Archive for September, 2009

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Windows 7 Launch Party!

September 24, 2009

Soon we’ll be hosting a Windows 7 Launch Party on Ohio State’s campus! Planning lots of demos, installs, and hopefully a gaming contest with the chance to win lots of prizes! Check back soon for more information!

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Zune HD and new 4.0 software are here!

September 15, 2009

Here’s what you (hopefully) have been waiting for! I just wanted to share some of the new Zune features! I liked the old Zune software, but this new 4.0 update definitely raises the bar as far as features and performance! Here are some of the new software features:

  • Quickplay – Allows access to recently played content and gives users the ability to “pin” favorite albums or songs. Also shows the newest additions to the library. Content is easy to add or remove – just right click on the item you want to add or remove. This definitely fixes the one problem I did have with the software – there was no way to easily tag my favorite songs or to see my recent play history! The Quickplay screen has an elegant layout and is very simple to navigate.

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  • Smart DJ – Creates automatic mixes of tracks centered around a specific artist, album, or song. Finally! I like Pandora and other “smart playlist” generators, so I’m excited to have this functionality in the Zune software itself. The software creates a Smart DJ mix that uses music from your collection and from Zune Marketplace. If you subscribe to Zune Pass, all of the songs in the playlist will be playable. If not, you will get the option to either sign up for a Zune Pass or to only include tracks from your personal collection. A free 14-day trial of Zune Pass is offered, so you might as well take advantage of that!
  • Mini Player Mode and Windows 7 Optimization – The software now has the option to enable mini player mode. It is also optimized for Windows 7. Playback controls are displayed when you hover over the Zune icon in the taskbar, and a jump list is displayed if you right-click on the icon.

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Remember to watch the video to see the new Zune software in action!

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Zune HD is almost here!

September 14, 2009

Just a few more hours until the Zune HD is officially released! I will post another detailed post reviewing the software, along with a video review, when it comes out! There are some new features that I am *very* excited about. I currently have a Zune but this new device looks so sleek that I want to get it!

I love the platinum version! Stay tuned for the review 🙂

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An Introduction

September 11, 2009

Hi! I’m Sarah Parsons, the Microsoft Student Partner at Ohio State University. I’m in my 5th year here at Ohio State (thanks to changing majors), and will graduate next year with a Materials Science and Engineering degree. I’m also a technology and Microsoft lover.

The purpose of this blog is to keep you aware of the latest Microsoft events and promotions on campus. We have a lot of neat stuff in the works! I hope to update this blog along with my Facebook and Twitter pages frequently to keep you in the loop!

Also, keep your eyes peeled for some great chances to win free stuff! If you look hard enough, you might find yourself a lucky duck…(more on that later).

Don’t forget about the launch of the new Zune HD on Tuesday, September 15th! My next post will include a video review of the awesome new Zune features!