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ActiveSync 4.5 Beta 2 released

September 24th, 2006 by Patrick S

A couple of days ago we released the updated Beta of Activesync 4.5.

You can download it from HERE

Changes in ActiveSync 4.5 Beta 2 help resolve issues related to setup, partnerships, and connectivity with the PC and Microsoft Exchange. In addition, it includes a troubleshooter utility that scans your computer and device to identify problems and offers information and corrective actions to solve them.
Fixes include:
• Faster file transfer speed and photo sync via Outlook are only available for Windows Mobile 5.0 powered devices.
• Remote PC Sync (via WiFi or LAN) has been removed due to Enterprise customer feedback around security issues.
• Customers using Microsoft Exchange 2003 Service Pack 2 with devices running the Messaging and Security Feature Pack for Windows Mobile 5.0 will benefit from the following feature enhancements included in ActiveSync 4.5: Direct Push Technology, local device wipe, and certificate powered authentication to Microsoft Exchange.
• Microsoft® Outlook® 2000 is not supported by ActiveSync 4.5 Beta 2. It is highly recommended that users upgrade to Microsoft® Outlook® 2003 messaging and collaboration client.
• Conversion of database files for use on a mobile device is not supported by ActiveSync 4.5 Beta 2. On previous versions, this feature was limited to devices running Windows Mobile software for Pocket PC 2003 and earlier.
• Conversion of font files for use on a mobile device is not supported by ActiveSync 4.5 Beta 2. On previous versions, this feature was limited to devices running Windows Mobile software for Pocket PC 2003 and earlier.

Posted in Beta News, Gadgets, MS News, Products | 3 Comments »

How many Windows Live services are there?

August 15th, 2006 by Zack Whittaker

Quote – Just How Many Windows Live Services Are There: Microsoft Watch

“Microsoft officials say there are 20 Windows Live services available in beta and/or final versions. But it looks like the real count is in excess of 40. And that’s not including a number of Live services which Microsoft has yet to acknowledge, but sources say are in the pipeline. There are more Windows Live services than meet the eye.”

Oh Mary  So naive… but she’s not wrong, and that’s coming from a semi-Microsoft official. September’s gonna be a nice squishy month for you Live addicts… pay special attention to which categories this entry lies in… there’s a lot of them

Edit: don’t ask me to go into specifics, you know I can’t. Just bide your time, sit quietly and I’ll let you know as soon as things become available – I’m just stirring hype in this entry.

Edit: As of 20th August, there are officially 42 Windows Live services in total.

Posted in Daily Life, Gadgets, Internet Explorer, Windows Live, Windows Live Messenger, Windows Mobile, Windows Vista, Xbox and Gaming | 4 Comments »

Customise where your Friends appear in Windows Live Spaces

August 5th, 2006 by Zack Whittaker

This is sourced from Mike Torres’ blog on Spaces, which explains how you can customise where your Friends can appear in the new module, Friends Explorer in Windows Live Spaces. This entry just snips it down a bit and explains how you do it step by step. It’s a little complicated, but I personally think it’s worth it in the end.

1) Login to your Windows Live Space – if you need to sign in, it should present you with the Windows Live ID login screen. After that, it should take you to your Space homepage.

Go to your Friends section – if you can’t find it, just add /friends after your homepage URL and you should get there.

This ideally works if you actually have friends, so if you don’t then just scout around your favourite Spaces and add them to your friends list. Might take a while for them to accept you, but you’ll need friends. If you already have friends, move on.

3) Click the  Edit button at the top of your friends list to open a new window with your friends on, enabling you to edit your friends and information about them.

Next to a friend’s icon, you should be able to click the  icon next to them. This will enable you to add more information about that contact as well as tags (key feature here!)

You’ll now be able to add information about your contact. Although you have the option to set where they appear in the friends list, you can get 100% accuracy of where they appear by modifying the tag information. See this screenshot here.

6) In the tags section, you can set where specific people come in the list. If you want a contact to appear first (because they’re your best friend or family member), type in Sort:1 with no spaces, exactly like that and then click Add. The new tag will appear to the right of where you’ve just typed it in. Click Done at the bottom when you’ve finished adding the tag.

Note: you can use the Sort command for anyone and everyone if you want. If you want someone to appear at the very last, then use a stupidly large number like Sort:3000 and they’ll appear right at the end. If you want someone to appear second in the list, use Sort:2 and so on. However, if you have two of the same tags, so you’ve set two people to appear first, they’ll both randomly appear first. It could be one or the other, and it’ll change when you refresh the Friends page.

7) You’ll notice that back at the Friends Explorer page (the popup window still), your contact will be first (see this screenshot here). Simply close the window using the red cross in the top right hand corner, then go back to your Friends in Spaces. Refresh the page, and you’ll notice that the contact will appear first in the list (see this screenshot here).

The tags don’t appear next to the contact, as they are automatically hidden by the system, but other information that you may have added about the contact will appear there if a user clicks on the contact card of the friend.

If anyone has any questions or wishes to add to this, let me know in a comment below and I’ll consider everything that comes in.

Source: Torres Talking

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I want more Windows Sidebar Gadgets!!!

June 22nd, 2006 by kenlin@HK [MVP]

There are few Windows Sidebar Gadget comes with Windows Vista. However, have you try to find more gadgets? You may reach , and browse to the Gallery tab and find the gadgets which fits your want. However, they are gadgets if you look carefully.

I found a new site, there are really many gadgets for Windows Sidebar. You may be try to browse there and download any one of them. There are 10 gadgets now, but it may be more when day is passing. If you are sidebar gadget developer, you may also submit your gadget and Microsoft may publish it on that webpage too.


Lights Out! “Today Is” Calendar Sudoku Assistant Seattle Traffic (Beta) Jamometer!
Echo (Beta) Poker (Beta) Memory Sudoku (Beta) Scribble (Beta)


Posted in Gadgets, Windows Vista | 10 Comments »

Remote Desktop Gadget

June 22nd, 2006 by Patrick S

I’m sorry if this is not really techy but I wanted to post about it anyway :).
Testers are for ever remoting into other computers to try “repo” bugs etc and often its hard enough to get the bugs let alone navigating to the remote desktop icon or typing “mstsc /v:(address) in run.

Introducing the new Remote Desktop Gadget for Vista by Frameworkx allowing you to quickly and easily connect to a remote machine in full screen or console mode. This is out-standing 😀




Get it from HERE (x64 & 86) 😀


Posted in Gadgets, Uncategorized, Windows Vista | 1 Comment »