Microsoft has announced a fairly substantial shake up of their online services. What we have known to be Office 365 is now becoming Microsoft 365. For a couple of years now, Microsoft 365 has been offered for business customers, essentially covering Windows and Office desktop licensing for users, as well as...
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      Multiple connections to a server isn’t exactly a new strategy, many download accelerators have been using this strategy to increase download speeds for years. Microsoft are taking that concept and applying it to general browsing. Assuming sites allow this and your on a broadband connection, it should result...
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    Microsoft are using 9 year olds to promote Office 2007, highlighting just how easy it is to use. The promotion also ties in with charity organisation – The Smith Family. For every view of a video, which runs for around 30 seconds, Microsoft will donate AU $1. The current...
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    Mossberg interviews Gates, Balmer @ All Things Digital (D6)

    The All Things Digital event is happening right now, it’s tipped that Microsoft (specifically Bill Gates and Steve Balmer) will showcase Windows 7’s new UI. I’ve searched around for the best coverage, most live streaming attempts has failed. The best immediate coverage I’ve found is from cNet’s live blogging,...
  • Windows XP SP3 now available through Windows Update

    Users are reporting that Windows XP Service Pack 3 is now available through Windows Update. If you don’t see it yet, don’t stress, Microsoft usually stage major rollouts across the world to reduce the impact on servers. The last Windows XP Service Pack should arrive shortly.  Click for larger...
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    CrunchGear are reporting Microsoft’s Zune Marketplace has received an upgrade to version 2.5. The new version brings TV show downloads, similar to that already offered via the Xbox Live Marketplace. This seems like a natural extension, which would allow users to view the movie where they like (i.e. Zune,...
  • The Windows Live OneCare ripoff

    For those of you who don’t know Microsoft’s Windows Live OneCare product is software that includes virus protection, firewall and backup in an all-in-one solution. After using Windows Live OneCare version 1, I signed up to be a beta tester of version 2. When the beta ran out it...
  • Windows XP SP3 delayed

    As you may have noticed April 29th came and went, and still no Windows XP Service Pack 3 available for download. It was scheduled to be available via MSDN to subscribers on April 29, and available for general public to download in early May. I don’t fully understand the...
  • Microsoft nets mesh.com for Live Mesh, releases limited Tech Preview

    Microsoft have launched a technology preview of a new service called Live Mesh. Interestingly they’ve used one of the magical 4-character domain names http://mesh.com. Live mesh aims to provide data portability and synchronisation across your multiple machines and devices, allowing you to securely access important information stored in the...
  • Halo 3 Legendary Map Pack now available – 800 points

    So the new Halo 3 DLC has just landed today, it’ll set you back a steep 800 Microsoft Points and a 411.34 MB download. Update After trying them out, I think the cost of 800 Microsoft points is probably a little steep for the casual Halo3 gamer. But if your a...
  • Vista update Tuesday (Wednesday for Aus)

    There’s a number of updates released from Microsoft today, for those of you running Windows Vista, you’ll want to make sure you download these updates. As you can see from the screen above, a number of them patch Security issues. Also an update (mainly bug fixes) for Windows Live...
  • Windows XP (Home Edition only) gets extended for 2 years

    It’s long been known that Microsoft had already extended the sales period of Windows XP from the end of 2007 to June 2008. Well Windows XP Home edition will get yet another extension. The OS of choice for many new ultra-mobiles like the Asus Eee PC and the new...
  • Microsoft Surface.. finally arriving in the wild – April 17th

    Gizmodo are reporting today that AT&T will be receiving the first instalments of Microsoft’s Surface tables. It’s not going to be available everywhere, but if your around New York, San Francisco, Atlanta or San Antonio, then you’ll be able to get hands on with a Surface. AT&T will be...
  • Silverlight 2 ads DeepZoom (SeaDragon). Why the web just changed..

      At Microsoft’s Mix08 conference, they announced Silverlight 2. A significant addition in Silverlight 2 is what’s being called DeepZoom. I first seen this technology in the PhotoSynth demo, while that product is still in the labs, users will now get to see DeepZoom online. Originally called SeaDragon this...
  • Microsoft confirms next version of Windows due in 2010

      After months, even years of speculation about the release date of the next version of Windows, Microsoft have confirmed we won’t see the release of Windows 7 (codename) until 2010. It’s great to finally have this confirmed to allow business and personal users to accurately plan to their...
  • Review: Internet Explorer 8 beta 1 (updated)

    Microsoft’s next-generation web browser, Internet Explorer 8 beta 1, has arrived. In a surprising move, after the demo of IE8 and its new features at today’s session of the MIX08 conference. While it now ads better support for web standards, that means a lot of websites do NOT render...
  • Nokia to support Microsoft's Silverlight

    Microsoft’s Silverlight is their rich media player that competes with Adobe’s Flash player. Microsoft have just landed a major win for Silverlight in establishing a partnership with Nokia, that will see a number of their devices add Silverlight support. Flash lite, Adobe’s mobile version of their player, is somewhat...
  • Windows Live SkyDrive – 5GB of storage free from Microsoft

    Microsoft yesterday took Windows Live SkyDrive out of beta and released it to the public. This means, users with a Live ID account can sign in and receive 5GB of free storage. Files can be private, shared to specific people, or made public for anyone to see. Where I...
  • XNA Games coming to a Zune near you

    Here’s a video that displays what the gaming experience on the Zune could be. I’m impressed that Microsoft has recognised that people have music on their Zune’s and will probably want 2 listen to their own playlist rather than the music from the game itself. This isn’t new, as...
  • Windows XP Service Pack 3 RC2 Now Available

    There’s still an awful lot of Windows XP machines out there, and if you’ve ever re-installed windows XP you know that even with XP SP2, there’s still a long list of updates to download when you connect it for the first time. Solution: XP SP3. This will contain the...
  • Windows Vista SP1 release dates

    Finally confirmation from Microsoft of the release schedule for Vista SP1. 4 February SP1 available to OEMs (HP, Dell, Acer etc) 1 March SP1 Volume Licensing availability (MVLS) Update: Already available on MSDN. 18 March SP1 available on Windows Update, Download Centre, MSDN & TechNet 18 April SP1 pushed...

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