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    My View on Microsoft Office Binary File Format validator (beta) utility - Post # 1

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    What I tried? Sometime earlier i reviewed (tried) the new command-line utility Microsoft Office Binary File Format Validator (beta) – which helps to to validate binary file format files for the following files and applications: .doc files (Microsoft Word 97/2000/2003 and file formats supported by Microsoft Office Word 2007/2010), .xls files (Microsoft Excel 97/2000/2003 and file formats supported by Microsoft Office Excel 2007/2010) and .ppt files (Microsoft PowerPoint 97/2000/2003 and file formats supported by Microsoft Office PowerPoint2007/2010).

    Interesting facts that I observed:
    + Utility runs without requiring an installation of Word, Excel or PowerPoint on the computer.
    + Utility is supported on any computer that is running Windows XP with Service Pack 2 (SP2) or later versions.
    + When you run Microsoft Office Binary File Format Validator Beta, it either validates the complete file or fails at the first point where the scanned file does not comply with the particular binary file format open specification.

    Installation/Uninstall:
    Installation/Uninstall is straight forward. You can download appropriate one for 32-bit or the 64-bit operating system. On successful installation, you can notice a shortcut Microsoft Office Binary File Format Validator Beta launcher to the Start menu in Microsoft Office Binary File Format Validator in All Programs. Also the uninstallation works great for me.

    How to validate & what’s the outcome?

    + When a nonconformance issue is located in the scanned file, Microsoft Office Binary File Format Validator Beta writes out a detailed log file, in XML format, that helps you locate and debug the error.

    + Let we see how to the Successful validation works: I tried the following at command line to validate “sample1.doc”:
    C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\BFFValidator>bffvalidator.exe “C:\test\Sample1.doc”

    I notice that the Command Prompt window message includes the location of the file that was scanned, the time stamp of when the scan was finished and the location of the log file.
    PASSED at 07/12/11 10:14:19 Log at: C:\test\Sample1.doc.bffvalidator.07-12-11_10-14-19.xml

    I looked at the .xml file (log file), which contains the following information

    <BFFValidation path="C:\test\Sample1.doc" datetime="07/12/11 10:14:19" result="PASSED"> </BFFValidation>


    Will continue the remaining in the next post about my further review on the same…

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    SQL Server: Let us know what you think about Denali?

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    Haven’t you tried the new SQL Server cloud-ready information platform Microsoft SQL Server Code Name “Denali” Evaluation edition is available  for download & evaluate?

    If you have tried earlier then, you can share your valuable feedback about the new Business Intelligence (BI) features, creating tabular models on an Analysis Services server etc? Also let us know, what additional features would you like to suggest?  If you found any new software bugs, you can upload the same and provide your valuable feedback to us, using the following @ http://connect.microsoft.com/SQLServer/Feedback (you can add new feedback or comment on existing issues!!)

    Enjoy!!

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    An insight @ Internet Explorer 10 Platform Preview

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    IE10 – Platform Preview? IE10 Platform Preview is released periodically to give web developers, designers, and enthusiasts an advanced look at what’s to come in the next major release of Internet Explorer.

    Want to try IE 10 Platform Preview? If you want to download and try Internet Explorer Platform Preview, then I would suggest you to give a try @ the Internet Explorer Test Drive site. Please note that it is not intended to be your daily browser, and in fact will not replace the version of Internet Explorer you have installed on your computer. The binaries that ship in the Platform Preview Build package do not replace system binaries; instead, they are placed in an iepreview.exe.local folder under the Internet Explorer Platform Preview path.

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    IE 10 – Platform preview for Developers guide: This guide provides an early look at the developer features coming to the next version of Internet Explorer. By using the documentation and samples in this guide, web developers and designers can prepare to use these new features.With this, you can obtain detailed technical information about developer features before this information is published to the Internet Explorer Developer Center and to the MSDN Library. In addition to reading the guide, be sure to see the Release Notes for installation information and known issues, as well as the Internet Explorer Test Drive site for new demos and examples.

    • IE 10 Platform Preview: CSS: Internet Explorer Platform Preview adds support for several new Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) features. This trend began with Internet Explorer 8 (full compliance with the CSS2.1 standard) and continued with Internet Explorer 9 (support for CSS rounded corners, multiple background images, new color models and opacity, CSS3 Fonts and WOFF, 2D Transforms, Media Queries, CSS3 Namespaces, and more). For more info, please visit@ http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/ie/hh272902.aspx
    • IE 10 Platform Preview: DOM: Internet Explorer Platform Preview contains several new features related to styling in the Document Object Model (DOM). Specifically, support has been added for several components of the CSS Object Model (CSSOM), which is currently a W3C Editor’s Draft. For more info, please visit @ http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/ie/hh272903.aspx
    • IE 10 Platform Preview: ECMAScript 5: Internet Explorer Platform Preview introduces support for ECMAScript 5 (ES5) strict mode, as specified in the ECMAScript Language Specification, 5th edition. Strict mode is intended to improve error checking and to identify script that might not be resilient to future versions of JavaScript. ES5 strict mode is a more restrictive variant of JavaScript that has different semantics and stricter parsing from what is considered normal JavaScript. For more info, please visit http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/ie/hh272904.aspx
    • IE 10 Platform Preview: HTML5: As you know support for several features defined in the HTML5 Working Draft specification began with Internet Explorer 8 and was extended in Internet Explorer 9. IE10 Platform Preview supports even more of this emerging standard with support for the new features like Asynchronous Script Execution, Drag and drop, File API, Forms validation etc. For more info, please visit http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/ie/hh272905.aspx
    • IE 10 Platform Preview: Web Performance: IE 10 adds support for web performance as defined in the W3C Web Performance Working Group specification. Three new web platform features are now available in IE10 Platform Preview: The requestAnimationFrame method, Page Visibility API , setImmediate method. These three platform APIs enable developers to make browsers use computer hardware more efficiently, improving both performance and power management of websites. These new API’s have been designed in collaboration with other browser manufactures through the W3C Web Performance Working Group. The next version of Internet Explorer is anticipated to be the first browser to implement all three APIs. For more info, please visit http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/ie/hh272906.aspx

    If you need further information, you can look on the following resources: Download | User Guide | Release Notes | Developer Guide | Blog.

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    Office 2010 SP1 (Outlook) improvements

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    Improvements of Office 2010 (Outlook) SP1 improvements:

    • Outlook 2010 SP1 includes Office 365 support.
    • Outlook 2010 SP1 can be set to always use the default sending account.
    • Fixes an issue in which the snooze time does not reset between appointments

    Related info: Please note that from yesterday Outlook 2010 SP1 is available from the Download center. If you have installed all Office Automatic Updates, you will also see SP1 available as a manual download from Microsoft Update. After a 90 day grace period, SP1 will be offered as an automatic update through Microsoft Update. Customers using the Office Click-to-Run technology will have SP1 streamed to them beginning in July.

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    Download: Microsoft Office 2010 SP1

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    Microsoft Office 2010 SP1 release:

    Microsoft Office 2010 Service Pack 1 (SP1) provides the latest updates for Office 2010. This service pack includes two main categories of fixes:

    • Previously unreleased fixes that were made specifically for this service pack. In addition to general product fixes, these fixes include improvements in stability, performance, and in security.
    • All the public updates that were released through June 2011, and all the cumulative updates that were released through April 2011

    How to obtain? You can obtain the service pack and install via two methods:

    1) Using Microsoft Update
    2) Download it manually (32-bit/64-bit):
    The following files are available for download from the Microsoft Download Center:

    DownloadDownload the Microsoft Office 2010 Service Pack 1 64-bit package now. DownloadDownload the Microsoft Office 2010 Service Pack 1 32-bit package now

    Download list of issues that the service pack fixes:You can download lists the issues that are fixed by this service pack.

    Known issues and behavior changes: You can have a look at KB article 2532126 which lists known issues that you may experience when you install the Microsoft Office 2010 Service Pack 1 and Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Service Pack 1.

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    Microsoft Office 365 is where Office meets the cloud

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    Using Microsoft Office 365 you can anywhere access email, documents, contacts, and calendars so you're always up-to-date. It has the business-class security and reliability through which you can do IT control, efficiency delivered to fit your organization's unique needs. And it's an all in one pay-as-you-go service with an affordable price.Yes, it gives you different plans for you & you can tailor made it as it suits you, by keeping in the mind that you might be running Professional and Small business, Mid size and enterprise or educational institutions. Office 365 has also been designed to interact natively with the on-premise versions of SharePoint, Exchange, Lync and Office.

    If you want to,

    > Get it started @ http://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/office365/how-to-get-office365.aspx.
    > Why Office 365 @ http://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/office365/why-office365.aspx.
    > FAQ @ http://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/office365/faqs.aspx 
    > Find a Partner @ http://g.microsoftonline.com/0BXPS00en-GB/1063 
    > Office 365 Plans @ http://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/office365/plans.aspx
    > Support @ http://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/office365/support.aspx
    > Subscriptions & billing @ http://g.microsoftonline.com/0BXPS00en-GB/1078
    > Community @ Office 365 Community
    > Office 365 forums @ http://g.microsoftonline.com/0BXPS00en-GB/1085
    > Office 365 blog @ http://g.microsoftonline.com/0BXPS00en-GB/1059 
    > Office 365 Wikis @ http://g.microsoftonline.com/0BXPS00en-GB/1086
    > Free Trial @ http://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/office365/free-trial/small-business.aspx

    Couple of the interesting facts are:

    • All Office 365 plans provide users with virtually anywhere-access to email, important documents, contacts, and calendars on nearly any device (including PC, Mac, Windows Phone, iPhone, Android, and BlackBerry)*.

    • Connect with people in new ways with instant messaging, audio/video calls and online meetings

    • Office 365 works with the software your users already know and use like Word, Excel, OneNote and PowerPoint.

    • Using Office Web Apps in Office 365 you can view your Office documents with great document fidelity and consistent formatting, do basic editing, and create new documents using the familiar Office interface.

    • With select midsize business and enterprise plans (Plans E3 and E4) you are also able to run always-up-to-date versions of Office Professional Plus

    • An easy-to-use administration console allows IT administrators to stay in control of user accounts, access rights, and organization-wide deployment.

    • Office 365 is a hosted online service within best-of-breed data centers that have received SAS 70 and ISO 27001 certification. Read the Office 365 security whitepaper (English-only).

    • Office 365 maintains the latest defenses against viruses and spam.

    • Information is safeguarded with globally-redundant servers to provide enterprise-grade reliability. Disaster recovery is handled via multiple datacenters and automatic failovers.

    • Office 365 reduces the time and cost IT would spend patching, upgrading, or updating servers.

    • You can count on Microsoft, an industry leader in productivity, for reliability. Microsoft provides a financially-backed 99.9% uptime guarantee.

    • For midsize businesses and enterprise plans, Microsoft provides access 24 hours a day, seven days a week to IT-level support over the phone, the web, or email

    Office 365 Marketplace:

    The Microsoft Office 365 Marketplace helps you find innovative professional services and applications from Microsoft partners worldwide. Here you can find experts to help you figure out how to leverage and deploy in the Cloud, tailor Microsoft Office 365 to improve productivity and build your business.

    Finally, I would say, Office 365 as Secure. Reliable. Affordable. Powerful. It’s the best way to take your business to the cloud and be more productive from more places. Explore your options for putting Office 365 to work for you.

    Additional Resources: Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn | Office 365 Home | Office 365 Blog

    It’s worth to give a try (http://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/office365/free-trial/small-business.aspx) and you decide the same…

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    Developer Hub: Documentation & samples for Windows Phone 7.1 (Mango) & 7.0

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    For the Windows Phone 7 developers, Microsoft has published (pre-release documentation) for the next version of Windows Phone OS 7.1 (Mango).  You can find them @ http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff431744(VS.92).aspx. Windows Phone developers can download these code samples and applications, such as Panorama/Pivot Control, Bing Maps, and a unit converter, to experiment with the Windows Phone Application Platform. New samples will be added to the above page periodically, so check back often and see what’s new.

    As per previous blog post, you need the Windows Phone Developer Tools to run these samples. To provide feedback on this documentation, click here. For the previous Windows Phone OS 7.0 developer documentation, click here.

    Blogged using my Windows Live Writer 2011…

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    Developer Hub: Download Windows Phone Developer tools SDK 7.1 (Mango) beta & 7.0

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      Now you can download the new Windows Phone Developer Tools 7.1 (Mango) Beta can be used to develop Applications for both 7.0 and 7.1 version of Windows Phone OS releases.  You can experiment with the latest tools release for Windows Phone. WPDT 7.1 Beta provides the tooling necessary to target the upcoming Windows Phone OS release (codenamed “Mango”) in addition to productivity enhancements such as an app profiler and an improved emulator.
      Although not required, the Windows Phone Developer Team strongly recommends that you install WPDT 7.1 Beta on a separate machine. Apps built for 7.0 by using the 7.1 beta tools should certify and behave similarly to those produced by your current WPDT environment, but these are beta tools and your apps may behave inconsistently. If you encounter an issue between the beta tools/emulator and production phones, please report the issue on the App Hub 'tools for wp7' forum.
      The Windows Phone Developer Tools includes the following,
      • Microsoft Windows Phone Developer Tools 7.1 (Beta)
      • Windows Phone Emulator (Beta)
      • Silverlight 4 SDK and DRT
      • Microsoft XNA Game Studio 4.0 Refresh Windows Phone Extensions
      • Microsoft Expression Blend SDK Preview for Windows Phone 7.1
      • WCF Data Services Client for Window Phone 7.1
          Please note:
          1) Windows Server, Windows XP & Virtual machine platforms are not supported
          2)  If you are installing Visual Studio 2010 Express for Windows® Phone 7.1 alone, you can install it on any drive. If Visual Studio 2010 Professional or higher is already installed on your development computer, Windows Phone Developer Tools 7.1 Beta is installed on the same drive as the existing Visual Studio installation.
          3) If you just need WP 7.0 SDK, then you can Download the Windows Phone 7.0 SDK (Windows Phone Developer Tools), then download and install the Windows Phone Developer Tools January 2011 Update and the Windows Phone Developer Tools Fix. The January 2011 Update should only be applied after you've installed the Windows Phone Developer Tools.

          Note:
          French, Italian, German, and Spanish versions of the tools are available at the Microsoft Download Center.

                                                                                                                  blogged using my Windows Live Writer 2011…

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          Download: CDO 1.21 (Ver # 6.5.8211.0)

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          As you know using CDO 1.2.1 (Collaboration Data Objects, version 1.2.1), a package providing access to Outlook-compatible objects through a COM-based API. Using CDO, a program can connect to a MAPI store, and then perform operations against that store, including creating and processing calendar items, and resolving and handling mail recipients.

          Starting with Exchange Server 2007 and Outlook 2007, Microsoft will distribute CDO 1.2.1 as a Web download, separated from the two products.The latest one (ExchangeCDO.exe & the version # 6.5.8211.0) is available for download.

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          Comprehensive guide: Windows Phone development resources

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          Looking for a comprehensive guide to development resources for Windows Phone? Visit the Windows Phone developer resources pages on App Hub.

          Please find the following topic pages so you can learn everything you need to know to create great apps and games for Windows Phone:

          Silverlight for Windows Phone

          XNA Game Studio and XNA Framework

          Windows Phone Developer Tools and Device Unlock

          User Experience and User Interface

          Application and Execution Model

          Input, Touch and Gestures

          Launchers and Choosers

          Security

          Frame and Page Navigation

          Isolated Storage

          Performance

          Advertising Services

          Camera and Photos

          Media – Audio and Video

          Push Notifications and Live Tiles

          App Bar and Controls

          Location and Mapping

          Networking and Web Services

          Sensors

          Globalization and Localization

          Porting Your App or Game to Windows Phone 7

          Application Publishing and Marketplace

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          MIX 11: Hardware-accelerated HTML5, IE9 & Mango

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          Last March 2010 @ MIX 10, we (MS) announced Hardware-Accelerated HTML5, Pushes Boundaries on Web and Cloud Development. Also MS released first platform preview for Windows Internet Explorer 9, highlights commitments to jQuery, OData, expanded support for HTML5, hardware-accelerated graphics and text, and a new JavaScript engine. Together these allow developers to use the same markup and deliver graphically and functionally rich Web applications that take advantage of modern PC hardware through a modern operating system. As part of its commitment to interoperability, MS detailed its support for a number of HTML5 specifications, including CSS3, Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG), XHTML parsing, and the video and audio tags using industry-standard (H.264/MPEG4 and MP3/AAC) codecs, among others. In addition, MS demonstrated a new JavaScript engine that uses the multiple cores of today’s modern chips to effectively manage computing resources and improve Web performance. By combining increased interoperability with a new JavaScript engine and Direct 2D technology, Internet Explorer 9 enables Web developers to provide users with richer experiences that render more quickly and consistently.

          Now @ MIX 11, MS demonstrated the value of developing for HTML5 and the standards-based Web with Internet Explorer 9 on PCs running Windows and Internet Explorer 9 on Windows Phone. With the forthcoming release of Windows Phone, coming later this year, MS is providing developers with more hardware capabilities, better browsing and improved tooling, as well as expanded opportunities and Windows Phone Marketplace options. Together, these technologies create a richer application environment that expands mobile usage scenarios.

            Qantas for Windows Phone allows users to manage travel plans including checking in and reviewing the status of an upcoming flight. Coming soon to Windows Phone Marketplace.

          The new application platform enables developers to take advantage of the following:

          • Application multitasking for background processing, audio and file transfer, and fast application switching

          • Deeper phone integration so apps can, for example, take better advantage of the versatility of Live Tiles (refer the above pic)

          • Access to the camera and Motion Sensor library so developers can build apps that incorporate device hardware and build augmented reality experiences

          Apart from this, MS provided the first deep look at the development platform for the next version of Windows Phone, arriving on new and existing handsets later this year. Developers will soon have updated Windows Phone Developer Tools. Improved tools include a performance profiler and sensor simulation, enabling developers to build more integrated and high-performing applications. Using this, the developers (we) will be able to take advantage of these new capabilities to create even more creative and engaging Windows Phone apps and games.

          Way to go!!

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          Download: Update Rollup 3 for Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 1

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          Here we go… you can download the latest released Update Rollup 3 for Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 1 (SP1). Issues that are resolved in the update is published @ http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2529939.

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          Exchange Server Protocol docs

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          You can find the Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 SP1 RTM Protocol technical documentation set provides detailed technical specifications for Microsoft protocols and extensions to industry-standards or other published protocols that are implemented and used in Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 SP1 RTM. This allows the user to interoperate or communicate natively with Microsoft Office client and other server products. You can download the documentation, which is designed to describe each protocol in detail as it is used by the Microsoft Exchange Server. Each protocol specification documents the technical requirements, limitations, dependencies, and Microsoft-specific protocol behavior. The documentation set includes a set of companion overview and reference documents that supplement the technical specifications with conceptual background, overviews of inter-protocol relationships and interactions, and technical reference information

          Note: The protocol specifications are available in the Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) for that you can use the Adobe Reader 8.0 or later @ http://www.adobe.com.

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          What you mean by Recommended vs. Supported vs. Deprecated vs. Deemphasized?

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          When we talk to customers they want to know what is the difference between Recommended, Supported, Deprecated and deemphasized means. This is already well explained in Patrick’s what unsupported mean article.

          In simple terms, “Recommended vs. Supported” means,

          • Supported usually means well tested
          • Support statements define strict boundaries
          • Recommendations define the “best case” or the state that we want our customers to achieve
          • Understand risks of going outside of recommendations or support boundaries

          In simple terms, “Deprecated vs. Deemphasized” means,

          • A deprecated feature is one that has been superseded in the protocol by a newer feature.
          • Deemphasized means to decrease the emphasis on/minimize the importance of the specific feature or protocol.
          • May or may not be available in future versions.
          • So usage of deprecated features is discouraged, deemphasized features should be decreased.
          • Use the alternate workaround or superseded feature to move ahead.

          Hope this helps.

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          Exchange Server 2010 Architecture and its feature set

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          You can download the following PDF file - a poster, which highlights the architecture and feature set of Microsoft Exchange Server 2010. Apart from showing the high-level architecture, it highlights the feature set of Exchange Server 2010 and sections include:

          • Management and Monitoring
          • High Availability
          • Mailbox Server Role
          • Client Access Server Role
          • Unified Messaging Server Role
          • Hub Transport Server Role
          • Edge Transport Server Role
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          Download: Exchange Server 2001 SP1 standalone help

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          You can download a standalone version of Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 SP1 Help, which may help you plan, deploy and manage your Exchange 2010 SP1 organization.

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          Windows Phone: How to get first Windows Phone update?

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          Windows Phone Update…my Windows Phone first update? This first update for Windows Phone is designed to improve the software update process itself.

               

          How to update?

          You’ll need to connect your phone to your computer and update it using either the Zune software for your PC or the Windows Phone 7 Connector for Mac (depending on which kind of computer you have).

          Windows Phone 7 Update

          So just install one of these programs, connect your phone to your computer via the USB cable, and then follow the on-screen instructions. I also strongly encourage you to check out our step-by-step guide for updating your phone on the Windows Phone website.

          Please note: If you’ve installed the Zune software or the Windows Phone 7 Connector in the past, you might actually need to update that program first and then use it to update your phone.  If that’s the case, you’ll know. Just follow the on-screen instructions, restart the software, and then connect your phone.

          Need more help?

          Related info:

          Install Zune software
          Install Windows Phone 7 Connector

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          How to:Get MAPI Header and library files

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          Want to get and install MAPI header and library files? MAPI header and library files are included as part of the Microsoft Windows SDK. Once you have installed Microsoft Windows SDK, you can access MAPI header files by using Microsoft Visual Studio 2008.

          Before you can install MAPI header and library files, make sure that you have met the following prerequisite -You have a supported Windows-based operating system installed and running on your computer.

          To install MAPI header and library files, you can try either one of the following steps:
          1. Download and install Microsoft Windows SDK.

          2. Obtain and install Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 or a later version (optional).
            Note: Windows SDK is installed to \Program Files\Microsoft SDKs\Windows as a component of Visual Studio.

          After following these steps, you can view the MAPI header and library files in the following locations. The MAPI header files are located at <drive>\Program Files\Microsoft SDKs\Windows\<SDK_Version>\Include. The MAPI library file Mapi32.lib is located at <drive>\Program Files\Microsoft SDKs\Windows\<SDK_Version>\Lib.

          Related info:

          SGriffin's MAPI Internals: Outlook 2010 MAPI Reference
          Outlook 2010: MAPI Header Files.
          For a list of MAPI header files, see Finding Header Information.
          How to: Link to MAPI functions, refer http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc963763(v=office.12).aspx
          Mapi32.dll Stub Registry Settings
          Setting Up the MSI Keys for Your MAPI DLL
          Explicitly Mapping MAPI Calls to MAPI DLLs

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          Download: Windows 7 & Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (SP1)

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          Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 helps keep your PCs and servers on the latest support level. It also provides ongoing 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. This enables organizations to deploy a single set of updates.

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

          • Keep your PCs supported and up-to-date
          • Get ongoing 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

          Download: You can download it from the following link:

          http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=c3202ce6-4056-4059-8a1b-3a9b77cdfdda.

          Related articles: Also you can have a look at the following articles:

          For support and troubleshooting, you can anyone of the following:

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          MFC MAPI: How to view GAL entries

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          You can download the latest MFC MAPI utility to view GAL entries, which uses the Messaging API to provide access to MAPI stores through a graphical user interface.

          Try the following steps:

          1) Open MFC MAPI utility. Select Session menu and select “Logon and Display  Store table” ( I chosen for this session). It will ask you prompt the profile.

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          2) Select the profile. Once you select it, it will open the stores associated with it.

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          3) Select Address Book Menu and select "Open Default Directory” option

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          4) It will list out the GAL entries

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          5) If you select a GAL entry in the top pane, it will display its associated properties, tag, type, value etc in its below pane.

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          "MAPI_E_FAILONEPROVIDER" when you try to connect to a mailbox on an Exchange 2010 from an Exchange 2003 server

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          Recently one of my customer updated that when he tried connecting to a mailbox that is located on a  Exchange Server 2010 from Exchange Server 2003 by using a custom MAPI/C++ application. But it failed and it thrown the following error message: “MAPI_E_FAILONEPROVIDER”.

          As part of troubleshooting the issue, we tried using MFC MAPI utility and can reproduce the issue. During troubleshooting, we found that this issue occurs because the MAPI subsystem on an Exchange Server 2003 server is not designed to be used on an Exchange Server 2010 server.

          To resolve this issue, we recommended to use the following Exchange MAPI subsystem on an Exchange Server 2010 server/on a Exchange Server 2007 server.

          Please note that the Exchange MAPI client and Collaboration Data Objects (CDO) 1.2.1 can be installed only on Exchange 2007 and Exchange 2010 servers. Additionally, it includes the MAPI client libraries and supports CDO 1.2.1. However, you cannot install this download on an Exchange 2003 server.

          Download:

          1) You can download the MAPI Sub system @ Microsoft Exchange Server MAPI client and Collaboration Data Objects 1.2.1

          2) You can download the MFC MAPI Utility @ http://mfcmapi.codeplex.com/

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          Installing Ubuntu 10.10 on Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V

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          I used the following steps to install Ubuntu (10.10) version in the my Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V machine.

          1) Created a new Hyper-V machine

          2) Downloaded the latest Ubuntu ISO. You can notice few options on this page:

          (a) Download Desktop Edition – I used this.
          (b) Burn your CD or create a USB drive
          (c) You can try it before you install it

          3) Create a legacy Network driver and associate it with the above Hyper-V machine

          4) Select the Ubuntu ISO by the following option: Hyper-V –> Media –> DVD Drive –> Insert Disk

          5) Started the Ubuntu Hyper-V and mount with above ISO

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          6) Select the options to Install Ubuntu and its configuration. For the disk management, you can use the entire drive or customize the drive partition as per your requirement.

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          One it’s installed, it will request you to restart. During the time, make sure to remove the above mounted ISO drive.

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          I would rate the installation is pretty straight, works fine with all the drivers. I haven’t faced any glitches during the above work and loads with 640 * 480 display configuration.

          Bingo. Enjoy!!

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          @ DevConnections 2010

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          Listen or watch the latest series of Bytes by MSDN as 17 influential community members and Microsoft developers,  interviewed at DevConnections 2010, talk about user-experience, the cloud, mobile, and a variety of additional topics that they are passionate about.  Check back weekly for the next installment in the series or subscribe and take it on the go!

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          Bytes by MSDN Interview: Visual Studio 2010 and IntelliTrace

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          One of the most talked about features in Visual Studio 2010 is IntelliTrace. Dave Mendlen, Senior Director at Microsoft, and Tim Huckaby, founder of InterKnowlogy, cover the latest and greatest with Visual Studio 2010, including LightSwitch, Intellitrace and the most recent Feature Pack. Tune in to find out why Dave refers to IntelliTrace as a “time machine” @ http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/gg512834.aspx

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          Windows Phone 7 Sales: 1.5 million units sold @ first Six weeks

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          According to Achim Berg, Corp. Vice President of Business and Marketing, Windows Phones, Windows Phone manufacturers sold over 1.5 million phones in the first six weeks. It shows the customer momentum and retail presence. The Sales figures shows that sales are ramping well as our reputation is growing for offering users a unique experience and are in line with our expectations – especially when compared to other new platform introductions. Also we have 18,000 developers who are developing for our marketplace. It’s just getting better and better,  as we launched with many of the top mobile operators in the world, and even more in the coming year in 2011.

          Way to go!!

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