Microsoft confirms Windows 7 SP1 RTM, released to OEMs today

Posted by bink on January 15 2011, 12:46 AM.

In a blog posting on Thursday, Microsoft’s Russian Windows Virtualization team confirmed that the final build of Windows 7 SP1 is 7601.17514.win7sp1_rtm.101119-1850. The Russian site also explains that the Service Pack will be available publicly today. Microsoft generally releases Service Packs on a Tuesday so it’s not clear whether the Russian technet post is referring to a public release to select partners or a full web release.

WinRumors understand the software giant will ship the release to its OEM partners today but that a web release is expected at a later date.

“Вышел Service Pack 1 для Windows 7 и Windows Server 2008 R2”


Full story at winrumors

Microsoft Mathematics 4.0

Posted by bink on January 13 2011, 8:14 PM.

Microsoft Mathematics provides a graphing calculator that plots in 2D and 3D, step-by-step equation solving, and useful tools to help students with math and science studies.

Microsoft Mathematics provides a set of mathematical tools that help students get school work done quickly and easily. With Microsoft Mathematics, students can learn to solve equations step-by-step while gaining a better understanding of fundamental concepts in pre-algebra, algebra, trigonometry, physics, chemistry, and calculus.

Microsoft Mathematics includes a full-featured graphing calculator that’s designed to work just like a handheld calculator. Additional math tools help you evaluate triangles, convert from one system of units to another, and solve systems of equations.


Download details Microsoft Mathematics 4.0

Just 2 Windows patches next week

Posted by bink on January 7 2011, 6:07 AM.


The first bulletin is Important and affects Windows Vista.  The second bulletin has an aggregate of Critical and all supported versions of Windows are affected. As always, we recommend that customers deploy these updates as soon as possible. 

This month we will not be releasing updates to address Security Advisory 2490606 (public vulnerability affecting Windows Graphics Rendering Engine) and Security Advisory 2488013 (public vulnerability affecting Internet Explorer). We continue to actively monitor both vulnerabilities and for Advisory 2488013 we have started to see targeted attacks. If customers have not already, we recommend they consult the Advisory for the mitigation recommendations. We continue to watch the threat landscape very closely and if the situation changes, we will post updates here on the MSRC blog.

Critical Security Bulletins:

Bulletin 2

- Affected Software:

- Windows XP Service Pack 3

- Windows XP Professional x64 Edition Service Pack 2

- Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2

- Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition Service Pack 2

- Windows Server 2003 with SP2 for Itanium-based Systems

- Windows Vista Service Pack 1 and

Windows Vista Service Pack 2

- Windows Vista x64 Edition Service Pack 1 and

Windows Vista x64 Edition Service Pack 2

- Windows Server 2008 for 32-bit Systems and

Windows Server 2008 for 32-bit Systems Service Pack 2

(Windows Server 2008 Server Core installation affected)

- Windows Server 2008 for x64-based Systems and

Windows Server 2008 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 2

(Windows Server 2008 Server Core installation affected)

- Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based Systems and

Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based Systems Service Pack 2

- Windows 7 for 32-bit Systems

- Windows 7 for x64-based Systems

- Windows Server 2008 R2 for x64-based Systems

(Windows Server 2008 R2 Server Core installation affected)

- Windows Server 2008 R2 for Itanium-based Systems

- Impact: Remote Code Execution

- Version Number: 1.0

Important Security Bulletins


Bulletin 1

- Affected Software:

- Windows Vista Service Pack 1 and

Windows Vista Service Pack 2

- Windows Vista x64 Edition Service Pack 1 and

Windows Vista x64 Edition Service Pack 2

- Impact: Remote Code Execution

- Version Number: 1.0

Windows Phone 7 January Update Details

Posted by sumeethevans on January 6 2011, 11:13 PM. Posted in Windows Phone 7 Series.

One question we hear often is: What’s next for Windows Phone? We’re obsessive about listening closely to our customers and improving our phone software. So over the next few months, look for updates that add some new features you’ve asked for and also tune up your phone’s performance. Here’s a peek at some of what’s ahead:

Copy and pasteimage Soon you’ll be able to copy text from emails, text messages, web pages, and Office Mobile documents, and paste it anywhere you can type. Faster apps and games Nobody likes to wait. That’s why we’ve whittled down the time it takes for apps and games to start up and resume. It’s all part of our focus on getting you to the things you love, easier and faster.

Better Marketplace search We’ve streamlined Marketplace search to make it easier to find specific apps, games, or music. Press the Search button in the apps or games section of Marketplace and you’ll see only apps or games in the results. Press Search in the music section of Marketplace to search just the music catalog.

Getting phone updates How will you know when an update is available? Easy. Your phone is designed to automatically tell you via a pop-up message (unless you’ve turned this option off). For more details, see How do I update my phone software?

Microsoft Touch Mouse.

Posted by sumeethevans on January 6 2011, 10:06 PM. Posted in Hardware.

Today at the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Microsoft Corp. unveiled the Touch Mouse, a new multitouch device designed for Windows 7 that lets people click, flick, scroll and swipe, making it easy and fun to interact with their PCs. Born from the Mouse 2.0 project conducted by Microsoft Research and the Applied Sciences Group, the Touch Mouse combines the virtues of a mouse with the rich natural language of gesture that lets people interact with Windows 7 in a more intuitive way.

“The new Touch Mouse is a great way for customers to interact naturally with their Windows 7-based PC,” said Mark Relph, senior director of the Windows Developer and Ecosystem Team at Microsoft. “We worked closely with the Microsoft Hardware team to help develop the multitouch gestures that make Windows 7 easier, simpler and more fun to use. After just a few minutes with this mouse you’ll see why.”

One finger lets people manage individual documents or pages by flicking to quickly scroll, pan and tilt, and one thumb lets people move back or forward through a Web browser. • Two fingers manage windows, letting people maximize, minimize, snap and restore them. • Three fingers let people navigate their whole desktop, showing instant viewer or clearing their desktop.

The New Microsoft Surface

Posted by sumeethevans on January 6 2011, 9:58 PM. Posted in Surface.

The new Microsoft Surface was unveiled on Wednesday at CES 2011. We just launched our brand new Microsoft Surface web site. There you’ll learn about the Surface experience and get a look at the Samsung SUR40 for Microsoft Surface. More information will be coming over time, so check back with and the blog to stay up to date with the latest news.

From a slimmer form factor to new administrator tools, Surface features some exciting changes:

  • Slim device. The new hardware is 4 inches thin.
  • A richer visual experience. With the rich color saturation from a full HD display and a larger screen, Surface offers a compelling, immersive visual experience that draws people in.
  • A vision-based touch experience. With PixelSense™, Microsoft Surface sees and responds to touch and real world objects.
  • Touch-enabled from start to finish. With Windows 7 and Surface 2.0 , there is no need for a keyboard and mouse for setup and configuration.
  • New Quick Controls. Venue staff can adjust basic settings like volume, brightness, and input source.
  • More customization options. An improved configuration utility means you can quickly make changes to background images, configure applications, and modify settings without getting into code.
  • Easier remote administration. Power shell scripts are easy to use and create, so Surface can be deployed in an enterprise setting.
  • Streamlined development for touch. The Microsoft Surface 2.0 platform makes development easier with applications that run on Microsoft Windows 7 touch devices and with enhanced capabilities on the Samsung SUR40 for Microsoft Surface.

Introducing Flickr for Windows 7 and Windows Phone 7!

Posted by sumeethevans on January 6 2011, 9:55 PM. Posted in Windows 7, Windows Phone 7 Series.

Today, we’re pleased to announce that a new Flickr application will soon join our mobile family. Introducing Flickr for Windows 7 and Flickr for Windows Phone 7!

This application brings the best of Flickr to your Windows 7 mobile devices. You can view your Flickr photos in stunning high-resolution display, browse through photostreams, sets and more with rich navigational features, share directly via email, Twitter, Facebook and upload directly from your device. You can also seamlessly transition from your Windows Phone 7 to Windows 7 tablet and back again without ever losing your place.

The Flickr application will be available to the general public on January 31st

Visit for more information!

Check out the CES Keynote, new cool stuff on Windows 8, Kinect, Surface, Windows Phone 7

Posted by bink on January 6 2011, 8:44 PM.

Did you miss the live keynote stream of CES last night/this morning? Go check it out is a little less than an hour and has new cool stuff on Windows 8 with ARM and SoC support, Kinect, Surface, Windows Phone 7.

Watch it complete or see clips from the keynote here:

Microsoft Ballmer Keynote

Some highlights below

Xbox Kinect

Control your avatar’s facial expression, head and arm movements. As you talk, frown, smile, or scowl, your voice and facial expressions are enacted by your avatar, bringing your avatar to life.

Invite up to seven friends to join you in the imaginative virtual environments. Discuss the latest entertainment or sports topics, or even perform on stage, and see your friends’ facial expressions in real time. Record your session with a producer’s editorial eye, following your performance, zooming and panning, just like a real TV production, then share your videos online with friends.Avatar_Kinect_Tailgate_06_web

Choose from 15 unique and imaginative virtual sets to reflect your mood and inspire your conversations or performances. Arrive or leave your session in style with unique animations like flying in with a jet pack, or snapping your fingers to vanish. You can also add cool animated and visual effects to creatively express your thoughts.


When you watch Mediaroom-powered TV on your PC with Windows Media Center, you’ll get all the HD TV, DVR, and VOD programming you love with no additional hardware required. New on-demand programming is also available through your browser, delivering instant entertainment to any Windows 7-based PC.


Mediaroom features an intuitive on-screen guide so you can quickly and easily browse through TV and movie listings, and live or recorded programs. You can search for current or future programs using keywords, and watch clips and video previews of what’s on other channels or programs that are coming soon.


Mediaroom’s video-on-demand storefront enables rentals and purchases through an intuitive menu system, giving you instant access to movies and entertainment. Watch the latest blockbuster or an old classic, an incredible concert or the kids’ favorites.


ESPN on Xbox LIVE delivers more than 3,500 live, global sporting events a year from Enjoy features like HD and on-demand programming, out-of-market games, and access to clips and highlights from Catch all the bowl game action this college football season and predict which teams will win this season’s 36 bowl game match-ups.


Zune is Microsoft’s digital entertainment service that provides a single music and video service that works across multiple screens. It brings the best music, movies, and TV straight to Xbox 360. Rent or buy HD films and TV shows right from Zune Marketplace. And with a Zune Pass music subscription, you can access millions of songs through Xbox 360.



Samsung SUR40 for Microsoft Surface features new technology that gives LCD panels the power to see without the use of cameras, a 40-inch, high-definition screen, and thin form factor with multiple configuration options (horizontal and vertical).



Microsoft shows off Windows 8 on ARM at CES

Posted by sumeethevans on January 6 2011, 4:49 AM. Posted in Windows (general).

Microsoft demonstrated at a press conference on January 5 the “next version of Windows” running on ARM processors, as many Microsoft watchers had been expecting.

At the press conference — held a few hours before CEO Steve Ballmer will keynote the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) — Microsoft Windows President Steven Sinofsky showed off an early build of Windows 8 runnong on new systems-on-a-chip (SOC) platforms from NVIDIA, Qualcomm and Texas Instruments on ARM. To prove Microsoft isn’t abandonning the x86 architecture with Windows 8, company officials also showed off Windows 8 running on x86 SOC.

Rumors that Microsoft would show off Windows 8 running on ARM have been circulating for the past couple of weeks. Earlier this week, TechFlash reported that Microsoft had cut deals with the aforementioned ARM chip makers, which will enable Windows 8 to run on ARM-based systems once the next release of Microsoft’s operating system is available.

Sinofsky told press conference attendees they were forbidden from videotaping demos of the next version of Windows. Unsurprisingly, he also said Microsoft would not discuss its release schedule plans or show off the new Windows 8 user interface.

Continue at All About Microsoft

Official Press release here

Microsoft at 2011 CES Keynote Address and Show Information

Posted by sumeethevans on January 5 2011, 10:21 PM. Posted in Steve Ballmer, Events, Keynote.

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer will kick off the 2011 International CES at the preshow CES opening keynote address on Jan. 5, 2011, in Las Vegas. This will be Ballmer’s third opening keynote address at CES, the world’s largest consumer technology trade show.

Keynote Information:

Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011 6:30 p.m. PST, Las Vegas Hilton Center Las Vegas, Nevada

The keynote address will stream live on

Additional content, including images and videos, will post at 7:30 p.m.

Microsoft getting ready for CES 2011 videos

Posted by sumeethevans on January 5 2011, 10:20 PM. Posted in Microsoft Corp, Events.

Our #CES creative presentation creative consultant @ChetLogo has completed his journey of molding presenters for Microsoft's keynote. Watch his magic! Visit us on Facebook for more Chet (and CES).

More here

Get behind-the-scenes access at CES 2011 with the Windows Experience Blog!

Posted by sumeethevans on January 5 2011, 10:16 PM. Posted in Events.

The Windows Experience Blog is your one-stop-shop to get the inside scoop on what’s new, what’s cool, and what you absolutely can’t miss at CES 2011. 

For the entire duration of the show I’ll be on the exhibit floor (or in our partner suites) filming videos with our hardware partners that will give you a behind the scenes look at the “how” and “why” on their products and lots of hands on time with new gear.  Videos will be fast and furious – I’m shooting, editing and posting more than 10 videos in 3 days!

Continue at WindowsTeamBlog