Microsoft Extends Consumer Support For Windows 7 & Vista To 10 Years

Posted by sumeethevans on February 28 2012, 10:47 PM. Posted in Windows Vista, Windows 7.

Traditionally, individual consumers have enjoyed 5 years of Mainstream support for their Windows product, in which time they received major upgrades, bug fixes, security patches, and more. Businesses enjoyed this same Mainstream support, but also the Extended support which lasted for 5 more years and included only security updates.

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Although Microsoft has not made a big deal out of the change, individual consumers will also enjoy the 10-year Extended support from now on, meaning support will end on November, 2017 for Vista users and on January, 2020 for Windows 7 users. As a result, support for Vista will not end later this year as it was meant to.

Support for Windows XP, however, is still planned to end on 2014, more than 10 years after the OS was first released.

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Windows Phone at Mobile World Congress 2012

Posted by sumeethevans on February 28 2012, 10:45 PM. Posted in Windowss Phone 7 Series.

We’ve also just announced that we’re bringing Windows Phone to new markets and affordable new phones by expanding hardware support and regional availability. Our engineering team did the work to optimize how Windows Phone runs on lower-cost hardware, bringing the high-end smartphone experience to more affordable devices, while still running nearly all of the applications available in the Windows Phone Marketplace. Windows Phone 7.5 now enables our partners to deliver phones using a lower cost processor (the Qualcomm 7x27a “system on a chip”) and reduced memory (256MB on-board memory)—while still delivering the buttery-smooth Windows Phone experience.

Not all platforms can make this claim about lower-cost models. People who have opted for other low-cost or “free” smartphones have found out the hard way that some of those smartphones won’t run all their apps or do everything they want. On Android, it’s not a given that your lower-cost phone can do what the phone in the commercial can. With Windows Phone, we’ve done the engineering so that nearly all of the current apps will just work on these new phones. Those apps that do need more power are flagged in the Marketplace so if you have one of these new phones with less memory you won’t unknowingly download an app that won’t run well.

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Taking advantage of the expanded hardware support, the new Nokia Lumia 610 (above) is Nokia’s fourth and most affordable Lumia smartphone. ZTE has also unveiled their second Windows Phone, the ZTE Orbit (below), which will be available in the second quarter of 2012.

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In terms of reaching new countries, we now have new language support for Malay and Indonesian, and technology to support network requirements in China. We recently brought Windows Phone Marketplace to five new countries: Argentina, Indonesia, Malaysia, Peru and Philippines. In the coming month we’ll be adding 23 more markets—more on that and things we’re doing to make it easier for developers to build and test apps for these new lower-cost phones from Joe on the developer blog.

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Skpe Beta for Windows Phone

Posted by bink on February 28 2012, 6:53 PM.

 

Skype for Windows Phone. A beta version is available for download now,  with the full-featured version due later this year.

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Skype for Windows Phone will support the features that Skype’s users already know and love, including Skype-to-Skype audio and video calling, affordable calls to landlines and mobile with Skype Credit, and IM

Connecting your apps, files, PCs and devices to the cloud with SkyDrive and Windows 8

Posted by sumeethevans on February 21 2012, 1:15 AM.

Many folks reading this blog are active users of SkyDrive and Mesh, both part of the broad set of Windows Live services (like Hotmail), and the Windows Live Essentials programs (Messenger, Photo Gallery, Movie Maker, Mail, and more). With their introduction and with Windows 7, we have talked about how these services really complete the Windows experience. As we developed Windows 8, we thought deeply about how these services can take an even more active role in completing the experience—offering a cloud service for each and every Windows 8 customer and all their PCs (and phones), should you choose to use it. In previous posts (Signing in to Windows 8 with a Windows Live ID and Extending "Windows 8" apps to the cloud with SkyDrive) we kicked off talking about cloud services, how you can automatically roam your settings to multiple PCs, and how applications can take advantage of this roaming. In this post, we will show you three cool things that you will get by choosing to sign up and use SkyDrive with Windows 8.

This post will cover the ways that SkyDrive will evolve with Windows 8 from a website today into a true device cloud for Windows customers. We’ve organized the post around the three biggest things we’re doing:

  • SkyDrive Metro style app on Windows 8
  • SkyDrive files integrated into Windows Explorer on the desktop, and
  • The ability to fetch remote files through SkyDrive.com

We’ve also prepared a short video demonstrating these three concepts in more detail:

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Rumor: Windows Phone Tango coming to China in March

Posted by sumeethevans on February 21 2012, 1:14 AM. Posted in Windowss Phone 7 Series.

The Chinese language web site WPDang.com reports that the Windows Phone devices for that country will come with the upcoming "Tango" software update. It adds that Nokia, HTC, LG and ZTE will be among the companies that will introduce Tango-based devices to China. The story throws in what it claims is a picture showing off the Chinese Windows Phone Tango update running on a Nokia device.

Microsoft previously announced plans to bring Windows Phone Marketplace to China in the near future and has even allows app developers to submit apps for the China version of the download store ahead of its Chinese debut.

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Smoked by Windows Phone goes to Hong Kong

Posted by sumeethevans on February 21 2012, 1:13 AM. Posted in Windows Phone 7 Series.

Looks like the Smoked by Windows Phone phenom is spreading to the Far East. Starting yesterday and continuing through the weekend, over in Hong Kong the Windows Phone team is taking challenges to their OS--from iPhones to Android phones, all are fair game. From Simon at We Love Windows Phone:

So far it's going well as yesterday that had 11 challenges and 0 losses, which ain't too shabby. For more photos and details, head to We Love Windows Phone!

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Update postpones the expiration date of Windows 8 Developer Preview

Posted by sumeethevans on February 21 2012, 1:12 AM. Posted in Windows 8.

To continue using Windows 8 Developer Preview or Windows 8 Server Developer Preview, you must install this update before the expiration date. After the activation license expires, Windows 8 Developer Preview and Windows 8 Server Developer Preview will periodically restart. After you install this update, Windows automatically tries to reactivate after the restart until activation is successful.

This article introduces an update that postpones the expiration date for Windows 8 Developer Preview and for Windows 8 Server Developer Preview. Currently, the expiration date for Windows 8 Developer Preview is set to March 11, 2012, and the expiration date for Windows 8 Server Developer Preview is set to April 8, 2012. After you install this update, both expiration dates are postponed to January 15, 2013.

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Nokia Lumia 800 Bundle at MicrosoftStore.com

Posted by sumeethevans on February 19 2012, 4:21 AM. Posted in Windows Phone 7 Series.

Get more from your Windows Phone experience with the Nokia Lumia 800 bundle. Included with an unlocked Lumia 800 are Nokia Purity HD stereo headphones by Monster, a Nokia Play 360° wireless Bluetooth speaker, and a Nokia Luna Bluetooth headset.

The Lumia 800's seamless one-piece body gives you a slick look with a clearly defined interface that's simple to use. Your music will sound great over the Purity HD headphones, which not only deliver premium audio, but are lightweight and comfortable with soft ear pads—ideal for long listening sessions. When you want to share your tunes, the Play 360° fills your room with powerful and clear 360-degree sound. And with the Luna Bluetooth headset, you can talk hands-free for up to eight hours—perfect for those marathon teleconferences or long calls with family and friends.

 

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Xbox 720's Codename Is Durango

Posted by sumeethevans on February 19 2012, 4:18 AM. Posted in Xbox.

It might still eventually be called the Xbox 720, but it looks like we might have to start referring to the next Microsoft console by another name.

The name mystery is just one part of the puzzle as to what the next Microsoft console will be. Microsoft has faced criticism over the name of the Xbox 360 since it is not nearly as elegant as the PS3 or Wii. According to Kotaku, the console's codename is Durango, which is no indication whatsoever about what the final name will be, though there have been instances where a codename ended up being used due to favorable consumer reaction.

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Microsoft mulls plan for new music service

Posted by sumeethevans on February 19 2012, 4:16 AM. Posted in Microsoft Corp.

The software maker has spoken with some of the major record companies about creating a music service to serve Xbox and an upcoming Windows-based phone.

Microsoft is in talks with some of the major record companies about creating a new music service, CNET has learned.

The software maker, which has a spotty record in digital music, has discussed creating a delivery service that would supply tunes to the Xbox as well as an upcoming Windows-based phone, according to sources with knowledge of the talks.

It was unclear exactly how this will differ from Microsoft's Zune Music Pass, which is the music service currently available to Xbox subscribers.

Negotiations are still in a preliminary stage and the two sides have yet to drill down into all the specifics, the sources said.

Read more: http://news.cnet.com/8301-31001_3-57380542-261/microsoft-mulls-plan-for-new-music-service-exclusive/#ixzz1mlpBfN2n

New Windows Logo

Posted by sumeethevans on February 18 2012, 1:59 AM.

We have said that Windows 8 is a complete reimagination of the Windows operating system. Nothing has been left unexplored, including the Windows logo, to evaluate how it held up to modern PC sensibilities. The Windows logo is a strong and widely recognized mark but when we stepped back and analyzed it, we realized an evolution of our logo would better reflect our Metro style design principles and we also felt there was an opportunity to reconnect with some of the powerful characteristics of previous incarnations.

It’s a window… not a flag

Microsoft and Windows are all about putting technology in people's hands to empower them to find their own perspectives. And that is what the new logo was meant to be. We did less of a re-design and more to return it to its original meaning and bringing Windows back to its roots – reimagining the Windows logo as just that – a window.

Let’s look back at a few of the versions along the way.

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SQL Server History video and Register for SQL 2012 Launch event

Posted by bink on February 16 2012, 7:10 PM.

The history of SQL Server dates back to 1989 when the product came about as a result of a partnership between Microsoft, Sybase, and Ashton-Tate. SQL Server has evolved tremendously over the years and now Microsoft is getting ready to bring SQL Server 2012 to market, beginning with the SQL Server 2012 Virtual Launch Event happening on March 7, 2012 at 8am PST.

Be sure to register today at www.sqlserverlaunch.com to learn about the new capabilities of SQL Server 2012 at your own pace, on your own schedule. This event brings together a who’s who of industry experts and executives to tell the SQL Server 2012 story in this unique online launch event