Windows Live – Keeping your life in sync

Posted by vasudev on November 13 2008, 1:17 PM. Posted in Windows Live.

 Brian Hall, Lead Windows Live business group has posted about the New Exciting things in Windows Live ..

Today is a very exciting day for Windows Live – for the hundreds of people who work on building and delivering Windows Live, for the hundreds of millions of people who use Windows Live, and for the thousands of Windows Live advertisers and partners. Around the world, today is the day that we’re finally able to share the innovations in communications and sharing that we’ve been working on and will release shortly.

People sometimes ask me “What is Windows Live?” and “How does that relate to Hotmail, Messenger and Photo Gallery?” Historically, people have had entirely separate e-mail, IM, and sharing solutions – with different contact lists and totally different tools. But we’re now at a point where we can go beyond silo’ed communication tools that don’t work together – and start to integrate the best of them together with one contact list. In Windows Live, we’ve been working towards this for a while, but with this upcoming release, we’re taking a huge step forward in providing an integrated personal communication service – integrated across Windows Live and across the other services on the web.

Quite simply, our goal with Windows Live is to help keep your life in sync. We do this by giving you great tools for communicating and sharing with the people you care about most. We help you bring together all of your digital stuff from across the web. And we optimize your experiences for where you are – on your PC, in Outlook, on your mobile phone, and on the web...............Continue At Source



Skydrive Updated- 25GB of FREE Online Storage and many more new features

Posted by vasudev on November 13 2008, 1:14 PM. Posted in Windows Live.

 Even more free online storagePeople are taking more photos than ever—50 billion in 2007—we figured you could use a little more storage space. How much? You told us you liked the last fivefold increase, so we're doing it again, bringing the grand total to 25 GB of free online storage. More control over your online dataYou asked us to make it easier to organize and download your files, so we're answering you with four key new features to address your needs: Download photos directed to your to Windows Live Photo Gallery. Download as a .zip file. Download an entire folder in one compressed file (initially available only in the United States, Denmark, and Ireland). Move files between folders. Copy files to multiple folders.Photos rule!We love photos just as much as you do, that's why we've added over 20 new features, improvements, and tweaks to make photos pop on SkyDrive. Here are a few of our favorites: Bigger thumbnails. We've increased the display size your photos throughout the site. Order prints. Order prints of your photos right from SkyDrive. A gorgeous online slide show. Works with any browser, but works even better if you have Microsoft Silverlight installed. People tags. Tag your friends and family....................Continue At Source for All the NEW FEATURES

Windows Mobile 6.1.4 Emulator Images

Posted by sumeethevans on November 12 2008, 9:58 PM. Posted in Windows Mobile.

The Windows Mobile 6.1.4 Emulator Images package adds emulator images to Visual Studio 2005 or Visual Studio 2008 that let you test applications for Windows Mobile 6.1.4, including Internet Explorer Mobile 6. For general information about writing software for Windows Mobile, please see the Windows Mobile Developer Center.The emulator images can also be used as standalone without Visual Studio. They can be accessed through the Start Menu shortcuts. Internet Explorer Mobile 6Windows Mobile 6.1.4 includes the new Internet Explorer Mobile 6,  a full-featured browser for Windows Mobile devices that brings the same high-quality browsing experience to the user as desktop browsers. Internet Explorer Mobile 6 supports desktop-quality rendering and has the best compliance support of all versions of Internet Explorer on a Windows Mobile device to date. Several new features and improved support allows users to complete tasks quickly and easily.New emulator image resolutions:
  • Windows Mobile 6.1.4 StandardDPI: 131 - Resolution: 320 x 320 pixelsDPI: 131 - Resolution: 400 x 240 pixelsDPI: 131 - Resolution: 440 x 240 pixels
  • Windows Mobile 6.1.4 ProfessionalDPI: 96 - Resolution: 240 x 400 pixelsDPI: 192 - Resolution 480 x 800 pixels

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Essential Business Server 2008 and Small Business Server 2008 Launch Today

Posted by sumeethevans on November 12 2008, 8:13 PM. Posted in Small Business Server, Windows Essential Business Server (Centro).

You are invited to join Microsoft for the virtual launch of Windows Small Business Server 2008 and Windows Essential Business Server 2008. As small and midsize business owners are increasingly concerned about how to both survive and thrive in the current economy,  hear how Microsoft is putting enterprise-size dreams within reach. Microsoft executives will discuss strategies that can help reduce costs, increase profitability and address technology needs in ways that allow small and midsize businesses to stand out from the crowd.  Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft, will kick off the live event with news about the company’s latest investments.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p>Wednesday, Nov. 12, 20088-9 a.m. Pacific Standard Time<o:p></o:p> <o:p></o:p>

Head to for the launch webcast and virtual tradeshow.


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November 2008 Security Bulletin Release

Posted by bink on November 12 2008, 2:03 AM. Posted in Security.

  • MS08-068: Vulnerability in SMB Could Allow Remote Code Execution (957097). This has a severity rating of Important.
  • MS08-069: Vulnerabilities in Microsoft XML Core Services Could Allow Remote Code Execution (955218). This has a severity rating of Critical.

This information, and more, is also documented in the Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for November 2008, and you can also read this month's Security Vulnerability Research & Defense blog at where the team dives into more technical details about this month's release. 

MS Rep: Fall update will be big trouble

Posted by sumeethevans on November 12 2008, 12:41 AM. Posted in Xbox.

A trusted source working as a customer service rep for Microsoft has revealed that there will be some bad drama when the Xbox 360's Fall update hits on November 19th. He says the update could bring the dreaded "three red lights of death" issue roaring back to life.The rep said that there has always been an influx of calls from owners of bricked Xbox 360s after every major Xbox 360 software update. Most of the complaints come from owners of launch consoles."The slick move by Microsoft here is that it's releasing the update on the 19th, just a couple of days after the extended warranty period for launch Xbox 360s end.

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Windows smartphone shipments up 42.9%

Posted by sumeethevans on November 12 2008, 12:40 AM. Posted in Windows Mobile.

Symbian was the only major operating system to lose share over the last year in a smartphone market that grew 28 percent, says a Canalys study. Other findings include big gains for Apple and RIM, and a 42.9 percent increase in sales of Windows Mobile smartphones.

Total smartphone shipments hit a new high of 39.9 million units in the third quarter, reports Canalys, leading to smartphones taking a roughly 13 percent share of the total mobile phone market, up from 11 percent in 2Q 2008. Although Japanese sales were off by 18 percent compared to 3Q 2007, the U.S. market almost doubled, and EMEA sales grew at 21 percent, with the biggest jumps occurring in Central and Eastern Europe, says the research firm.

The study reflects a now fairly well established theme for 2008, as reflected in other recent studies: Nokia and its Symbian OS are slipping while Apple and RIM (Research in Motion) make big gains with the iPhone and BlackBerry respectively. Apple's growth rate rose over 500 percent compared to the previous year, while RIM's grew by over 80 percent.

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Windows Mobile 6.1 POP and IMAP Send Mail Patch - English

Posted by sumeethevans on November 11 2008, 10:44 PM. Posted in Windows Mobile.

This behavior is associated with a feature that is introduced in Windows Mobile 6.1. The feature allows for mobile operators to specify an alternate SMTP server name that is used if e-mail messages cannot be sent by using the user-specified SMTP server name. If the mobile operator does not specify an alternate SMTP server name and if the Windows Mobile 6.1-based device does not connect, the e-mail account is corrupted and cannot send e-mail messages.

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Microsoft spent nearly $2M lobbying gov't in 3Q

Posted by sumeethevans on November 11 2008, 10:43 PM. Posted in Microsoft Corp.

Microsoft spent nearly $2 million in the third quarter to lobby on issues ranging from cybersecurity to trade measures and patent reform, according to a recent disclosure report.

The software giant lobbied on efforts to map and expand the availability of high-speed Internet access and supported new rules recently approved by the Federal Communications Commission that will allow the use of "white spaces" -- the unused, unlicensed spectrum between television channels -- to deliver wireless broadband access.

In addition, the Redmond, Wash.-based company lobbied on competition in the online advertising market. Microsoft was a key opponent to a proposed advertising partnership between Yahoo Inc. and Google Inc. Those two companies recently abandoned the deal in the face of a looming antitrust challenge being prepared by the Justice Department.

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Windows 7 to allow PC backups to network share

Posted by sumeethevans on November 11 2008, 10:42 PM. Posted in .NET.

One of the most compelling features of the Windows Home Server is the automated image backup to the network share. However if you find a home server a little too much (or expensive) like I do, then you’d be glad to know Windows 7 will make the job of making “Windows Complete PC Backups” at least half as easy by allowing you to backup straight to a network share.

Whereas in Vista you could only do a complete backup to hard disk or DVDs (with files you could backup to network share), taking it one step further to the network share makes it much easier to do backups especially since you can’t backup to the same drive as the operating system.

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Tech Ed: Doing the aftermath

Posted by RayC on November 11 2008, 10:15 PM. Posted in Windows (general), Hyper-V, Windows 2008 R2, Windows 7.

Tech Ed IT Pro 2008 is over. It was the last Tech Ed in Barcelona. I think it also was the  first Tech Ed following the new marketing strategy that Microsoft is using to reach its customers. In the earlier days Tech Ed used to be an educational event that educates users how to use the current technology at best. Presenters at Tech Ed were never allowed to talk too much about products that were not there yet or at least to be released within weeks after the conference.

This approach drastically changed at Tech Ed IT Pro 2008. Windows 7, Hyper-V v2  and Windows Server 2008 R2 were all over the place. There were sessions about Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V). All those products are not even available as a beta yet for the majority of the public.


At the same time Microsoft is trying to tell us that the actual release date of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 is far ahead. This left me wondering what is actually happening. Will the next European Tech Ed also be about Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 or is something different going on?


According to Steven's post from WinHEC last week, Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 will be released in Q4 2009. Sumeeth Evans already posted that Microsoft has confirmed it will speed up the release of those products to an earlier date. Am I wrong when I think Q4 2009 means Q4 of the fiscal year 2009 that ends at July 30 for Microsoft?


This may reflect the new engineering strategy that Microsoft is using for those products according to Jason Leznek from the Windows Client product team. He claims that Microsoft waited a lot longer before it started providing information about the features in the upcoming products, because of lessons learned with technologies like WinFS that until now have never seen the day of light. Does the new engineering strategy also mean that the public beta cycle of Windows will be much later in the development cycle and therefore a lot shorter? I think I was not the only one who was surprised to see how stable and reliable most M3 based demo's on Windows were running.


Another observation that caught my eye was the fact that Windows Vista was almost absent at the conference. No success stories of enterprise implementations or best practices sessions were there to be found. I even heard of Windows Vista focused sessions being canceled during the conference. This left me wondering how dead Vista already is in the eyes of Microsoft's marketing department.


The future focus of the conference made one thing very clear: There will be no escape from PowerShell for any Windows administrator! If you have not already started learing PowerShell, you better start now. Even the good old Active Directory management tooling is  no revamped into a PowerShell based supertool. Hyper-V is standing next in line to get PowerShell managed.

Sun Microsystems to Distribute Microsoft Live Search-Powered Toolbar

Posted by vasudev on November 11 2008, 7:57 AM. Posted in Live Search.

Microsoft Corp. today announced a search distribution deal with Sun Microsystems Inc. to offer the MSN Toolbar, powered by Microsoft Live Search, to U.S.-based Internet Explorer users when they download the Java™ Runtime Environment (JRE™), effective as of today.

Through this agreement, Internet Explorer users downloading Sun’s JRE will have the option to download the MSN Toolbar and have one-click access to Live Search features, as well as news, entertainment, sports and more from the MSN network and direct access to Windows Live Hotmail and Windows Live Messenger.

“This agreement with Sun Microsystems is another important milestone in our strategy to secure broad-scale distribution for our search offering, enabling millions more people to experience the benefits of Live Search,” said Yusuf Mehdi, senior vice president of the Online Audience Business at Microsoft. “With the vast array of Java software-based Web applications that are downloaded every month, this deal will expose Live Search to millions more Internet users and drive increased volume for our search advertisers.”............................Continue At Source