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….

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Keyboard shortcuts for vista quick launch items

If you save shortcuts for most frequently used applications in quick launch instead of desktop like me, here’s some shortcuts to fire them up using keyboard. Win+1, Win+2, Win+3 and so on to launch each application. For example, Win+4 launches Firefox from the above picture and Win+7 launches Flock. This works no matter what application has the focus. I have tried this on XP and the shortcuts wont work. This only works on Windows Vista. Cool tip.

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Live Anywhere

Bill Gates unveiled the new ‘Live Anywhere’ service Tuesday at a press event prior to the kickoff of E3 in Los Angeles. Check out the video of how the service will work between an Xbox 360 and a PC running Windows Vista. No matter what platform (Xbox, Vista and Windows Mobile) you are in, you can connect to Xbox Live service. Thats a good news for PC users. Microsoft, also showed the audience the upcoming Xbox 360 HD DVD player, as well as some tattoos to indicate Grand Theft Auto 4 is on its way.#.#.

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.

No EFI support for Vista

Microsoft revealed today that it will not support EFI booting for Windows Vista on its launch. The news will be a shock for owners of Intel Macs who had hoped they would be able to dual-boot between Windows Vista and OS X. Intel Macs only support booting via EFI.

Speaking at Intel Developer Forum San Francisco, Microsoft development manager, Andrew Ritz, also revealed that there will never be any support for booting Windows via EFI on systems with 32-bit processors.

That’s terrible news for Intel Mac users who have been hoping that they could dual-boot Windows and Mac OS X on their new Macs: not only are their processors not 64-bit (and thus will never be supported by Windows EFI booting) but Windows Vista won’t boot on EFI anyway. #.