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Where to Find the "Good Stuff"

The hotter the rumor, the more widely available it will be. But the more focused the venue where information is reported, the more insightful and informative the coverage will be. That's why each technology niche has its most useful, most authoritative outlets for rumors and news. Where Microsoft and Windows is concerned — as in most other technology areas — this consists of a handful of outlets that generally tend to lead the way to breaking stories (be they founded on official or unofficial releases of information).

Where Windows is concerned, this boils down to a handful of sites and mailing lists, and I suspect that's the case for most other technology and vendor foci, where those in the know lead the way for the rest of the pack. For Windows, my primary touchstones are as follows:

Of course, there are thousands more that you could choose form, based on taste and access (for example, I'm an invited member of a writers-only mailing list on Windows topics that has afforded me the best access to the rumor mill, but an NDA prevents me from sharing that link with you). But if you use "big events" to analyze where the sources of information for your strongest interests lie, you too can recognize where the real gems of information may lie buried. Happy hunting!

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