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Microsoft gives free towels to staff

May 20th, 2006 by Patrick S

Microsoft has unveiled its secret weapon in the intensifying battle against Google: free towels for staff.

So the towels are back. And there will also be new services, such as dry cleaning and take-away meals designed by the chef Wolfgang Puck

The bonus scheme was based on a points system where the number of employees who can receive a top score is fixed, forcing managers to give a lower score to a worker even though they might have performed at the same level as a peer. It will be replaced with a “commitment rating” and larger numbers of free Microsoft shares.

This and all the soda you can drink…What a cool place to work.

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Symantec suit targets Vista

May 20th, 2006 by Patrick S

Symantec filed a lawsuit on Thursday accusing Microsoft of abusing a business relationship between the two and misappropriating its technology and trade secrets for use in the upcoming Vista operating system.

In the lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Seattle, Symantec said it wants Microsoft to stop work on Vista until its technology is removed from the system.

The lawsuit centers on Veritas software that helps businesses store and manage data. Microsoft licensed a bare-bones version of the software for its Windows 2000 operating system, and gave Veritas the exclusive right to sell more advanced products for the operating system, the lawsuit said.

Symantec said that Veritas shared its trade secrets and even trained Microsoft engineers as the companies began working together. But Microsoft used those trade secrets to start developing products that directly competed with Veritas’ offerings, the lawsuit said.

Now, Microsoft is building into Vista some of the advanced features that were supposed to be reserved for Veritas to sell for the operating system.

Source info: Seattle Times

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Schedule a defrag on Windows quickly

May 12th, 2006 by Patrick S

If you want your system to automatically defrag your computer on a scheduled basis i have a quick little tip to achieve this.

  1. Click start
  2. Run
  3. Enter the following code and hit enter.

schtasks /create /TN defrag /RU "NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM" /SC monthly /TR "defrag %systemdrive%"

  • weekly is when you want the script to run e.g monthly/weekly etc
  • NT Authority\system is the “system user” 
  • and systemdrive% is the local drive Windows is running on.

You can then config the scheduled task that has been created through the scheduled task manager.

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Patrick E made it safe and sound to Redmond.

May 12th, 2006 by Patrick S

Since Patrick E won’t be round here for a while (while he works in his new Job at Microsoft in Seattle as a Software Test Engineer II for the Windows Longhorn / Vista Beta Team) I have taken it upon myself to let you know that Patrick E has made it to Redmond safe and sound.

Patrick starts on Monday so if you are a Windows Vista beta tester do him a favour and bombard him with bugs 😉

-Patrick S 

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Microsoft Code Master Challenge!

May 11th, 2006 by Patrick S

Calling all developers, system builders, and ISVs: build the best new application with Windows Vista and win US$50,000. There are no limits to what you can create, and the app is yours to keep or sell. We won’t even ask for your coding secrets.

Microsoft are looking for Code Masters – people to create ruthlessly inventive, brutally brilliant apps.

What does it take to be a Code Master?

  • The creative moves, courage and steely concentration of a Kung Fu superstar.
  • The computing and coding know-how of an über geek.
  • The willingness to become an industry hero if your app wins.

Register with Microsoft now and be in the draw to win a share of $125,000 in prizes.

Check it all out here:

http://www.codemasterchallenge.com/Home.aspx

Source: MSFT Newsletter

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Microsoft rolls out Windows CE 6

May 9th, 2006 by Patrick S

Microsoft will unveil a beefier version of Windows CE during a keynote at its annual Mobile & Embedded Developer’s Conference (MEDC) in Las Vegas, May 9. Windows CE 6 offers a higher capacity for complex applications, fueling “more intelligent devices that offer advanced multimedia and Web services, and wireless networking,” the company claims.

The upgrade sports a redesigned kernel that implements a significant increase in the number of simultaneous application processes, along with increased per-process virtual memory addressability.
It seems that it will also support Windows .NET Compact Framework 2.0, the next version of the .NET Compact Framework (CF). Version 2.0 will provide backward compatibility with applications written for .NET CF version 1 (good for Dev’s)

May 9-release of Windows CE 6 comes on the tenth anniversary of the original introduction of the OS. 😀

 

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Microsoft Unveils Speech Server 2007 Beta

May 9th, 2006 by Patrick S

Microsoft Corp. has announced the availability of its latest series of speech and telephony platform, Microsoft Speech Server 2007 beta, which is scheduled to release in fall 2006. The new product includes tools that simplify the application development process from start to finish as well as next-generation speech recognition capabilities.

Microsoft has built several new features into Speech Server 2007 that will provide the tools needed to build and refine robust applications that deliver a more satisfying experience for customers.

Advisor Technology in Speech Server 2007 provides best-practice guidance during authoring and refinement of the grammar, which is the vocabulary of a speech-enabled application. Conversational Understanding enables people to speak more naturally when interacting with a Speech Server-powered application. Dialog Workflow Designer provides a simple drag-and-drop tool for designing applications and call flows.

“The powerful tools in Speech Server 2007 dramatically reduce the cost and complexity of building and maintaining customer-friendly self-service systems, freeing your agents to focus on high-value transactions and high-touch customer service,”

Microsoft said Speech Server 2007 will be a global release with support for touch-tone applications around the world and speech-enabled applications in Canadian French, English (U.S. and U.K.), German, and U.S. Spanish at launch. Using the language pack expansion capability built into Speech Server 2007, additional languages can be introduced independently over time, the company said.

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Introducing Port25

May 7th, 2006 by Patrick S

Microsoft Technet Port25 is now open (so to speek 😉 ).

The people, insights, and analysis from the Microsoft Open Source Software Lab-Providing the public with the news and information and even the ability for guests to ask the experts.

I suggest you take a look for yourselves.

Patrick S

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ActiveSync 4.2 Beta Preview

April 28th, 2006 by Patrick S

ActiveSync 4.2 Beta Preview is an early look at the latest sync software release for Windows Mobile devices.

The ActiveSync 4.2 Beta Preview delivers new features to improve the synchronization experience for customers.

Support for ActiveSync Beta 2 Preview will not be available from Microsoft. Limited peer-to-peer support is available with opportunity to provide feedback from the following site: ActiveSync 4.2 Beta feedback (Just fixed this link by the way – Zack)

Read more HERE

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Getting Bored During XP install?

April 26th, 2006 by Patrick S

Upon reading this Help and Support article by Microsoft, someone posted in a forum how you can play games etc while your XP intall is running.

Ok so i looked into the matter: Once XP has placed the needed files we can do just about anything through a CMD window by pressing Shift+F10 during the GUI section of the install.

How? you may ask-Lets say that we are in an XP install and we are bored and feel like a nice game of pinball.

We wait untill the nessasary pinball files are installed

Press Shift+F10-And type the following…

  • cd \
  • cd “Program Files”
  • cd “Windows NT”
  • cd Pinball
  • pinball.exe

“Bingo” we are up for a nice game while we wait-and you can do just about anything.

-Patrick S (Help sourced from HERE)

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Microsoft Patch ‘Erases’ Outlook Express Addresses

April 21st, 2006 by Patrick S

IT seems that one of the Patches that MSFT released last week is causing problems according to some XP users. (Familiar Feeling).

After applying the patch from security bulletin MS06-016, say dozens of users, their Outlook Express e-mail client’s address book disappeared and form-style messages can’t be sent.

After the update was applied last Thursday, when I try to open one of the .eml [templates] on my desktop, it opens and only allows me to forward the e-mail,” wrote Ken Terry on Microsoft’s Outlook Express newsgroup.

The problem was the MS06-016 patch (also tagged as KB911567); uninstalling the patch returned the address book to its prior state and allowed template-based messages to be e-mailed normally.

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A Tour of Microsoft’s Mac Lab

April 20th, 2006 by Patrick S

David Weiss’s latest blog post is certinally an eye operner for a person like me with (dare i say it) a Mac backround. This lab is huge!!

Check out the lighter side of Microsft’s Mac department (it certinally is an eye opener)

http://davidweiss.blogspot.com/2006/04/tour-of-microsofts-mac-lab.html

 Thanks for showing me this Brodie.

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Vista Wallpapers

April 6th, 2006 by Patrick S

I have had a request on our forum for the wallpapers in the latest build of vista. Grab them now…they will only be on MSBLOG for a while 🙂

 animaltree

 Grab them right HERE!!

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ASP.NET 2.0 Development Pack-But wait there’s more…

March 12th, 2006 by Patrick S

If you had to visit 3 completely interesting webcasts to receive $400 worth of software would you do it?

Well Microsoft are doing just that-Attend 3 Microsoft webcasts about ASP 2.0 .NET and you can score yourself…

  • Microsoft® Visual Studio® 2005 Standard Edition (Not for Resale)
  • Five chapters of Programming ASP.NET 2.0 Core Reference, by Dino Esposito
  • A 30-day hosting account to try out your custom Web applications
  • Microsoft Developer Security DVD with how-tos, white papers, tools, webcasts, and code samples that demonstrate how to write more secure code
  • A 50% discount on a Microsoft Certified Professional Exam so you can add your new skills to your resume
  • A voucher that allows you to buy Visual Studio 2005 Professional Edition with an MSDN® Professional Subscription at renewal pricing (a $400 savings)
    Altogether, this complimentary package has an estimated value of $400.

Not a bad little deal…However (like most of these offers) its only open to U.S residents 🙁

Oh well Enjoy your programming
-Patrick

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Microsoft on a spending spree

March 8th, 2006 by Patrick S

Spending money like it was burning a hole in its pocket yesterday Microsoft announced the acquisition of both Apptimum and Onfolio. Apptimum was a company that specialized in application migration. This product should complement well the existing Microsoft migration product User State Migration Tool (USMT) which is designed to migrate user settings and data. This newly acquired Microsoft product won’t ship with Windows Vista but instead will be made available as an optional download. I think that is the only thing they could have done with an acquisition this late in the Windows Vista development cycle. The other pick up was Onfolio. Onfolio is/was a toolbar for Internet Explorer that allows you to collect, organize and share online content. The technology from Onfolio was incorporated into the Windows Live toolbar which should be available today from http://ideas.live.com Do you think this spending spree continue? Who will be next? While they have the check book open should they be looking at getting some these “Web 2.0” apps to compliment the “Live” initiative? If so, which ones would you like to see them get?

 Source Windows Connected

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