleanup helps with slow log off and unreconciled profile problems ensuring that user sessions are completely terminated when a user logs off when using Roaming Profiles or locked profiles as implemented through the Shared Computer Toolkit. Video Decoder Checkup Utility helps determine if an MPEG-2 DVD video decoder is installed, and whether it's compatible with Media Player 10 or Media Center Edition. Windows Installer CleanUp Utility can remove a program's configuration information if experiencing installation (Setup) problems. Windows Support Tools are intended for use by Microsoft support personnel and experienced users to assist in diagnosing and resolving computer problems. SECURITY, ANTI-SPYWARE & ANTI-VIRUS Baseline Security Analyzer includes a graphical and command line interface that can perform local or remote scans of Windows systems. MBSA will scan for common security misconfigurations in the following products: Windows 2000, XP, Server 2003, IIS 5.0 & 6.0, SQL Server 7.0 & 2000, MSIE 5.01 and later, and Office 2000, 2002 & 2003. MBSA also scans for missing security updates, update rollups and service packs published to Microsoft Update. (Support Tool: Visio Connector for MBSA 2.0, MBSA Homepage) Malicious Software Removal Tool checks for infection by specific, prevalent malicious software (including Blaster, Sasser, and Mydoom) and helps to remove the infection if it is found. (Updated on the second Tuesday of each month.) Promqry and PromqryUI detects if a network sniffer that is running on a computer. If a system has network interfaces in promiscuous mode, it may indicate the presence of a network sniffer running on the system. PromqryUI provides a Windows graphical interface that can be used to detect network interfaces that are running in promiscuous mode. Promqry is a command line tool that can be used to detect network interfaces that are running in promiscuous mode. Windows Defender protects against pop-ups, slow performance and security threats caused by spyware and other potentially unwanted software. Windows Live Safety Center – Web service designed to ensure the health of your computer with free scanning tools helping get rid of unwanted software. OFFICE APPLICATIONS Office Accounting 2007 Word 5.5 for DOS - Huh? EXPRESS EDITIONS FOR DEVELOPERS SQL Server 2005, SQL Server 2005 with Advanced Services Visual 2005 Web Developer Visual Basic, C#, C++, & J# MULTIMEDIA CD Slide Show Generator can view images burned to a CD as a slide show. "Decades" Auto Playlist Pack include dozens new auto playlists to organize your music by decades—from the 1940s through the new millennium. Device Manager Software Development Kit (SDK) works with devices that support the new Media Transfer Protocol (MTP). Easy Camera Calibration Tool determines a camera’s internal parameters (focal length, aspect ratio, radial distortion, etc.). The technique only requires the camera to observe a planar pattern shown at a few (at least two) different orientations. Either the camera or the planar pattern can be freely moved. The motion need not be known. (Support: Website) GroupShot creates a composite image from a series of photos. The photos must be of the same scene, taken from the same point of view within a short period of time. (Support: Help, Website & Channel 9 Video) HTML Slide Show Wizard creates an HTML slide show of your digital pictures. Image Resizer resizes one or many image files with a right-click. (Support: How to . . .) JetStream Image Editor with cut and paste tool, based on sequential curve growing with interaction. (Support: Website) Media Audio 9 Lossless to PCM Converter - command line tool converts files encoded using Windows Media Audio 9 Lossless back into the original PCM WAV format. Media Bonus Pack: utilities, PowerToys, visualizations, skins, sound effects, and much more. (Net Install Version) Media Capture capture uncompressed AVI video files with mono, stereo, 5.1, or 7.1 channels of audio, with up to 24 bit resolution and sampling rates up to 192KHz. Media Encoder provides support for high-quality multichannel sound, high-definition video quality, new support for mixed-mode voice and music content, and more. (Support: Introduction to . . .) Media Encoder Studio Edition for video professionals, focused on the creation of high-quality, offline encoded content. Media Mono to Multichannel Wave Combiner 9 Series - command line tool will combine 2, 6 or 8 mono WAV files into an audio-only AVI file that can be used as a source with the Windows Media Encoder 9 Series. Media Player Software Development Kit (SDK) introduces a range of new features and functionality for customizing the Player and Player Control. Media Professional Exhibitor intended for playback at full-screen resolution at all times. All transport and playlist controls appear on a (required) second monitor allowing for a theatrical viewing experience. Media Transfer Protocol Porting Kit introduces the new Media Transfer Protocol (MTP), which enables you to manage content on any portable device. Movie Maker create, edit, and share home movies easily with drag-and-drops. [Fun Packs: Winter 2002 & 2003 - Creative Audio, Titles, Custom Effects and Transitions] (Support: Blog Posting) Photo Info allows photographers to add, change and delete common "metadata" properties for digital photographs from inside Windows Explorer. (Support: FAQ) Paint.Net originated as a Computer Science senior design project at Washington State University, and is still developed by the two alumni Rick Brewster and Tom Jackson who now work for Microsoft. Don't forget the Free Paint.Net Plug- Ins! Photo Story create slideshows using your digital photos. With a single click, you can touch-up, crop, or rotate pictures. Add stunning special effects, soundtracks, and your own voice narration to your photo stories. Producer 2003 for users of PowerPoint 2002 & 2003, includes improved audio and video quality, better synchronization, and presentation-sharing tools. RAW Image Thumbnailer and Viewer for serious photographers. Organize and work with digital RAW files in Windows Explorer, providing thumbnails, previews, printing, and metadata display for RAW images. (Support: White Paper) TweakMediaPlayer gives access to advanced settings for the library, CD burning, and full-screen mode. Adjust music queuing in the library, automatic volume leveling for burning audio CDs, full-screen animations, and much more. Video Cube loads an AVI movie file as a volume, and play back the movie sampling space and time in different ways. It also provides a single cutting plane for interactively viewing single spacetime slices of the video. (Support: Video Cubisum) GAMING 3 Degrees connects people into a small group, so you can do fun things together. Throw animations to each others' desktops with winks. Listen together to a shared playlist created from music that you own with musicmix. Carioca Rummy Card Game is a fun form of Contract Rummy popular in Argentina and Chile. Game Voice Share Talk strategy to your teammates. Talk trash to your opponents. Game Voice brings the power of voice to games, whether you're online, on a LAN, or offline. (Support: How to . . .) Match-Up! Similar to the game "Concentration", test your memory and matching skills while racing against the clock. SafeDisc – When running a restricted user account with fast user switching under Windows XP, some games will not start correctly. The game requests that the original disk be placed in the drive, even if it is already present. XBox 360 Controller & Wireless Gaming Receiver for Windows XP & Windows Vista & Windows XP 64 & Windows Vista 64 (Support: Documentation) All Microsoft Free Game Demos HARDWARE Fingerprint Reader - DigitalPersona Password Manager 2.0 (Support: How to . . .) Keyboard - IntelliType 6.1 for Windows XP & Windows Vista and Windows XP 64 & Windows Vista 64 Mouse & Trackball - IntelliPoint 6.1 for Windows XP & Windows Vista, Windows XP 64 & Windows Vista 64 (Support: How to . . . ) -- New Habu Mice Webcams - LifeCam 1.21 for Windows XP & Windows Vista SCREENSAVERS & THEMES 4 the Dogs (Patas) - Four themes with "mans best friend." BlueScreen of Death Screen Saver (BSOD) Who say's Microsoft doesn't have a sense of humor? Brazilian Beaches (Praias do Brasil) - Four of Brazil's famous beaches: Florianopolis, Buzios, Jericoacoara e Fernando de Noronha. Brazilian Carnival Three types of parties according to regions: Olinda, Salvador and Rio de Janeiro. Chinese New Year Theme Pack 2006. Christmas Theme. Creativity Fun Pack PowerToys automatically select images for your Desktop or Screen Saver. Danish Spring & Summer themes by photographers from the Nordic countries. Desktop Wallpapers from Microsoft Employees: Michael Swanson & Mikhail Arkhipov's 1920 x 1200 (16:10 aspect ratio "widescreen") and 1600 x 1200 (4:3 aspect ratio "standard"), Peggi Goodwin's Gorgeous Nature Images (various resolution) and three from the Exchange Server Team. Dungeon Siege Screensaver from the magical Land of Ehb. Egypt Nile Theme. European Union Flags Screensaver. Final Fantasy XI Desktop Theme. Flight Simulator X Screensaver Historical Monuments of Québec Theme. Holiday Snowflakes Screensaver. Ireland Desktop Theme by Fáilte Ireland and the Northern Ireland Tourist Board. Italian Pasta Theme Pack. The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle Earth Skin for Windows Media Player 10 The skin was created in partnership with Electronic Arts and designed by The Skins Factory. MSN Screensaver personalize your screensaver with background photos, news and weather information from MSN or any RSS feeds from websites you choose. Nunavut (Canadian Arctic Region) - Desktop Theme New Zealand Bliss A special Queen's Birthday 2005 edition (Preview Samples) Office Dinosaur Screensaver. Share the Microsoft Office Dino's pain as he dances his way through one embarrassing technological difficulty after another. Ontario Canada - Desktop Theme Plus! Dancer LE enables you to experience the fun of entertaining dancers that groove to beats of the music that's playing on your desktop. • Cobey See Cobey get down to Hip Hop! • Evan & Michele Spice up your desktop with the sexy Argentinean tango. • Scooby-Doo See Scooby-Doo do the Scooby Shuffle! Portuguese Discoveries Theme Pack produced in cooperation with Protugal's National Library - Ministry of Culture. Ree Ree Khao Sarn, the traditional Thai children's game includes colorful wallpaper,icons and animated screensaver with sound, demonstrating children play. Royale Noir: "Secret" internal Microsoft XP Theme. San Fermín Desktop Theme is specifically designed for the Spanish speaking community. Security Screensavers two screen savers remind us of basic security practices -- Ten Immutable Laws of Security, & Ten Immutable Laws of Security Administration. Thème Québec. TimeDimension Screensaver futuristic "clock" by Brazilian designer Hans Donner Valentine's Day Screensaver celebrates (duh) Valentine's Day. Video Screensaver includes sample movie footage of countries all over the world. Windows XP Screensaver. Windows Vista Theme for Windows XP. Winter Fun Pack 2004 for Windows XP Installer. Winter 2006 TechNet Scripting Games Screensaver. World of Warcraft Skin for Media Player 10 - Blizzard's official World of Warcraft skin. Xbox Screensavers, Desktops & Media Player skins. Zune Desktop Theme. FREE Microsoft Software for Tablet PC While Tablet PCs can take advantage of all Microsoft’s free Windows, Research and Office software; there’s a great deal of free Microsoft software designed specifically for the Tablet PC. EXPANSION PACKS Education Pack includes five programs to help you excel at school. (watch Emily Rimas’s video at the bottom of this page) • Equation Writer – Handwrite a math equation, and then convert it into a neatly typewritten image. • GoBinder Lite – Keep track of your schedule to jot down quick reminders about class schedules, project deadlines, and extracurricular activities. • Hexic Deluxe – This full-featured puzzle game has a new spin, by allowing you to rotate pieces easily with your tablet pen. • Ink Flash Cards – Create flash cards to help you learn facts or study for an exam. • Send to OneNote 2003 – Keep all of your class notes and research in one place, by sending web pages, pictures, and other files to OneNote, and annotate or highlight them with your tablet pen. Experience Pack contains six programs to be more productive and creative (watch Dustin Hubbard’s video at the bottom of this page) • Ink Desktop – Take notes directly on your desktop for quick and easy access later. • Snipping Tool – Use your tablet pen to select a portion of a website, document, or other content on your screen. • Ink Art – Paint with your tablet pen using Ink Art, which simulates an artist’s toolset. • Media Transfer – Copy or stream media files from your home computer to your Tablet PC. • Ink Crossword – Solve crossword puzzles with your tablet pen. • Energy Blue Theme Pack – Customized Tablet PC desktop, Start menu, windows, toolbars and Windows Media Player skin. Enhancement Pack includes the five most popular programs from the Experience Pack and the Education, released for the English operating system. The Enhancement Pack is available in: Chinese Simplified & Traditional, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean & Spanish. • Ink Desktop • Snipping Tool • Send to Microsoft Office OneNote 2003 • Hexic Deluxe for Tablet PC • Energy Blue Theme UTILITES & UPDATES Getting Started with C# Development for the Tablet PC - This hand-on lab introduces the features and benefits of developing applications for Tablet PC form factor. You create a Windows Form application that is a physician's prescription pad. The application demonstrates manipulating basic ink properties, collecting ink, rendering ink, and exposing handwriting recognition functionality. InkListBox is a custom control that extends the ListBox class with ink functionality for managed Windows Forms. InkWebPublisher sample C# code illustrates how to create and transform ink content from your application into interactive HTML Web pages. Includes information about implementing alt text and rollover functionality for ink. Journal Reader Supplemental Component for Tablet PC Development Kit provides programmatic read access to files in the Journal format. This simple component takes a stream containing a Journal file and returns a stream containing the file’s content in XML format. Mobile Ink To-Do Starter Kit contains a semi-transparent form for taking notes and keeping them synchronized through a Web Service. It also supports battery awareness and online and offline data, two key features of a great Mobile PC Visual Basic & C# applications. Multilingual User Interface (MUI) Pack Update is for users who already have installed the Windows XP Multilingual User Interface (MUI) Pack. This updates menus, dialog boxes, Help files, and tutorials from one language to any of the 20 supported languages: Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Portuguese (Portugal), Russian, Spanish, Swedish, and Turkish. Office 2003 Update improves ink recognition when using Office 2003 on your Tablet PC. Office XP Pack enables you to write directly with your tablet pen in Office XP documents. Recognizer Pack adds international handwriting recognizers for: Chinese (Traditional), Chinese (Simplified), U.S. English, U.K. English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish. Software Development Kit (SDK) facilitates building ink-enabled, pen-enabled, and speech-enabled applications and supporting hardware for the Tablet PC. [Tablet PC Ink Explorer (projects written in C#)] GOODIES & POWERTOYS Art Tool – Use this coloring book and your imagination to create pictures using a variety of included templates. Calculator – An updated pen based calculator for writing the numbers for calculations. Dictionary Tool – Improve your handwriting recognition results by customizing the dictionary to interpret your handwriting. Drawing Animator Toy – Lets you draw your own doodles and animate them, including picture rotation, bounce, and more. eBooks Reader – Offers a digital version of printed books using Microsoft's ClearType technology (meaning its very easy to read, even on a tiny screen). Energy Blue TabletPC Desktop Theme Extended Desktop – Allows you to use the tablet pen to access the portion of the extended desktop that displays on an external monitor. Handwriting Analysis Tool – Examines the characteristics of the your handwriting and reports what it reflects about the your personality. Hold Tool – Turn off the press and hold functionality for certain controls. Scrollbars, push buttons, check boxes, radio buttons, spinner controls, slider controls, and tab controls will respond immediately when the pen tip touches them. Ink Screen Saver – Use your pen to create a personalized ink screensaver! My Font Tool – Turns your handwriting into a true type font and allows you to use it in any program. Physics Illustrator brings your drawings to life with a motion simulator for the Tablet PC. Simply draw two- dimensional bodies, connect them in various ways and apply forces, then watch as animation makes the bodies move, collide, and interact. ("Non-Genuine” Authorization Version) Power Paint Tool – Sketch, paint and draw creating pictures in layers based upon the pressure from your stylus. Shopping List is a simple ink-enabled list that uses gestures to add and remove items. Thumbnail View – Navigate and quickly preview your journal files. Web Search Power Tool – Allows searching the Web using Tablet's inking capabilities. Writing Practice Tool – Help your children practice their writing skills by practicing writing words, then watching as the letters animate to show a picture of the word. GAMES BETA! Arcs of Fire is the first game to be developed that utilizes the Tablet PC Game SDK. Arcs Of Fire makes heavy use of pen functionality during game play. Dots! – An interactive strategy game (1 or 2 player) with the objective: Connect four adjacent dots with the pen to form a complete square. Euclidean Crisis is a multiplayer real-time strategy game where players control a diverse team of units on a two- dimensional battlefield, and must destroy their opponents' energy cores while protecting their own. Players tell units where to go by drawing out paths, and give orders using special gestures and voice activated commands. The game is rendered in a retro aesthetic featuring simple shapes (hence the origin of the title) in a world with colorful, psychedelic visual effects synced to the music. Hoop Strategy – Build your own strategy to get the ball in the hoop. Draw a path and be creative—but keep in mind that gravity, velocity, and trajectory will play a big part in your success. Letteris – A Tetris-like game of cascading letters and words, where letters fall from the top of the screen and start stacking at the bottom. You must make words using those letters and get points based on how many words you can guess. Maze Game – Escape this maze as fast as you can by using your pen to draw a line from start to finish. Phraseology – Similar to the popular TV game show "Wheel of Fortune," Phraseology presents pieces of sentences along with a category name. To win you must guess the correct phrase, letter by letter, using ink! Pool – Using your tablet pen, compete against the computer or another person, or against another Tablet PC user across a wired or wireless network. Puzzle Game – Drag and click jigsaw puzzle pieces together using the tablet pen. You can also create customized puzzles of different levels of difficulty. Tic Tac Toe – The “classic” game. Word Search – Challenge yourself with the Tablet PC version of the Word Search Game. Create games using your own choice of words and difficulty levels! Writing Recognition – To score points, write the letters before they hit the ground. The higher your score goes, the faster the letters drop. FOR MUSICIANS Music Composition Tool – Create and play your own music files. Use your pen to write notes on the staff and then play your tune. Sheet Music Templates – To use this stationery after you download it, on the New task pane, under Stationery, click New from stationery. In the Stationery task pane, under Add a page, click to open the stationery collection, and then click the page you want to use. Bass Clef Drums Organ Piano Treble Clef Vocal (4 Part) TRAINING & INSTRUCTION Interactive Tour of Tablet PC features and accessories Newsgroup for discussions in Windows XP Tablet PC Edition Channel 9 Video Interviews Susan Cameron demonstrates the Tablet PC Power Toy Dustin Hubbard demonstrates the Tablet PC Experience Pack Bert Keely is one of the visionaries behind the Tablet PC Peter Loforte of the Tablet PC team shows what's cool! Burt Parker of the Tablet PC team shows surprising uses Emily Rimas - Tablet PC Education Pack revealed Tetsuo Seto demonstrates tablet pc multi-language features Michael Tsang writer of drivers for Tablet PC's digitizer. David Winkler about his role as “coder” on the Tablet PC team. NEW! Presentations Design Considerations and User Experience Guidelines - Gain an understanding of all of the software design considerations that you should think about when building your Tablet PC functionality. Learn about topics such as handling screen orientation changes, handedness considerations, and UI optimizations for stylus-based interaction. Ink Recognition - In Depth -- Find out everything you need to know to use the handwriting recognition APIs in the Tablet PC Platform. You will even learn how to use the APIs to build correction UI with such features as enumerating recognition results and interacting between results and Ink. Enhancing Productivity with Tablet PCs at Microsoft (DOC or PPT) FREE Microsoft FolderShare Software Microsoft new free FolderShare service allows you to create a private peer-to-peer network, synchronize your files across multiple devices, and access or share files with colleagues and friends. You no longer need to send large files via email, burn them to CDs/DVDs and mail them, or upload them to a website. FolderShare allows you to share and sync important information instantly with anyone you invite, making it the perfect solution for personal or small business use. DOWNLOAD • Windows Version • Macintosh Version Microsoft Updates Management Packs for System Center Operations Manager 2007 Microsoft has updated 10 Windows Server 2000/2003 Management Packs for the System Center Operations Manager 2007. (Thanks Clive) 10 UPDATED Management Packs: Active Directory Management Pack monitors the availability and performance of Windows Server 2000 and 2003 Domain Controllers. It can also issue alerts for configuration problems. Availability and performance monitoring is done using synthetic transactions. In addition, the Management Pack collects Event Log alerts and provides associated knowledge articles with additional user details, possible causes, and suggested resolutions. The Management Pack monitors Windows services critical to a Domain Controller, such as Net Logon, File Replication, KDC, and Windows Time. The Active Directory Client Perspective monitoring is used independently from the monitoring on the Domain Controller. It runs synthetic transactions to validate the availability of the Active Directory deployment from the perspective of an Active Directory client. Client monitoring can be enabled on selected critical members servers or desktop clients. The Active Directory Management Pack monitors Active Directory and the external components that are related to Active Directory. It provides forest-wide monitoring of the directory service and its required subsystems. In addition to real-time performance and event monitoring, it allows you to respond immediately to critical performance, health, or capacity issues. Feature Summary: • Core services (Net logon, KDC), dependent services (File Replication, Windows Time), and SYSVOL/DC Locator availability monitoring • Synthetic Transactions for general AD, Global Catalog, Op Master Roles response • Synthetic Replication performance monitoring • Replication health • Comprehensive performance metric collection (synthetic transaction and performance counter based) • Independent Client-side monitoring MP • Database and Log file growth/free space • Comprehensive list of tasks to diagnose problems • AD Topology discovery (Forests, Sites, Domain, and Connection objects between DCs) • 400+ Event rules with associated knowledge • Reports in the area of Configuration and Configuration changes, Availability, Performance Client 2000/XP Operating System Management Pack provides monitoring of the basic health indicators of a Windows Client system, such as processor, memory, disk health, availability, and key performance metrics. Optional alerting on threshold monitoring is available. Feature Summary: • Key Processor performance indicators • Logical and Physical Disk performance and free space • Memory utilization • Network health • Health monitoring of key Windows Operating System Services • Comprehensive performance collections • Availability and Event reports Exchange 2003 Management Pack monitors the performance and availability of Exchange 2003 Server systems. It can also issue alerts for possible configuration problems Availability and performance monitoring is done using synthetic transactions. In addition, the Management Pack collects Event Log alerts and provides associated knowledge articles with additional user details, possible causes, and suggested resolutions. The Management Pack discovers and monitors the individual server components and functional areas on an Exchange 2003 Server. Update version addressing problems with empty alert parameter data in self-tuning threshold monitors, and discovery issues on Exchange 2003 running in a clustered setup. Feature Summary: • MAPI, OWA, OMA, EAS synthetic logon transactions • Mail flow synthetic transaction • Mail Queue monitoring using Self-Tuning Thresholds • Comprehensive performance metric collection • 1000+ Event rules with associated knowledge • Database status • Database size • Mailbox statistics • Public folder statistics • Message tracking log statistics • Exchange and related OS Service monitoring • Configuration monitoring • Topology discovery of Exchange deployment • Integration in Exchange Best Practice Analyzer and ExDiag tools • Reports in the area of Configuration and Configuration changes, Availability, Performance Information Worker Management Pack provides monitoring for the following application: Internet Explorer - version 5 through 7 Media Player - version 6 through 11 MSN and Windows Messenger - version 3 through 7 Outlook Express - Internet Explorer 5 through 7 Windows Explorer - Windows 2000 and Windows XP Access - Office XP, Office 2003, and Office 2007 Communicator - 2005 and 2007 Excel - Office XP, Office 2003, and Office 2007 FrontPage - Office XP and Office 2003 Groove - Office 2007 InfoPath - Office 2003 and Office 2007 LiveMeeting - Internet Explorer 7 and Office 2007 OneNote - Office 2003 and Office 2007 Outlook - Office XP, Office 2003, and Office 2007 PowerPoint - Office XP, Office 2003, and Office 2007 Project - Office XP, Office 2003, and Office 2007 Publisher - Office XP, Office 2003, and Office 2007 Visio - Office 2003 and Office 2007 Internet Information Services Management Pack monitors the availability and performance of IIS 5.0 and 6.0 Web Servers on Windows Server 2000 and 2003 systems. In addition, the Management Pack collects Event Log alerts and provides associated knowledge articles with additional user details, possible causes, and suggested resolutions. If configured, the IIS MP also monitors FTP Site, SMTP Server, and NNTP server. IIS MP Monitors: • Web Sites • Application Pools • FTP Servers • NNTP Servers • SMTP Servers SharePoint Portal Server 2003 Management Pack monitors the health and performance of SharePoint Portal Server 2003 components. It includes a rich set of views, tasks. This Management Pack detects and alerts problems with performance, health, and availability. It can automatically respond to critical events and performance indicators. In some cases it identifies issues before they become critical, enabling you to increase the overall availability and performance of your SharePoint Portal Server 2003 deployment. SharePoint Services 2.0 Management Pack monitors the health and performance of Windows SharePoint Services components. It includes a rich set of views, tasks. WSS 2.0 MP monitors: • Core Services • Web Parts • Configuration Database • Web Sites • Application Pools • Content Databases Terminal Services Management Pack monitors the health and performance of Terminal Services components. It includes a rich set of views, tasks, and reports, and provides monitoring for Terminal Services, the Licensing Server, and the Session Directory. This Management Pack detects and alerts problems with performance, health, and availability. It can automatically respond to critical events and performance indicators. In some cases it identifies issues before they become critical, enabling you to increase the overall availability and performance of your Windows operating systems. Feature Summary: • Independent discovery of Terminal Server Service (application mode), Licensing Server Service, and Session Directory Service (Windows 2003 only) • Optional discovery of Terminal Server installations in Remote Desktop (Remote Application) mode • Performance threshold monitoring on key Terminal Services Metrics using Self- Tuning Thresholds • Comprehensive performance metric collection (optional collection rules) • Comprehensive event rules with associated knowledge • Availability and Event Reports Windows Server 2000/2003 Operating System Management Pack provides monitoring of the basic health indicators of a Windows Server system, such as processor, memory, disk health, availability, and key performance metrics. Optional rules and monitors can be enabled to provide in-depth discovery and monitoring of the Windows Operating System. ADDITIONAL Management Packs Available: Data Warehouse Library Management Pack contains the definitions and workflows required to support the forwarding of data to the Operations Manager Data Warehouse as well as the subsequent maintenance of the data. It also contains rules and monitors to track the ongoing health of the Data Warehouse data flows and processes. This Management Pack ships with the Operations Manager product and is periodically updated with fixes and new functionality. Feature Summary: • Manages the flow of data to the Data Warehouse • Manages credentials used for the operation and management of the Data Warehouse • Supports the deployment of reports to the Data Warehouse • Manages the aggregation of performance data in the Data Warehouse • Synchronizes alert data in the Data Warehouse with recent alert changes made in the operational database • Manages the health of Data Warehouse workflows Domain Name System 2000, 2003 Management Pack is designed to be used for monitoring DNS 2000 or DNS 2003 events, collecting DNS component-specific performance counters in one central location, and for raising alerts for operator intervention as necessary. By detecting, sending alerts, and automatically responding to critical events, this Management Pack helps indicate, correct, and prevent possible service outages or configuration problems, allowing you to proactively manage DNS and identify issues before they become critical. Feature Summary: • Monitor the health and availability of the DNS components. • Collect key performance data for DNS. • Start common tasks in context of Operations Manager alerts. • Monitor overall health through state view for DNS computers. Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) Service Management Pack collects the events that might indicate possible service outages or configuration problems, so that you can quickly take corrective or preventative actions. Group Policy Management Pack monitors Group Policy infrastructure and in-scope client side extensions. Group Policy health monitors: • Group Policy core infrastructure/registry client-side extension • Scripts client-side extension • Software installation client-side extension • Security client-side extension • Folder redirection client-side extension • Disk quota Print Server Management Pack monitors the performance and health of print servers running on Windows 2000 and later Operating Systems. In addition to monitoring the health of print servers, this Management Pack can also provide insight into the status of shared printers. By detecting, alerting on, and automatically responding to critical events and performance indicators, this Management Pack helps indicate, correct, and prevent possible operating system service outages. By using embedded expertise, this Management Pack highlights performance, health, and availability conditions that indicate problems. It helps you identify issues before they become critical, thus providing you with a level of customer responsiveness that increases the overall availability and performance of your Windows Operating Systems. As a result, this Management Pack will reduce the cost of ownership by enabling proactive management and reducing resolution times for the issues identified. SharePoint Monitoring Toolkit monitor the health state of the components in your SharePoint environment that affect performance and availability. When there is an issue that may cause service or performance degradation, Operations Manager 2007 uses the management packs to detect the issue, alert you to its existence, and facilitate diagnosis and corrective actions. The management packs monitors: • Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 related services (Timer, Tracing and Search) • Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 related Events • Web server applications such as Internet Information Services (IIS) • IIS-related Events • Microsoft SQL Server database-related events • WSS Server performance SQL Server Management Pack monitors the availability and performance of SQL Server 2000 and 2005 and can issue alerts for configuration problems. Availability and performance monitoring is done using synthetic transactions. In addition, the Management Pack collects Event Log alerts and provides associated knowledge articles with additional user details, possible causes, and suggested resolutions. The Management Pack discovers Database Engines, Database Instances, and Databases and can optionally discover Database File and Database File Group objects. Feature Summary: • Active Directory Helper Service • SQL Server Agent • Backup • Databases and Tables • DBCC • Full Text Search • Log Shipping • Clustering • DB availability • Replication monitoring • Agent jobs • Backup Query Engine • Replication • Web Assistant • SQL XML Windows Internet Naming Service (WINS) Management Pack 2000, 2003 Management Pack collects WINS events in the Windows 2000, and Windows Server 2003 system event logs. This management pack highlights events that may indicate service outages or configuration problems.