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.
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.
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
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.
Microsoft announces the price tag for Kinect and an all-in-one Kinect bundle that includes an Xbox 360, Kinect Sensor, and a video game. Consumers around the world will get a chance to try out the controller-free device during the Kinect Experience Tour. Click here for the official press release by Microsoft.
Bing maps which is one of the widely used online maps has introduced a series of Apps which can run on top of it. One of these apps is the Twitter Map.
What does this do? when you select your location and start the twitter map application you will be able to see all the tweets from your area and the exact location from where the tweet came from.
Pretty impressive, try it http://www.bing.com/maps