New Xbox LIVE Gold Family Subscription Plan Delivers More Value and Family Fun

Posted by sumeethevans on June 23 2010, 12:34 AM. Posted in Xbox.

Xbox 360 makes family time, quality time. Only Xbox LIVE delivers a world of games, movies, social entertainment and starting this November, live sports, allowing you to share them with the people you care about, around the world. This November, the new Xbox LIVE Gold Family Pack will offer up to four individual Xbox LIVE Gold memberships for only US$99.99 – the price of two regular Xbox LIVE Gold subscriptions. Now as you prepare for the launch of Kinect for Xbox 360, which makes YOU the controller, consider giving your family premium Gold experience and access to the biggest names in entertainment.

An Xbox LIVE Gold Family Pack includes: * Up to four individual Xbox LIVE Gold memberships for the price of two – (US) $99.99. * Family Center – a single, easy to use, destination for Family Settings and account management, accessible on the Xbox dashboard and on * The primary account member has the ability to purchase and dispense Microsoft Points to other Xbox LIVE Gold Family Pack members. * Activity monitoring reports viewable on to help encourage discussions about safer more balanced gaming and entertainment habits. * Simplified billing that applies all purchase charges to the primary account holder's billing account and the ability to authorize purchases, helping to manage the family's entertainment budget. * Exclusive family content and discounts.

Press Release via Engadget

Office Starter 2010

Posted by bink on June 19 2010, 3:01 PM.

Ed Bott got his hand on Office Starter 2010 and wrote a review. Read on and see what’s missing.


The one Office 2010 version you probably haven’t seen is the elusive Starter edition. Microsoft hasn’t made review copies available to the press, but they did make the software available last week to partners who want to preinstall Office on new PCs for sale with Windows 7. I’ve had a chance to test a couple of new PCs with Office preinstalled. Here’s what you’ll see if you buy a new PC with this Office edition included.

Office Starter 2010 includes only Word and Excel, in stripped-down versions designed to work well with basic documents but without access to advanced features. In fact, Microsoft pulls no punches in its communication with OEM partners, who have specific instructions set out in section 5D of the license agreement:

You will provide the following notice in a clear manner to End Users before they buy the Product (e.g, in technical specifications, advertisements, packaging and point of purchase materials):

“This PC is preloaded with reduced-functionality versions of Word and Excel that include advertising. It does not include PowerPoint or Outlook. Purchase an Office 2010 Product Key to activate full-featured Office software on this PC.”

Reduced functionality? Advertising? It sounds like a horror show, but the reality is nowhere near as frightening as that description.

Continue at source: Office Starter 2010 drops the crapware, adds ads  ZDNet

New TechNet Subscription Offerings

Posted by sumeethevans on June 19 2010, 12:40 AM. Posted in TechNet.

TechNet Subscriptions is tailored to fit the needs of your IT environment for every organization. There are three different products that are geared towards different roles and organizational needs whether you are evaluating, testing, or deploying Microsoft software. Microsoft® TechNet Subscription Standard: Tailored to help IT Professionals evaluate, test, and troubleshoot Microsoft software for desktop environments. TechNet Standard does not include some enterprise editions of Microsoft software. Microsoft® TechNet Subscription Professional: Geared towards IT Professionals who need a more comprehensive subscription and are primarily focused on supporting enterprise wide environments such as the following scenarios: server consolidation, interoperability, network management and more. Microsoft® TechNet Subscription Professional with Media: Offers the same benefits as TechNet Professional, but is geared towards those organizations with bandwidth constraints and/or prefer a DVD copy of software.

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Office 2010 available in retail

Posted by bink on June 15 2010, 6:20 PM.

Office 2010 is now available worldwide, so should appear in retail stores from today on.
If not you can try or buy digital copies in these editions:
Home and business trial edition is offered using app-v technology.
Office Home and Business 2010
The freedom to do it all, virtually anywhere work happens
What’s included:
Office Home and Business 2010 - What's included:
Office Home and Student 2010
Managing home and homework just got easier
What's included: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote
Office Professional 2010
Best-in-class tools to grow your business
What's included: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, Access, and Publisher

New XBOX 360. Available Today. Same Price

Posted by sumeethevans on June 15 2010, 2:02 AM. Posted in Xbox, .NET.

Microsoft announced a new XBOX 360 at the E3 Media Briefing today. The XBOX is slimmer, quiet and has a 250gb drive with built in wireless n. It will start being available today and launching through the week at retailers. Its going to be the same price as the current XBox at $299.Everyone in the audience at the E3 Conference was given a free XBox courtesy of Microsoft.


‘Kinect for Xbox 360’ is Official Name of Microsoft’s Controller-Free Game Device

Posted by sumeethevans on June 14 2010, 10:06 PM. Posted in Xbox.

Microsoft today unveiled Kinect for Xbox 360, a controller-free gaming device that Microsoft is positioning as an entirely new way to experience entertainment in the living room.

Previously code-named “Project Natal,” the Kinect label was released before the start of the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles (E3) as part of a Cirque du Soleil performance that was inspired by Kinect’s technology.

The slim black Kinect sensor plugs directly into any Xbox 360. Despite its small size, the Kinect device contains a camera, audio sensors, and motion-sensing technology that tracks 48 points of movement on the human body. It has the ability to recognize faces and voices.

With Kinect, game-players no longer need to memorize different commands for a hand-held control. “You are the controller,” said Mike Delman, corporate vice president of Global Marketing for the Interactive Entertainment Business. “You simply step in front of the sensor and Kinect sees you move, hears your voice and recognizes your face.”

The Cirque du Soleil show at Los Angeles’s Galan Center included few specifics about Kinect. Instead, it focused on the new experiences that it will enable. Microsoft will share more details – including the release date, and some of Kinect’s initial game and entertainment offerings – at a Monday morning news conference that will kick off E3, the gaming industry’s annual show-and-tell event.

The new Kinect controller for the Xbox 360 creates a new way to play games and interact with a computer.

The new Kinect controller for the Xbox 360 creates a new way to play games and interact with a computer.

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Some Office 15 details

Posted by bink on June 11 2010, 5:31 AM. posted some information on Office 15 based on job offerings posted on Microsoft’s career website.


  • Office 15 is without a doubt the codename for the next version of Office.
  • 2013 appears to be the magic year Microsoft aims to release the next version of Office.
  • Office Mobile 15 is at the very least a consideration alongside the planning of Office 15.
  • Currently known to be planned for Office 15 inclusion are Outlook 15, Word 15, Access 15, SharePoint 15, and Excel 15.
  • Office 15 will sport a new user interface. How drastic of a change it will be is yet to be determine.
  • Excel 15 may include a “major new feature” completely new to the Office suite, courtesy of Office 15.
  • Improving document coauthoring, a new tool in Office 2010, appears to be a primary focal point for Word 15.
  • Target personas are being researched and defined for Office 15 focus.
  • Office 15 should see an improved Automation Framework.
  • More Details here:

    Office 15 Details Revealed Possible New UI, Office Mobile 15, Release Date Implication, and More

    IIS Media Services 4.0

    Posted by bink on June 11 2010, 5:26 AM.

    IIS Media Services 4.0 is an integrated HTTP-based media delivery platform

    IIS Media Services 4.0 is a set of media-related extensions for Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) 7 and higher.  IIS Media Services provides an integrated HTTP-based media delivery platform, and includes:

    • Smooth Streaming. Enables adaptive streaming of on-demand media files for Smooth Streaming-compatible clients, including Microsoft® Silverlight™.
    • Live Smooth Streaming. Enables adaptive streaming of live media broadcasts for Smooth Streaming-compatible clients. A new Live Smooth Streaming feature in IIS Media Services 4.0 Beta 1 enables delivery of live media broadcasts to Apple® mobile digital devices.
    • Transform Manager. Enables conversion of on-demand media files to Smooth Streaming presentations for Smooth Streaming-compatible clients and enables conversion of Smooth Streaming presentations to MPEG-2 TS segments that can be played by Apple devices.
    • Advanced Logging. Provides rich, real-time client- and server-side logging.
    • Bit Rate Throttling. Meters the speed at which media is delivered to a player.
    • Web Playlists. Enables secure sequencing and server-side control of media content.
    You can also download two additional IIS extensions related to IIS Media Services 4.0:
    • Advanced Logging, with real-time client- and server-side logging
    • Application Request Routing (ARR), providing HTTP proxying and caching
    • Transform Manager, runs encoding tasks to convert media files to on-demand Smooth Streams for Silverlight clients and Apple mobile digital devices.


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