January 31, 2013

Cloud-based Platform For Sharing Content and Files Brings True Transparency to Organizational Collaboration

SAN JOSE, Calif., Jan. 31, 2012 – Kerio today introduced Samepage.io, a built-for- business cloud service that provides social collaboration, file sharing and project management capabilities to help savvy organizations work better together. Samepage, accessible at www.samepage.io, makes it easy for colleagues to share and collaborate on documents, files, notes, discussions and multimedia content.

Samepage takes a dramatically different approach to team collaboration, re-imagining how project teams are formed, how people discuss projects with one another and how they co-develop and share content. Samepage erases the barriers of true team-centric collaboration that exist with many competitive solutions. It builds a strong, scalable platform, which serves as the work destination for all project-related news, conversations, content, and documents.

“Samepage marks a turning point in social collaboration,” said Scott Schreiman, CEO of Kerio Technologies. “It is about much more than sharing files. Its unique page structure lets users create, share and perfect content with a conversation element that makes projects more transparent. Samepage is easy to begin using and security hardened for today’s business environments.”

The culmination of more than two years of design, Samepage, elevates content sharing and collaboration among colleagues by:

  • Accelerating social collaboration for businesses – Comments tailored to specific content keep the conversation organized and preserved. The News Feed presents all the comments that matter to you in one easy-to-read thread. The status of projects is clear, and they are finalized, approved and completed faster.
  • Creating an online destination for real-time creativity – Securely accessible via any browser or mobile device, Samepage is where users create, share and perfect their best ideas. Users can create text, tables, lists, image galleries, multimedia, and html coded content right on the browser page.
  • Ensuring secure file sharing and storage – Finally puts an end to email attachments. Instead, users synchronize file libraries with their colleagues, or drag a file into their browser window and send a link to their colleagues. Either way, they never have worry about version control again.

Because collaboration products are best evaluated within an organization’s real-world business culture, the Samepage Starter Plan is available at no cost for unlimited users with up to 10 GB of storage. Organizations requiring more storage can upgrade to the Premium Plan for $10 per user monthly with 10 GB of storage per user. Extra storage can be purchased for $5 per 10 GB monthly.

Samepage is available for sign-up at www.samepage.io.

 

About Kerio Technologies, Inc.
Innovating in Internet security since 1997, Kerio Technologies, Inc. provides unified collaboration, communications and security solutions for businesses and organizations worldwide that prefer a simple approach to IT. Kerio is headquartered in San Jose, California, and has offices in New York, the United Kingdom, the Czech Republic, Australia, and Russia. Kerio is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, a member of CalConnect, a calendaring and scheduling consortium, and a member of the Mac Developer Program. Kerio has more than 5,000 channel partners who support more than 50,000 customers in more than 108 countries. Technology partners include Sophos, zvelo, VMware, Parallels and Notify Technology Corporation. For more information, please visit www.kerio.com.

“Kerio,” its products and its logo are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Kerio Technologies, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries, as the case may be.

April 30, 2013

Kerio Connect 8.1 Also Supports Windows 8 Mail

SAN JOSE, Calif., April 30, 2012 – Communication is the lifeblood of productivity. With that in mind, Kerio Technologies has added instant messaging capabilities to Kerio Connect 8.1 so colleagues can send IMs, share files and even conduct audio and video conferences via an IM client. IMs are well suited for internal communication within an organization and tend to be more collaborative than email.

With instant messaging now a Kerio Connect service, IT admins are able to apply Kerio Connect’s user access policies to instant messaging. This means they can do things like limit IMs to internal communication only, or restrict some employees from IM access. Being a complete XMPP server means it interoperates with many consumer IM services, like Google Talk, making businesses look more professional by enabling employees to IM with their corporate, rather than consumer email address.

“IMs are fast, short and conversational, so they fit the communication trends of the modern workforce,” said Chris Peluso, vice president of platform and business development for Kerio Technologies. “The ability to instant message has been around for sometime. What we are doing by adding this simple feature to Kerio Connect is bringing IMing inside the firewall and into the corporate realm so it can be a valuable and authorized form of communication.”

Kerio Connect 8.1 also introduces support for Windows 8. Users of this OS are now able to synchronize emails, calendars and contacts with the Windows 8 Mail application via Exchange ActiveSync. Windows 8 is the first cross-device OS from Microsoft, and its default mail client will be the standard for Windows users who utilize the Microsoft Surface tablet.

With integrated anti-virus, an improved anti-spam engine, and built-in archiving, Kerio Connect 8.1 gives businesses everything they need for secure and robust communication. Available both via the cloud and as on-premise software, Kerio Connect 8.1 brings business-class email, instant messaging, shared calendars, and contact management to most email clients, IM clients, web browsers and mobile devices at low cost and requiring limited IT overhead.

Kerio Connect hosted in the cloud is $10 per user per month (MSRP). The on-premise software version starts at $465 for five users; additional users start at $27.

For more information, please visit: www.kerio.com/connect/

About Kerio Technologies, Inc.

Innovating in Internet security since 1997, Kerio Technologies, Inc. provides unified collaboration, communications and security solutions for businesses and organizations worldwide that prefer a simple approach to IT. Kerio is headquartered in San Jose, California, and has offices in New York, Germany, the United Kingdom, the Czech Republic, Australia, and Russia. Kerio is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, a member of CalConnect, a calendaring and scheduling consortium, and a member of the Mac Developer Program. Kerio has more than 5,000 channel partners who support more than 50,000 customers in more than 108 countries. Technology partners include Sophos, zvelo, VMware, Parallels and Notify Technology Corporation. For more information, please visit www.kerio.com.

“Kerio,” its products and its logo are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Kerio Technologies, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries, as the case may be.

June 15, 2011, San Jose, Calif – In a commitment to providing partners and customers the highest level of technical and product support, Kerio Technologies announced that it has extended its service hours for telephone support to 24 hours a day, Monday through Friday GMT. In order to offer expanded support, the technical service teams in four Kerio offices located in the USA, UK, the Czech Republic and Australia will create a global phone support queue. Customers will be transferred internally to an office that is open, and will not have to pay additional international calling charges.

“Kerio has reached a level where we have grown our customer base to more than 50,000, and have customers in every region of the world,” said Josef Zacharias, VP of Support and Training, Kerio Technologies. “As we have expanded, we recognized that it is essential to expand our level of support to ensure our partners and customers continue to enjoy best-in-class assistance from Kerio. Extended-hours support will ensure peace of mind for customers knowing that Kerio is always just a phone call away.”

Customers and resellers will continue to call their local Kerio office as they have done in the past. When calling during standard business hours for the local Kerio office, technical support will continue to be provided in respective local languages. When calling a “non-English speaking” local Kerio office outside of standard business hours, the system will offer the caller the option to be routed to another Kerio office that is open at the time, where the call will be answered by an English speaking support representative. The caller can then choose to continue with the call. When calling an “English speaking” local Kerio office outside of standard business hours, the call will be transferred automatically.

In addition to extended-hours telephone support, technical support tickets can also be created online at support.kerio.com.

About Kerio Technologies, Inc.
Innovating in Internet security since 1997, Kerio Technologies, Inc. provides unified communications, collaboration and security solutions for small to medium-sized businesses and organizations worldwide. Kerio is headquartered in San Jose, California, and has offices in New York, Germany, the United Kingdom, the Czech Republic, Australia, and Russia. Kerio is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, a member of CalConnect, a calendaring and scheduling consortium, and a member of the Mac Developer Program. Kerio has more than 5,000 channel partners who support more than 50,000 customers in 108 countries. Technology partners include Sophos, zvelo, VMware, Parallels and Notify Technology Corporation. For more information, please visit www.kerio.com.

“Kerio,” its products and its logo are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Kerio Technologies, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries, as the case may be.

SC Magazine Honors SonicWALL with Awards for Best Integrated Security UTM Product and Best Web Application Firewall
Security industry leaders name SonicWALL NSA 2400MX Best Integrated Security UTM Product and SonicWALL Web Application Firewall Service Best Web Application Firewall

SAN JOSE, Calif., Feb. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — SonicWALL, Inc., the leading provider of intelligent network security and data protection solutions, today announced the NSA 2400MX and Web Application Firewall Service have won the 2011 SC Magazine Annual Awards within their respective Reader Trust categories. The announcement was made on Feb. 15, 2011 at the SC Magazine Awards Gala, held in conjunction with the annual RSA Conference in San Francisco, CA. Also at the RSA Conference, SonicWALL announced its SuperMassive E10000 Series of next-generation firewalls.

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With a record number of nominations, the 2011 SC Magazine Awards U.S. competition was the most robust and competitive in the program’s history. In addition to winning these two awards, SonicWALL had been named a finalist in four other categories including:

 

Both of SonicWALL’s award-winning products, the SonicWALL NSA 2400MX for Best Integrated Security UTM Product, and the SonicWALL Web Application Firewall Service for Best Web Application Firewall, were named category winners after proving their success and overall impact to the Reader Trust Voting Panel. The panel is comprised of security and technology experts from large, medium and small enterprises across all major vertical markets, representing the wide distribution of SC Magazine readers. The Reader Trust Awards were granted based on performance against a number of key criteria including functionality, manageability, ease of use and scalability of the product or service, as well as customer service and support.

“The SC Magazine Reader Trust Award is a prestigious honor and we’re very pleased to be recognized for our technology and market leadership,” said Patrick Sweeney, vice president of product management and corporate marketing at SonicWALL. “I firmly believe SC Magazine has honored SonicWALL products this year and in prior years, because we are firmly committed to helping IT professionals in their battle for a more secure enterprise. These two awards, along with the additional finalist nominations, motivate us to work even harder to offer SonicWALL customers of all verticals and sizes the best possible security and data protection solutions.”

Now in its 14th year, the annual SC Magazine Awards represent the information security industry’s most prominent accolade, showcasing the best solutions, services and professionals while recognizing achievement and technical excellence. SC Magazine distinguishes the achievements of the security professionals in the trenches, the innovations happening in the vendor and service provider communities, and the passionate work of government, commercial and nonprofits – all working to help improve global security. For more information and a detailed list of categories and winners, please visit www.scmagazineus.com/awards.

“The competition was definitely fierce this year,” said SC Magazine editor-in-chief Illena Armstrong. “But the SonicWALL NSA 2400MX and SonicWALL Web Application Firewall Service truly convinced our panel. These awards clearly underscore the advanced technology, thought leadership and success of SonicWALL in the field of IT security.”

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About SC Magazine

SC Magazine was selected as 2010 Magazine of the Year by the American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE). It provides IT security professionals with in-depth and unbiased information through timely news, comprehensive analysis, cutting-edge features, contributions from thought leaders and the best, most extensive collection of product reviews in the business. By offering a consolidated view of IT security through independent product tests and well-researched editorial content that provides the contextual backdrop for how these IT security tools will address larger demands put on businesses today, SC Magazine enables IT security pros to make the right security decisions for their companies. In addition to the monthly print magazine and a vibrant website updated daily, the brand’s portfolio includes SC World Congress Conference and Expo, SC Congress Canada, SC Awards U.S., SC Directory and SC Magazine Newswire. Become a fan of SC Magazine on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

About SonicWALL, Inc.

Guided by its vision of Dynamic Security for the Global Network, SonicWALL develops advanced intelligent network security and data protection solutions that adapt as organizations evolve and as threats evolve. Trusted by small and large enterprises worldwide, SonicWALL solutions are designed to detect and control applications and protect networks from intrusions and malware attacks through award-winning hardware, software and virtual appliance-based solutions. For more information, visit http://www.sonicwall.com/.

Copyright © 2011 SonicWALL, Inc. All rights reserved. SONICWALL® is a registered trademark of SonicWALL, Inc. and all other SonicWALL product and service names and slogans are trademarks or registered trademarks of SonicWALL, Inc. Other product and company names mentioned herein may be trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

SonicWALL Releases Continuous Data Backup 6.0 Firmware and New High Capacity Appliance Product Line for Backup and Disaster Recovery
CDP 6.0 Introduces New, Sophisticated Management Interface – Offers Features to Preserve, Replicate, Archive, Govern and Restore Data from File, Device and Location-Based Disasters

SAN JOSE, Calif., March 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — SonicWALL, Inc., the leading provider of intelligent network security and data protection solutions, today launched its next generation of Continuous Data Protection (CDP) solutions. Built from the ground up with an entirely new architecture, SonicWALL CDP 6.0 automatically preserves and protects business-relevant data assets against loss from file, device, and location based disasters. With support for Windows®, Linux® and Mac OS®, CDP provides granular, globally enforced policy controls over the entire backup operation. CDP 6.0 supports Microsoft applications including SQL, Exchange and SharePoint servers, Active Directory and Small Business Servers. Its unmatched flexibility enables IT administrators to dictate what information to backup, what to exclude and how the information should be maintained to adhere to recovery and compliance requirements.

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“SonicWALL truly understands the importance of data backup and security. CDP 6.0 provides us with the highly sophisticated backup and disaster recovery techniques we need to optimize data storage, backup and bandwidth utilization,” said Kimberly Yatchak, systems administrator at Kent Beverage Company. “SonicWALL CDP gives us confidence that our data is secure without having to baby our backups; that’s priceless.”

“With the introduction of CDP 6.0 and its integration into the SonicWALL Global Management System (GMS) platform, we can now achieve remote access, distributed backup, centralized reporting as well as monitoring without the need for site-to-site VPN links,” said Christopher Brisley, managing director at Xperta. “As a managed services provider, Xperta will benefit greatly from this product combination. Not only is it unique in the marketplace, but it significantly improves our operations and streamlines our management processes. In fact, for production of management reports produced under CDP 6.0, we anticipate a reduction of man-hours by 80-90%.”

CDP 6.0 Features

The new CDP revolutionizes the backup and recovery process for IT organizations. A sophisticated new fileset backup methodology combined with agent-based data de-duplication moves and stores only unique data blocks. This speeds the backup process and optimizes bandwidth usage while maintaining total information continuity and the ability to flexibly restore multiple revisions.

  • Streamlined recovery phase, with multiple disaster recovery options that provide complete data recovery even if the primary data site is compromised, dramatically lowering administrative overhead and increasing workforce productivity. Recovery options include offsite data backup service, site-to-site data backup and local archiving to a local NTFS formatted USB 2.0 drive that can be physically transported offsite.
  • IT backup intelligence and comprehensive protection in a unified platform. Granular backup policy and control helps IT efficiently capture, filter and preserve valuable data while eliminating irrelevant and aged data from the backup set. This reduces data volume and provides both continuous protection and point-in-time, snapshot backups.
  • Centralized user policy and control services enable IT to perform Windows based silent agent installation to one or more remote computer users in an active directory network and pre-configure all agents to be connected to any available CDP device broadcasting on the same domain.
  • Unprecedented scalability through enterprise agent software allows growing enterprises to promptly add client connections and expand platform and application coverage. CDP 6.0 scales to support the most popular business and client applications, and protects any computing system, ranging from single workstations to large multi-platform server farms, including the latest Windows, Mac OS and Linux operating systems.

 

In addition to these features, the new CDP 6.0 solution has been designed to help IT meet compliance and legal requirements, ensuring that mission-critical intellectual property and compliance data in e-mail and on the network is automatically protected against file, device and location based disasters that can cause severe data loss.

“Risk management and compliance mandates are issues forcing IT to rethink data protection, data availability, data preservation, and disaster recovery readiness and responsiveness,” said Ken Dang, product manager, CDP at SonicWALL. “SonicWALL CDP 6.0 governs information growth effectively in real time. It scales up to midsize and larger organizations, providing options to preserve, replicate, archive, govern and restore greater amounts of data, across Windows, Mac OS and Linux platforms, and at a lower price than its predecessor devices.”

Expanded GMS Support for CDP: Reporting and Monitoring

To further strengthen its offerings, SonicWALL also officially launched the latest version of its award-winning SonicWALL Global Management System (GMS).

GMS 6.0 Service Pack 2 introduces centralized reporting and monitoring for CDP appliances running firmware 6.0. It provides organizations, distributed enterprises and service providers with a flexible, powerful and intuitive solution to centrally manage and rapidly deploy not just SonicWALL CDP appliances but also SonicWALL firewall, anti-spam and secure remote access solutions. Flexibly deployed as software, hardware — in the form of the Universal Management Appliance (UMA) — or as a virtual appliance, SonicWALL GMS provides centralized real-time monitoring, and comprehensive policy and compliance reporting to drive down the cost of owning and managing SonicWALL appliances.

Availability

SonicWALL CDP 6.0 and SonicWALL GMS products are available immediately.

For more information about CDP 6.0, click here. For more news on dynamic security and next-generation networks, follow SonicWALL on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.

About SonicWALL, Inc.

Guided by its vision of Dynamic Security for the Global Network, SonicWALL develops advanced intelligent network security and data protection solutions that adapt as organizations evolve and as threats evolve. Trusted by small and large enterprises worldwide, SonicWALL solutions are designed to detect and control applications and protect networks from intrusions and malware attacks through award-winning hardware, software and virtual appliance-based solutions. For more information, visit http://www.sonicwall.com/.

Copyright © 2011 SonicWALL, Inc. All rights reserved. SONICWALL® is a registered trademark of SonicWALL, Inc. and all other SonicWALL product and service names and slogans are trademarks or registered trademarks of SonicWALL, Inc. Other product and company names mentioned herein may be trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

Lenovo Unveils thinnest/highest performance 13-inch laptop1 with new RapidCharge battery technology

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC – May 17, 2011: Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) announced today the ThinkPad X1 laptop that gives users the thinnest and highest performance combination for its class1. Designed for mobile professionals who demand the best in performance, mobility and entertainment, the laptop offers a simple, modern style with backlit keyboard, fast charging batteries and a host of performance and multimedia capabilities.

“Our customers are looking for a business laptop that combines the best consumer multimedia and entertainment features with the latest performance and mobility innovations in a super-thin, stylish design,” said Dilip Bhatia, vice president, ThinkPad Business Unit, Lenovo. “We used their input to craft the ThinkPad X1, equipping it with non-traditional business features like Dolby Home Theater sound, an updated keyboard and a super-bright, durable screen with Corning® Gorilla® Glass and that continues to deliver the enterprise-level security, manageability and durability that ThinkPad is known for.”

Ultra-Thin Design Meets Elite Performance
As the thinnest ThinkPad, the ThinkPad X1 laptop measures less than 17 mm, approximately the height of a U.S. penny. Packed into the ultra-thin form factor are choices of second generation Intel Core i3, i5 and i7 processors, which are typically offered on Lenovo’s larger 14 and 15-inch laptops. This engineering allows the ThinkPad X1 laptop to double the CPU performance and quadruple the graphics performance of the ThinkPad X301, Lenovo’s previous flagship 13-inch laptop.

Starting at only 3.7 pounds, the ThinkPad X1 laptop feels incredibly light and sturdy thanks to its interior roll cage and magnesium chassis. The laptop opens to reveal a 13.3-inch glossy screen that includes Corning® Gorilla® Glass for extra durability and scratch resistance. The hardened ThinkPad X1 passes eight military specifications so mobile professionals can work anywhere with confidence.

Recharge Fast with RapidCharge
The ThinkPad X1 laptop debuts Lenovo’s new RapidCharge battery technology that charges up to 80 percent in just 30 minutes. This technology charges 2.5 times faster than a typical ThinkPad battery2, giving users more freedom to work on-the-go faster. RapidCharge combines fast charge cells with a 1,000 cycle battery designed to last three years3. Users can also opt to purchase a RapidCharge external slice battery for the ThinkPad X1 laptop to double their battery life to 10 hours4.

ThinkPad Keyboard In A New Light
Lenovo has thoughtfully modernized the keyboard’s appearance while simultaneously retaining the touch, feel and function of the classic ThinkPad keyboard experience. The simplified design eliminates some legacy keys like SysRq while keeping rich functionality including dedicated multimedia and voice calling controls. For working in low light, users can turn on the keyboard’s backlight, available for the first time on an enterprise-class ThinkPad laptop. Additionally, in keeping with ThinkPad tradition, the keyboard features spill resistance.

Rich Sound, Riveting Pictures for Music and Movies
Business PCs typically aren’t known for their audio/visual experience, but the ThinkPad X1 laptop changes that with rich and resonant Dolby Home Theater v4 sound and its superbright (350 NIT) high-definition display. Whether listening through headphones, built-in speakers or a connected home theater, users will experience a captivating entertainment experience. Also, with the laptop’s HDMI port and Intel Wireless Display technology, the laptop can connect and stream 1080p wirelessly to a TV or projector.

Business-Class Innovations
Lenovo’s ThinkPad laptops feature a platform of new innovations that respond to key business needs with video and voice calling, enterprise management features and by creating an easy-to-use computing experience. Using its optional mobile broadband, 720p camera, high definition microphones and advanced calling modes, the ThinkPad X1 laptop delivers clear video calls. It also offers robust layers of security with Intel vPro technology5, encrypted hard drives with remote management support and a fingerprint reader with one touch swipe for power on and authentication.

For quick and easy startup and shutdown, the laptop comes with Lenovo Enhanced Experience 2.0 for Windows 7 – an exclusive certification for Lenovo products that allows users to start their laptop on average 20 seconds faster than a typical Windows 7 computer.

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About Lenovo
Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) is dedicated to building exceptionally engineered personal computers. Lenovo’s business model is built on innovation, operational efficiency and customer satisfaction as well as a focus on investment in emerging markets. Formed by Lenovo Group’s acquisition of the former IBM Personal Computing Division, the company develops, manufactures and markets reliable, high-quality, secure and easy-to-use technology products and services worldwide. Lenovo has major research centers in Yamato, Japan; Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, China; and Raleigh, North Carolina. For more information see www.lenovo.com.

1Compared to major vendors offering 13-inch widescreen enterprise laptop PCs: HP, Dell, Fujitsu, Toshiba, Samsung. Enterprise laptops offer stable images, security and manageability features, global models and global support.
2To reach 80% charge level.
3Ttypical ThinkPad X1 battery expected to maintain up to 80% charge after 1,000 charge cycles. Battery life and charge cycles vary by use. Typical X1 battery retains over 60% of original capacity after 3 years based on 250 cycles per year assumption. Lenovo offers a standard one-year Limited Warranty on the battery and the optional upgrade to a ThinkPlus® 3-Year Sealed Battery Warranty.
410 hours of battery life with integrated 4-cell and external slice 6-cell battery measured.
5On select models with Intel Core i5 and i7 processors.

Posted on 6 Jun 2011 In: Q&A, Windows Info

Recover Missing Windows 7 Features

Download Classic Shell for Windows Vista/7/2008 – http://classicshell.sourceforge.net/

 Windows 7 has proven to be strong successor to Windows Vista and has introduced several new visual enhancements.  Of course, these new enhancements aren’t without fault.  Several components you may have become familiar with from previous Windows versions are nowhere to be found – until now.

 The Windows Start Menu, introduced with Windows 95, has evolved in appearance over the years, but it’s primary function has remained the same – to provide a central, organized location to store shortcuts for installed programs as well as system utilities like the Control Panel and Dial Up Networking Connections.  With Windows 7, the Start Menu, now replaced with a “Windows Button” (without text) has taken on a drastically new look and feel without the ability to use the “classic” interface available in previous Windows releases.  If you find the new Windows 7 menu too bulky or want to ease into it, Classic Start Menu will help.

 Additionally, most users of Windows 7 have adapted to and like the new Aero interface which provides a more visually rich and interactive UI.  However, the more detail aware or those with technical background, will make note of something clearly missing – a toolbar in Windows Explorer.  The common tasks toolbar from earlier versions of Windows (cut, copy, paste, undo, etc.) is not present or available in Windows 7.

 Classic Shell, comprised of Classic Start Menu and Classic Explorer, reintroduce these previously taken-for-granted features – and it’s free!

 Classic Start Menu

  • Drag and drop to let you organize your applications
  • Options to show Favorites, expand Control Panel, etc
  • Shows recently used documents. The number of documents to display is customizable
  • Translated in 35 languages, including Right-to-left support for Arabic and Hebrew
  • Does not disable the original start menu in Windows. You can access it by Shift+Click on the start button
  • Right-click on an item in the menu to delete, rename, sort, or perform other tasks
  • The search box helps you find your programs without getting in the way of your keyboard shortcuts
  • Available for 32 and 64-bit operating systems
  • Has support for skins, including additional 3rd party skins
  • Fully customizable in both looks and functionality
  • Support for Microsoft’s Active Accessibility
  • Converts the “All Programs” button in the Windows menu into a cascading menu
  • And last but not least – it’s FREE!

NOTE: To customize the Classic Start Menu settings once installed, click the Windows button (Start), go to Settings, Classic Start Menu

If you have used the start menu in older versions of Windows you’ll feel right at home:
Classic Start Menu

Pick from 8 default skins, download more from the Internet, or make your own!

 Classic Explorer

  • Adds a toolbar to Explorer for some common operations (Go to parent folder, Cut, Copy, Paste, Delete, Properties, Email). The toolbar is fully customizable
  • Replaces the copy UI in Vista and Windows 7 with the more user-friendly “classic” version similar to Windows XP
  • Handles Alt+Enter in the folder panel of Windows Explorer and shows the properties of the selected folder
  • Has options for customizing the folder panel to look more like the Windows XP version or to not fade the expand buttons
  • Can show the free disk space and the total file size in the status bar
  • Can disable the breadcrumbs in the address bar
  • Fixes a long list of features that are broken in Windows 7 – missing icon overlay for shared folders, the jumping folders in the navigation pane, missing sorting headers in list view, and more

 Toolbar in Windows Explorer

Windows Explorer in Vista/Win7 doesn’t have a toolbar like the one in Windows XP. If you want to go to the parent folder you have to use the breadcrumbs bar. If you want to copy or delete a file with the mouse you have to right-click and look for the Delete command. The right-click menu gets bigger and bigger the more shell extensions you have installed, and finding the right command can take a while.

To solve the problem, the Classic Explorer plugin adds a new toolbar:
Explorer Toolbar

Hold the Control key when clicking the Up button to open the parent folder in a new Explorer window.
Hold the Shift key when clicking the Delete button to permanently delete a file.

Additional Up Button

Some people have asked if I can make a small Up button and put it next to the Back/Forward buttons in the title bar of Explorer. If Up is the only button you need from the toolbar, this will save you screen space:
Up button in the title bar

Right-click on the button to bring up the Classic Explorer settings.

New copy UI

In Vista when you copy files and there is a conflict you are presented with this:
Copy in Vista

What’s wrong with it?

Well, for starters it is half a screen full of text that you have to read. Also it is not immediately clear what parts of it are clickable. You have to move the mouse around to discover the UI like in a video game. And finally the keyboard usability is dismal. The Classic Explorer plugin brings back the simpler dialog box from Windows XP:
Copy in XP

It is immediately clear what is clickable (clue – the buttons at the bottom), there is easy keyboard navigation (press Y for “Yes”, A to copy all files) and you can still see which file is newer and which is larger. And of course just like in Windows XP, holding down Shift while clicking on the No button means “No to All” (or just press Shift+N).

If you click on More… you will get the original dialog from Windows. From there you will see all the details and you’ll get an extra option to “Copy, but keep both files”.

 

Important Note: Only the UI is replaced. The underlying system that does the actual copying is not affected.

Alt+Enter in the navigation pane

Alt+Enter is universal shortcut across Windows to bring up the properties of the selection. But in Vista and Windows 7 it doesn’t work in the left pane that shows the folders. It works fine on the right where the files are. This is broken compared to Windows XP where Alt+Enter works in both places.
To solve the problem, the Classic Explorer plugin detects when you press Alt+Enter and shows the properties for the currently selected folder.

Status bar

In Windows 7 the status bar in Explorer doesn’t show the free disk space and the size of the selected files. Classic Explorer fixes that:
File size in status bar

When no files are selected the total size of all files in the folder is shown.
Classic IE9

  • Adds a caption to the title bar so you can see the full title of the page
  • Shows the security zone in the status bar
  • Shows the loading progress in the status bar

 Custom title bar and status bar in Internet Explorer 9

New Lenovo ThinkPad Ultraportable Laptops Recharged, Reenergized and Renewed

 Up to 24 hour battery life, smart PC technologies & sleek, usable design
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC – March 8, 2011: Lenovo announced today the next generation of the best-selling ultraportable laptop of 20101 – the ThinkPad X220 laptop – and the X220 convertible Tablet PC. These PCs give mobile business professionals the full performance and usability found in larger laptops, but in a super ultraportable design. The PCs run up to 75 percent faster than ultraportable competitors that use low-powered CPUs2, feature smart PC technologies for incredibly long battery life up to 24 hours3 on the ThinkPad X220 and sport a clean, revamped design with hinge-based latching and a giant touchpad in a thinner portable design. Additionally, they feature improved durability with wider drain-holes in the spill resistant keyboard and a 50% improvement in drop test performance4.
“Put simply, The ThinkPad X Series has everything a modern road warrior needs without compromises – low weight, long battery life and high performance,” said Dilip Bhatia, vice president, ThinkPad Marketing, Lenovo. “We’ve refined the mobile computing experience to make it more productive and enjoyable with features like smart PC technologies and enhanced video and voice calling.”

24 hour Battery Life for Around the Clock Computing
The ThinkPad X220 offers up to 15 hours of battery life with a standard 9-cell battery. Battery life jumps up to 24 hours by adding the new ThinkPad external battery. The convertible tablet starts under four pounds with its standard 4-cell battery. When combined with a 6-cell battery and the external battery pack, the tablet can run for 16 hours continuously on one charge. Users charge the PCs on the external ThinkPad Battery connected to the PC or separately, and a charge indicator shows when the battery reaches a full charge.
 
Full-Performance Under Three Pounds
These speed-optimized PCs fit the same full-powered CPUs as bigger 14 and 15-inch laptops for full performance5, while similar weight competitors offer only low powered CPUs. Lenovo Enhanced Experience 2.0 primes the PCs for rapid boot, shut down and resume from sleep by tuning the BIOS and other hardware settings. With Intel™ HD integrated graphics the PCs perform twice as quickly in streaming video, editing photos and loading web pages. Additionally, USB 3.0 technology on select models transfers data lightning fast, up to 10 times that of USB 2.0.
 
Smart PC Technologies
Equipped with second generation Intel™ Core® i7 processors, applications run fast and make multi-tasking hassle-free. The PCs come with self-aware and adaptive technologies to ensure priority components receive power for the highest levels of performance and battery life. Intel™ Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 boosts processor speed during intensive tasks, and with Lenovo Turbo Boost+, the PCs can stay in Turbo Boost mode longer by keeping processor temperatures below certain thresholds. With reduced power to non-essential hardware, the laptops achieve up to 30 percent longer battery life while playing multimedia so users can watch DVDs, listen to MP3s or stream web content longer.
 
Loud and Clear Voice and Video Calling
The “no compromise” performance experience continues with technologies that solve everyday challenges. For example, they incorporate several technologies for excellent voice and video conferencing, such as private chat and conference call microphone modes, keyboard noise suppression technology and a dedicated LED-lit microphone mute key.
The PCs also keep corridor warriors connected longer with Lenovo’s new Instant Resume function. This function maintains connections during sleep mode for up to 99 minutes, eliminating the need to login and reconnect between meetings. And tablet users don’t have to worry about losing their pen with the new “never-lost-pen” technology. It notifies a person when he or she moves the tablet without the pen in the pen-holder.
 
ThinkPad Remodels with Clean, Sharp & Durable Design
The inside of the new PCs reveal a cleaner, sharper design over previous models. Both the ThinkPad X220 laptop and X220 Tablet feature a 12.5-inch HD screen and self-closing hinges that shut the PCs. This space-saving hinge design brings several key benefits: better antenna and speaker placement for stronger throughput, a 45 percent larger touchpad and a cleaner visual design. The larger, buttonless touchpad gives extra room for fingers to scroll, highlight and do multitouch gestures.
For students, mobile sales forces and other mobile professionals working outside, the multitouch tablet now adds a new rough and tough feature to its super bright, 300-nit screen with scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass. Already military specifications tested to meet extreme conditions, Gorilla Glass strengthens the screen so it can withstand scratches, scrapes and abuse from the field.
Ready for Business
The PCs are also business-ready: They’re easy for IT administrators to use and manage thanks to their second generation Intel™ Core® and Core® vPro processors. Common ThinkPad docking stations and batteries also allow companies to swap hardware among employees to maximize their resources and minimize cost.
 
About Lenovo
Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) is dedicated to building exceptionally engineered personal computers. Lenovo’s business model is built on innovation, operational efficiency and customer satisfaction as well as a focus on investment in emerging markets. Formed by Lenovo Group’s acquisition of the former IBM Personal Computing Division, the company develops, manufactures and markets reliable, high-quality, secure and easy-to-use technology products and services worldwide. Lenovo has major research centers in Yamato, Japan; Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, China; and Raleigh, North Carolina. For more information see www.lenovo.com.
1IDC Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker, February, 2011
2Comparison of available CPUs for i5-2520M CPU (2.5 GHz) to i5-2537M (1.4 GHz). [e.g. Samsung Series 9 weighs 2.88 lbs w/ a 2.4GHz i5-2537M; or Dell Latitude 13 weighs 3.3 lbs w/ a 1.4GHz SU7300 CPU.
324 hours achieved with configuration including ULV CPU, 300nit 12.5”HD IPS display, 2.5” SSD, 1GB
4Lenovo internal testing.
5Memory, 93.6 Whr (9cell) Battery and ThinkPad Battery 19+ (Slim External Battery Pack)

Video Calling, Smart PC & Battery Life Innovation Drive New ThinkPad Laptops

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC – Feb. 22, 2011: Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) today announced six new ThinkPad laptops – the T420s, T420, T520, L420, L520 and W520 – that maximize performance and offer a higher level of productivity for today’s mobile business professionals. These laptops are built upon a platform of new Lenovo innovations that respond to key business needs including: video and voice calling, smart PC features for power and performance management, all-day battery life, enterprise management and an intuitive, easy-to-use computing experience.

The ultra-thin, sub four pound ThinkPad T420s speeds up boot time 30 percent1 with Lenovo Enhanced Experience 2.0; the T420 reaches new battery life benchmarks of up to 30 hours with an extended battery; the W520 mobile workstation offers twice the performance of previous models; and the L Series gives customers recognized ThinkPad durable design at an exceptional value.

“Inspired by our customers, the 2011 ThinkPad laptops deliver the best technologies the industry has to offer, enabling users to do more with their computing experience,” said Dilip Bhatia, vice president, ThinkPad Marketing, Lenovo. “We used customer feedback to help us create our latest ThinkPad laptops that provide strong improvements in key areas such as battery life, video and conferencing communications and performance. We’ve even made the ThinkPad laptops smarter by engineering self-aware technologies for unprecedented performance and power management capabilities.”
 
Smart PC Power & Performance Management
The new laptops incorporate self-aware and adaptive technologies to sense where power is needed most to ensure priority components receive power for improved overall performance and battery life. Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 dynamically increases processor speed during performance intensive tasks such as video editing, data analysis and 3D applications. Lenovo Turbo Boost+ enables the laptops to stay in Turbo Boost even longer by keeping processor temperatures below required thermal limits. With reduced power to non-essential hardware, the laptops achieve up to 30 percent longer battery life while playing multimedia so users can watch DVDs, listen to MP3s or stream web content longer.
 
All-Day Battery Life
With its standard 9-cell battery, the ThinkPad T420 delivers up to 15 hours of battery life, while the T420s, delivers up to 10 hours with its 6-cell and optional optical bay battery combined. For extreme battery life needs, the ThinkPad T420, with its standard 9-cell battery and optional 9-cell slice battery, provides up to 30 hours of computing power. As the first business class laptops to feature NVIDIA® Optimus™ automatic graphic switching technology, T Series and W Series laptops provide 33 percent better battery performance over previous discrete graphics models.
 
Video & Voice Calling
The laptops include a variety of technologies for enhanced video and voice conferencing. Private Chat and Conference Call microphone modes allow users to switch easily between modes with a single mouse click. Private Chat mode can also use noise cancelling technology to focus on a single voice, while Conference Call mode opens the audio capture field to 360 degrees around the notebook, allowing for multiple user interaction in the room.
The laptops also include keyboard noise suppression technology to help eliminate the distracting keyboard clicking that often occurs while typing during PC-based voice calls. The laptops can also help users avoid embarrassing conference call mistakes with a dedicated LED-lit microphone mute key which indicates when the microphone is sending audio.
 
Designed for Enterprise
Built upon a platform of advanced industry technologies, including the performance and energy efficiency of the 2nd generation Intel® Core™ and Core™ vPro™ processors, the new ThinkPad laptops offer enterprise IT managers high reliability and easy deployment and manageability. For example, the ThinkPad T, W and L Series share the same docking station to simplify deployment, reduce costs and allow hardware sharing among employees. The laptops also share common batteries for lower cost and easy component management.
For improved enterprise-class security, the new ThinkPad laptops offer multiple layers of security throughout the hardware, software, BIOS and options including encrypted hard drives with remote management support, a fingerprint reader with one touch swipe for power on and authentication and Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT) – a laptop theft deterrence mechanism that disables the laptop preventing unauthorized data access.
 
Intuitive, & Easy-to-Use
A new feature, Lenovo’s Instant Resume, maintains users’ wireless connection on the laptop during sleep mode for up to 99 minutes2, eliminating the need to login and reconnect. For improved audio sound, the ThinkPad T420s is the first business class notebook to offer Dolby® Home Theater® v4, Dolby’s latest audio technology with virtualized surround sound and dialog enhancement technology for clearer sound in movies, music and during video calls.
For quick and easy startup and shutdown, the laptops also feature Lenovo Enhanced Experience 2.0 for Windows 7 – an exclusive certification for Lenovo products that allows users to start their laptop on average 20 seconds faster than a typical Windows 7 computer3. Users will also enjoy watching high definition movies and online videos with the help of integrated Intel® HD Graphics.
To learn more about the latest 2011 Lenovo ThinkPad laptops, please watch this video for more details.
 
About Lenovo
Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) is dedicated to building exceptionally engineered personal computers. Lenovo’s business model is built on innovation, operational efficiency and customer satisfaction as well as a focus on investment in emerging markets. Formed by Lenovo Group’s acquisition of the former IBM Personal Computing Division, the company develops, manufactures and markets reliable, high-quality, secure and easy-to-use technology products and services worldwide. Lenovo has major research centers in Yamato, Japan; Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, China; and Raleigh, North Carolina. For more information see www.lenovo.com.
130%Boot time improvement over similar system without Lenovo Enhanced Experience 2.0.
2Lenovo’s Instant Resume can be configured to maintain users’ wireless connection from 1-99 minutes after the lid has been close.
3Testing conducted by CNET Labs, Beijing in November 2010, using the independent Microsoft VTS tool to measure start-up, shutdown, resume and other Windows 7 performance measurements. 42 competitors PCs were tested from Acer, Apple, Dell, HP, Samsung, Sony and Toshiba, representing both commercial and consumer desktop and notebook products at mainstream price points. These were compared with comparable Lenovo products. Data from competitors and Lenovo PCs were averaged and compared to calculate the claims used.

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