Thursday, November 09, 2006

Microsoft Announced 2007 Microsoft Office Completion

Microsoft Corp. has announced the completion of the 2007 Microsoft Office system code and confirmed its release to manufacturing (RTM). The company says this gold code milestone concludes the largest Microsoft Office beta program to date, with more than 3.5 million people downloading the second beta of the office suite. Microsoft comments on the unprecedented quantity of feedback from beta testers and customers helping the Office development team validating product quality and optimizing performance. Also confirmed is 30 November 2006 as the worldwide business availability of the 2007 Office system, Windows Vista operating system and Exchange Server 2007. It is expected on that day Microsoft executives will participate in events around the globe, including an event with Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer in New York. General availability of the products will follow in early 2007, but can be as early as 7 December for Technet and MSDN subscribers.

The Microsoft Office Online tool has been redesigned to let people learn about what’s new in the 2007 Microsoft Office system. People can easily determine which products are best for their needs and find related productivity resources — whether it is assistance from one of the nearly 50,000 new help articles, a how-to refresher through one of the 35 new demos, online training through any of the 24 new courses, downloading one of the more than 400 new templates, or accessing other product downloads and tools. Starting 1st December 2006 in the U.S. and Canada, and coming soon after to an additional 13 international markets, Microsoft will make available free, downloadable product trials via Office Online.

Included in this release is also the SMS Link for Office Outlook 2007, a new service that allows Outlook 2007 users to connect with friends’, families’ and colleagues’ mobile phones by using SMS text messaging. It allows people to send and receive e-mail, contacts, appointments and tasks as text messages to mobile phones.

Most desktop application products in the 2007 Office system will be comprehensively localized in 38 languages, and customers will be able to purchase individual, single-language add-on packs enabling applications and suites to instantly become bilingual. The packs add a secondary localized user interface, help files, dictionary and thesaurus.


Microsoft Soapbox at MSN

what an amazing video pod casting tool, but i would prefer to use Google You Tube more :D.

what a kind of comptitors they are .....

Windows Vista RTM !!!

Microsoft has announced the Windows Vista release to manufacturing (RTM) through the Windows Vista Blog. This important milestone signifies the end of development of Windows Vista, a significant effort by the software giant.

The company recognises the participation of an enthusiast community, who have played a key role in supporting the development of the new operating system through beta testing and feedback.With RTM Microsoft indicates to the market that Windows Vista is done and will be handed off to industry partners, including PC makers, ISVs and IHVs.

They in turn will continue to ramp-up in earnest now that the target is locked, for example, by refining hardware drivers, in order to complete the cycle and make Windows Vista available via retail channels on 30 January 2007.

On that date Windows Vista and the 2007 Microsoft Office system will be available to customers around the world.Windows Vista will be available within 7 days to MSDN and Technet subscribers for download and use for development and review purposes.

Check this Link.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

XNA Framework (Beta 2) Download

The XNA Framework redistributable provides the necessary runtime components to execute a game on Windows that was developed using XNA Game Studio Express Beta2. Installation of this runtime is not necessary on systems that already have XNA Game Studio Express Beta2 installed. Developers may include this runtime redistributable when they share their games written using XNA Game Studio Express Beta 2, but may not currently be used for commercial applications.

.NET Framework has been officially released!!!

.NET Framework 3.0 has been released!

The .NET Framework 3.0 has officially been released! You can download the .NET Framework 3.0 components here:

Note, if you are using Windows Vista the .NET Framework 3.0 Runtime Components are installed by default.

Microsoft Announces Vista Prices

Microsoft has announced pricing for its Vista operating system, the successor to Windows XP which is set to be rolled out to business customers at the end of this month. The Home Premium Edition will cost $239 with a suggested upgrade price of $159; Home Basic will cost $199 with upgrades likely to cost $100; while Vista Ultimate will retail for $399 with upgrades likely to come in at $259. Businesses looking to make the switch from XP to Vista will need to shell out $199 for an upgrade, or around $299 for a retail version.The only version of Vista not to have its price set is the top-end Enterprise Edition. A statement on the Microsoft website states that "the Windows Vista Enterprise edition is only available to Microsoft Volume License customers; it is not available for retail purchase".Consumers will have to wait until the new year to get their hands on the Home Basic, Home Premium and Ultimate versions of the snazzy-looking new OS, while businesses that are especially keen on a Vista PC should be able to get hold of one some weeks earlier.As a sop to those looking to buy a new PC, Microsoft is running an upgrade voucher scheme so that anyone buying a new XP system will be able to move over to Vista as soon as it launches. The upgrades will be redeemable via the manufacturer in the case of the most established brands while Microsoft is "working to provide guidance to smaller system builders" – meaning that even if you buy from a small PC manufacturer, you won’t miss out on the Vista goodness.

Sunday, November 05, 2006



Zune is a brand from Microsoft that incorporates a line of portable media players, software that will drive the devices, and an online service for acquiring and sharing media. It was previously thought that Zune was one of Microsoft's media players under "Project Argo". However, it now seems that the "Zune" brand will be used for all media players and other services, throughout the new project. The Zune will be released on the U.S. market November 14, 2006, with a price tag of $249.99. The European release date is tentatively set for late 2007 or early 2008.