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    A few weeks ago I wrote about the new sounds of Windows Vista and I made the point that sound is an important component of your experience using a Windows PC. As important as the new sounds are as an interface to the Windows UI, of equal importance is the system infrastructure that enables you to control...
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    Thanks to Steve Ball, Principal Program Manager Lead on the Windows Sound Team, we have this Q&A designed to provide additional background on the sounds of Windows Vista. Q: Why did Microsoft invest time and energy developing new sounds for Windows Vista? A: Sounds are one of the primary senses...
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    I'm posting this on behalf of my colleague Steve Ball. Hi, my name is Steve Ball and I'm a Principal Program Manager Lead on the Windows Sound Team . I'd like to take a moment and give some background on sound schemes in Windows as well as the new sound schemes released as Ultimate Extras and their...
  • Blog Post: Update on Ability to Mute the Windows Vista Start-up Sound

    We heard you loud and clear when it came to discussing our plans to include a default start-up sound that plays as you boot-up Windows Vista: you said you wanted to have the opportunity to mute it if and when you felt it necessary. Your collective voice truly made a difference in this matter, as we've...
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  • Blog Post: Using a microphone array to enhance sound capture

    Below is a post from my colleague Richard Fricks, a Program Manager on the Windows Vista Audio team, discussing Windows Vista's treatment of microphone arrays when used to capture audio. If this entry prompts questions, let me know via the Comments section below and I'll pass them along to Richard. ...
  • Blog Post: The Sounds of Windows Vista

    When you try the RTM version of Windows Vista, you will notice that something changed between the last release candidate and the final product -- we added new sounds to the 45 places where Windows provides an audio cue to the user, including a new Windows Vista Start-up sound that was developed in collaboration...
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    The following is an article from another of my colleagues on the Windows Vista Sound team, Kristin Carr. Kristin is a Program Manager and works with Steve Ball, who previously has shared his insights into how Windows Vista handles sound. If you have questions for Kristin, please leave a comment below...
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    Below is part 2 of an audio series by Windows Vista Sound team Program Manager Richard Fricks, the first being Richard's piece on Using a microphone array to enhance sound capture . This follow-on article details how to get more out of your PC by using a digital microphone. The digital microphone...