[mswindowsxp] New Funpacks to be released

  • From: Jim Kenzig <jimkenz@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: mswindowsxp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2003 12:14:34 -0400

From Wininfo at Windows .Net Magazine

   This weekend, Microsoft alerted me to the pending release of four
new Fun Packs for Windows XP. The freely downloadable packs are
designed to help users be more creative with the built-in digital
media and communications features in the company's most recent client
OS. These special spring-themed Fun Packs add features and
functionality to Windows Media Player (WMP) 9 Series, Windows Movie
Maker 2, and the digital photography and Web browsing functionality in
XP. There are also two new PowerToys for XP, the company tells me.

Starting Tuesday, April 22, XP users who download the free Fun Packs
will receive the following extras:

- a Web blog plug-in, 3-D Alchemy visualizations, and spring-themed
3-D Picture Viz add-ons for WMP 9.

- six new video titles, three music tracks, five music transitions,
and 50 sound effects for Windows Movie Maker 2.

- fifteen new greeting card templates for special springtime
occasions, such as Mother's Day, Father's Day, weddings, and

- five new title slides for Plus! Photo Story, part of Microsoft Plus!
Digital Media Edition.

- more than 70 Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) Favorites that connect
users to a wide range of spring-themed Web sites. Microsoft tells me
these sites can help you to find the perfect gift for Mother's Day,
buy a digital camera, plan a hike, start a garden, get a start on
baseball season, and much more.

- two new Windows XP PowerToys. The Video Screen Saver PowerToy lets
you play any Windows Media Video (WMV) file as your XP screensaver,
and the Automatic Desktop Wallpaper Changer PowerToy provides
revolving desktop-wallpaper functionality.

The new Fun Packs, as well as some recently updated content about
using Windows Movie Maker 2 and the other digital media and
communications features in XP, will be available Tuesday on the
Microsoft Web site
( http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/experiences/create ).

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