Microsoft Reports Record Third-Quarter Results

Posted by sumeethevans on April 29 2011, 4:54 AM. Posted in Microsoft Corp.

Microsoft  today announced third-quarter revenue of $16.43 billion for the quarter ended Mar. 31, 2011, a 13% increase from the same period of the prior year. Operating income, net income, and diluted earnings per share for the quarter were $5.71 billion, $5.23 billion, and $0.61 per share, which represented increases of 10%, 31%, and 36%, respectively, when compared with the prior year period. Diluted earnings per share included a $0.05 tax benefit primarily related to an agreement with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service to settle a portion of their audit of tax years 2004 to 2006.

“We delivered strong financial results despite a mixed PC environment, which demonstrates the strength and breadth of our businesses,” said Peter Klein, chief financial officer at Microsoft. “Consumers are purchasing Office 2010, Xbox and Kinect at tremendous rates, and businesses of all sizes are purchasing Microsoft platforms and applications.”

Microsoft Business Division revenue grew 21% year-over-year. Since its release last spring, Office 2010 has become the fastest-selling version of Office in history, and the integrated innovation with SharePoint, Exchange, Lync and Dynamics CRM is driving significant growth for the division.

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Hulu Plus available on Xbox LIVE on Friday, April 29th

Posted by sumeethevans on April 29 2011, 4:42 AM. Posted in Xbox.

Hulu Plus is coming to Xbox LIVE tomorrow (April 29th.) To celebrate the debut of Hulu Plus on Xbox LIVE, Jack Link’s Beef Jerky is unlocking Hulu Plus on Xbox LIVE from April 29 – May 6. Through this sponsorship, all Xbox LIVE members (Free or Gold) will be able to enjoy Hulu Plus on Xbox LIVE, no Hulu Plus subscription or Xbox LIVE Gold membership required for an entire week.

 

Microsoft® SQL Server® 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 Community Technology Preview

Posted by sumeethevans on April 29 2011, 4:40 AM. Posted in SQL Server 2008.

SQL Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1(SP1) Customer Technology Preview (CTP) is now available for download. SQL Server 2008 R2 service packs are cumulative updates and upgrade all service levels of SQL Server 2008 R2 to SP1 CTP. This service pack contains the cumulative updates up to SQL Server 2008 R2 SP1 cumulative update packages 6. You can use these packages to upgrade any of the following SQL Server 2008 R2 editions:

What’s New in SQL Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1

  • Dynamic Management Views for increased supportability: sys.dm_exec_query_stats DMV is extended with additional columns to improve supportabilities over troubleshooting long-running queries. New DMVs and XEvents on select performance counters are introduced to monitor OS configurations and resource conditions related to the SQL Server instance.
  • ForceSeek for improved querying performance :Syntax for FORCESEEK index hint has been modified to take optional parameters allowing it to control the access method on the index even further. Using old style syntax for FORCESEEK remains unmodified and works as before. In addition to that, a new query hint, FORCESCAN has been added. It complements the FORCESEEK hint allowing specifying ‘scan’ as the access method to the index. No changes to applications are necessary if you do not plan to use this new functionality.
  • Data-tier Application Component Framework (DAC Fx) for improved database upgrades: The new Data-tier Application (DAC) Framework v1.1 and DAC upgrade wizard enable the new in-place upgrade service for database schema management. The new in-place upgrade service will upgrade the schema for an existing database in SQL Azure and the versions of SQL Server supported by DAC. A DAC is an entity that contains all of the database objects and instance objects used by an application. A DAC provides a single unit for authoring, deploying, and managing the data-tier objects. For more information, see Designing and Implementing Data-tier Applications.
  • Disk space control for PowerPivot: This update introduces two new configuration settings that let you determine how long cached data stays in the system. In the new Disk Cache section on the PowerPivot configuration page, you can specify how long an inactive database remains in memory before it is unloaded. You can also limit how long a cached file is kept on disk before it is deleted. For a detailed list of new features and improvements that are included in SQL Server 2008 R2 SP1, review the What's New Section in Release Notes.
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    Windows 7 is now Common Criteria Certified!

    Posted by sumeethevans on April 29 2011, 4:39 AM. Posted in Windows 7.

    Our friends over at the FutureFed blog reported that Windows 7 the has passed  the Common Criteria (CC) certification process and achieved Evaluation Assurance Level 4 with augmentation (EAL4+). Common Criteria certification is an international standard recognized by 26 member nations including the United States and is a procurement requirement for U.S. Defense and national security customers.

    With this certification, we are excited that our federal customers as well as foreign governments can feel secure in deploying Windows 7, having successfully passed the rigorous security testing protocols set forth by the National Information Assurance Partnership.

    This is exciting news, but not surprising as Windows 7 is our most secure operating system to date. In addition to enhancing existing security features in Windows, we incorporated customer feedback throughout the development process of Windows 7 to deliver innovative new security features, including Direct Access, AppLocker and BitLocker To Go.

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    Microsoft Releases Beta of DaRT 7 Recovery Tool

    Posted by sumeethevans on April 29 2011, 4:35 AM. Posted in Windows 7.

    This week I had a chance to sit down with Brad McCabe, the product manager for DaRT (Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset). DaRT has been a favorite tool for many IT Pros, dating back to its days as part of Winternals Admin Pack. DaRT has continued to evolve since then but it’s still focused on helping IT Pros easily recover PCs that have become unstable, rapidly diagnose probable causes of issues, and quickly repair unbootable or locked out systems, all faster than the average time it takes to reimage the machine.

    Customer can sign up for that Beta today here. Larger customers wanting to deploy DaRT 7 now can email us at dart7ct@microsoft.com to find out if they qualify to join the DaRT TAP program. The TAP program will allow them deep interaction with the product team and assistance in deploying and testing DaRT 7 in their production environment today.

    IT Pros can learn more about MBAM (content coming soon) as well as DaRT, AGPM, AIS and the rest of the tools in MDOP in the MDOP Zone on the Springboard Series on TechNet.

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    Microsoft Increases Exam Pricing

    Posted by spy on April 27 2011, 4:44 AM. Posted in Learning.

    Effective July 1, 2011, the retail price of Microsoft Certifications will increase worldwide.* This change reflects the significant value that our certifications provide to our customers and our continual investment in new and enhanced Microsoft Certifications and other program improvements.

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    Office 365 Hits Public Beta, Small Businesses Get the Next Generation Cloud Productivity Service

    Posted by bink on April 18 2011, 2:18 PM.

    David Kroenke has authored more than 15 undergraduate business technology textbooks over the past few decades, with titles including “Database Concepts” and, most recently, “Using MIS.” As a small-business owner working with a handful of co-writers, editors, designers and contractors, Kroenke often collaborated via telephone, email and file-sharing — and mailed printed copies of book drafts to his team for review. However, once he became a beta tester for Microsoft Office 365, it changed the way his business works.

    Office 365 simplifies and integrates everyday work tasks.

    “I work out of two offices, and Office 365 saves me the hassle of tracking book files between so many different places,” said Kroenke. “I don’t have to wonder where I put everything, because it’s always available to me, no matter where I am.”

    As soon as he heard about Office 365, Kroenke signed up for the limited beta program.

    Office 365 Availability

    Office 365 is on track to launch worldwide later this year. Today, people can secure a spot in the Office 365 public beta and learn more about the service at http://www.Office365.com, and follow Office 365 on Twitter (@Office365), Facebook (Office 365), and the Office 365 blog for the latest information.

    Customers can find information at the Office 365 Marketplace, and partners can submit new apps and solutions.

    “Office 365 has opened up a whole new world of productivity for me — I feel like a kid in a candy shop,” said Kroenke.

    “After using it for just a few weeks, Office 365 simplified my business, giving me more time to focus on the work that’s most important. We can brainstorm in real time, organize, and streamline the book-editing process. Office 365 gives small-business owners like me many of the tools we never had before.

    “With just one click, I can show my co-worker a document I’m working on and make suggested changes while in a videoconference; we can even use a virtual whiteboard. My co-worker might be in Ohio, while I’m in Seattle, but we’re drawing on the same whiteboard, just like we’re sitting in the same room. That is just really, really cool,” said Kroenke.

     

    Office 365 Hits Public Beta, Small Businesses Get the Next Generation Cloud Productivity Ser

    Early Windows 8 Milestone 1 build 7850 leaked

    Posted by bink on April 12 2011, 11:50 PM.

    WinRumors reports:

    An early Milestone 1 version of Windows 8 leaked publicly on Tuesday.

    The build is currently being distributed on FTPs and file sharing sites after an anonymous leakster posted the bits to the beta archive site. The build is an early sample of Microsoft’s work with Windows 8 and does not reflect the current state of winmain builds. As the build was compiled in late September it has since expired and those wishing to experiment with it will need to turn their BIOS clocks back.

    The build is currently available on private FTP sites and is expected to be made available on the usual torrent and file sharing sites in the next few hours.

    6.1.7850.0.winmain_win8m1.100922-1508_x86fre_client-enterprise_en-us.iso – 2.45 GB (2,637,101,056 bytes)

     

    Source: Winrumors

    17 Security bulletins today!

    Posted by bink on April 12 2011, 2:27 PM.

    Get ready for a massive update round this month, affecting Windows, Office, Office web app and Visual Studio.

     

     

     

     

     

    Bulletin ID

    Maximum Severity Rating and Vulnerability Impact

    Restart Requirement

    Affected Software

    Bulletin 1

    Critical Remote Code Execution

    Requires restart

    Microsoft Windows, Internet Explorer

    Bulletin 2

    Critical Remote Code Execution

    Requires restart

    Microsoft Windows

    Bulletin 3

    Critical Remote Code Execution

    Requires restart

    Microsoft Windows

    Bulletin 4

    Critical Remote Code Execution

    May require restart

    Microsoft Windows

    Bulletin 5

    Critical Remote Code Execution

    May require restart

    Microsoft Windows

    Bulletin 6

    Critical Remote Code Execution

    May require restart

    Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Office

    Bulletin 7

    Critical Remote Code Execution

    Requires restart

    Microsoft Windows

    Bulletin 8

    Critical Remote Code Execution

    May require restart

    Microsoft Windows

    Bulletin 9

    Critical Remote Code Execution

    Requires restart

    Microsoft Windows

    Bulletin 10

    Important Remote Code Execution

    May require restart

    Microsoft Office

    Bulletin 11

    Important Remote Code Execution

    May require restart

    Microsoft Office, Microsoft Server Software

    Bulletin 12

    Important Remote Code Execution

    May require restart

    Microsoft Office

    Bulletin 13

    Important Remote Code Execution

    May require restart

    Microsoft Windows

    Bulletin 14

    Important Remote Code Execution

    May require restart

    Microsoft Developer Tools and Software

    Bulletin 15

    Important Information Disclosure

    Requires restart

    Microsoft Windows

    Bulletin 16

    Important Remote Code Execution

    May require restart

    Microsoft Windows

    Bulletin 17

    Important Elevation of Privilege

    Requires restart

    Microsoft Windows

     

    More details: Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification for April 2011

    Windows Thin PC Community Technology Preview (CTP)

    Posted by bink on April 7 2011, 12:43 AM.

    Windows Thin PC (WinTPC) is a smaller footprint version of Windows 7 that allows customers to repurpose existing PCs as thin clients without requiring the VDA license to access VDI desktops. WinTPC replaces WinFLP. In addition, WinTPC will offer:

    • Rich VDI experience through support for RemoteFX
    • Improved end point security by denying certain disk writes via filters
    • Enterprise-grade management support through System Center

     

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    Microsoft Security Update Guide, Second Edition

    Posted by bink on April 6 2011, 5:07 PM.

    The Microsoft Security Update Guide is a valuable source of in-depth information and tools that can help you protect your IT infrastructure while creating a safer, more secure computing and Internet environment. We developed this guide to help IT professionals better understand and maximize Microsoft security update release information, processes, communications, and tools.

    Download the full guide

    More info: Microsoft Security  Microsoft Security Update Guide  MSRC

    iSCSI Initiator Users Guide for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2

    Posted by bink on April 6 2011, 3:40 PM.

    Microsoft® Internet iSCSI Initiator enables you to connect a host computer that is running Windows® 7 or Windows Server® 2008 R2 to an external iSCSI-based storage array through an Ethernet network adapter. You can use Microsoft iSCSI Initiator in your existing network infrastructure to enable block-based storage area networks (SANs). SANs provide iSCSI target functionality without investing in additional hardware, and they enable the use of iSCSI storage devices in home and small offices.

    iSCSI SANs and iSCSI storage devices are popular for a variety of reasons. They offer the ability to do the following:Leverage existing investments in Ethernet infrastructures and expertiseLeverage existing investments in IP protocolOffer dynamic capacity expansionSimplify SAN configuration and managementCentralize management through storage consolidationProvide scalable performanceProvide higher storage utilizationPresent volumes as a block storage device. This makes iSCSI devices ideal for use by enterprise applications such as Microsoft Exchange Server and Microsoft SQL Server®. In particular, Microsoft iSCSI Initiator is the component in the overall iSCSI environment that creates the appearance that the iSCSI SANs are locally attached disks.

     

    Download details iSCSI Initiator Users Guide for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2