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Longhorn Server to Be Named Windows Server 2007

January 16th, 2007 by Patrick S

An unnamed Microsoft official just confirmed to that the new Windows server succeeding Windows Server 2003 will be named Windows Server 2007, now known in its beta form as Windows Server “Longhorn”. Windows Server 2007 is currently slated to be released in the second half of 2007, culminating a long beta process which began in early 2005. In addition, development has begun on the next series of MSCE certification tests geared for Windows Server 2007.

Zack: Here at MSBLOG, we can’t validate other articles on neighbouring websites. At the moment the final name of the next Windows Server product is purely speculation and cannot be confirmed as yet. We’ll just have to wait and see. The final name is expected to be revealed in March 2007.

Source: ActiveWin

Posted in Beta News, MS News, Windows Server System | 1 Comment »

Explaining the Vanishing Point

January 14th, 2007 by Zack Whittaker

A few people have emailed me over the last few days saying “what is this Vanishing Point?” and I thought it was only fair to really explain it – as it’s got many people perplexed.

It’s a game and a huge marketing campaign alliancing AMD and Microsoft together for Windows Vista. The vanishing point is the 30th January 2007 of which “Loki” disappears, the game finishes and Windows Vista is released for the public to buy.

The game lasts 4 weeks and there are 4 boxes to open up – each with 12 puzzles inside. Each week, there is an event in the real world (the first week it was a projection outside the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas, the second week it was sky-written messages in Miami) and these events hold a load of clues which help you solve the puzzles in the box for that week.

Once you’ve solved all the puzzles in a box, you’ll get a video from Loki (who is the director of all this, and creates the challenges, supposibly) and gives you an insight into her life or so to speak. Also at the end of each video, flashes up on-screen a part of the website of which leads another puzzle – enter this to the end of the URL and you’ll have the chance to enter another competition.

I’ve spent a good few days trying to work out these puzzles, and then I find out once I’ve completed the first two boxes there’s an entire Wiki website with all the bloody answers there. So if you need any help, the best place to be is the Wiki site. Enjoy!

Vanishing Point Game – Start
Vanishing Point Game – Wiki Help Site

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First of Four Vista Certifications Released

January 11th, 2007 by Patrick S

If you have had a feel for Windows Vista (through beta’s or if you are lucky enough to own a copy even before it has been released this month) you could quite possibly start the year more qualified than anyone else in the field of this Operating System.

How?…By passing Microsoft’s four brand spanking new Vista Certifications (Exam 70-620).
Microsoft Certification Exam 70-620 covers Microsoft Windows Vista Configuration and covers the following elements:

  • Installing and Upgrading Windows Vista
  • Configuring and Troubleshooting Post-Installation System Settings
  • Configuring Windows Security Features
  • Configuring Network Connectivity
  •  Configuring Applications Included with Windows Vista
  • Maintaining and Optimizing Systems That Run Windows Vista
  • Configuring and Troubleshooting Mobile Computing

So get down to your local testing agent and pass 70-620 today 🙂
Check out the Preparation guide here:

I have a spare exam code I won lying around I might go give it a shot 🙂

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Free 24/7 Instructor Led Courses on Microsoft products! No Strings Attached!

January 10th, 2007 by Jabez Gan [MVP]

Have you ever hope to have some trainings on Microsft products? Wait! What about Macromedia, Corel or even on managing your data center?

Guess what? This training is not by Microsoft, but it’s by HP Learning Center. HP is providing free learning courses on 46 different courses which includes Software technogies (which includes Linux…), IT Pros, Business Skills, In-house Marking and Real Estate.

I haven’t attended any of the classes yet, but I do suspect that somewhat the instructor will be introducing a lot of HP solutions to their students, it could end up into a marketing thingy from HP.

For a full list of all available courses that HP Learning Courses are providing, please see:

To find more information about it, please see:

Anybody with experience attended any of the free HP Learning Courses? What do you think? What’s your feedback towards it? Post back in the comments section! We would like to hear you out! 🙂

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Daylight Savings Update in 2007 – Patching required?

January 10th, 2007 by Jabez Gan [MVP]

Daylight Savings in 2007 will be slightly different. In August 2005, the United States Congress passed the Energy Policy Act, which in effect will change the DST (Daylight Saving Time). This law is going to be on effect in the year 2007 and this time it will start 3 weeks earlier instead of the traditional period.

Due to this new timing, Microsoft has prepared some important informations to assist consumers/businesses to prepare for this sudden change. The Microsoft products that are affected by this change includes:

Windows Client
Windows Server
Windows Mobile
Windows Sharepoint Services
Microsoft Exchange Server
Microsoft Office Outlook
Microsoft Dynamics CRM

Some updates are already available to patch your Microsoft products.

Please see the following website for more information and news regarding the DST changes for the year 2007:

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First Monthly Patch of 2007

January 10th, 2007 by Patrick S

Microsoft’s January patches are now out. The update includes three critical patches that fix flaws in Excel, Outlook, and Internet Explorer. All of these allow remote code execution and can be used as a vector for virus or trojan attacks.

 MSFT Jan updates

At the moment, anti-virus vendors such as f-secure haven’t seen malware taking advantage of these vulnerabilities.

Start the year right, patch now!

Posted in MS News, Security, Windows XP | 1 Comment »

CES: Brief Summary

January 8th, 2007 by admin

Before I start, I do have a question for the readers of this post? Why do bloggers get shown NDA stuff at Ces when they are bloggers? It makes no sense.

Anyway, I watched Bill Gates Keynote speech, and have read much of the information from various bloggers, including Brandon LeBlanc, Long Zeng, the guys from Neowin, Mary Jo Foley,Robert Mclaws, Josh from WindowsConnected and many others. It’s interesting to watch as new and exciting information comes out of CES, and some of the stuff announced and discussed in the Keynote is both exciting and interesting. In this post, I will summarise the key announcements so far, including my thoughts, and how it is going to change people’s experiences.

I’m going to start with a new feature, Shadow Copy, because of the relevance to the upcoming Apple release, OS X Leopard. Simply, it allows cached or saved versions of the same file, to be accessed in the future. The example given is a document accidently edited and saved, and the user can simply access an older version of this file, and restore it. The speaker gave the quote, “Simpler than a Time Machine”, a small pun at Apple, a joke recognized by the crowd.

Windows Ultimate Extras especially Motion Desktop or ‘Dreamscene’ as it is now known. This is a feature that’s been discussed many times up to this point, and for a long time was a complete mystery as to the accuracy of the information suggesting this was a feature for Vista, however, since the announcement and leak of the ‘Ultimate Extras Beta’, it’s been clear that they were coming, and many have correctly assumed Motion Desktop was going to be a key one.

More Info From Long Zeng

Video of DreamScene in Action

As seen from the Keynote, it is a wonderful creation, enabling all types of video to be displayed as your desktop background, and Vista enables you to choose any video to use as a background, not just present video. In addition, in conjunction with content partners there is a big market for Vista Backgrounds, particularly beautiful nature and other forms of video. This is an important feature, because it really sets Vista Ultimate ahead of all the other SKUs, a problem that I feel Microsoft and others have released, what are the real advantages of Ultimate?

In addition, another extra was announced, ‘Group Shot’. This is a new technology which enables users to merge existing images creating the perfect image. The example given in the speech, is two images, in both someone doesn’t look good. Using this new tool, the user can merge existing parts of both images to create a perfect image with everyone looking their best. This has huge potential and enables reuse of many images, previously deemed unusable.

Groupshot is available to Download From Microsoft

Finally, Microsoft announced that a Ultimate version of Texas Hold’Em as an ultimate extra. As I don’t really gamble this is of no interest to me, but its interesting to see that Microsoft are addressing many areas of the market with these extras, offering something for everyone, whether it be the gamer or photographer.

Finally its interesting Microsoft decided to announce these features so late, 22 days before launch, when everything else has been known for a while. I wonder if this was purely so they had something to show at CES, or whether it was a choice taken internally regarding the state of these features. Whichever it’s nice to see them finally announced.I noticed just before posting that the guys at Bink noticed a new Microsoft site, called ‘Show us your Wow’. This is interesting because it shows how Microsoft want users to explore the new features of Vista and share with others what they find amazing, providing a site where users can feel that Vista is truly new.

Next up, is Windows Home Server. Firstly, I haven’t actually had access to this part of the Keynote, because of something to do with Microsoft and HP, but have read information and would love to see me. If anyone has any additional information regarding this product please let me know. This product is particularly relevant to me at the moment, because over Christmas I acquired a new PC. The old one therefore has nothing to do, and for a while I considered running a Windows Server, setting up a domain at home. After a while however I realized that this was useless, A) because all PCs are Home or Media Center and b) there are only 3 workstations in the house. As a result, vie been looking for a product which does what Home Server claims to do.
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What Windows Server Home is all about

January 8th, 2007 by Zack Whittaker

Windows Home Server is certainly going to be a highlight for Microsoft in the home-user department. It’s going to be based loosely on Windows Vista but with some server addition’s thrown in which make it easier for the standard home user to administrate and sort out their files and networking.

It’s not clear however whether Windows Live Drive will have anything to do with Windows Home Server or not. What we’ve managed to establish so far:

  • Windows Home Server will be released sometime this year as a product for home users to centralize their files, media and folders.
  • Storage will be easily expandable so you can have gigabytes, terabytes and even petabytes of storage as long as your hardware supports it.
  • You’ll be able to access your files from anywhere on the web.
  • Windows Home Server will be an operating system similar to Windows Vista and not so similar to Windows Server 2003 or Windows Server “Longhorn”.
  • Windows Live will be involved in making remote access possible.
  • Server backups will be optional but installed as standard, and each file will be backed up incrementally online saving your bandwidth and online storage space*

Read full story at source.

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The digital decade

January 8th, 2007 by Zack Whittaker

Bill Gates was speaking his keynote speech earlier on, and some things are to be taken from that which are quite interesting.

Microsoft are really keen on getting media anywhere and everywhere it seems, with IPTV (internet protocol television) on any number of devices, and having access to your media from any other device you might have. It’s already clear that by this time next year, partners will be offering live and on-demand

I don’t know where the post has gone… but I told you I was right about Windows Home Server 😉 Partnering with HP, home users will be able to access and store all their data on a central device from any number of Windows powered products, from the Zune to the Xbox 360, PC’s and mobile phones.

Windows Home Server is expected to arrive sometime this year – from what I believe it’ll be more of a home-user-friendly product rather than it being targetted at Windows Server administrators. My guess it’ll probably look at lot like Vista but with a few dashboard options to easily guide a user through storing their content on the server.

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What’s new in Las Vegas?

January 7th, 2007 by André Nogueira

Here is a list of what Microsoft is being unveiled at the CES keynote:

  • Office 2007 demo
  • Integration between Office 2007 and Live Maps
  • Navigation in Live Maps 3D using an Xbox 360 controller
  • Windows Shadow Copy – “Better than going back in time!”
  • DreamScene (Ultimate only) – use a video as your background picture!
  • Groupshot (Ultimate only?)- You took two pictures but in each one person had her eyes closed? Merge them together to create the photo you should have taken!
  • Vista-generation Origamis, Tablet PCs, Laptops, Computers, Media Centers. New features, new designs.
  • Windows Home Server – the audio and video of the webcast were suspended at this point, so there’s not much I can say… Features: Automated backup, local connectivity (local computers, X-box…), remote connectivity (through the internet), easy expansion of available space. Seems to have been some internal HP demo.
  • IPTV on the X-box 360

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Find out who gives away your email address with Gmail trick

January 7th, 2007 by Jabez Gan [MVP]

I do not mind if you are using Gmail than Windows Live Mail (formerly Hotmail), as I’m a Gmail fan myself (loads way faster for me) 😉

Have you ever wonder which website gave out your email when you register yourself in some website? Here’s a simple trick you can use:

If your Gmail login name was and you went to to fill out a registration form, instead of just entering as your email, enter it as instead. When Gmail sees a “+” in an email address, it uses all the characters to the left of the plus sign to know who to send it to. In this example it would still send it to

Now whats cool is if you search Gmail for username+samplesitecom, you will see all massages that were sent to that email address.

To see who is responsible for sending a specific message click the Show Details link and you will see the complete address.

Does it work? I haven’t try it out but reports say that it works!

Does Windows Live Mail have something similar? Is there something in the works? What do you think of this feature? Leave a message! 🙂


Update: According to Kevyn, Yahoo Mail already has this implemented. It is called “AddressGuard”. You use [basename]-[keyword] Thanks Kevyn!

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The 7th Annual Weblog Awards – nominations start!

January 7th, 2007 by Zack Whittaker

Well once again the Annual Weblog Awards have started and you can get your submissions in. I’ve already made my vote (LiveSide, and Darren Straight’s blog are my choices), and if you decide to vote for MSBLOG in one of the categories, we would be most honoured.

We qualify for: Best Computers or Technology Weblog, Best Group Weblog, Best Writing of a Weblog, and Weblog of the Year.

On January 22nd, the finalists will be announced and voting will be open again to choose the winners.
Voting will close at 10:00 PM EST on January 31st. The winners will be posted sometime between March 12th and March 14th.

Get nominating!

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Live Webcast: Bill Gates Keynote at CES

January 7th, 2007 by admin

From Las Vegas, Nevada, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates keynotes the 2007 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and demonstrates how Microsoft is delivering a new generation of connected experiences. Bill will be joined by Robbie Bach, President of Microsoft’s Entertainment and Devices Division, in announcing several new offerings from Windows Vista, Xbox 360, Microsoft TV and more.

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The new theme

January 7th, 2007 by Zack Whittaker

We have a new theme – I finally decided to change the look of the blog simply because it really needed doing. The old theme will hopefully never return, and this theme will live out it’s life for as long as we can bare it.

If you write on MSBLOG and this is the first time you’ve seen this – I emailed everyone last night about it, so it’s you’re own fault if you’re suffering a heart attack for seeing such a drastic change 🙂


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New Windows Vista Test Drive Website

January 7th, 2007 by Patrick S

Remember the Microsoft Office 12/2007 test drive website we blogged about in June 06? This test drive site allowed the common user to try out tasks in a sandbox environment before they bought the product sight unseen.

Well Microsoft have just launched a new test environment site for people to try out many Vista related tasks before the product goes on sale in a few weeks and without having to install Vista on your computer.

Where the Microsoft Office 07 test drive used a Citrix client to connect to the remote server this new Vista test environment seams to use a Virtual Server/Computer plugin to view the test environment in a browser window which I find to be superior when connecting to the sandbox.

All nerdyness aside this innovative idea is sure to win Microsoft customers for their next Generation of Desktop OS be warned however-when I tried it I found the whole thing to be dead slow so be patient its bound to ease up soon.

Find the website here
Source Active Win

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