Microsoft reveals Windows Embedded Compact 7 at Computex, hosts heaps of tablets

Posted by sumeethevans on June 7 2010, 7:58 PM. Posted in Windows Embedded.

During a keynote address tomorrow at COMPUTEX TAIPEI, Steve Guggenheimer, corporate vice president of the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) Division at Microsoft Corp., will outline how the company continues to deliver expanded partner opportunities to support rich and connected experiences. Product demonstrations will showcase the diversity and breadth of devices supported across the Windows platform, including desktop PCs, smartphones, netbooks, laptops, tablets, slates, game consoles, set-top boxes and servers. He will also discuss the enthusiastic response from partners and the larger market to the latest version of the Windows operating system, Windows 7. Since its launch this past October, more than 100 million licenses have been sold, making it the fastest-selling operating system in history.As part of this effort to deliver richer customer experiences across a variety of scenarios, Microsoft will unveil the public community technology preview (CTP) for Windows Embedded Compact 7, the next generation of Microsoft's widely used Windows Embedded Compact platform for hardware manufacturers of specialized devices. With a $9.5 billion annual investment in research and development, Microsoft is committed to continued innovation and bringing new products to market that meet the needs of customers.

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Microsoft Business Ready Security Trial Environment (3.0b)

Posted by bink on June 4 2010, 3:40 AM.

The Microsoft Business Ready Security trial environment provides an end to end trial experience across all of the Business Ready Security solutions. The environment provides an opportunity to evaluate protection, access, management and identity technologies as a pre-configured set of VHDs.

The Microsoft Business Ready Security trial environment provides an end to end trial experience across all of the Business Ready Security solutions:

  • Secure Messaging - Enable more secure business communication from virtually any location or device, while preventing unauthorized use of confidential information
    • Seamless, secure access through Forefront Unified Access Gateway (UAG)
    • Automatically control confidential e-mail with built-in information protection using Active Directory Rights Management Services (AD RMS)
    • Protect Exchange with multiple best-in-class anti-malware engines using Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange Server
    • Outlook Web Access 2010 integration with AD RMS
    • Outlook 2010 automatic protection using AD RMS
  • Secure Collaboration - Secure business collaboration from virtually anywhere and on any device, while preventing unauthorized use of confidential information
    • Secure collaboration by using Active Directory Federation Services 2.0 (AD FS) and AD RMS (for Partner employees)
    • Secure collaboration by using Forefront UAG (for Internal employees)
    • Secure collaboration by using UAG (for Internal employees)
  • Secure Endpoint - Protect client and server operating systems from emerging threats and information loss, while enabling secure access from virtually anywhere and on any device
    • Advanced threat protection with Forefront Threat Management Gaetway 2010 (TMG)
    • Malware protection when not connecting to the company network
    • Malware protection when using USB drives
    • DirectAccess with Forefront UAG
  • Information Protection - Discover, protect, and control information contained in data in motion, data at rest, and data in use for organizations
    • Protecting data-in-motion with Exchange 2010 and AD RMS
    • Protecting data-at-rest with SharePoint 2007, AD FS and AD RMS
    • Protection data-at-rest with File Classification Infrastructure (FCI) and AD RMS
  • Identity and Access Management - Simplify identity and access management for secure, compliant access to applications on-premises and in the cloud from any location or device
    • Secure Remote Access
    • Group management with Forefront Identity Manager 2010 (FIM) and Outlook
    • Self-service password reset with FIM 2010
    • Claims-based authentication with AD FS 2.0

 

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Update Rollup 11 for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 (KB 981328)

Posted by bink on June 4 2010, 3:39 AM.

Microsoft has released Update Rollup 11. This is a tested, cumulative set of updates for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0. It includes performance enhancements that are packaged together for easy deployment.

Microsoft has released Update Rollup 11 for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Server, Microsoft Dynamics CRM for Microsoft Office Outlook, Microsoft Dynamics CRM Data Migration Manager, Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Language Packs, and Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 E-mail Router. For more information about this release, see Microsoft Knowledge Base article 981328: Update Rollup 11 is available for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0

To maintain parity between the application components of Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0, this update rollup includes packages for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Server, Microsoft Dynamics CRM for Outlook, Microsoft Dynamics CRM Data Migration Manager, Microsoft Dynamics CRM Language Packs, and Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 E-mail Router.

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10 security bulletins for next Tuesday

Posted by bink on June 4 2010, 1:50 AM.

 

 

Bulletin ID

Maximum Severity Rating and Vulnerability Impact

Restart Requirement

Affected Software

Bulletin 2

Critical Remote Code Execution

May require restart

Microsoft Windows

Bulletin 3

Critical Remote Code Execution

May require restart

Microsoft Windows

Bulletin 4

Critical Remote Code Execution

Requires restart

Microsoft Windows, Internet Explorer

Bulletin 1

Important Elevation of Privilege

Requires restart

Microsoft Windows

Bulletin 5

Important Remote Code Execution

May require restart

Microsoft Office

Bulletin 6

Important Elevation of Privilege

May require restart

Microsoft Windows

Bulletin 7

Important Remote Code Execution

May require restart

Microsoft Office

Bulletin 8

Important Elevation of Privilege

May require restart

Microsoft Office, Microsoft Server Software

Bulletin 9

Important Remote Code Execution

May require restart

Microsoft Windows

Bulletin 10

Important Tampering

May require restart

Microsoft Windows

Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification for June 2010

Microsoft Forefront Unified Access Gateway (UAG) 2010 Best Practices Analyzer Tool

Posted by bink on June 3 2010, 8:41 PM.

The Forefront Unified Access Gateway (UAG) 2010 Best Practices Analyzer (BPA) Tool is designed for administrators who want to determine the overall health of their Forefront UAG computers and to diagnose current problems. The tool scans the configuration settings of the local Forefront UAG computer and reports issues that do not conform to the recommended best practices.

The Forefront UAG BPA is a diagnostic tool that automatically performs specific tests on configuration data collected on the local Forefront UAG computer from a hierarchy of administration COM objects, Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) classes, the system registry, files on disk, and the Domain Name System (DNS) settings. The resulting report details critical configuration issues, potential problems, and information about the local computer. By following the recommendations of the tool, administrators can achieve greater performance, scalability, reliability, and uptime. Important!: This BPA Tool is designed to support Forefront UAG only. To download the BPA Tool for Forefront TMG, see Forefront TMG BPA Tool.

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Microsoft Application Virtualization Dashboard

Posted by bink on June 2 2010, 10:29 PM.

The App-V Dashboard’s built-in charts, gauges, and tables let you track any App-V dataset in near-real time, so you can easily stay on top of the usage, health, and compliance of all your virtualized applications.

Benefits of the dashboard include:

  • Actionable information out of the box. The dashboard comes with a wide range of valuable, built-in reports like top 5 applications used, top 5 users, applications never used, application usage for a specific user, system utilization, and many more.
  • Near-real-time access to key information. The graphical dashboard lets customers view any App-V dataset in near-real time.
  • Easy to build and configure. The dashboard’s wizard-based tools let customers easily create new dashboards in minutes.
  • Easy to customize. The dashboard can easily be customized to meet the needs of different departments and other groups. Any data set in the Microsoft Application Virtualization database can be presented on the dashboard, in chart, gauge, and table formats.
  • Flexible & interactive. Users can easily filter data and create ad hoc, custom views. Filters allow users to quickly drill down from high-level to more specific data

 

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Great RDP Manager from Microsoft

Posted by bink on June 2 2010, 1:52 AM.

Last week I noticed a unusual download at Microsoft.com called RDCman, it turned out to be a RDP manager.

I downloaded it and it does all what I want in a great RDP tool!

It supports import of serverlists, it support grouping and subgrouping, you can set configurations and passwords per group. You can autohide to connections list so you leverage all the real estate possible while the screen stays embedded.

You can connect using alternate credentials with console option on or off.

If your servers are numberd you can also create a general name of you servers with variable with numbers. Al great features if you need to manage many servers.

Oh and it is free too!

The strange thing is that it was version 2.2 and I never seen it before, als the about screen says nothing about Microsoft, just the author: Julian Burger. I assume this has been an internal tool for a while and now shared to the rest of the world. Thanks Julian!

 

Official description:

RDCMan manages multiple remote desktop connections. It is useful for managing server labs where you need regular access to each machine such as automated checkin systems and data centers. It is similar to the built-in MMC Remote Desktops snap-in, but more flexible <- That is an understatement!

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Microsoft May Cut Zune Streaming Music Price, Executive Says

Posted by sumeethevans on May 28 2010, 11:08 AM. Posted in Zune.

Microsoft, the world’s largest software maker, may cut the monthly fee it charges for streaming music on its Zune portable player, senior product manager Terry Farrell said in an interview.

Zune Pass, which features unlimited music streaming and 10 song downloads a month, now costs $14.99. Farrell didn’t say by how much Microsoft may cut the service’s price.

“It’s definitely a challenging business,” Farrell said, referring to competition in online music.

Microsoft is contending with rivals that offer music at little or no charge, while striving to erode Apple’s lead in the market for digital music players and downloadable songs. RealNetworks Inc.’s Rhapsody service in April slashed the monthly price of a premium music service to $10 from $14.99.

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[Updated]Will Steve Ballmer Show Up At The WWDC Keynote?

Posted by sumeethevans on May 28 2010, 5:26 AM. Posted in Steve Ballmer.

Trip Chowdhry, an analyst with tiny Global Equities Research, contends that 7 minutes of the June 7 keynote by Apple CEO Steve Jobs has been blocked off for a presentation by Microsoft (MSFT) to talk about Visual Studio 2010, the company’s suite of development tools.

Chowdhry says the new version of VS will allow developers to write native applications for the iPhone, iPad and Mac OS. And here’s the kicker: he thinks Microsoft’s presentation could be given by none other than Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. (Or if not, at least Bob Muglia, who runs Microsoft’s server and tools business.)

Looks like this was a rumor after all. Here is Microsoft's response on Twitter. "Steve Ballmer not speaking at Apple Dev Conf. Nor appearing on Dancing with the Stars. Nor riding in the Belmont. Just FYI."

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Natal To Cost $149? Launch Oct 26th?

Posted by sumeethevans on May 28 2010, 5:25 AM. Posted in Xbox.

That’s according to a trusted source, who told us that the motion sensing camera will also be bundled with the Xbox 360 Arcade console for $299.

We were informed that prices outside of the US would be determined based on a number of factors, including exchange rates. Based on current rates, the standalone unit would retail for £103 / €121, and the console and Natal bundle for £207 / €243.

The figure for the standalone unit is significantly higher than a previous sub-£50 estimate, but less than pricing recently suggested by European retailers. It’s also more expensive than Sony’s Natal rival Move, which will be available later this year with a game for less than $100.

Our source said that the device has been pencilled in for an October 26 worldwide launch, although we were advised that the date could yet shift by a few weeks either way.

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Project Emporia Alpha Preview

Posted by sumeethevans on May 28 2010, 5:23 AM. Posted in Live Labs.

Project Emporia filters updates from the Twitter public feed and automatically develops lenses on topics based on the likes/dislike preference of readers, providing suggested insight into what’s happening in Twitter around that topic seen through people’s eyes. There is no login required to browse by topic and filter down by relevance. This allows people who have never used Twitter to search for useful information about topics they are interested in. For example, by choosing the ‘technology’ lens with four stars of relevance, you would see results of what people are talking about from the public Twitter feed and, as a result, what’s happening now in the technology industry. If you chose to broaden the search, you could go to only two stars for additional results around related technology topics to appear. Or you can also simply search by topic removing the relevance filter.

Project Emporia provides a new, crowd-sourced form of web search by aggregating the relevant tweets with web links around a topic and viewing them as support votes for the links. Type ‘Microsoft’ and filter down by one star relevance in the ‘technology’ lens to get a list of web links about the latest technologies from Microsoft rated highly relevant by the Twitter community. Or change to the ‘business’ lens to get highly rated web links about Microsoft’s businesses.

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