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Free TechEd Mego’s For ALL

August 21st, 2006 by Patrick S

Not sure how long this has been out for but i only learnt about it recently with the upcoming TechEd in Australia & New Zealand Etc.

Microsoft are celebrating the occasion by giving away free TechEd megos for your Messenger account.

So what does it mean…Here’s your chance to personalise your own Tech.Ed MeeGo character which you can use in different ways to enhance your messaging experience…your mego will move and respond to your emoticons.

Get one now @ http://www2.meegos.com/teched/
Thanks to Brodie for the Heads-Up

Posted in MS News, Windows Live Messenger | Comments Off on Free TechEd Mego’s For ALL

Is 1GB of mailbox size not enough? Try 3GB mailbox from Lycos!

August 20th, 2006 by Jabez Gan [MVP]

Quite a long while back, Gmail offers users with 2GB of mailbox size and it’s now increasing slowly as we talk. Then it comes Yahoo Mail and Hotmail, both offering 1GB of mailbox size.

Guess who’s in town to catch up with the race??? it’s Lycos! Lycos Mail promises to offer users 3GB mailbox size and spam filtering with unlimited size attachments.

I have created an email account msblogtest@lycos.com I need your help: Please spam it so I can fill it to 3GB!!

Let’s hope Lycos can stay on longer 🙂

Posted in Computing, MS News | 7 Comments »

Nemi and the Mac

August 19th, 2006 by Zack Whittaker

Nemi – the feisty Goth girl with a hectic and quirky life… this cartoon strip runs daily in a free British newspaper that’s on buses and the London Underground. This one shows what most people go through when they try and get Mac support. 

 

Posted in Humour | 5 Comments »

Vista and old computers – will they get along?

August 18th, 2006 by André Nogueira

Vista is a brand new OS, but most people still have old computers. Will these handle Vista or is XP all they can take?

I had a 5 year old computer lying around, so I thought I’d use it to test Vista. It has a Pentium III CPU at 1Ghz, 768 Mb of Ram and a Geforce 5700 LE 256 AGP 4x graphics card.

Home Premium Build 5472 takes only 39 minutes to install – 36 minutes from the time it starts copying files to the time the login screen is presented, and another 3 minutes until it finished logging in for the first time. Subsequent logins are pretty fast, so I guess it’s building the profile and user preferences when you login for the first time.

Using all the default settings and programs (ie I didn’t disable any program or service) Vista runs pretty well – as well as XP, if not a bit better. Using all the average applications (IE, Office 2003, Messenger, etc) doesn’t create any problem, and it’s very responsive. I didn’t try any processor intensive applications mainly because I couldn’t think of any an average user is bound to use – suggestions are welcomed! I could try games, but modern games won’t work well even in XP because of the old CPU.

With the Geforce 5700 LE I have all the eye candy enabled and working – Aero Glass with transparencies and Flip 3D. Again it doesn’t slow the computer down in any way and the system continues to be very responsive and fast.

Live TV in Media Center works fine in Media Center 2005 with one tuner enabled, but Live TV in Vista’s Media Center still isn’t working well – I can hear the sound, but I get at most 5 or 6 frames per second. It’s been getting better with each build though, so I hope Media Center will work on this computer by the time Vista RTMs.

Windows Search and the Sidebar also don’t pose any problems – they were both enabled and running the whole time, and Windows Search worked quite well.

Comparing this to my laptop – a Centrino 1.6 with 512Mb of Ram and an ATI 9700 64Mb – I have to say this 5 year old computer wins hands down.

Although the laptop has a much better CPU, the old desktop has the advantage of having more video memory and more RAM – the two things that really count in Vista. 64Mb of video memory isn’t enough for Vista – even though it works, 128 is HIGHLY recommended. Same thing for the 512Mb of RAM – either you disable a lot of services and applications (Windows Search, Sidebar, etc) or 512 simply isn’t enough.

Keep in mind that these are still beta versions of Vista and that not everything is optimized, though – 512 is not enough now, but might be acceptable when Vista RTMs. Vista’s performance has been increasing with each build – Beta 2 wouldn’t even run properly on this 5 year old computer, and build 5472 is as good or even better than XP!

So the bottom line is, you won’t need a new computer to run Vista and use everything it has to offer. This computer had 512Mb of RAM and a Geforce 2 MX 400 graphics card, but for less than €40 I was able to buy used parts and make it “Vista-ready”. I also had to buy a new 300 watts power supply unit – unfortunately the new graphics card was more than my 230W old power supply could handle!

Have you tried Vista on older computers too? Let us know about your experience! 🙂

Posted in MS News, Reviews, Windows Vista | 2 Comments »

Visual Studio.Net 2003 Service Pack 1 has been released

August 18th, 2006 by André Nogueira

As the title says, Visual Studio.Net 2003 Service Pack 1 is now available for download!

Download size: 160 MB

Languages:

  • English
  • Simplified Chinese
  • Traditional Chinese
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • French
  • Italian
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Russian

Operating Systems:

  • Windows NT 4
  • Windows 2000
  • Windows XP
  • Windows Server 2003
  • Windows Vista

Supported Frameworks:

  • .NET Framework 1.1
  • .NET Framework 1.1 SP1 (recommended Framework level)

More Information:

Source: Visual C++ Team Blog

Posted in .NET Framework, Computing, Microsoft, MS News, Visual Studio | Comments Off on Visual Studio.Net 2003 Service Pack 1 has been released

Microsoft

August 18th, 2006 by Zack Whittaker

There are some things I love about being with Microsoft; the friendly environment, the relaxed atmosphere, the cultural diversity, the interesting work, breaks whenever you want (as long as you get your work done), and working on the border of Westminster in the greatest capital city in the world, London.

Having said that, there are somethings I love more than others 🙂

“If you listen carefully, you can hear the boom as the corporation network
hits the second megabit per second transfer rate” – Anonymous

Posted in Daily Life, Humour, Microsoft | 1 Comment »

New Build of WLMD Available! Come and Get It!

August 17th, 2006 by kenlin@HK [MVP]

The following message can also be found at WLMD team blog site:
http://morethanmail.spaces.live.com/

Thanks!

*******************************************************************

Well, there’s been a lot going on since last posting – so I wanted to take a
moment to make sure we keep you all up to date on the latest happenings.

New Build Available for download!

Of course the most exciting thing to mention is that we have a new build
available for your downloading pleasure!
In this new build you’ll see some major improvements!  Right off the bat,
the most noticeable change will likely be the updates we’ve made to our User
Interface.
In addition to UI changes, here are just a few of the MANY improvements that
we’ve made:

-Lots of work on performance
-AutoDetect for adding email accounts
-Contacts and RSS management improvements
-New search folders for RSS and Newsgroups

Please grab it and give it a whirl!  We’re very anxious to hear what you
have to say!
And speaking of which.

Revamped Feedback Plan

Not too long ago, we blogged about ways to send feedback to the WLMd team.
Since then we’ve spent some time coming up with more comprehensive ways to
hear what you all have to say.

Support Site
Same spot as before!  This is a great place to send any issues/bugs that you’re
running into.  Just go to this site and submit a ticket for any issue you
might be experiencing.

Newsgroup
We have created a new NG (Microsoft.public.windows.live.mail.desktop) just
for WLMd that you can view both through newsreaders and through the web.
This is a great place to go and discuss your issues/suggestions with others,
and to filter through the posts to see if maybe someone else has hit the
same problems.

Help Links
In the latest build of WLMd, you’ll see a couple new options for sending
feedback on WLMd through the Help option in the Toolbar.

Send Feedback (web) – Navigates to http://feedback.live.com/.  Just search
through the list, find Windows Live Mail desktop, click on it – and send us
feedback!

Send Feedback (email) – Launches a compose page with our team’s internal
feedback alias.

Blog Comments
Well, it’s been a good run – but I’m going to have to close down the
Comments feature for this Blog.  You have all been sending so much feedback
through this site and it’s been really hard to keep up!  The feedback loops
that I’ve discussed above are much better ways for us to get the information
that you’re sending and be able to filter it appropriately.

That’s about it for now!  Hope you all take the time to install the latest
build – and send us your thoughts!

Posted in Beta News, MS News, Windows Live | 4 Comments »

Get Live for UK updated

August 17th, 2006 by Zack Whittaker

Some updates for the British guys – although can be used by others if you want.

Get Windows Live (UK) – new Flash site
Get Windows Live Spaces – very similar to Get Messenger but obvious differences

That’s it for now – gotta get back to work 🙂

Posted in Windows Live | Comments Off on Get Live for UK updated

MSFT $20 Billion Buyback

August 17th, 2006 by Patrick S

New Zealand’s very own Chris Liddell (CFO of Microsoft) appeared on a television talk show tonight announcing a Microsoft “buy back” deal that closes in America tonight. Microsoft is buying back 8% of their shares from current shareholders. This “tender” for the shareholders shares is set to cost Microsoft around 20 Billion U.S. Dollars.

Microsoft reported a fall in fourth quarter net income to $2.83billion from $3.70billion in the same period last year, thanks in part to one-off legal costs, However Revenues increased by 16% over the period to $11.8 billion.
Nevertheless, it issued a bullish forecast for 2007, predicting revenues of between $49.7billion and $50.7billion and operating income of up to $19.4billion.

All in an effort to boost share prices i guess,

Patrick S

Posted in Corporation, Microsoft, MS News | 1 Comment »

Free Windows Vista Beta 2 CD!, For India Only

August 16th, 2006 by Patrick S

Here’s a little something for our Indian readers, Microsoft Will Offer Free Windows Vista Beta 2 CD For People in india!

and if u r from india, all u need to do is click here, and answers all the quiz correctly and thats it!

Heres the answers for the quiz:

1.Vista
2.Clarity
3.November 2006
4.True
5.Aero
6.All
7.All
8.512

Enjoy! 🙂
Source our friends over @ thehotfix

Posted in Beta News, Windows Vista | 5 Comments »

TechNet Virtual Lab: Windows Vista

August 16th, 2006 by kenlin@HK [MVP]

 

The soon-to-be-released desktop OS, Windows Vista, has been developed from the ground up and includes advancements in security and reliability, along with increased cost and operational efficiencies. For the IT professional, Windows Vista is easier to deploy, and less expensive to maintain, than any earlier version of Windows. And for your end users, Windows Vista’s improved performance and reliability add value by allowing people to be more effective while performing their jobs. Get an early peek at improved security, management and productivity by experiencing Windows Vista Beta 2 virtual labs.

• Configuring Windows Firewall with Advanced Security
• Exploring New Group Policy Settings in Windows Vista
• Exploring User Account Control in Windows Vista
• Migrating User State from Windows XP to Windows Vista

 

Posted in Learning, MS News, Security, Windows Vista | 1 Comment »

How many Windows Live services are there?

August 15th, 2006 by Zack Whittaker

Quote – Just How Many Windows Live Services Are There: Microsoft Watch

“Microsoft officials say there are 20 Windows Live services available in beta and/or final versions. But it looks like the real count is in excess of 40. And that’s not including a number of Live services which Microsoft has yet to acknowledge, but sources say are in the pipeline. There are more Windows Live services than meet the eye.”

Oh Mary  So naive… but she’s not wrong, and that’s coming from a semi-Microsoft official. September’s gonna be a nice squishy month for you Live addicts… pay special attention to which categories this entry lies in… there’s a lot of them

Edit: don’t ask me to go into specifics, you know I can’t. Just bide your time, sit quietly and I’ll let you know as soon as things become available – I’m just stirring hype in this entry.

Edit: As of 20th August, there are officially 42 Windows Live services in total.

Posted in Daily Life, Gadgets, Internet Explorer, Windows Live, Windows Live Messenger, Windows Mobile, Windows Vista, Xbox and Gaming | 4 Comments »

Live Messenger… Live Spaces… Live Writer…. *cough*

August 15th, 2006 by Zack Whittaker

So… as the name suggests, Windows Live Messenger was released (far too early, server issues and all), then came some other releases like Custom Domains and the Toolbar and Live OneCare, then came another great communications tool, Windows Live Spaces which made me very happy indeed. Then, little did I know about, Windows Live Writer makes an appearance. Although news to me after some internal speculation, that was let out of the bag and a public beta is available.

So what next? And when? Heehehehehehe

Posted in Internet Explorer, Windows Live | 1 Comment »

MSBLOG Exclusive: Robert Scoble – Life after Microsoft

August 14th, 2006 by Kristan M. Kenney

I recently got to chat with Robert Scoble from PodTech.net and former Microsoft employee for a short while about how things have been with him and what life is like after leaving one of the worlds largest corporations.

MSBLOG: Could you tell us a little bit about yourself?
RS: I have a bio over on Wikipedia which is the best place to learn about me and my past.

MSBLOG: You’ve started working for a company called PodTech.net. How has that been going for you?
RS: Very exciting so far! Lots of new people in my life, new cameras, new ideas and my creative juices are flowing big time. There are two challenges for me: 1) Get a show going. 2) Build a network of awesome videobloggers and podcasters.

MSBLOG: Were your former co-workers at Microsoft surprised to see you leaving the company?
RS: Yeah, I shocked a few people, but many saw warning signs in my writing.

MSBLOG: Do you miss working for Microsoft?
RS: Everyday. Microsoft is an awesome place to work because it has such a high concentration of smart and interesting people. Plus there’s always something interesting to do (last week Lego was on campus showing off their new robots).

MSBLOG: Have you ever had second thoughts about leaving Microsoft?
RS: Not in the way you’re probably thinking. I do miss some things like the people and benefits. But I’m creatively alive now and getting to see things I wouldn’t have gotten to see as a Microsoft employee.

MSBLOG: Is it easier for you to be blogging now that you are not under Microsoft’s rules / NDA?
RS:It’s both easier and harder. Easier cause I don’t have to worry about pissing off 60,000 people. Harder because I don’t have access to exclusive things like I used to.

MSBLOG: Is there anything else you’d like to say that we haven’t covered here? Anything goes.
RS: Now that I’m way from Microsoft I’m a little more able to comment on competitors and partners. For instance, I think Microsoft’s OEMs are doing both themselves and Microsoft harm by not doing more R&D and being more aggressive. Getting a decent Tablet PC took years, for instance, and even now the drivers for many pieces of hardware for Windows Vista aren’t good, or even finished. That harms the industry and will let companies who are investing in R&D, like Apple, continue to take market share.

I’m also a bit more likely to really use Google’s latest stuff and give it a good pounding (my corporate email, for instance, is now on Gmail, not on Exchange).

On behalf of MSBLOG I’d like to thank Mr. Scoble for taking time out of his busy day in order to do this for us. Thanks again, Robert!

Posted in Interviews | 7 Comments »

What Windows Live Writer needs…

August 14th, 2006 by Kristan M. Kenney

… a good user interface. I’m actually using Windows Live Writer right now to write and publish this post. Overall, I feel that while the feature set is looking good, the user interface looks like something from Office 2003. Can we please get the 2007 Office System “Ribbons” style going on here? I think that would really make this application stand out from the crowd.

Or, how about a Word 2007 meets Windows Live Mail Center style interface? That could be kind of cool. What do you guys think? (I’m going to make sure that the Windows Live team sees this message so if you have something to say about Windows Live Writer you can do it here).

Just my 2 cents, of course.

Posted in Windows Live | 3 Comments »

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