Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Paul Thurrott's SuperSite for Windows

Paul Thurrott's SuperSite for Windows is dedicated to providing all of the information Windows users need to evaluate important upcoming technologies, including Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Office, Xbox 360, plus related digital media, Internet, home networking and more from Microsoft and its competitors. This Web site provides continuous updates about these future products and technologies, while offering reviews, technology showcases, FAQs and other articles all designed to give you the information you need to decide which upcoming technologies are right for you. Anything that works with or competes with Windows will make an appearance on this site. But wait, there's more here. As a site venture, Paul also collaborates on a podcast with Leo Laporte (formerly of Tech TV) called Windows Weekly. This podcast started in September 2006 and continues to this day.

On Paul's SuperSite for Windows, you will find reviews of the various components of Windows Vista, and when Windows 7 finally does make its first appearance, rest assured that there will be many articles on this site giving you a first-hand look at it. When Vista was still in beta, Paul had the best reviews of it from its infancy right up to its current SP1 release. There is a Showcase section which focuses on a particular technology, such as Vista or Windows 7. The Windows Activity Center features many articles on such topics as Windows Server 2008, a look at Windows XP Service Pack 3 and the popular, indispensable SP3 Slipstreaming Guide which all techies should take a look at. Click on "Cloud Computing" and you will find all manner of SuperSite blogs at the left, and articles about what Microsoft is working on - to deliver everything we need online, instead of in shrinkwrapped software packages. Interesting reading, such as the article entitled "Inside Microsoft's War Against Google."

Finally, my favorite part of the site is the FAQs section. This page is broken up into several sub-pages at the left, such as Windows Vista FAQ, Office 2007 FAQ; even Xbox 360 FAQs. I also really like to see what Paul uses on a daily basis. The "What I Use" link - found at the top right corner of the Home page - is very interesting because Paul's daily computing repertoire changes regularly, so this section is often updated. It's quite fascinating to see what a computer pro uses daily, and his opinions on each piece of equipment or software. Mac OS X and the various Mac software make a distinct appearance on this page, believe it or not.

This site is not just for techies or pro-Microsoft readers. It is for everyone. I guarantee you will learn something new every time you visit Paul Thurrott's SuperSite for Windows.

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