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  • PREVIEW: v 1.0 of Social Bookmarking on MSDN and TechNet

    Posted by sumeethevans on August 22 2008, 9:05 PM. Posted in TechNet EDGE, MSDN.

    Microsoft is opening up the MSDN, TechNet, and Expression sites to the community, so that technical professionals can better connect with each other, share knowledge, and succeed. Tagging - and especially social bookmarking - are essential ingredients for making this happen.

    Back in May, just before TechEd North America, we released a preview version of our new social bookmarking app for MSDN, for TechNet, and for Expression. Since then, thousands of technical professionals from around the world have begun using it to save their web favorites online, share them with others, see what other technical pros are favoriting, and connect with others.

    We also got a lot of great feedback on the app itself (thank you!) and I'm happy to say that in early September, we plan on releasing a full version of the app - v 1.0. Here are some new things to look for:

    • Subscribe to Tags or People: Find a tag you want to follow? Or a fellow bookmarker that bookmarks really good stuff? With the new app, it will be easy to get an RSS subscription for that tag or person (as in, click the orange button).
    • Browse & Find Users: Search or browse to find people by their display name (e.g., mine is "johmar") and other criteria.
    • Import Tools: Recognizing that a lot of people already have favorites saved in their browsers or in other social bookmarking sites, the new app will provide a tool for importing your favorites from Microsoft Internet Explorer and from Delicious.
    • Bookmarking Widget: If you have your own blog or other website, our new bookmarking widget will make it easy for people to bookmark your pages directly to their social bookmarks on MSDN, TechNet, or Expression. You'll get traffic from Microsoft when your bookmarked page is published in "social feeds" on our global sites.

    Bookmark on MSDN Widget

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  • Microsoft reverses, posts XP SP3 to TechNet, MSDN

    Posted by sumeethevans on April 23 2008, 7:51 PM. Posted in Windows XP, TechNet EDGE, MSDN.

    Microsoft on Tuesday afternoon said it was delaying delivery of Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) to paying subscribers of its IT and developer networks because it had given Windows Vista SP1 higher priority.

    Not long before midnight, however, subscribers of both TechNet and Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) reported that the service pack had appeared unannounced on the networks.

    "To meet high customer demand for Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1), we have optimized available bandwidth and prioritized MSDN/TechNet delivery channels for Windows Vista SP1 downloads in all Windows languages," the company said in an e-mailed statement when asked earlier to explain why it was not offering subscribers the finished Windows XP service pack.

    "Once we have satisfied this demand, we will roll out Windows XP SP3 via MSDN/TechNet," the statement continued.

    Yesterday, Microsoft announced that it had finished Windows XP SP3 and would post the upgrade on Windows Update and its online download site next Tuesday, April 29. Subscribers to the TechNet and Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) services, however, were told it wouldn't be available for download until sometime "within the next month." Today, Microsoft confirmed May 2 as the date SP3 would be added to the TechNet and MSDN download lists.

    The delay did not sit well with some TechNet and MSDN subscribers, who took Microsoft to the woodshed over the move. In messages posted to the TechNet support forum, many compared the situation to a February incident when Microsoft refused to let subscribers download Vista SP1, but under pressure, reversed that decision about two weeks later.

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