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New “Windows Live” infrastructure mockup

November 3rd, 2005 by Zack Whittaker

If this makes any sense to you, this is a quick diagram I mocked up which should hopefully get you understanding how MSN has evolved into two seperate bits – MSN and Windows Live. Hope this helps a bit! If there’s something on the diagram you don’t quite understand, just leave a comment and I’ll try and explain it the best I can.


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South Korea says regrets Microsoft’s pullout threat

November 2nd, 2005 by Patrick S

South Korea said on Wednesday it regretted a threat by Microsoft to pull its Windows software from the country in an escalating war of words ahead of a ruling that could order the U.S. software giant to unbundle its Instant Messenger and Media Player from the operating system.
Microsoft the world’s largest software maker, said last week it might withdraw Windows from the Korean market or delay offering new versions there if regulators ordered it to remove code or redesign Windows uniquely for that market.

South Korea’s Fair Trade Commission (KFTC) expects to wrap up an investigation soon into allegations that Microsoft breached antitrust laws by incorporating its Instant Messenger and Media Player services into Windows.

“We regret that Microsoft, which serves more than 20 million customers in South Korea, has officially mentioned that it could pull out from the country when regulators are probing the issue on a fair legal basis,” the information ministry said.

“We believe Microsoft, as a global company, should take its responsibility for its customers and companies in relation to its business.”

The KFTC began its probe in 2001 when South Korean Internet portal Daum Communications Corp. alleged Microsoft’s bundling of the operating system with other services broke antitrust rules. It widened the probe following a similar complaint from RealNetworks in 2004.

A ruling by the commission could come at any time.

“Our review on the Microsoft case has been finalised and we are trying to reach an agreement, which may or may not come today,” a KFTC spokesman said by telephone.

Microsoft has previously said the complaint was without merit and that it would cooperate fully with the probe.

“We concluded that we had an obligation to make this disclosure under U.S. securities laws as part of Microsoft’s filing of its quarterly financial statements to the U.S. government,” Microsoft said in a filing to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

In the United States, Microsoft agreed to pay RealNetworks $761 million early last month to settle an antitrust suit accusing it of using its dominance to promote its own Media Player.

After the agreement, RealNetworks said it was dropping similar suits in South Korea and Europe.

But the Korean commission has said its investigation would not be affected by the settlement.

Source Reuters

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All this ‘live’ business, a huge jump for Microsoft

November 2nd, 2005 by Zack Whittaker

So suddenly this has all happened, I went to bed about 7pm last night because I was incredibly ill, I wake up at 8am this morning and I’ve discovered an entire new side of Microsoft. It’s hard to explain, but lots of beta’s are now changing their branding. Roaming Favourites = Windows Live Favourites, Windows OneCare Live = Windows OneCare Live (no change), MSN Messenger 8.0 = Windows Live Messenger.

But, I think it’s fair to say that there is an awful lot of information on the new Messenger blog on MSN Spaces. Here’s the info. Oh and by the way guys, the MSN Butterfly logo and possibly the newsgroups and the branding of the MSN Butterflies… goodbye! They are NO more!!

A few months ago all the members of the MSN Messenger team were shut into a room (lured there by cookies and free frappaccinos) to hear the announcement. “MSN Messenger had a good run. It’s time for change. Then next time our users upgrade, it will be to Windows Live Messenger”

A judge would’ve started banging his gavel, “Order! Order!” because the entire saucer-eyed, slack-jawed team erupted in murmurs and exclamations. I personally clapped my hands and bounced up and down like a two-year-old. “I can’t WAIT to blog this!” (yeah, that’s right – I have a one-track mind). I didn’t know why or how or what it all meant, except that I’d have to get new business cards. Actually – I like my business cards, they’re all multicolored with the adorable little flapping butterfl…

“WAIT!” I cried. “The butterfly! What’s going to happen to the butterfly!?”

They looked at me the same way my parents did when my childhood dog, Minx, got cancer. So, no more butterfly for Messenger. I’m still excited about the change to Windows Live, but I am gonna miss that little guy. Sniff.

Since the internal announcement, I’ve learned that this name change actually is a lot bigger than a juicy blog post and the canning of a defenseless Lepidoptera (look it up, I did) on Messenger.

MSN will morph into two brands, Windows Live and MSN.
After a few successful years, the creators of the TV show Buffy the Vampire Slayer split the cast and concept in half and created a new and almost equally successful show, Angel. Buffy focused on the human experience, while Angel catered to the sci-fi-action-loving crowd. Think of MSN like Buffy and Windows Live like the Angel spin-off: same people and same missions, but divided in the interest of better focus. MSN now means content, like MSN.com and MSNBC. While Windows Live means services like Live.com, Mail, and of course, Instant Messaging.

MSN Messenger 7.5 is the last version of the IM client that will wear the MSN brand. The next one will wear Windows Live.
In some ways this announcement could be misinterpreted as just a Prince-esque or Puff Daddy name change: I mean, look at it from our perspective: one day, halfway through upgrading MSN Messenger 7.5 to MSN Messenger 8.0 we’re told to keep doing what we’re doing, just be aware it’ll be called Windows Live Messenger instead of MSN Messenger 8.0. When it’s ready you, as users, will download Windows Live Messenger just like you would’ve downloaded MSN Messenger 8.0, had there been one. You will sign in with the same ID and see your buddies, and have the ability to IM anyone whether they’re running the old MSN Messenger or the new Windows Live Messenger. You will have all the old features you’re used to, plus the awesome new ones that we were building for Windows Live Messenger. (ha, that reads like I was trying to hypnotize you, but I know I don’t have to, you WILL do all these things ;-). Ok, I will, anyway :-).

But like a “John” who changes his name to “Jane”, this is more than just a name change.
To see major implication, you have to know that the name change is just a first step. As the services pull away from MSN content to live together under a new brand, we’re also pulling closer together under one mission: To unite the online experience If that sounds like a line PR fed us, you’re probably right – but I don’t mind saying it because I believe the product teams fed it to PR first. We’re computer users too, and the idea of being able to access a lot more features from a lot more places, to switch from Messenger to Search to Mail and have everything look and work the same way, excites us. Take the new Unified Contacts in Windows Live Messenger as an example. How much do you hate storing a different and disjoint list of contacts all over the place, in Messenger, in your address book, in your phone, and when information changes in one place, it’s outdated in all the others. Imagine how great it will be when we’re going to be able to keep all of your contacts in one place so that when you’re using different services you can access this list in the same straightforward way. Imagine if someone consolidated life this way! Every time I leave my house, I go through a mental list: Phone? Keys? Wallet? Camera? MP3 Player? Gum? I would love for someone to consolidate these items for me. (“Now you can call your friends, drive your car, pay for lunch and photograph it too! listen to The Offspring, freshen your breath all with one unified device!”).

Final Thoughts (for now) :

– Windows Live Messenger is not out yet – but I can promise that as soon as it is, we’ll let you know. Keep using MSN Messenger. We worked hard on it!

– Windows Live Messenger and MSN Messenger will not be two separate clients in the sense that you cannot have them both on your computer at once. It’s one or the other, just like MSN Messenger 7.0 and MSN Messenger 7.5

– If you’re scared that MSN Messenger is ending, don’t be. This is not the end of MSN Messenger, but a Metamorphosis. Come with us on this journey, it will be worth it. (Oh sad, metamorphosis makes me think of butterflies. Sniff)

– I’m embarrassed to even have to talk about this, but for now, it’s still an issue: Windows Live Messenger and Windows Messenger are still not the same thing. Just pick the one you like to use, and close the other one up, you’re not meant to run them both, one is just a bigger brighter flashier version of the other.


Source: Inside Windows Live Messenger

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One BIG root kit post

November 2nd, 2005 by Patrick S

Okay this one is big because it intersts me after watching a Microsoft webcast about rootkits (it will prob interst Patrick E too but i have got all the infor from other sources so its extremely long.
The 2 stories are about sony and how they are installing rootkits on your PC!!! :s

Read the rest!!!–>
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Introducing Windows Live

November 1st, 2005 by Patrick Elliott

By Patrick Elliott / MSBLOG:

Microsoft Corporation recently revieled “Windows Live” — a new branding of it’s consumer family of products such as Live Favorites, Live Mail (Hotmail), Live Messenger (MSN Messenger) among others.

Microsoft has also registered live.com as part of its network of domain assets.

What is Windows Live?

Your online world gets better when everything works simply and effortlessly together. That's the basic idea behind Windows Live. So the things you care about - your friends, the latest information, your e-mails, powerful search, your PC files, everything – comes together in one place. This is a brand new Internet experience designed to put you in control. And this is just the beginning – you'll see many more new services in the coming months.

Read more about products in the Windows Live family, including the ability to sign up and test some of them here: http://ideas.live.com

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IE7 Networking improvements in content caching and decompression

November 1st, 2005 by Jabez Gan [MVP]

When IE7 releases to the public, you will find that the loading speed will be enhanced. See the blog below for full information.

I would like to introduce you to some of the improvements in content caching and decompression in IE, two features that play a key role in speeding up the delivery of pages from a remote web server. If you’re a webmaster, developer using the IE Networking API, or just curious about IE Networking, I think you’ll find these details interesting.

Source: IE Blog

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Microsoft Colour Control Panel Applet for Windows XP

November 1st, 2005 by Zack Whittaker

Microsoft have just recently added another download file to those running Genuine Windows software, presenting the Microsoft Colour Control Panel Applet for Windows XP.

The Microsoft Color Control Panel Applet adds a new ‘Colour’ item to the Windows control panel, providing a single place to view and edit color management settings in Windows XP. Using it, you can install and uninstall color profiles, change color profile associations for displays, printers and scanners, view detailed properties for color profiles (including a 3D rendering of the color space gamut), and rename color profiles, keeping the filenames and “internal” names consistent.

This tool also enables Windows to automatically adjust the gamut curve of the display when a color profile containing gamut table information is set as the default profile for the display. Typically, such profiles are created by custom monitor calibration tools, such as those available from ColorVision, GretagMacbeth, and X-Rite. If a color profile has this information, it is shown with an asterisk (*) in the user interface.

Using the Microsoft Color Control Panel Applet, you can:
• Install and uninstall ICC color profiles
• Inspect, rename, and compare two different color profiles
• View a 3D graphics plot of color profile color gamuts
• Associate color profiles with devices such as printers, monitors, and scanners
• Apply custom color gamut adjustments to one or more displays “on the fly”
• Set up display calibration reminders at intervals you specify

View source: Microsoft Downloads

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Microsoft backpedals on Korea threat

November 1st, 2005 by Patrick S

Microsoft has apparently stepped back from a threat to stop selling Windows in Korea.

A spokesman at the software giant’s Korean office told the Yonhap news agency: ” Microsoft has invested over $1bn in the Korean market so far, and every year Korean companies buy more than $100m worth of our products.

“In light of this, we have never thought of negative plans like withdrawing business or delaying Windows product launches.”

The unnamed spokesman’s comments to Yonhap were reported on Monday in local media.

Microsoft is currently under investigation by the Korea Fair Trade Commission (KFTC) over anti-trust allegations.

Daum Communications and Real Networks have complained that Microsoft’s policy of bundling instant messaging and online media player software free-of-charge with Windows amounts to unfair competition with smaller companies selling similar applications.

Microsoft said last week that if the KFTC demands the removal of the offending applications from Windows, the company might be forced to withdraw the operating system from the Korean market, or delay release of new and updated versions.

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Bill Gates pledges US$258 million to fight malaria

November 1st, 2005 by Patrick S

Microsoft founder Bill Gates (bloody legend) has pledged US$258.3 million for research and development to combat malaria, including new cash to test the world’s first vaccine against the mosquito-borne disease.

Gates, who is providing three grants via the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, said it was a “disgrace” that the world had allowed malaria deaths to double in the last 20 years, when so much could be done to prevent the disease.

Malaria kills 2000 African children every day.

The largest of the grants, US$107.6 million, will go to a vaccine initiative working with GlaxoSmithKline Plc on late-stage clinical trials of its experimental vaccine, Mosquirix.

The vaccine has already produced promising results in clinical trials but will not be available until after 2010.

Another US$100 million will be ploughed into work to accelerate the development of several promising new drugs, while US$50.7 million will pay for research to fast-track development of improved insecticides and other mosquito control methods.

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