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Iomega Corp. has released a Windows XP-migration software program that will help you quickly move data and settings when upgrading to Microsoft XP. You’ll need an Iomega, Zip, or Peerless drive and an Active Disk enabled system (if you don’t have Active Disk you can download the latest version from Iomega’s site). Just choose the files, settings, folders, and applications you’d like to take along with you when you upgrade to XP, and Iomega’s software automatically moves everything over for you. The software is free and can be downloaded from Iomega’s site.

Iomega has also released a Windows XP-compatible version of its IomegaWare tools. The software set provides features for finding, formatting, protecting, managing, and changing settings on your Iomega drives. IomegaWare includes support for Zip, Jaz, and PocketZip products, including the new FotoShow Digital Image Center, HipZip, Zip FireWire adapter, and the Jaz FireWire adapter.

NVIDIA has released an updated driver that’s compatible with Windows XP. Detonator XP Unified Driver Architecture software should provide about a 30-50 percent increase in performance for all NVIDIA graphics processing units (GPUs) in both DirectX and OpenGL application programming interfaces. The new drivers will upgrade GPU families including TNT, GeForce2, and GeForce3. The free driver update also offers full hardware and software acceleration for Windows XP.

Stardock Systems’ WindowBlinds will let you customize your desktop and change the way your Windows OS looks. Users of Windows 98/Me/2000 and XP can change every aspect of the Windows GUI. WindowBlinds has even extended Microsoft XP to support several additional visual styles. The latest release is faster and takes up far less memory than earlier versions. The program costs $10 for registered users and $19.95 for new users.

ICQ has released another free version of its popular instant-messaging program that lets you seek out friends and colleagues on the Internet and communicate with them in real time. ICQ, which currently boasts more than 116 million users worldwide, even notifies you when your friends are online so that you can chat, send instant messages, swap files, or play games. The latest version (2001b) has incorporated IP telephony functions so that users can hold PC-to-PC and PC-to-phone calls. Other new features include the addition of SMS technology; the ability to send wireless-paper messages and integrate ICQ with Microsoft Outlook; new file sharing options; smaller download size; improved support for working behind firewalls; the ability to access contact lists from any computer; and two-way messaging with cell phones.

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