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Windows Vista (codenamed Longhorn) is an operating system by Microsoft for use on personal computers, including home and business desktops, laptops, tablet PCs and media center PCs. [1]

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Active Desktop

Active Desktop was a feature of Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0's optional Windows Desktop Update that allows the user to add HTML content to the desktop, along with some other features.

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ActiveX

ActiveX is a deprecated software framework created by Microsoft that adapts its earlier Component Object Model (COM) and Object Linking and Embedding (OLE) technologies for content downloaded from a network, particularly in the context of the World Wide Web.

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Address space layout randomization

Address space layout randomization (ASLR) is a computer security technique involved in protection from buffer overflow attacks.

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Advanced Power Management

Advanced power management (APM) is an API developed by Intel and Microsoft and released in 1992 which enables an operating system running an IBM-compatible personal computer to work with the BIOS (part of the computer's firmware) to achieve power management.

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Adware

Adware, or advertising-supported software, is any software package that automatically renders advertisements in order to generate revenue for its author.

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Antivirus software

Antivirus or anti-virus software (often abbreviated as AV), sometimes known as anti-malware software, is computer software used to prevent, detect and remove malicious software.

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Application programming interface

In computer programming, an application programming interface (API) is a set of routines, protocols, and tools for building software applications.

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Ars Technica

Ars Technica (Latin-derived for the "art of technology") is a technology news and information website created by Ken Fisher and Jon Stokes in 1998.

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Assembly language

An assembly language (or assembler language) is a low-level programming language for a computer, or other programmable device, in which there is a very strong (generally one-to-one) correspondence between the language and the architecture's machine code instructions.

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ATi Radeon R300 Series

The R300 GPU, introduced in August 2002 and developed by ATI Technologies, is its third generation of GPU used in Radeon graphics cards.

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ATI Technologies

ATI Technologies Inc. (commonly called ATI) was a semiconductor technology corporation based in Markham, Ontario, Canada, that specialized in the development of graphics processing units and chipsets.

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Atomicity (database systems)

In database systems, atomicity (or atomicness; from Greek a-tomos, undividable) is one of the ACID transaction properties.

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Attractiveness

Attractiveness or attraction.

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Backdoor (computing)

A backdoor in a computer system (or cryptosystem or algorithm) is a method of bypassing normal authentication, securing unauthorized remote access to a computer, obtaining access to plaintext, and so on, while attempting to remain undetected.

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Background Intelligent Transfer Service

Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS) is a component of Microsoft Windows 2000 and later operating systems that facilitates prioritized, throttled, and asynchronous transfer of files between machines using idle network bandwidth.

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Backup and Restore

Backup and Restore (formerly Windows Backup and Restore Center) is a component of Microsoft Windows introduced in Windows Vista and included in later versions that allows users to create backups and restore from backups.

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Bill Gates

William Henry "Bill" Gates III (born October 28, 1955) is an American business magnate, philanthropist, investor, computer programmer, and inventor.

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BitLocker

BitLocker (codenamed Cornerstone and formerly known as Secure Startup) is a full disk encryption feature included with select editions of Windows Vista and later.

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BitTorrent

BitTorrent is a protocol for the practice of peer-to-peer file sharing that is used to distribute large amounts of data over the Internet.

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Blu-ray

Blu-ray or Blu-ray Disc (BD, BRD) is a digital optical disc data storage format.

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Bluetooth

Bluetooth is a wireless technology standard for exchanging data over short distances (using short-wavelength UHF radio waves in the ISM band from 2.4 to 2.485 GHz) from fixed and mobile devices, and building personal area networks (PANs).

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Breadcrumb (navigation)

The graphical control element Breadcrumbs or breadcrumb trail is a navigation aid used in user interfaces.

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Buffer overflow

In computer security and programming, a buffer overflow, or buffer overrun, is an anomaly where a program, while writing data to a buffer, overruns the buffer's boundary and overwrites memory in adjacent locations.

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C (programming language)

C (as in the letter ''c'') is a general-purpose, imperative computer programming language, supporting structured programming, lexical variable scope and recursion, while a static type system prevents many unintended operations.

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C++

C++ (pronounced as cee plus plus) is a general-purpose programming language.

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Cairo (operating system)

Cairo was the code name for a project at Microsoft from 1991 to 1996.

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CBS Interactive

CBS Interactive (formerly CBS Digital Media Group) is an American company and is a division of the CBS Corporation.

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CD-ROM

A CD-ROM is a pre-pressed optical compact disc which contains data.

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Central processing unit

A central processing unit (CPU) is the electronic circuitry within a computer that carries out the instructions of a computer program by performing the basic arithmetic, logical, control and input/output (I/O) operations specified by the instructions.

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Channel 9 (Microsoft)

Channel 9 is a Microsoft community site for Microsoft customers created in 2004.

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Chess

Chess is a two-player strategy board game played on a chessboard, a checkered gameboard with 64 squares arranged in an eight-by-eight grid.

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Chess Titans

Chess Titans is a chess video game developed by Oberon Games and included in Windows Vista and Windows 7 Home Premium, Business/Professional, Enterprise, and Ultimate.

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ClearType

ClearType is Microsoft's implementation of subpixel rendering technology in rendering text in a font system.

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ClickOnce

ClickOnce is a Microsoft technology that enables the user to install and run a Windows-based smart client application by clicking a link in a web page.

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CNET

CNET (stylized as c|net) is an American media website that publishes reviews, news, articles, blogs, podcasts and videos on technology and consumer electronics globally.

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Code name

A code name or cryptonym is a word or name used, sometimes clandestinely, to refer to another name, word, project or person.

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Cold boot attack

In cryptography, a cold boot attack (or to a lesser extent, a platform reset attack) is a type of side channel attack in which an attacker with physical access to a computer is able to retrieve encryption keys from a running operating system after using a cold reboot to restart the machine.

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Commercial software

Commercial software, or sometimes payware, is computer software that is produced for sale or that serves commercial purposes.

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Common Language Runtime

The Common Language Runtime (CLR), the virtual machine component of Microsoft's.NET framework, manages the execution of.NET programs.

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Comparison of Windows Vista and Windows XP

This page is a comparison of Windows Vista and Windows XP.

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Computer file

A computer file is a resource for storing information, which is available to a computer program and is usually based on some kind of durable storage.

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Computer virus

A computer virus is a malware program that, when executed, replicates by inserting copies of itself (possibly modified) into other computer programs, data files, or the boot sector of the hard drive; when this replication succeeds, the affected areas are then said to be "infected".

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Computerworld

Computerworld is a publication website and digital magazine for information technology (IT) and business technology professionals.

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Condé Nast

Condé Nast, a division of Advance Publications, is a mass media company headquartered at One World Trade Center in New York City.

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Consumer electronics

Consumer electronics are electronic equipment intended for everyday use, most often in entertainment, communications and office productivity.

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Consumer Electronics Show

International CES, more commonly known as the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), is an internationally renowned electronics and technology trade show, attracting major companies and industry professionals worldwide.

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Coordinated Universal Time

Coordinated Universal Time (temps universel coordonné), abbreviated as UTC, is the primary time standard by which the world regulates clocks and time.

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Creative Technology Limited

Creative Technology Ltd. is a Singapore-based global company headquartered in Jurong East, Singapore.

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Criticism of Windows Vista

Windows Vista, an operating system released by Microsoft in November 2006, has been criticized by reviewers and users.

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Criticism of Windows XP

Criticism of Windows XP deals with issues with security, performance and the presence of product activation that are specific to the Microsoft operating system Windows XP.

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Cryptlib

cryptlib is an open source cross-platform software security toolkit library.

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Denial-of-service attack

In computing, a denial-of-service (DoS) attack is an attempt to make a machine or network resource unavailable to its intended users, such as to temporarily or indefinitely interrupt or suspend services of a host connected to the Internet.

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Desktop computer

A desktop computer is a personal computer in a form intended for regular use at a single location desk/table due to its size and power requirements, as opposed to a laptop whose rechargeable battery and compact dimensions allow it to be regularly carried and used in different locations.

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Desktop metaphor

In computing, the desktop metaphor is an interface metaphor which is a set of unifying concepts used by graphical user interfaces to help users more easily interact with the computer.

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Desktop search

Desktop search tools search within a user's own computer files as opposed to searching the Internet.

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Desktop Window Manager

Desktop Window Manager (DWM, previously Desktop Compositing Engine or DCE) is the window manager in Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10 that enables the use of hardware acceleration to render the graphical user interface of Windows.

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Device driver

In computing, a device driver (commonly referred to as a driver) is a computer program that operates or controls a particular type of device that is attached to a computer.

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Digital media

Digital media are any media that are encoded in a machine-readable format.

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Digital rights management

Digital rights management (DRM) is a term referring to various access control technologies that are used to restrict the usage of proprietary software, hardware, or content.

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Direct2D

Direct2D is a 2D and vector graphics application programming interface (API) designed by Microsoft and implemented in Windows 8, Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, and also Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 (with Platform Update installed).

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Direct3D

Direct3D is a graphics application programming interface (API) for Microsoft Windows.

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DirectWrite

DirectWrite is a text layout and glyph rendering API by Microsoft.

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DirectX

Microsoft DirectX is a collection of application programming interfaces (APIs) for handling tasks related to multimedia, especially game programming and video, on Microsoft platforms.

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DirectX Graphics Infrastructure

DirectX Graphics Infrastructure (DXGI) is a user-mode component of Windows Vista and above which provides a mapping between particular graphics APIs such as Direct3D 10.0 and above (known in DXGI parlance as producers) and the graphics kernel, which in turn interfaces with the user-mode Windows Display Driver Model driver.

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Disk Defragmenter (Windows)

Disk Defragmenter is a utility in Microsoft Windows designed to increase access speed by rearranging files stored on a disk to occupy contiguous storage locations, a technique called defragmentation.

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Disk encryption

Disk encryption is a technology which protects information by converting it into unreadable code that cannot be deciphered easily by unauthorized people.

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Doc (computing)

In computing, DOC or doc (an abbreviation of 'document') is a filename extension for word processing documents, most commonly in the proprietary Microsoft Word Binary File Format.

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Dress-up

Dress-up is a game played mainly by children.

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DVD

DVD ("digital versatile disc" or "digital video disc") is a digital optical disc storage format invented and developed by Philips, Sony, Toshiba, and Panasonic in 1995.

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DVD player

A DVD player is a device that plays discs produced under both the DVD-Video and DVD-Audio technical standards, two different and incompatible standards.

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EDonkey network

The eDonkey Network (also known as the eDonkey2000 network or eD2k) is a decentralized, mostly server-based, peer-to-peer file sharing network best suited to share big files among users, and to provide long term availability of files.

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Edward Felten

Edward William Felten (born March 25, 1963) is a Professor of Computer Science and Public Affairs at Princeton University.

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Email filtering

Email filtering is the processing of email to organize it according to specified criteria.

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Encrypting File System

The Encrypting File System (EFS) on Microsoft Windows is a feature introduced in version 3.0 of NTFS that provides filesystem-level encryption.

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Engadget

Engadget is a multilingual technology blog network with daily coverage of gadgets and consumer electronics.

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European Union

The European Union (EU) is a politico-economic union of EUnum member states that are located primarily in Europe.

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Evaluation Assurance Level

The Evaluation Assurance Level (EAL1 through EAL7) of an IT product or system is a numerical grade assigned following the completion of a Common Criteria security evaluation, an international standard in effect since 1999.

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EWeek

eWeek (stylized as eWEEK) is a technology and business magazine, now owned by QuinStreet.

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ExFAT

exFAT (Extended File Allocation Table) is a Microsoft file system optimized for flash drives.

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Exploit (computer security)

An exploit (from the English verb to exploit, meaning "using something to one’s own advantage") is a piece of software, a chunk of data, or a sequence of commands that takes advantage of a bug or vulnerability in order to cause unintended or unanticipated behavior to occur on computer software, hardware, or something electronic (usually computerized).

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Extended Industry Standard Architecture

The Extended Industry Standard Architecture (in practice almost always shortened to EISA and frequently pronounced "eee-suh") is a bus standard for IBM PC compatible computers.

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Fair use

Fair use is a limitation and exception to the exclusive right granted by copyright law to the author of a creative work.

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Feature creep

Feature creep, creeping featurism or featuritis is the ongoing expansion or addition of new features in a product, such as in computer software.

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Features new to Windows Vista

Compared with previous versions of Microsoft Windows, new features of Windows Vista are numerous, covering most aspects of the operating system.

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File attribute

File attributes are metadata associated with computer files that define file system behavior.

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File Explorer

File Explorer, previously known as Windows Explorer, is a file manager application that is included with releases of the Microsoft Windows operating system from Windows 95 onwards.

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File sharing

File sharing is the practice of distributing or providing access to digital media, such as computer programs, multimedia (audio, images and video), documents or electronic books.

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File system

In computing, a file system (or filesystem) is used to control how data is stored and retrieved.

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Filename

A filename (also written as two words, file name) is a name used to uniquely identify a computer file stored in a file system.

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Filename extension

A filename extension is an identifier specified as a suffix to the name by syntax, often separated from the base filename (by, e.g., a dot, a space), that indicates, e.g., the encoding (file format), the usage, of a computer file.

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First-sale doctrine

The first-sale doctrine is a legal concept playing an important role in U.S. copyright and trademark law by limiting certain rights of a copyright or trademark owner.

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Flash memory

Flash memory is an electronic non-volatile computer storage medium that can be electrically erased and reprogrammed.

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Font

In metal typesetting, a font is a particular size, weight and style of a typeface.

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Forbes

Forbes is an American business magazine owned by Forbes, Inc.

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Forrester Research

Forrester Research is an independent technology and market research company that provides advice on existing and potential impact of technology, to its clients and the public.

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Framebuffer Object

The frame buffer object architecture (FBO) is an extension to OpenGL for doing flexible off-screen rendering, including rendering to a texture.

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Free Software Foundation

The Free Software Foundation (FSF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded by Richard Stallman on 4 October 1985 to support the free software movement, which promotes the universal freedom to study, distribute, create, and modify computer software, with the organization's preference for software being distributed under copyleft ("share alike") terms, such as with its own GNU General Public License.

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Gain (electronics)

In electronics, gain is a measure of the ability of a two port circuit (often an amplifier) to increase the power or amplitude of a signal from the input to the output port by adding energy converted from some power supply to the signal.

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Game port

The game port is a device port found on IBM PC compatible systems throughout the 1980s and 1990s.

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Games for Windows

Games for Windows is a discontinued brand owned by Microsoft and introduced in 2006 to coincide with the release of the Windows Vista operating system.

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Gartner

Gartner, Inc. is an American information technology research and advisory firm providing technology related insight headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut, United States.

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GeForce 6 series

The GeForce 6 Series (codename NV40) is Nvidia's sixth generation of GeForce graphic processing units.

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Google

Google Inc. is an American multinational technology company specializing in Internet-related services and products.

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Google Desktop

Google Desktop is a computer program with desktop search capabilities, created by Google for Linux, Apple Mac OS X, and Microsoft Windows systems.

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Graphical user interface

In computer science, a graphical user interface or GUI, pronounced ("gooey") is a type of interface that allows users to interact with electronic devices through graphical icons and visual indicators such as secondary notation, as opposed to text-based interfaces, typed command labels or text navigation.

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Graphics processing unit

A graphics processor unit (GPU), also occasionally called visual processor unit (VPU), is a specialized electronic circuit designed to rapidly manipulate and alter memory to accelerate the creation of images in a frame buffer intended for output to a display.

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Group Policy

Group Policy is a feature of the Microsoft Windows NT family of operating systems that controls the working environment of user accounts and computer accounts.

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GUID Partition Table

GUID Partition Table (GPT) is a standard for the layout of the partition table on a physical hard disk, using globally unique identifiers (GUID).

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Hard disk drive

A hard disk drive (HDD), hard disk, hard drive or fixed disk is a data storage device used for storing and retrieving digital information using one or more rigid ("hard") rapidly rotating disks (platters) coated with magnetic material.

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Hardware abstraction

Hardware abstractions are sets of routines in software that emulate some platform-specific details, giving programs direct access to the hardware resources.

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Hardware overlay

In computing, hardware overlay, a type of video overlay, provides a method of rendering an image to a display screen with a dedicated memory buffer inside computer video hardware.

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HD DVD

HD DVD (short for High Definition/Density Digital Versatile/Video Disc) is a discontinued high-density optical disc format for storing data and high-definition video.

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Home network

A home network or home area network (HAN) is a type of local area network with the purpose to facilitate communication among digital devices present inside or within the close vicinity of a home.

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Home theater PC

A home theater PC (HTPC) or media center computer is a convergence device that combines some or all the capabilities of a personal computer with a software application that supports video, photo, audio playback, and sometimes video recording functionality.

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Hybrid drive

In computing, a hybrid drive (also known by the initialism SSHD) is a logical or physical storage device that combines NAND flash solid-state drive (SSD) with hard disk drive (HDD) technology, with the intent of adding some of the speed of SSDs to the cost-effective storage capacity of traditional HDDs.

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Hybrid kernel

A hybrid kernel is an operating system kernel architecture that attempts to combine aspects and benefits of microkernel and monolithic kernel architectures used in computer operating systems.

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HyperACCESS

HyperACCESS is a family of terminal emulation software by Hilgraeve.

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IA-32

IA-32 (short for "Intel Architecture, 32-bit", sometimes also called i386 through metonymy) is the 32-bit version of the x86 architecture, first implemented in the Intel 80386 microprocessors in 1985.

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ICalendar

iCalendar is a computer file format which allows Internet users to send meeting requests and tasks to other Internet users, via email, or sharing files with an extension of.ics.

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IEEE 1394

IEEE 1394 is an interface standard for a serial bus for high-speed communications and isochronous real-time data transfer.

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IEEE 802.11n-2009

IEEE 802.11n-2009, commonly shortened to 802.11n, is a wireless networking standard that uses multiple antennas to increase data rates.

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Incisive Media

Incisive Media is a publisher of business media.

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Incremental search

In computing, incremental search, incremental find or real-time suggestions is a user interface interaction method to progressively search for and filter through text.

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InfoWorld

InfoWorld is an information technology media business.

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Intel Developer Forum

Intel Developer Forum (IDF), is a gathering of technologists to discuss Intel products and products based on Intel products.

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Intel GMA

The Intel Graphics Media Accelerator, or GMA, is a series of integrated graphics processors introduced in 2004 by Intel, replacing the earlier Intel Extreme Graphics series and being succeeded by the Intel HD and Iris Graphics series.

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International Data Corporation

International Data Corporation (IDC), a market research, analysis and advisory firm, specializes in information technology, telecommunications, and consumer technology.

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Internationalized domain name

An internationalized domain name (IDN) is an Internet domain name that contains at least one label that is displayed in software applications, in whole or in part, in a language-specific script or alphabet, such as Arabic, Chinese, Cyrillic, Tamil, Hebrew or the Latin alphabet-based characters with diacritics, such as French.

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Internet Explorer

Internet Explorer (formerly Microsoft Internet Explorer and Windows Internet Explorer, commonly abbreviated IE or MSIE) is a series of graphical web browsers developed by Microsoft and included as part of the Microsoft Windows line of operating systems, starting in 1995.

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Internet Explorer 7

Windows Internet Explorer 7 (IE7) is a web browser for Windows.

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Internet Explorer 8

Windows Internet Explorer 8 (IE8) is a web browser developed by Microsoft in the Internet Explorer browser series, released on March 19, 2009.

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Internet Relay Chat

Internet Relay Chat (IRC) is an application layer protocol that facilitates communication in the form of text.

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IPv6

Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) is the most recent version of the Internet Protocol (IP), the communications protocol that provides an identification and location system for computers on networks and routes traffic across the Internet.

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Jacob Appelbaum

Jacob Appelbaum (born 1983) is an American independent journalist, computer security researcher and hacker.

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Jim Allchin

James "Jim" Edward Allchin (born 1951, Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States) is an American blues rock guitarist/singer, philanthropist, and a former Microsoft executive.

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Kernel (operating system)

In computing, the kernel is a computer program that manages I/O requests from software, and translates them into data processing instructions for the central processing unit and other electronic components of a computer.

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Kernel Patch Protection

Kernel Patch Protection (KPP), informally known as PatchGuard, is a feature of 64-bit (x64) editions of Microsoft Windows that prevents patching the kernel.

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Kernel Transaction Manager

Kernel Transaction Manager (KTM) is a component of the Windows operating system kernel in Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 that enables applications to use atomic transactions on resources by making them available as kernel objects.

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Key (cryptography)

In cryptography, a key is a piece of information (a parameter) that determines the functional output of a cryptographic algorithm or cipher.

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Keystroke logging

Keystroke logging, often referred to as keylogging or keyboard capturing, is the action of recording (or logging) the keys struck on a keyboard, typically in a covert manner so that the person using the keyboard is unaware that their actions are being monitored.

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Library (computing)

In computer science, a library is a collection of non-volatile resources used by computer programs, often to develop software.

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List of features removed in Windows Vista

While Windows Vista contains many new features, a number of capabilities and certain programs that were a part of previous Windows versions up to Windows XP were removed or changed – some of which were later re-introduced in Windows 7.

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List of VIA chipsets

This is a list of computer motherboard chipsets made by VIA Technologies.

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Logical Disk Manager

The Logical Disk Manager (LDM) is an implementation of a logical volume manager for Microsoft Windows NT, developed by Microsoft and Veritas Software.

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Mac OS X Tiger

Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger is the fifth major release of Mac OS X, Apple's desktop and server operating system for Mac computers.

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Machine learning

Machine learning is a subfield of computer sciencehttp://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/1116194/machine-learning that evolved from the study of pattern recognition and computational learning theory in artificial intelligence.

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Mahjong

Mahjong, also spelled majiang, mah jongg, and numerous other variants, is a game that originated in China.

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Malware

Malware, short for malicious software, is any software used to disrupt computer operation, gather sensitive information, or gain access to private computer systems.

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Market share

"Market share is the percentage of a market (defined in terms of either units or revenue) accounted for by a specific entity." In a survey of nearly 200 senior marketing managers, 67% responded that they found the "dollar market share" metric very useful, while 61% found "unit market share" very useful.

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Media Transfer Protocol

The Media Transfer Protocol (MTP) is an extension to the Picture Transfer Protocol (PTP) communications protocol that allows media files to be transferred atomically to and from portable devices.

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Microsoft

Microsoft Corporation (commonly referred to as Microsoft) is an American multinational technology company headquartered in Redmond, Washington, that develops, manufactures, licenses, supports and sells computer software, consumer electronics and personal computers and services.

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Microsoft Active Accessibility

Microsoft Active Accessibility (MSAA) is an Application Programming Interface (API) for user interface accessibility.

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Microsoft Corp v Commission

Microsoft Corp v Commission (2007) is a case brought by the European Commission of the European Union (EU) against Microsoft for abuse of its dominant position in the market (according to competition law).

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Microsoft CryptoAPI

The Cryptographic Application Programming Interface (also known variously as CryptoAPI, Microsoft Cryptography API, MS-CAPI or simply CAPI) is an application programming interface included with Microsoft Windows operating systems that provides services to enable developers to secure Windows-based applications using cryptography.

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Microsoft Developer Network

Microsoft Developer Network, widely referred to by its abbreviation, MSDN, is the portion of Microsoft responsible for managing the firm's relationship with developers and testers, such as hardware developers interested in the operating system (OS), and software developers developing on the various OS platforms or using the API and/or scripting languages of Microsoft's applications.

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Microsoft Gadgets

Microsoft Gadgets are lightweight single-purpose applications, or software widgets, that can sit on a Microsoft Windows user's computer desktop, or are hosted on a web page.

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Microsoft Mahjong

Microsoft Mahjong (formerly Mahjong Titans and Taipei) is a computer game version of mahjong solitaire published by Microsoft.

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Microsoft NetMeeting

Microsoft NetMeeting was a VoIP and multi-point videoconferencing client included in many versions of Microsoft Windows (from Windows 95 OSR2 to Windows XP).

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Microsoft PowerPoint

Microsoft PowerPoint is a slide show presentation program currently developed by Microsoft.

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Microsoft Security Development Lifecycle

The Microsoft Security Development Lifecycle is a software development process used and proposed by Microsoft to reduce software maintenance costs and increase reliability of software concerning software security related bugs.

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Microsoft Security Essentials

Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) is an antivirus software (AV) product that provides protection against different types of malicious software such as computer viruses, spyware, rootkits and Trojan horses.

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Microsoft Software Assurance

Microsoft Software Assurance (SA) is a Microsoft maintenance program aimed at business users who use Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Office, and other server and desktop applications.

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Microsoft UI Automation

Microsoft UI Automation (UIA) is an Application Programming Interface that allows one to access, identify, and manipulate UI elements of another application.

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Microsoft Windows

Microsoft Windows (or simply Windows) is a metafamily of graphical operating systems developed, marketed, and sold by Microsoft.

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Mobile device

A mobile device is a small computing device, typically small enough to be handheld (and hence also commonly known as a handheld computer or simply handheld) having a display screen with touch input and/or a miniature keyboard and weighing less than.

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Motherboard

A motherboard (sometimes alternatively known as the mainboard, system board, planar board or logic board, or colloquially, a mobo) is the main printed circuit board (PCB) found in computers and other expandable systems.

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Moving Picture Experts Group

The Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG) is a working group of authorities that was formed by ISO and IEC to set standards for audio and video compression and transmission.

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MSN Dial-up

MSN Dial-up is an Internet service provider operated by Microsoft in the United States and formerly also in several other countries.

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Multilingual User Interface

Multilingual User Interface (MUI) is the name of a Microsoft technology for Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Office and other applications that allows for the installation of multiple interface languages on a single system.

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Network File System

Network File System (NFS) is a distributed file system protocol originally developed by Sun Microsystems in 1984, allowing a user on a client computer to access files over a network much like local storage is accessed.

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Next-Generation Secure Computing Base

The Next-Generation Secure Computing Base (NGSCB) (codenamed Palladium and also known as Trusted Windows) is a cancelled software architecture designed by Microsoft which aimed to provide users of the Windows operating system with better privacy, security, and system integrity.

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NTBackup

NTBackup is the built-in backup application introduced in Windows NT around 1997 and part of all subsequent versions up to and including Windows 2000, Windows XP and Windows Server 2003.

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Nvidia

Nvidia Corporation (commonly referred to as Nvidia, stylized as NVIDIA, nVIDIA or nVidia) is an American worldwide technology company based in Santa Clara, California.

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Obfuscation

Obfuscation is the obscuring of intended meaning in communication, making the message confusing, willfully ambiguous, or harder to understand.

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Open source

In production and development, open source as a development model promotes a universal access via a free license to a product's design or blueprint, and universal redistribution of that design or blueprint, including subsequent improvements to it by anyone.

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Open XML Paper Specification

Open XML Paper Specification (also referred to as OpenXPS) is an open specification for a page description language and a fixed-document format.

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OpenGL

OpenGL (Open Graphics Library) is a cross-language, multi-platform application programming interface (API) for rendering 2D and 3D vector graphics.

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Operating system

An operating system (OS) is system software that manages computer hardware and software resources and provides common services for computer programs.

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Original equipment manufacturer

Original equipment manufacturer (OEM) is a term used when one company makes a part or subsystem that is used in another company's end product.

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Page cache

In computing, a page cache, sometimes also called disk cache, is a transparent cache for the pages originating from a secondary storage device such as a hard disk drive (HDD).

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PC game

PC games, also known as computer games or personal computer games, are video games played on a personal computer rather than a dedicated video game console or arcade machine.

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PC World

PC World, stylized PCWorld, is a global computer magazine published monthly by IDG.

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Peer-to-peer

Peer-to-peer (P2P) computing or networking is a distributed application architecture that partitions tasks or work loads between peers.

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Penton (company)

Penton is an information services and marketing company.

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Personal identification number

A personal identification number (PIN, pronounced "pin"; often redundantly PIN number) is a numeric password shared between a user and a system, that can be used to authenticate the user to the system.

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Peter Gutmann (computer scientist)

Peter Gutmann is a computer scientist in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand.

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Phishing

Phishing is the attempt to acquire sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details (and sometimes, indirectly, money), often for malicious reasons, by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication.

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Princeton University

Princeton University is a private Ivy League research university in Princeton, New Jersey, United States.

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Professional Developers Conference

Microsoft's Professional Developers Conference (PDC) was a series of conferences for software developers; the conference was held infrequently to coincide with beta releases of the Windows operating system, and showcased topics of interest to those developing hardware and software for the new version of Windows.

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Progress bar

A progress bar is a graphical control element used to visualize the progression of an extended computer operation, such as a download, file transfer, or installation.

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Proprietary software

Proprietary software, non-free software (in the sense of missing freedoms), or closed-source software is software, where the developers or distributors reserve all freedoms and rights.

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Protected Media Path

The Protected Media Path is a set of technologies creating a "Protected Environment," first included in Microsoft's Windows Vista operating system, that is used to enforce digital rights management (or DRM) protections on content.

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Purble Place

Purble Place is a suite of three computer games for children.

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Random-access memory

Random-access memory (RAM) is a form of computer data storage.

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ReadyBoost

ReadyBoost (codenamed EMD) is a disk caching software component developed by Microsoft for Windows Vista and included in later versions of the Windows operating system.

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Remote Desktop Services

Remote Desktop Services (RDS), known as Terminal Services in Windows Server 2008 and earlier, is one of the components of Microsoft Windows that allows a user to take control of a remote computer or virtual machine over a network connection.

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Remote Installation Services

RIS, Remote Installation Services is a Microsoft-supplied server that allows PXE BIOS-enabled computers to remotely execute boot environment variables.

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RGBA color space

RGBA stands for red green blue alpha.

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Ribbon (computing)

In computer interface design, a ribbon is a graphical control element in the form of a set of toolbars placed on several tabs.

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Rich Text Format

The Rich Text Format (often abbreviated RTF) is a proprietary document file format with published specification developed by Microsoft Corporation from 1987 until 2008 for cross-platform document interchange with Microsoft products.

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Robert Scoble

Robert Scoble (born January 18, 1965) is an American blogger, technical evangelist, and author.

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Rootkit

A rootkit is a collection of computer software, typically malicious, designed to enable access to a computer or areas of its software that would not otherwise be allowed (for example, to an unauthorized user) while at the same time masking its existence or the existence of other software.

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RSS

RSS (Rich Site Summary; originally RDF Site Summary; often called Really Simple Syndication), uses a family of standard web feed formats to publish frequently updated information: blog entries, news headlines, audio, video.

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S3 Graphics

S3 Graphics, Ltd (commonly referred to as S3) is an American computer graphics company.

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Screen reading

Screen reading is the act of reading a text on a computer screen, smartphone, e-book reader, etc.

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Screen tearing

Screen tearing is a visual artifact in video display where a display device shows information from two or more frames in a single screen draw.

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Secure cryptoprocessor

A secure cryptoprocessor is a dedicated computer on a chip or microprocessor for carrying out cryptographic operations, embedded in a packaging with multiple physical security measures, which give it a degree of tamper resistance.

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Secure Socket Tunneling Protocol

Secure Socket Tunneling Protocol (SSTP) is a form of VPN tunnel that provides a mechanism to transport PPP or L2TP traffic through an SSL 3.0 channel.

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Security and safety features new to Windows Vista

There are a number of security and safety features new to Windows Vista, most of which are not available in any prior Microsoft Windows operating system release.

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Service pack

In computing, a service pack or SP (in short SP) or a feature pack (FP) comprises a collection of updates, fixes, or enhancements to a software program delivered in the form of a single installable package.

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Seth Schoen

Seth David Schoen (born September 27, 1979) is senior staff technologist for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a technology civil rights organisation, and has been actively involved in discussing digital copyright law and encryption since the 1990s.

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Shader

In the field of computer graphics, a shader is a computer program that is used to do shading: the production of appropriate levels of color within an image, or, in the modern era, also to produce special effects or do video post-processing.

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Shadow Copy

Shadow Copy (also known as Volume Snapshot Service, Volume Shadow Copy Service or VSS) is a technology included in Microsoft Windows that allows taking manual or automatic backup copies or snapshots of computer files or volumes, even when they are in use.

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Shared source

"Shared source" is an umbrella term covering some of Microsoft's legal mechanisms for software source code distribution.

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Skin (computing)

In computing, a skin (also known as visual styles in Windows XP) is a custom graphical appearance preset package achieved by the use of a graphical user interface (GUI) that can be applied to specific computer software, operating system, and websites to suit the purpose, topic, or tastes of different users.

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Small and medium-sized enterprises

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs; sometimes also small and medium enterprises) or small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) are businesses whose personnel numbers fall below certain limits.

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Smart card

A smart card, chip card, or integrated circuit card (ICC) is any pocket-sized card with embedded integrated circuits.

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Softpedia

Softpedia is a website that indexes information and provides primarily software information and downloads.

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Software developer

A person who develops stand-alone software (that is more than just a simple program) and gets involved with all phases of the development (design and code) is a software developer.

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Software license

A software license is a legal instrument (usually by way of contract law, with or without printed material) governing the use or redistribution of software.

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Software release life cycle

A software release life cycle is the sum of the stages of development and maturity for a piece of computer software: ranging from its initial development to its eventual release, and including updated versions of the released version to help improve software or fix bugs still present in the software.

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Source code

In computing, source code is any collection of computer instructions (possibly with comments) written using some human-readable computer language, usually as text.

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Source lines of code

Source lines of code (SLOC), also known as lines of code (LOC), is a software metric used to measure the size of a computer program by counting the number of lines in the text of the program's source code.

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South Korea

South Korea, officially the Republic of Korea (lit. The Republic of Great Han; ROK), and commonly referred to as Korea, is a sovereign state in East Asia, constituting the southern part of the Korean Peninsula.

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Spyware

Spyware is software that aims to gather information about a person or organization without their knowledge and that may send such information to another entity without the consumer's consent, or that asserts control over a computer without the consumer's knowledge.

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Start menu

The Start menu is a user interface element used in Microsoft Windows since Windows 95 and in some other operating systems.

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Super video graphics array

Super Video Graphics Array or Ultra Video Graphics Array, almost always abbreviated to Super VGA, Ultra VGA or just SVGA or UVGA is a broad term that covers a wide range of computer display standards.

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Symantec

Symantec Corporation (commonly known as Symantec) is an American technology company headquartered in Mountain View, California, United States.

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System Center Configuration Manager

System Center Configuration Manager (officially called ConfigMgr 2012 or ConfigMgr 2007 or simply ConfigMgr), formerly Systems Management Server (SMS), is a systems-management software product developed by Microsoft for managing large groups of computers running Windows, Windows Embedded, Mac OS X, Linux or UNIX, as well as various mobile operating systems such as Windows Phone, Symbian, iOS and Android.

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Tab (GUI)

In interface design, a tabbed document interface (TDI) or Tab is a graphical control element that allows multiple documents or panels to be contained within a single window, using tabs as a navigational widget for switching between sets of documents.

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Tablet computer

A tablet computer, commonly shortened to tablet, is a mobile computer with a touchscreen display, circuitry and battery in a single device.

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Tag (metadata)

In information systems, a tag is a non-hierarchical keyword or term assigned to a piece of information (such as an Internet bookmark, digital image, or computer file).

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Taskbar

A taskbar is an element of a graphical user interface which has various purposes.

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TCP window scale option

The TCP window scale option is an option to increase the receive window size allowed in Transmission Control Protocol above its former maximum value of 65,535 bytes.

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TechRepublic

TechRepublic is an online trade publication and social community for IT professionals, with advice on best practices and tools for the day-to-day needs of IT decision-makers.

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The New York Times

The New York Times (NYT) is an American daily newspaper, founded and continuously published in New York City since September 18, 1851, by the New York Times Company.

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The Times

The Times is a British daily national newspaper based in London.

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The Wall Street Journal

The Wall Street Journal is a business-focused, English-language international daily newspaper based in New York City.

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Threat (computer)

In computer security a threat is a possible danger that might exploit a vulnerability to breach security and thus cause possible harm.

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Touchscreen

A touchscreen is an input device normally layered on the top of an electronic visual display of an information processing system.

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Transparency and translucency

In the field of optics, transparency (also called pellucidity or diaphaneity) is the physical property of allowing light to pass through the material without being scattered.

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Trojan Horse

The Trojan Horse is a tale from the Trojan War about the subterfuge that the Greeks used to enter the city of Troy and win the war.

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Trusted Platform Module

Trusted Platform Module (TPM) is an international standard for a secure cryptoprocessor, which is a dedicated microprocessor designed to secure hardware by integrating cryptographic keys into devices.

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Trustworthy computing

The term Trustworthy Computing (TwC) has been applied to computing systems that are inherently secure, available, and reliable.

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TV tuner card

A TV tuner card is a kind of television tuner that allows television signals to be received by a computer.

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Unified Extensible Firmware Interface

The Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI, pronounced as an initialism U-E-F-I or like "unify" without the n) is a specification that defines a software interface between an operating system and platform firmware.

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USB flash drive

A USB flash drive, also known under a variety of other names, is a data storage device that includes flash memory with an integrated Universal Serial Bus (USB) interface.

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Usenet newsgroup

A Usenet newsgroup is a repository usually within the Usenet system, for messages posted from many users in different locations.

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User Account Control

User Account Control (UAC) is a technology and security infrastructure introduced with Microsoft's Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 operating systems, with a more relaxed, An overview of UAC in Windows 7 by Paul Thurott version also present in Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012 and Windows 10.

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User interface

The user interface, in the industrial design field of human–machine interaction, is the space where interactions between humans and machines occur.

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Vector graphics

Vector graphics is the use of geometrical primitives such as points, lines, curves, and shapes or polygons—all of which are based on mathematical expressions—to represent images in computer graphics.

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VIA Nano

The VIA Nano (formerly code-named VIA Isaiah) is a 64-bit CPU for personal computers.

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Virtual private network

A virtual private network (VPN) extends a private network across a public network, such as the Internet.

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Volume (computing)

In the context of computer operating systems, a volume or logical drive is a single accessible storage area with a single file system, typically (though not necessarily) resident on a single partition of a hard disk.

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Vulnerability (computing)

In computer security, a vulnerability is a weakness which allows an attacker to reduce a system's information assurance.

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Web application

In computing, a web application or web app is a client-server software application in which the client (or user interface) runs in a web browser.

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Web service

A Web service communication between two electronic devices over a network.

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Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi (or WiFi) is a local area wireless computer networking technology that allows electronic devices to network, mainly using the UHF and SHF ISM radio bands.

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Windows 2000

Windows 2000 is an operating system for use on both client and server computers.

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Windows 7

Windows 7 (codenamed Vienna, formerly Blackcomb) is a personal computer operating system developed by Microsoft.

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Windows 95

Windows 95 (codenamed Chicago) is a consumer-oriented operating system developed by Microsoft.

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Windows 98

Windows 98 (codenamed Memphis) is a graphical operating system by Microsoft.

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Windows 9x

Windows 9x is a generic term referring to a series of Microsoft Windows computer operating systems produced from 1995 to 2000, which were based on the Windows 95 kernel and its underlying foundation of MS-DOS, both of which were updated in subsequent versions.

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Windows Advanced Rasterization Platform

Windows Advanced Rasterization Platform (WARP) is a software rasterizer and a component of DirectX graphics runtime in Windows 7 and later.

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Windows Aero

Windows Aero (a backronym for Authentic, Energetic, Reflective, and Open, or simply AERO or Aero), also known as Aero Glass, is a set of interface and design guidelines that were introduced by the Windows Vista operating system.

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Windows Anytime Upgrade

Windows Anytime Upgrade is a discontinued software upgrade component developed by Microsoft for Windows Vista.

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Windows API

The Windows API, informally WinAPI, is Microsoft's core set of application programming interfaces (APIs) available in the Microsoft Windows operating systems.

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Windows CardSpace

Windows CardSpace (codenamed InfoCard), is Microsoft's now-canceled client software for the Identity Metasystem.

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Windows Communication Foundation

The Windows Communication Foundation (or WCF), previously known as "Indigo", is a runtime and a set of APIs in the.NET Framework for building connected, service-oriented applications.

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Windows Defender

Windows Defender is a software product that attempts to detect and remove malware.

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Windows Deployment Services

Windows Deployment Services is a server technology from Microsoft for network-based installation of Windows operating systems.

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Windows Desktop Gadgets

The Windows Desktop Gadgets (called Windows Sidebar in Windows Vista) was a widget engine for Microsoft Gadgets, with program name sidebar.exe.

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Windows Display Driver Model

Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM) is the graphic driver architecture for video card drivers running Microsoft Windows versions beginning with Windows Vista.

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Windows domain

A Windows domain is a form of a computer network in which all user accounts, computers, printers and other security principals, are registered with a central database (called Active Directory Service) located on one or more clusters of central computers known as domain controllers.

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Windows DreamScene

Windows DreamScene is a utility that allows videos and.gif and other optimized animations to be used as desktop wallpapers.

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Windows Driver Frameworks

The Windows Driver Frameworks (WDF), formerly the Windows Driver Foundation, are a set of Microsoft tools and libraries that aid in the creation of device drivers for Windows 2000 and later versions of Windows.

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Windows DVD Maker

Windows DVD Maker is a DVD authoring utility developed by Microsoft for Windows Vista and included in Windows 7 that allows users to create DVD slideshows and videos for playback on media devices such as a DVD player.

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Windows Error Reporting

Windows Error Reporting (WER) (codenamed Watson) is a crash reporting technology introduced by Microsoft with Windows XP and included in later Windows versions and Windows Mobile 5.0 and 6.0.

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Windows Fax and Scan

Windows Fax and Scan is an integrated faxing and scanning application included in some versions of the Windows Vista operating system and all versions of Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10.

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Windows Firewall

Windows Firewall is a software component of Microsoft Windows that provides firewalling and packet filtering functions.

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Windows Forms

Windows Forms (WinForms) is the name given to a graphical (GUI) class library included as a part of Microsoft.NET Framework, providing a platform to write rich client applications for desktop, laptop, and tablet PCs.

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Windows Genuine Advantage

Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) is an anti-piracy system created by Microsoft that enforces online validation of the licensing of several recent Microsoft Windows operating systems when accessing several services, such as Windows Update, and downloading Windows components from the Microsoft Download Center.

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Windows Hardware Engineering Conference

The Windows Hardware Engineering Community (WinHEC) is a series of technical conferences and workshops, where Microsoft elaborates on its hardware plans for Windows devices.

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Windows Imaging Component

The Windows Imaging Component (WIC) is a Component Object Model based imaging codec framework introduced in Windows Vista and Windows XP Service Pack 3 for working with and processing digital images and image metadata.

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Windows Imaging Format

The Windows Imaging Format (WIM) is a file-based disk image format.

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Windows Installer

Windows Installer (previously known as Microsoft Installer) is a software component and application programming interface (API) of Microsoft Windows used for the installation, maintenance, and removal of software.

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Windows Mail

Windows Mail is an email and newsgroup client developed by Microsoft and included in the Windows Vista operating system.

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Windows ME

Windows Millennium Edition, or Windows ME (marketed with the pronunciation of the pronoun "me", but commonly pronounced as an initialism, "M-E"), is a graphical operating system from Microsoft released to manufacturing in June 2000, and launched in September 2000.

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Windows Media Center

Windows Media Center (WMC) was a digital video recorder and media player created by Microsoft.

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Windows Media Center Extender

Windows Media Center Extenders (officially "Extender for Windows Media Center") are devices that are configured to connect over a computer network to a computer running Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows Vista Home Premium/Ultimate, Windows 7 Home Premium, or Windows 8 with a Pro pack to stream the computer's media center functions to the Extender device.

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Windows Media Player

Windows Media Player (abbreviated WMP) is a media player and media library application developed by Microsoft that is used for playing audio, video and viewing images on personal computers running the Microsoft Windows operating system, as well as on Pocket PC and Windows Mobile–based devices.

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Windows Media Video

Windows Media Video (WMV) is a file type which can contain video in one of several video compression formats developed by Microsoft.

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Windows Meeting Space

Windows Meeting Space (codenamed Windows Collaboration) is a peer-to-peer collaboration program developed by Microsoft and included with Windows Vista that supports between up to 10 users.

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Windows Messenger

Windows Messenger is a discontinued instant messaging client included in Windows XP.

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Windows Messenger service

Messenger service is a network-based system notification Windows service by Microsoft that was included in some earlier versions of Microsoft Windows.

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Windows Mobility Center

Windows Mobility Center is a component of Microsoft Windows, introduced in Windows Vista, that centralizes information and settings most relevant to mobile computing.

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Windows Movie Maker

Windows Movie Maker (codenamed Sundance, formerly known as Windows Live Movie Maker in Windows 7) is a freeware video editing software by Microsoft.

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Windows NT

Windows NT is a family of operating systems produced by Microsoft, the first version of which was released in July 1993.

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Windows Photo Gallery

Windows Photo Gallery (formerly known as Windows Live Photo Gallery) is an image organizer, photo editor and photo sharing app.

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Windows PowerShell

Windows PowerShell is a task automation and configuration management framework from Microsoft, consisting of a command-line shell and associated scripting language built on the.NET Framework.

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Windows Presentation Foundation

Windows Presentation Foundation (or WPF) is a graphical subsystem for rendering user interfaces in Windows-based applications by Microsoft.

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Windows Rally

Windows Rally is a set of technologies from Microsoft intended to simplify the setup and maintenance of wired and wireless network-connected devices.

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Windows Registry

Windows Registry is a hierarchical database that stores configuration settings and options on Microsoft Windows operating systems.

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Windows Search

Windows Search, formerly known as Windows Desktop Search (WDS) on Windows XP and Windows Server 2003, is an indexed desktop search platform created by Microsoft for Microsoft Windows.

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Windows Server

Windows Server is a brand name for a group of server operating systems released by Microsoft.

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Windows Server 2003

Windows Server 2003 (sometimes informally referred to as Win2K3, or just 2K3) is a server operating system produced by Microsoft, released on April 24, 2003.

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Windows Server 2008

Windows Server 2008 (sometimes abbreviated as "Win2K8" or "W2K8") is one of Microsoft Windows' server line of operating systems.

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Windows Server Update Services

Windows Server Update Services (WSUS), previously known as Software Update Services (SUS), is a computer program developed by Microsoft Corporation that enables administrators to manage the distribution of updates and hotfixes released for Microsoft products to computers in a corporate environment.

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Windows service

In Windows NT operating systems, a Windows service is a computer program that operates in the background.

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Windows Services for UNIX

Windows Services for UNIX (SFU) is a discontinued software package; and Subsystem for UNIX-based Applications (SUA) is a related software package produced by Microsoft which provides a Unix subsystem and other parts of a full Unix environment on Windows NT and some of its immediate successor operating-systems.

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Windows shell

Windows shell The Windows UI provides users with access to a wide variety of objects necessary for running applications and managing the operating system.

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Windows SideShow

Windows SideShow is a technology developed by Microsoft and introduced in the Windows Vista operating system that is designed to provide information such as the number of unread e-mail messages or RSS feeds on a secondary display of a Windows-based device; displays may be integrated as part of a device itself or included as part of a separate component connected to a personal computer.

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Windows Speech Recognition

Windows Speech Recognition is a speech recognition component developed by Microsoft and introduced in the Windows Vista operating system that enables the use of voice commands to perform operations, such as the dictation of text, within applications and the operating system itself.

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Windows System Assessment Tool

The Windows System Assessment Tool (WinSAT) is a module of Microsoft Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8 that is available in the Control Panel under Performance Information and Tools (except in Windows 8.1).

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Windows Ultimate Extras

Windows Ultimate Extras are optional features offered by Microsoft to users of Windows Vista Ultimate and are accessible via Windows Update.

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Windows Update

Windows Update (WU), a service offered by Microsoft, provides updates for Windows components.

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Windows Vista editions

Windows Vista, a major release of the Microsoft Windows operating system, was available in six different product editions (Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium, Business, Enterprise, and Ultimate).

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Windows Vista I/O technologies

Windows Vista introduced a number of new I/O functions to the Microsoft Windows line of operating systems.

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Windows Workflow Foundation

Windows Workflow Foundation (WF) is a Microsoft technology that provides an API, an in-process workflow engine, and a rehostable designer to implement long-running processes as workflows within.NET applications.

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Windows XP

Windows XP (codenamed Whistler) is a personal computer operating system that was produced by Microsoft as part of the Windows NT family of operating systems.

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Windows XP Media Center Edition

Windows XP Media Center Edition (MCE) is a version of the Windows XP operating system designed to serve as a home-entertainment hub.

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Windows XP visual styles

Windows XP visual styles are customizations of the graphical user interface of Windows XP.

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WinFS

WinFS (short for Windows Future Storage) is the code name for a canceled data storage and management system project based on relational databases, developed by Microsoft and first demonstrated in 2003 as an advanced storage subsystem for the Microsoft Windows operating system, designed for persistence and management of structured, semi-structured as well as unstructured data.

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Winlogon

In computing, Winlogon is the component of Microsoft Windows operating systems that is responsible for handling the secure attention sequence, loading the user profile on logon, and optionally locking the computer when a screensaver is running (requiring another authentication step).

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Workflow

A workflow consists of an orchestrated and repeatable pattern of business activity enabled by the systematic organization of resources into processes that transform materials, provide services, or process information.

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X86-64

x86-64 (also known as x64, x86_64 and AMD64) is the 64-bit version of the x86 instruction set.

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Xbox 360

The Xbox 360 is a home video game console developed by Microsoft.

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ZDNet

ZDNet is a business technology news website published by CBS Interactive, along with TechRepublic and SmartPlanet.

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.NET Framework

.NET Framework (pronounced dot net) is a software framework developed by Microsoft that runs primarily on Microsoft Windows.

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.NET Framework version history

Microsoft started development on the.NET Framework in the late 1990s originally under the name of Next Generation Windows Services (NGWS).

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32-bit

32-bit is also a term given to a generation of microcomputers in which 32-bit microprocessors are the norm.

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3D computer graphics

3D computer graphics (in contrast to 2D computer graphics) are graphics that use a three-dimensional representation of geometric data (often Cartesian) that is stored in the computer for the purposes of performing calculations and rendering 2D images.

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64-bit computing

In computer architecture, 64-bit computing is the use of processors that have datapath widths, integer size, and memory address widths of 64 bits (eight octets).

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References

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