Two months after the launch of the beta version, Microsoft had finally launched the Network Monitor 3.4 The feedback from the users of the beta version is said to have contributed significantly to the development of the Network Monitor 3.4 If Microsoft and early users are to be believed it has some really nice features like new APIs and a redesigned user interface added to it now. Microsoft has promised an even better version in the next launch without divulging into any details however.

A better Network Monitor for your windows

On the first of July this year, Microsoft released the latest version of its free network protocol analyzer called Network Monitor 3.4. The tool enables its users to analyze network traffic; it runs on just about all operating systems with Windows. Only, your windows should not be windows 2000 or an older version. You can obtain Network Monitor 3.4 from the Microsoft connect portal or the Microsoft Download centre as well. The release is inclusive of the improvements that were promised in the beta version announcement. The user interface has been bolstered and a few performance improvements have been added by Microsoft.

From beta to RTM

The beta testing program was given a green light at the end of April this year. A lot of valuable feedback was provided by early adopters that had a huge influence on the evolution of network monitor 3.4. The Redmond Company took less than two months to take the 3.4 version of Network Monitor from the beta stage to RTM. IT pros that have already toyed with the beta version have a fair idea of the kind of improvements that it has, like new features, new APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) and a redesigned UI.

What’s new in the Network Monitor 3.4?

If we go into the detail on the kind of improvements that have been made, the user interface now has additional text descriptions adjacent to the program icons to clarify their functions. There are three different ways to customize your screen layout now. The color rules feature is easily accessible through a tab. If Microsoft’s announcement be believed, the ‘expert’ function can now be run on live traces apart from just the saved ones. As far as performance is concerned, Microsoft says it will be easier to switch between parsers now. Though the default parsers are built during the installation process itself, Network Monitor 3.4 saves customized parser sets too. Even the customization process has been made easier as the users can now make their own parser sets based on the ones that are already existent. The updates to the parsers can be accessed through the CodePlex Parsers Project site. Microsoft has even added a high-performance filtering capability for the prevention of dropping of frames while traffic capturing is in progress. Network Monitor 3.4 also has high precision time stamps enabled. The Coordinated Universal time (UTC) standard can be used to view traces.

Microsoft has even promised something even better in the next version of Network Monitor though nothing specific has been given for the details.