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  • Blog Post: The Windows PC Ecosystem Team: Helping create seamless Windows experiences

    My name is Paul Donnelly. I’ve been around the halls of Microsoft for a while now which has given me the chance to work on lots of great products and with our customers that use them. I’m a member of the Windows PC Ecosystem Team where I get to work on engaging with Windows enthusiasts. In fact one of...
  • Blog Post: AMD Announces Radeon HD 6790

    AMD today has announced a new offering in their Radeon HD 6000 Series line-up of GPUs – the Radeon HD 6790 . AMD is introducing this GPU to cater to gamers and PC enthusiasts who are looking for great performance but want to spend $150 or less. The Radeon HD 6790 will run about $149 MSRP and is designed...
  • Blog Post: Ceton Releases InfiniTV Network Tuner for the InfiniTV 4

    Today, Ceton is making a few announcements worth taking note of. First off – Ceton has fulfilled the backorder of InfiniTV 4 TV tuner cards and is now making InfiniTV 4 TV tuner cards available from Amazon , in addition to its existing retailers. The next thing is Ceton is announcing and making available...
  • Blog Post: Samsung Series 9 27” PLS Display: Amazing Picture

    It’s hard to describe if you’ve never experienced it. It’s the day you get glasses with a new prescription. When you first put on the new glasses, it can be like seeing the world in a new way. You notice details you didn’t realize were there. Everything looks amazing. This is similar to what I experienced...
  • Blog Post: Extreme Christmas Lighting With Windows 7

    It’s that time of year again and I’ve seen plenty of holiday lights go up. I’ve also seen some news stories about the extensive animated light displays people put together which got me wondering about the software and hardware they are using. I didn’t have to look far as I found a great example right...
  • Blog Post: Use the new Xbox 360 Wireless Controller to play games in Windows 7

    Hitting stores today is a brand new Xbox 360 Wireless Controller . This new controller comes is beautiful matte silver and has a special redesigned D-Pad... that transforms. I’ll point you over to Major Nelson to give you the full low-down on the new controller.   The new Xbox 360 Wireless Controller...
  • Blog Post: AMD Launches AMD Fusion Family of APU Processors at CES

    This week at CES, AMD is launching their AMD Fusion family of Accelerated Processing Units (APUs). What’s an APU? An APU is the combination of the CPU and GPU into a single die. What AMD has done with their Fusion family of APU processors is to combine multi-core CPU (x86) technology with discrete-level...
  • Blog Post: AMD Unveils A-Series APUs

    AMD’s Fusion Developer Summit is taking place this week in Bellevue, WA and AMD is taking the opportunity to launch their high-end series of APUs (Accelerated Processing Units). If you recall – an APU is the combination of the CPU and GPU into a single die. AMD’s Fusion family of APU processors is a...
  • Blog Post: Strategies for remote access to your files and system

    Whether its files and documents, your media or complete control of your system one of the advantages of a connected world is that there are many ways to get to what you want from where you want. I wanted to cover several techniques you can take advantage of to easily ‘phone home’ to your systems or data...
  • Blog Post: Dell Unveils Alienware X51

    When you think of extremely powerful PCs for gaming – people usually think of really big desktop towers (yup, I have one…). However, to fight that “stereotype” of gaming PCs, Dell has unveiled the Alienware X51 . The Alienware X51 is pretty much one of the smallest gaming desktop PCs to hit the market...
  • Blog Post: NVIDIA Launches GeForce.com, Announces GeForce GTX 580

    Are you currently an owner of one (or a few) of NVIDIA’s GeForce GPUs (graphics cards)? If so – you’re definitely going to want to check this out. Today, NVIDIA is launching GeForce.com . GeForce.com is a new website from NVIDIA designed to be a one-stop shop for GeForce users to get everything they...
  • Blog Post: Connecting your PC to an HDTV with HDMI

    If you’re ready to take the plunge and give your big screen HDTV over to Windows Media Center to manage your television, movies, music and more, then you’ll want to be sure you’re getting the best experience possible when running in full screen mode. The choice of how you connect your PC to your TV is...
  • Blog Post: NVIDIA Announces the GeForce GTX 590

    Today, NVIDIA is announcing one of the most powerful graphics cards to enter the market: the GeForce GTX 590 . The GTX 590 is based on NVIDIA’s GF110 graphics processor technology (codenamed “Fermi”), just like the GTX 580 (which I talked about here along with GeForce.com back in November). Except the...
  • Blog Post: NVIDIA Announces GeForce GTX 550 Ti

    Today, NVIDIA is announcing a new addition to the GeForce family of GPUs: the GeForce GTX 550 Ti . The GTX 550 Ti is designed to target gamers who care about performance but are on a budget. It fits in right between the GTS 450 and GTX 460. The GTS 450 continues to be one of NVIDIA’s top selling GPUs...
  • Blog Post: Using Play To with a DLNA Certified TV

    I read an interesting thread over on Microsoft Answers recently in which the poster had purchased a "connected” TV with a DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) logo on it. He reported that he had no troubles navigating from his TV to the shared media libraries on his Windows 7 PC and playing the...
  • Blog Post: NVIDIA unveils new 3D Vision Community Website

    Yesterday, NVIDIA unveiled a brand new community website that is dedicated exclusively to 3D content for people with 3D PCs and 3D Vision. On 3DVisionLive.com , you’ll find tons of stereoscopic 3D videos and photos. Video content such as movie trailers, music videos, and sports clips are streamed in...
  • Blog Post: Welcome to the Extreme Windows Blog

    Today we are launching a new blog called Extreme Windows . As you know (or don’t know) The Windows Blog is a network or family of blogs that together tell the company’s Windows story across different audiences spanning Windows, Windows Live, Internet Explorer and Windows Phone. Each individual blog has...
  • Blog Post: Windows Enthusiast Meet-up in Houston on November 30th

    I am posting this on behalf of Wendy Stidmon, a Program Manager on the Windows PC Ecosystem Team. Wendy does enthusiast engagement – which means her job is to interact with folks like you. She and I thought we’d pass along some information for an event happening in Houston you may want to check out…...
  • Blog Post: HP Z1 All-In-One: Compact Workstation

    If you are working on professional tasks related to CAD/CAM, photo editing, video editing, or 3D animation, you need a powerful PC. But what if you don’t have the space for a separate tower, external displays, and all of the cables? HP has released a PC targeted at this scenario: the Z1 all-in-one workstation...
  • Blog Post: Ceton announces the InfiniTV 4 USB external CableCARD quad-tuner

    Today, Ceton has unveiled their external USB CableCARD quad-tuner product: the InfiniTV 4 USB . The InfiniTV 4 USB will hit at around $299. It with first be available for purchase from Cannon PC and Fluid Digital on August 19 th with pre-orders expected to start shipping on September 19 th . InfiniTV...
  • Blog Post: Windows Experts Wiki: Great articles, a challenge and a mysterious prize

    It’s been just over a month since we’ve launched the Windows Experts community, a home for enthusiasts and hobbyists who create amazing experiences in and around their lives with Windows and other tech products. This is the place to go if you’re pulling together a home theater and want to use Windows...
  • Blog Post: Tapping Into the Power of Kinect for Windows

    Hello everyone, my name is Gavin Gear, and I am going to be blogging regularly here on the Extreme Windows Blog. My background includes working on the Windows sensor team (see recent talks from BUILD HERE ), and before Microsoft I graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Some of the things...
  • Blog Post: Introducing AMD Radeon HD 6800 Series GPUs

    A few weeks ago, AMD introduced the first products in the company’s next generation of high-end DirectX 11 graphics cards – the AMD Radeon HD 6800 Series . The Radeon HD 6800 Series represents AMD’s second-generation DirectX 11 capable architecture and has up to 2 times the tessellation performance of...
  • Blog Post: Keeping Windows Media Center in step with changes from your cable company

    We’ve been using Windows Media Center as our home’s main DVR for several years now. We have basic cable service, and over the past few months, my cable company has started to switch some of our channels from analog delivery over to their digital service. This type of change has become more and more common...
  • Blog Post: NVIDIA Unveils GeForce GTX 560 Ti

    According to the December 2010 Hardware and Software Survey by popular online game provider Steam, the GeForce 8800 is the most popular GeForce GPU in use today. NVIDIA launched the GeForce 8800 for Windows Vista nearly 3 years ago in support for DirectX 10. The GeForce 8800 GT was one of the most popular...