Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Windows Sysinternals Updates: ZoomIt v2.10, Process Monitor v1.34, BgInfo v4.13

Windows Sysinternals ZoomIt v2.10: Includes a zoom-out effect when you exit zoom mode and enables you to specify a background bitmap for the break timer.

Process Monitor v1.34: This update adds the ability to filter on result values.

BgInfo v4.13: Now displays correct version information for Windows Server 2008.

Source- Windows Sysinternals blog

Windows 7 Will Not Inherent the Incompatibility Issues of Vista

windows-seven Microsoft is hard at work aiming to prevent the Windows 7 apple proverbially falling close to the Windows Vista tree. In fact, Bill Veghte, Senior Vice President, Online Services & Windows Business Group, promised that that incompatibility issues would not be among the legacy that Vista leaves for Windows 7. Otherwise, the next version of the Windows client will inherent the vast majority of the architecture of its predecessor, most importantly the core of Vista. But, in addition to the kernel, Windows 7 will also feature the same graphics and audio subsystems

as Windows Vista, context in which existing hardware and software products will continue to be compatible.
"You've let us know you don't want to face the kinds of incompatibility challenges with the next version of Windows you might have experienced early with Windows Vista. As a result, our approach with Windows 7 is to build off the same core architecture as Windows Vista so the investments you and our partners have made in Windows Vista will continue to pay off with Windows 7. Our goal is to ensure the migration process from Windows Vista to Windows 7 is straightforward," Veghte stated.
This is, in fact, Microsoft's vision: Windows Vista will be a transition operating system, streamlining the migration to Windows 7. Officially planned for availability within three years since Vista hit the shelves on January 30, 2007, Windows 7 is heading for a more realistic launch date at the end of 2009, but ahead of the holiday season.

Source: Softpedia

IE8 Beta 1 June Security Update Now Available on Windows Update

Today the IE team released the IE June Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1 for Developers on Windows Update. For detailed information on the contents of this update, please see the following documentation:

If you are using IE8 Beta 1 for Developers, we encourage you to download this security update through Windows Update  or the Microsoft Download Center today.

Source- IE Blog

Microsoft Environment :: Innovating to Improve Our Planet

EarthBlueMarbleWestTerraThe website talks about the  role of technology in our environment.  Something, I have always thought is how can software help improve the planet, well folks I got my answers here:

Innovating to Improve Our Planet

I went over to the site found a wealth of great information on the types of impact that software can have.  Personally I really liked the short video highlighting the Energy Efficiency Best Practices in Microsoft Data Center Operations.    So if you had a data center in Ireland, how would you cool the facility?  Check the video out to learn more!  I also liked the article titled Microsoft "Tiny Web Services" Connect Household Appliances to Save Energy.  How much code could you get if you only had 48 kilobytes for storing code?  Interesting stuff from the folks in research!  

Take a look at the site, and let me know what you think!

Source- Technet Blog

Free Podcasting Kit for SharePoint 2007

A few days ago, the Podcasting Kit for SharePoint was released on CodePlex (our open source project hosting web site). And, for colleges, it’s an opportunity to move into a multimedia, web 2.0 world in a more controlled way.

Up until now, many of the ways that people have used podcasting, and many other web 2.0 technologies, has led to a fragmentation of information – with podcasts being hosted on lots of different sites, and made available through different routes. This has led to some colleges losing control over their own resources & intellectual property, or not being able to control who has access to resources. Not everybody wants to publish all of their materials straight onto the Internet for anybody else to download/distribute!

PKSBigThe Podcasting Kit for SharePoint is a solution which allows you to retain control over information, and still make it widely available to those who have the right to it. By basing your podcasting system on SharePoint, you link it to your college’s user management through Active Directory – which means that you’re not creating yet another data store/identity list, and users can be given access to resources according to their role etc

You can provide a facility for all of the college staff (and students?) to distribute audio and video podcasts, and directly integrate that into the rest of your ICT infrastructure painlessly. Most colleges in the UK are use Moodle for their VLE, and by deploying Moodle on SharePoint, you not only have single identity and access management, you can also integrate solutions such as these within the same environment.

The features of the Podcasting Kit for SharePoint are:

  • Listen and watch audio/video podcasts, anywhere on your PC or mobile device or MP3 player
  • Share content by allowing users to produce their own audio/video podcasts and publish them themselves.
  • Easily find the most relevant content using the five star rating system, tag cloud, search engine and comments
  • Get automatic podcast updates by subscribing to RSS feeds fully compatible with podcasting devices
    • Simple RSS feed based on a defined podcast series
    • Simple RSS feed based on a person
    • Dynamic RSS feed based on search results
  • Play podcasts in real-time using Silverlight
  • Retrieve instant usage metrics with the ability to track the number of podcasts downloaded and/or viewed, instant feedback via rating system and comments, and subscribers via the RSS feed
  • Access the richness of SharePoint to extend the solution: workflow, community sub-sites, access rights, editorial etc
  • Customize the look and feel to match your own university’s style

    This release is the beta, which we don’t recommend deploying it to production systems, and the full release is in September.

    You can find out more, and download the kit from CodePlex. There’s also a short presentation which runs through the kit, available as a download.

    We’ve been using it within Microsoft for the last 9 months, and it has demonstrated (1) how robust it is and (2) how much it improves communication between a community of 150,000+ people! I use the RSS feature on my mobile phone to keep up to date with any new podcasts published with the “education” tag.

    And because it’s all on CodePlex, the community is already working on other projects to enhance it – like a very smart-looking mobile phone client to enhance the user experience.

    Source- MSDN Blog

  • Monday, June 23, 2008

    Livestation launches NEW beta

    Livestation is a free software application that provides a range of live news television channels and radio stations that can be received on a computer anywhere with a basic broadband connection. You can watch television on your desktop, or on your laptop, at home, at work, on the move, or in a hotel room, provided you have a broadband internet connection or wireless access.
    Livestation allows you to receive live TV and radio news from the world’s leading broadcasters on your PC, via a multi-channel interactive application on the desktop giving you a unique window on the world’s news. You can watch Livestation full screen or minimised to fit in the corner of your screen, enabling you to carry on with other tasks while also keeping an eye on the news. You can flick between channels, just as you would on your TV set.
    Livestation is legal, safe, free and comes with no strings attached.
    Current features include:
    - High quality live audio and video
    - Channel selection and programme guide
    - Programme information overlay
    - Ability to scale player window from 50% to 200%
    - Always on top window setting
    - Full screen playback option
    - Volume control and mute.
    Other functions, including support for subtitles and audio description, and many other interactive features, will be added in future releases.
    What's new in Livestation
    - Personalise your player with your own channels(stream bookmarks).
    - Bookmark your own channels, tag them, search for them
    - Watch your own channels in Livestation.
    - Twitter integration [view full changelog]
    Minimum requirements:
    * Windows XP Service Pack 2 or Vista
    * Internet Explorer 6+
    * 1.5 Ghz processor
    * A network of at least 800 kbps.
    * Microsoft Silverlight
    * Free registration: Publisher's website
    Notes: This is a pre-release version of the Livestation player which may not include all the final features and may have faults or flaws. Please only install and use this version of the Livestation player if you are comfortable using pre-release software.
    Livestation is available for download at this address
    Link: Livestation Home Page
    View: Source & Screenshots

    Virtual Earth Imagery Release - June, 2008

    20TB of new imagery....laughable compared to last the 69TB+ from May's Virtual Earth Imagery Release; then again, when's the last time you transferred 20TB of data? :)

    Here's the list for June:

    Orthos (Microsoft UltraCam)


    Read more at the blog here

    Friday, June 20, 2008

    Announcing Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.5 Release Candidate Availability!

    A new release candidate for Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) is now available!!  Along with building new features, the team has been working hard to bring the product into compliance with Microsoft shipping standards.  TAP customers will be expanding their deployments to thousands of production users with this release to help validate the product’s full feature set, as well as performance and scalability.  Major highlights include:

    · HTTP streaming. We now support streaming virtual applications from an IIS server (v6 or v7). This will provide dramatic performance and scalability improvements for customers with large App-V deployments.

    · Re-designed Sequencer.  Simplifies the process and reduces the complexity of creating virtual application packages. There is now a single wizard for creating a new package and advanced settings have been put into an optional screen.

    · Dynamic Suite Composition (DSC) for MSI packages allows the flexibility to control virtual application interaction. Administrators wanting to consolidate virtual environments, and enable faster, easier administration, can use the product’s Dynamic Suite Composition, which sequences and manages packages for middleware applications separately from the main application.

    · Seamless integration with SCCM 2007 R2. Allows customers to easily deploy virtual applications through the SCCM 2007 R2 infrastructure and scale their deployments.

    · Client cache improvements. The maximum size of the client cache has been increased to 1 TB.

    · Improved Manageability. Integration and support for VSS writer, MOM Pack, ADM template

    · Accessibility. The product is now Section 508 compliant, bringing App-V in line with other Microsoft products.

    With this release we will also deliver:

    · The Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.5 Planning and Deployment Guide

    · Upgrading to Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.5 FAQ

    The RC Candidate is available publicly via Microsoft Connect - http://connect.microsoft.com
    For more information please visit - http://www.microsoft.com/systemcenter/softgrid/default.mspx
    App-V Blog (Full Announcement) - http://blogs.technet.com/softgrid/default.aspx

    Source- MSDN Blog

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    Help us spread the word about Software-plus-Services. All you need is a video camera, refer to the script and lots of creativity. Click here to find out more! Terms and Conditions apply!

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    + Receive a limited-edition S+S contest t-shirt with every video submission. You'll also receive a Microsoft LifeCam to thank you for your effort. (Please note that only 1 t-shirt and 1 LifeCam will be awarded per video entry, regardless of the number of people who participated in the video.)
    + Up to 10 of the most viewed videos get air time at Tech-Ed SEA 2008 in Kuala Lumpur this August.
    + The winner will jet off to Macau, where you can celebrate your win in style with a weekend at The Venetian Resort Hotel.

    Thursday, June 19, 2008

    June 2008 Security Updates are Now Available

    The June 2008 Windows XP Embedded Security Updates are now available on the Mobile & Embedded Communications Extranet (ECE) for Microsoft® Windows® XP Embedded Service Pack 2, Feature Pack 2007, and/or Update Rollup 1.0.

    June 2008 Windows XP Embedded Security Updates

    The June 2008 Windows XP Embedded Security Updates are cumulative and include updates for the Desktop QFE Installer (DQI) Tool and the Component Database.

    The following updates are included in this release – please see the ECE for more details:

    For Windows XP Embedded with SP2, Feature Pack 2007, and/or Update Rollup 1.0:

    · KB 950749 Vulnerability in Microsoft Jet Database Engine (Jet) Could Allow Remote Code Execution.

    · KB 951376 Vulnerability in Bluetooth Stack Could Allow Remote Code Execution.

    · KB 950759 Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer.

    · KB 950760 Cumulative Security Update of ActiveX Kill Bits.

    · KB 951698 Vulnerabilities in DirectX Could Allow Remote Code Execution.

    · KB 950762 Vulnerabilities in Pragmatic General Multicast (PGM) Could Allow Denial of Service.

    The June 2008 Windows XP Embedded Security Updates are available here at the ECE:

    Source-MSDN Blog

    When Will PowerShell V2 Ship?

    By far, the most frequently asked question at TechEd 2008 was, "When will PowerShell V2 Ship?".  We are expressly prohibited from answering that question and I know that that can be frustrating.  I can say this:

    We are now feature complete with V2.  History has shown that when we reach this stage of development, it takes us a year, plus or minus a quarter, before it is generally available.

    Let me be quick to add that past performance is NOT an guarantee of future performance.  At the end of the day, we have an extensive quality process and the community lets us know when it is ready to ship.

    The second most frequently asked question was, "When is the next CTP?".  We have not booked a plan for that yet.  That said, people have observed that we have often tried to coordinate important things with IT Forum in Nov.

    Source: PowerShell Blog

    Wednesday, June 18, 2008

    Microsoft Forefront Codename "Stirling" VHD

    The Microsoft VHD Test Drive Program provides customers with an enhanced server-based software evaluation experience that’s faster, better supported and more flexible. You can now access the entire catalog of pre-configured Microsoft and partner products and solutions in the VHD format and start evaluating and testing today from www.microsoft.com/vhd.
    Forefront codename “Stirling” is an integrated security system that delivers comprehensive, coordinated protection across endpoints, messaging and collaboration servers, and the network edge that is easier to manage and control.
    By delivering simplified management and providing critical visibility into threats, vulnerabilities, and configuration risks, “Stirling” helps you reduce costs and achieve greater insight into your enterprise security state.
    This fully functional pre-configured VHD provides you with a trial software that will automatically expire after 30 days.
    This is a preconfigured virtual machine contained within the Virtual Hard Disk (VHD) format. A virtualization product that supports the VHD format is required to use this virtual machine. Microsoft Virtual PC or Microsoft Virtual Server are provided for free and can be used with these VHD based virtual machines. Please refer to the system requirements section for more details.

    Download Here

    Tuesday, June 17, 2008

    Language Interface Packs for Office 2007 are available for Basque, Galician, Malay, Bengali

    We talked about the Tatar Language Interface Pack (LIP) for Office 2007 a few weeks ago. Since then, other LIPs for Office 2007 have been released. LIPs enable users to work in a localized environment and traditionally include a spell-checker for that language. So if you are looking for spellers for Basque (700,000 speakers), Galician (3 million speakers), Malay (7 million speakers), or Bengali (released last week, 230 million speakers), or if you want to see your UI in one of these languages, check out the Microsoft Local Language Program web site or click on the name of the language in this sentence to freely download the corresponding LIP with its speller.

    Source- MSDN Blog

    Monday, June 16, 2008

    Response Point SP1 RTM'ed today

    When we started RP, our vision was simple: to provide a telephony solution so easy to use that every small business customer can set it up like connecting a printer to the PC. Today, we are moving one step closer to realize our vision by releasing to manufactoring Response Point Service Pack 1. Our OEM partners will bring SP1 to market next month.

    SP1 not only improved RP 1.0's performance/quality but also added some very cool features such as VOIP gateway, Click to Call, and Call Presence etc. Never before was PBX this easy to manage.

    I'd love to get your feedback as you upgrade to SP1 in the coming weeks. We'd love to incoporate your feedback into RP 2.0, which we have started working on.

    Source- Technet Blog

    Saturday, June 14, 2008

    Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 Tools: Visual Studio 2008 Extensions, Version 1.2

    Tools for developing custom SharePoint applications: Visual Studio project templates for Web Parts, site definitions, and list definitions; and a stand-alone utility program, the SharePoint Solution Generator. Please also download the User Guide and Samples listed in Related Resources.
    The User Guide for this tool can be found here: Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 Tools: Visual Studio 2005 Extensions User Guide, Version 1.1
    The 1.1 version can be found here for Visual Studio 2005 support: Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 Tools: Visual Studio 2005 Extensions, Version 1.1
    Version 1.2 of the Visual Studio 2008 Extensions for Windows SharePoint Services contains the following tools to aid developers in building SharePoint applications:
    Visual Studio 2008 Project Templates

    • Web Part
    • Team Site Definition
    • Blank Site Definition
    • List Definition
    • Empty SharePoint Project

    Visual Studio 2008 Item Templates (items that can be added into an existing project)

    • Web Part
    • Custom Field
    • List Definition (with optional Event Receiver)
    • Content Type (with optional Event Receiver
    • Module
    • List Instance
    • List Event Handler
    • Template

    SharePoint Solution Generator

    • This stand-alone program generates a Site Definition project from an existing SharePoint site. The program enables developers to use the browser and Microsoft Office SharePoint Designer to customize the content of their sites before creating code by using Visual Studio.

    Download Here

    Friday, June 13, 2008

    PDC Announcements of Interest for Developers Working on adCenter API

    I just got some info about the Microsoft PDC this fall. adCenter API Developers might be interested.


    PDC is about the future and is the event to attend. Just read what Jon Box says, "In my opinion, if I was going to choose one technical event to attend in any year, my first choice will always be the PDC. That's where I became aware of DCOM and ASP, before they came out. That was the year when I first saw Don Box. [more...] Others agree. Follow Andrew Connell as he blogs his way to the PDC. Technical Fellow Brian Harry has announced that the VSTS product team will be talking about what is coming in the Team System release code named "Rosario" and evangelists have flooded the net with posts about Rosario and Brian Randell's pre-con. William H. Salazar posted similar news and joined Brian Keller as they pointed out Brian Randell's . [more...] The news is out. PDC2008 is happening. The buzz can be found on blogs by Jason Olson and Doug Holland. Jason Olson's announcement about Open Space drew the attention of Open Space originator Harrison Owen and Jack Martin Leith commented, "For those who want evidence that Open Space has moved from the fringes to the mainstream, this must surely be it.". [more...] And, two more shameless self-promotion plugs for the Show Off contest came from Brian Keller and Dan Fernandez. Rumor has it they have some great posters and blog bling coming out soon.

    Source- Adcenter Community