Microsoft mouse suit ends

Posted by spy on December 20 2008, 4:39 AM. Posted in Legal Issues.

 Microsoft Corp. ended a patent-infringement fight against Primax Electronics Ltd. of Taiwan after the Asian company agreed to pay royalties on computer-mouse technology.Microsoft had filed a complaint in July at the U.S. International Trade Commission in Washington, seeking to prevent Primax from selling its mice in the U.S., and a civil suit in federal court seeking cash. The Redmond-based company said it acted after the two sides failed to reach a licensing agreement.The case marks a rare instance in which Microsoft has sued others for patent-infringement. It more frequently defends itself against lawsuits by patent owners. Microsoft said more than 30 companies have licensed its mouse technology, which is part of a broader company program to license hardware patents."We look forward to many years of successful collaboration with Microsoft," Brian Yang, president of the information appliance division at Primax, said in a statement.

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Microsoft offers Live Search for iPhone

Posted by spy on December 20 2008, 4:35 AM. Posted in Windows Live.

 In an interesting move, Microsoft is getting the word out about its new Live Search that's "iPhone-friendly", but not available as an Apple-approved application for the platform.iPhone owners who want to try the application can go to on their iPhone's browser to use the Microsoft-made mobile search engine.With the dig "as an iPhone fan you probably know that you can't change your iPhone's default search engine[s]", Microsoft's mobile team has posted the news on MacRumors' forum.Microsoft launched its first official iPhone app this month with the availability of Seadragon mobile - a zooming photo tool - for the platform.


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Windows 7 beta imminent?

Posted by spy on December 20 2008, 4:31 AM. Posted in Windows 7.

The Windows 7 beta looks likely to be making an appearance soon – with Microsoft updating its official Windows 7 site with a download link.Although the download link currently goes to a 'page not found' page – it seems likely that the changes to the site herald the long-awaited beta version of Vista's successor.Windows 7 is a massive event for Microsoft – which is finding itself put under increasing pressure to deliver a knock-out OS.Windows Vista and its bad press in particular have prompted some to question whether the traditional OS is the future for computing, and even Microsoft is beginning to focus more heavily on the 'cloud'.Good drivers?However, Windows 7 could wrest back some control for Microsoft if it can avoid Vista's early driver difficulties, work better on low-memory systems and still provide the enhanced security of its predecessor. The pre-beta version of Windows 7, which was distributed at Microsoft's recent Professional Developers Conference, suggests that these areas have been successfully addressed.The arrival of Windows 7 is not expected until late 2009, with the majority of pundits betting on an early 2010 arrival.However, the software has been shown off over the past few months, and the arrival of a public beta will spark massive interest from across the globe.

Microsoft releases out-of-band security update for Internet Explorer

Posted by spy on December 18 2008, 4:16 AM. Posted in Internet Explorer.

This security update resolves a publicly disclosed vulnerability. The vulnerability could allow remote code execution if a user views a specially crafted Web page using Internet Explorer. Users whose accounts are configured to have fewer user rights on the system could be less impacted than users who operate with administrative user rights.

This security update is rated Critical for Internet Explorer 5.01, Internet Explorer 6, Internet Explorer 6 Service Pack 1, and Internet Explorer 7. For information about Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2, please see the section, Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Related to This Security Update. For more information, see the subsection, Affected and Non-Affected Software, in this section.

The security update addresses the vulnerability by modifying the way Internet Explorer validates data binding parameters and handles the error resulting in the exploitable condition. For more information about the vulnerability, see the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) subsection under the next section, Vulnerability Information.

This security update also addresses the vulnerability first described in Microsoft Security Advisory 961051.

Recommendation. Microsoft recommends that customers apply the update immediately.

Known Issues. None


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COOL: Microsoft Exchange Remote Connectivity Analyzer (Beta)

Posted by bink on December 17 2008, 5:28 PM. Posted in Exchange.

This new Microsoft site lets you test you Exchange 200x remote connecttivity. You can choose the following tests:







  • Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync Test   This test will simulate the steps a mobile device uses to connect to an Exchange Server using Exchange ActiveSync.
  • Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync AutoDiscover Test This test will walk through the steps a Windows Mobile 6.1 device (or another AirSync licensed device) uses to connect to the AutoDiscover Service
  • Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 AutoDiscover Connectivity Test This test will walk through the steps Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 uses to connect to AutoDiscover
  • Microsoft Office Outlook 2003 RPC/HTTP Connectivity Test This test will walk through the steps Microsoft Office Outlook 2003 uses to connect via RPC/HTTP
  • Inbound SMTP Email Test This test will walk through the steps an Internet e-mail server uses to send inbound SMTP email to your domain

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Thanks Kees for the tip!

Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification - IE Security Flaw

Posted by spy on December 17 2008, 4:19 PM. Posted in Security.

This is an advance notification of an out-of-band security bulletin that Microsoft is intending to release on December 17, 2008.

This bulletin advance notification will be replaced with the revised December bulletin summary on December 17, 2008. The revised bulletin summary will include the out-of-band security bulletin as well as the security bulletins already released on December 9, 2008.

Microsoft Issuing Emergency Patch For Internet Explorer

Posted by spy on December 17 2008, 4:11 PM. Posted in Internet Explorer.

Microsoft is planning to release an out-of-band patch for Internet Explorer on Wednesday to address a critical security vulnerability that is being actively exploited.The company on Saturday warned that 1 in 500 Internet Explorer users worldwide may have been exposed to malware hosted at both legitimate Web sites and porn sites that exploit an unpatched vulnerability.Microsoft confirmed finding exploit code on a search engine in Taiwan and on a Web site in Hong Kong that serves adult entertainment content."Based on our stats, since the vulnerability has gone public, roughly 0.2% of users worldwide may have been exposed to websites containing exploits of this latest vulnerability," Microsoft Security Response Center researchers Ziv Mador and Tareq Saade said in a blog post. "That percentage may seem low, however it still means that a significant number of users have been affected. The trend for now is going upwards: We saw an increase of over 50% in the number of reports today compared to yesterday."Microsoft's estimate works out to as many as 1.4 million potential victims, assuming there are a billion active Internet users (estimates range from 800 million to 1.5 billion), about 70% of whom are using Internet Explorer. The number of potential victims would drop to 940,000 if only Internet Explorer 7 users (47% browser market share) were affected. And those numbers represent only potential victims: Not all those exposed would be necessarily become infected.The security hole in Internet Explorer has snowballed since last week when Microsoft in a Security Advisory said, "At this time, we are aware only of limited attacks that attempt to use this vulnerability." 

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Microsoft Office Outlook Connector 12.1, perfect for @Vista.Aero users

Posted by bink on December 16 2008, 8:26 PM. Posted in Office.

With Microsoft Office Outlook Connector, you can use Microsoft Office Outlook 2003 or Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 to access and manage your Microsoft Windows Live Hotmail or Microsoft Office Live Mail accounts, including e-mail messages, contacts and calendars for free! Outlook Connector enables you to use your Live Hotmail accounts within Outlook:
  • Read and send your Office Live Mail/Windows Live Hotmail e-mail messages.
  • Manage your contacts in Windows Live Hotmail.
  • Use advanced options for blocking junk e-mail messages.
  • Manage multiple e-mail accounts in one place.
  • Manage, and synchronize multiple calendars, including shared calendars to Windows Live Calendar from Outlook.
Note to Premium Subscribers: If you are currently using MSN Calendar service, the Outlook Connector 12.1 will automatically migrate your calendar to the new Windows Live Calendar service. Once upgraded to Windows Live Calendar, you will be able to synchronize multiple calendars, including shared calendars to Outlook! However you will no longer be able to access MSN Calendar through Microsoft Office Outlook. In order to make sure that all of your calendar items on the MSN Calendar service are correctly migrated to the Windows Live Calendar, you should follow these steps:
  1. With Outlook Connector 12.0 installed, synchronize your calendar in Microsoft Office Outlook with the MSN Calendar service one last time.
  2. After synchronization is complete, do not create new items on the MSN Calendar site. If you do, you will have to synchronize again using Outlook Connector 12.0 before migrating to Outlook Connector 12.1.
  3. Install Outlook Connector 12.1.
  4. Start Outlook. At this point, the Outlook Connector 12.1 will upload all of your appointments and meetings to your new Windows Live Calendar.


This tool is perfect in combination with's offer of a cool email box! over 45.000 accounts were reated already.

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SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 3 Released

Posted by bink on December 16 2008, 4:43 PM. Posted in SQL 2005.

Service Pack 3 for Microsoft SQL Server 2005 is now available. SQL Server 2005 service packs are cumulative, and this service pack upgrades all service levels of SQL Server 2005 to SP3. You can use these packages to upgrade any of the following SQL Server 2005 editions:
  • Enterprise
  • Enterprise Evaluation
  • Developer
  • Standard
  • Workgroup

Note: To upgrade SQL Server 2005 Express Edition, obtain the SP3 version of Express Edition or Express Edition with Advanced Services.For a list of new features and improvements that are included in SQL Server 2005 SP3, review the What's New document.

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Windows Live Essentials beta released

Posted by vasudev on December 16 2008, 10:55 AM. Posted in Windows Live.

 Windows Live Team Blog announces the release of Windows Live Essentials Beta:

About three months ago, we released public betas of the Windows Live Essentials – our suite of downloadable programs for your Windows PC, including Messenger, Mail, Photo Gallery, Movie Maker, Writer, Toolbar, and Family Safety.

Windows Live Messenger Windows Live Mail Windows Live Photo Gallery Windows Live Movie Maker Windows Live Writer


Since then, we’ve received a ton of great feedback and we’ve been using that information to update these programs. We’re getting very close to the final release. But before we get there, we’re refreshing the beta versions one more time to make sure we’ve ironed out all the kinks. You can get the latest betas from:

We’re working hard to get the final versions ready to go as soon as possible. So let us know what you like and don’t like, and if you’re running into any issues that we need to take care of before we take the “beta” tags off.

- The Windows Live team


Seadragon Goes Mobile

Posted by vasudev on December 14 2008, 5:38 PM. Posted in Live Labs.


Want to see giga-pixel images on your iPhone?   Now you can--with Seadragon Mobile.

Seadragon Mobile brings the same smooth image browsing you get on the PC to the mobile platform.  Get super-close in on a map or photo, with just a few pinches or taps of your finger.  Browse an entire collection of photos from a single screen.  You can browse Deep Zoom Images that you can create from your own pictures or your Photosynth collection (or anybody else's).

Seadragon Mobile is available for free at the iTunes App Store.

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What ‘Zune Mobile’ is and isn’t

Posted by sumeethevans on December 13 2008, 5:28 AM. Posted in Zune.

Microsoft officials (finally) denied this week that the company will be rolling out a Zune phone at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January. But they didn’t deny they have something called “Zune Mobile” up their sleeves.

Zune Mobile seems to be a set of Zune-specific premium services for Windows Mobile devices. These services are part of what I’ve been calling the “Pink” services for the past several months.

A few bloggers have talked in generalities about the fact it would be a no-brainer for Microsoft to move some of the Zune services to mobile devices. But Paul Thurrott was actually the first person I saw use the “Zune Mobile” name to refer specifically to this platform, after his meeting this week with the Windows Mobile team.

One of my tipsters, who requested anonymity, recently shared a bit more context on Pink/Zune Mobile.

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