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Microsoft shut down Windows 7 beta for public

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Microsoft shut down Windows 7 beta for public

Microsoft shut down Windows 7 beta for public

Microsoft has slammed the door shut on its Windows 7 beta download program, though anyone still keen to get their mitts on it can simply trundle along to Pirate Bay or similar for a copy. The software giant put out a reminder late on Monday that those who wanted to play around with the beta, AKA build 7000, of its upcoming operating system had nearly run out of time to, at least officially, grab the download via Microsoft’s website. However, those who began downloading the beta but haven’t yet completed the process were granted a little extension – they have until 9am PST on 12 February to finish the download. Microsoft’s MSDN and TechNet developers will continue to have access to the code, but the public beta is no longer available, noted Redmond yesterday.

“If your download was interrupted, you can still finish it. And, you can still register for a product key or look up the key you’ve already gotten,” said MS on its Windows 7 download page. The firm had originally put a limit of 2.5 million users for the public beta, but later offered unlimited downloads due to popular demand, only to then see its servers wilt under the pressure. Meanwhile, alleged screenshots of what appears to be the latest build of Windows 7 have rocked up on the interwebs. WinFuture.de is carrying screenshots that appear to show a 64-bit Enterprise edition of build 7032, which comes just days after build 7022 was leaked to torrent sites.

Social Bookmarking for Techs/Developers

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Microsoft is not going to the social networking craze pass it by.

So get ready for the latest from the software giant in the form of a social bookmarking service aimed at developers and other members of its tech-focused communities, the Microsoft Development Network (MSDN), TechNet and Expression.

In early September, Microsoft (NADAQ: MSFT) plans to open access to those sites, making the social bookmarking application that it previewed in May generally available.

“Since then, thousands of technical professionals from around the world have begun using it to save their web favorites online, share them with others, see what other technical pros are favoriting, and connect with others,” John Martin, Microsoft’s lead evangelist for servers and tools online, wrote in a blog post.

The social bookmarking app will layer in a collaborative feature to Microsoft’s tech-focused online communities, where users can participate in discussion forums and find educational resources to help them various tech projects, such as sample code, online tutorials and training videos.

Microsoft plans to introduce several new features with the September release, including a subscription service that will enable users to receive RSS feeds of specific tags or the submissions of other bookmarkers.

The upgrade will also provide an importing feature for people to sync up their other bookmarking services, such as Yahoo’s Delicious, as well as import their bookmarks from Internet Explorer browser.

Also planned is a bookmarking widget for people to place on their Web sites or blogs, enabling visitors to add the page to their social bookmarks on Microsoft’s three communities. That feature could give site owners and bloggers a traffic lift, as the bookmarked page would be published on the social feeds emanating from Microsoft’s global sites.

Finally, the September release will expand its foreign-language support. The new version will be available in Czech, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and both a simplified and traditional version of Chinese.

Microsoft Unleashes SDK For SSDS

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Microsoft yesterday released a software development kit for SQL Server Data Services, its forthcoming cloud-based service that will let organizations store and query data.

The first beta of SSDS was released back in March, announced with much fanfare at the Mix08 Conference by Microsoft chief software architect Ray Ozzie

The SDK includes the command-line tool and the SSDS Explorer demonstrated by Soumitra Sengupta at TechEd back in Orlando in June. “The team would appreciate if you can give it a spin and let us know what you like, what you do not like and above all file bugs that you see,” Sengupta wrote in an MSDN posting yesterday. Testers do need an SSDS account in order to use the SDK, he noted. The SDK can be downloaded here.

Sengupta also suggests Microsoft may open up the SSDS tools. “I am personally curious to find out if there is any interest in the community to take over the code base for these tools,” he asked in a follow-up post late yesterday.

If you haven’t paid much attention to SSDS, perhaps you should — it appears to be a key component of Microsoft’s plan to offer a cloud-based repository for data-driven content. Microsoft, Google and others are looking to the success Amazon.com is having with its S3 cloud-based repository and the companies have come to the conclusion that this is the future of enterprise computing.

Microsoft Security Development Lifecycle (SDL)

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The Microsoft Security Development Lifecycle (SDL) is the industry-leading software security assurance process. A Microsoft-wide initiative and a mandatory policy since 2004, SDL has played a critical role in embedding security and privacy into Microsoft software and culture. Combining a holistic and practical approach, SDL introduces security and privacy early and throughout the development process. It has led Microsoft to measurable and widely recognized security improvements in flagship products such as Windows Vista and SQL Server. As part of its commitment to supporting a more secure and trustworthy computing ecosystem, Microsoft is making SDL process guidance, tools and training available for every developer.

“Microsoft’s Trustworthy Computing initiative is perhaps the most advanced and comprehensive application security program in the industry.”
“Managing Application Security From Beginning To End,” Forrester Research, Inc., August 2007

More Info : MSDN

What’s new with Silverlight Tools Beta 2!

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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.

  1. WCF templates for Silverlight Enabled.
  2. Build configurations.
  3. XAML Validation now reports build errors.
  4. Setup Improvements.
  5. Projects created in Beta 1 are prompted for conversion when opening to Beta 2.
  6. Linking a Web Site to a Silverlight Application.

Full Description : MSDN Blogs.

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