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Encyclopedia > Microsoft Plus!
Microsoft Plus!

Microsoft Plus! for Windows XP
Developer: Microsoft Corporation
OS: Windows
Genre: Operating System Enhancement Package
License: Closed source
Website: microsoft.com/windows/plus

Microsoft Plus! was an operating system enhancement package provided by Microsoft. The latest edition is the Plus! SuperPack, which includes an assortment of screensavers, themes, and games, as well as media editing applications. The Microsoft Plus! application was first announced on 31 January 1994 under the internal codename Frosting. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (801x570, 64 KB) Summary Microsoft Plus! for Windows XP (c) Microsoft Corporation. ... Windows XP is a line of operating systems developed by Microsoft for use on general-purpose computer systems, including home and business desktops, notebook computers, and media centers. ... “Software development” redirects here. ... Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT), (founded 1975), headquartered in Redmond, Washington, USA, is the worlds largest software company (with over 50,000 employees in various countries, as of May 2004). ... An operating system (OS) is the software that manages the sharing of the resources of a computer. ... “Windows” redirects here. ... Computer software can be organized into categories based on common function, type, or field of use. ... A software license is a legal agreement which may take the form of a proprietary or gratuitous license as well as a memorandum of contract between a producer and a user of computer software. ... The text below is generated by a template, which has been proposed for deletion. ... A website (alternatively, Web site or web site) is a collection of Web pages, images, videos and other digital assets that is hosted on one or several Web server(s), usually accessible via the Internet, cell phone or a LAN. A Web page is a document, typically written in HTML... An operating system (OS) is the software that manages the sharing of the resources of a computer. ... Microsoft Corporation, (NASDAQ: MSFT, HKSE: 4338) is a multinational computer technology corporation with global annual revenue of US$44. ... is the 31st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) The year 1994 was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by the United Nations. ... Microsoft codenames are the codenames given by Microsoft to products it has in development, before these products are given the names by which they appear on store shelves. ...


The enhancements comprising Microsoft Plus! are typically developed by Microsoft itself. The Plus! packs also include games and content from third-party companies, for example in Plus! for Windows XP the HyperBowl game was developed by Hyper Entertainment Incorporated. Plus! features that actually enhance the base operating system or provide utility are generally included for free in the next release of Windows. Hyperbowl Plus! Edition is a 3-D bowling-style game made in 2001 by HyperEntertainment. ...


Microsoft Plus! was discontinued in favor of Windows Ultimate Extras in Windows Vista.[1] Windows Ultimate Extras are optional features offered to users of Windows Vista Ultimate Edition. ... Windows Vista is a line of graphical operating systems used on personal computers, including home and business desktops, notebook computers, Tablet PCs, and media centers. ...

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Product Editions

Microsoft Plus! for Windows 95

Initially marketed as features for high-performance computers so Windows 95 could meet a minimum system requirement of a 80386 CPU with 4 megabytes of RAM. This version of Plus! included Space Cadet Pinball, the Internet Jumpstart Kit (which was the introduction of Internet Explorer 1.0), DriveSpace 3 disk compression, the initial release of desktop themes, and the graphical improvements of anti-aliased screen fonts and full-window drag. Task scheduler as it is present in later Windows versions was included as System Agent. Windows 95 is a consumer-oriented graphical user interface-based operating system. ... The Intel386[1] is a microprocessor which was used as the central processing unit (CPU) of many personal computers from 1986 until 2007. ... ReBoot character, see Megabyte (ReBoot). ... RAM redirects here. ... Full Tilt! Pinball (also known as Pinball 95) is a pinball computer game developed by Cinematronics and published by Maxis in 1995. ... Windows Internet Explorer (formerly Microsoft Internet Explorer abbreviated MSIE), commonly abbreviated to IE, is a series of proprietary graphical web browsers developed by Microsoft and included as part of the Microsoft Windows line of operating systems starting in 1995. ... DoubleSpace was the original name of the disk compression software that was supplied with MS-DOS starting from version 6. ... Maple Story desktop theme for Windows Server 2003. ...


Microsoft Plus! for Kids!

Released in 1997 targeted at children 12 and under. Includes 3 new applications: Talk It!, a program that says what users type using text-to-speech, Play It!, an electronic keyboard with music and sound effects, and Paint It!, a graphics program. More cliparts, fonts, 10 new desktop themes, and a parental control for Internet Explorer. For the band, see 1997 (band). ... Speech synthesis is the artificial production of human speech. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Windows Internet Explorer (formerly Microsoft Internet Explorer abbreviated MSIE), commonly abbreviated to IE, is a series of proprietary graphical web browsers developed by Microsoft and included as part of the Microsoft Windows line of operating systems starting in 1995. ...


Microsoft Plus! for Windows 98

The sequel to the original suite of enhancements to Windows, Plus! for Windows 98 included many new desktop themes and screensavers, including some of the themes from Plus! 95, along with new programs and tools for Windows 98. An organic art 3D screensaver rendered unique infinite 3D visual shapes. A Start Menu cleanup utlity was included. Microsoft updated the Disk Cleanup tool to add functionality of cleaning more unused files such as old ScanDisk files on the hard drive. ZIP file integration with Windows Explorer was first introduced with this version. New games, such as Microsoft Golf 98, Lose Your Marbles! and the now popular Spider Solitaire (which is now also included with Windows Me, Windows Vista, and Windows XP), were also added to Plus! for Windows 98. A Deluxe CD Player with CDDB support and a basic "express" version of Picture It! were also included. Finally, Plus! 98 came with McAfee VirusScan, along with a six month supply of free updates. Windows 98 (codenamed Memphis) is a graphical operating system released on June 25, 1998 by Microsoft and the successor to Windows 95. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Microsoft Corporation, (NASDAQ: MSFT, HKSE: 4338) is a multinational computer technology corporation with global annual revenue of US$44. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Windows Explorer running on Windows Vista Windows Explorer running on Windows XP Windows Explorer is an application that is part of modern versions of the Microsoft Windows operating system that provides a graphical user interface for accessing the file systems. ... The initial layout in the game of Spider. ... Windows Millennium Edition, or Windows Me (IPA pronunciation: [miː], [ɛm iː]), is a hybrid 16-bit/32-bit graphical operating system released on September 14, 2000 by Microsoft. ... Windows Vista is a line of graphical operating systems used on personal computers, including home and business desktops, notebook computers, Tablet PCs, and media centers. ... Windows XP is a line of operating systems developed by Microsoft for use on general-purpose computer systems, including home and business desktops, notebook computers, and media centers. ... CDDB (which stands for Compact Disc Database) is a database for software applications to look up audio CD (compact disc) information over the Internet. ... Microsoft Picture It! is a photo editing application created by Microsoft. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Microsoft Plus! Game Pack: Cards & Puzzles

This Plus! pack was released at the time of Windows Millennium Edition, however it could also be installed on other versions of Windows. It included the Microsoft Entertainment Pack: The Puzzle Collection - a collection of 10 arcade games and Microsoft Bicycle Card Collection, another set of 12 card games. A trial version of Microsoft Pandora's Box was also included. Windows Millennium Edition (originally codenamed Millennium), also known as Windows Me, is a 16-bit/32-bit graphical operating system released on September 14, 2000 by Microsoft. ... Pandoras Box is a game created by the designer of Tetris, Alexey Pajitnov for Microsoft. ...


Microsoft Plus! for Windows XP

Marketed as “The Ultimate Companion for Windows XP”, Microsoft Plus! for Windows XP was launched alongside the Windows XP operating system on October 25, 2001. This version of Plus! was created to show off the enhanced capabilities that Windows XP presented with its updated Windows Media Player and DirectX 3D core technologies. Continuing the feature categories of the previous Plus! products, the product features were desktop themes, screen savers, games, and utilities. Windows XP is a line of operating systems developed by Microsoft for use on general-purpose computer systems, including home and business desktops, notebook computers, and media centers. ... is the 298th day of the year (299th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... Windows Media Player (WMP) is a digital media player and media library application developed by Microsoft that is used for playing audio, video and viewing images on personal computers running the Microsoft Windows operating system, as well as on Pocket PC and Windows Mobile-based devices. ... Microsoft DirectX is a collection of application programming interfaces for handling tasks related to multimedia, especially game programming and video, on Microsoft platforms. ...


Plus! for Windows XP includes:

  • Plus! Themes
  • Plus! Screen Savers
  • Plus! Voice Command for Windows Media Player
  • Plus! Personal DJ
  • Plus! MP3 Converter
  • Plus! CD Label Maker
  • Plus! Speaker Enhancement
  • Plus! 3-D Visualizations for Windows Media Player
  • Plus! Skins for Windows Media Player
  • Plus! Hyperbowl
  • Plus! Russian Square
  • Plus! Labyrinth

Hyperbowl Plus! Edition is a 3-D bowling-style game made in 2001 by HyperEntertainment. ... The Labyrinth Plus! Edition, made by NonStop Entertainment, is a computer game for Windows XP. It consists of a 3-D maze puzzle in which the objective of the game is to get a ball to the end of a maze, using dots on the board to guide the player...

Microsoft Plus! Digital Media Edition

Marketed as “The Ultimate Photo, Music, and Movie Enhancement Pack for Windows XP”, Microsoft developed Plus! Digital Media Edition for Windows XP Media Center Edition. Plus! Digital Media Edition signified the first time Microsoft had released a second Plus! product based on the same base operating system. Before this point, each Microsoft Plus! product had been created only once with each new major operating system version. A typical Windows XP MCE 2005 Menu Windows XP Media Center Edition (MCE) is a version of Windows XP designed to serve as a home-entertainment hub. ...


Released on January 7, 2003, Plus! Digital Media Edition built upon two newly enhanced Windows XP core components: Windows Media Player 9 Series and Windows Movie Maker 2. This product version focused more on utility features for photos, music and movies rather than including the more traditional Plus! features like themes, screen savers, and games. is the 7th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... “Movie maker” redirects here. ...


Plus! Digital Media Edition includes:

  • Plus! Photo Story 2
  • Plus! Party Mode
  • Plus! Analog Recorder
  • Plus! CD Label Maker
  • Plus! Dancer
  • Plus! Audio Converter
  • Plus! Effects and Transitions for Windows Movie Maker
  • Plus! Alarm Clock
  • Plus! Sleep Timer
  • Plus! Skins for Windows Media Player 9 Series
  • Plus! Sync & Go for Pocket PC

You may be looking for: Photo Story, a Windows XP software program by Microsoft, intended for making a slideshow. ... “Movie maker” redirects here. ...

Microsoft Plus! SuperPack for Windows XP

On October 19, 2004, Microsoft replaced its two separate Plus! products for the Windows XP operating system (Plus! for Windows XP and Plus! Digital Media Edition) with a single combined version called the Microsoft Plus! SuperPack for Windows XP. There were no new features or functionality added. is the 292nd day of the year (293rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Trivia

  • Microsoft Plus! Digital Media Edition was the first Microsoft product to be made available for sale to consumers via ecommerce as full product download through online retailers.
  • The "Space" theme is used on several occasions in the Homestar Runner series
  • All consumer-oriented versions of Windows include features from a Plus! pack for a previous version of Windows. Windows 98 inherited some features from Plus! for Windows 95. Windows XP includes some Plus! 98 features and two games, one each from Plus! 95 and Plus! 98, namely, 3D Space Cadet Pinball and Spider Solitaire. Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 includes some of the themes and screensavers from Microsoft Plus! for Windows XP as well as most of the applications from Microsoft Plus! Digital Media Edition.
  • While installation of Plus! is typically restricted to just the Operating System specified it is possible to install Plus! 98 onto a Windows XP or Windows Vista workstation using the Compatability Mode and setting the Operating system to Windows 98. This does not work with the original Plus! pack. You can also install Plus! XP onto a computer running Windows Vista without using the Compatability Mode or any other hack, however both methods of installation are not supported by Microsoft.

Homestar Runner is a Flash animated Internet cartoon. ... Windows XP is a line of operating systems developed by Microsoft for use on general-purpose computer systems, including home and business desktops, notebook computers, and media centers. ... Full Tilt! Pinball (also known as Pinball 95) is a pinball computer game developed by Cinematronics and published by Maxis in 1995. ... The initial layout in the game of Spider. ... A typical Windows XP MCE 2005 Menu Windows XP Media Center Edition (MCE) is a version of Windows XP designed to serve as a home-entertainment hub. ...

See also

You may be looking for: Photo Story, a Windows XP software program by Microsoft, intended for making a slideshow. ... Microsoft Picture It! is a photo editing application created by Microsoft. ... Windows Media Player (WMP) is a digital media player and media library application developed by Microsoft that is used for playing audio, video and viewing images on personal computers running the Microsoft Windows operating system, as well as on Pocket PC and Windows Mobile-based devices. ... “Movie maker” redirects here. ... Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT), (founded 1975), headquartered in Redmond, Washington, USA, is the worlds largest software company (with over 50,000 employees in various countries, as of May 2004). ...

References

  1. ^ Thurrott, Paul (2007-01-17). http://www.winsupersite.com/reviews/winvista_ultimate_extras.asp. SuperSite for Windows. Retrieved on 2007-04-16.

 
 

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