- Platform: Windows XP / 95 / 98 / NT / 2000 / Me, Linux, Unix, Macintosh
- Media: CD-ROM
- Item Quantity: 1
Microsoft Plus! for Windows XP
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With Microsoft Plus! for Windows XP, you can personalize your computer experience like never before. Built exclusively to take advantage of the power of Windows XP, Microsoft Plus! delivers exciting new features for digital music, gaming, photos, and more. Tailor your digital audio and video to your own tastes, challenge yourself with a variety of fun and exciting games, and customize the look and feel of your desktop with amazingly lifelike screen savers and images.
Everything you need to amplify your audio and video experience is included. Use the power of your voice to control Windows Media Player without lifting a finger. Easily create colorful, customized CD covers, labels, and inserts, and automatically add your own track listings and artwork using Plus! CD Label Maker. Enjoy stunning 3-D visualization effects, vibrant speaker enhancements, and a powerful personal DJ for automatically creating custom playlists in Windows Media Player. Quickly and easily convert your library of MP3 files to Windows Media Audio (WMA), saving valuable space on your hard drive.
Challenge yourself with fun and exciting new games. Take the fun and excitement of bowling in 3-D into the streets of ancient Rome with HyperBowl Plus! Edition. Labyrinth Plus! Edition rolls the classic tabletop labyrinth game into a 3-D world filled with vibrant visuals and sounds. Test your skills for quick thinking and strategy with Russian Square, an intense new puzzle game for fans of Tetris.
Customize your computer with 3-D graphics and photos. Personalize your computer with exciting new desktop visuals, including eight photorealistic 3-D screen savers and four enhanced themes, including wallpapers, screen savers, media player skins, and much more. Watch exotic fish come to life on your desktop in this amazingly lifelike recreation of a marine aquarium or display your favorite photos in a variety of custom-animated 3-D photo galleries. Even add your favorite background music.
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First off lets start the Digital Media collection. Nothing here really to speak of that's worth anything. A voice recognition system for the media player? It's not worth fighting with to run just a media player. The label maker, speaker enhancement and personal DJ? They don't do anything that really matters (or other software doesn't do without spending the extra cash). Media Player skins and Visualizations? You can download those for free from a number of sites - and again without paying for it. As for the MP3 audio converter, yes the new files are smaller but the only player you can use is the Microsoft one and the sound quality is not as good as an MP3.
The games - there are only three and only one is a full version. The other two require downloads and additional purchases. The Bowling game is difficult to control and well, boring. The Labyrinth game isn't too bad but it's very difficult. The winner is Russian Square which is actually fun and addictive.
As for the themes and screen savers - most aren't anything that special or noteworthy. The one exception is the aquarium screensaver which really is something to look at. But again, if you want the full version of the program you have to pay an additional cost. The rest aren't anything that really merits the cost of the program.
Overall I'm really disappointed in the entire package - the cost is far too high for what you get and I can't help shaking the feeling the entire package is just a cheesy gimmick to sell you even more software. "Look at the great things in Microsoft Plus! XP" then when you buy it you find out you have to pay even more for the rest of the programs.
The games are only demos, the kind most of us download to see if they are worth buying. Most of them, I wouldn't give a thought to buying. But! The demos are engaging beasts in their own right, and the two level bowling game saved my soul from many a conference call. It doesn't tske much more thought than elf bowling, so you can pay attention to the call while playing it.
The reason the magnificent Aquarium screen saver was not a full blown version is due to the FACT that the full version was not finished. I bought the full version, and believe me..it was not close to polished. It is now, but not back then.
For twenty-something dollars, it is a fun buy. And for those of you that decided to spend the money on a bit of software instead of upgrading... well, live and learn.
The themes are nice, but they could be better, especially at this price.
I didn't really care for the fact that the Fishtank screensaver (which is beautiful!) is VERY limited. You have to PURCHASE a seperate program to be able to change anything with it. (Just to let you all know, we purchased the "upgrade", it's not worth it. It's still feature limited and occassionally closes itself if you pick more than 5 fish. Go figure. Website refuses to refund my money as well... Live and learn)
If you really like the Plus! programs, then it's worth it...