PHP Manager for IIS 7 – beta release

Posted by sumeethevans on August 31 2010, 3:02 AM. Posted in Internet Information Services (IIS).

Today I am releasing PHP Manager for IIS 7 – beta, which is an IIS extension for setting up and managing multiple PHP installations on IIS 7 servers. It can be used to:

  • Register PHP with IIS;
  • Run multiple PHP versions side by side;
  • Check PHP runtime configuration and environment (output of phpinfo() function)
  • Configure various PHP settings
  • Enable or disable PHP extensions
  • Remotely manage PHP configuration in php.ini fille

The PHP Manager installation packages can be downloaded from these locations:

The project’s home page and documentation are located at This blog post describes how the PHP Manager for IIS can be used.

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Windows Live Sync to be named Windows Live Mesh

Posted by sumeethevans on August 28 2010, 7:56 PM. Posted in Windows Live.

In June, we announced that as part of Windows Live Essentials beta, we brought together two programs, Windows Live Sync and the Live Mesh beta, into one: Windows Live Sync beta. We focused on four things with our beta release:

  • Making it easy to access the PCs you use from anywhere
  • Getting your files and folders on the PCs you use regularly
  • Giving you enough space to sync your most important files and folders to the cloud
  • Providing simple document collaboration over the web using SkyDrive

Renaming Windows Live Sync to Windows Live Mesh In our beta release, we brought the best of Windows Live Sync and Live Mesh together. With the addition of remote access and cloud storage, we understand that the new program does more than sync files.  So following the beta period, we’ll be using the name Windows Live Mesh going forward, which we feel best reflects our broader goal of allowing you to access your stuff across your devices.

List of missing files in a synced folder More cloud storage We continue to see that the primary way customers are syncing files is between their different PCs (or Macs). And we will continue to make it easy to sync virtually unlimited amounts of data between your PCs. When syncing files to the cloud, beta participants get 2 GB of synced cloud storage. Only 2% of these participants are using more than 1.5 GB. However, Live Mesh offers 5 GB, and while only a small number of Live Mesh customers use all their space, we want to ease migration and increase the online storage limit from 2 GB to 5 GB.

Performance and quality improvements We’ve made several performance updates to Windows Live Mesh in response to your requests that will provide noticeable improvements to your experience. We worked on cutting the application load time in half and made syncing large numbers of folders and adding multiple devices to a sync folder faster. We’ve optimized both memory and CPU usage during sync activity as well as decreased CPU consumption by as much as 30% when Windows Live Mesh is idle.

Full Story at Windows Team Blog

15 Years Later: Remembering Windows 95

Posted by sumeethevans on August 28 2010, 7:54 PM. Posted in Windows (general).

15 years ago today, Microsoft launched Windows 95. In 1995 I was 11 years old and in the 5th grade. At that time, I never thought that today I’d be working at Microsoft – let alone helping to tell the story of Windows. So this is a really fun and personal topic for me to recall my memories of Windows 95 – today has been a neat day.

Windows 95 was the first operating system that I ever beta tested. My dad, who worked for a technology company at the time, brought home an unbranded package of disks labeled “Chicago” from Microsoft (“Chicago” was the codename for Windows 95) a few months prior. When he brought these disks home, I desperately wanted to see “the new Windows”. My dad tried to explain to me what beta software was. I didn’t care – I wanted to see the new Windows! Eventually he caved in to my excitement and decided to install the “new” version of Windows on our family’s (translation: my dad’s) HP Vectra PC. Windows 95 introduced the Start Menu in Windows for the first time and presented a different way of using Windows over previous versions. I had grown used to Windows 3.11 at the time. I was literally stunned with excitement when I saw all the “new” Windows. My dad and I share a common interest in Windows and the PC and this was what I consider the biggest defining moment in a bond with my dad that would continue to grow as I also grew older and with each new Windows release. I also still remember seeing the Windows 95 “Start Me Up” commercials on TV and all the news segments about the people lining up to pick up their copy in stores!

Continue at Windows Team Blog

Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 SP1 Language Pack Bundle

Posted by sumeethevans on August 28 2010, 7:53 PM. Posted in Exchange.

This download contains the most recently updated language packs for Exchange 2010. The language bundle includes all packs for all supported languages.

This download is available to customers who would like to install the most recent languages packs for Exchange 2010. This bundle does not include language packs for Unified Messaging.

Download Here

Kinect beta kits going out, Dashboard update live for participants (with pics!) [Update: and video!]

Posted by sumeethevans on August 28 2010, 7:51 PM. Posted in Xbox.

That email purportedly sent out by Microsoft a couple weeks back inviting its recipients into a Kinect beta program? Yeah -- it was legit. Joystiq has received corroborating evidence confirming the program, including pictures of the promised Kinect-enabled Dashboard update running on a participant's retail console.

We'll have more on the program as its participants continue to refuse acknowledgment of Microsoft's terms and conditions. [Update 8/27, 9am: And we've got a video of the new Dash]

Full Story with Screenshots at Joystiq

Exchange Server 2010 SP1 VHD

Posted by sumeethevans on August 28 2010, 7:49 PM. Posted in Exchange.

Download this fully configured virtual machine of the latest release of Exchange Server 2010 SP1. Evaluate the new capabilities of Exchange Server 2010 SP1, which helps you achieve new levels of reliability and performance by delivering features that help to simplify your administration, protect your communications, and delight your users by meeting their demands for greater business mobility. Note: 1. This trial software is intended for evaluation purposes only. 2. There is no product support for this trial. You are welcome to share your trial experience with others and to ask for advice by participating in the forums.


Microsoft Execs To Deliver Tokyo Game Show Keynote

Posted by sumeethevans on August 28 2010, 7:48 PM. Posted in Xbox.

Tokyo Game Show organizer CESA announced today the first of two keynote sessions that will open up this year's event on September 16.

Microsoft Home & Entertainment Division Chief Takashi Sensui and Microsoft Game Studio Corporate Vice President Phil Spencer will take the stage at the Makuhari Messe to deliver a keynote address tentatively titled "Xbox 360's Vision and 2010's Strategy."

The keynote address will be delivered simultaneous with the start of the first business day of the show, on the morning of September 16.


Xbox Live audio quality boosted in fall update

Posted by sumeethevans on August 28 2010, 7:47 PM. Posted in Xbox.

Microsoft has said that it plans to improve the technical quality of voice communication across Xbox Live through a system update, set to arrive this fall. The update, which Eurogamer reports will coincide with the November launch of Kinect, will upgrade the audio codec that handles all of your online chatting, strategizing and your mothering. [Update: Major Nelson has also confirmed the change in codec with Joystiq.] Speaking at the Edinburgh Interactive Festival, Xbox Live Europe general manager Jerry Johnson explained that the basic codec had originally required just a 64k connection. "It's time for us to move on," he said.

Full Story at Joystiq

Exchange ActiveSync to arrive on Hotmail on Monday

Posted by sumeethevans on August 27 2010, 4:33 AM. Posted in Windows Live Hotmail.

In an interview here on Thursday, Microsoft's Dharmesh Mehta told CNET that Exchange ActiveSync, which will let Hotmail users get push e-mail on cell phones and other devices, will become available on Monday.

While many phones support ActiveSync for connecting to an Exchange server, the feature will be most useful on a relatively small number of phones that support dual ActiveSync accounts, including the Palm Pre, the latest iPhone, and the forthcoming Windows Phone 7-based devices. Phone users who don't connect to an Exchange Server but have a device with ActiveSync support will also be able to use the new Hotmail feature.

Full Story Here

Stylish New Line of Wireless Mobile Mice Announced

Posted by sumeethevans on August 27 2010, 4:32 AM. Posted in Hardware.

Today we are excited to announce our new Wireless Mobile Mouse 4000 Studio Series line, which features six different designs that fit with the way people live and work today.  The new patterns were inspired by the places that people will use them – around the house, at a coffee shop, on a park bench – so they fit in with these environments and become a little piece of everyday art.

We’ve made a video to show you what inspired these patterns and how the new graphics were designed. Take a look and let us know what you think! Continue at Microsoft Hardware Blog

Exchange Server 2010 SP1 Is Now Available

Posted by sumeethevans on August 25 2010, 11:29 PM. Posted in Exchange.

You have been eagerly waiting, and we have been working hard over the summer to deliver the latest Exchange Server 2010 enhancements as soon as possible. I am extremely happy to announce the availability of Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 1, ready for download here.

We released the SP1 beta at Tech Ed North America in June. We also shared some of the SP1 enhancements in Yes Virginia, there is an Exchange Server 2010 SP1 back in April. Since then, almost 500,000 SP1 mailboxes have gone into production in Technology Adoption Program (TAP) customer environments.

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Microsoft beats Intel, AMD to market with CPU/GPU combo chip

Posted by sumeethevans on August 24 2010, 9:42 PM. Posted in Microsoft Corp, Xbox.

At Hot Chips today, Microsoft's Xbox team unveiled details of the system-on-a-chip (SoC) that powers the newer, slimmer Xbox 360 250GB model. Produced on the IBM/GlobalFoundries 45nm process, it's fair to say that the new SoC (pictured above) is the first mass-market, desktop-class processor to combine a CPU, GPU, memory, and I/O logic onto a single piece of silicon. The goal of the consolidation was, of course, to lower the cost of making the console by reducing the number of different chips needed for the system, shrinking the motherboard, and reducing the number of expensive fans and heatsinks.

The SoC also makes the new Xbox design more power efficient, which is nice for consumers, but the real motivation behind boosting the console's efficiency is to reduce the size and cost of the power supply unit, and to realize the aforementioned savings on cooling apparatus.

Microsoft engineers presented the new SoC and apparently did a lot of the layout (or perhaps all of it) themselves. Given the unique requirement of consoles—the system must perform exactly like the original Xbox 360—and despite a five-year gap and multiple iterations of Moore's Law, the consolidation presented a few interesting challenges.

If you take a look at the block diagram, you'll notice that most of the blocks are fairly obvious: the triple-core CPU is there, as is the ATI-designed GPU, and then you have the dual-channel memory controller and I/O. But the purpose of the "FSB replacement block" may not be obvious. This particular block essentially implements a kind of on-die "frontside bus" with the exact same latency and bandwidth characteristics as the older bus that connected the CPU and GPU when they were discrete parts.

Microsoft beats Intel, AMD to market with CPU/GPU combo chip

Full Story at Ars