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MSN announces “Roaming Favourites” Beta1

August 31st, 2005 by Zack Whittaker

I’m not to sure about this; with many different beta’s going on at the moment with many popular and highly anticipated releases such as Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Vista, Windows Server “Longhorn” and Hotmal Wave 11. However, I’m seeing some pretty useless looking beta’s at the moment and to be quite honest, this “MSN Roaming Favourites” is no exception to me.

Some time ago there was a very small, and I mean almost unheard of beta test called “NDISTest” of which is a small program which just tests different things in your hardware, preferably a server. But there were no newsgroups, no real team behind it, it looks like something that I’d write whilst drunk. I think that “Roaming Favourites” is destined to go the same way.

With the MSN Toolbar and the Roaming Favourites plugin, you can synchronise your favourites on your computer with a small webspace that’s available from anywhere, thus meaning you can get your favourites menu from anywhere in the world. But with search engines and the power of the human mind, what is the point? Any web addresses I need are either one click buttons such as in MSN Messenger (Email, MSN Space, contact cards and all that malarky), and there are those which are so easy to remember I don’t even use the favourites menu. One good example is BBC News, click the address bar and just type in “news.bbc.co.uk” and off you go; get the daily fix of the news that I crave so badly.

Also with the addition of incredibly, mind blowingly powerful search engines such as Google, who needs to remember anyway? If you wanted to look for a website that has cute, toy puppies with red bows around their necks, you just type in at Google “toy puppy red bow” and there you have it; most of the time you can just click “I’m Feeling Lucky” and you’ll get right there.

So, should Microsoft spend more time working on Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Vista and Windows Server “Longhorn”? Of course they should, and in the meantime they can get people to use their minds a bit more and get them to remember web addresses instead of being lazy and just right clicking and selecting “Add to Favourites”.

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5 Responses

  1. Overdo Says:

    Zack, not all betas are meant to be sexy 😉

    You also assume that the MSN Toolbar is required to use Roaming Favorites, as this is what the beta is testing. This might not be the case come final release:
    http://favorites.msn.com/favorites.aspx

  2. Zack Whittaker Says:

    I saw that even before I was on the beta, which does raise my hopes somewhat. But I’m still going to need a lot of convincing first 😉

  3. Patrick E Says:

    The Roaming Favorites beta is pretty nice, I just re-did my laptop and all I had to do was sign into it and it put all my IE favs right back

  4. Patrick S Says:

    I made it in…But and ill get it in the near future 😛

  5. JabezG Says:

    I should use Roaming profile before I reformat my PC… But luckily all my favorites are in the D: drive, so I didn’t lose them (only lost my firefox’s bookmarks…)