Microsoft moving ahead with new Live services, platform for the living room

Posted by sumeethevans on February 18 2011, 9:08 PM. Posted in Windows Live.

Microsoft has many, varied platforms across the company. There’s the Windows platform, the .Net platform, the Xbox platform, the Silverlight platform, etc. But did you know there’s also a Microsoft “Living Room Platform”?

The Living Room platform seems, unsurprisingly, to be centered around Xbox and Xbox Live. It’s Microsoft’s platform for “multi-device entertainment,” according to a job posting I found this week.

“Our group’s mission is to enable applications and experiences to span multiple screens, including but not limited to the TV. We are a new team that is moving from incubation/startup into production,” the post said.

From what I’ve heard, Treadwell’s ISS Platform team is designed to bring togehter software and services engineering teams throughout IEB into a single entity. This team is said to be charged with creating a unified systems and devices infrastructure, dev/creation tools, unified security/identity system and some service implementations for specific devices for the expanding Xbox Live ecosystem.

If I’m reading the career-site tea leaves correctly, the Zune music/video service and the Zune digital-media marketplace may fit in here.

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Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (KB976932) and download

Posted by bink on February 18 2011, 12:31 AM.

Service Pack 1 is now available on Technet for subscribers.

Consumer end-users can find general information about Windows 7 SP1 at the following Microsoft website:

http://windows.microsoft.com/windows7sp1

Public downloads will be here

Windows 7 Service Pack 1
To obtain Windows 7 SP1, visit the following Microsoft website:

http://windows.microsoft.com/installwindows7sp1 (http://windows.microsoft.com/installwindows7sp1)

Windows 2008 R2 Service Pack 1
To obtain Windows 2008 R2 SP1, visit the following Microsoft website:

http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=199583

The following documentation for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 is provided here.

Deployment Guide for Windows Server 2008 R2 with SP1 and Windows 7 with SP1.doc 213KB Download

Hotfixes and Security Updates included in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1.xls 465KB Download

Installing Windows Server 2008 R2 with SP1.doc 94KB Download

Release Notes for Windows 7 with Service Pack 1.doc 87KB Download

Release Notes for Windows Server 2008 R2 with Service Pack 1.doc 87KB Download

 

MS KB Information about Service Pack 1 for Windows 7 and for Windows Server 2008 R2

The Windows Automated Installation Kit (AIK) for Windows 7 SP1

Posted by bink on February 18 2011, 12:29 AM.

The Windows® Automated Installation Kit (Windows AIK) is a set of tools and documentation that support the configuration and deployment of Windows® operating systems. By using Windows AIK, you can automate Windows installations, capture Windows images with ImageX, configure and modify images using Deployment Imaging Servicing and Management (DISM), create Windows PE images, and migrate user profiles and data with the User State Migration Tool (USMT). Windows AIK also includes the Volume Activation Management Tool (VAMT), which enables IT professionals to automate and centrally manage the volume activation process using a Multiple Activation Key (MAK).

Download details The Windows® Automated Installation Kit (AIK) for Windows® 7 SP1

Microsoft Dynamics CRM Server 2011

Posted by bink on February 18 2011, 12:28 AM.

Microsoft Dynamics CRM Server 2011

Download Microsoft Dynamics CRM Server 2011.

Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Report Authoring Extension

Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Report Authoring Extension is required to author custom Fetch-based reports for Microsoft Dynamics CRM by using Business Intelligence Development Studio.

Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 List Component for SharePoint

Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 List Component for SharePoint

Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 E-mail Router

The E-mail Router is an interface between Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 and an e-mail system.

Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Language Pack

Install a Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Language Pack.

Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 for Microsoft Office Outlook

Install Microsoft Dynamics CRM for Outlook. Microsoft Dynamics CRM for Outlook enables access to the same data through Outlook as Microsoft Dynamics CRM.

MapPoint North America 2011 trial

Posted by bink on February 16 2011, 8:10 PM.

Download Microsoft MapPoint North America 2011 trial edition and try it for free for 60 days.

Registration takes only a few moments and allows Microsoft to provide you with the latest resources relevant to your interests, including service packs, security notices, and training.

MapPoint ® 2011 gives you the power to visualize business data and communicate insights with instant impact. Before you hit the road, plug in your stops and MapPoint plots the most efficient course with turn-by-turn driving directions.

 

Download details MapPoint North America 2011 trial

App-V System Deployment SuperFlow

Posted by bink on February 16 2011, 8:07 PM.

The App-V System Deployment SuperFlow provides detailed steps to help you prepare for and deploy the App-V servers and clients and publish applications for streaming to clients.

The SuperFlow interactive content model provides a structured and interactive interface for viewing documentation. Each SuperFlow includes comprehensive information about a specific dataflow, workflow, or process. Depending on the focus of the SuperFlow, you will find overview information, steps that include detailed information, procedures, sample log entries, best practices, real-world scenarios, troubleshooting information, security information, animations, or other information. Each SuperFlow also includes links to relevant resources, such as Web sites or local files that are copied to your computer when you install the SuperFlow.

 

Download details App-V System Deployment SuperFlow

Microsoft Shows New Features and Future Direction for Windows Phone 7

Posted by sumeethevans on February 14 2011, 11:47 PM. Posted in Windowss Phone 7 Series.

Microsoft today kicked off Mobile World Congress by giving people a glimpse of what the rest of the year will bring for Windows Phone 7. Among the updates are several new features, a booming app marketplace, and the integration of even more Microsoft products with the phone.

Microsoft announced several new Windows Phone 7 features coming in 2011, including a “dramatically enhanced” browser experience based on Internet Explorer 9; additional multitasking capabilities; support for Microsoft Office documents in the cloud; and the addition of Twitter to the People Hub. The expanded capabilities announced today include:

Copy and paste functionality via first major update, coming in the next month

Twitter integration directly into the People Hub in 2011

Support for Office documents in the cloud in 2011

Dramatically enhanced Web browser experience based on IE9 in 2011

A new wave of multitasking applications in 2011

Targeting significant volume of Nokia Windows Phones in 2012

Full Press release here

Configuring and Troubleshooting Certification Authority Clustering in Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2

Posted by bink on February 12 2011, 4:07 AM.

This guide describes how to install, configure, and troubleshoot failover clustering with Active Directory Certificate Services in Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2.

You can use the failover clustering capabilities of Windows Server® 2008 and Windows Server® 2008 R2 to provide an additional level of reliability to Active Directory® Certificate Services (AD CS). This guide describes how to install, configure, and troubleshoot failover clustering with Active Directory Certificate Services in Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2.

 

Download details Configuring and Troubleshooting Certification Authority Clustering in Windows S

Nokia and Microsoft Announce Plans for a Broad Strategic Partnership to Build a New Global Mobile Ecosystem

Posted by bink on February 11 2011, 3:24 PM.

So it did happen! Surprised smile

Nokia CEO Stephen Elop (left) and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer address the Senior Leadership Event before they announce plans for a broad strategic partnership to build a new global mobile ecosystem . Nokia and Microsoft plan to form a broad strategic partnership that would use their complementary strengths and expertise to create a new global mobile ecosystem.

Companies plan to combine assets and develop innovative mobile products on an unprecedented scale.

Nokia and Microsoft today announced plans to form a broad strategic partnership that would use their complementary strengths and expertise to create a new global mobile ecosystem.

Nokia and Microsoft intend to jointly create market-leading mobile products and services designed to offer consumers, operators and developers unrivalled choice and opportunity. As each company would focus on its core competencies, the partnership would create the opportunity for rapid time to market execution. Additionally, Nokia and Microsoft plan to work together to integrate key assets and create completely new service offerings, while extending established products and services to new markets.

Under the proposed partnership:

  • Nokia would adopt Windows Phone as its principal smartphone strategy, innovating on top of the platform in areas such as imaging, where Nokia is a market leader.

 

  • Nokia would help drive the future of Windows Phone. Nokia would contribute its expertise on hardware design, language support, and help bring Windows Phone to a larger range of price points, market segments and geographies.

 

  • Nokia and Microsoft would closely collaborate on joint marketing initiatives and a shared development roadmap to align on the future evolution of mobile products.

 

  • Bing would power Nokia’s search services across Nokia devices and services, giving customers access to Bing’s next generation search capabilities. Microsoft adCenter would provide search advertising services on Nokia’s line of devices and services.

 

  • Nokia Maps would be a core part of Microsoft’s mapping services. For example, Maps would be integrated with Microsoft’s Bing search engine and adCenter advertising platform to form a unique local search and advertising experience

 

  • Nokia’s extensive operator billing agreements would make it easier for consumers to purchase Nokia Windows Phone services in countries where credit-card use is low.

 

  • Microsoft development tools would be used to create applications to run on Nokia Windows Phones, allowing developers to easily leverage the ecosystem’s global reach.

 

  • Nokia’s content and application store would be integrated with Microsoft Marketplace for a more compelling consumer experience.

“Today, developers, operators and consumers want compelling mobile products, which include not only the device, but the software, services, applications and customer support that make a great experience,” Stephen Elop, Nokia President and CEO, said at a joint news conference in London. “Nokia and Microsoft will combine our strengths to deliver an ecosystem with unrivalled global reach and scale. It’s now a three-horse race.”

“I am excited about this partnership with Nokia,” said Steven A. Ballmer, Microsoft CEO. “Ecosystems thrive when fueled by speed, innovation and scale.The partnership announced today provides incredible scale, vast expertise in hardware and software innovation and a proven ability to execute.”

Please visit www.nokia.com/press for press materials.