Windows 7 & Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Beta

Have you downloaded the Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP Beta yet?

The Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Beta helps keep your PCs and servers on the latest support level, provides ongoing improvements to the Windows Operating System (OS), by including previous updates delivered over Windows Update as well as continuing incremental updates to the Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 platforms based on customer feedback, and is easy for organizations to deploy a single set of updates.

The Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Beta will help you:

o Keep your PCs supported and up-to-date

o Get ongoing updates to the Windows 7 platform

o Easily deploy cumulative updates at a single time

o Meet your users’ demands for greater business mobility

o Provide a comprehensive set of virtualization innovations

o Provide an easier Service Pack deployment model for better IT efficiency

The public beta is best suited for IT pros, tech enthusiasts and developers who need to test the service pack in their organization or with the software they are developing.

In order to download and install the Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Beta you must currently have a Release to Manufacturing (RTM) version of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 already installed. The Beta is available in English, French, German, Japanese and Spanish.

To learn more about piloting, deploying and managing Windows 7, visit the Springboard Series on TechNet.

Microsoft Security Essentials Beta

The next version of Microsoft Security Essentials which is the free light weight anti malware program offered by Microsoft is out and available for download at Microsoft Connect upon registration. This new version is still in its beta phase.

To access Microsoft Connect Security Essentials download page, click here 

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.

Microsoft Outlook Social Connector Provider for Facebook

With the release of Microsoft Office 2010, Microsoft introduced a vast amount of new features. One of the Office product component which has a significant change from the previous versions was Outlook. Outlook has a new interface with ribbons coming in. Another notable feature which interests me is the Outlook Social Connectors. With the boom of  social networks Microsoft came up with this connector called Outlook Social Connector (OSC) which is a add-in to Outlook 2010 and which helps to display information such as friends, profiles, activities, and status information from your social networks. Currently the OSC is available for LinkedIn, Microsoft Live Messenger, SharePoint My Site and now Facebook Smile

How do you get this? Install Outlook 2010 and download the OSC by clicking here. The installation of this OSC is very straight forward and anyone can do it in a few clicks.