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Microsoft: Microsoft Visio Premium 2010 60-Day Trial
2010-05-19 23:40:06 Source: Email [ Print | 0 Comment(s) ]

Microsoft has released a 60-day trial version of Microsoft Visio Premium 2010

"Microsoft Visio Premium 2010 takes diagramming to a bold new level with dynamic, data-driven visualization tools and templates, powerful process-management features, and advanced sharing capabilities through the Web. Bring the big-picture and real-time data from multiple sources, including Microsoft Excel 2010 and Microsoft SQL Server, together in one powerful diagram with vibrant graphics such as icons, colors, and data bars. Manage your processes with sub processes and rules and logic validation to ensure accuracy and consistency across the organization. Using Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010, you can create SharePoint workflows and export them for execution and real-time monitoring.

PLEASE NOTE: In order to utilize the advanced sharing capabilities for the Visio Services feature, you will need to obtain and install SharePoint Server 2010 (download the Enterprise CAL Edition)."

>> Microsoft Visio Premium 2010 60-Day Trial

Microsoft: Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 Trial
2010-05-19 23:37:48 Source: Email [ Print | 0 Comment(s) ]

Microsoft has released a trial version of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010

"Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 is the business collaboration platform for the Enterprise and the Web that enables you to connect and empower people through an integrated set of rich features. Whether deployed on-premise or as a hosted service, SharePoint Server 2010 helps you cut costs with a unified infrastructure while allowing you to rapidly respond to your business needs.

The SharePoint Server 2010 Trial software is available in the following languages:

Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Portuguese (Portugal), Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai and Turkish."

>> Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 Trial

Microsoft: Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2010 60-Day Trial
2010-05-19 23:34:51 Source: Email [ Print | 0 Comment(s) ]

Microsoft has released a 60-day trial version of Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2010

"Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2010 empowers your people to do their best work from more places – whether they’re using a PC, phone or web browser. It can maximize existing investments and help people accomplish more by bringing server capabilities to everyone through familiar and intuitive applications. Office Professional Plus 2010 provides smart, simple, time-saving tools to help everyone do more with less.

Please read the following to get an idea of the key things you need to know before you evaluate Office Professional Plus 2010.

Use a non-primary PC for evaluation. This Office Professional Plus 2010 evaluation will de-activate in 60 days and it requires the removal of previous versions of Office prior to installation. Thus, we recommend not evaluating this software on a PC that will require an activated copy of Office after the 60 day trial period is over.
60-Day evaluation expiration. This evaluation software will expire in 60 days after which it will deactivate and must be uninstalled before installing a purchased copy.
Technical details/updates. Before installing the software please read the Release Notes.
Getting started. Learn more about Office Professional Plus 2010 by visiting the Getting Started Resource Center on TechNet. Check back often for more content updates.
Keep up with the news. You can keep up with general technical information and news by participating in the Microsoft Office 2010 Forum (on TechNet) and reading the Microsoft Office 2010 Team Blog.
Keep your PC updated. Be sure to turn on automatic updates in Windows Update for Office Professional Plus 2010."

>> Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2010 60-Day Trial

Microsoft: Saving money on Microsoft software with TechNet Plus
2010-05-19 15:22:08 Source: Email [ Print | 0 Comment(s) ]

TechReviewSource.com posted a tip to save money with TechNet Plus

"If you have several PCs that you want to purchase copies of Microsoft Windows 7 or Microsoft Office, you can save lots of money by taking advantage of a little known program called Microsoft TechNet Plus. The service, which is aimed at IT professionals, is subscription-based and allows subscribers access to current Microsoft software and unreleased software and their respective software licenses."

>> Saving money on Microsoft software with TechNet Plus

Microsoft: Re-inventing Windows Live Hotmail – the next generation of personal email
2010-05-18 10:57:10 Source: Email [ Print | 0 Comment(s) ]

The Windows Team Blog posted a preview of the new Windows Live Hotmail

"If you’ve been following this blog, you know that we’ve spent a lot of time talking about how consumers are using their email and how they manage their inboxes. We've also talked about how we decide what to build based on what we hear from customers.

Today, we’re excited to give you a preview of the new Windows Live Hotmail, representing the next generation in personal email.

Email has changed a lot over the last five years. These days, you’re getting more email than ever – email that often requires you to leave your inbox to complete an action; you’re getting bigger and bigger attachments; and you’re using smart phones where you want to sync not only your email, but your contacts and calendar, too. In this post, we’ll talk about how we’ve built the new Hotmail, slated to launch this summer worldwide, to address the needs of the modern inbox."

>> Re-inventing Windows Live Hotmail – the next generation of personal email

Microsoft: Microsoft Office 2010 Filter Packs
2010-05-12 15:28:41 Source: Email [ Print | 0 Comment(s) ]

Microsoft has released Microsoft Office 2010 Filter Packs

"The Microsoft Filter Pack is a single point-of-distribution for Office IFilters. IFilters are components that allow search services to index content of specific file types, letting you search for content in those files. They are intended for use with Microsoft Search Services (Sharepoint, SQL, Exchange, Windows Search).

Install this product if you want to search for content in the file types listed below.

The Filter Pack includes:

Legacy Office Filter (97-2003; .doc, .ppt, .xls)
Metro Office Filter (2007; .docx, .pptx, .xlsx)
Zip Filter
OneNote filter
Visio Filter
Publisher Filter
Open Document Format Filter"

>> Microsoft Office 2010 Filter Packs

Microsoft: Windows Live Wave 4 to be named Windows Live Essentials 2011
2010-05-11 10:38:45 Source: Email [ Print | 0 Comment(s) ]

Neowin reports that Microsoft is planning to brand Windows Live Wave 4 as Windows Live Essentials 2011

"The software giant is currently readying a public Windows Live Wave 4 beta which is expected to be widely available in June. Microsoft has reached the end of the Milestone 3 phase of development and is expected to enter the beta period shortly."

>> Windows Live Wave 4 to be named Windows Live Essentials 2011

Microsoft: Microsoft releases IE 9 preview #2 for download
2010-05-05 18:38:47 Source: Email [ Print | 0 Comment(s) ]

Neowin reports that Microsoft has released the second Internet Explorer 9 preview release

"Microsoft has released its IE 9 preview #2 and is touting the many improvements made over the previous releases. Available for download now on ietestdrive.com, the latest version has several enhancements over the previous betas.

On the official IEblog, Microsoft states that “today’s release builds on the first Platform Preview, delivering improvements to IE9’s performance, support for standards, and hardware acceleration of HTML5…As part of our commitment to enabling developers to use the Same Markup – the same HTML, CSS, and script – on the web, we have contributed many new tests to the W3C for HTML5, as well as CSS3 Media Queries and DOM. The Developer Tools in this preview include some new features to make finding and fixing markup issues easier.”"

>> Microsoft releases IE 9 preview #2 for download

Microsoft: SQL Server 2008 R2 is now available to MSDN and TechNet subscribers
2010-05-04 14:20:16 Source: Email [ Print | 0 Comment(s) ]

SQL Server 2008 R2 is now available to MSDN and TechNet subscribers

"Today we are happy to announce the availability of Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 for MSDN and TechNet subscribers.

For subscribers, SQL Server 2008 R2 is now available in the following editions: Enterprise, Standard, Web, Workgroup and Developer (English Language availability only). To get started visit -

http://msdn.microsoft.com/subscriptions
http://technet.microsoft.com/subscriptions "

>> SQL Server 2008 R2 is now available to MSDN and TechNet subscribers

Microsoft: Microsoft Cancels Innovative Courier Tablet Project
2010-04-30 14:41:32 Source: Email [ Print | 0 Comment(s) ]

Gizmodo reports that Microsoft has cancelled the Courier tablet project

"We're told that on Wednesday, Microsoft execs informed the internal team that had been working on the tablet device that the project would no longer be supported. Courier had never been publicly announced or acknowledged as a Microsoft product.

It appeared from the leaked information last year that a Courier prototype was probably near to completion. The combination of both touch- and pen-based computing was compelling. Perhaps the strong launch of Apple's iPad, currently the only available "mobile tablet" from a major vendor, caused Ballmer to reassess the commitment of Microsoft in a soon-to-be-crowded market."

>> Microsoft Cancels Innovative Courier Tablet Project

Microsoft: Microsoft Expression Blend 4 Release Candidate (RC)
2010-04-26 22:26:33 Source: Email [ Print | 0 Comment(s) ]

Microsoft has released a release candidate of Microsoft Expression Blend 4

"Expression Blend 4 enables you to create websites and applications based on Silverlight 3 and Silverlight 4, and desktop applications based on Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) 3.5 with Service Pack 1 (SP1) and WPF 4.

Expression Blend provides support for prototyping, interactivity through behaviors, special Silverlight functionality, and on-the-fly sample data generation.

Expression Blend includes new behaviors that are quickly and easily configured. To support the development of line-of-business (LOB) applications, Expression Blend introduces support for Views and ViewModels. "

>> Microsoft Expression Blend 4 Release Candidate (RC)

Microsoft: New Windows Phone 7 device leaks; called Dell Lightning
2010-04-22 13:05:46 Source: Email [ Print | 0 Comment(s) ]

Neowin posted some details on the upcoming Windows Phone 7 device from Dell

"The device is called the Lightning, and is an extremely thin portrait slider with some pretty amazing specs. Here's what this slick little devil is packing:

1 GHz Snapdragon processor
WVGA 4.1" OLED screen
AT&T and T-Mobile 3G
5 MP autofocus camera
1 GB flash with 512 MB RAM
8 GB microSD card
GPS, accelerometer, compass, FM radio, ambient light sensor
Flash and Silverlight support
DivX playback

The spec sheet makes no mention of a flash for the camera, but being as Microsoft requires all Windows Phone 7 devices to have one, we'll have to assume it's there. Engadget also mentions that the device will get an upgraded to LTE in Q4 2011. The release date for the Lightning is said to be sometime in Q4, which co-insides with the official Windows Phone 7 launch window. Check out the gallery below to see this piece of art."

>> New Windows Phone 7 device leaks; called Dell Lightning

Microsoft: Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 RTM Express
2010-04-21 20:01:30 Source: Email [ Print | 0 Comment(s) ]

Microsoft has released Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 RTM Express

"The Microsoft® SQL Server® 2008 R2 RTM - Express is a powerful and reliable data management system that delivers a rich set of features, data protection, and performance for embedded applications, lightweight Web Sites and applications,, and local data stores. Designed for easy deployment and rapid prototyping, this download includes support for Sysprep, Microsoft's System Preparation Utility for Microsoft Windows operating system deployment.

SQL Server Express with Management Tools is an easy-to-use version of the SQL Server® Express data platform that includes the graphical management tool SQL Server Management Studio (SMSS) Express"

>> Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 RTM Express

Microsoft: Microsoft System Center Service Manager 2010 Eval
2010-04-21 19:57:14 Source: Email [ Print | 0 Comment(s) ]

Microsoft has released a trial version of Microsoft System Center Service Manager 2010

"Microsoft System Center Service Manager 2010 is a flexible platform for automating and adapting IT Service Management best practices to your organization’s requirements. It provides built-in processes based on industry best practices for incident and problem resolution, change control, and compliance management. Through the power of its integrated platform, Service Manager automatically connects knowledge and information from System Center Operations Manager, System Center Configuration Manager, and Active Directory Domain Services.

Service Manager delivers IT services that are:
Integrated. Service Manager seamlessly integrates and unifies knowledge, process, and activities across the Microsoft platform.
Efficient and Responsive. Service Manager reduces support costs while improving responsiveness to end users and reducing the time to resolution in the datacenter.
Business Aligned. Service Manager optimizes resources to align to the business goals, support compliance, and quickly adapt to the ever-changing business requirements.

This software is intended for evaluation purposes only. You must accept the license terms before you are authorized to use the software. There is no product support for this trial software. You are welcome to participate in the forums to share your trial experiences with others and to ask for advice."

>> Microsoft System Center Service Manager 2010 Eval

Microsoft: Microsoft Courier coming in 2011
2010-04-21 08:31:48 Source: Email [ Print | 0 Comment(s) ]

Saw over at Neowin that the New York Times claims that Microsoft is aiming for a 2011 release for their famed Courier tablet.

"The curious new dual-screen tablet has been met with much fanfare on the internet even though Microsoft has yet to demo an actual working unit. It seems as if the device is real and working within Redmond’s walls though, as a Microsoft employee who claims to have seen it states that it’s about the size of a regular paperback book that unfolds to two parallel screens."

>> Microsoft Courier coming in 2011

Microsoft: Details on the Windows Phone 7 architecture leaked
2010-04-20 09:37:49 Source: Email [ Print | 0 Comment(s) ]

Boy Genius Report posted some details on the Windows Phone 7 architecture

"Additional details on the underlying architecture of Windows phone 7 hit the internet today, courtesy of a leaked document that fell into the hands of tweakers.net. Many of the hardware requirements are already known, but there are quite a few other tidbits which shed some light on the inner workings of Microsoft’s latest smartphone OS. Just keep in mind when you’re reading this that all of the information is tentative and may change once Windows Phone 7 is officially released later this year. Hit the jump when you’re ready!"

>> Details on the Windows Phone 7 architecture leaked

Microsoft: MSDN, TechNet get Office 2010 this week
2010-04-19 15:32:48 Source: Email [ Print | 0 Comment(s) ]

Computerworld reports that MSDN/Technet subscribers will get Office 2010 this week

"Subscribers to Microsoft's developer and IT professional services are first in line to get Office 2010, which will be released to MSDN and TechNet on Thursday, the company has confirmed.

MSDN (Microsoft Developer Network) and TechNet subscribers can download the production versions of Office 2010 starting April 22, five days before volume license customers with Software Assurance will be able to obtain the new application suite."

>> MSDN, TechNet get Office 2010 this week

Microsoft: Office 2010 Reaches RTM
2010-04-18 10:27:58 Source: Email [ Print | 0 Comment(s) ]

Office 2010 has reached the release-to-manufacturing (RTM) milestone

"RTM is the final engineering milestone of a product release and our engineering team has poured their heart and soul into reaching this milestone. It is also an appropriate time to re-emphasize our sincere gratitude to the more than 5,000 organizations and partners who have worked with us on rapid deployment and testing of the products. Since the start of our public beta in November 2009, we’ve had more than 7.5 million people download the beta version – that’s more than 3 times the number of 2007 beta downloads! The feedback that we’ve received from all these programs has shaped the set of products we’re excited about, and that I’m sure will delight our customers.

Our Volume License customers with active Software Assurance (SA) on these products will be one of the first to receive the 2010 set of products. They will be able to download the products in English via the Volume Licensing Service Center starting April 27. Customers without SA will be able to purchase the new products through Volume Licensing from Microsoft partners starting May 1. "

>> Office 2010 Reaches RTM

Microsoft: Microsoft Fix it Center Beta
2010-04-16 20:07:08 Source: Email [ Print | 0 Comment(s) ]

Microsoft has released a beta version of Fix it Center, a troubleshooting utility

"Fix it Center finds and fixes many common PC and device problems automatically. It also helps prevent new problems by proactively checking for known issues and installing updates. Fix it Center helps to consolidate the many steps of diagnosing and repairing a problem into an automated tool that does the work for you."

>> Microsoft Fix it Center Beta

Microsoft: Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate Trial
2010-04-15 09:38:12 Source: Email [ Print | 0 Comment(s) ]

Microsoft has released a trial version of Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate

"Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate is the comprehensive suite of application lifecycle management tools for teams to ensure quality results, from design to deployment. Whether you're creating new solutions or enhancing existing applications, Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate lets you bring your vision to life targeting an increasing number of platforms and technologies—including cloud and parallel computing.

Eliminate 'no repro' with IntelliTrace

The new IntelliTrace feature makes the "no-repro" discussion a thing of the past. Testers can file rich and actionable bugs with system information, and even include an environment snapshot. That way developers can reproduce the reported bug in the state it was found.

Understand existing architecture

The Architecture Explorer helps you understand and unleash the value of your existing code assets and their inter-dependencies. You can produce detailed models of exactly how an application is constructed and even drill-down into specific areas for a deeper understanding.

Ensure architectural compliance

Use the new layer diagram to define and communicate logical application architecture and to validate code artifacts against the required architecture. Layer diagrams help your development efforts stay on track so your application conforms to your original vision.

Embrace Manual Testing

Visual Studio Test Professional 2010, part of Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate, provides you with a single tool to capture and update test requirements, automate navigation of manual tests, and speed up the fix and accept cycle by capturing the entire test context. This provides developers with everything they need to ensure that every error is reproducible.

Be proactive about agile project management

Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate is optimized for today's iterative development process with features that help you remain productive and react to potential risks before they happen. You can monitor the health of your project using reports that are automatically generated. Plus manage your project's capacity with historical data and Microsoft Excel-based planning documents."

>> Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate Trial

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