Besides the new bundled applications described in the previous section, Windows Vista Beta 2 also comes with new accessories.
The Snipping Tool (see Figure 13) is a screen capture tool that simplifies the task of taking screenshots.
Figure 13. The Snipping Tool
With Snipping Tool, you simply highlight the portion of the screen that you want to capture (see Figure 14) and it will then automatically copy the highlighted screen onto the clipboard. You can paste the copied screenshot into your own application, or save the picture to file.
Figure 14. Using the Snipping Tool for capturing screenshots
If you have a Tablet PC (or a tablet, such as those from Wacom), you can use the Input Panel functionality (located under Accessories-->Tablet PC) for pen inputs (see Figure 15). The Input Panel has three styles for input -- Writing Pad, Character Pad, and On-screen keyboard.
Figure 15. Input Panels
Finally, in Windows Vista Beta 2, you can transform your PC into a Media Center (see Figure 16).
Figure 16. Media Center
Equipped with a TV tuner card and a sufficiently powerful graphics card, you can now turn your desktop/notebook into an entertainment center (see Figure 17).
Figure 17. Playing music using Media Center
In this article, I have shown you some new features in Windows Vista Beta 2. As the launch date of Windows Vista gets nearer, additional features will be added and the existing features will be refined. As of now, Windows Vista shows a lot of promise.
Wei-Meng Lee (Microsoft MVP) http://weimenglee.blogspot.com is a technologist and founder of Developer Learning Solutions http://www.developerlearningsolutions.com, a technology company specializing in hands-on training on the latest Microsoft technologies.
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