Are there any other great beta applications out there worth a look at? Let me know
Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2010 Beta
I just installed this a few hours ago so I haven't had a chance to start using the programs to get an idea for what's new in the software. But with 2010 the addition of MS Office Web Apps is probably one of the most unique differences. This of course coming about all because of the rise of Google Apps, something of which I use very often now. Microsoft has quite a bit of catching up to do in this area.
To see all the other benefits of the 2010 offering head over to the Microsoft site.
Mozilla Firefox 3.6 RC 1
Some of the release notes to make note of include:
- Changes to how third party software to integrate with Firefox in order to prevent crashes
- The ability to run scripts asynchronously to speed up page load times.
- Users can now change their browser's appearance with a single click, with built in support for Personas.
- Open, native video can now be displayed full screen, and supports poster frames.
- Support for new CSS, DOM and HTML5 web technologies.
Google Chrome 4.0.288.1
The latest and greatest Google Chrome version can be found by downloading the dev version as found on the early access release channels page. You can also follow all the updates on their blog entitled Google Chrome Releases
Adobe Lightroom 3
I picked up this one the other week after reading through through the HDR tutorial over at Stuck in Customs. Along with Photoshop this seems to be one of the must haves for photo management.
Adobe Flash Player 10.1 Beta 2
One of the first problems I saw with this was that when going to TweekDeck to download the software, I was told to update my Flash player. I had to find the download elsewhere and then just install it as an Air application. I'm not going to list all the Adobe Beta applications but you can find the rest of them by going to their Labs download page.
Microsoft SQL Server 2008
Microsoft SQL Server Express 2008
I've had to get SQL Server for a trial install of AspDotNetStorefront that I'm working with from time to time on projects. The full version is available on a 180-day trial whereas the Express version is its own product available for free.
Microsoft .Net Framework 4 and Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2
Whilst I was downloading the above products I stumbled over here to get the newest .Net framework and the new Visual Studio Suite to go along with it. To read about 6 things that might surprise you about what .Net 4 has to offer head over here for a read.
Skype 4.2 Beta 3
One thing about Skype for me, I hate it as an application for chat. The main problem I have with it as a use for this is the lack of integration of a chat history. This is why I prefer using Google Chat for all means of instant messaging. I do however use Skype for calls and even have a dedicated Skype phone on 3 mobile bundled with an unlimited calling plan to the States for under £2 a month.