Windows Mobile 6.5 Alpha screenshots

Posted by sumeethevans on January 24 2009, 8:27 PM. Posted in Windows Mobile.

Here we are presenting screenshots from Windows Mobile 6.5 Alpha! Firstly here you can see the cell-form-based icons: ... and here is the new home screen design of Windows Mobile 6.5 OS:

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Microsoft Says Windows 7 Fixes Notebook Issues

Posted by sumeethevans on January 24 2009, 8:26 PM. Posted in Windows 7.

Microsoft executives say one of the lessons they've learned from Windows Vista is that notebook PCs have very different requirements than desktop PCs, and that adjustments reflecting this new understanding will be evident in Windows 7.

In a recent interview with, Mike Nash, corporate vice president of Windows Product Management, said that in its development of Windows 7, Microsoft paid close attention to the transitions that notebooks go through between home and work usage, and how these transitions affected Vista notebook performance.

"We used to treat notebooks as desktops that fold up and have batteries, but after spending time looking at the fundamentals and foundation of Vista, and where processes are using more power, we've seen that notebooks are not the same," Nash said.

The knowledge gained from this scrutiny enabled Microsoft to improve shutdown and boot times and extend battery life in notebooks running Windows 7, according to Nash. For example, Microsoft found cases in which faulty drivers prevented Vista notebooks from entering a quiet state, which caused the notebook's battery to drain faster than normal. That won't be the case with Windows 7, Nash said.

Andrew Brust, chief of new technology at IT consultancy twentysix New York, says Vista has some notorious issues related to being suspended and resumed, as well as connectivity to projectors, managing Wi-Fi networks and power management.

But the early returns look good in terms of how Microsoft has dealt with these problems in the Windows 7 beta, Brust said. "It's looking like Microsoft has addressed all of these issues in Windows 7," he said.

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Windows Vista SP2 release date slips

Posted by sumeethevans on January 24 2009, 8:24 PM. Posted in Windows Vista.

Microsoft has delayed Windows Vista Service Pack 2 (SP2) by at least a month, and will now ship it to manufacturing sometime in May or June, according to a website that has accurately predicted Windows release dates in the past., a Malaysian website that correctly predicted the release dates for Windows Vista SP1 and XP SP3 in 2008, said that Microsoft will deliver a release candidate - the final test version - of Vista SP2 in March, a month later than the site had predicted earlier. Also, Microsoft will send the service pack to OEMs and out for retail copy duplication at some point in the second quarter of 2009, not in April as originally thought.

Windows Vista SP2 will be released for download from the web at an undetermined date after Microsoft ships the service pack to OEMs. In the past, Microsoft has had both short and long lag times between the two dates.

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Even Ubuntu’s founder likes Windows 7

Posted by sumeethevans on January 24 2009, 8:22 PM. Posted in Windows 7.

Oh Windows 7, is there anyone who doesn’t like you, other than John Biggs? In an interview, Mark Shuttleworth, the founder and head MF in charge of popular Linux distro Ubuntu, had many nice things to say about the newest OS on the block. He says it’ll bring a new kind of competition to the table

But Shuttleworth had more than shop talk for 7:

They’ve put concerted attention on the user experience with the shell. I think it’s going to be a great product, and every indication is we will see it in the market sooner rather than later.

It’s like a whale praising a harpoon!

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Microsoft shuts down its Aces Studio

Posted by sumeethevans on January 24 2009, 8:16 PM. Posted in Microsoft Corp.

Here's one particularly awkward exchange between Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and RBC Capital Markets Analyst Robert Breza during Thursday's Microsoft earnings call.

Analyst: Hi. Thanks for taking my question. Maybe Steve, can you talk about as you look at the portfolio of businesses you have and obviously if you go through this economy the way it is, I mean when or if do you think you and the Board would take action to review your portfolio and make a strategic decision to possibly divest off certain assets or technologies, any color around the strategy in particular would be helpful? Thanks.

Ballmer: I like our portfolio.

Analyst: Okay.

Ballmer: The Board likes our portfolio.

Bill Koefoed: Operator, next question, and this will be our last question.

(There were awkward pauses throughout)

In any case, Microsoft is eliminating some parts of its porfolio, as part of the cost-cutting measures announced Thursday. The company said today that it was closing Aces Studio, which was responsible for both the Flight Simulator and Train Simulator games.

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Windows 7 - Natively Booting from a .VHD file (Virtual PC image)

Posted by sumeethevans on January 24 2009, 8:16 PM. Posted in Windows 7.

Most important thing to keep in mind is that we currently cannot boot from any kind of .VHD. 

Actually, I have just managed to boot from a Windows 7 installed on a new .VHD, and I installed it right from the Windows 7 DVD. We can do a similar process with "Windows Server 2008 R2 (beta)" installed on a .VHD file, as well.

If you'd use Virtual PC 2007 to install the Virtual image, the produced .VHD wouldn't work when trying to boot from the .VHD. 

A.-  Creating the .VHD file and Windows 7 installation on that .VHD file

1. Boot the machine using the Windows 7 DVD2. Choose Windows Repair3. start CMD4. Run Diskpart5. Type: Create vdisk file=c:\Windows7Build7000.vhd maximum=400006. Type: select vdisk file=c:\Windows7Build7000.vhd7. Type: attach vdisk (in previous Betas, it was 'surface' instead of 'attach')8. Type: 'exit' (you exit Windows Repair, but Do Not Reboot)9. Install Windows 7 to this attached .VHD (From Win7 installation, you now have to 'see' another Hard Drive, you'll need to create a partition & format it, first. You might get an error/warning saying that your computer hardware might not support this disk, just ignore it..).10. Reboot, and you got it!!!!

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Microsoft Launches Mobile Music Service in UK

Posted by sumeethevans on January 24 2009, 7:56 PM. Posted in Microsoft Corp.

Microsoft has launched a new MSN Mobile service in the UK today that lets users buy and download music and videos from thousands of artists on their cell phones. According to the Brand Republic, the download service marks the first time music has been available from MSN Mobile, which has offered e-mail, instant messaging, maps, search, and news on the go since its launch early last year.

Beginning today, UK consumers can download over one million tracks and over 10,000 music videos from artists on all four major record labels. The report said that the content licenses and platform for MSN Mobile Music come from a partnership with VidZone Digital Media and builds upon what's already in place with Microsoft's Xbox Live service and the MSN Video portal.

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Windows 7: To the Beta and Beyond by Mark Russinovich

Posted by vasudev on January 22 2009, 10:45 PM. Posted in Windows 7.


Springboard Series Virtual Roundtable

Windows 7: To the Beta and Beyond --> ADD TO CALENDAR Date: Thursday, February 12th Time: 11:00am Pacific Time Join Mark Russinovich and a panel of subject matter experts for a live discussion of what's in store for IT pros with Windows® 7. Learn about the evolution of features like Group Policy, BitLocker To Go, DirectAccess, BranchCache, and Software Restriction then get tips on troubleshooting, deployment, and application compatibility. Bring your questions—Mark and the panel will answer as many as they can during the hour-long event, then publish the rest in a Q&A after the event.

Microsoft Reports Second-Quarter Results - will eliminate up to 5,000 jobs

Posted by vasudev on January 22 2009, 10:09 PM. Posted in Microsoft Corp.

 Microsoft Corp. today announced revenue of $16.63 billion for the second quarter ended Dec. 31, 2008, a 2% increase over the same period of the prior year. Operating income, net income and diluted earnings per share for the quarter were $5.94 billion, $4.17 billion and $0.47, declines of 8%, 11% and 6%, respectively, compared with the prior year.

Client revenue declined 8% as a result of PC market weakness and a continued shift to lower priced netbooks. However, strong annuity licensing drove Server & Tools revenue growth of 15%. Entertainment and Devices revenue grew 3% driven by strong holiday demand for Xbox 360 consoles with a record 6 million units sold in the quarter.............

.............In light of the further deterioration of global economic conditions, Microsoft announced additional steps to manage costs, including the reduction of headcount-related expenses, vendors and contingent staff, facilities, capital expenditures and marketing. As part of this plan, Microsoft will eliminate up to 5,000 jobs in R&D, marketing, sales, finance, legal, HR, and IT over the next 18 months, including 1,400 jobs today.....................Full Story At Source

Entourage for Exchange Web Services Beta is Live!

Posted by sumeethevans on January 21 2009, 4:16 AM. Posted in Exchange, Mac.

Say hello to Exchange Web Services; The future of Entourage!    I’m excited to tell you about the future for Entourage connectivity to Exchange Server! We’ve transitioned away from WebDAV, and today we are announcing the public beta of the Entourage for Exchange Web Services client. With this new client, not only are we taking advantage of the Exchange Web Services connectivity, but we are also delivering some new user features such as:
  • Tasks, Notes, and Categories now sync with the Exchange Server     
  • Resolving names against the Global Address List now works via EWS/HTTP. This means you no longer need to be connected to your corporate network via VPN to resolve names when addressing an e-mail or meeting invitation     
  • Improved Autodiscover. In Entourage for Exchange Web Services Beta, the Autodiscover service keeps user account settings up-to-date after the account setup.      • It runs in the background every time that you start Entourage.      • It also runs at a server-defined interval, typically every hour, to make sure that the Exchange Server settings are always kept up-to-date
Since Entourage began connecting to Exchange Server over 5 years ago, we have used the WebDAV protocol to connect to mailbox data. What you may or may not know is that with this implementation, the bulk of the work being done resides with the Entourage client. Obviously, we’d rather let Exchange Server do what it does best and shoulder more of the load. Well, when the Exchange Server team began working on Exchange Server 2007, they developed a new piece of technology called the “Business Logic Layer” that does just this; A server-side component that allows different clients to connect to the Exchange Server in a consistent way, letting the server to do the bulk of the workload.

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Microsoft cuts back on campus expansion plans

Posted by sumeethevans on January 21 2009, 4:15 AM. Posted in Microsoft Corp.

Microsoft is embarking on a set of cost cutting measures, which include postponing most of its plans to further expand its facilities across the Puget Sound region. Much more from my story in tomorrow's paper, which you can read here.

Here are the highlights:

  • Microsoft is set to delay the construction of all new buildings in Redmond, except one, for at least three years. Here are the impacted construction projects:

    Construction of RedWest South on land Microsoft bought from Nintendo has been postponed to June 2014. Microsoft had asked the city of Redmond in November 2008 for preapproval of a plan to build two office buildings and an underground parking garage for 1,900 cars there.

    Microsoft also will delay construction of Building 83 in Redmond until 2013. The company had broken ground on the facility at 4729 154th Place N.E. in the fall. Nearby, a planned Building 81 won't be built until 2014.

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  • Microsoft: IE 8 Release Candidate won’t install on Windows 7

    Posted by sumeethevans on January 21 2009, 4:14 AM. Posted in Internet Explorer, Windows 7.

    Windows 7 testers won’t be able to install Microsoft’s near-final Release Candidate (RC) test build of Internet Explorer (IE) 8 — a limitation Microsoft is acknowledging and saying is by design.

    The IE 8 RC is expected to be downloadable by the public any day now. Earlier this month, Microsoft made available to the public the (only expected) public beta of Windows 7.

    An eagle-eyed blogging chum of mine spotted this tweet (from a freelance writer/editor colleague of mine) over the weekend:

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