Happy Holidays from WinBeta!

Well, its that time of year again. From the cubicles of all WinBeta staff members, we want to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

A time of year, To think of love and sharing, A time of peace, For the whole world to cherish, A time to be with all your friends and family, And wish them all, A Merry Christmas, Making angels in the snow, or sliding down a hill, roasting chestnuts on the fire, takes away the chill, Candy canes and mistle toe, and grand-ma's home made pie, Ginger bread and hot co-co, You know it's Christmas time.
(A Christmas Wish by Philippe Brisebois)

With the holidays upon us, nothing is better than sitting next to the Christmas tree with your family by your side while you are on your new tablet device or smartphone browsing http://www.winbeta.org for all your latest tech news.

Sit back, relax, and read on for this months popular news stories on our website.

Microsoft Security Essentials 2.0 Released
Microsoft launched an updated version of Security Essentials, their award-winning free anti-virus software. Version 2.0 provides an updated anti-malware engine, direct control of the Windows Firewall, and integration with Internet Explorer.

Microsoft Announcing Windows for ARM Chips
Microsoft is said to announce a version of its flagship operating system, Windows, for ARM Chips at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show (CES) event this January. According to Bloomberg, this version of Windows will be made specifically for battery-powered devices such as tablet computers and other handhelds. Details are scarce as this is being labeled confidential by Microsoft employees for the time being.

USDA making the move to Microsoft
The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that it has chosen Microsoft to host things like e-mail, instant messaging, and collaboration through the software giant's Business Productivity Online Suite.

20 Windows Keyboard Shortcuts You Might Not Know
Mastering the keyboard will not only increase your navigation speed but it can also help with wrist fatigue. Here are some lesser known Windows shortcuts to help you become a keyboard ninja.

Microsoft Introduces Montage, a Magazine-Like, Topic-Based Web App
Montage looks and feels a lot like a glossy magazine web or tablet app. It works by allowing the user to pick a keyword or two; the application then pulls data and content from a variety of media-rich and real-time sources, including YouTube, RSS feeds, Twitter and Bing News. The content is then arranged on the page in a grid format — you get to choose the exact layout — for your own consumption and for sharing with others.

Windows-powered USB stick lets you work on untrusted machines
MXI Security's Stealth Zone is a bootable USB stick that runs Windows Embedded Standard 2009, allowing untrusted computers to be employed as secure work environments. According to this review by eWEEK's Andrew Garcia, the device will appeal to government workers who don't want to lug around a laptop.

Apple's iPad tops Time's top 10 gadgets of 2010 list
Time magazine awarded Apple four slots on its 2010 top 10 gadgets list, naming the iPad the No. 1 gadget of 2010.

Screenshot Tour of Android 2.3 Gingerbread and its Best New Features
The latest Android release, Gingerbread, is coming soon to phones, but we can peek at it in the software developer's kit. Here's what's new and notable in Android 2.3: better typing, darker looks, detailed battery and memory reports, and more.

To all, have a happy and safe holiday season!

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