Windows Live Sync Beta for Mac

Posted by sumeethevans on August 24 2010, 9:40 PM. Posted in Mac.

Windows Live Sync beta for Mac brings Live Mesh and the previous version of Windows Live Sync together into one product. With Windows Live Sync beta for Mac, you can keep the folders you choose in sync across your computers (Mac and PC) so the files you need are always right there with you.

  • Supported Operating Systems: Apple Mac OS X; Apple Mac OS X v. 10.5 Leopard
  • Supported Operating System Versions: Mac OS X v10.5 Leopard, Mac OS X v10.6 Snow Leopard
  • Supported Processor Architectures: Intel-based Mac computers only
Please note that Windows Live Sync beta for Mac will not run on a PowerPC-based Mac computer or a Mac computer with Mac OS X v10.4 Tiger or earlier.

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TechNet Magazine August Edition online

Posted by sumeethevans on August 24 2010, 8:35 PM. Posted in TechNet.


Forward-thinking companies continue to grapple with the realities of moving to the cloud. For every benefit comes a concern, for every answer a question. There are myriad considerations to resolve before actually pulling the plug on local storage and local hosting. Is cloud-based e-mail secure? How will I control access? Will I have access to e-mail archives? What happens if the hosting provider goes out of business or suffers a catastrophic failure? What’s my back-up plan? Read more… Software Licensing: Track Software Usage with MAP Toolkit 5.0 Tracking software usage for large enterprise customers can be a challenge. This new tool helps provide more accurate assessments.

Office Communications Server 2007 R2: Backup and Restore Your OCS 2007 R2 Contacts Export your OCS 2007 R2 contacts to an XML file with the Dbimpexp utility, and save yourself valuable time and effort.

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A Developer’s Roadmap to Windows Phone 7 Launch Timing

Posted by sumeethevans on August 24 2010, 8:23 PM. Posted in Windows Phone 7 Series.

ugust marks the six-month anniversary of the public unveiling of our next-generation mobile phone, Windows Phone 7. Six months is an interesting bit of time; it can fly by, or it can feel like it’s dragging on forever. The gating factor tends to be how much fun you are having. For us on the Windows Phone team, it feels like just yesterday that we first introduced Windows Phone 7 to the world. Now, just a blink of the eye and phones will be on shelves.

All of the work of the last six months is certainly paying off, as just about every conversation we have with developers focuses on their strategy for generating more business with Windows Phone 7. It’s amazing to see so many inspired developers looking to create experiences for Windows Phone 7. In fact, to date there have been north of 300,000 downloads of the Windows Phone Developer Tools.

Of course, it’s not just the big names in development who are going to bring great titles to Windows Phone 7 customers. There are many multiples more of lesser known developers who are looking to be in the Windows Phone Marketplace. Large or small, all developers will have equal opportunity to capitalize on the first mover advantage of having their apps or games ready at launch. In order to do that, there are a few things developers will need to do:

  1. Register at the marketplace today

  2. Finish you application or game using the Beta tools

  3. Download the final Windows Phone Developer Tools when they are released on September 16th

  4. Recompile your app or game using the final tools

  5. Have your XAP ready for ingestion into the marketplace in early October when it opens

The final tools will likely have some minor breaking changes from the Beta tools, so developers may have to fix some bugs that arise. The final tools will also include several highly requested Silverlight controls which will make it even easier for developers to deliver high quality Windows Phone 7 experiences. Also in the September 16th final release, the panorama, pivot and Bing maps controls will all be available to drop into applications.

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Microsoft to Co-Chair New W3C Web Performance Working Group

Posted by sumeethevans on August 24 2010, 8:22 PM. Posted in Internet Explorer, Microsoft Corp.

Earlier this morning the W3C announced the formation of a new Web Performance Working Group chartered with making it easier to accurately measure web application performance. Enabling web developers to understand the real world performance characteristics of their applications is critical to the success of HTML5, and we’re excited to have been selected as co-chairs of the new working group alongside Google. We look forward to partnering with the W3C and the broader web community to enable these scenarios through an interoperable API.

The third Internet Explorer 9 Platform Preview was the first browser to implement these portions of the WebTimings specification. Following standard conventions, we used a vendor prefix (ms) on the name because the specification was still under active development and hadn’t been brought into the charter of any working group. Google also recently provided an early implementation of these API’s inside Chrome using their vendor prefix (webkit). Through early collaboration between our engineering teams, we almost have interoperable implementations which is impressive for an API that has only been discussed for a few months. This is a great example of what’s possible through collaborative partnerships at the W3C.

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Xbox 360 S 250GB hard drive available ... right now

Posted by sumeethevans on August 24 2010, 8:20 PM. Posted in Xbox.

If you already want a hard drive for that 4GB Xbox 360 S you bought, you could wait patiently for Microsoft to announce the accessory ... or you could just go to Gamestop and buy one. Reader Iain informs Joystiq that he spotted the 250GB hard drives for the redesigned Xbox in his local store -- and they're also available on right now. (We couldn't find the item being offered by any other retailer yet.)

Of course, the $130 price for the drive completely obliterates any savings you might temporarily enjoy after buying the $200 4GB model (or the upcoming Kinect bundle), but it sure beats a mountain of USB flash drives.

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Facebook Places Launches with Bing’d Out Maps

Posted by sumeethevans on August 24 2010, 8:19 PM. Posted in bing.

After listening to the rumor mills roar and authoring hundreds of emails with my friends at Facebook it can finally be said that Facebook has launched their location-based check-in service dubbed Facebook Places. And, while location-based services like this are certainly interesting to me I’m writing this for you because Facebook is using Bing Maps to pinpoint everyone’s location-based experiences on When using Facebook Places from your mobile device, users will have the opportunity to check-in to a specific place such as a restaurant, hotel or other place of interest. No, you don’t need a reservation since this isn’t that kind of check-in. This is basically an update you provide your friends where you are.

So, fire up the Facebook for iPhone application or site on your mobile device. Select the Places button, find the location where you are and check-in. Just like that, the check-in will flow to your profile on complete with a Bing Map, a pin of your location and any commentary you’ve added to your check-in. Places also includes the ability to see where your friends have checked in, a link to get directions to a place (via Bing Maps) and a Like button for the respective place page.

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Remote Desktop Services Component Architecture Poster

Posted by bink on August 24 2010, 3:47 AM.

This poster provides a visual reference for understanding key Remote Desktop Services technologies in Windows Server 2008 R2. It explains the functions and roles of Remote Desktop Session Host, Remote Desktop Virtualization Host, Remote Desktop Connection Broker, Remote Desktop Web Access, Remote Desktop Gateway, RemoteFX and Remote Desktop Licensing.


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You can use this poster in conjunction with the previously published Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 component posters (see

and and the Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V Component Architecture poster (see

Microsoft's Arc Touch Mouse revealed?

Posted by sumeethevans on August 18 2010, 11:05 PM. Posted in Hardware.

It's not official until Microsoft says it is, but the image above of the rumored Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse was just snagged off a German online store. Amazingly, the mouse arches its back for comfortable mousing before packing flat for easy transport. The mouse features touch-scrolling, a battery indicator, the ability to track on most any surface, and a 2.4GHz nano transceiver that no doubt plugs into your laptop's USB port. Yours soon for €69.99 ($69.95 rumored).

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Microsoft refreshes 'Flight Simulator,' 'Age of Empires,' 'Fable'

Posted by sumeethevans on August 18 2010, 11:03 PM. Posted in Flight Simulator.

On Tuesday, Microsoft announced a new iteration called "Microsoft Flight," coming soon to Windows. Microsoft said it will be "Live-enabled," meaning there will be some sort of online component through Windows Live.

The unveiling was part of the company's larger announcement of games for Windows and for Windows Phone 7. Also revealed: "Age of Empires Online" and "Fable III."

Microsoft's teaser trailer for "Flight." If these are the true graphics, they look amazing.

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Windows Live Essentials 2011 beta refresh

Posted by sumeethevans on August 18 2010, 11:00 PM. Posted in Windows Live.

Today we’re releasing an update to Windows Live Essentials 2011 beta. One of the main reasons we release betas is to allow early adopters to enjoy our products and provide feedback on their experience. First, we want to say thank you for your help. For Messenger alone, we had over 3 million unique users, 3.5 million updates to display pictures, 6.2 million video calls, and 7.6 million updates to status messages.

Your beta feedback and usage has helped shape the many improvements we’ve made and continue to make across Messenger, Photo Gallery, Movie Maker, Writer, Mail, and Family Safety. Today I’d like to summarize some of the more visible changes you’ll see in today’s update, and we’ll follow up with more details in later posts.

Performance and quality of service improvements

Facebook chat in Messenger

Quick previews and improved tree view in Photo Gallery
Flickr video publishing and Snapshot in Movie Maker

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The First Wave of Games Announced for Windows Phone 7

Posted by sumeethevans on August 18 2010, 10:58 PM. Posted in Windows Mobile.

Late tonight here in Redmond, but very early over in Germany we took the wraps off our first wave of game titles making their way this holiday to Windows Phone 7.  I know there has been lots of anticipation about XBOX Live on Windows Phone 7 so I hope this first drop of news is welcome!  First, head over here to get all the latest on the announcement including titles like Crackdown 2: Project Sunburst. This is a tower defense game that uses real locations as the gaming world thanks the Bing maps. Defend the big landmark in your city or even your own house!


In addition to the games, we also announced enhanced Games hub functionality in store for Windows Phone 7 including a rich avatar experience, messaging using Xbox LIVE and the ability to see all your friends’ play status, Gamerscore and latest achievements. If you don’t have a Xbox LIVE account when you purchase a Windows Phone 7 you can sign and up and deck out your avatar all from the phone, no Xbox console required!


This is just the first in many great announcements we have planned for Xbox LIVE on Windows Phone 7 so be sure to stay tuned for the latest. I will drill into some of the specific titles announced today in the coming days, and also try to get some guest posts or interviews with our publisher friends in coming weeks. Also head over to the Windows Phone Developer blog to hear from Michael Klucher on the ground in Germany!

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Announcing Windows SBS Codename Aurora Preview Availability

Posted by sumeethevans on August 17 2010, 2:54 AM. Posted in Small Business Server.

Windows Small Business Server Codename “Aurora” is part of the next generation of our award winning Windows Small Business Server, and represents a significant departure from our traditional fully on premise model. Aurora extends the ease of use of our traditional SBS products while simultaneously being a great platform for small businesses wanting to combine traditional and cloud computing.

We believe that most small businesses need a server; however not all of them know it yet. This is why we designed Aurora to be the ideal first server solution for those millions of Small Businesses worldwide who have less than 25 users and who are using a peer to peer network or have no network at all.

For these businesses, Windows Small Business Server Codename “Aurora” provides a cost-effective and easy-to-use way to simplify computing infrastructure, reduce cost and spend more time focusing on core business’ needs.

Aurora offers small businesses the help they need to ensure their data is safe through advanced backup and file restoration features. Aurora’s users can quickly set automatic, daily backups of every personal computer on the network. If problems with those files arise, small businesses can restore individual files, folders, or an entire PC or server with simple recovery tools.

In addition, Aurora gives users the power to utilize their files and documents to solve business challenges even when they’re away from the office. Using a personalized web address, Aurora’s users will also be able connect to the server from virtually anywhere and access their computers and documents from any common web browser.The preview build of this release is available on our connect site and can be downloaded now. If you haven’t already signed up for the preview, you can visit our connect site and get signed up. We have setup a connect feedback form to capture your feedback, bugs and suggestions as well as a newsgroup where you can discuss the preview with other testers.

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