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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.

IE9 RC to include “Do Not Track”

In the first Release Candidate version of Internet Explorer 9 (which is scheduled to be released in first quarter of 2011), Microsoft is rolling out two options that enable the users to be proactive in deciding which websites are allowed to track them and to what extent they are allowed to track.

Microsoft explains the new functions in the following YouTube video:

The two new tools are Tracking Protection Lists and Tracking Protection. Tracking Protection is simply an opt-in function that enables users to be more vigilant in discovering who or what is tracking their activity and visits to any given website. A Tracking Protection List is a publically shareable list of websites that your browser will not request data from unless explicitly requested from the user. For example, when you visit abcd.com, content from 1234.com may be tracking you via an embedded image. If 1234.com is in your TPL, this content will be blocked, and will not be allowed to track you. However, the list doesn’t block the actual website from being browsed. You can still can still browse 1234.com directly if you wish to.

Microsoft emphasizes that, while these privacy measures are definitely a step forward in the never ending dialogue of browser privacy, “the web lacks a good precise definition of what tracking means.” In other words, they aren’t trying to create any kind of standard here. This is more of an experiment to see of such functionality would meet user needs and wants when it comes to opt in options for privacy on the web.

[via Neowin.net]

Windows 8 may allow online backup via Windows Azure

Recently Microsoft has posted a job post on Microsoft careers site stating that they are working on a Windows Azure-based service and integrating with certain Microsoft online services and Windows 8 client backup which clearly means that Windows 8 would be have an option to backup files online via Windows Azure.

Here is what the job post reads-

The Windows Server Solutions group is under the Server and Cloud Division. Our mission is to promote adoption of Microsoft server and cloud platforms/products by using features that appeal to specific market segments. The segments we currently focus on are homes, educational institutions and small businesses. (Windows Home Server, Windows MultiPoint Server and Windows Small Business Server are our key product lines.) We work on a wide range of technologies to appeal to these segments – from kernel-level to native UI to managed UI to web services. For instance we have developed a centralized PC backup, extensible storage, UPnP-based router configuration utilities, a remote web workplace with a GFS backend and a simplified IT management UI. We are currently working on a Windows Azure-based service and integrating with certain Microsoft online services and Windows 8 client backup. Many of the features we develop have ended up in the Windows Client and Windows Server OSes.

Another job has been posted by Microsoft stating that they would be integrating Microsoft’s online service with Windows 8.

Want to work on products that your friends and family use every day? Windows Live designs and runs some of the largest web applications in the world. We are Cloud Directory Platform, and our services are used by Windows Live, Office, Windows Mobile, Xbox, Bing, and MSN-branded properties. We are the backend of Windows Live providing identity (LiveID), contacts (ABCH), and social graph (SUP) for individuals and Microsoft services and applications. For the most part, you would know these as Messenger and Hotmail, as well as the entire Windows Live suite. We are seeking a highly motivated individual to come join our team and pour passion and talent into building some of the most used services on the planet. We are a growing team with a strategic and highly visible charter helping to build and operate some of Microsoft’s most strategic Internet assets. Our service supports hundreds of millions of users, who exchange billions of instant messages, photos and email each day, and store billions of contact relationships in our service. We live the life of "software and a service" every day, at high scale and you will play a pivotal role as we integrate our online services with Windows 8.

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’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.

    REDMOND, Wash.  quotted

    “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.

    Sixth IE9 Platform Available for Developers

    In the six weeks since the release of IE9 beta there has been an outstanding 10 million downloads. This shows the popularity and massive improvements that IE9 brings.  With easy to use features such as pinning site’ s  directly to the windows task bar,  and websites being able to program jump lists and offer notifications as other windows programs do.  The web standard markup (HTML, CSS, and script) in pages runs faster and smoother, taking advantage of the latest PC hardware.

    The designers have had an extensive impact on IE9 due to the popularity and overall exposure of the beta test.  The first five platform downloads were downloaded over 2.5 million times.  

    The sixth Platform Preview of Internet Explorer 9, available now, reflects feedback and delivers better performance as well as more standards support, like CSS3’s 2D transforms.

    You can many find more examples from the larger community of what’s possible with a great HTML5 implementation at http://kexparchive.org/ and http://10k.aneventapart.com/. Each of these examples shows how the web becomes richer and more immerse with HTML5, and how using the power of the whole PC is increasingly important to deliver the performance consumers expect.

    Get your free Rewards from Microsoft’s Bing Rewards!

    Microsoft recently launches Bing Rewards Preview, which you can earn credits and exchange them for a variety of rewards, such as movie tickets, computer & office tools and equipment, gaming consoles etc, directly from Microsoft!

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    (Excerpt from Microsoft Bing Rewards’ : How Does It Works)

    What is Bing Rewards?

    Bing Rewards allows you to earn credits and redeem for rewards through surfing the Internet, search information you want by using the Bing search engine, and many more. From charitable donations to computer, gaming consoles, office equipment, you can choose what kind of rewards you want and have them to be shipped to your house, for free!

    How do you (member of the Bing Rewards) get the credits?

    Its simple. By trying out new features of Bing, setting homepage to Bing, search information using Bing, and many more, and then you earned credits. An amount of 250 credits bonus  is credited to your account upon first time sign up. When you accumulated enough credits, you can redeem your rewards then.

    I want to sign up. Does it cost a penny?

    Nope. Joining  as a member of Bing Rewards Preview is totally free of charge and anyone with a Windows Live ID can join it instantly. Click here to register one.

    So, if you want to earn some free stuff, joining for Bing Rewards is the best way to redeem a free gift. What’s more, its from Microsoft, so you won’t be afraid for cases such as fraud.

    What are you waiting for? Visit the website below to register one!

    https://ssl.bing.com/rewards/signup/DownloadToolbar

    Notice:

    A toolbar (“Bing Bar”) will be installed to your Internet Explorer browser as part of the program. Because additional toolbar has the potential to slow down your system performance and surfing speed, so install with caution and make sure it is totally safe and it is downloaded from the official publisher of the toolbar program.

    Microsoft Brings Games on Demand to the Web With New PC Game Store

    REDMOND, Wash., Oct. 22, 2010 Microsoft Corp. today announced the Games for Windows Marketplace, a new online PC games store that combines the convenience of the Web with the power of Games on Demand online distribution. Launching Nov. 15, the Games for Windows Marketplace will offer PC gamers a robust lineup of games they love, easier navigation and purchase, and recurring specials such as Deal of the Week.

    “With Games for Windows Marketplace, we set out to create a digital store built for PC gamers end-to-end,” said Kevin Unangst, senior global director, PC and Mobile Gaming, at Microsoft. “And by integrating with our existing Xbox LIVE and Windows Live services, we’ve made it easier than ever for millions of gamers to see for themselves how easy buying PC games can be.”

    A Streamlined Experience

    Built from the ground up for convenience and performance, the Games for Windows Marketplace (http://www.gamesforwindows.com) will remove the barriers between gamers and the games they love by offering the following:

    Online access, anywhere. Optimized for speed, the store allows for ultra-fast downloads; this means fewer clicks to purchase and download, delivering faster turnaround for gameplay. And since the service lives on the Web, gamers can download games on a PC, anytime, and can easily redownload games they purchase if needed.
    Deals and discounts galore. Gamers can check out screaming deals on select games every time they visit the Marketplace, as well as the Deal of The Week and other recurring and seasonal offers.
    Game search functionality. Gamers can search by titles or genres to quickly find the games they want; they can even find new games from their favorite publishers with dedicated publisher pages.
    Fresh design. The clean, intuitive look and feel makes browsing for games a simple, enjoyable experience. Gamers can easily navigate between pages as they search for the perfect game.

    A Growing Portfolio

    Games for Windows Marketplace will launch with a managed portfolio of 100 top-quality titles. The launch roster includes blockbuster games such as “Fable: The Lost Chapters” (Microsoft Game Studios) and “Grand Theft Auto III” (Rockstar Games Inc.) from some of the industry’s biggest developers, such as Capcom Entertainment Inc., 2K Games, Square Enix Co. Ltd. and more. In addition to top retail games, the portfolio will bring new indie titles to the forefront and continue to grow with many of the best games in the industry including titles such as “Lego Universe” (Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment) and “CarneyVale” (Microsoft Game Studios), which will hit the Games for Windows Marketplace and retail stores at the same time and date; recent hits such as “Dead Rising 2” and “Lost Planet 2” (both from Capcom); and perennial best-sellers such as “Max Payne” (Rockstar) and “Deus Ex: Game of the Year Edition” (Square Enix).

    “We plan to deliver some of our biggest and best PC franchises on Games for Windows Marketplace from day one,” said Christian Svensson, corporate officer and vice president of Strategic Planning and Business Development at Capcom. “Digital distribution continues to drive growth in PC gaming, and we’re excited to partner with Microsoft and bring amazing games to this growing marketplace.”

    Games for Windows Marketplace will also be the place to find iconic franchises from Microsoft Game Studios, such as “Flight Simulator,” “Gears of War,” “Halo” and “Zoo Tycoon,” as well as upcoming blockbusters “Fable III,” “Age of Empires Online” and “Microsoft Flight.”

    Easy Access to a Massive Gamer Community

    Using the new marketplace is a breeze: anyone with a Windows Live ID (Windows Live, Xbox LIVE, Games for Windows – LIVE or Zune account) can login and immediately start shopping in the Games for Windows Marketplace. The new store also supports Microsoft Points (as well as credit card purchasing), allowing the more than 25 million users of Xbox LIVE, Zune Marketplace and Games for Windows — LIVE to use their Microsoft Points balance seamlessly across platforms.

    The new Games for Windows Marketplace launches Nov. 15 at http://www.gamesforwindows.com.

    A Great Move By Microsoft

    This is a great move by Microsoft for the use of gamers. Not only will this make purchasing games so much easier but also the support and downloading far simpler. And with an outstanding company like Microsoft this should offer competitive prices and great downloading speed .

    Microsoft sends out invite to test Microsoft Office and Sharepoint 2010 SP1

    Microsoft Office 2010 has just been released a couple of months ago and according to GeekSmack, Microsoft has started sending invites to test the SP1 for Office and Sharepoint 2010.It seems only some of the elite testers have got the invites. Here is what the mail reads-

    Hello Valued Microsoft Customer,

    We are contacting you about an opportunity to participate in an upcoming Beta testing program. You may be a previous tester of Microsoft products, or someone who has been nominated. Beta programs are unique ways to experience product updates and provide feedback to the development teams. Later this calendar year we will begin an invitation-only beta testing of the Service Pack 1 for Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010. Service Packs contain product updates since the product released. We would like to invite you to participate in the private testing of that service pack.

    Call to action

    If you are interested in participating in this Beta, and if you are already using Office 2010 or SharePoint 2010, please complete the application survey by following the link below. Upon completing the survey, your participation status will be set to ‘pending’, while we review your submission. If you are selected to participate, you will receive a formal invitation to join the program. Due to the limited number of seats in this private Beta, we may not be able to accommodate all interested testers.

    If you are already registered on Microsoft Connect, make sure to sign in with your existing registered Windows Live ID account to submit this survey. If you are not registered yet, you will be prompted to do so.

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    or copy the following URL and paste it into your Web browser’s address bar: <snip>

    Thank you for your interest, and we look forward to hearing from you!

    Sincerely,

    The Microsoft Office Customer Programs Team

    Xbox.com website gets major overhaul

    Microsoft has updated the Xbox.com site and is now back online with some exciting features.In addition to update,the support for 9 new regions have been added.

    Major Nelson has posted some of the changes coming to the new website-

    • Browser based Avatar editor: Edit your avatar and preview avatar items before purchase
    • Combined views for messages, friend and game requests
    • Improved notification of your account subscription
    • Leverage Family Reports to understand what your family is doing and how they are using LIVE
    • Play web games with your Xbox LIVE friends on the web or on Windows Phone 7
    • Marketplace: More powerful search and more intuitive ways to browse and filter

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