Damn! An unexpected Windows XP crash (due to a driver conflict with Easy-CD Creator 5.02) has wiped out this frame as I was editing it, taking with it the entire batch of July news updates, and (ironically) my Windows XP review. I am not going to rewrite it (I'm sure Microsoft has enough publicity as it is).
Well, I won't let this bog me down. I see this as a chance to redesign the front page completely.
FYI, Microsoft licensed integrated CD-R, and CD-RW technology from Roxio, (the manufacturer of Easy-CD Creator and UDF/DirectCD Drivers for Windows) for Windows XP. I tried this feature in Windows XP Pro RC1 (build 2505) that I am running, and it worked like a charm. Basically, you drag-and-drop files to CD-Rs and CD-RWs. When ready, you click "Write Selected Files" and you're done!