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    Windows Phone 7: Visual Basic for Windows Phone Developer Tools - RTW


    If you used CTP of Visual Basic for Windows Phone then today you can download the RTW version of the Visual Basic add-on from VB support for the Windows Phone developer tools. This release enables Visual Basic developers to create, build, release Silverlight applications and games for Windows Phone 7 using the final version of the Windows Phone Developer Tools.

    It comes along with the official support for Visual Basic to Windows Phone. Also you can check out new VB versions of our released samples on MSDN.

    For more information about this release, check out the following resources:

    • The Visual Basic team's blog
    • Soma's announcement of the release on his blog
    • Jason Zander's blog post on the release

    Please note the following:

    • This initial release of the Visual Basic add-on for the Windows Phone Developer Tools requires Visual Studio 2010 Professional or higher; Visual Studio 2010 Express for Windows Phone is not supported. If you do not have VS 2010 Pro or higher, you can download a trial version here.
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    Migration: 500,000 Windows Live Spaces blogs migrated to WordPress.com


    Recently we heard the announcement regarding Microsoft Windows Live Spaces blogs working with WordPress.com to let customers connect the fantastic blogging capabilities of WordPress with the leading communications and sharing services of Windows Live.

    Per Dharmesh Mehta, Director of Windows Live Product Management, as of today, just over half a million Spaces blogs have now migrated to WordPress.com. On top of that, nearly half a million additional Windows Live customers have decided to create entirely new blogs on WordPress.com.  And for each of those nearly 1 million new people now blogging on WordPress.com, there are, of course, many more new blog visitors also now going to WordPress.com. 

    People are continuing to migrate their Spaces blogs over to WordPress.com, and to those of you who haven’t gotten around to it yet, we want to remind you that you’ll need to do so before March 2011.

    As part of this partnership, we’re helping customers to migrate their existing Windows Live Spaces blogs over to WordPress.com. Also we’re using the power of Messenger Connect to help customers share their blog posts with their Messenger friends.

    I too migrated my Windows Live site to WordPress.com Smile

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    Windows Phone 7: 80% increase in App developers


    The developer community is placing some big bets with Windows Phone. How we can see that? Per WindowsPhone’s team blog we can notice nearly 80% increase in the number of registered developers since September, with more than 15,000 developers already signaling their intent to bring exciting content to Windows Phone. This is a great move.

    In order to promote the efforts of developers, Windows Phone team assisting in the following ways:

    1) Find Windows Phone 7 Apps & Games on Bing Visual Search
    2) Promoting Windows Phone 7 Apps & Games on Xbox 360
    3) Windows Phone 7 Apps & Games on Windowsphone.com
    4) Campaigns featuring Windows Phone 7 Apps & Games
    5) Windows Phone Marketplace on Zune PC software

    With the international expansion of the Zune music and video service on Xbox LIVE, Windows PC and of course Windows Phone, the Zune PC software is now on more screens and in more markets than ever. In addition to the things we’re doing to promote apps and games for Windows Phone 7, we’ve added a few features that developers can use to better market their apps and games. Developers can take advantage of deep linking by installing the Download Now Kit.

    This is just a sample of the type of work that we do to get apps and games in front of customers. You can expect more apps, contents in the Marketplace in forth coming days!!

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    Cyber Monday e-deal: Save 60% on ALL Microsoft Press e-books


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    Fix: Using Outlook to send an e-mail message, the recipient of the message see Winmail.dat attachment


    One of our customer reported that one of their recipient receives winmail.dat in the messages as the attachment. Based on analysis, we found that if the recipients of your messages receive an attachment called winmail.dat, you sent messages to them that included Microsoft Exchange Rich Text formatting (RTF), such as bold or italic text, but the recipients do not use an e-mail program that can read this format or does not support certain message formats or certain features that are included in the e-mail message.

    To overcome this, try the following:

    1) Using Outlook UI:

    To select a message format do the following:

    1. On the Tools menu, click Options.
    2. On the Mail Format tab, under Message format, in the Compose in this message format list, click HTML or Plain Text.

    2) Using Microsoft Fixit.

    There is a fix available from Microsoft Fixit site regarding the same. Please refer the KB before you download it.

    To fix this problem automatically, first install hotfix 957692 ( http://support.microsoft.com/kb/957692/ ) then click the Fix this problem link. Then click Run in the File Download dialog box, and follow the steps in this wizard.

    Fix this problem

    Microsoft Fix it 50041

    Hope this helps.

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    Southwest Airlines & Windows 7 Make the Airport a One-Stop Shop for Holiday Travel


    If you’re traveling on Southwest Airlines this holiday season, you’re sure to be put on the “Nice List.” Southwest and Windows have partnered to make your holiday travel experience jollier with Holiday Photos on the Fly.


    Beginning Dec. 2, Southwest and Windows will offer free holiday photos to customers at 26 airports nationwide. Customers can stop by one of Santa’s workshops set up in select Southwest Airlines airports and have their photo taken with Santa or a holiday-themed backdrop. Once a photo is taken, a Windows 7 Elf will guide customers through an online experience to learn how to edit, share and store their photos with ease, thanks to Windows Live and Windows 7. Families will be able to print a copy of their photo at the airport, or visit http://www.freeholidayphotos.com to retrieve and share their photos online.


    If you’re lucky enough to be in New York City this week, you can drop by Bryant Park and get your picture taken, experience Windows Live, play with Kinect and check out the hottest new PCs and Windows Phones – some of which aren’t even available in stores. And the gift giving doesn’t stop there. Southwest Airlines and Windows 7 are giving customers the chance to win great prizes daily. Customers can learn more about their holiday photos and how to enter the Holiday Sweepstakes at http://www.freeholidayphotos.com. Visitors may enter the sweepstakes once every day and winners will be selected daily.

    Holiday Photos on the Fly will be available in the following cities: Albuquerque, Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, El Paso, Fort Lauderdale, Houston, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, Nashville, New Orleans, Oakland, Ontario, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland, Sacramento, San Diego, San Jose, San Antonio, St. Louis, Seattle and Tampa.

    Southwest Airlines and Windows 7 look forward to celebrating the holiday with customers and providing them with their holiday photo. It’s the companies’ little way of saying “thanks,” and happy holidays.


    Happy holidays!!

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    Microsoft Windows turn 25


    Happy Birthday Windows OS!

    The Windows 1.0 desktop

    On November 20, 1985, Microsoft shipped Windows 1.0. It’s, rather than typing MS‑DOS commands, you just move a mouse to point and click your way through screens, or “windows.”
    Bill Gates said, “It is unique software designed for the serious PC user…”

    The fully-packaged Windows 1.0

    There are drop-down menus, scroll bars, icons, and dialog boxes that make programs easier to learn and use.

    You're able to switch among several programs without having to quit and restart each one.

    Windows 1.0 ships with several programs, including MS‑DOS file management, Paint, Windows Writer, Notepad, Calculator, and a calendar, card file, and clock to help you manage day-to-day activities. There’s even a game—Reversi, in color.

    Windows is going as strong as ever.

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    Stay Connected using Lync


    Lync is the next generation of Microsoft’s Office Communications Server, and makes staying in touch with others even easier, more engaging and more intuitive. This single platform that integrates instant messaging, presence, audio, video, web conferencing and voice to bring people together in the ways they communicate best, with one interface that works with the applications businesses know and use today, including Microsoft Office, Microsoft SharePoint and Microsoft Exchange.

    Three years ago, the introduction of Microsoft Office Communications Server (OCS) changed the way people stay connected. An individual’s identity and presence became the center of business communication, thanks to the integration of unified communications across e-mail, voice, instant messaging, audio- and videoconference tasks — and even desktop sharing. People could choose how to manage their conversations, redirect calls, set their level of availability, and decide how and when they could be reached.

    Microsoft partners in practically every industry — from consumer goods, healthcare and legal and professional services to public safety and emergency systems — are announcing 70 devices specifically designed for Lync. Hardware products include headsets, webcams, Internet protocol phones, telepresence systems and USB endpoints optimized for Lync, from partners including Polycom, Aastra, Plantronics, Jabra, ClearOne, Logitech and Radvision.

    Microsoft Lync Online will be available as part of Microsoft Office 365 next year, for businesses of all sizes. Because Lync’s open platform provides extensive interoperability across a wide variety of operating systems, it is expected that Lync-based solutions will develop across a wide spectrum of personal computing devices, browsers and mobile devices in 2011 and beyond.

    More information about Lync is available at http://www.microsoft.com/lync.

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    Improve Server Utilization & Reduce Infrastructure Costs with Virtualization


    Predicting resource requirements for a new business application, especially one that is customer-facing is a tricky task. It's hard to know if you have the new Facebook or your hands. You make your best estimates, then spend money on new hardware and hope your estimates were right. Only actual usage tells whether your server infrastructure is running efficiently.

    What makes this process more painful is the knowledge that your existing environment probably has the capacity to deliver this application if only the servers were used in a more efficient manner.

    Private cloud computing built on virtualization technology provides ways to reduce the capital cost involved in this process by allowing you to utilize more of your existing resources. Using Windows Server 2008 R2, Hyper-V, System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 and System Center Self-Service Portal 2.0, you can convert your existing workloads into virtual machines and manage where and when they run.

    Grouping servers together on hardware as a collection of virtual machines can lower costs and improve performance. The need to increase the performance of some applications to keep up with new demand has traditionally led to hardware purchases or going through a performance tuning exercise. Both involve additional cost that could be avoided with virtualization. Most environments have servers running well under capacity. Pooling these services on fewer servers using virtualization and sharing idle hardware resources across workloads can enable organizations to reduce capital and maintenance costs. Virtualization delivers a higher return on investment and more elastic IT service.

    To take advantage of this cloud computing scenario requires some planning to deploy and configure the products to deliver true IT as a service in a private cloud scenario. Finding all the resources to implement this type of solution is can be time consuming. To help, TechNet has created a new virtualization scenario based hub. This one stop location has the resources and content to help you enable different virtualization scenarios. It’s updated  with new content and new scenarios.The scenario mentioned is covered in more detail on the How to Improve Server Utilization and Reduce Infrastructure Costs with Virtualization page.

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    While try to log into an Exchange 2003 mailbox by using WebDAV program, you receive a 401 status code in IE


    When the user tried to access a Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 mailbox by using a program that uses Web Distributed Authoring and Versioning (WebDAV), Internet Explorer throws 401 HTTP status code. During investigation we found that we may not be able to access the mailbox.

    Also we notice that the mailbox has never received an e-mail message, and a user has never logged on to the mailbox. After checking the application log, we notice the following event logged in it:

    Event Type: Error
    Event Source: MSExchangeIS Mailbox Store
    Event Category: Logons
    Event ID: 1022
    Logon Failure on database "Storage Group Name\Mailbox Store (xxxxxxx)"

    At end of analysis, we noticed that the mailbox is the recently created one.

    By design, when a mailbox object is created in the Exchange information store, the mailbox object is not available by WebDAV until the mailbox is accessed through a client logon. If the mailbox receives an e-mail message, the mailbox object becomes available, but not in a way that permits the WebDAV program access. So, the problem still occurs.

    To overcome this, log on to the mailbox by using one of the following clients before you run the WebDAV program:

    • Log on to the mailbox by using a Outlook.
    • Log on to the mailbox by using the Outlook Web Access (OWA).
    • Log on to the mailbox by using a custom application

    Happy troubleshooting!

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    Windows Phone 7: How to get apps from Marketplace?


    Get apps from Marketplace

    On your phone or from your PC, get apps and games wherever you are.

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    Check out Marketplace—Microsoft's virtual store for apps, games, and other entertainment for your phone. Many apps and games in Marketplace are free, while others let you try before you buy.

    Before you try or buy an app or game:

    Apps on the phone

    Get apps on your phone
    • On Start, tap Marketplace Marketplace tile.

    • Tap Apps.

    • Flick left or right to see top, new, or featured apps, or browse categories. When you find an app or game you want, tap it.

    • If you want to install a free app or game, tap Install twice to confirm and download it to your phone.

    • If you want to buy an app or game:

      • Tap Buy to buy a paid app. Or tap Try (if available) to try it.

      • Do one of the following:

        • If you're trying an app, tap Install.

        • If you're buying an app, tap Buy, select your payment method (either a credit card or a charge to your phone bill), and then tap Buy again.


      By default, purchases are added to your phone bill (if this service is available from your mobile operator). Or you can use a credit card: in the Confirm purchase screen, tap Change payment method, and then tap Add a credit card. (Or just tap Add a credit card.) Follow the steps on the screen.

      Confirm purchase screen on phone
      "Confirm purchase" screen on phone

    • It might take several minutes for the app or game to download and install, depending on its size. A progress bar on the details screen shows the status.

      • To check the progress of an app or game you're downloading, tap Check install.

      • To pause a downloading app, on the Marketplace Downloads screen (tap Check install or the download link at the bottom of the Marketplace Hub), tap and hold the item, then tap Pause. To continue downloading it, tap and hold, and then tap Resume.

    • Look for your new apps in the App list (on Start, flick left). Look for your new games in the Games Hub (on Start, tap Games, and flick left to Collection).


    Looking for a specific app or game? From Marketplace, press the SearchHardware icon search button button. To learn more, see Search for stuff.

    Get apps on your PC
    • Connect your phone to your PC using the USB cable.

    • On Start, click All Programs, and then click Zune.

    • If you're not signed in, click Sign In, and then sign in with the same Windows Live ID you used to sign in to your phone.

    • Click Marketplace > Apps. Under Devices, click Windows Phone.

      Zune Marketplace apps for windows phone 7 screen
      Zune Marketplace "apps for windows phone 7" screen

    • Browse for an app or game by clicking a genre or using the Search box.

    • Click the app that you're interested in, and then click Free trial or Buy to try or buy the app or game. Or click Free to install a free app. Follow the instructions on the screen.

      If you want to add a new credit card to your account, you can add it from the Zune software on your computer (click Settings > Account > Add a credit card) or go to the Zune Account Center.

      Zune Add a credit card screen
      Zune "add a credit card" screen

    • To see apps and games on your phone, disconnect it from your computer. Look for:

      • New apps in the App list (on Start, flick left).

      • New games in the Games Hub (on Start, tap Games, and flick left to Collection).

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    • Apps sync directly with your phone and are not added to your Zune collection on your computer.

    • If you purchase your app from Zune while your phone is not connected to your PC, the app will be downloaded over the air within 24 hours. If you subsequently connect your phone to your PC, your items will continue to download over the air.

    • Marketplace may not be available in your country or region.

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    Play Xbox & get 400 Microsoft Points FREE


    MGS Holiday Offer

    Xbox has a great deal to help you you to kick off the holiday season. Just spend 1600 Microsoft Points on selected offerings from Microsoft Game Studios (see the list below) between November 16 – November 23 and receive 400 Microsoft Points--FREE!

    For more information, See official rules

    Offer Details

    To qualify for this special offer, you must first register by downloading the Microsoft Game Studios Offer gamerpic, and then purchase the eligible Arcade games, game add-on, or avatar accessories from Xbox LIVE Marketplace using your Xbox LIVE account before November 23.

    Gamertag Registration

    To take advantage of this great deal, you must download the free Microsoft Game Studios Gamer Picture. You can queue this gamer pic up for download to your console right here:

    1. Go to Xbox LIVE Event Registrations http://marketplace.xbox.com/games/media/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d802475207f5/
    2. Select Microsoft Game Studios Offer from the list and select Download to Xbox 360
    3. Select Confirm
    4. You'll see a Congratulations! This item has been added to your download queue message.

    You can also access the free gamer pic via the banner ads running on Xbox LIVE, or in the Gamer Picture section of the Xbox LIVE dashboard.

    Download new adventures for favorites like Halo Wars.

    You must register for the offer using the same Xbox LIVE gamertag that you will use for your purchase. This promotion starts at 01:01 P.M. (GMT +8) on November 16 and ends at 12:59 P.M. (GMT+8) on November 23, 2010.


    Eligible Arcade Games

    Eligible Game Add-ons

    Eligible Avatar Items

    Splosion Man
    South Park
    UNO Rush
    Perfect Dark
    Snoopy Flying Ace Defense Grid
    Magic the Gathering Banjo Kazooie
    Banjo Tooie
    Fable II Pub Games
    A Kingdom for Keflings Rez HD
    The Maw
    Scrap Metal
    Alien Breed Episode 1
    Alien Breed Episode 2
    The Dishwasher Dead Samurai
    Duke Nukem 3D

    Forza Motorsport 3
    Mass Effect
    Fable II
    Halo 3
    Halo Wars
    Gears of War 2
    Alan Wake
    Crackdown 2
    Banjo Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts
    Scene It


    Halo Reach
    Halo 3: ODST
    Halo 3
    Gears of War 2
    Gears of War 3
    Crackdown 2
    Fable II
    Fable III
    Perfect Dark
    Toy Soldiers

    After registering and spending 1600 Microsoft Points on eligible downloads during the promotional period, the free Points will be either be deposited automatically into your Xbox LIVE account or sent to your e-mail via a token. Please allow four weeks for delivery, on or around December 20, 2010.

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    Kinect Pre-orders reach you tomorrow/today!!


    Got to know from http://www.facebook.com/xbox360india.

    Kinect Pre-orders reach you tomorrow/today (reason: blogging this late by a date)!!
    If you've pre-ordered before the 10th of Nov, stay by your door - Your Kinect arrives tomorrow/today!!

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    General: Power of blogging


    Today I was following the interesting article related to blogging – Power of blogging, I would say, how anyone’s life can be changed. You can read this too “The MBA who quit his job to earn $100,000 doing Excel blogging” @ http://education.in.msn.com/news/article.aspx?cp-documentid=4583472.

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    Windows Phone 7: LG Owners to Get Free Access to Popular Windows Phone 7 apps


    LG Electronics (LG) and Microsoft collaborate on developer program for a new mobile platform. LG and Microsoft announced that they are teaming up to provide customers with a free selection of quality applications for LG customers with Windows Phone 7 handsets. LG and Microsoft will subsidize a revolving portfolio of hand-picked applications, providing free access to quality applications that take advantage of the unique features and design of Windows Phone 7.

    LG and Microsoft will offer Windows Phone 7 applications across popular categories — including social connectivity, gaming and helpful utilities — ensuring that customers have access to the applications they value most. Ten free applications with a value of more than $30 USD will be given away every 60 days. LG’s Windows Phone 7 customers can download these applications for free (for a period of 60 days) via LG Application Store, which will be accessible directly from LG Windows Phone 7 models.

    Selected Windows Phone application developers will be provided with exclusive marketing opportunities and resources to promote their applications with LG. Developers of selected applications will benefit from promotional support through LG’s marketing presence and Microsoft’s Windows Phone Marketplace. LG will promote the new applications through in-store sales events and on the LG Mobile Global Facebook page (http://on.fb.me/bltMvp), creating a larger market for developers and bringing them closer to their audiences.

    What’s more, LG will also be offering its Windows Phone 7 customers free access to even more applications developed directly by the company. These applications will also be available from the LG Application Store and will span social networking services, such as Type n Walk and Voice SNS, as well as practical tools like Subway AR.

    BTW, LG and Microsoft’s developer program will kick off in November. More information can be found at http://www.facebook.com/LGMobileHQ.

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    GUI enhancements in Exchange Server 2010 SP1


    Exchange Server 2010 SP1 brings couple of enhancements with respect to GUI and long list of improvements, specially for administrators who want to use Exchange Management Console (EMC) and Exchange Control Panel (ECP) to administer various features. More and more features are exposed in the EMC and ECP, helping Exchange Administrators to manage their Exchange 2010 infrastructure.

    Exchange 2010 SP1 brings a long list of improvements. This blog focuses mostly on the GUI enhancements both in EMC and ECP. There are a ton of additional features in Exchange 2010 SP1 that are worth reviewing, some of which may jump out as being more important in your environment than many of the ones that are listed here.

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    Enhance Windows/Exchange Search using Microsoft Filter Pack


    How to Enhance Windows Search using Microsoft Filter Pack?

    The Windows Search service can be enhanced by installing the Microsoft Filter Pack, which provides additional IFilters to support critical search scenarios across multiple Microsoft Search products. The Filter Pack includes the following IFilters:

    • Metro (.docx, .docm, .pptx, .pptm, .xlsx, .xlsm, .xlsb)
    • Visio (.vdx, .vsd, .vss, .vst, .vdx, .vsx, .vtx)
    • OneNote (.one)
    • Zip (.zip)

    When you install the Filter Pack (which you can download for free), the IFilters in the preceding list are installed and registered with the Windows Search service. The Filter Pack is available for x86 and x64 versions of Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows XP, and Windows Server 2003

    Exchange Search & IFilters:

    Exchange Search uses IFilters to index text content in different file formats. In order to implement that you need to download the Microsoft Filter Pack. This will install and register IFilters with the Microsoft Windows Indexing Service. These IFilters are used by Microsoft Search products to index the contents of specific document formats.

    Office 2007/Exchange Server 2007:

    You can download (either x86/x64) Microsoft Filter Pack @ http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyId=60C92A37-719C-4077-B5C6-CAC34F4227CC&displaylang=en. This will install and register IFilters with the Microsoft Windows Indexing Service.

    This Filter Pack includes IFilters for the following formats: .docx, .docm, .pptx, .pptm, .xlsx, .xlsm, .xlsb, .zip, .one, .vdx, .vsd, .vss, .vst, .vdx, .vsx, and .vtx. Because Windows Desktop Search (WDS) consumes IFilters from Windows Indexing Service, the IFilters will be automatically registered and available for use by WDS.

    To register these IFilters with a specific Search product, please see the associated KB article below:

    Office 2010 & Exchange Server 2010:

    Microsoft Office 2010 Filter Packs includes filters for Microsoft Office 2010 and Office 2007 file formats. Installation of the Filter Pack is a pre-requisite for Exchange 2010 Mailbox and Hub Transport servers. For details, see Exchange 2010 Prerequisites. The following file name extensions are supported by the filter pack: .docm, .docx, .one, .pptm, .pptx, .vdx, .vsd, .vss, .vst, .vsx, .vtx, .xlsb, .xlsm, .xlsx, .zip. For more information and to download the Filter Pack, see Microsoft Office 2010 Filter Packs.

    After you install the Filter Pack, the included IFilters are registered with Windows Search. To allow Exchange 2010 to index Office 2010 file formats, the IFilters must also be registered with Exchange Search.

    In Exchange 2010 SP1, Exchange Setup registers the IFilters from Office 2010 Filter Packs with Exchange Search. In the release to manufacturing (RTM) version of Exchange 2010, you must register the IFilters with Exchange 2010 by modifying the registry. You must perform this step after you have installed Exchange 2010 RTM on the server.

    Please note

    In Exchange 2010 RTM, you can meet the prerequisite by installing 2007 Office System Converter: Microsoft Filter Pack. We recommend that you upgrade to the Office 2010 version of the Filter Pack.

    Related article:

    How to Register IFilters 2.0 with Exchange 2007 and Exchange 2010

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    Mac meets PC: Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac


    Customers can choose between Microsoft Office for Mac Home and Student 2011 and Microsoft Office for Mac Home and Business 2011.


    Microsoft launches Office 2011 for Mac today, bringing Mac users the latest versions of the company’s productivity software. Per Press pass, two editions will be available: Customers can choose between Microsoft Office for Mac Home and Student 2011 and Microsoft Office for Mac Home and Business 2011.

    Word and PowerPoint give you the ability to create rich documents by layering text, shapes, pictures, SmartArt, animations, and charts. With Office for Mac 2011 you can now easily reorder all these elements using a simple visual interface.

    The release is the latest effort from the Office for Mac team, which has been delivering Microsoft software to the Mac for 13 years. Many of us doesn’t aware that Microsoft has made Mac-compatible versions of Word and Excel for 26 years, ever since there was a Mac?

    Edit images from within Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents. Recolor photos and images, apply filters and corrections, and even remove extraneous background imagery directly from the application itself.

    The new release for Mac is focused on delivering anywhere access, better collaboration, and professional design tools to make it more attractive than previous versions. First and foremost, Outlook is now included in Office 2011 for Mac.

    Easily access thousands of Word, PowerPoint, and Excel 2011 themes and templates, and use them to create professional-looking documents. The gallery also helps you quickly find recent documents, and customize and preview any theme or template before selecting it.

    The new Outlook was built from the ground up and works with both on-premises Exchange and the just-announced Office 365, the new cloud service from Office.

    Whether you’re in the office, at home, or on the road, Microsoft Office Web Apps provide an easy way to access, view and edit documents directly from the Web browser.

    Office 2011 has new built-in integration with Windows Live SkyDrive as well as connections to SharePoint so users can manage files and work from any location.

    Inline calendaring now happens right in your inbox so you don’t have to switch back and forth from your calendar to e-mail. When you get a meeting invitation you can instantly see if you have a conflict. You can also see custom calendar views based on categories.

    With Office Web Apps, Mac consumers can edit Office documents straight from their browser. 

    Next time someone sends you an attachment, see what's inside with a single click.

    The release’s new co-authoring tools let users edit the same Word document or PowerPoint presentation simultaneously with other people in different locations who are using Office 2011 for Mac or Office 2010 for Windows.

    In Excel 2011, Sparklines help you easily create charts and graphs that quickly summarize your data. With Sparklines, also available in Windows-based Office 2010, you can show the story your data is telling, in a compact space.

    They can also quickly share presentations with anyone who has browser access through PowerPoint broadcasting.

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    Microsoft Game Hub


    Microsoft introduced a new gaming hub that connects its three major social gaming portals, blurring the line between casual and social gameplay. The Microsoft Game Hub is a new feature that starting today appears in a similar way on MSN Games, Bing Games and Windows Live Messenger, effectively allowing anyone who uses any one of those different sites to play the same games, see their friends’ status updates, and send each other game challenges.

    Microsoft rolled out the Microsoft Game Hub, which helps fans of casual games like Bejeweled play and interact socially across MSN Games, Bing Games and Windows Live Messenger.

    In tandem with the Microsoft Game Hub, the company also today announced that the MSN Games site has been completely rebuilt, the games experience on Windows Live Messenger has been updated, and Bing Games has been expanded internationally.

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    1 million Microsoft Kinect for Xbox 360 sold in 10 days?


    Microsoft Corp. today announced it has sold 1 million Kinect for Xbox 360 units worldwide in 10 days and is on pace to hit 5 million by the end of the year. The announcement comes a week before the biggest selling day of the year, Black Friday, and in the wake of increasing momentum for Xbox 360, which led U.S. video game console sales for the past four months.

    This shows the early customer demand for controller-free entertainment solidifies biggest year in Xbox history. Microsoft also recently announced that the more than 25 million Xbox LIVE members have spent more than 1 billion hours on the service a month, an average of over 40 hours per member.

    More information on Xbox 360 and Kinect for Xbox 360 is available at http://www.xbox.com/Kinect or http://www.facebook.com/xbox.

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    Bioscience “BLAST” to the Windows Azure Cloud


    Today at the Supercomputing (SC) 2010 conference, Microsoft Corp. announced the release of NCBI BLAST on Windows Azure. The new application enables a broader community of scientists to combine desktop resources with the power of cloud computing for critical biological research. At the conference, Microsoft showcased the enormous scale of the application on Windows Azure, demonstrating its use for 100 billion comparisons of protein sequences in a database managed by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI).

    Researchers in bioinformatics, energy, drug research and many other fields use the Basic Local Alignment Search Tool (BLAST) to sift through large databases, to help identify new animal species, improve drug effectiveness and produce biofuels, and for other purposes. NCBI BLAST on Windows Azure provides a user-friendly Web interface and access to Windows Azure cloud computing for very large BLAST computations, as well as smaller-scale operations. The application will allow scientists to use and collaborate with their private data collections, as well as data hosted on Windows Azure, including NCBI public protein data collections and the results of Microsoft’s large protein comparison.

    Announcements at Supercomputing 2010 conference highlight Microsoft’s efforts to bring technical computing to the mainstream. The NCBI BLAST on Windows Azure software is available from Microsoft at no cost, and Windows Azure resources are available at no charge to many researchers through Microsoft’s Global Cloud Research Engagement Initiative. More information is available at http://research.microsoft.com/azure and you can get more info at Microsoft Press pass also.

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    Kinect for Xbox 360 launch @ New York’s Times Square


    Last night, New York’s famed Times Square went controller-free, as the Crossroads of the World was transformed into a dancing, singing, A-list celebration for today’s North American launch of Kinect for Xbox 360. A full day of demos, star-studded appearances and a massive, choreographed dance routine culminated in an excited line of thousands of fans eagerly waiting to take home the future of home entertainment, now available at more than 30,000 retailers nationwide.


    Xbox 360 took over Times Square today draping it in purple and hosting a dance party with thousands to celebrate the launch of its newest product, Kinect, which lets you be the controller.

    You don’t need to have a controller to play Microsoft Xbox hereafter. That’s true that with the new version – Kinect for Xbox 360 Simply step in front of the revolutionary sensor, and Kinect sees you move, hears your voice and learns how you play. No buttons. No barriers. No controllers. Just you. With 17 Kinect games available this holiday season — including dance, fitness, sports, racing and family experiences — Kinect gets everyone in the family off the couch, on their feet and in the game.

    Frank Sanchez Jr. & Mark Wahlberg Attend the Kinect for Xbox 360 Launch with Boys & Girls Club of America - Frank Sanchez Jr. President and CEO, Boys And Girls Clubs of America and Mark Wahlberg with Boys and Girls Club members attend the Kinect for Xbox 360 Launch with Boys & Girls Club of America in Times Square on November 3, 2010 in New York City.


    Simply, Kinect transforms Times Square into a celebration of controller-free fun Smile


    More information is available at http://www.xbox.com/Kinect or http://www.facebook.com/xbox.

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    Follow Office 365 via…


    You can follow the Office 365…
         - using the Facebook http://www.facebook.com/office365
         - using the Twitter http://www.twitter.com/office365
         - using the YouTube http://www.youtube.com/office365
         - visit the blog http://office365.microsoft.com/en-US/online-services.aspx
         - visit the Web http://office365.com

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    Download: Windows 7 & Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 Release Candidate


    Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Release Candidate (RC) helps keep your PCs and servers on the latest support level, provides on-going improvements to the Windows Operating System (OS), by including previous updates delivered over Windows Update as well as continuing incremental updates to the Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 platforms based on customer and partner feedback, and is easy for organizations to deploy a single set of updates.

    Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Release Candidate will help you:

    • Keep your PCs supported and up-to-date
    • Get on-going updates to the Windows 7 platform
    • Easily deploy cumulative updates at a single time
    • Meet your users' demands for greater business mobility
    • Provide a comprehensive set of virtualization innovations
    • Provide an easier Service Pack deployment model for better IT efficiency

      In order to download and install the Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Release Candidate you must currently have a Release to Manufacturing (RTM) version of Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 already installed.

      If you have previously installed the Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Beta on your machine, you must uninstall the beta before installing the Release Candidate. Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Release Candidate is available for installation in the same languages made available at original launch of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.

    Download: You can download and try the Windows 7 & Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack1 Release Candidate. Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Release Candidate includes previous updates delivered over Windows Update as well as continuing incremental updates to the Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 platforms.

    Improvements: You can refer the following documentation for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 Release Candidate. It includes Hotfixes and Security Updates included in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 Release Candidate,  Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 Release Candidate Notable Changes and Test Guidance.

    Have questions? Also you can find the FAQ regarding Windows 7 & Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack1 Release Candidate (RC), which answers your queries. BTW, based on FAQ Service Pack 1 will be released within the first half of calendar year 2011 Smile

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    Microsoft Study: Botnets a Launching Pad for Cybercrime


    Microsoft Australia today released the ninth volume of its Security Intelligence Report (SIR v9) into internet security, which exposes the extent to which botnets are providing a launch pad for cybercrime such as spam, phishing, identity theft, click fraud, and advance fee fraud. BTW, a botnet is described as a computer connected to the Internet that has been set up to forward transmissions (including spam or viruses) to other computers on the Internet, without the knowledge of the computer owner. For more information on this, you can refer the Microsoft Australia's Press pass page.

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