1/7/2010

Microsoft sets prices for forthcoming Office 2010

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Microsoft Corp. will sell four versions of its forthcoming Office 2010 software, due out in June, for prices ranging from $99 to $499.

The company said Tuesday it will sell Office Home and Student edition, which comes with four core programs, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote, for $149 as boxed software that can, as with previous versions, be installed on three computers in the home. A “Product Key Card,” which has a code to unlock one copy of Office 2010 pre-loaded on new PCs, costs $119.

Microsoft will sell an education-only version, Office Professional Academic, through campus book stores and some retailers for $99. Besides the core programs, the academic version comes with the Outlook e-mail program, Publisher for desktop publishing and the Access database software.

Office Home and Business, which includes Outlook along with the four core programs, will cost $297 as boxed software or $199 for the Product Key Card.

Microsoft said it would sell Office Professional, which has Outlook, Publisher, Access and premium technical support, for $499 boxed or $249 for the card.

Boxed versions of Professional Academic, Home and Business and Professional are licensed to be installed on two computers.

Microsoft will also sell Home and Student, Home and Business and Professional packages as downloads over the Internet.

All the editions come with access to the new Office Web Apps, lightweight versions of Microsoft’s core Office programs that work in a Web browser.

Windows 7 has lots of ‘GodModes’

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Those who like the newly discovered “GodMode” in Windows 7 may be interested to know that there are many other similar shortcuts hidden within the operating system.

GodMode is mostly used by developers as a shortcut to vaious settings

For example, a folder named “godmode.{00C6D95F-329C-409a-81D7-C46C66EA7F33}”

Here’s the list of strings for various GodModes (Thanks Fred):

Microsoft.ActionCenter (Windows 7 and later only) {BB64F8A7-BEE7-4E1A-AB8D-7D8273F7FDB6}
Microsoft.AdministrativeTools {D20EA4E1-3957-11d2-A40B-0C5020524153}
Microsoft.AutoPlay {9C60DE1E-E5FC-40f4-A487-460851A8D915}
Microsoft.BackupAndRestore (Windows 7 and later only) {B98A2BEA-7D42-4558-8BD1-832F41BAC6FD}
Microsoft.BiometricDevices (Windows 7 and later only) {0142e4d0-fb7a-11dc-ba4a-000ffe7ab428}
Microsoft.BitLockerDriveEncryption {D9EF8727-CAC2-4e60-809E-86F80A666C91}
Microsoft.ColorManagement {B2C761C6-29BC-4f19-9251-E6195265BAF1}
Microsoft.CredentialManager (Windows 7 and later only) {1206F5F1-0569-412C-8FEC-3204630DFB70}
Microsoft.DateAndTime {E2E7934B-DCE5-43C4-9576-7FE4F75E7480}
Microsoft.DefaultLocation (Windows 7 and later only) {00C6D95F-329C-409a-81D7-C46C66EA7F33}
Microsoft.DefaultPrograms {17cd9488-1228-4b2f-88ce-4298e93e0966}
Microsoft.DesktopGadgets (Windows 7 and later only) {37efd44d-ef8d-41b1-940d-96973a50e9e0}
Microsoft.DeviceManager {74246bfc-4c96-11d0-abef-0020af6b0b7a}
Microsoft.DevicesAndPrinters (Windows 7 and later only) {A8A91A66-3A7D-4424-8D24-04E180695C7A}
Microsoft.Display (Windows 7 and later only) {C555438B-3C23-4769-A71F-B6D3D9B6053A}
Microsoft.EaseOfAccessCenter {D555645E-D4F8-4c29-A827-D93C859C4F2A}
Microsoft.FolderOptions {6DFD7C5C-2451-11d3-A299-00C04F8EF6AF}
Microsoft.Fonts {93412589-74D4-4E4E-AD0E-E0CB621440FD}
Microsoft.GameControllers {259EF4B1-E6C9-4176-B574-481532C9BCE8}
Microsoft.GetPrograms {15eae92e-f17a-4431-9f28-805e482dafd4}
Microsoft.GettingStarted (Windows 7 and later only) {CB1B7F8C-C50A-4176-B604-9E24DEE8D4D1}
Microsoft.HomeGroup (Windows 7 and later only) {67CA7650-96E6-4FDD-BB43-A8E774F73A57}
Microsoft.IndexingOptions {87D66A43-7B11-4A28-9811-C86EE395ACF7}
Microsoft.Infrared (Windows 7 and later only) {A0275511-0E86-4ECA-97C2-ECD8F1221D08}
Microsoft.InternetOptions {A3DD4F92-658A-410F-84FD-6FBBBEF2FFFE}
Microsoft.iSCSIInitiator {A304259D-52B8-4526-8B1A-A1D6CECC8243}
Microsoft.Keyboard {725BE8F7-668E-4C7B-8F90-46BDB0936430}
Microsoft.LocationAndOtherSensors (Windows 7 and later only) {E9950154-C418-419e-A90A-20C5287AE24B}
Microsoft.Mouse {6C8EEC18-8D75-41B2-A177-8831D59D2D50}
Microsoft.NetworkAndSharingCenter {8E908FC9-BECC-40f6-915B-F4CA0E70D03D}
Microsoft.NotificationAreaIcons (Windows 7 and later only) {05d7b0f4-2121-4eff-bf6b-ed3f69b894d9}
Microsoft.OfflineFiles {D24F75AA-4F2B-4D07-A3C4-469B3D9030C4}
Microsoft.ParentalControls {96AE8D84-A250-4520-95A5-A47A7E3C548B}
Microsoft.PenAndTouch (Windows 7 and later only) {F82DF8F7-8B9F-442E-A48C-818EA735FF9B}
Microsoft.PeopleNearMe {5224F545-A443-4859-BA23-7B5A95BDC8EF}
Microsoft.PerformanceInformationAndTools {78F3955E-3B90-4184-BD14-5397C15F1EFC}
Microsoft.Personalization {ED834ED6-4B5A-4bfe-8F11-A626DCB6A921}
Microsoft.PhoneAndModem (Windows 7 and later only) {40419485-C444-4567-851A-2DD7BFA1684D}
Microsoft.PowerOptions {025A5937-A6BE-4686-A844-36FE4BEC8B6D}
Microsoft.ProgramsAndFeatures {7b81be6a-ce2b-4676-a29e-eb907a5126c5}
Microsoft.Recovery (Windows 7 and later only) {9FE63AFD-59CF-4419-9775-ABCC3849F861}
Microsoft.RegionAndLanguage (Windows 7 and later only) {62D8ED13-C9D0-4CE8-A914-47DD628FB1B0}
Microsoft.RemoteAppAndDesktopConnections (Windows 7 and later only) {241D7C96-F8BF-4F85-B01F-E2B043341A4B}
Microsoft.ScannersAndCameras {00f2886f-cd64-4fc9-8ec5-30ef6cdbe8c3}
Microsoft.Sound (Windows 7 and later only) {F2DDFC82-8F12-4CDD-B7DC-D4FE1425AA4D}
Microsoft.SpeechRecognition (Windows 7 and later only) {58E3C745-D971-4081-9034-86E34B30836A}
Microsoft.SyncCenter {9C73F5E5-7AE7-4E32-A8E8-8D23B85255BF}
Microsoft.System {BB06C0E4-D293-4f75-8A90-CB05B6477EEE}
Microsoft.TabletPCSettings {80F3F1D5-FECA-45F3-BC32-752C152E456E}
Microsoft.TaskbarAndStartMenu {0DF44EAA-FF21-4412-828E-260A8728E7F1}
Microsoft.TextToSpeech {D17D1D6D-CC3F-4815-8FE3-607E7D5D10B3}
Microsoft.Troubleshooting (Windows 7 and later only) {C58C4893-3BE0-4B45-ABB5-A63E4B8C8651}
Microsoft.UserAccounts {60632754-c523-4b62-b45c-4172da012619}
Microsoft.WindowsAnytimeUpgrade {BE122A0E-4503-11DA-8BDE-F66BAD1E3F3A}
Microsoft.CardSpace {78CB147A-98EA-4AA6-B0DF-C8681F69341C}
Microsoft.WindowsDefender {D8559EB9-20C0-410E-BEDA-7ED416AECC2A}
Windows Firewall Microsoft.WindowsFirewall {4026492F-2F69-46B8-B9BF-5654FC07E423}
Microsoft.MobilityCenter {5ea4f148-308c-46d7-98a9-49041b1dd468}
Microsoft.WindowsSideShow {E95A4861-D57A-4be1-AD0F-35267E261739}
Microsoft.WindowsUpdate {36eef7db-88ad-4e81-ad49-0e313f0c35f8}

And, as a reminder, to create the Godmode folder itself, use this string:

{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}

P.S: For all you commented that I copied the article from CNet: I do not deny it and do not try to hide the fact that this article was originated from CNet, It has a clear link to the source. So just to be clear about it, Thanks CNet

Disney unveils KeyChest technology

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Walt Disney Co on Tuesday unveiled a technology called KeyChest to enable consumers to buy films or television shows from various distributors, store them on remote servers, and play them on multiple platforms ranging from TVs to computers and phones.

Disney said it plans to roll-out KeyChest for both the U.S. and the international market, and that it will soon announce partners who will participate in the program.

“Discussions are going to step up dramatically at the Consumer Electronics Show,” said a Disney spokesman, referring to the upcoming technology conference in Las Vegas.

Disney said negotiations with content distributors, cable companies and telecommunications services have been ongoing for several months.

Disney hopes the technology will be deployed before the end of 2010.

The company also said a third-party company will operate KeyChest, and that it expects other studios to make their content available through the authenticating technology Disney has developed.

Panasonic, DirecTV team up on 3D

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Panasonic is the world’s biggest maker of plasma TVs, which has been beaten out by LCD TVs in market share, and it hopes an added dimension will help it reverse brutal price falls and dwindling margins.

“Now, so many other major brands have announced 3D products,” Yoshi Yamada, CEO of Panasonic North America, said at a news conference attended by 3D movie “Avatar” producer Jon Landau at the Consumer Electronics Show on Wednesday.

“But we will be the only end-to-end 3D provider, from the cameras to the TVs to the editing.”

The exclusive agreement includes 3D broadcasts of Major League Baseball’s All-Star Games. DirecTV will further work on additional broadcasts by networks including Viacom Inc’s MTV, CBS Corp’s CBS, and General Electric Co’s NBC, the two companies said.

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