Windows 7 Service Pack 1 Sooner than Later?

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If sources are correct, Microsoft may be releasing a service pack before the minimum 22 months they claimed they would wait. According to some, they would be better off waiting to announce a service pack than releasing one early. If there are serious issues that plague the operating system, not only performance, but security related, they need to be remedied. If that involves a simple patch, or a full blown service pack, it needs to be done.

TechARP.com, a Malaysian Web site that has nailed previous service pack schedules for both Windows XP and Vista, said unnamed sources had originally pegged a 22-month development schedule for Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1). But Microsoft has since changed its mind, reportedly to address an unknown number of “serious” performance bugs.

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Jumplist Feature to Make Life Easier

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I saw this over at Paul Thurrott’s site, Supersite for Windows, and thought I’d pass it along. You can access the Run as Administrator, Property sheet and more for a program on your Jumplist. It comes in extremely handy when you want to run it as Administrator in a hurry, without going through the Start menu.

When you right-click a shortcut in any modern Windows version and choose Properties, you’re presented with the Property sheet for that item, which provides a number of options that you can configure and use each time the underlying application (or document or folder location) is run. In the case of applications, there are some key options you can configure here on a shortcut-by-shortcut basis, including what kind of window is opened (maximized, normal) and even advanced properties like “Run as administrator.”

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Same Game on Xbox, Phone and Windows

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This is great. I’ve been waiting for something like this. The game can be started on your PC, then you can finish it when you load it up on your 360. Easy to program and port to other platforms. I’m sure that some gamers will complain that they lost because they were using a gamepad and their competitor was using a mouse and keyboard. I would love to play on the PC, while someone else was using an XBox. A lot of games are available for both, and it’d be nice to play with a much larger community.

It’s the same code running on all three platforms. That is, it’s a single project in Visual Studio, and the three platforms share 90% of the code, with each platform having input-specific code. In other words, the same game can run on an Xbox 360 and be controlled by a controller, on a Windows PC by a keyboard, and on a phone using the touch screen and accelerometer.

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Microsoft Sends Flowers to IE6 Funeral

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Showing the soft, sensitive side of Microsoft, the Internet Explorer team sent flowers with a note to the Internet Explorer 6 funeral held in Denver, Colorado. How nice of them. I think it’s pretty cool that they are having such a good attitude about their 10 year old browser going the way of the dinosaur. I’m just waiting for the IE team to show some IE9 demos. Hopefully, fully compatible with HTML5 and web standards.

Say this for Microsoft’s Internet Explorer team, they’ve got a sense of humor. The people who make the Redmond company’s web browser sent flowers and a card to the widely publicized “funeral” being held today to mark the passing of one of their own, Internet Explorer 6.

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Office 2010 Free Upgrade for New Office 2007 Users

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For those that are wanting to buy Office, but don’t want to buy it right now since the newest version is just around the corner, go ahead and buy it. As with their Windows upgrades, if you buy the previous version within 6 months of the release of the newer version, you get a free upgrade to the new one. Not a bad deal if you ask me! I know a lot of people that are always a little leary of buying software if they know a newer version is coming out. This really helps them out.

All you need to be eligible for this program

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Microsoft’s Answer to the iPad

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Microsoft has had something up their sleeves to combat the Apple iPad. It’s been rumored, now the rumors are true. Microsoft has some shots and video of the Courier, brought to you through Engadget. I snagged a shot for those that don’t want to click the link.

That’s a lot smaller than we expected — this new picture really puts it into perspective — and the internals apparently reflect that emphasis on mobility: rather than Windows 7, we’re told the Courier is built on Tegra 2 and runs on the same OS as the Zune HD, Pink, and Windows Mobile 7 Series, which we’re taking to mean Windows CE 6.


Source of photo: Engadget

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Patch Tuesday Coming up

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This coming up Tuesday, Microsoft is releasing some patches to fix vulnerabilities in Windows and Office. Make sure you get those machines patched, as there are several viruses in the wild taking advantage of these holes.

Proof-of-concept code has been published on the Internet that exploits that vulnerability, which affects older Windows systems running Internet Explorer. Microsoft suggested several workarounds until it releases a patch, including avoiding pressing the F1 key when prompted by a Web site.

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Replacement for Paint?

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Microsoft Paint has been the basic image editor built into Windows since, well, for a long time. It has had a few minor updates, but has never really been a usable program other than simple stick figures or shapes. Now, Microsoft is working on Project Gustav, an image painting program that mimics a paint brush and canvas. I think it looks amazing!

Typically the experience of painting on a computer is nothing like painting in the real world. Real painting is actually a very complex phenomenon

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Not Enough Choice?

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Wow. Most of you recall that Microsoft caved into the EU’s demands to add a browser alternative selection on Windows, so they aren’t “forced” to use Internet Explorer as a default browser. This guy, Mr. Quick thinks that it’s not enough choice. You have IE, Safari, Chrome, Opera, Firefox, and a few others. The others, he claims, are based on Internet Explorers rendering engine. Huh?!? You can’t win with some people.

“The aspect of a browser that decides what bit to put where on the page, that’s the rendering engine,” said Mr Quick.

Wow. He is quick. So, IE uses the Trident engine. So, he nails Microsoft. What about Mozilla, with 3 products using their engine? Or WebKit (Safari)? This guy needs a clue.

Of the 12 browsers on offer, five use the Trident rendering engine, three use Mozilla’s Gecko, two use WebKit, and one uses Opera’s Presto. Sleipnir can use either Trident or Gecko.

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