First Look at Windows Phone 7 Copy/Paste(Video)

Posted by sumeethevans on December 9 2010, 8:18 AM. Posted in Windows Phone 7 Series.

It's no secret that copy/paste functionality is coming to Windows Phone 7 courtesy of an early 2011 upgrade, and now we have a first look at exactly how that will work on actual devices. Thanks to a helpful tipster, we've been treated to a quick video walkthrough of the process on a Samsung Taylor running the impending update, which was recently seeded to developers.

Also notable is the OS version, 7.0.7338, which is different than the 7.0.7004.0 which current devices are running. Finally we have the copy/paste pop-up menu, pictured above, which as you'd expect conforms perfectly to the Metro UI while offering plenty of surface area for selecting an option.

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Announcing Visual Studio 2010 Service Pack 1 Beta

Posted by sumeethevans on December 9 2010, 8:11 AM. Posted in Visual Studio.

I'm happy to announce that the Visual Studio 2010 Service Pack 1 Beta is now ready for download! MSDN subscribers may download the beta immediately with general availability on Thursday. Service Pack 1 Beta comes with a “go live” license which means you can start using the product for production related work (see the license agreement with the product for more details).

Since the launch of Visual Studio 2010 and the .NET Framework 4 earlier this year and our subsequent Feature Packs, we have been concentrating on your feedback and worked hard on the issues you reported through Connect and our survey. I just recently blogged about the results from our recent survey and called out some of the latest improvements the team has delivered. 

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Visio shapes for SharePoint Server, Project Server, Search Server, and Office posters

Posted by bink on December 7 2010, 3:20 AM.

Visio shapes to use to create models of server deployment environments.

Download this zip file of Microsoft Visio stencils to create your own diagrams for models of server deployments. For examples of how the IT pro content publishing team for Microsoft Office 2010, Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010, Microsoft Project Server 2010, Microsoft Search Server 2010, and Microsoft SharePoint Foundation used these shapes, see these pages:

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SCVMM 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 Release Candidate

Posted by bink on December 4 2010, 7:49 PM.

We're pleased to announce SCVMM 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 Release Candidate is now ready to download from https://connect.microsoft.com/site799

This release adds support for Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 RC to SCVMM. We've added the necessary properties and controls to allow you to create and manage Dynamic Memory and RemoteFX enabled on virtual machines on Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Hyper-V hosts.

Since this is a pre-release version, usage of this is limited to test environments. You're encouraged to ask questions via the SCVMM forums on TechNet and send us comments, suggestions and feedback via Microsoft Connect.

Forefront Unified Access Gateway (UAG) 2010 Service Pack One (SP1)

Posted by bink on December 4 2010, 5:47 PM.

Forefront Unified Access Gateway (UAG) Service Pack One (SP1) provides a number of new features, including support for publishing ADFS 2.0; an improved Forefront UAG DirectAccess experience; one-time password (OTP) authentication for DirectAccess clients; and integration of Forefront UAG Update 1 and Update 2.

For a full description of the Forefront UAG SP1 features, see What’s New in SP1. This download page provides the SP1 update, for installation on existing Forefront UAG servers. For information about SP1 installation, see Installing SP1 on Forefront UAG 2010. Forefront UAG SP1 can also be installed as a full application that provides both Forefront UAG and SP1, and will be available at the Volume Licensing Service Center in January 2011. The following download is included in this page:

Forefront UAG SP1 Update (UAGSP1-KB2285712-ENU.exe)—Run this file to install SP1 on servers currently running Forefront UAG RTM; Forefront UAG with Update 1; Forefront UAG with Update 2; Forefront UAG with SP1 RC, or Forefront UAG with SP1 Beta.

In addition to new features and functionality, SP1 provides the following:

Trace files—Trace files for the SP1 update can be obtained from Forefront UAG tracing symbols.

DCA 1.5—SP1 contains the setup file (Microsoft_DirectAccess_Connectivity_Assistant.msi) required to deploy the DCA 1.5 client application on Forefront UAG DirectAccess clients who connect to DirectAccess servers running Forefront UAG with SP1. After installing SP1, the .msi file is located on the Forefront UAG server, in the Program Files\Microsoft Forefront Unified Access Gateway\common\bin\da\dca folder, or in an alternate installation path.

Note the following:

• For information about deploying DCA, see Installing the DirectAccess Connectivity Assistant on Microsoft TechNet.

• When you install DCA 1.5, the .msi file runs in English. After Setup, the DCA user interface appears on the end-user computer in the language specified by the operating system.

• DirectAccess clients can get information about the DCA 1.5 application from Using the DirectAccess Connectivity Assistant (DCA) 1.5 on Microsoft TechNet.

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Announcing Silverlight 5

Posted by sumeethevans on December 3 2010, 5:31 AM. Posted in SilverLight.

Today at the Silverlight FireStarter event we unveiled the next release of Silverlight.

Silverlight 5 adds significant new features and capabilities, and enables developers to create premium media experiences and deliver rich applications across browsers, desktops and devices. In my keynote this morning we demonstrated a number of them, and highlighted both the developer productivity Silverlight 5 provides and the great new user experiences it enables.  You can watch my keynote here.

A Silverlight 5 beta will be available in the first half of next year, and the final release will ship in the second half of 2011.

Some major features

  • Hardware video decode: Silverlight 5 now supports GPU accelerated video decode, which significantly reduces CPU load for HD video.  Using Silverlight 5, even low powered Netbooks will be able to play back 1080p HD content
  • Trickplay: Silverlight 5 now enables variable speed playback of media content on the client with automatic audio pitch correction. This is great for training videos where you want to speed up the trainer while still understanding what he’s saying
  • Improved power awareness will prevent screensavers from kicking in while you’re watching movies while allowing the computer to sleep when video is not playing.
  • Remote-control support is now built-into Silverlight 5 - allowing users to control media playback with remote control devices.

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Introducing the Xbox LIVE Rewards program

Posted by sumeethevans on December 2 2010, 3:11 AM. Posted in Xbox.

It’s a brand new way for Xbox LIVE members* to earn Microsoft points for doing things they already do on Xbox LIVE. Sign up and start earning Microsoft Points by watching movies and sports, playing games and more. 

Plus, when you sign-up for Xbox LIVE Gold, or renew your membership you’ll earn even more. Sound good? We’re officially kicking off the program later today, but if you want to get in early hit the link below.

Get more details and join for free at Rewards.xbox.com via MajorNelson

Pursuing the future of homebrew on Windows Phone 7

Posted by sumeethevans on December 2 2010, 3:10 AM. Posted in Windows Phone 7 Series.

Earlier today, we were contacted by Brandon Watson, Director of Developer Experience for Windows Phone 7, to discuss the ChevronWP7 unlocking tool. Through this discussion, we established a mutual understanding of our intent to enable homebrew opportunities and to open the Windows Phone 7 platform for broader access to developers and users.

To reiterate our enthusiasm to enable new opportunities, we have made available a WP7 custom ringtone manager that shows off exciting platform potential. The source code has also been made available to guide homebrew developers.

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Xbox 360 Surpasses 2.5 Million Kinect Sensors Sold

Posted by sumeethevans on December 1 2010, 6:14 AM. Posted in Xbox.

Microsoft today announced that strong demand over the Black Friday weekend has propelled retail sales of Kinect for Xbox 360 to more than 2.5 million units worldwide since it launched just 25 days ago.

“We are thrilled about the consumer response to Kinect, and are working hard with our retail and manufacturing partners to expedite production and shipments of Kinect to restock shelves as fast as possible to keep up with demand,” said Don Mattrick, president of the Interactive Entertainment Business at Microsoft. “With sales already exceeding two and a half million units in just 25 days, we are on pace to reach our forecast of 5 million units sold to consumers this holiday.”

“Kinect on Xbox 360 was a top performer at Target this weekend,” said Nik Nayar, vice president, merchandising, Target. “We expect Kinect will be a must-have gift this holiday season, so Target will continue to receive consistent shipments of Kinect throughout December. The hands-free, active gaming experience that Kinect offers is something that everyone in the family can enjoy.”

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Ballmer Set to “Look Into” Windows Home Server Drive Extender Fiasco

Posted by sumeethevans on December 1 2010, 12:48 AM. Posted in Windows Home Server.

Tuesday’s announcement from Microsoft regarding the removal of Drive Extender from Windows Home Server has sent shock waves across the web. Whilst I thought the company would undoubtedly take a beating in the press for the decision, I’ve been amazed at the scale of the community response. The response has been awesome – a true measure of the passion that exists in the community for this product.

Inspired by the thousands of comments I’ve read over the last few days, I took the opportunity to write to Microsoft’s CEO, Steve Ballmer, regarding the situation.

In truth, I have little knowledge of how Steve Ballmer’s customer feedback loop works with regard to how emails are received, who reads them and how they’re responded to. However, this morning I received the following CEO-class succinct reply:

From: Steve Ballmer Sent: 26 November 2010 05:30 To: Terry Walsh Subject: RE: MVP Feedback – Windows Home Server “Vail” Crisis

Let’s look into it

So, clearly there’s never going to be any promises, but with hundreds of comments sent by you to Microsoft directly via the Connect website, and a heads up to the guy at the top of the tree, I trust Microsoft are now clearly aware of the passionate views of the community around this issue.

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Microsoft develops shape-shifting touchscreen

Posted by bink on November 30 2010, 6:02 PM.

Microsoft this week filed a patent application covering a novel way to construct a "tactile" touchscreen – a display that uses technical tricks to convince users they are actually touching the ridges, bumps and textures of a displayed image.

Whereas previous screens produced only an illusion of texture, Microsoft proposes producing a real texture, using pixel-sized shape-memory plastic cells that can be ordered to protrude from the surface on command.

It's a new approach to the challenge, but not the first. Communications giant Nokia, Disney Research in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and a Finnish firm called Senseg are all developing displays that use voltages of different frequencies, applied to a grid below the touchscreen, to trick our fingertips into experiencing a wide variety of touch sensations. They are known as vibrotactile displays.

They work well, but have limitations. For one thing, they can be noisy: some of the frequencies are in the audio range, so a buzz can be heard. Such problems may have prompted Microsoft to pursue a radically different approach.

UV switch

In US patent application 2010/0295820, published yesterday, Microsoft proposes using a layer of shape-memory plastic placed above a large touchscreen to distort the surface of the screen when different wavelengths of ultraviolet light strike the pixels from beneath.

Microsoft's named inventor, Erez Kikin-Gil at the firm's Redmond campus in Washington state, says in the patent that the idea is aimed at large table-sized computing displays such as the company's Surface, rather than phones or tablets.

A projector built into the Surface displays a computer image onto the table top from below. As the user touches it, infrared reflections from their fingertips are detected by cameras beneath the table and used to pinpoint the position of the finger and lend touchscreen capability.

In the patent, Microsoft proposes coating the display with a light-induced shape-memory polymer. This becomes hard and protruding when one wavelength of ultraviolet light is transmitted at a pixel, and soft when another wavelength hits it. By modulating these wavelengths, texture can be created, the patent claims.

However, Microsoft never comments on its plans for its patents and it is not yet known how feasible the idea is.

End of keypads

If it works it certainly would be welcome, says Patrick Baudisch, a display interaction expert at the University of Potsdam in Germany, who worked on the Surface in its early days.

"Creating well-defined bumps on a touch surface is in many ways the holy grail of text entry on touch devices because it would enable touch typing at much faster speeds than on touchscreens today," he says.

And if it could be used on smaller devices, it could spell the end of keypads on phones, he believes. "There would be no more reason for mobile keypads – they would simply be emulated when necessary. That could effect massive change in this field."

Microsoft develops shape-shifting touchscreen - tech - 26 November 2010 - New Scientist