HPC Pack 2008 R2 SDK with Service Pack 1

Posted by sumeethevans on February 8 2011, 10:35 PM. Posted in HPC.

The Microsoft HPC Pack 2008 R2 SDK was designed to provide the tools and content necessary to write parallel applications for the Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 platform. The zip files are subject to the license terms for the SDK.

The Microsoft HPC Pack 2008 R2 SDK with Service Pack 1, and its supplements, are designed to provide the tools and content necessary to write parallel applications for the Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 platform.The Development Kit consists of several components

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Windows Phone Developer Tools January Update

Posted by sumeethevans on February 8 2011, 10:34 PM. Posted in Windows Phone 7 Series.

First, today we are releasing the Windows Phone Developer Tools Update (please be patient as the CDNs are updated). This update will allow developers to build apps using some updated assemblies which will ship in the forthcoming Windows Phone OS update. In practical terms, this is the tools update that supports the forthcoming addition of copy and paste, improved app performance and other enhancements for Windows Phone. All apps which are in Windows Phone Marketplace will continue to work on any phone that gets updated to the new version of the OS. Any app built using this new version of the tools will also work on phones that have not been updated to the new OS. (quick links: WPDT update & Visual Studio update – you need them both, and Release Notes).

Second, while the majority of all apps will work just fine, we do encourage every developer to open their projects with the updated tools and do a sanity check on their projects. Most apps will not need to be recompiled or resubmitted. All apps will benefit from the changes made in the forthcoming OS update, resulting in performance increases, as well as copy/paste functionality for your customers who update to the new OS.

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This month 12 security bulletins, 3 Critical and 9 important

Posted by bink on February 6 2011, 6:51 PM.

Today, as part of our usual monthly bulletin cadence, we are providing our Advance Notification Service for February's security bulletins. This month, we'll release 12 bulletins, three of them rated Critical and nine rated Important, addressing issues in Microsoft Windows, Internet Explorer, Office, Visual Studio, and IIS. 22 issues will be addressed.

As part of this month's update, we'll be addressing issues related to two recent Security Advisories, 2490606 (a public vulnerability affecting the Windows Graphics Rendering Engine) and 2488013 (a public vulnerability affecting Internet Explorer). Additionally, we will be addressing an issue affecting FTP service in IIS 7.0 and 7.5.

more details: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/Bulletin/MS11-feb.mspx

Hotmail delivers aliases to help you manage and secure your email account

Posted by sumeethevans on February 4 2011, 8:47 AM. Posted in Windows Live Hotmail.

Starting today, you can create and manage multiple email aliases from a single Hotmail account.

Hotmail (and many other email services) already allow you to just add a plus sign (‘+’) and a descriptive word to the first part of your email address. For instance, if your email address was doctor-smith@live.com and you wanted to create an alias for online shopping, you could use doctor-smith+shopping@live.com. Email sent to this alias will still be delivered to your inbox or to a particular folder. This can help with managing different types of incoming email. In addition to the plus feature, we’ve also released Sweep to help manage this type of incoming email traffic. 

However, with the plus addresses that many services offer, it’s still very easy to determine your actual email address and there are times when you simply don’t want to give out any part of your real email address – that’s where our new alias feature helps you out. Email aliases let you create completely different email addresses that you can use to receive email into your primary account without anyone knowing what your primary email address is

Let’s say you’re in the market for a new car. There are a bunch of websites that will email you price quotes, sales alerts, etc. During your car search, these messages are helpful, but once you’re done, they become clutter that can be difficult to stop. By using an alias on these websites instead of your main email address, you can avoid this. And when you’re done, just turn the alias off, ensuring future unwanted messages that are sent to that alias don’t land in your inbox.

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Advance Notification Service for the February 2011 Security Bulletin Release

Posted by sumeethevans on February 4 2011, 5:16 AM. Posted in Security.

Today, as part of our usual monthly bulletin cadence, we are providing our Advance Notification Service for February's security bulletins. This month, we'll release 12 bulletins, three of them rated Critical and nine rated Important, addressing issues in Microsoft Windows, Internet Explorer, Office, Visual Studio, and IIS. 22 issues will be addressed.

As part of this month's update, we'll be addressing issues related to two recent Security Advisories, 2490606 (a public vulnerability affecting the Windows Graphics Rendering Engine) and 2488013 (a public vulnerability affecting Internet Explorer). Additionally, we will be addressing an issue affecting FTP service in IIS 7.0 and 7.5.

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SBS 2011 Essentials and Windows Home Server 2011 RC

Posted by sumeethevans on February 4 2011, 1:19 AM. Posted in Small Business Server, Windows Home Server.

Microsoft today announced the following

  • Release Candidate for SBS 2011 Essentials
  • Release Candidate for Windows Home Server
  • Final release name Windows Home Server 2011
  • Release in Spring North America

SBS 2011 Essentials features

  • Automatic local backup, simple restore of server and client computers
  • Easily connect to online services
  • Work virtually anywhere, anytime
  • Increase business productivity
  • Simple, secure, dependable network
  • Easy-to-use storage and sharing

Check out SBS 2011 Essentials Learning Bites – fifteen 3-5 minute videos focusing on core features and functionality

Important update about Exchange 2010 Personal Archives support in Outlook 2007

Posted by sumeethevans on February 2 2011, 7:14 AM. Posted in Exchange, Office 2007.

Quick post to inform you that we've found an issue in Exchange 2010 Personal Archives support for Outlook 2007 in the December 2010 Cumulative Update for Office 2007, which may result in users being unable to access their archive mailbox.

Our friends in the Outlook team have been working hard to fix this. The fix has been checked-in in the February 2011 Cumulative Update for Office 2007, which will be available later this month. As with all updates, we recommend that you test them in a non-production environment before deploying them in production. Sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.

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Microsoft shuts down its ad-exchange acquisition

Posted by sumeethevans on February 2 2011, 7:10 AM. Posted in Microsoft Corp.

To those wondering why Microsoft has become increasingly cautious about acquisitions, here’s another morsel for thought.

Between 2006 and 2008, Microsoft bought at least eight search/advertising-related companies. On the list: Massive, aQuantive and AdECN, among others.

We’ve heard about Microsoft allegedly pulling the plug on Massive, its in-game advertising purchase. It has lost a number of its aQuantive execs and sold off part of that company (Razorfish) after buying it. And this week, we learn that Microsoft is closing down AdECN, the ad-exchange network it bought that year.

Thrice burned, thrice shy? Are these kinds of seemingly bad bets at least part of the reason why CEO Steve Ballmer has been putting the brakes on Microsoft’s acquisition spree for the past year-plus? Do you blame him?

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Google: Bing Is Cheating, Copying Our Search Results

Posted by bink on February 2 2011, 4:58 AM.

Search Engine Land reports:

Google has run a sting operation that it says proves Bing has been watching what people search for on Google, the sites they select from Google’s results, then uses that information to improve Bing’s own search listings. Bing doesn’t deny this.

As a result of the apparent monitoring, Bing’s relevancy is potentially improving (or getting worse) on the back of Google’s own work. Google likens it to the digital equivalent of Bing leaning over during an exam and copying off of Google’s test.

“I’ve spent my career in pursuit of a good search engine,” says Amit Singhal, a Google Fellow who oversees the search engine’s ranking algorithm. “I’ve got no problem with a competitor developing an innovative algorithm. But copying is not innovation, in my book.”

Bing doesn’t deny Google’s claim. Indeed, the statement that Stefan Weitz, director of Microsoft’s Bing search engine, emailed me yesterday as I worked on this article seems to confirm the allegation:

As you might imagine, we use multiple signals and approaches when we think about ranking, but like the rest of the players in this industry, we’re not going to go deep and detailed in how we do it. Clearly, the overarching goal is to do a better job determining the intent of the search, so we can guess at the best and most relevant answer to a given query.
Opt-in programs like the [Bing] toolbar help us with clickstream data, one of many input signals we and other search engines use to help rank sites. This “Google experiment” seems like a hack to confuse and manipulate some of these signals.

Later today, I’ll likely have a more detailed response from Bing. Microsoft wanted to talk further after a search event it is hosting today. More about that event, and how I came to be reporting on Google’s findings just before it began, comes at the end of this story. But first, here’s how Google’s investigation unfolded.

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Ford Motor Co. Reaches Milestone With 3 Million Plus SYNC-Equipped Vehicles Produced Since 2007

Posted by sumeethevans on February 1 2011, 2:14 PM. Posted in Microsoft Press.

The emergence of in-vehicle infotainment systems has experienced a dramatic shift this decade, going from neutral to full speed ahead. According to a case study published this week by Microsoft Corp., the appeal of Ford’s SYNC automotive infotainment platform is significant. To date, SYNC has been installed in over 3 million vehicles, making it the fastest selling infotainment unit in the United States.

The Windows Embedded Automotive 7 platform, recently announced at SAE Convergence 2010, has tuned up the in-car experience — quickly adding to the increased value Ford has witnessed in over 20 of its models currently on the market. Today, SYNC-enabled Ford vehicles provide drivers with Bluetooth connectivity, access to music libraries on their portable media devices and a slew of other applications that contribute to an enhanced driving experience. 

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Now Microsoft confirms Yahoo! as the data leak culprit

Posted by sumeethevans on February 1 2011, 2:07 PM. Posted in Windows Phone 7 Series.

Microsoft this evening belatedly admitted that Yahoo! Mail was in fact the data leak culprit in Windows Phone, just hours after Rafael had already proven that to be the problem. Here’s the note from Microsoft, which also includes information about another, semi-unrelated issue for some reason.

We have determined that an inefficiency exists in the synchronization of email between the Windows Phone Mail client and Yahoo! Mail.

This inefficiency can result in larger than expected data usage for a very small percentage of users.

Microsoft has also identified an issue with our Exchange ActiveSync [EAS] email synchronization protocol that may affect a very small percentage of users

Full Story at Windows Phone Secrets