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Microsoft Expression Web Designer CTP1

May 26th, 2006 by Patrick S

Microsoft have just launched the first CTP for ‘Expression Web Designer’.

This new Application has many features-including:

  • Standards-based Web sites
  • Sophisticated CSS-based layouts
  • Extensive CSS formatting and management
  • Rich data presentation
  • Powerful ASP.NET 2.0-based technology

From what I have seen Expression looks like a simple, easy to use web designer for people of all skill levels & abilities.

Download Expression (224MB)
Expression Help Document (526KB)

To run Expression you need to have .NET Framework 2.0 installed.
Check out MSBLOG screen shots here


 Thanks to Brodie J for Screenshots,
Source Expression homepage


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Windows PowerShell RC1

May 26th, 2006 by Patrick S

Microsoft has just launched the 1st Release Candidate for Windows PowerShell.

Windows PowerShell is a new task-based command line shell and intuitive scripting language for system administration that provides comprehensive control and automation for Windows administrators. Windows PowerShell makes administrators more productive by improving the manageability of the Windows operating system and applications that run on Windows. Exchange Server 2007 and System Center Operations Manager 2007 (Microsoft Operations Manager “V3”) will be built upon Windows PowerShell.

Find this powerfull Utiliy here

Posted in Beta News, Products, Windows Server System | Comments Off on Windows PowerShell RC1

Windows Collaboration name announced

May 25th, 2006 by Zack Whittaker

Although in the Beta 2 release of Windows Vista, Windows Collaboration is still codenamed as Collaboration. However, after reading the Windows Vista Product Guide which apparently was pulled from the servers (for some reason or another), I do believe it’ll be called, Windows Meeting Space. That’s right, the new name for Windows Collaboration.

On page 196 (or thereabouts), it clearly states:

Windows Meeting Space, the new collaboration feature in Microsoft Windows Vista, is a simple yet powerful tool that enables face-to-face collaboration among small groups of Windows Vista users— anytime and anywhere.

Whether you are making a Microsoft Office PowerPoint presentation or revising a spreadsheet, Windows Meeting Space enables face-to-face collaboration by as few as two or as many as 10 people over a wired network, an ad hoc wireless network, or a wireless local area network (WLAN) access point.

And connections are established quickly, easily, and securely. One person simply initiates a session in Windows Meeting Space and then allows designated users to share the same view of an application and to collaborate in real time.

Although the article was pulled, Bink still has the article flying around. Check it out here.

Update: Now available publically – check out the official link here 🙂

Posted in Windows Vista | 3 Comments »

Windows Vista Workshop Day 1 – Singapore

May 25th, 2006 by Jabez Gan [MVP]

I’m here in Singapore for 4 days (but only 2 days of Windows Vista training). Arrived at 1515 and greeted by Mr. Taximan who took me to my hotel by his Merz taxi. Finally one taxi which is better than my parent’s car. 😛

After checkin into the hotel, was provided with the name tag, welcome gift (bag and 512MB pen drive and swiss knife) and my room card.

Upstairs, met with my roommate, Mr. Ken Lin from HK. He’s freakin cool! 🙂

Agenda suggested that we will be having 26th and 27th for the Vista training. Tomorrow night we’ll be having seafood for dinner.

Leaving Singapore on 1515 on Sunday.

If tomorrow’s agenda isn’t under NDA, you will see me blogging about it! 🙂

Posted in MS News | 5 Comments »

Dev Live

May 25th, 2006 by Patrick S

Live side has just posted a link to Dev Live on their website..

This new site looks to be a’ developer site for the Windows Live Platform’

This from Live side:
Earlier today, Microsoft put a little teaser site up on, indicating the impending launch of a developer site for the Windows Live Platform. Chris and I talked about this with Ken Levy in our interview. If you haven’t checked it out, I’d recommend giving it a listen, especially if you are a dev.

Along with this “announcement” comes the launch of the new MSDN forums for Windows Live. Topics covered there include Search, Messenger, Spaces,, and Virtual Earth.

They have also added a Messenger Bot for TechEd 2006, which gives you quick access to conference schedules, speaker bios, and more. To add the TechEd bot to your Windows Live Messenger list, just add

Very interesting indeed. It will be interesting to see what is is uncovered by this mystery site. Perhaps Zack will shed some light on it later. 😉


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Lonhorn Server and Vista Beta 2 Pictures

May 25th, 2006 by Joseph Bittman MCSD .Net

I have just uploaded a ton of screenshots of Longhorn Server Beta 2 and Vista Ultimate Beta 2 to the MSBlog Album! 🙂

 Go check them out!




 =- Joseph Bittman DPM MVP

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Windows Live Local Add-in for Outlook

May 25th, 2006 by Patrick S

You thought Microsoft Outlook was great…

Well now it just got better-Now Windows Live Local is intergrated with Outlook.

Windows Live Local for Outlook enables you to add maps and directions to your Outlook meeting requests, calculate the travel distance between your start location and your appointment location, adjust your meeting departure time based on the estimated travel time, store custom locations, as well as print the map and step-by-step driving directions to take with you on the road. (

You can download this cool new feature HERE

A Big in this new version of Live Local. The first two are necessary feature enhancements: the system now has live traffic data (you can’t have a modern route-finding tool without this), and there are new levels of detail in Europe and the United Kingdom–again, a requirement, as a United States-only mapping tool will never take over the world.

Source help

Posted in MS News, Office 2007, Windows Live | 2 Comments »

MSN Spaces worlds largest blogging community

May 24th, 2006 by Zack Whittaker

Right, has everyone recovered from the Office 2007 and Vista Beta 2’s yet? Let’s crack on with some Windows Live stuff.

Got a press release through from a college today and brought it to my attention – apparently MSN Spaces (soon to be Windows Live Spaces) is officially the worlds largest blogging community!

MSN® Spaces is the most widely used blogging service worldwide with more than 100 million unique visitors, according to data released today by comScore Networks Inc. of Reston, Va., an independent Internet audience measurement and consulting company.

comScore World Metrix’s proprietary audience report for April 2006 showed the total number of unique visitors to MSN Spaces has more than doubled in the past 12 months, from 41.65 million to 101 million.

MSN Spaces allows consumers to create personal Internet sites where they can express themselves in a variety of ways and interact with the important people in their life. The service provides people with a place to create and update a Web log, or blog, as well as share photos, music playlists and more. For example, more than 6 million photos are uploaded to the service each day, with more than 2.5 billion photos uploaded since MSN Spaces launched as a beta service in December 2004.

Now available in 30 markets and 16 languages, the next version of MSN Spaces, called Windows Liveâ„¢ Spaces, is expected to launch later this year with additional functionality including a social networking service and the ability for developers to create gadgets, new features developed by hobbyists and partners, that can be added to a Space by users.

Thanks Romain for pinging me earlier on with this 🙂

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Explaining Windows Internet Explorer 7+

May 24th, 2006 by Zack Whittaker

The reason why Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 copies of Windows Internet Explorer 7 are branded as “Windows Internet Explorer 7” in the About dialog, whilst in Vista it is referred to as “Windows Internet Explorer 7+” is because of the main difference in the operating systems.

Vista has a core of security – I mean the whole thing is based on security and making everything incredibly secure. Having the 7+ identifies that the Vista copy of IE7 has extended features that integrate with the operating system itself, such as Parental Controls which restricts what specific users access, and Protected Mode which helps virtualise areas of the disk so that if anything harmful access the machine, then it won’t attack the computer.

So basically, the 7+ version is the Vista one and will harbour some of the core security features of the operating system, whilst 7 is just for Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 which won’t be less secure in anyway and will still have all the same features as 7+ except not have the core operating system parts. Hope that makes sense! 🙂

Posted in Internet Explorer, Windows Vista | 1 Comment »

Send a smile/frown to the 2007 Office Beta team

May 24th, 2006 by Zack Whittaker

That’s right – a revolutionary new way to send feedback to the Office teams regarding the new Beta 2 of the 2007 Office System. Not many people actually like writing bugs because they can be time consuming and difficult to get your head round a lot of the time, so they’ve come up with this seperate tool which sits in your taskbar next to your clock with two icons – a green smile and a red frown.

Simply when you’re using an Office Beta 2 application and your happy with a feature or think “oooh I didn’t know I could do this before” and you’re having a good experience, double click the green smile to send a quick note to the Office team along with an optional screenshot of what your screen sees, and send away. It even saves it as a JPG so that it uses up little bandwidth.

However, when you’re using an Office Beta 2 application and you are dissatisified with it, or it’s crashed or you can’t find something – feel free to send them some feedback about it along with a note and an optional screenshot by double clicking on the red frown icon. Again, saves the screenshot as a JPG so it’s much smaller to send across.

Download the Send a Smile to Office Feedback Tool
View the Send a Smile to Office Feedback privacy policy

The Send a Smile/Frown Feeback Tool

Posted in Office 2007, Products | 1 Comment »

Microsoft Office Groove 2007 Screenshots

May 23rd, 2006 by Zack Whittaker

Basically, the Groove client and server is to enable computers and users to collaborate regardless of where they are in the world – they can talk, exchange files, edit files together and basically have a “virtual office” wherever you are. Quite cool really 🙂

As ever, just click on an image thumbnail to open them up in a larger window.


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2007 Office System Beta 2 Screenshots

May 23rd, 2006 by Zack Whittaker

Some screenshots of the new Beta 2 release of the 2007 Office System. Simply click on an image thumbnail to enlarge in a new window.

Posted in Office 2007 | 2 Comments »

WinHEC 06: Windows Vista Beta 2 Available!

May 23rd, 2006 by Zack Whittaker

Yep it’s a public release… but however it’s only available to TechNet Plus and MSDN Subscribers (OS and above). Just check the new Windows Vista site on Microsoft – just by the background you know there’s something new 😉 It’ll be available to a wider range of customers (ie. the public) in the next few days/coming weeks, so start partitioning now!

Check out the product guide as well to see what you need and what to expect. Download here.

Update #1 (Zack): Technical tester can get it from Connect right now! Build number for Windows Vista Beta 2 is 5384.4

Update #2 (Dennis): Longhorn Server Beta 2 X86/X64 is available on Connect now too!

Posted in Windows Vista, WinHEC | 10 Comments »

WinHEC 06: Microsoft Office System Beta 2 Download Now!

May 23rd, 2006 by Dennis Fraederich [MCP]

It’s available now! Be fast and get it before the big rush will occure.

The download is available in the following languages:

  • English
  • German
  • Spanish
  • French
  • Japanese.

Download: Microsoft Office System Beta 2

Source: Volkan’s Blog


Contact on WLM: mcgiga[at]

Posted in Office 2007, WinHEC | 7 Comments »

WinHEC 06: Windows Vista Beta 2 Release Notes

May 23rd, 2006 by Dennis Fraederich [MCP]

Get the current release notes for beta2 of Windows Vista which will be available later today.

Download: Windows Vista Beta 2 Release Notes

Source: Volkan’s Blog


Contact on WLM: mcgiga[at]

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