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Internet Explorer 9 RC Escrow leaked

According to the information available the Internet Explorer 9 RC escrow build 8073 has been leaked and the x86 version is available on various torrents and file sharing websites. The complete build string is 9.00.8073.6018 (WIN7_IE9_Partner.110121-2300 ) .

Here is the screenshot of the latest Build-

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and here is the screenshot of digital signature-

IE 9 digital signature

This version of Internet Explorer includes some minor UI enhancements and the download manager has also been updated.Further adding to it, Microsoft would release the RC version of Internet Explorer 9 publically soon and Internet Explorer 9 RTM is expected in March 2011.

Windows 8 User Interface, codenamed as “Wind”?

A post by Windows 8 Italia mentioned that the Windows 8 will have a brand-new User Interface codenamed as ‘Wind’ .

The interface, codenamed Wind, will be the evolution of Windows 7 Aero Peek. Wind will initially only supported by high-end notebook and desktop PCs with dedicated video card, as it will require about 170MB of video memory, but Microsoft is definitely working to reduce it’s resource consumption. The new UI would only work with the 64bit version of Windows. Microsoft is also working on another interface which will focus on less powerful computers and will be the only interface available for Windows 8 32bit.

Wind in their two versions will be fully dynamic, able to adapt to the user’s habits and operations in particular will have two types of dynamics: the first will create shortcuts when necessary and available in certain scenarios, speeding up certain tasks. The second adapts the interface of Windows 8 according to daily activities that we do with computers.  Even the icons will be smart and automatically adapt to user needs.

According to the sources Windows NT will also be abandoned in the next version of Windows 8.

The site also states that “a possible OS-based Cloud Computing would not be called Windows 8 and would be an entirely different operating system”. What OS would it be?

Internet Explorer 9 Beta build 9.0.8027.6000 leaked

IE9-beta-logoAccording to the information available the latest version of Internet Explorer 9 beta has been leaked on the net and is available for download on various torrent and file sharing sites.The Build number of this leak is 9.0.8027.6000 and according to the digital signatures it was compiled on November 19. Some improvements on stability and some bugs have been fixed but there isn’t any considerable change in UI.

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The Internet Explorer 9 RC is expected to be available soon and even according to some unconfirmed sources,the RC build has already been compiled.

Windows Phone 7 now available in US

After the release of Windows Phone 7 in Europe and other parts of the world,it is finally available for sale in U.S.Samsung Focus(AT&T), the HTC Surround(AT&T) and HTC HD7(T-Mobile) is already available for order online,it is believed that Dell Venue Pro(T-Mobile) would be available in retail stores later today. LG Quantum would be released within next few weeks.

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The phones are priced at $199.99 on Microsoft Store and available for as low as $99 at amazon when purchased with new plans.Microsoft is also giving away 3 months of free Zune pass.You can purchase online at Microsoft Store here or Amazon here.

Windows 7 Student Discounts to be available in 11 Additional Countries

The guys at Microsoft have announced that Windows 7 student discount would be available in 11 more countries.The countries where the student discount is available are- Spain, Italy, Ireland, Portugal, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Belgium, New Zealand and Taiwan.

The Windows 7 Student Offer gives college and university students the opportunity to purchase an upgrade edition of Windows 7 Professional for a significant discount. Students can choose to download either 32-bit or 64-bit Windows 7, but make sure you check which version is supported on your PC before downloading.

If you’re ready to buy, the links below will take you to your country-specific site to buy. But don’t wait – this offer is only available for a limited time (varies by country).

Spain (available Nov. 2)

Italy (available now)

Ireland (available Nov. 11)

Portugal (available Nov. 2)

Sweden (available Nov. 4)

Norway (available Nov. 11)

Finland (available Nov. 11)

Denmark (available Nov. 4)

Belgium – Flemish & French (available now)

New Zealand (available now)

Taiwan (available now)

New wave of Windows Server Products Announced

Since Microsoft announced the beta version of Windows Small Business Server Code name “Aurora” and Windows Small Business Server “7”, these products have been downloaded more than 9000 times.   Today as microsoftt move forward with these new releases, Microsoft is announcing the final names, licensing and estimated availability for the next generation of the Small Business Server family currently in public preview.

  • Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials (formally Windows Small Business Server Code Name “Aurora”) is ideal as a first server for small businesses, providing a cost-effective and easy-to-use solution to help protect data, organize and access business information from virtually anywhere, support the applications needed to run a business, and quickly connect to online services such as Office 365, hosted e-mail, collaboration and CRM.  Windows SBS 2011 Essentials can be used by up to 25 users, requiring no CALs for user access and is expected to release in H1 2011. SBS 2011 Essentials will be available through all current Microsoft server licensing channels and estimated retail pricing is $545US.
  • Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard (formally Windows Small Business Server “7”) is designed and priced for small businesses with up to 75 users, delivering enterprise-class server technology in an affordable, all-in-one solution. Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard helps protect business’ information from loss by performing automatic daily server backups and greater productivity through on-site features like e-mail, Internet connectivity, internal Web sites, remote access, and file and printer sharing. Licensing for Windows SBS 2011 Standard is consistent with previous versions of Windows SBS 2008 Standard, which required both a Server License, plus CALs for each user. Estimated retail pricing for Windows SBS 2011 Standard is $1,096US, with CALs approximately $72US. Windows SBS 2011 Standard will be available through all current Microsoft server licensing channels and is expected to release in December 2010. Further availability through OEM’s and System Builders is expected starting February 2011.
  • Windows Small Business Server 2011 Premium Add-on, consists of an additional server that provides support for SQL Server based LOB applications and access to Window Server 2008 R2 technologies in a cost effective solution for a small business environment. The Windows SBS 2011 Premium Add-on includes Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard, and SQL Server 2008 R2 for Small Business and can be added to both Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials and Standard editions. The Premium add-on provides the ability to run a vast number of line-of-business applications on an additional server and the capacity to make more informed business decisions with rich analysis and reporting technologies. It is ideal for role based deployments such as LOB application support, Remote Desktop Services, Backup domain controller, and Virtualization though Hyper-V. The decision to move to an add-on model was taken to provide our customers with more flexibility and deployment options providing the ability to purchase additional servers either up front or as needed. While access to the Windows Server components for the Windows SBS 2011 Premium Add-on will be covered by the Windows SBS 2011 CAL model, users will still require Premium Add-on CALs for access to SQL Server. Estimated retail pricing for Windows SBS 2011 Premium Add-on is $1,604US, with CALs approximately $92US. The Premium Add-on will also be available with the release of Windows SBS 2011 Standard in December.
  • [via Technet Blog]

    Microsoft will update the Xbox 360 later today

    Today Microsoft will release their new update for the Xbox 360 which will make Kinect work even better with Microsoft’s console. The update includes: improved audio quality for voice chat, a new in-dashboard-keyboard, a new Marketplace user interface and the ability to sign out other controllers from within the game’s sign-in interface.

    This update will also change the windows from rounded to square unfortunately, however it will carry a big speed boost which will help greatly.

    Other tweaks include the ability to see all active wireless networks within range of the console when you go to select exactly how you’re going to connect up to Xbox Live.

    This update will be available in the US from later on today.

    More information is available From Games on Net and PCMag

    Microsoft’s New Record For First-Quarter Results

    Microsoft announced a new record turnover of $16.2 billion for there first quarter ending Sept. 30, 2010, a 25% increase from the same period of the prior year.  Operating income, net income and diluted earnings per share for the quarter were $7.12 billion, $5.41 billion and $0.62 per share, with increases of 59%, 51% and 55%, respectively, when compared with the prior year period.

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    “This was an exceptional quarter, combining solid enterprise growth and continued strong consumer demand for Office 2010, Windows 7, and Xbox 360 consoles and games,” said Peter Klein, chief financial officer at Microsoft. “Our ability to grow revenue while continuing to control costs allowed us to deliver another quarter of year-over-year margin expansion.”

    During the quarter, Microsoft saw year-over-year growth across all business segments. Among the highlights are these:

    Office 2010 is off to a fast start with revenue growing over 15% in its first full quarter in market.
    Microsoft continues to see a healthy and sustaining business PC refresh cycle.
    Xbox 360 consoles grew 38%, outselling every competing console in the U.S. for each of the past four months.
    For yet another quarter, Bing continued to grow market share, while achieving major milestones in implementing Microsoft’s partnership with Yahoo.

    “We are seeing improved business demand and adoption. Our enterprise agreement rates were strong, reflecting business commitment to Windows 7, Office 2010, and our server and database products,” said Kevin Turner, chief operating officer at Microsoft. “Customer demand and excitement for our cloud and commercial online services continue to grow as demonstrated by major new customer wins this quarter for Windows Azure and by the significant customer interest in our recently announced Office 365 service.”

    Webcast Details

    Peter Klein, chief financial officer, Frank Brod, chief accounting officer, and Bill Koefoed, general manager of Investor Relations, will host a conference call and webcast at 2:30 p.m. PDT (5:30 p.m. EDT) today to discuss details of the company’s performance for the quarter and certain forward-looking information. The session may be accessed at http://www.microsoft.com/investor. The webcast will be available for replay through the close of business on Oct. 28, 2011.

    Giveaway: Bing laptop skins

    The guys at Schtickers have sent us a couple of Bing Laptop skins for giveaway.Earlier these skins were available only for the Microsoft Employees but now everyone can get if from here

    Laptop skins are:
    • Easy to apply and remove
    • A cool way to instantly makeover a laptop
    • Available in a variety of styles and sizes
    • Removable and reusable
    • Intended for the top outside of a laptop

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    Laptop Skins create a unique personalized look, and are easily applied to the top of any laptop. And they come off as easily as they go on. Laptop skinsare available in a wide range of different sizes, and can be trimmed to fit if needed.

    Besides the Laptop skins they have iphone and ipad skins as well,which you can get from here

    We have also got 3 skins for the giveaway.For the giveaway you have to do is to tweet or share this giveaway on facebook and post here. We would be announcing the winners on 5th November.

    The contest is open worldwide and the winners would be chosen using random.org..

    Windows 7 Family Pack Now Available in 46 Countries

    Windows 7 Family Pack became available outside the United States  On Oct. 22 .  When Family Pack was launched earlier this month in the USA, more than 94% of folks who try Windows 7 love using it. With Family Pack you can upgrade three PCs to Windows 7 Home Premium for a significant savings – which makes Windows 7 a great gift for your family or someone you love.  And if you want to set up a home network, Windows 7 has built in features like Home Group that make it simple to get all of your home PCs connected and sharing files, music, photos and printers.

    But, don’t wait. Windows 7 Family Pack will only be available while supplies last, so go check it out at your local retailer today.

    Here are the countries where Family Pack is available (or will be in the coming weeks):

    Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Korea, Kuwait, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, UK, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates.