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Insider Update
6 February 2005
Spend more quality time at Home  
The end of the holidays doesn't have to mark the end of great times with your family. This special edition of Microsoft Insider Update profiles Microsoft At Home, where you can find fun activities to share with your family, as well as time-saving tips and ideas. If you've not visited this might be the ideal time to check it out - especially if you are learning how to use a new computer, digital camera, or other PC-related product.

What's New
A Mirage F1CZ simulator, using Microsoft FS2004 as the base package has been developed. This is no ordinary Mirage, as this one was shot down in the Angolan war and the pilot who is now in a wheelchair was recently re-united with his aircraft on a very emotional filled day.
Read the whole story as well as links to Arthur Piercy's site (the pilot) where he gives a full account of the accident.
Click here to check it out.
If you think having fun with your computer is limited to playing games, think again. With ideas, tips, and tricks on everything from TV and music to digital photography and yes, games, this page can help you unlock the fun in your computer.
You may not be at work, but that doesn't mean your daily work is done. This page shows you how you can simplify routine tasks from shopping to managing your finances to helping your kids with their homework using the power of your PC.
In the online world, keeping in touch has never been simpler. Beyond e-mail, you can chat over the Internet using instant messaging or even create your own Web site. This page shows you how to touch friends and loved ones through your PC.
Are you looking for tips on how to work more efficiently with your computer? How to be more productive on the road? How to be more effective in your job? Then visit the At Work Web site for great tips and ideas on working smarter, so you have more time to spend on what matters most to you.

New Products
Bluetooth keyboards and mouse devices   
Get the most advanced wireless technology available today, and eliminate cables and clutter from your desktop.
Fingerprint Reader   
Forget password hassles. Get the new Fingerprint Reader, integrated into some of the latest Microsoft keyboards and mouse devices.

Downloads
Download antivirus software, firewalls, spyware removal tools, and more to improve the security of your computer and help keep it running smoothly.
Easily add motion, effects, a soundtrack, your own narration, and more to your holiday photos using Microsoft Photo Story 3, a free download for Windows.
Was one of your new year's resolutions to get your finances in order? Then you'll appreciate this template to help you track your income and expenses each month.

Step by Step
The average battery life for laptop computers is still painfully short: less than three hours for most models. But there are things that you can do to extend the life of your battery. Here are four tried-and-true tips.
Connecting to the Internet without a firewall is like leaving the keys in your car with the engine running and the doors unlocked. This article teaches you about the risks, the three basic types of firewalls, and how to choose one to help protect your PC.
If you're the happy owner of a new digital camera, this page has everything that you need to get started with your new toy. Get the basics on digital photography hardware, and find tips for taking great photos.

Tips for Power Users
With a Media Center 2005 PC and a High Definition TV (HDTV) tuner, you can enjoy HDTV on your PC monitor or anywhere in your home.
Listening to the radio is fine, but if your car trip is longer than an hour, you're going to lose reception. You need digital audio in your car! Windows XP Expert Zone Columnist Tony Northrup explains how to connect a portable audio player to your car stereo.
If your children regularly use your computer, they may be visiting sites or downloading files that could be exposing your computer to spyware. Learn which downloads are risky and what precautionary measures you should take.

Help for Older Versions

Tips and Tricks
Windows XP: Protect your files during a power outage
Outlook 2003: Get your Inbox in shape for 2005
OneNote 2003: Send notes in an e-mail message
Security Updates
Automatically scan for critical Microsoft Windows updates
Update your Microsoft Office software automatically
Get notified about important security updates right away
Trial of the Week
Download a free trial of Office Standard Edition 2003
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