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From Paul Donnelly, part of the Microsoft Vista Product Team to Windows Vista beta testers: I'm excited to announce that we have completed final testing and this morning declared build 6000.16386 as Microsoft Windows Vista. The feedback and collective voice of this community has helped shaped this version of Windows like no other. We would like to extend our thanks to all of you for your help is building the highest quality, most secure, most reliable version of Windows yet! Update: http://windowsvistablog.com... ...
In an email to the Developer Division & Windows SDK Contributors at Microsoft, Lori Pearce - Product Unit Manager announced that the Windows SDK for Windows Vista has shipped! Yoho!! The site went live earlier - if you havent seen it yet here are the links ISO Install:http://www.microsof... Web Install:http://www.microsof... ...
From the .NET Framework News and Announcements page: The .NET Framework 3.0 has officially been released! You can download the .NET Framework 3.0 components here: .NET Framework 3.0 Runtime Components Windows SDK for Vista and the .NET Framework 3.0 Visual Studio 2005 Extensions for .NET Framework 3.0 (Windows Workflow Foundation) Visual Studio 2005 Extensions for .NET Framework 3.0 (WCF & WPF), November 2006 CTP Note, if you are using Windows Vista the .NET Framework 3.0 Runtime Components are ...

The official release of Windows Vista will be 30 November 2006 to business customers only, quashing rumours of a December release.

Microsoft Office System, Windows Vista and Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 will become broadly available to business customers and MSDN subscribers on 30 November, according to the software giant.

General release will occur in Jan 2007.

Previously posted at blog.Solidsoft.com

The official release of Windows Vista will be 30 November 2006 to business customers only, quashing rumours of a December release.

Microsoft Office System, Windows Vista and Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 will become broadly available to business customers and MSDN subscribers on 30 November, according to the software giant.

General release will occur in Jan 2007.

Microsoft Visual Studio Team Edition for Database ProfessionalsRelease Notes for CTP7 This document lists the system requirements to install the seventh community technical preview (CTP7) of Microsoft Visual Studio Team Edition for Database Professionals. This document also describes issues that you might find while you use this release 1. System Requirements CTP7 for Visual Studio Team Edition for Database Professionals has the following system requirements: · Visual Studio Team Suite – other versions ...
I didn't want to announce this previously as I wasn't sure if it was intended to be publicly unleashed yet. However, seeing as how it is advertised in the latest TechNet Flash email newsletter I am sure I can share now! Here is the blurb from the newsletter: Are you interested in knowing what your peers are saying about Microsoft Office 2007? Do you want to see the feedback on the new Windows Vista license changes? Or maybe you have a new script you'd like to share with a larger group of IT pros. ...
Source: Windows Vista Team Blog Please, click on the images to get the full size version, even if it says "The Photo is Currently Unavailable" Windows Vista Home Basic Windows Vista Home Premium Windows Vista Business Windows Vista Ultimate Office 2007 System - Home and Student Office 2007 System - Professional ...
The Windows Vista team has posted on their blog pictures of the new Windows Vista and Office 2007 packaging. They look a lot better then their predecessors! See the other boxes here. Cross-posted from The .NET Aficionado ...
As you have propably already read on the blogosphere: a couple of days ago a pre-RTM build of Windows Vista (Build 5840) has leaked. Those who were in the CPP (Customer Preview Program) could use their product key to install and active the beta builds. This has ended with build 5840 as you can no longer use those product keys to install Windows Vista. Ah well, I guess we are going to have to wait for the RTM then. Cross-posted from The .NET Aficionado ...
Microsoft Preps XP-to-Vista App Migration Tool Microsoft will unveil a tool to help Windows XP users migrate not only files and settings, but also applications to Windows Vista when the operating system launches, a company worker said.Microsoft has released several tools to assist migration to Windows Vista, including an application compatibility kit that identifies applications that will run on Vista and tags those that need further testing or modification.Read the whole story ...
Microsoft released a very interesting tool that makes it possible to report junk mail (SPAM) to Microsoft and partners for analysis. It works on Windows XP and Windows Vista and Outlook 2003 and Outlook 2007 are both supported. At the moment I use SpamX, SpamCop and the reporting tool built-in the TrendMicro PC-Cilin Internet Security Suite but I was looking for a easy-to-use reporting tool for Windows Vista and Outlook 2007 so I am very pleased with this release! Download it here: http://www.microsoft.com/do... ...
I have finally returned from Hong Kong after another not-so-fun fifteen hour flight. At least I had a window seat this time but as bad as I thought Delta was at times, I was being spoiled in comparison to what you get on a United flight. A couple of tiny bags of snacks a tiny little cup of a drink - not even a whole can of soda or mini-bottle of water! They open a big bottle and pour out of it. The screens for the movies during the flight (what else do you have to do - there are no power adapter ...
If you have a NAS device on your network that is not compatible with Windows Vista, you can tweak Windows Vista to make it work again. You do not even have to wait for your device manufacturer to release a new firmware any more! Just follow these steps below: Click on the Start Button and key in secpol.msc in the search box and hit Enter. When the Local Security Policy editor has loaded, expand Local Policies and select Security Options. Scroll through the list and locate "Network Security: LAN Manager ...
PC Advisor states: If you want something done properly, do it yourself, so the saying goes. And Microsoft has done just that when testing beta versions of the upcoming Windows Vista operating system. A product manager for Microsoft UK visited PC Advisor today and told us that the company has rolled out around 50,000 Windows Vista installs to staff globally, with the majority of Microsoft employees now using the OS. To all intents and purposes, the operating system is complete, with only a few minor ...
From yesterday's Betanews: A statement released to the press very early this morning from Ben Fathi, Microsoft's corporate vice president for security technology, gives some subtle but clear indications that, if McAfee wants to take its claims against Windows Vista security features off the streets and into a more formal setting, Microsoft might be willing to make a battle of it. "It's unfortunate that McAfee's lawyers are making these kinds of inaccurate and inflammatory statements," Fathi's statement ...
OK.. not much to say there, IE 7 final release is now available in town and is ready for download. The official announcement on the official IE Blog doesn't talk about how different this is from RC, so, I don't know so far. Also, Windows Vista is not available as option in the OS list. Quite logical but odd to those running Vista RC right now ...
If you’re reading this site, chances are you’re a geek. Being a geek is normally a good thing, but technologically challenged friends and family probably look to you as their IT support, whether it’s hardware, software, or anything related. If you have cringed when a friend or family member, whose technical knowledge is sadly lacking, has mentioned they want a digital camera and look to you for support, you owe it to yourself to give them a copy of Digital Photography: The Missing ...
Microsoft has released Beta 1 of Virtual PC 2007. You can apply for participation in the program here. New Features (emphasis mine): Support for hardware virtualization (Intel and AMD) Support for Windows Vista as a host operating system Support for Windows Vista as a guest operating system Note: No support for Aero Glass though - just Aero Basic Support for 64-bit host operating systems Note: Virtual machines are 32-bit only Improved performance There's much more information on the Virtual PC Guy's ...
Like last years Visual Studio 2005, SQL Server 2005 and BizTalk 2006’s community launch initiatives, Microsoft along with communities like INETA and Culminis are coming up with bigger and better community launch event for Windows Vista, Office 2007 and Exchange 2007. This is said to be the biggest joint launch ever. Just like last year, I am part of this community launch initiative both as a UG leader as well as a Virtual Trainer. Virtual training program does not only focus on technology related ...
Brian, who runs the excellent Blogcast Repository, recently shared with me how he could not use a host computer's wireless NIC with a guest OS when running Virtual PC when Windows Vista is the host OS. I even tried it on my laptop and sure enough, no luck. It just doesn't appear as an option under settings > network. After doing some digging in the readme that came with Virtual PC 2007 I stumbled upon: Virtual PC fails to open the network services driver after an upgrade of Windows Vista. It didn't ...
Grab it here while you can! Read more about it here. Features include: Support for hardware virtualization (Intel and AMD) Support for Windows Vista as a host operating system Support for Windows Vista as a guest operating system Note: No support for Aero Glass though - just Aero Basic Support for 64-bit host operating systems Note: Virtual machines are 32-bit only Improved performance Technorati tags: Virtualization, VirtualPC, VirtualPC2007 ...
I got invited by email to the Windows Live OneCare v1.5 Beta program. I was actually planning to give Windows Vista another shot especially because I have read so many positive notes on the second Release Candidate. So I downloaded the x64 edition of Windows Vista RC2 and the first thing I will need is a good anti-virus proggie. I was glad to read the following line in the invitation email:Welke besturingssystemen worden ondersteund?Windows XP SP2 of Windows Vista (build 5500 of later; build 5600 ...
As already mentioned by Gill 'Snowball' Cleeren on his blog here, Microsoft should release Windows Vista RC1 tomorrow (Friday) and the download link has already leaked (but it wasn't too difficult to get it) on wednesday but it has been taken offline by Microsoft:http://download.w... don't expect it this week because it hasn't leaked yet and normally the ISO images leak several days before the official download links. Cross-posted from ...
speaker: Scott Howlett & Noorez Khamis - imason inc location: 200 Bloor Street East Toronto (Manulife Financial) - International A Don't miss this event on Gadgets, Vista Sidebar, and Live.com . Presentation is from 6:30-8:30pm Doors are open at 6pm for registration and snacks. Gadgets are a new type of mini-application used to provide information at a users fingertips. They are usually compact and focus on a single task at hand. There are different types of gadgets including Information Gadgets, ...
Well, for many issues, counting the build performance (although Scott Guthrie now has some good tips for that) in the web site project model in VS 2005, and as we in Silver Key sometimes work with many (up to 13) projects in the same solution; we prefered to user Web Application Project model instead. It's working pretty well for months, as long as you don't put code in a folder called same as the special ASP.NET folder “App_Code”. Today, I tried to install Web Application Projects on ...
So, I've been reading a lot of blogs in the last few days about this and would like to put in my .02c First off, I'm not going to tell you the SP beta is available since I think everyone on the planet did a great job at that... oh wait I just did as well ;-). Anyway register and get it on Microsoft Connect. As for Legacy support of .Net and Visual Studio in Vista, I think Microsoft are doing the right thing here. We are moving in the future with a new OS. We have a VS that works with the current ...
The Windows Vista Team Blog has a post up detailing an email sent to testers by Paul Donnelly wherein he mapped beta tester locations in MapPoint. There are some really great views that show the concentrations of testers in typical places like North America and Europe. However, in drilling down you see some funny things: In the US, North and South Dakota are woefully under represented. Why is that always the case? Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan is not all that much better off. There are more testers in ...
OK, so, clearly, this is a 3 parts article, so, if you haven't already, I guess you need to check the first part first. So, where did I stop last time? Oh yeah, Cyra. Thanks again. In fact I have a problem with the rest of the day; the day before I just kept working until 1 AM (hey, it's not a nature for work in Silver Key. They keep preventing me from this, and I was truly kicked out of the office by my PM a couple or three times for that!!!), and when I left home I was too lazy and reached at 3AM ...
Yesterday was the Microsoft Vista & IE7 Readiness Tour in Egypt, which is the first middle east country to host the tour [I didn't announce it before because it has a sort-of restricted registration]. It was soo cool to see the two great products in action (especially Vista), and think of new possibilities. It also was soo cool to meet Arab Team 2000 forum guys again, as we don't get to meet in real life except in Microsoft events! I also had some talk with Cyra Richardson, IE Team lead program ...
Straight from the horse's mouth: Discover the latest update to the 2007 Microsoft® Office system Beta via download at www.microsoft.com/office/pr... We've listened carefully to your feedback and have developed a technical refresh with significant performance improvements and redesigns so you can support your organization's IT needs more effectively. New features of the Beta 2 Technical Refresh include: Better accessibility support Improved XML file format scheme Greater security Improved ...
I've known about Channel 9 for quite some time, but a colleague of mine just shared the Going Deep section of it with me today. Here is a short description of what it is: “Charles Torre travels around Microsoft to meet the company’s leading Architects and Engineers to discuss the inner workings of our core technologies. Going Deep is primarily concerned with how things work, why they are designed the way they are, and how they will evolve over time.“ Check out the current line-up ...
Here's a screenshot of Windows Vista rc1 running on my Dell D620. Everything is working very well despite a few bugs. IE7 continues to give me some minor fits I cannot explain: 1. I cannot change my homepage and make it stick. 2. I cannot add URL's to the trusted sites zone or the intranet zone. On other fronts: 1. I have to launch the sidebar manually - although some think this is a good thing. 2. Expanding my monitor still is with its problems - the behavior isn't consistent. On the up side: 1. ...

I had a chance to play with the new Windows Vista RC1 release on a Virtual machine. It is faster than the previous releases but stil slower than XP! Explorer was eating up the CPU for first few startups. Graphics engine is really awesome...

Microsoft has just launched the CPP (Customer Preview Program) for the first Release Candidate of Windows Vista. I'm not a fan but if you are you can download both the 32 as the 64-bit versions of Windows Vista RC1 here:http://download.window... recommend that you use a download manager. I have been using Internet Download Manager for a while and I am pretty happy about it. Cross-posted from The .NET Aficionado ...

If you have installed Windows Vista RC1 and have a graphics card with a NVidia GPU you can download and install the ForceWare drivers here:

http://www.nvidia.com/object/winvista_x86_96.33.html


Cross-posted from The .NET Aficionado
The Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 (formerly known as WinFX), is the new managed code programming model for Windows. It combines the power of the .NET Framework 2.0 with new technologies for building applications that have visually compelling user experiences, seamless communication across technology boundaries, and the ability to support a wide range of business processes. These new technologies are Windows Presentation Foundation, Windows Communication Foundation, Windows Workflow Foundation, and ...
Has anyone tried and succeeded in installing Windows Vista RC1 in VMware Workstation v5.5? I have tried several different combinations, choosing custom types, 384MB, 512MB, 1024MB RAM and so on but for some reason the installation stops at the screen with the progress bar on the bottom and the caption "Windows is loading files...": Sure I could just switch to Virtual PC or another virtualization software but if you have a VMware Workstation license you want this to work too in VMware Workstation ...
Microsoft .NET FX 3.0 is now finally RC (since September 1st), to catch up with Windows Vista RC. As far as I know, this is the first release with Go-Live License. Windows SDK has also been updated for the new release. (You likely know that .NET SDK is now integrated into the Windows SDK) So, what are you waiting? Go download .NET 3.0 RC from Microsoft Downloads, and make sure to check the “Read Me” File. I'd recommend the updated Windows SDK download too. By the way,from all who blogged ...
Since my Beta 2 was acting very flakey I decided to format the partition and try a newer version. It installed cleanly and came up with no problems. One issue I discovered is that avast! antivirus (free for home use) does not work on build 5536. After installing and rebooting, you'll get a message that Windows Vista has disabled a faulty driver. Hunting around on avast!'s forums I found out that someone claims MS made a mistake in "banning" avast!'s driver and it would be corrected for the RC1 release ...
I have been playing around with the latest Windows Vista builds and I have written an article on the ActiveX Installer Service but I am not able to complete the article because apparently it doesn't work yet. My guess is that the problem lies within Internet Explorer as it needs some adjustments to work correctly with the ActiveX Installer Service. I really hope that this feature makes RC1 but chances are odd.What is the ActiveX Installer Service in a nutshell? Everytime Internet Explorer needs ...
I was very glad to read a post today from James O'Neill's blog on Virtual PC 2007. Coincidentally enough, I had just loaded Virtual PC 2004 on Windows Vista build 5536 and was wondering to myself if a new version was ever going to see the light of day. Well fear not! While there is no news on the beta or a release date (other than the "2007" moniker) there is documentation. This gives me hope! Improvements are: · Optimized for Windows Vista. The virtualization architecture has been optimized for ...
Quoted from Microsoft sources: With the last major upgrade to Windows, Windows XP, it was "not quite" two months between RC1 and the product's release to manufacturing, Wilcox said. If Microsoft releases Windows Vista RC1 on Sept. 5 or thereabouts, the release to manufacturing -- and a release to business customers -- could happen as soon as early November. Microsoft has said it will release Vista to business customers in November, but has not specified the exact date According to sources familiar ...

If you'd like to Beta test Windows Vista Build # 5536 (Pre RC1) you can for a limited time only download it from http://download.windowsvista.com/preview/prerc1/en/download.html

the download link will go away when 1,00,000 downloads have been made - if you want it, you'd better make it quick! If you've missed it - dont worry - RC1 is around the corner.

I downloaded the latest Windows Vista (Build 5536) this evening and installed it. I am very impressed by how much this build has improved. I was absolutely floored when I saw a pop-up baloon come up from the taskbar that said 'A Media Extender has been Found' when the Xbox 360 in my house was turned on...so I was a good geek and investigated this message. Wow! Vista automatically connected to the 360 as an extender (after entering the Xbox's 8 digit extender code) and now I am seeing Windows Media ...
Microsoft has made Windows Vista Pre-RC1 available for download for free. This is offer is limited to the first 100,000 downloaders so you must be fast. Thanks to Gill Cleeren for keeping me up-to-date.Here is the download link:http://download.window... Cross-posted from The .NET Aficionado ...
I installed Windows Vista build 5536 on Friday and I have been blown away. I know everyone's experience, like mileage, varies. However - having installed all the previous builds this is the first one that has me thinking they may make their projected ship date. Here is a report after kicking the tires for four days: The speed is very nice. I have not yet had an instance of Vista just "taking a break" and spinning its wheels for a couple of minutes. Everything I have thrown at it has executed crisply ...
After being so frustrated about the previous Windows Vista build I decided to give the Pre-RC1 build (build # 5536) another shot especially after reading so many positive comments on many blogs considering the performance of Microsoft newest Windows platform. I wish that I could say that Windows Vista rocks but instead I got even more frustrated about it than before. First of all the installation was indeed pretty fast. From inserting the DVD to the first real boot of Windows it took about 20 minutes, ...
Technical beta testers have just been given access to Pre-RC1 build 5536.16385 Windows Vista on Microsoft Connect. Downloading from the Asian and European mirrors nets you the best performance ...
According to an article on BetaNews you will never ever be able to play HD-DVD or BluRay movies on a Windows Vista 32-bit edition. The reason is simple: in the 32-bit editions of Vista it is possible to install unsigned drivers at the Kernel level and this could allow a smart developer to create a workaround to copy these protected movies. In the 64-bit edition of Vista every driver has to be signed.This is imho a stupid move of Microsoft because I estimate that it will take less than 2 weeks after ...