Monthly Archives: January 2006
What’s a beta preview? It’s a release for everyone involved in making the Internet work.
Before we release a consumer-focused beta, we want to make sure anyone with a website can look at the changes we’ve made to our layout engine and the stricter user experience around security certificates. Developers should try out their toolbars, ActiveX controls, and applications that host or rely on the IE platform. IT Pros have their own concerns when a new browser is coming, as do domain registrars (especially with the IDN support), network operators, and many, many other groups. The site has some checklists we’ve written to help people exercise IE7 with their sites and applications. If we missed items you think we should call out, please let us know. We’re looking forward to feedback that will help us deliver a great, consumer-focused beta.
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Download the BETA HERE
Whether you asked to be part of our beta late last year, or just last week, we want to thank you for your patience. We’ve been working hard to build these exciting new services. We trust you’ll find them worth the wait.
What is Microsoft Office Live?
Microsoft® Office Live consists of three different packages of online services, each designed with the small business owner in mind, that deliver remarkable new ways to grow and run your business online.* The best part – it’s all FREE during beta.**
Domain name, Web hosting, company e-mail and more
With Microsoft Office Live Basics you can start by claiming your own domain name (for example, http://www.northwindtraders.com) and, using our easy Site Designer tool, get a professional Web site up and running in minutes. Web traffic reports let you manage your own business Web site without being a Web expert. Company-branded e-mail accounts that match your business domain (for example, email@example.com) helps give your company the professional image it deserves.
Shared Sites and online business applications
Microsoft Office Live Collaboration is ideal for any business where ongoing information sharing and collaboration are essential. Create your own Shared Sites to access and share information – even when you’re on the go – using your company’s own password-protected Web site.^ We also include a variety of online business applications so you can easily manage your customer, project, sales and company information, all in one place.
Web hosting, company e-mail, Shared Sites and more.
With Microsoft Office Live Essentials, you get all the benefits of Office Live Basics and Office Live Collaboration, and more. Additional company e-mail accounts with enhanced access features, advanced Web traffic reports, and Microsoft Office FrontPage® software support provide an all-in-one, comprehensive solution for growing and managing your business online.
I hope I get in. 🙂
Microsoft’s Jim Allchin – the man most associated with the development of the operating system – said he still expected Vista to ship at the of the year, about the same time he was due to retire, but could not rule out if being delayed.
"Where we sit today, things are going according to plan, and we’re feeling very good," Microsoft’s Co-President of the Platforms, Products & Services Division said during an interview in San Francisco.
"But I always like to preface that as I did with Windows 2000, Windows XP: quality is the thing that will dictate if we’re ready to go. So if we have any problems in quality, I’ll slip this product. It’s the thing that is at the top of my mind."
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Well, I really don’t have an answer to this one, its really up to Microsoft to decide if what they develop is good enough for Public Computing Consumption. I have a lot confidence that Vista will be a success, its not the revolutionary release we saw back in October 2003, but it will be great release still for "both" consumers and businesses. The out of the box experiences are really going to drive that, we still have not seen the entire picture yet and I hope the February CTP provides the entire view on what to expect by RTM. Anyway, I just hope they work on getting some better, more reliable drivers for my Creative Sound Blaster Live! 5.1 Card and my nVidia Geforce FX 5200 128MB AGP Card.
Jim Allchin, co-president of Microsoft’s platform products and services division, told reseller magazineCRN that safety and security, improved user experience, and mobility features will be key additions in Vista. But there will be no anti-virus software, the Windows development supremo said during a questions and answers session with CRN. For unspecified business (not technical) reasons, Microsoft will sell anti-virus protection to consumers through its OneCare online backup and security service."
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With all the Security Improvements and innovations, I don’t think users will be missing much in terms of AntiVirus. The out of the box experience experience is just tremendous, User Account Protection, Secure Startup, Bi-Directional FireWall, Windows Defender, Internet Explorer 7 Protected Mode. There is definitely a lot for Security in Windows Vista, so spending the additional amount on a good AntiVirus or downloading one of the free ones won’t kill you.
Surely a company will show the best features in a demonstration of this year’s most important product launch at the world’s most important consumer electronics show, before partners, competitors and a gathering of media from all over the world?"
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No, its not vapourware, its just taking a little longer than expected to development because known issues that have been discussed. The code base reset, dropping of WinFS, and the development of Service Pack 2 for Windows XP, those are what slowed the development of Windows Vista/Longhorn. We are still getting a majority of what was promised in the beginning and even better. Fast Search Technology, Live Previews, new organization capabilities, built in components such as Windows Calendar, Photo Library, a cleaner interface, a more secure system with tools such as Windows Defender, Internet Explorer 7 protected mode which provides a better browsing experience. Windows Parental Controls, User Account Protection so you can have better confidence in using Windows without securing it to the point where it feels like Fort Knox.
Cool collaboration tools such as Windows Collaboration for ad hoc networking, there is so much, instant on/off technology, better Media Center capabilities, Tablet PC tools, Cool Speech recognition, faster boot time. For Company’s its gonna be greater with things like IPv6, Staged Builds, so you can have faster deployments for large organizations with multi-lingual employees around the world. We have not scratched the surface, the developer aspects of things will be something to look forward, such as Windows Presentation Foundation and Windows Communication Foundation, creating inviting easy to user applications that are more intelligent, dynamic and much easier to use and run great from the get go on Windows Vista.
The first drop, dubbed Microsoft’s Enterprise Community Technology Preview (CTP), will be released to corporate accounts participating in its early Technology Adopter Program (TAP).
Then, in the second quarter, Beta 2 will go out more broadly to one million to two million consumers, according to the Microsoft executive leading the charge.
In an interview with CRN last week, Jim Allchin, co-president of Microsoft’s Platform Products and Services Division, who has said he plans to retire at the end of the year, said the software is now feature-complete, but the quality of Beta 2 is not ready yet for broad consumer testing. He said the two-phase Beta 2 release does not signify features are missing or that the ship date could be delayed until 2007."
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Another great idea. The thing is, the Feb CTP has a lot of features for businesses/enterprises best suited for TAP testers to test, I can’t test those features with my resources at home. So, Microsoft’s closest
partners will be a dedicated group that will take a whack it and see how it functions and send in necessary feedback.
Later this year, consumers will get a similar CTP, only this time, its to test the consumer features. Either way, technical testers are getting access to both of them I suspect.