The Microsoft’s Windows 7 update aims to easily meet everyday task and mobility needs for users. The desktop was designed for easier use and to be less cluttered. The library feature enables all regularly searched weblinks to be stored in one place. The new operating system enables users to log in wirelessly and a Device Stage feature connects PCs to devices such as printers, scanners, and cameras. Windows Search feature enables online content to be downloaded from a website on to the desktop. Users can choose to take their computer off the domain for security and privacy. A number of new security enhancements are included. Volume licensing programs for institutions are available. Visit www.microsoft.com.
The NP4100W professional installation projector from NEC Display Solutions of America was created for larger than average screen sizes in venues that need ambient light. The wide-format projector offers 5,500 ANSI lumens and can operate as either a single or dual lamp, using a variety of bayonet lenses for various distances. It has an RJ-45 connection and is equipped to allow administrators to monitor and make adjustments from a remote location. An eco mode setting can increase lamp life by up to 50 percent. Security features include a password protection mode and the ability to deactivate buttons to prevent possible changes. The projector is priced at $5,499. Learn more at www.necdisplay.com.
FairChoice Systems has enhanced its FairChoice Health service to aid with preparedness and response to the H1N1 influenza virus. Administrators can manage vaccination records, post up-to-date information on illness cases, and list what preventative measures students and other campus constituents can take to avoid possible spread of the disease. The service can be customized to send out notifications in real time, with e-mails targeted to specific recipients. It is available through a three-tier pricing structure based on the size of an institution’s student population. Visit www.fairchoicesystems.com.
Apple’s Mac OS X version 10.6 Snow Leopard has been designed to give a performance boost to Macs with Intel processors. For example, QuickTime now has a refined player that makes video viewing, recording, editing, and sharing easier. The new operating system also increases the speed of Safari 4 and makes it more resistant to crashes caused by plug-ins, while Finder Mail is capable of loading messages faster. Additionally, the system offers built-in support for Microsoft Exchange Server 2007. An upgrade is available for $29. Learn more at www.apple.com.