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Visual Studio 2010 just came out last week and its touted as on of the best and speedy version of Visual Studio. Anybody who has have Beta or RC version of Visual Studio would agree with the above statement.
Microsoft products and services are on roll, with each product they are improving the quality of the products. Finally they are listening to what the community requires and giving them what they want. Its the best strategy to follow and Microsoft seems to have learnt it. 🙂
On the topic, I had installed Visual Studio 2010 RC and now since the Final version got released, I downloaded it. The install notes clearly mention to install all the previous versions of Visual Studio 2010 before installing the final version, so I fired up the Control Panel and selected Visual Studio 2010 and hit the uninstall button. Everything went well until it reached the un-installation of Visual Studio 2010 RC. About half way it threw up this error…
The error message is "Error 1316.A network error occurred while attempting to read from the file: C:\WINDOWS\Installer\vs_setup.msi". Later, another message appears: "Fatal error during installation."
No, I hadn’t acted smart and deleted the file to trim my Installer cache, but still the error was there. I tried again and it cropped up again. Searching on the net didn’t give a clear answer either.
Then I stumbled upon this bug post and tried the workaround and voila it worked!! So how to not get this error is to start the un-installation from the Install disc. Luckily I had it handy and thus my problem was resolved. If you do get stuck with this error, then I advice you to do the same 🙂
On Wednesday, Microsoft released the second public beta for Internet Explorer 8. If anything, this release brings IE up to par with alternative browsers such as Opera, Apple’s Safari, and Mozilla’s Firefox in terms of security and features. It also pushes Microsoft a little ahead of the competition.
The user interface hasn’t changed much since Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1, except to add a Security pull-down menu between Page and Tools on the main toolbar. In addition to blocking phishing sites, IE 8 now highlights the main domain of any Web site you visit. Thus if you think you are on eBay’s site and something other than ebay.com is highlighted, chances are you are on the wrong Web site.
IE 8 also contains a cross-site scripting filter, one of the first in a mainstream browser. Cross-site scripting allows an attacker to execute script on a user’s browser without them knowing. When the IE 8 filter finds a Web page with a cross-site scripting request, it changes the content on the page with a notice. Users are not presented with an option; IE simply blocks the malicious script from executing and then displays the rest of the page.
In another feature, known as InPrivate, Microsoft allows the user to suspend caching functions while you surf. The scenarios for using InPrivate include when you’re using someone else’s computer, like for instance, when you need to buy a gift for a loved one without ruining the surprise, or when you’re at an Internet kiosk and don’t want the next person to know which Web site you visited. While you can currently clear the browser cache with a mouse click, it’s an all-or-nothing action. InPrivate temporarily suspends the automatic caching functions, allowing you to keep the rest of your browsing history intact. Apple Safari has offered this feature for a while, but Mozilla Firefox does not.
IE 8 Beta 1 has already introduced several behind-the-scenes security changes. For example, ActiveX components will be installed per user, which eliminates the need for everyone to have administrator privileges. In addition, you must acknowledge or opt in for the component to run, eliminating drive-by downloads. Components will be per site and will only be available from the site of origin. Finally, site developers can request killbits from Microsoft which can be sent via Windows Update to terminate risky or outdated components.
Also, IE 8 Beta 1 included Microsoft’s own brand of malware protection. Earlier this year, Opera added Haute Secure malware protection, and Mozilla enhanced its Google and StopBadware malware protection in Firefox 3.
At Microsoft’s Financial Analyst Meeting Thursday, Bill Veghte, who heads up the company’s Windows and online services division, said that Windows 7 is progressing well and confirmed that Internet Explorer 8 will ship before the end of the year.
Beta 2 of IE8 is slated for release next month, with a focus on new features for consumers and IT professionals. The first beta — released in March — was focused largely on developers, and Microsoft said the long delay between betas was due to the heavy feedback it received.
Until Thursday, however, Microsoft had remained cagey about when IE8 would become available for the general public. Veghte demoed the updated browser to FAM attendees, noting that a final build will ship “later this year.” Microsoft hasn’t said whether there will be a third beta before IE8 launches.There are now two preparatory Web sites for building anticipation around IE8, the newest being a heavily revised Internet Explorer Developer Center on MSDN. This comes in addition to the marketing Web site for users, which continues to show pictures of IE8 Beta 1.
Veghte also discussed Windows 7 on Thursday, saying that “the product is tracking very, very well.” He didn’t discuss any features of the new operating system, on which Microsoft has largely remained silent, but said development was looking good.
Veghte expects Windows 7 to meet Microsoft’s commitment of “three years from general availability of Windows Vista.” That indicates it will become available to consumers in early 2010. Microsoft began talking about Windows 7 for the first time in late May, although hasn’t provided many specifics.
With Beta 2 of the Web browser due next month, Microsoft is looking to sign up more official testers for Internet Explorer 8, saying it’s the only way for individuals to directly file bug reports.
Like with Beta 1, the second beta of IE8 will be made available for public download. Still, there’s good reason to become a participant in Microsoft’s IE8 Technical Beta program. In addition to filing a direct bug reports, official testers can be invited to other beta programs, such as Windows 7 or Office 14.
In addition, Microsoft occasionally makes beta builds available to testers that it does not release to the public, offering a chance to try out and provide feedback on new features in advance. With the final release of IE8 due later this year, it’s likely that interim builds will follow Beta 2.”These beta testers commit to spending time with IE8 betas and file bugs when they observe unexpected behaviors. The IE team will be evaluating this set of bugs, looking for the most impactful bugs to all of our users,” Microsoft’s Kellie Eickmeyer explained in March.
“If you wish to be a part of making IE better by contributing great bug reports then please email us at IESO@microsoft.com and tell us a little about yourself including why you’d be a great beta tester,” writes IE program manager Allison Burnett on the IEBlog.
A number of great improvements and changes were made for Silverlight Tools Beta 2. The following list summaries some of the major changes with details on each below.
- WCF templates for Silverlight Enabled.
- Build configurations.
- XAML Validation now reports build errors.
- Setup Improvements.
- Projects created in Beta 1 are prompted for conversion when opening to Beta 2.
- Linking a Web Site to a Silverlight Application.
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