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Vista beta 2 product keys can now be requested!

June 9th, 2006 by André Nogueira

It is now possible to request Vista Beta 2 product keys.

Just go to Microsoft Beta Experience and from there you can choose if you want to order or download Vista.

Have fun! 😀

Posted in MS News, Windows Vista | 65 Comments »

Data Protection Manager SP1 Beta Signup Closed

June 9th, 2006 by Joseph Bittman MCSD .Net

There has been a great response to the SP1 beta signup! 🙂 Congrats on all those who emailed dpmtb[at] to sign up for the beta of Service Pack 1. The signup period has now closed due to reaching the maximum number of people.

Hope everyone signed up for the beta and will submit lots of bugs! 😉

 =- Joseph Bittman DPM MVP

Posted in Beta News, DPM | 5 Comments »

Smartphone Customers Needed for Beta Testing Today!!

June 9th, 2006 by kenlin@HK [MVP]

Hello all, I got an email and it is about mobile beta, I am sure that most of you are using Windows Mobile and would love to join the Beta program for the Windows Live for your mobile device. Now, you could read the following and get access and get a chance on being beta tester for this, So, don’t wait, go go go!


Hello Beta Customer, 

Have you purchased a new Smartphone recently? Do you have the latest Microsoft® Windows Mobile 5.0 installed on your Smartphone? Are you interested in learning about, and testing, the next generation Pocket MSN® version on your Smartphone?

If you answered yes to the above questions, we have an exciting opportunity for you to be part of the upcoming beta program for Windows Liveâ„¢ for your mobile device.

How to Signup

  1. Sign in to with your .NET Passport
  2. Please make sure your registration information is complete and up to date. You can check it here:
  3. Select Available Connections on the left navigation bar
  4. In the Available Connections, click on Apply for the program “Mobile 10.7 Beta”
  5. Complete “Survey for Windows Live Beta Program for Smartphone”
  6. Submit the survey

Participants will be selected based on their answers to the survey and in the order in which the surveys are submitted. We will contact you if you are selected to join this beta program.

If you have questions about this message, please contact us at

Best regards,
Windows Live Beta Team


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ISV Microsoft Vista Touchdown Training

June 8th, 2006 by kenlin@HK [MVP]
I was selected by my company to join the ISV Vista Touchdown Training from 14th to 16th of June. It is a 3 days session, and is a combination of presentations and hands on labs that focus on growing services opportunities for partners, and a series of new hands-on technical exercises that highlight some of the compelling new design enhancements in Windows Vista. I am so glad that I can attend this training after the Singapore Vista Training by Product Group last 2 weeks. And I hope that this Touchdown Training is really a hands-on Training.
Day 1

Intro Session
Windows Vista User Experience, HOL
Consuming Search and Organize Services, HOL
Best Practices for User Account Control in Windows Vista
Consuming RSS Data from your Applications  

Day 2
WPF: 2D Graphics
WPF: Tools
WPF: Styles, Templates, and Resources, HOL
WPF: Databinding
WPF: Animation, HOL
WPF: Documents, Text, and File Formats
WPF: 3D Graphics
WPF: Interop and Migration

Day 3
Lap Around Windows Communication Foundation (WCF), HOL
Lap Around Windows Workflow Foundation (WF)
Establish a Feedback Loop
Windows Vista Software Logo Requirements
Windows Vista Application Compatibility Issues and Resolutions

You may found more detail in


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Windows Live Messenger – General Availability on 16th June 06!

June 8th, 2006 by Jabez Gan [MVP]

Windows Live Messenger will be made available to the public in 8 days, Friday 16th June 2006. The successor to MSN Messenger 7.5, Windows Live Messenger is the first edition of the MSN Messenger brand to be released under the new ‘Windows Live’ moniker.

Windows Live represents Microsoft’s biggest push into the Software-as-a-Service market, Windows Live Messenger is the first software package to be released out of Beta in the Windows Live range, Windows Live Search (Desktop), Windows Live Mail Desktop and Windows Live Toolbar are expected to follow this year.Source:

Posted in MS News, Windows Live | 1 Comment »

Custom Ribbon UI Editor

June 8th, 2006 by admin

Office 2007 clients (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access and partially also Outlook) have a new user experience. I think most of you already got that.

The new ribbon experience is also very extensible and you can do this at the document/template level by dropping the extension in the package or by working at the application-level and creating a VSTO add-in. For the former approach (the document-level one) there is a small but very useful tool available from the Open XML Developer community site ( called the Custom UI Editor. Very nice little tool to demonstrate the power of the ribbon extensibility.

1. Open the tool

2. Open an existing Word 2007 document

3. Start with a sample ribbon XML snippet. If you create your own there is the option to

validate your XML.

Source: Patricks Blog

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Sudoku by WinFX(WPF)

June 8th, 2006 by kenlin@HK [MVP]
Yesterday, I read about an example on Code4Fun about WinFX, It is a sample on creating a sample Sudoku with WinFX. Althought it is saying that the sample code are based on Feb CTP, but I could make it work by using May Beta2. Before you could be able to do WinFX programming, you may need to follow the instruction and download the setup files from And I found that the installation is terrible. Finally, I created one but it is in Extensible Application Markup Language(XAML) which you will use to create a simple layout and a more complex layout.   


Oh? Not .NET language? Yap, as the tutorial are in XAML. Later on I will try to use VB2005 to see if I can make one. And I found out that building application, don’t have UI Designer. I heard from friends that there is a product with codename “Cider” and you may read and download from: Later I will download it and have a try on it too. Come back later after the first hand on “Cider”.


Posted in Learning, MSDN, Visual Studio | 4 Comments »

Windows Mail, Windows Live Mail Desktop and Windows Live Mail??

June 8th, 2006 by kenlin@HK [MVP]
Reading from MVP Microsite and know that there is a Windows Live Mail Desktop. Oh god, another new thing? As I know, Outlook Express will be replaced by Windows Mail. And Hotmail will be replaced by Windows Live Mail. Now, What is this Windows Live Mail Desktop? I cannot use Windows Mail to get download/access the mails in Windows Live Mail(Like we are using OE to access hotmail now)?   

After searching from Google, I found the following features between them, by reading it, I think that I will use Windows Live Mail Desktop than Windows Mail. But Microsoft claim that they will still release and support for the Windows Mail. However, Windows Live Mail Desktop including all features in Windows Mail and also is free, why I do still need/use Windows Mail? There must be something I still don’t know and Windows Live Mail Desktop cannot provide while Windows Mail can.


Posted in Products, Windows Live | 1 Comment »

New to be here and introducing myself

June 8th, 2006 by kenlin@HK [MVP]

Hello everyone, My name is Ken Lin and I am from Hong Kong. I feel glad to be joining as one of the authors in MSBlog. As you may know that I was the roommate with Jabez Gan in the Windows Vista Training in Singapore last 2 weeks, You may be interesting in reading some information about that, You could be view the following,

Windows Vista Workshop Day 1 – Singapore
Windows Vista Workshop Day 2 – Singapore
by Jabez Gan[MVP]

Well, I am Microsoft MVP in VB.NET since 2003, I am founder of Hong Kong .NET User Group and it is formed in late 2002. I am holder of MCP, MCP+I, MCDST, MCSA, MCSE, MCSE+I, MCDBA, MCAD, MCSD, MCT, Microsoft Community Star (in Hong Kong and Taiwan). And I am also an ASPAlliance Columnist, MSDN Guest Speaker, Web Forum Moderators on Windows Vista Web Forums and 2007 Microsoft Office system Web Forums. 

I would be posting some information in Programming Area as you know WinFX is a key feature in Vista. I hope that you would be enjoying on the MSDN area as well. Please let me know if you want any topic about MSDN area.

Ken Lin, Kam Hung

Posted in Introductions | 6 Comments »


June 7th, 2006 by Dennis Fraederich [MCP]

Yesterday, Microsoft made Windows Vista Beta 2 available to the masses for downloading in three different languages. If you can’t download you don’t have to worry, there will be also an option to order it on DVD media later my informant told me. The released build number will be 5384.4, same as the technical beta. Today is a big step forward to let the end-user have a look at Microsoft’s upcoming operating system and of course to let them tryout all new features.

While waiting for a screenshot collection from us don’t hesitate and download it before the big rush will occur!


UPDATE: The links above are now active.
Microsoft enabled them for public download. Go get it!!

You can request a product key at Microsoft Beta Experience



But now let’s have fun with the first public preview version of Microsoft’s upcoming operating system!


Dennis Fraederich [MCP], a Microsoft Betatester
Contact via Email / WLM: mcgiga[at]

Posted in Windows Vista | 116 Comments »

Windows Vista Q&A with Microsoft

June 7th, 2006 by admin

I had the chance to get some Q&A going on with Microsoft, so a big thanks to them for allowing this to happen. I’d also like to thank Jessica from Waggener Edstrom for setting this up! Now, for your reading pleasure…

How do you think businesses will adopt Windows Vista? Fairly quickly or a more laid back approach as many have done moving from Windows 2000 to Windows XP?

In the two years following the launch of Windows Vista, roughly 500 million PCs will ship in the marketplace. This represents an excellent opportunity for strong Windows Vista deployment.

View DigitalBlog for more..

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2007 Microsoft Office Learning Portal

June 7th, 2006 by admin

The 2007 Office system is designed to increase individual impact, simplify collaboration, streamline business processes and content management, and improve business insight. Microsoft Learning can help you examine the new products by providing you, for a limited time, free training, e-learning, books, and skills assessments. Classroom training is also available for IT professionals and Home and Office workers.

Simplify the challenges of today’s workplace with the 2007 Microsoft Office system. Its enhanced intuitive design and improved features can help you get more out of the programs you use every day. With the training materials from Microsoft Learning, Office Workers can start taking advantage of the new functionality of Microsoft Office immediately.

Posted in MS News | 2 Comments »

Announcing Microsoft Office PerformancePoint Server 2007

June 7th, 2006 by admin

Office PerformancePoint Server 2007 is a complete Performance Management (PM) application that enables businesses to improve their performance by providing all employees with the ability to scorecard, analyze and plan and their activities with the familiar and easy-to-use Microsoft Office environment. It ties the planning in with support for ongoing operational management and analysis making Office PerformancePoint Server 2007 able to support the continuous measurement, analysis and refinement of strategy necessary for a complete PM solution


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Reliability Survey: Windows Servers Beat Linux Boxes

June 7th, 2006 by Patrick S

 According to the Yankee Group’s annual server reliability survey, only Unix-based operating systems such as HP-UX and Sun Solaris 10 beat Windows on uptime. Windows 2003 Server, in fact, led the popular Red Hat Enterprise Linux with nearly 20 percent more annual uptime.

On average, individual enterprise Windows, Linux, and Unix servers experienced 3 to 5 failures per server per year in 2005, generating 10 to 19.5 hours of annual downtime for each server.

But standard Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and Linux distributions from “niche” open source vendors, are offline more and longer than either Windows or Unix competitors, the survey said. The reason: the scarcity of Linux and open source documentation.

The Yankee Group made a point of stressing that the survey was not sponsored or supported by any server OS maker.

Source: adamga’s blog & yahoo news

Posted in Products, Windows Server System | 1 Comment »

Microsoft MOM 2007 Beta 2 Now Available

June 6th, 2006 by Patrick S

Microsoft has just released Beta 2 of their systems management flagship System Center Operations Manager 2007 for public testing. On Microsoft Connect, available at, you can download the Beta 2 software formerly know as MOM v3 along with documentation and other important information such as the release notes and a Scenarios document.

 Key themes of this new version of the product are: End-to-End Service Monitoring, Microsoft Knowledge, Reliability and Security and Operational Efficiency. While Beta 2 lacks x64 support and only supports one Management Server, testers can see Line of Business (LOB) monitoring using this essential piece of Microsoft’s System Center family of products


Posted in Beta News, MS News | 2 Comments »

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