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Today is: Saturday 20th of January 2007, 11:01 PM
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Microsoft Corp. is happy with the early sales of its Zune music player in the United States and it could launch the service in Europe before the end of 2007, its marketing director said on Saturday.

Jason Reindorp told Reuters that Microsoft was realistic about the challenge it faced in trying to crack into the digital music player market, dominated by Apple Computer Inc.'s iPod.

Reindorp said Microsoft was not yet ready to officially announce when it would launch the service in Europe but it could possibly be out before the end of the year.

"The industry moves in this sort of Christmas to Christmas cycle. So you can expect that there will be more devices, more features in the market at that point," he said.

"Our next round of introductions will probably be in time for the holiday of this year."

He said Microsoft planned extensive research with focus groups in Europe to see how it could be modified for a European consumer.

He said the Zune had a 10.2 percent market share in the U.S. in the 30 gigabyte category, according to the latest data, and that it was still in line to sell over a million units by June 30, the end of its current fiscal year.

News Source: eWeek

Posted By Ben at 09:41 PM
With great sorrow, we express our condolences to the family of Benjamin Lucas (also known as Utakz). Utakz was a talented graphics designer, software architect, and software programmer. He was also an important member of the techno-enthusiast community, who was passionate about technology and journalism.

We thank Benjamin for his relentless dedication and enthusiasm that he injected into the world of technology blogging and journalism.

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Posted By AdminJC at 07:51 PM
Internal sources at Microsoft have recently revealed that the upcomming Windows Live Messenger 8.1 will be released to the world on the 25th of January via the Live Ideas page.

The Beta has been in development since the release of 8.0 and has the following featuers and improvments:

. Redesigned contact cards.
. Your display name, status and personalization roam with you to any computer
. Better server performance
. Improvements to automatic updates
. Improved sign-in performance

View: Windows Live Ideas

News Source: In-House

Posted By olliec at 10:48 AM
Microsoft is working on a remote access tunneling protocol for Vista and Longhorn Server that lets client devices securely access networks via a VPN from anywhere on the Internet without concern for typical port blocking issues.

The Secure Socket Tunneling Protocol (SSTP) creates a VPN tunnel that travels over Secure-HTTP, eliminating issues associated VPN connections based on the Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol (PPTP) or Layer 2 Tunneling Protocol (L2TP) that can be blocked by some Web proxies, firewalls and Network Address Translation (NAT) routers that sit between clients and servers.

The protocol, however, is only for remote access and will not supoort site-to-site VPN tunnels.

Microsoft hopes SSTP will help reduced help desk support calls associated with IPSec VPNs when those connections get blocked by firewalls or routers. In addition, SSTP won?t foster retraining issues because it does not change the end-user VPN controls. The SSTP based VPN tunnel plugs directly into current interfaces for Microsoft VPN client and server software.

Microsoft plans to ship SSTP support in Vista Service Pack 1 and in Longhorn Server. The ship date for Vista SP1 has not been set, but Longhorn is expected to ship in the second half of this year. SSTP will be included in Longhorn Server Beta 3, which is set to ship in the first half of 2007.

Microsoft officials also say they are working with partners -- the company declined to name -- on adding SSTP to other client devices besides Vista.

News Source: Bink.nu

Posted By olliec at 10:42 AM
The Xbox Live Arcade file size was capped at 50 MB to accommodate consumers who purchased the hard drive-less Xbox 360 Core SKU (those consumers had to use one of Microsoft's memory cards).

Under condition of anonymity, sources revealed that the file size for Xbox Live Arcade titles has been increased from 50 MB to 250 MB and with Microsoft's approval, that size can be expanded to 450 MB.

When asked for comment on the reported change to file size, Microsoft said, "We do not comment on rumor and speculation and so we can not confirm that rumor. Aside from the exception we granted for 'Castlevania: Symphony of the Night,' we have not announced any plans to alter the file size standard for Xbox Live Arcade games. However, adjusting the size limit is certainly an option in the future, and as always, we are listening to feedback both from gamers and developers on what will provide the best user experience. Whatever choice we make, we will hold a position that provides for the best possible Xbox Live Arcade gameplay experience."

News Source: Bink.nu

Posted By olliec at 07:28 AM
Microsoft is expected to announce a drop in quarterly earnings next week, largely because it is deferring $1.5 billion in revenue related to delays of its Vista and Office products, analysts say.

For the fiscal second quarter, the software giant is expected on Thursday to report earnings of 23 cents a share on revenue of $12.9 billion, according to analysts' estimates compiled by Thomson Financial. Microsoft posted earnings of 34 cents a share on revenue of $11.84 billion for the same period a year ago.

The disconnect between the second-quarter lower earnings yet higher revenue comes as a result of Microsoft's upgrade promotion to Vista from Windows XP. Under the Vista "Express Upgrade," users who purchase a computer with XP or Office 2003 will be eligible for an upgrade to Vista or Office 2007 at a steep discount or for free.

As a result of the program, which spans five months and ends March 15, Microsoft cannot claim revenue booked under this program until the users take advantage of the vouchers or coupons, said Charles Di Bona, an analyst with Sanford C. Bernstein.

The size of this revenue deferral is $1.5 billion.

News Source: Bink.nu

Posted By olliec at 07:22 AM
Microsoft Corp. will make its new Windows Vista operating system available for sale and download online, marking a new step for the software company, which has previously sold Windows only on packaged discs or pre-loaded on computers.

A relatively low number of computer users are likely to get Vista by downloading it from the Internet. But the availability indicates that Microsoft is experimenting with distribution methods for the extremely profitable franchise at the core of its business.

The download program, being announced late Wednesday, will also include the Office 2007 line of software after both are released for consumers Jan. 30. For now, the huge downloads will be available in North America only.

News Source: Flexbeta

Posted By olliec at 03:30 AM
Microsoft today announced plans to build a 550 million dollar data center in northwest San Antonio.

The site will house Microsoft's growing online services.

The 400,000-square-foot facility will be the software giant's first major data center in Texas.

The complex will house tens of thousands of computers for delivery of products like Microsoft's Windows Live services, which include everything from instant messaging to mail.

News Source: Bink.nu

Posted By olliec at 03:26 AM
Microsoft have released Beta 2 of ActiveSync 4.5.
Changes in ActiveSync 4.5 Beta 2 help improve issues related to setup, partnerships, and connectivity with the PC and Microsoft Exchange. In addition, it includes a troubleshooter utility that scans your computer and device to identify problems and offers information and corrective actions to solve them.

ActiveSync 4.5 Beta 2 supports synchronization with a desktop or tablet PC via USB cable, Bluetooth, or infrared connection.

Download: Microsoft
News Source: Bink.nu

Posted By olliec at 02:28 PM | Read More
Microsoft have quietly released an update for Windows Media Player 11 for Windows XP. The update requires Windows Genuine Advantage validation and there is no change list available at the time of posting.

Differences between the released build of WMP 11 and this build are still unknown, but as soon as we find out this article will be updated with the relevant information.

Download: Windows Media Player 11 (for Windows XP)
News Source: Bink.nu

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