Microsoft fixes international transaction fees on Windows Phone 7 purchases (Australia)

Posted by sumeethevans on February 1 2011, 1:59 PM. Posted in Windows Phone 7 Series.

Good news for Australian Windows Phone 7 users (and other regional markets around the world), Microsoft has finally fixed the international transaction fee issue some users have experienced with credit card purchases of applications and games from the WP7 marketplace.

As suspected, the root cause was that Microsoft didn’t have payment processing facilities in a number of regional markets around the world to handle credit card transactions locally. In Australia’s case, these transactions were previously processed in Microsoft’s Asia Pacific hub, Singapore. Instead, now they are processed in Sydney as “MICROSOFT *WIN PHONE NORTH RYDE”.

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Windows 7: 300 Million Licenses Sold

Posted by sumeethevans on February 1 2011, 1:53 PM. Posted in Windows "7", Windows 7.

As part of our Second Quarter Fiscal Year 2011 earnings release, we announced that Windows 7 has sold over 300 million licenses to-date.

To put that in perspective, 300 million is roughly the combined number of households in North American and in Europe! Or, to put it another way, if you lined up 300 million Windows 7 product boxes, they would stretch nearly 1.5 times around the Earth!

As of today, over 20% of Internet-connected PCs worldwide are running Windows 7 according to Net Applications.

We continue to see fantastic momentum and excitement for Windows 7. CES earlier this month was also very exciting for us where we also talked a bit about Windows 7 momentum and showcased a lot of work our partners are doing. You can see all our CES 2011 blog content here which includes the amazing videos from Ben with partners. We also continue to see strong momentum with business customers with nearly 90% of enterprise businesses already making the move to Windows 7.

Source: Windows Team Blog

Decoders for the H.264 and AAC formats in Windows Server 2008 R2

Posted by bink on January 26 2011, 2:30 AM. Posted in .NET.

When you try to play back a video file or an audio file that is encoded with the H.264 video format or the AAC audio format, playback fails. Note This problem may be encountered by Windows Media Player, by Windows Internet Explorer 9.0, or by other applications that rely on the Windows Media platform to play media files that use these formats.

This problem occurs because the Desktop Experience feature in Windows Server 2008 R2 does not include decoders for the H.264 and AAC formats.


Download details Update for Desktop Experience Decoder for Windows Server 2008 R2 (KB2483177)

Microsoft Attack Surface Analyzer - Beta

Posted by bink on January 26 2011, 2:28 AM.

Attack Surface Analyzer is the same tool used by Microsoft's internal product teams to catalogue changes made to the operating system by the installation of new software. Attack Surface Analyzer takes a snapshot of your system state before and after the installation of product(s) and displays the changes to a number of key elements of the Windows attack surface.

This allows:

- Developers to view changes in the attack surface resulting from the introduction of their code on to the Windows platform - IT Professionals to assess the aggregate Attack Surface change by the installation of an organization's line of business applications - IT Security Auditors evaluate the risk of a particular piece of software installed on the Windows platform during threat risk reviews - IT Security Incident Responders to gain a better understanding of the state of a systems security during investigations (if a baseline scan was taken of the system during the deployment phase)


Download details Attack Surface Analyzer - Beta

BinScope Binary Analyzer

Posted by bink on January 18 2011, 4:54 PM.

OK I do not often post developer tools from Microsoft, but the name of the tool sounds so cool and so much beter than MS Marketing normally does, I couldn’t resist Hot smile “BinScope Binary Analyzer”!

BinScope is a Microsoft verification tool that analyzes binaries on a project-wide level to ensure that they have been built in compliance with Microsoft’s Security Development Lifecycle (SDL) requirements and recommendations.

BinScope checks that SDL-required compiler/linker flags are being set, strong-named assemblies are in use, up-to-date build tools are in place, and the latest good ATL headers are being used. BinScope also reports on dangerous constructs that are prohibited by SDL


Download details BinScope Binary Analyzer

Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) 5.5

Posted by bink on January 18 2011, 4:40 PM.

The latest release from the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) team provides organizations with more assessments and reporting for simplified IT infrastructure planning.

Download the MAP Toolkit 5.5:

Simplify planning for migration to the latest Microsoft products and technologies with the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 5.5. This multifaceted tool is now even better—with assessment for easier migration to theWindows Azure platform,heterogeneous database discovery for SQL Server migration projects, Windows Internet Explorer migration assessment, and much more—MAP 5.5 includes new features to help you streamline planning for your next migration project.

Desktop migration projects are easier with the hardware assessment for Windows 7 and Internet Explorer. The MAP 5.5 Internet Explorer migration assessment inventories and reports on deployed web browsers, Microsoft ActiveX controls, and add-ons—and delivers the findings in a convenient migration assessment report and proposal.

Enhanced server consolidation features help users save time and effort when creating virtualization assessments and proposals. Enhancements include updated hardware libraries with the latest CPU models, data collection and store every five minutes, customized server selection, and greater scalability and reliability requiring less effort and oversight of the data collection process.MAP also helps accelerate SQL Server migration projects with heterogeneous database discovery for MySQL, Oracle, and Sybase instances.

Enjoy quicker, easier migrations and upgrades—saving your organization time and money—when you take advantage of the agentless, automated discovery and detailed infrastructure assessments from MAP.

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Internet Information Services (IIS) 7.5 Express

Posted by bink on January 17 2011, 12:53 AM.

IIS 7.5 Express is a simple and self-contained version of IIS 7.5 that is optimized for developers.

IIS 7.5 Express enhances your ability to develop and test web applications on Windows by combining the power of IIS 7.5 with the convenience of a lightweight web server like the ASP.NET Development Server (also known as Cassini). IIS 7.5 Express is included withMicrosoft WebMatrix, an integrated suite of tools designed to make developing web applications on Windows simple and seamless. IIS 7.5 Express can also be used with Visual Studio 2010 as a powerful alternative to Cassini. The benefits of using IIS 7.5 Express include:

  • The same web server that runs on your production server is now available on your development computer.
  • Most tasks can be done without the need for administrative privileges.
  • IIS 7.5 Express runs on Windows XP and all later versions of Windows.
  • Many users can work independently on the same computer.

This package installs only IIS 7.5 Express. For an integrated development experience, also install Microsoft WebMatrix or Visual Studio 2010.


Download details Internet Information Services (IIS) 7.5 Express

System Center Service Manager – Exchange Connector

Posted by bink on January 17 2011, 12:51 AM.

The System Center Service Manager – Exchange Connector connects Service Manager to Exchange for processing incoming emails related to incidents and change requests and sending notifications from the console.

The System Center Service Manager – Exchange Connector connects Service Manager to Exchange for processing incoming emails related to incidents and change requests. The emails can update the incident action log or change the status of an incident to resolved or closed. Incoming emails with special keywords allow a change request reviewer to approve or reject a review activity and activity implementers can mark activities assigned to them as completed. The SendEmail solution allows analysts to send messages to users via email from the console. Feature Summary This release is compatible with Service Manager 2010 SP1. It contains the final set of features for this version, including

  • Create incident from email
  • Update incident action log from email
  • Resolve or close incidents from email
  • Approve/reject change requests from email
  • Update change request “action log” from email
  • Mark manual activities completed from email
  • Add email file attachment to work items as attachments
  • Send notifications to users from the console


Download details System Center Service Manager – Exchange Connector

Microsoft Web Deploy v2.0

Posted by bink on January 17 2011, 12:50 AM.

The Web Deployment Tool simplifies migration, management and deployment of IIS Web servers, Web applications and Web sites.

The Web Deployment Tool simplifies the migration, management and deployment of IIS Web servers, Web applications and Web sites. Administrators can use command-line scripting with the Web Deployment Tool to synchronize IIS 6.0 and IIS 7.0 servers or to migrate an IIS 6.0 server to IIS 7.0. The Web Deployment Tool also enables administrators and delegated users to use IIS Manager to deploy ASP.NET and PHP applications to an IIS 7.0 server. Migrate Web applications between IIS 6.0 and IIS 7.0 with ease Simplify the planning of your IIS 6.0 to IIS 7.0 migrations by determining incompatibilities and previewing the proposed changes before starting the process. Learning about any potential issues in advance gives you the chance to take corrective measures and simplifies migration. Synchronize your server farm efficiently The Web Deployment Tool allows you to efficiently synchronize sites, applications or servers across your IIS 7.0 server farm by detecting differences between the source and destination content and transferring only those changes which need synchronization. The tool simplifies the synchronization process by automatically determining the configuration, content, databases and certificates to be synchronized for a specific site. In addition to the default behavior, you still have the option to specify additional providers for the synchronization, including COM, GAC and registry settings. Package, archive and deploy Web applications more easily The Web Deployment Tool enables you to package configuration and content of your installed Web applications, including SQL databases, and use the packages for storage or redeployment. These packages can be deployed using IIS Manager without requiring administrative privileges. The tool also integrates with Visual Studio 2010 to help developers streamline the deployment of Web applications to the Web server. For more information, see the following articles:


Download details Web Deploy v2.0

Publishing Outlook Anywhere Using NTLM Authentication With Forefront TMG or Forefront UAG

Posted by bink on January 17 2011, 12:50 AM.

This white paper provides detailed information about publishing Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 using Forefront TMG or Forefront UAG to secure access for Outlook Anywhere when using NTLM Authentication.

When you publish Exchange, Microsoft offers two software-based options: Microsoft Forefront Threat Management Gateway 2010 and Microsoft Forefront Unified Access Gateway 2010. Both options offer publishing wizards and security features to provide secure access to Exchange when it's accessed from outside the safety of the corporate network.

This white paper provides detailed information about publishing Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 using Forefront TMG or Forefront UAG, including how to choose between them for different scenarios, and provides specific steps you can take to configure Forefront TMG and Forefront UAG to publish Exchange 2010 while using NTLM authentication for Outlook Anywhere access.


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Server and Tools chief Muglia to leave Microsoft in summer 2011

Posted by bink on January 15 2011, 3:26 PM.

Microsoft veteran and Server & Tools Business (STB) President Bob Muglia is leaving Microsoft, according to an email that CEO Steve Ballmer sent to employees on January 10.

From Ballmer’s email:

“The best time to think about change is when you are in a position of strength, and that’s where we are today with STB – leading the server business, successful with our developer tools, and poised to lead the rapidly emerging cloud future.  Bob Muglia and I have been talking about the overall business and what is needed to accelerate our growth. In this context, I have decided that now is the time to put new leadership in place for STB. This is simply recognition that all businesses go through cycles and need new and different talent to manage through those cycles. Bob has been a phenomenal partner throughout this process, and he and his leadership team have the right strategy in place.

“In conjunction with this leadership change, Bob has decided to leave Microsoft this summer. He will continue to actively run STB as I conduct an internal and external search for the new leader.  Bob will onboard the new leader and will also complete additional projects for me.

“Bob has been a founder and leader of our server business from its earliest inception.  He has led our Developer, Office, and Mobile Devices Divisions, and key parts of Windows NT and our Online Services business.  I’ve worked with him in many capacities over the years and I’ve always appreciated his customer focus, technical depth, people leadership skills, and his positive energy. I want to thank Bob for his hard work, many accomplishments, and his focus on putting Microsoft first for 23 years.”

Server and Tools chief Muglia to leave Microsoft in summer 2011  ZDNet