MS Office ultimate 2007 for $75 offer

Microsoft says it really isn’t cheating to get Office ultimate 2007 for $75 outright in their new limited offer for Australian Uni students. To be eligible to participate, students must be enrolled at one of the Australian universities listed on their program site and have access to their university email inbox. They can choose from the following licence durations of Microsoft Office Ultimate 2007 software:

1. Microsoft Office Ultimate 2007 (AUD$75): Unlimited licence; or
2. Microsoft Office Ultimate 2007 Subscription-1 year (AUD$25): 12 month licence from date of activation

Considering that MS Office Professional Academic 2007 version is $299.00 and MS Office Home & Student 2007 version is $245.00, this is one hell of a deal to ignore. All prices are in Australian Dollars.

Note: This offer is only available to University students of Australia at http://www.itsnotcheating.com.au/ and all purchases must be made by 11:59 PM (Sydney time) on May 28, 2007.

Extend Vista start menu search functionality with Start++

Start++ extends Vista’s already impressive start menu functionality with configurable key commands. Hit Win key and start typing like…

w apple – opens Apple’s Wikipedia page.
g apple – opens Google’s search page for Apple.
imdb cars – opens IMDb’s search page for movie Cars.

The list goes on. You can even search for music using keywords, then you can open the results in Media Player.

This method is faster than using Firefox and IE7’s inline search, which requires more steps to do some basic searches. Start++ is still in beta and expect some bugs to show up and its only for Vista. Check it out….

Microsoft launches Soapbox Beta

Microsoft today launched their Beta release of Soapbox on MSN Video. Soapbox is a user-uploaded video service like Youtube which allows people to upload and share personal videos. According to Microsoft Soapbox will be deeply integrated with its various online services including Windows Live Spaces and Windows Live Messenger. This will be a good news for all the Windows Live Spaces users and with their new music player, Zune released this week, its gonna be an exciting news for Zune too. Currently the beta of Soapbox is available on an invitation only basis in the U.S. If you want to check it out, request an invitation on the Soapbox homepage. Check out the official announcement by Microsoft too.

Microsoft’s Zune unvieled

Microsoft, marking their next big milestone for its Connected Entertainment vision, unveiled details of its new digital media player Zune.

Designed around the principles of sharing, discovery and community, Zune will create new ways for consumers to connect and share entertainment experiences. The Zune experience centers around connection — connection to your library, connection to friends, connection to community and connection to other devices.#.

Microsoft says Zune starts with a 30GB digital media player with three choices, black, white or brown. Are they gonna release with more capacity too?. Anyways check out the features and additional information from the Zune’s fact Sheet.

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Microsoft delaying Vista again?

The wait for Microsoft’s delayed Windows Vista could be even longer than expected, according to a research report issued this week by research group Gartner Inc. A Microsoft spokeswoman however claims that everything is on schedule with its march announcement.

Vista is the first major overhaul of its operating system, which sits on 90 percent of the world’s computers and accounts for nearly a third of Microsoft’s total revenue, since Microsoft rolled out Windows XP nearly five years ago.

XP and Vista to get new media player

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Microsoft plans to jazz up its music player in Windows Vista, the company’s next operating system. But at least some of the new features will debut much sooner. The software, which will be built into Vista, is designed to offer better synching with portable devices, make it easier to scroll through long libraries of music, and be tightly integrated with Urge, a new subscription and download music service co-developed by Microsoft and MTV Networks. Microsoft is on track to release a Windows XP version of Windows Media Player 11 before the end of June, the company confirmed last week. Microsoft has said the XP version won’t have all the features of its Vista sibling, but the company won’t say which features will be excluded. The company also has yet to offer a public test version of the software. Check more details.