Windows Phone 7: Microsoft confirms launch partners

Posted by sumeethevans on July 23 2010, 1:20 AM. Posted in Windows Mobile.

Microsoft has confirmed the hardware partners that will be launching Windows Phone 7 handsets, at a one-to-one briefing with Pocket-lint.

Although the company still wouldn't be drawn on any specific dates for the launch of the new mobile phone operating system, beyond some time in the "Holidays", it was happy to tell us who was making the devices for day one sales.

Greg Sullivan, senior product manager for Microsoft, told Pocket-lint that we could expect handsets from Dell, Asus, LG, HTC, and Samsung at the launch later this year.

It confirms certain former rumors.

We always thought Dell would be launching a Windows Phone 7 device, the Dell Lightning. And HTC exclusively confirmed to us that it was also launching a Windows Phone 7-powered handset too.

In our meeting, Sullivan referenced an LG Pacific, possibly a renaming of the LG Panther doing the rounds, but refused to be drawn further.

Microsoft is using a Samsung device for developers to preview and work with the new OS, but has categorically stated that Samsung isn't releasing the handset (pictured) in that form.

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Windows Phone 7 for every MS Employee

Posted by sumeethevans on July 23 2010, 1:19 AM. Posted in Windows Mobile.

Looks like the iPhone era is over at Microsoft.

OK, probably not entirely, but the company's decision to give every employee a new Windows Phone 7 device -- announced this afternoon at its big sales meetup in Atlanta, according to tweets from employees -- should at least reduce the odds that any of them trying to take Steve Ballmer's picture with an Apple device.

A Microsoft spokesman confirmed the news, saying that the specific devices will vary by market. And yes, they will be actual Windows Phone 7 devices -- this is not Microsoft's attempt to get rid of its surplus Kins.

Follow-up: Read the full text of the memo

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New Microsoft company tagline revealed at MGX event?

Posted by sumeethevans on July 23 2010, 1:17 AM. Posted in Microsoft Corp.

It looks like Microsoft may have revealed something big at its annual MGX (Microsoft Global Exchange) event, namely... new logos for its main brands and a fresh brand motto. "Be What's Next" touts a teaser which has been posted on YouTube, along with a fast moving sequence of morphing logos, shuffling from Windows, to Windows Phone, Xbox, Bing, and finally the familiar Office logo that's been kicking around for a little longer. It's unclear if these are just treatments used for a promo at the event, or if this is a signal that Redmond is dumping its familiar (and frankly dated) iconography for something a little looser, leaner, and hipper, but we can't say it would be a bad thing. It would certainly make sense against a backdrop of potential comeback in the mobile space, gains in search, and the seemingly successful (or at least satisfying) Windows 7 launch.

Update: So... the YouTube video has been pulled. Fear not, we've got our own copy! Update 2: We've just been contacted by Microsoft and told that these are not new logos which will be used on products, rather a standalone treatment to show the flexibility of joined brands. However, the "Be What's Next" tagline is real, and will be showing up here and there.

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Testing begins with Yahoo!

Posted by sumeethevans on July 23 2010, 1:15 AM. Posted in bing.

One of the most significant things our search and advertising platform teams have been working on over the past several months is the preparation and engineering for our search alliance with Yahoo!

When we announced our intention to enter into a search and advertising relationship with Yahoo! almost a year ago, we began a journey that will help us build a scale search advertising marketplace and provide a real competitive alternative for consumers, publishers and advertisers.

Beginning just a few days ago, we began some important testing across both our systems designed to verify our joint work and make sure we are ready to deliver a quality transition for customers, which we are on track to complete in the US and Canada over the next few months. Yahoo has posted an update on this milestone on their blog.

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Kinect Pricing, All-in-One Bundle Announced

Posted by sumeethevans on July 21 2010, 4:18 AM. Posted in Xbox.

Microsoft today officially announced the price tag Kinect will have when it hits stores this fall.

The all-in-one Xbox 360 Kinect Console Bundle, priced at US$299, will include the new Xbox 360 4GB console, Kinect Sensor, and “Kinect Adventures.”

The all-in-one Xbox 360 Kinect Console Bundle, priced at US$299, will include the new Xbox 360 4GB console, Kinect Sensor, and “Kinect Adventures.”

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Kinect for Xbox 360, which will include the Kinect Sensor and the video game “Kinect Adventures,” will retail for US$149.99 when it launches Nov. 4 in North America, the company revealed. The Kinect Sensor will work with each of the 40 million Xbox 360s currently in households worldwide.

For those who don’t yet have an Xbox but want in on the controller-free experience, Microsoft also announced an all-in-one Xbox 360 Kinect Console Bundle for US$299. The bundle will include the new Xbox 360 4GB console, Kinect Sensor, and “Kinect Adventures.” Additional games, including “Kinectimals,” “Kinect Sports,” and “Kinect JoyRide,” will retail for US$49 each.

Starting today, consumers can pre-order Kinect for Xbox 360 and the Xbox 360 Kinect Console Bundle at most major retailers. Josh Hutto, director of product marketing for Xbox, said that Kinect represents a great value for new and existing Xbox 360 customers.

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Beta for Next Version of Microsoft Security Essentials Now Available

Posted by sumeethevans on July 21 2010, 4:13 AM. Posted in Security.

Today we are announcing the beta for the next version of Microsoft Security Essentials. Microsoft Security Essentials was first released in September 2009 and is our award-winning no-cost light weight anti-malware service. It’s designed to help address the ongoing security needs of PCs running genuine Windows – helping keep people protected from viruses, spyware, and other malicious software.

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New features in the beta of Microsoft Security Essentials include:

Windows Firewall integration – During setup, Microsoft Security Essentials will now ask if you would like to turn the Windows Firewall on or off. Enhanced protection for web-based threats – Microsoft Security Essentials now integrates with Internet Explorer to provide protection against web-based threats. New protection engine – The updated anti-malware engine offers enhanced detection and cleanup capabilities with better performance. Network inspection system* – Protection against network-based exploits is now built in to Microsoft Security Essentials.

To download the beta of Microsoft Security Essentials, click here to visit the Microsoft Connect page to register for the beta. Once completed – you will find the instructions for downloading and installing the beta.

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Publishing Exchange Server 2010 with Forefront UAG and Forefront TMG

Posted by bink on July 17 2010, 9:11 PM.

By allowing remote access to Microsoft Exchange to users who are based outside the safety of the corporate network, an organization enables its employees to take full advantage of the technology their company provides. Remote access lets employees use many devices to communicate with their peers and customers from any place and at any time.

Allowing access to corporate resources from any location, perhaps using devices that are not controlled by the organization, presents additional risk to the security of the data and services being accessed. Therefore it's critical to take measures to ensure that the data is being accessed securely, which means implementing technologies such as certificates, firewalls, enforcing pre-authentication, and device or endpoint validation. The key concept to understand is that applying security to any solution is a multi-layered task that includes identifying the threats, reducing the attack surface area, removing unnecessary access points, and enforcing authentication. The casual attacker will usually give up after a few failed attempts to access a resource.

When you publish Exchange, Microsoft offers two software-based options: Microsoft Forefront Threat Management Gateway 2010 (Forefront TMG) and Microsoft Forefront Unified Access Gateway 2010 (Forefront UAG). Both options offer publishing wizards and security features to provide secure access to Exchange when it's accessed from outside the safety of the corporate network.

There are other ways to publish Exchange besides using Forefront TMG or Forefront UAG. This technical guide isn’t intended to provide the only information you use for a complex organization or one with special security constraints. Instead, it’s intended only as a walkthrough to help you publish Exchange on both these platforms, using basic configuration options. If you have a large organization, it’s likely that you’ll need additional applications or have to factor in additional security considerations. Such applications and security considerations are beyond the scope of this document.

This white paper provides detailed information about publishing Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 using Forefront TMG or Forefront UAG, including how to choose between them for different scenarios, and provides specific steps you can take to configure Forefront TMG and Forefront UAG to publish Exchange 2010.

 

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Bing Travel Planner for Outlook

Posted by sumeethevans on July 14 2010, 12:35 AM.

Researching travel options can be challenging. It takes time to review all the options and determine the best time to fly, what airline has the lowest fares, and where you will stay at your destination. Bing Travel makes these tasks easier by processing large amounts of travel related data and presenting it in ways that help travellers make better decisions. The Bing Travel add-in puts this technology in the place where many people spend a large part of their day – in Outlook. Just by clicking the Bing Travel button in the Add-Ins menu, or right-clicking in your calendar, you’ll have access to Bing Travel’s decision making tools and all your favorite online travel agencies and airlines.

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Outlook Social Connector for Facebook & WLM

Posted by sumeethevans on July 14 2010, 12:26 AM.

Microsoft Outlook Social Connector Provider for Windows Live Messenger Connect your Windows Live ID to the Outlook Social Connector and stay up to the minute with the people in your network by accessing everything from e-mail threads to status updates in one single, centralized view.

Microsoft Outlook Social Connector Provider for Facebook Connect your Facebook account to the Outlook Social Connector and stay up to the minute with the people in your network by accessing everything from e-mail threads to status updates in one single, centralized view.

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Windows Phone Developer Tools Beta Released

Posted by sumeethevans on July 13 2010, 10:59 PM. Posted in Windows Mobile.

Here’s a link to the release notes for the beta, but I wanted to talk about a few top level items:

  • Microsoft Expression Blend for Windows Phone – Blend is now integrated completely into the Windows Phone Developer Tools Beta.
  • Developer Registration Utility – Now you can unlock you Windows Phone 7 device for development purposes.
  • XAP Deployment Tool – if you want to deploy XAP files directly to an unlocked device, now you can.
  • The Windows Phone 7 API – we’re getting close to completion.  Many namespaces that were previously distributed over several different DLLs have now been consolidated into one.  In addition, there have been realignments and changes in several other namespaces as well.  Push Notifications, Accelerometer and App Bar APIs have all been updated.
  • Additional Controls – There are some additional controls coming in the next few weeks (i.e. Panorama and Pivot) which didn’t make the beta release.  They are coming soon.
  • Control Templates – Silverlight for Windows Phone control templates have been updated to match evolutions in the overall OS.

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Windows Intune Second Public Beta Available

Posted by sumeethevans on July 13 2010, 10:58 PM. Posted in System Center.

Windows Intune brings together both Windows cloud services and software to keep PC’s well managed and up to date with the latest version of Windows. Windows Intune is the newest addition to Microsoft’s cloud family where -- we’re using our experience with cloud services and IT infrastructure solutions like Windows Update to help customers and partners manage their PCs.

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Today we are also announcing pricing for Windows Intune. Windows Intune will include the cloud management service with integrated antimalware (AV and antispyware) plus Windows 7 Enterprise upgrade rights all in a single subscription for $11 USD per PC, per month.

Try the Windows Intune beta today and visit www.windowsintune.com to learn more about Windows Intune and experience the beta! We also have Windows Intune technical resources and a support forum on our Springboard Series on TechNet.