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Windows 8 Released

After so much wait finally Microsoft released Windows 8. Microsoft is offering Windows 8 upgrades priced at just $39.99USD/£24.99/1999.00 INR for anyone using an existing product. The offer will be open until January 31 and after that the OS will cost a higher price.

Windows 8 is released in 3 Versions:

# For Intel based PCs: Windows 8 and Windows 8 PRO
# For ARM based tablets: Windows 8 RT

More about Windows 8:

Cool Home Screen:

Vibrant and beautiful, the Start screen is the first thing you'll see. Each tile on the Start screen is connected to a person, app, website, playlist, or whatever else is important to you. Tiles light up with the latest info, so you're instantly up to date. In one glance, you'll see that photo you were just tagged in, tomorrow’s weather and messages from your friends.


In Windows, even the little things are all about you. Like the screen that appears when your PC is locked—it can be any picture you choose. And you'll see quick notifications on your lock screen before you sign in to your PC or open a single app.
With picture password, you can sign in by tracing a pattern on a picture of your choice instead of typing a password. Zigzag over your dog’s face? Three taps on your child’s nose? The choice is yours.
Cool Apps :
Built-in apps like People, IE10, Mail, Photos, and Messaging power you through all your essential tasks and work together for a single, streamlined experience. And there’s a world of new apps to discover in the Windows Store.

Something you need to add or you will miss:
In Windows 8 not all your current Apps are supported and you also need to add more apps to use your hardware like:
Install an app to play DVDs > you may need to install an app to play DVDs in Windows 8.
Sidebar gadgets aren't supported in Windows 8 > you won’t be able to use the sidebar gadgets that are installed on your PC in Windows 8.
 Internet TV for Windows Media Center > Not compatible.

Upgrade to Windows 8 :

Before upgrading to Windows 8, Microsoft recommends that you run the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant. It scans your current PC to see if it is ready for Windows 8 and then provides a compatibility report and optional steps for you to buy, download, and install Windows 8.
# You can run Upgrade Assistant without purchasing or installing Windows 8.
# To check if your peripheral devices like printers or monitors will work with Windows 8, be sure they're plugged in and connected to your PC before you run Upgrade Assistant.
# Use following link to download Windows 8 Upgrade assistant: 

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Bye Bye Hotmail, Now is here

Bye Bye Hotmail
Bye Bye Hotmail

It's time to say Hello to Microsoft's new free Email account .It will eventually replace Microsoft's old email service
There's a new, clean look and it ties in your social media contacts. It's not too far off from what you may be used to already in will replace Hotmail, which Microsoft is phasing out, having owned the email service since 1998. Founded in 1996, Hotmail was among the first companies to offer free consumer email accounts online.

Citing ComScore, the Wall Street Journalreported Hotmail had 324 million unique visitors as of June. The shift to Outlook "appears to be a shot at Google's Gmail service," the Journal's Shira Ovde and Steven D. Jones write. Gmail, had about 278 million users as of June, according to the same ComScore measure.
Microsoft touted integration with social networks in its new service, saying the email application will connect users to contacts on Facebook and Twitter, for example. The company also said its new service was especially designed for tablet computers.

Releasing Windows 8 - August 1, 2012

Windows 8 Release
Windows 8
August 1, 2012 - Today marks an important milestone in the Windows 8 project. Windows 8 team started releasing windows 8 to OEM and manufacturing partners. Windows 8 will be available as installed operating system in laptops and computers on October 26, 2012.

Windows 8 general release will be available from October 26, 2012.

Check Microsoft blog for more information: Click Here

Microsoft Apologizes for Naughty Dance Routine

Microsoft Apologizes for Naughty Dance Routine

Somewhere, there’s a handful of Microsoft marketing contractors getting fired. That’s an easy conclusion to make from the PR blunder stemming from a Microsoft developers event in Norway that included some dancing girls — and some embarrassing lyrics accompanying their routine.
As reported by GeekWire, the dance routine took place at an event in Norway that was intended to promote some new advances in Microsoft’s Azure cloud-computing platform, advancements meant to deliver a “hybrid cloud” combining the best of both on-premise and off-premise functionality.
Someone apparently couldn’t just stick to the subject. Ahead of Microsoft’s presentation at the Norwegian Developers Conference in Oslo, was this cheesecake-y dance routine — which, by itself, might have been obnoxious but near some marginally acceptable, if off-topic, borderline. But then came the lyrics, played during the routine and flashed on video screens: “The words MICRO and SOFT don’t apply to my penis.”
Frank Shaw, head of corporate communications for Microsoft, tweeted today that the routine — some of which you can see in the video below — was “inappropriate and just not okay.”
The audience was not amused, and slammed the software firm on Twitter, The Herald Sun reports.

"For those not here, we had flashing disco lights, bad lyrics about penis, disco beats and dancing azure girls, so cringeworthy," one programmer tweeted.


"Wow #microsoft this music thing is probably the most embarrassing i've ever seen and heard," said another tweeter.

hamnis@ twitter

According to the report, Microsoft's head of corporate communications, Frank Shaw, later apologized on the micro blogging site.

fxshaw@ twitter

"This routine had vulgar language, was inappropriate and was just not ok. We apologize to our customers and partners," Shaw tweeted.

Microsoft had already sought to apologize for the routine. It posted comments on YouTube videos of the routine, saying:
“This week’s Norwegian Developer’s Conference included a skit that involved inappropriate and offensive elements and vulgar language. We apologize to our customers and our partners and are actively looking into the matter.”
Every so often, satellite marketing offices wander off the reservation from how the home office does things. I’ve got a message in to Shaw, trying to find out what happened. Until then, here’s a sample of what all the fuss is about:

Microsoft Outlook Configuration Analyzer Tool

Microsoft Outlook Configuration Analyzer Tool
Microsoft Outlook Configuration Analyzer Tool is very useful tool it quickly analyzes configuration and provides solution to you to fix them...

Words From Microsoft :

The Outlook Configuration Analyzer Tool (OCAT ) provides a quick and easy method to analyze your Microsoft Office Outlook profile for common configurations that may cause problems in Outlook. This can be very useful for busy Help Desk personnel when end-users call for help with Outlook or when you want to identify possible issues with Outlook proactively.

Useful Outlook Switches you need to know..

Over a long period of time in history we always had weird problems with outlook. Here i am just going to provide you some useful Outlook Switches that will help you fix almost all problems with Outlook.

You should remember basic troubleshooting steps

Does this problems global ? if effecting others users ? or single user

run the switches listed below
Can you open problems users outlook profile from another pc to eliminate the PC specific issues
Can you produce same problems via OWA instead of Outlook?
Antivirus software, firewall issues on the local PC ?
Third party adds on on the problem PC ?
Did you create additional profile on the problem PC and see if issue existed ?
Did you run outlook switches , the most common ones…….


Outlook /CleanFreeeBusy

Outlook /ResetFolders

Outlook /CleanViews

outlook //CleanReminders

/CleanFreeBusyCleans and regenerates free/busy information.
this one clean all kinds of weird calendaring issue
/CleanViewsRestores default views.
/CleanRemindersCleans and regenerates reminders.
/ResetFoldersRestores missing folders for the default delivery location.
/CleanProfileRemoves invalid profile keys and recreates default registry keys where applicable.
/CleanFindersSets Outlook 2003 Search Folders back to the default state (deletes custom Search Folders)
/CleanpstLaunches Outlook with a clean Personal Folders file (.pst)
/CleanSchedPlusStarts Outlook and deletes server-based rules. Used only with Exchange server accounts.
/FirstRunStarts Outlook as if it were run for the first time.
/ImportPrf prffilenameLaunches Outlook and opens/imports the defined MAPI profile (*.prf). If Outlook is already open, queues the profile to be imported on the next clean launch.
/ResetFolderNamesLaunches Outlook and opens/imports the defined MAPI profile (*.prf). If Outlook is already open, queues the profile to be imported on the next clean launch.
/ResetFoldersRestores missing folders for the default delivery location.
/ResetOutlookBarRebuilds the Outlook Bar
/ResetWunderBarRebuilds the new Outlook Control Bar in Outlook 2003.
/RpcdiagOpens Outlook and displays the remote procedure call (RPC) connection status dialog
/SniffStarts Outlook and forces a detection of new meeting requests in the Inbox, and then adds them to the calendar.

Try Microsoft Outlook Configuration Analyzer Tool to fix common configurations errors that may cause problems in Outlook.

Source Code Theft Isn’t Offence

Source Code Theft
Source Code Theft Isn’t Offence
An American court has ruled that software can’t be regarded as property that may be stolen. The ruling in question was delivered in the case of Sergey Aleynikov, a Goldman Sachs programmer. He was accused of downloading source code for the investment company’s high-speed trading system from the company’s servers. Local media reports say that Aleynikov was wrongly charged with theft of property since the code wasn’t a physical object and therefore the defendant didn’t gain control of anything when he downloaded it.

In addition, the three-judge panel in New York decided that the programmer was wrongly charged with espionage, as the source code wasn’t software designed for interstate or foreign commerce. The court decision explains why the judges have handed down such a surprise ruling that reversed the defender’s conviction and sprung him from an 8-year jail sentence.

Sergey Aleynikov had admitted that he did violate the bank’s confidentiality policy when he took the source code from the firm’s servers. However, he pointed out that it wasn’t a criminal act, since the code was never used in interstate commerce. The federal appeals court has agreed and reversed the Aleynikov’s conviction.

Meanwhile, one of the things standing against Goldman Sachs’ source code as an object that could have been stolen was that the company went to great lengths to keep the source secret. The matter is that the company made huge amounts of cash by not allowing anyone else to have the source code. However, this meant that Sergey Aleynikov’s theft of source code of the company’s system wasn’t an offense.

Sergey Aleynikov earned around $400,000 annually as a vice president with Goldman Sachs. Now the company claims that he has siphoned the source code for its valuable software on his way out the door to get a job with another firm. As for Goldman Sachs, they only uncovered the theft when they started to monitor HTTPS transfers and noticed a large volume of information leaving its network. Although Sergey Aleynikov did acknowledge taking the source code, he told the federals that he only wanted to collect open source software files on which he had been working. This case can be considered a precedent for the source code thieves all around the globe...