Announcing the release of the Microsoft® Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2010 Beta

Posted by sumeethevans on January 13 2009, 5:48 AM. Posted in Microsoft Solutions.

Deploy Windows 7 beta with Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010. Join the beat and download MDT 2010 now at http://connect.microsoft.com. MDT 2010 is the next version of Microsoft Deployment Toolkit, a solution accelerator for operating system and application deployment. New features like flexible driver management, optimized transaction processing, and access to distribution shares from any location simplify deployment and make your job easier. Deploy faster and easier with MDT 2010. Join the beta nowTo join the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 Beta, follow these steps

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Microsoft expects fewer Windows Mobile-powered handsets

Posted by sumeethevans on January 13 2009, 5:46 AM. Posted in Windows Mobile.

What do you do when the honeymoon is over and interest in your mobile OS is fading fast? Spin city! In a recent discussion with the New York Times, Microsoft VP of Windows Mobile Todd Peters happily explained that Microsoft has intentions to cut down on the number of Windows Mobile devices that reach the market in the future. Peters’ reasoning for the move:

“I’d rather have fewer devices and be more focused,” he said. That way “we get better integration” between phone and operating system.

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IE8 in Windows 7 Beta

Posted by vasudev on January 11 2009, 10:34 AM. Posted in Windows 7.

Paul Cutsinger,Principal Lead Program Manager has posted about IE8 in Windows 7 Beta in the IE Team's blog: 

The Windows 7 Beta includes a beta of  Internet Explorer 8.  I say “a beta” because IE8 in Windows 7 Beta is a pre-release candidate build of IE:  it’s IE8 Beta 2 plus end user features that are only available on Windows 7 plus many fixes based on feedback we’ve gotten from IE8 Beta 2 usage.  This post is an overview of what you’ll find new in Windows 7’s Internet Explorer, as well as some suggestions about how to get the best experience with this pre-release software. 

Tabs in the Taskbar

Tabs are a very heavily used feature and Windows 7 makes it easy to switch to any tab you want. When you move the mouse over the Internet Explorer icon, you’ll see a thumbnail image of every tab of every IE window that you have open. Just click the page you want to get back to.

The Windows 7 Taskbar.  IE is selected and the titles of two tabs are visible.

Figure 1: IE Tabs in the Taskbar

Given that users open the browser with a specific destination in mind – whether it be mail, an online newspaper or even a search, IE8, in conjunction with Windows 7, introduces the new Jump List feature which makes ‘getting where you’re going’ faster and easier. Jump lists help you get back to the most frequently visited sites in your history list even before you’ve opened the browser! These lists can be opened by dragging up (or right-clicking) on the IE icon on the taskbar. Clicking one of these will launch the IE browser and navigate to that site. Once IE has been opened, you will see the same drag-to-display functionality in the address bar. Simply putting the mouse on the text in the address bar and dragging down will open your most frequently visited sites.....................Continue At Source

More Windows 7 Downloads

Posted by bink on January 11 2009, 5:51 AM. Posted in Windows 7.

Microsoft Windows 7 SDK: BETA

The Windows SDK for Windows 7 and .NET Framework 3.5 SP1: BETA provides documentation, samples, header files, libraries, and tools designed to help you develop Windows applications using both native (Win32®) and managed (.NET Framework) technologies.

 

Release Documents for this Beta Release of Windows 7

Known issues that you should be aware of before installing this Beta release of Windows 7

 

Windows AIK for Windows 7 Beta documentation

Windows AIK for Windows 7 Beta documentation

Windows 7 Walkthrough: User State Migration Tool

Explore the User State Migration Tool (USMT) for Windows 7, now part of Windows AIK.

 

Windows 7 Walkthrough: AppLocker

Learn how you can realize the security, operational, and compliance benefits of application standardization by using AppLocker.

Windows 7 Walkthrough: Problem Steps Recorder

Explore the Problem Steps Recorder in the Windows 7 operating system.

Windows 7 Walkthrough: BitLocker and BitLocker to Go

Learn about enhanced BitLocker Drive Encryption functionality in Windows 7 and the and the new BitLocker To Go, which gives system administrators control over how removable storage devices can be used and the strength of protection required.

Windows® PowerShell 2.0

Learn how Windows PowerShell 2.0 can help increase the productivity of IT professionals by providing a powerful, complete scripting language to automate repetitive tasks and conduct remote troubleshooting.

Windows 7 Walkthrough: Deployment Image Servicing and Management

Explore Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM), a new command-line tool for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.

 

Windows 7 Walkthrough: Enterprise Application Compatibility

Explore enterprise application compatibility in Windows 7 with this video feature walkthrough.

Update for Windows 7 Beta for x64-based Systems (KB961367)

Install this update to resolve live and recorded TV issues in Windows Media Center, recorded TV playback issues in Windows Media Player, and MP3 file corruption issues in Windows.

Update for Windows 7 Beta (KB961367)

Install this update to resolve live and recorded TV issues in Windows Media Center, recorded TV playback issues in Windows Media Player, and MP3 file corruption issues in Windows.

WAIK Windows® 7 Beta

The Windows Automated Installation Kit (Windows AIK) helps you to install, customize, and deploy the Microsoft Windows 7 beta family of operating systems.

 

Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7

Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows® 7 enables IT administrators to manage roles and features that are installed on computers that are running Windows Server® 2008 R2, Windows Server® 2008, or Windows Server® 2003, from a remote computer that is running Windows 7.

 

CES 2009: Reinventing the Home Appliance

Posted by vasudev on January 10 2009, 12:35 PM. Posted in Microsoft Corp.

 

Microsoft is collaborating with Fugoo to bring Windows to a new generation of “neo-diginet” devices.

Few attendees at the 2009 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) this week will be surprised to learn that the myriad gadgets of everyday life are getting smarter and more useful. But what may come as a surprise is that household appliances and devices are about to get connected to the outside world through cyberspace.

A Windows-enabled and Web-connected coffee maker like this prototype could check online for the proper grinding size of the beans you’ve just bought.
A Windows-enabled and Web-connected coffee maker like this prototype could check online for the proper grinding size of the beans you’ve just bought.

Among the technologies Microsoft is highlighting in its booth at CES this year is a hardware and software platform for the next generation of more useful and flexible household objects, appliances and accessories. The Windows-based platform is the result of a collaboration between Microsoft and a recently formed company called Fugoo. Two of the concept designs featured in a video at the booth are a “net” clock that, in addition to giving the time, can also download and display a stock ticker and local traffic and weather reports, and a digital photo frame that can not only download your latest holiday photos, but can also be programmed to display anything else available on the Internet, from current news headlines and sports scores to full-length movies.

“The combination of Fugoo’s platform and Microsoft Windows opens up almost limitless possibilities for transforming ordinary household items, allowing them to perform all sorts of new functions and services,” says Steve Guggenheimer, corporate vice president of the Original Equipment Manufacturer Division at Microsoft. “Imagine having your alarm clock not only wake you up but also remind you what your first appointment of the day is and calculate how long it will take you to drive to work based on current traffic conditions.”..........................Continue At Source

 

Windows 7 public beta released, remember to patch

Posted by sumeethevans on January 10 2009, 1:29 AM. Posted in Windows 7.

Entitled Windows 7 beta customer preview program, the company has posted the beta bits to the Microsoft TechNet pages. Be warned it's rather slow at the moment. Download: Windows 7 x86 (32bit) and x64 (64 bit) Right click and copy link and paste into a new window to download as otherwise the links will forward to Microsoft.com According to Microsoft there are 2.5 million keys to go around worldwide so plenty in other words. Microsoft is also providing a QFE patch for the MP3 corruption issues that have plagued build 7000, this should be online shortly as KB961367. It's extremely important you apply this patch as you may lose parts of your MP3s if the patch is not applied. 32bit and 64bit patches are now available.

Update: It appears that Microsoft.com is suffering badly with "server too busy" messages but we now have direct download links.

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Windows 7 Beta Customer Preview Program

Posted by vasudev on January 10 2009, 1:10 AM. Posted in Windows 7.

 Public Download of Windows 7 at TechNet

 Windows 7 is…the next release of the Windows client operating system, built on the secure foundation of Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008. Performance, reliability, security, and compatibility are core tenets of this release as we collect your feedback to meet our engineering goals of making Windows 7 the best-performing and most stable Windows operating system to date. New innovations in the product are designed to augment your ability as an IT professional to better provision and manage increasingly mobile PCs, protect data, and improve both end-user and personal productivity. 

See Windows 7 for yourself

We are inviting IT professionals around the world to work with the Windows 7 Beta in their lab environments and secondary PCs to help ensure smooth adoption when the final product is available and to gather feedback from real-world settings.........................................Continue At Source

Participate in this beta program open to public.

Look for more Download links probably at http://www.microsoft.com/windows/

There will only be a finite number of downloads. The download limit is set at 2.5 million

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Poll suggest Microsoft should drop Vista

Posted by spy on January 9 2009, 6:59 PM. Posted in Opinion, Windows Vista.

 I just came across a snap poll on the front page of the CNN website. No real surprise that (currently) 78% of respondents answered 'Yes' to the question of "Should Microsoft ditch Vista?". There was a significant number of voters, see below for a snapshot of the results.  

Should Microsoft ditch Vista?
Yes 78% 132249
No 22% 36707
Total Votes: 168956

 

As I said, it's no surprise really, with the beta release of Windows 7 there is already a significant buz in the IT industry that this release might actually be a significant improvement on Vista.  The enterprise administrators I have spoken with are, as always, non-commital at this stage however most recognise that the lifecycle of XP will soon be at an end.  If W7 lives up to expectations it could well see implementation in the enterprise space that never happened with Vista.  IMHO.

Office 14 to be named Microsoft Office System 2009?

Posted by bink on January 8 2009, 10:24 PM. Posted in Office 2007.

Microsoft enthusiast and blogger Stephen Chapman has spotted what appears to be an internal software roadmap from Microsoft. The roadmap reveals a milestone of year end 2009 but the dates aren't very clear:In the roadmap you can see that Office 14 is clearly identified as Microsoft Office System 2009.

 

Bink: I dont think so, we might get Office 14 released this year but it will  not be named Office 2009, it will be named Office 2010.

Or maybe.... Office 7 !! I mean it is possible as long as marketing likes it. Office 95 and Office XP came out with Windows 95 / Windows XP, now lets have Windows 7 with Office 7 [<:o)].

They never used 7 with before and as for version number? Microsoft marketing does not bother, Windows 7 is Windows 6.1 in binary version, so Office 14 binary named Office 7 seems fine too.

Yeah, let's hope for Office 7! [;)]

 

 

Windows 7 Energy Efficiency

Posted by bink on January 8 2009, 10:20 PM. Posted in Windows 7.

Energy efficiency is one of the most active topics in modern computing today. As evidence, consider that processor and chipset vendors are marketing products on “performance per watt”, instead of just processor clock frequency and benchmark performance. Perhaps you have seen a press release for one of the many industry consortiums focused on “Green Computing”--reducing the power consumption and environmental impact of computing. Finally, battery life continues to be a major purchasing and usability factor for mobile PCs. These related energy efficiency efforts in the PC industry result in an ever-increasing interest in how Windows manages power.

In engineering Windows 7, our goal is to deliver the capabilities and features users want from a Windows PC while reducing power consumption over previous releases. Windows already provides a rich set of energy saving features, including the ability to turn off the display and automatically put the system to sleep when the user is not interacting with the computer. For Windows 7, we are building upon the investments in these areas by extending the existing capabilities and focusing on reducing power consumption when the system is idle. Although Windows is responsible for managing the power state of many devices, including the processor, hard drive and display, the remaining devices and software running on the computer have just as much (if not more) impact on power consumption and battery life.  This is a challenge for everyone contributing to the PC experience.

When we talk about energy efficiency and power consumption, we like to break down the problem area into 3 main components:

  • Base Hardware Platform: The processor, chipset and memory and in the case of mobile platforms this also includes the battery capacity. The base hardware platform can have a significant impact on the power consumption of the platform—maximum processor speed, the number of cores, if the processor is designed for mobile devices, and the amount of RAM are all factors.
  • Windows: The PC operating system is responsible for managing many of the devices in the system, making smart tradeoffs between performance and power consumption based on usage and allowing the end-user to dictate power management policy through power plans and settings. The challenges in this area are to properly manage device power and to ensure new Windows features are as efficient as possible in the amount of system resources (CPU, memory and disk) they use.
  • Extensions: Extensions is a general category which includes other devices, drivers, services and applications. Devices, drivers and other software can have a significant impact on power consumption and a single application can impact battery life by 20% or more.

Realizing great energy efficiency from a Windows PC requires efforts in each of these areas. A problem with any single component in any area can have a significant impact on power consumption. Thus approaching energy efficiency from a platform approach and paying special attention to each component on the platform is required.

Base Hardware Platform

The base hardware platform is really dictated by the system manufacturer. The customer gets the ultimate choice when they buy a system—the customer can buy a system with ultra-efficient hardware components or can buy a system with components that favor performance over power consumption. There are desktop and mobile PCs in all kinds of form factors, with varying capabilities and power consumption levels. Some mobile PCs have a normal 3 or 6-cell battery, while others have an extended 9-cell battery or another external battery that can be added to the computer. The challenge for Windows is to be energy efficient across the wide range of hardware in the Windows ecosystem. Looking at a modern laptop, here is where the power goes:

Laptop power consumption.Desktops will have a similar power distribution although higher in watts. The display is a large amount of the energy consumed in using your desktop PC as well.

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CES 2009: Microsoft Tag - You're It!

Posted by vasudev on January 8 2009, 4:42 PM. Posted in Research.

 Microsoft Tag is a new system to help give you a way to direct people to a URL using the camera on their mobile phone. You can think of it as TinyURL for optics, or Cue Cat on-the-go minus the hokey cat reader (hey, I know lots of people who loved that thing). It's actually a great system to visually direct people to a URL, free text, a vcard, or a dialer. You can sign up for free at Microsoft.com/tag, and download the app for your phone at gettag.mobi. Tag is available for a number of phones including Windows Mobile, Symbian, Blackberry, Android, and the iPhone.  Tag can link to multiple types of content from web, SMS, e-mail, calendars, maps, or coupons and can be as small as 5/8". There is a great backend as well so you can see analytics on when and where people are reading your tags.

Device Stage – A New Way of Interacting with Devices in Windows 7

Posted by vasudev on January 8 2009, 4:38 PM. Posted in Windows 7.

Windows 7 introduces a new way to interact with your phone, camera, printer, or portable media player from the Windows desktop. Device Stage is new visual interface that makes it easy to find the things you want to do with your devices on your Windows 7 PC. You could think of Device Stage as a multi-function version of Autoplay where it displays all the applications, services, and information related to your device. Device Stage not only works for devices connected to a Windows 7 PC via USB, but also Bluetooth and Wi-Fi as well. In many cases, software installation isn’t required for Device Stage – with any additional drivers that might be needed automatically retrieved from Windows Update.

Device Stage is customized by the device manufacturer and specific to the devices you own. During Steve Ballmer’s keynote at CES tonight, the Nikon D90 was shown via IE8 during the Windows 7 demo showcasing the “Snap To” feature. They used the Nikon D90 because it is a device that works great with Windows 7 today. Part of working great with Windows 7 is that the Nikon D90 also supports Device Stage. When a Nikon D90 is plugged in to a Windows 7 PC, you can see how Nikon customized Device Stage specifically for the D90.......................Continue At Source