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Opera is now completely free

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Opera Software, the maker of the third most popular web browser these days after Internet Explorer and Firefox, has announced that they are making their web browser completely free for everyone.

Nero 7.0 is awesome!

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There are a whole bunch of different programs out there for burning CDs and DVDs, my favorite over the years has been Nero Burning ROM. There's a new version (v7.0) available nd I've been trying it out for a few days, and I must admit that it is simply awesome! A common complaint of older versions was that it was difficult to use, well this version has had a whole bunch of little tweaks here and there that really improve this - little things like giving you an option of making a second copy when you burn a disc really add to the usability. Along with that are a host of new features for handling media - music, movies, etc, that will greatly round off the functionality of the program meaning you'll need less software installed on your PC to do the same tasks. If you get a chance to get it, make sure you do, it'll greatly simplify your CD & DVD burning needs.

New FTP that does everything and is free!

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While browsing BetaNews I came across a program I'd not seen before, Core FTP LE. Turns out that it is a completely free FTP program that seems to do just about everything you'd need! They have a "Pro" version that has some pretty nice extra features for $35, but the basic one should do most people really well!

Windows Vista - *9* different versions!!

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In what will be a monumentally stupid move for Microsoft in terms creating huge amounts of end user confusion, there will be no less than nine different versions of Windows Vista, the next version of Windows due in 2006. The following page has a nice table listing the different editions and what features they include, read and weep!

UPDATE: there are nine editions, not seven, and the Ultimate edition will actually include everything. That's one BIG table!

Next version of Microsoft Office previewed

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In 2006 Microsoft will be releasing both a new version of Windows (dubbed "Vista") and a new version of the Office suite, version 12. Some screenshots have been leaked of the new interface of Office 12 and its... different. Shoot me now, I kinda like it. Of course I expect it to have horrendously high system requirements, just like Vista will.

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