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Apr 7 2010   5:31PM GMT

Be … err… Get a Microsoft Desktop Player

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel

Microsoft has a pretty slick new Silverlight based education aggregation tool available, called the Microsoft Desktop Player. Just for grins I set up a query that specified me as an IT Pro, looking for resources on Win 7, in my role as an Enterprise Administrator focusing on Development/Pilot activities.

Entry screen for the MS Desktop player, with sample query

Entry screen for the MS Desktop player, with sample query

Here’s what pops up in response:

In response you get pointes to Webcasts, Podcasts, White Papers, and more

In response you get pointers to Webcasts, Podcasts, White Papers, and more

To the left of the control pane depicted in the preceding screenshots, you’ll find a playback area where the items you select will appear on your screen. I first tried it out on Firefox, only to learn that the player requires IE 6.0 or newer. In IE 8.0 it worked like a champ. It’s not a bad way to go spelunking through various MS Information offerings on technical topics, so why not give it a try?

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