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Chapter 1. The Evolution of Windows > Accessories and Add-Ons

Accessories and Add-Ons

Over the past decade, Microsoft has steadily built up its collection of Windows accessories. Over time, some of these accessories have evolved into full-fledged applications. For instance, the rudimentary CD Player program introduced in Windows 95 became the Deluxe CD Player in Windows 98 Second Edition and was replaced by Windows Media Player in Windows Me. Likewise, the Microsoft Paint program has picked up the capability to work with JPEG files and automatically resizes images pasted from the Clipboard.

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In some cases, updates to accessories are so subtle you might not notice them. In previous Windows versions, for instance, the Notepad text editor was restricted to files no more than about 50KB in size. If you tried to open a file that was too large, Windows 95 and 98 displayed a dialog box that asked whether you wanted to open the file using WordPad instead. In Windows Me, the file size limitation remains, but the dialog box is gone—when you double-click a text file, Windows uses Notepad if the file is under 50KB, but switches to WordPad, without prompting, if the file is too large.



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