MSN Screen Saver

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Now a screen saver by itself usually does not warrant a mention, but this screen saver is special for two interesting reason.

The good: MSN Screen Saver integrates news, picture album slideshows, videos and a lot of other interesting information that can be collected on the web. It shows up as the background and includes many other MSN services such as the unread messages, desktop or web search, access to email all without launching a separate application. Does this sound familiar? If not, do words “Active Desktop” come to mind? Yup, more than 7 years later one of the core technologies of Windows 98 is coming back as a screen saver. Talk about progress. The coolest part of the screen saver is that it downloads RSS content as well which makes it a very cool thing to run in the waiting room on a spare TV. If you can’t get cable in your office you’ll agree this is very important.

The bad: This screen saver is beta. Yes, beta as in broken. For the love of god, what does this say about Microsoft’s developer talent if they cannot even release a stable screen saver these days.

If you’re interested, please download it directly from Microsoft.

5 Responses to MSN Screen Saver

  1. Dave says:

    More beta software, more security problems. I’m sick of Microsoft software that keeps on growing their MSN monopoly.

  2. debbiep says:

    MSN toolbar? Dream on Microsoft…. yet another failed try to push more MSN garbage on my desktop.

  3. chris says:

    Why is this a screensaver?… something that usually shows up after 15 minutes and when I am not around to see it?

  4. steve says:

    A few cons:
    – items overlay window shouldn’t be moving, it will be nice if you can keep it at the same place, but slide off screen after a RSS feed is down. it should also auto scroll for more items.
    – Description in each item is not displayed.

    I can see there are a lot of room for improvement to make this screensaver more informational and easy to read.

    As an example, please look at Online News Reader program.

  5. Billy Springs says:

    You did an awesome job presenting at MSPU in Baltimore! 06/09

    I’m just now looking over VladVille and really enjoying the info on Shockey Monkey and then found this on there about a SS you commented on back in ‘2005. Your con comments are the funniest thing I’ve seen or heard all day! 🙂

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