RTM Windows Store is now open for paid apps, company accounts

Posted by sumeethevans on August 2 2012, 2:29 AM.

Starting today, any qualifying business in a supported market can now submit a Metro style app for Windows 8! Companies qualify through account registration, which includes an account verification process.

Just so you know, to upload apps to the Store, you’ll need an RTM build of Windows 8. On August 15, we’ll be making the build available to MSDN subscribers and we’ll have a trial version available via TechNet. (Keep your eyes here and on the Windows 8 app developer blog for more info.) Until then, keep building your apps using the Release Preview, and don’t hesitate to register your company account now—it takes a little time to get a company account verified. Registering now will help ensure you can hit the ground running when the RTM build is released.

If you’re an individual looking to submit apps to the Store, stay tuned—we’ll have more info to share with you soon.

More markets

Not only is the Window Store now open for company accounts, but we’ve also taken a significant step forward toward our goal of providing a truly global Store – both for developers and for customers looking for great apps. At each major milestone – Consumer Preview and Release Preview – we’ve increased language and market support. With this latest release, this trend continues with more catalogs and app submission languages, as well as increased localization of our developer experience.

Today, we add 54 new markets to our list of distinct catalog offerings, giving developers more specific market opportunities and more chances to provide truly relevant apps to customers.

We’ve also added 24 new app certification languages, bringing our total to 38 app submission languages and more than doubling the number we supported in the Release Preview.

Paid apps

Previous posts described how to implement trials, paid apps and in-app purchases. Transaction support is now enabled, and registered developers can submit paid apps to the Store, including in-app purchases.

The Application Developer Agreement (ADA) has been updated to reflect the financial details we announced back at our Store Preview event: the base Store fee is 30% of revenue for any transactions occurring through our transaction platform; we reduce the fee to 20% for any app that achieves $25,000 USD (or equivalent) in total revenue using our transaction platform, and for the lifetime of that app.

Certification policy updates

We continue to evolve our certification policies, based on questions and suggestions we receive from developers. This is all part of our commitment to provide a level of transparency, consistency, and specificity that helps developers make more informed choices, and take best advantage of the Windows platform, so they can speed through app certification and have their apps on the market as quickly as possible.

Evolving the experience

We’ve made hundreds of fit-and-finish improvements to the Store since the Release Preview, but I want to highlight one particular addition, given the prevalence of feedback and the importance of app discoverability. We’ve added support for search from the Store landing page, simply by typing. This matches the search behavior of Start, it’s what customers expect, and we’re committed to doing everything we can to help customers find great apps.

Windows Server 2012 released to manufacturing!

Posted by sumeethevans on August 2 2012, 2:24 AM.

Today is the day we’ve all been waiting for.  I’m proud to announce that Windows Server 2012 has been released to manufacturing.  That means the final code is complete and we are delivering it to our hardware and software vendor partners this week.  We will also make the software available to our volume licensing customers in the next couple of weeks.

Get out your calendars and free up some time on September 4.  That’s when Windows Server 2012 will be generally available for evaluation and purchase by all customers around the world.  On that day we will also host an online launch event where our executives, engineers, customers and partners will share more about how Windows Server 2012 can help organizations of all sizes realize the benefits of what we call the Cloud OS.  You will be able to learn more about the features and capabilities and connect with experts and peers.  You’ll also be able to collect points along the way for the chance to win some amazing prizes. You don’t want to miss it.  Visit this site to save the date for the launch event. 

Windows 8 has reached the RTM milestone

Posted by sumeethevans on August 2 2012, 2:22 AM.

Today marks an important milestone in the Windows 8 project. The Windows 8 team is proud to share with you that a short while ago we started releasing Windows 8 to PC OEM and manufacturing partners. This means our next milestone will be the availability of exciting new models of PCs loaded with Windows 8 and online availability of Windows 8 on October 26, 2012.

For more on RTM, I suggest reading this blog post from Steven Sinofsky on the Building Windows 8 blog.

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So when will folks be able to get their hands on the new Windows 8 RTM code?

People will be able get Windows 8 starting on October 26th either by upgrading for $39.99 or on a new PC or device. And if you buy an eligible Windows 7 PC today, you will be able to purchase an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for $14.99 (U.S.) through the Windows Upgrade Offer.

However, we have a number of programs that provides various audiences early access to the Windows 8 RTM code to help prepare for Windows 8 as it enters the marketplace this fall:

  • August 15th: Developers will be able to download the final version of Windows 8 via your MSDN subscriptions.
  • August 15th: IT professionals testing Windows 8 in organizations will be able to access the final version of Windows 8 through your TechNet subscriptions.
  • August 16th: Customers with existing Microsoft Software Assurance for Windows will be able to download Windows 8 Enterprise edition through the Volume License Service Center (VLSC), allowing you to test, pilot and begin adopting Windows 8 Enterprise within your organization.
  • August 16th: Microsoft Partner Network members will have access to Windows 8.
  • August 20th: Microsoft Action Pack Providers (MAPS) receive access to Windows 8.
  • September 1st: Volume License customers without Software Assurance will be able to purchase Windows 8 through Microsoft Volume License Resellers.

Please note: if a program you are in is not mentioned, please be patient as dates for Windows 8 RTM code availability for other programs will be communicated when the information becomes available.

Microsoft Hardware Delivers on Windows 8, Good Looks and Mobility

Posted by sumeethevans on August 2 2012, 2:19 AM.

New mice and keyboards are on the way, and are specifically designed for mobile and for Windows 8, Microsoft announced today.

In the coming weeks and months, the company will introduce two new Bluetooth-enabled keyboards and mice to the market – the Wedge Touch Mouse, the Wedge Mobile Keyboard, the Sculpt Touch Mouse, and the Sculpt Mobile Keyboard. On October 26, the general availability date of the new Windows 8 operating system, Microsoft will also release updated Windows 8 gestures for the Microsoft Touch Mouse.

The ultrathin Sculpt Mobile Keyboard looks great at home or on the go, and its Comfort Curve design encourages natural wrist posture with a slight, six-degree curve. Windows 8 Hot Keys let you quickly search, share or access your devices, settings and Windows Start screen with the tap of a finger. Connecting to any computer enabled with Bluetooth is easy, with no transceiver required. And you'll enjoy up to 10 months of battery life with an on/off switch that conserves battery power and a two-color battery life indicator that warns you when it’s time to switch batteries.Microsoft Sculpt Mobile Keyboard: The ultrathin Sculpt Mobile Keyboard looks great at home or on the go, and its Comfort Curve design encourages natural wrist posture with a slight, six-degree curve. Windows 8 Hot Keys let you quickly search, share or access your devices, settings and Windows Start screen with the tap of a finger. Connecting to any computer enabled with Bluetooth is easy, with no transceiver required. And you'll enjoy up to 10 months of battery life with an on/off switch that conserves battery power and a two-color battery life indicator that warns you when it’s time to switch batteries.

 
The Microsoft Wedge Mobile Keyboard has a durable cover that not only protects your keyboard from scratches but also quickly converts into a tablet stand. When you’re done using it, simply snap the cover back on the keyboard to power it down before you stash it in your bag. The keyboard also uses the latest in Bluetooth technology, so you can wirelessly connect to your tablet without a cable or transceiver.Microsoft Wedge Mobile Keyboard: The Microsoft Wedge Mobile Keyboard has a durable cover that not only protects your keyboard from scratches but also quickly converts into a tablet stand. When you’re done using it, simply snap the cover back on the keyboard to power it down before you stash it in your bag. The keyboard also uses the latest in Bluetooth technology, so you can wirelessly connect to your tablet without a cable or transceiver.
 
The new Microsoft Wedge Touch Mouse packs full functionality into a stylish, compact frame that’s great for your mobile lifestyle. Small enough to fit in your pocket, the Wedge Touch Mouse complements your Windows experience in all its forms, providing four-way Touch scrolling and navigation at your fingertips. Plus, it features BlueTrack Technology, so you can use it on virtually any surface, whether you’re in a conference room, a coffee shop or at home on your couch.Microsoft Wedge Touch Mouse: The new Microsoft Wedge Touch Mouse packs full functionality into a stylish, compact frame that’s great for your mobile lifestyle. Small enough to fit in your pocket, the Wedge Touch Mouse complements your Windows experience in all its forms, providing four-way Touch scrolling and navigation at your fingertips. Plus, it features BlueTrack Technology, so you can use it on virtually any surface, whether you’re in a conference room, a coffee shop or at home on your couch.

Introducing Outlook.com - Modern Email for the Next Billion Mailboxes

Posted by sumeethevans on August 2 2012, 2:07 AM.

Recently, we talked about how we've reimagined cloud services for Windows 8 and Windows Phone. And we described new apps for Windows 8, updates to SkyDrive, and how cloud services power the new Office Preview, We've also been hard at work on a mission to reimagine personal email - from the datacenter all the way to the user experience. Today, we're starting to deliver on that goal with a preview of the new Outlook.com - modern email designed for the next billion mailboxes.

Modern experience for modern browsers and devices.
Connected to friends and co-workers, wherever they are.
Smart and powerful.
Putting you in control.

Join the Preview and Join the Conversation

Today is the start of our preview, which represents an opportunity to learn together as we roll out and scale this new service. We know your email is important and you need a service that puts you in control, and we're looking forward to your feedback. Once you're using the service, just click Feedback in the Outlook.com Options menu and let us know what you think. If you have questions about this post, feel free to leave a comment here on our blog, or join us on Reddit later today where we're hosting an "Ask me anything" at 11am PST. We have a lot more we'll be sharing on this blog, and we look forward to continuing this conversation with you.

A lot has changed in the last eight years, and we think it' time for a fresh look at email - modern, connected, smart, powerful, and in control. So try out the preview at Outlook.com. We think you'll like what you see.

Bink.nu migrated to Windows Azure

Posted by bink on July 25 2012, 2:46 PM.

Dear Bink.nu readers as you may have noticed we have switched to a new look of the site. It now runs on Windows Azure, so in the cloud!

The site still needs some polishing, but I needed to get it live because my server where the previous site was running is dying.

Anyway there may be some hiccups here and there, but since you all are fanatic beta-testers anyway I think you wont mind this work in progress Winking smile

Your feedback is welcome!

Thanks to Blake Niemyjski for all the hard work getting the transition.

And thanks to you for visiting (all those years)

 

 

Bink

Windows 8 will be available on…October 26th

Posted by sumeethevans on July 25 2012, 4:37 AM. Posted in Windows 8.

Steven Sinofsky announced at Microsoft’s annual sales meeting that customers will be able to get Windows 8 – whether in upgrade fashion or on a new PC – starting on October 26th. Earlier this month at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, Tami Reller told attendees Windows 8 would be available in October. But now everyone has a specific date to mark on their calendars.

Microsoft releases public preview of Office 2013

Posted by bink on July 17 2012, 3:41 AM. Posted in Office.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today, Microsoft Corp. CEO Steve Ballmer unveiled the customer preview of the new Microsoft Office, available at office.com/preview. The next release features an intuitive design that works beautifully with touch, stylus, mouse or keyboard across new Windows devices, including tablets. The new Office is social and unlocks modern scenarios in reading, note-taking, meetings and communications and will be delivered to subscribers through a cloud service that is always up to date.

“We are taking bold steps at Microsoft,” Ballmer said at the press conference in San Francisco. “The new, modern Office will deliver unparalleled productivity and flexibility for both consumers and business customers. It is a cloud service and will fully light-up when paired with Windows 8.”

Office at Its Best on Windows 8

  • Touch everywhere. Office responds to touch as naturally as it does to keyboard and mouse. Swipe your finger across the screen or pinch and zoom to read your documents and presentations. Author new content and access features with the touch of a finger.

  • Inking. Use a stylus to create content, take notes and access features. Handwrite email responses and convert them automatically to text. Use your stylus as a laser pointer when presenting. Color your content and erase your mistakes with ease.

  • New Windows 8 applications. OneNote and Lync represent the first new Windows 8 style applications for Office. These applications are designed to deliver touch-first experiences on a tablet. A new radial menu in OneNote makes it easy to access features with your finger.

  • Included in Windows RT. Office Home and Student 2013 RT, which contains new versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote applications, will be included on ARM-based Windows 8 devices, including Microsoft Surface.

Office Is in the Cloud

  • SkyDrive. Office saves documents to SkyDrive by default, so your content is always available across your tablet, PC and phone. Your documents are also available offline and sync when you reconnect.

  • Roaming. Once signed in to Office, your personalized settings, including your most recently used files, templates and even your custom dictionary, roam with you across virtually all of your devices. Office even remembers where you last left off and brings you right back to that spot in a single click.

  • Office on Demand. With a subscription, you can access Office even when you are away from your PC by streaming full-featured applications to an Internet-connected Windows-based PC.

  • New subscription services. The new Office is available as a cloud-based subscription service. As subscribers, consumers automatically get future upgrades in addition to exciting cloud services including Skype world minutes and extra SkyDrive storage. Subscribers receive multiple installs for everyone in the family and across their devices.

Office Is Social

  • Yammer. Yammer delivers a secure, private social network for businesses. You can sign up for free and begin using social networking instantly. Yammer offers integration with SharePoint and Microsoft Dynamics.

  • Stay connected. Follow people, teams, documents and sites in SharePoint. View and embed pictures, videos and Office content in your activity feeds to stay current and update your colleagues.

  • People Card. Have an integrated view of your contacts everywhere in Office. The People Card includes presence information complete with pictures, status updates, contact information and activity feeds from Facebook and LinkedIn accounts.

  • Skype. The new Office comes with Skype. When you subscribe, you get 60 minutes of Skype world minutes every month. Integrate Skype contacts into Lync and call or instant message anyone on Skype.

Office Unlocks New Scenarios

  • Digital note-taking. Keep your notes handy in the cloud and across multiple devices with OneNote. Use what feels most natural to you — take notes with touch, pen or keyboard, or use them together and switch easily back and forth.

  • Reading and markup. The Read Mode in Word provides a modern and easy-to-navigate reading experience that automatically adjusts for large and small screens. Zoom in and out of content, stream videos within documents, view revision marks and use touch to turn pages.

  • Meetings. PowerPoint features a new Presenter View that privately shows your current and upcoming slides, presentation time, and speaker notes in a single glance. While presenting, you can zoom, mark up and navigate your slides with touch and stylus. Lync includes multiparty HD video with presentations, shared OneNote notebooks and a virtual whiteboard for collaborative brainstorming.

  • Eighty-two-inch touch-enabled displays. Conduct more engaging meetings, presentations and lessons, whether in person or virtually, with these multitouch and stylus-enabled displays from Perceptive Pixel.

While the full lineup of offerings and pricing plans will be announced in the fall, Ballmer discussed three new Office 365 subscription services. When available, each new subscription offer will include the new 2013 editions of the Office applications — Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher and Access. In addition, subscribers will receive future rights to version upgrades as well as per-use rights across up to five PCs or Macs and mobile devices. The three new editions will be the following:

  • Office 365 Home Premium — designed for families and consumers. This service also includes an additional 20 GB of SkyDrive storage and 60 minutes of Skype world minutes per month.

  • Office 365 Small Business Premium — designed for small businesses. This service also includes business-grade email, shared calendars, website tools and HD webconferencing.

  • Office 365 ProPlus — designed for enterprise customers who want advanced business capabilities and the flexibility to deploy and manage in the cloud.

The customer preview is available at office.com/preview.

Exchange Server 2013 Preview info

Posted by bink on July 17 2012, 3:38 AM. Posted in Exchange.

The next version of Exchange enables you to increase user productivity and keep your organization safe, while maintaining the control you need.

Remain in control, online and on-premises

Exchange enables you to tailor your solution based on your unique needs and ensures that your communications are always available, while you remain in control, on your own terms—online, on-premises, or a hybrid of the two.

Move to the cloud on your terms with flexible options, including Exchange hybrid deployment. Exchange provides you tools to move to the cloud on your terms, whether that's onboarding to the cloud overnight or managing a hybrid deployment with mailboxes on-premises and online. Limit user disruption when mailboxes are smoothly moved across environments and enable users to share calendars and schedule meetings, regardless if they are online or on-premises. Try out upcoming enhancements in the cloud, with support for upgrade roll-backs and previews.

Decrease the amount of time spent managing your messaging systems while maintaining control. Manage powerful capabilities, including Data Loss Prevention (DLP) and site mailboxes, from the Exchange Administration Center (EAC)—a single, easy-to-use, web-based administration interface. Role-based access control empowers your helpdesk and specialist users to perform specific tasks without requiring full administrative permissions. This streamlined and intuitive experience helps you manage Exchange efficiently, delegate tasks, and focus on driving your business forward.

Keep all of your important data in one place with Exchange archiving, large mailboxes, and retention policies. Empower your users with a large mailbox to allow them the flexibility to retain email in their primary mailbox or move items to an in-place archive. With flexible and powerful retention policies, you can take control of your storage and compliance demands while keeping your users productive.

Increase productivity

Exchange enables your users to be more productive by helping them manage increasing volumes of communications across multiple devices and work together more effectively as teams.

Give your users an intuitive, touch-enabled inbox experience. Your users can get more done from anywhere with a clean, uncluttered inbox that focuses on the relevant and important information.

Allow your users to work better together on teams and projects. Site mailboxes enable your users to collaborate on projects, get up to speed quickly on teams they join, and share information easily. Co-authoring, document storage, and versioning is provided by SharePoint, while messaging is handled by Exchange with a complete user experience, including document access, within Outlook.

Customize Exchange by integrating web-based apps for Outlook and Outlook Web App. Help your users spend less time switching between apps and make their communications experience more powerful with an extension model that allows you to provide easy plug-in access to web-based apps within both Outlook and Outlook Web App. With single sign-on to multiple apps, you can reduce complexity for users and give them secure, authorized access for each approved application.

Keep your organization safe

Exchange keeps your organization safe by enabling you to protect business communications and sensitive information in order to meet internal and regulatory compliance.

Eliminate email threats before they reach your network. Exchange actively protects your communications with built-in defenses against viruses, spam, and phishing attacks.

Protect your sensitive data and inform users of internal compliance policies. Prevent users from mistakenly sending sensitive information to unauthorized people. Data Loss Prevention (DLP) features identify, monitor, and protect sensitive data through deep content analysis, and PolicyTips in Outlook inform users about policy violations before sensitive data is sent. Built-in DLP policies are based on regulatory standards such as PII and PCI, plus Exchange can support other policies important to your business.

Enable your compliance officers to run In-Place eDiscovery across Exchange, SharePoint, and Lync from a single interface. Ensure internal and regulatory compliance by using the new eDiscovery Center to identify, hold, and analyze your organization's data from Exchange, SharePoint, and Lync. The data always remains in place, so you never have to manage a separate store of data.

Exchange Server 2013 Preview Try it (until now there is no download for Exchnage 2013 preview)

DaRT 8 Tutorial Videos

Posted by bink on July 17 2012, 1:14 AM. Posted in .NET.

Microsoft MDI to TIFF File Converter

Posted by bink on July 12 2012, 7:28 PM.

MDI to TIFF File Converter is a command line tool, which allows you to convert one or more MDI files to TIFF.

MDI is a proprietary file format of MODI (Microsoft Office Document Imaging), which was deprecated as part of Office 2010. This conversion tool will allow you to view MDI files after they are converted to TIFF.

TIFF files may be viewed using a variety of image viewing programs, such as the Windows Fax and Image Viewer.

 

Download MDI to TIFF File Converter - Microsoft Download Center - Download Details

Windows Server 2012 Beta Essentials

Posted by bink on July 12 2012, 7:25 PM.

Windows Server 2012 Beta Essentials prerelease is available for download.

Windows Server 2012 Beta Essentials (formerly Windows Small Business Server Essentials) is a flexible, affordable, and easy-to-use server solution designed and priced for small businesses with up to 25 uses and 50 devices that helps them reduce costs and be more productive. Windows Server 2012 Beta Essentials is an ideal first server, and it can also be used as the primary server in a multi-server environment for small businesses.

Windows Server 2012 Beta Essentials enables small businesses to protect, centralize, organize and access their applications and information from almost anywhere using virtually any device. Additionally, Essentials has the ability to grow as your business grows, providing an elastic solution that allows you to purchase and then perform an in-place conversion to Windows Server 2012 Standard if your business needs change over time.

Download Windows Server 2012 Beta Essentials - Microsoft Download Center - Download Details