• New Hotmail Feature…Getting Help for Friend’s Hacked Hotmail Account…

    Well, that’s true. Hotmail team introduced this feature in the Hotmail. This feature can be really helpful to get back your friend’s hacked account.

    At Hotmail, we know that account hijacking is a big problem, and we continue to work hard to prevent it. We’ve noticed a couple of things about hijacked accounts. First, many accounts have weak passwords that make them easy targets for hijackers. Second, when someone’s account gets hijacked, their friends often find out before they do, because the hijacker uses their account to send spam or phishing email to all their contacts.

    These two observations led us to develop a couple of new features that help protect your accounts. The first lets you report a friend’s account as compromised – a feature unique to Hotmail – and the second prevents you from using common passwords that make your account easy to hack.

    Getting spammed by a friend

    Maybe you’ve had this happen to you: You sign in to Hotmail, and you see you’ve got new mail from one of your friends. You open the message only to discover that it’s spam! Maybe it’s obvious spam – like an ad for a product. Or maybe it’s a more involved story – like a plea for money, with an explanation that your friend is stuck in a foreign country and needs cash, when you know for sure that your friend is safe and sound at home.

    Whatever the case, one thing is for sure: this email isn’t really from your friend at all. Instead, it’s from a spammer who has hijacked your friend’s account. When this happens, you probably call or text your friend or contact them on an alternate email address to let them know that their email account has been compromised. But you wish you could do more.

    Now you can. Hotmail lets you report your friend’s account as compromised. It’s easy: When you get that spam message supposedly from your friend, you just click “My friend’s been hacked!” on the “Mark as” menu:

    My friend's been hacked! on the Mark as menu

    You can also report an account as compromised when you mark a message as junk or otherwise move a message to the Junk folder:

    Moving messages to the Junk folder

    You can read the complete article over here…http://windowsteamblog.com/windows_live/b/windowslive/archive/2011/07/14/hey-my-friend-s-account-was-hacked.aspx

    Also, take a look at this page http://explore.live.com/windows-live-hotmail-security-checklist-faq

  • THE Dark Knight Rises…Sequel to THE Dark Knight

    THIS is my new desktop wallpaper on my HD Screen Laptop. I just loved the movie THE Dark Knight. And here is the sequel, THE Dark Knight Rises



  • Business Insights Webcast: Forrester Research: The Total Economic Impact of Internet Explorer 9 (Level 100)

    Hear Forrester Research's Bob Cormier present findings from his total economic impact (TEI) study of Microsoft Internet Explorer 9. Forrester interviewed six Microsoft Technology Adoption Program (TAP) customers to discuss each organization's experience upgrading from Internet Explorer 8 to Internet Explorer 9. Then, Forrester created a TEI case study, in which it describes the costs and benefits of using a composite organization. Forrester concluded that the composite organization would achieve a risk-adjusted net savings of $3.3 million over three years as a result of upgrading to Internet Explorer 9. In this webcast, Cormier outlines the costs, benefits, and flexibility options of the composite organization. Find out how your company can save costs by upgrading to Internet Explorer 9.

    IE 9 Logo

    Presenters: Bob Cormier, Vice President, Principle Consultant, Forrester Consulting, Hye Jun, Senior Marketing Manager, Microsoft Corporation, Anurag Pandit, Product Manager, Internet Explorer 9, Microsoft Corporation, and Tiffany Ashton, Digital Marketing Manager, Bridge Partners, LLC


  • Now Available - System Center Virtual Machine Manager Self-Service Portal 2.0 SP1

    Well, here we go…SCVMM SSP 2.0 SP1 RTM.logo-VMM_for_R2_3

    Using System Center Virtual Machine Manager Self-Service Portal 2.0 SP1, you can respond more effectively—and at a lower cost—to the rapidly changing needs of your organization. Built on Windows Server® 2008 R2, Hyper-V™ technology, and System Center Virtual Machine Manager, VMMSSP enables you to offer infrastructure as a service in your organization.

    Download the VMMSSP:

    Some of additional VMMSSP features:

    • Import virtual machines. Allows DCIT administrators to re-import virtual machines that were removed from the self-service portal and also import virtual machines created outside the portal but managed by VMM.
    • Set virtual machine expiration dates. This feature lets the user set an expiration date for the virtual machines that are being created or imported so that the virtual machines auto-delete after the set date. This feature also provides users the flexibility (through role-based access) to set or change the expiration date for the virtual machine.
    • Define and use custom virtual machine actions. A datacenter administrator can now create up to five custom virtual machine actions and make them available to users on the Virtual Machines tab of the self-service portal. For example, a database administrator can create a Create Checkpoint action and add it to the list of actions on the Virtual Machines tab.
    • Use Opalis policies in virtual machine actions. In a datacenter that includes a deployment of Opalis Integration Server, a datacenter administrator can customize tasks in virtual machine actions to trigger Opalis policies instead of running scripts.
    • Define and use custom virtual machine properties. A datacenter administrator can define custom properties to collect information from users in the Create Virtual Machine wizard, and use these properties in the tasks of the CreateVM virtual machine action. For example, if a datacenter administrator creates the properties RAM and CPU Count, the Create Virtual Machine wizard includes fields for RAM and CPU Count. When a user finishes the wizard, the wizard passes the RAM and CPU Count values that the user entered to the tasks in the CreateVM virtual machine action.
    • Notify administrators. This feature provides functionality to notify BUIT or DCIT administrators via email about various events in the system (for example, Submit request, Approve request, and so on).
    • Move infrastructures between business units. This feature allows DCIT administrators to move an infrastructure from one business unit to another when the system is in Maintenance Mode.
    • VMMSSP Management Pack. This feature allows DCIT administrators to monitor the health of the self-service portal components.
    • Localization. The VMMSSP is now localized in three languages: Japanese, Traditional Chinese, and Simplified Chinese.
    • Manage virtual machine DVD drives and media. When working with virtual machines that have DVD drives, users can attach media such as ISO images to the virtual machines.
    • Connect to VMware virtual machines. Users can now use the VMMSSP to manage and connect to virtual machines hosted by VMware host servers.

    For more details visit http://blogs.technet.com/b/vmmssp/archive/2011/07/11/now-available-system-center-virtual-machine-manager-self-service-portal-2-0-sp1.aspx

    System Center Virtual Machine Manager Self-Service Portal 2.0 SP1 Overview and Quick Start

    System Center Virtual Machine Manager Self-Service Portal 2.0 SP1

  • Microsoft TechEd on the Road–Bangalore, India, 10th July 2011

    First of all, thank very much to all the IT Professionals who attended Microsoft TechEd on the Road – Bangalore. Bangalore User Group has a fantastic IT Pro Audience. This was my first event with Bangalore and I am looking forward to interact with you all again. Here, I will share some of the resources I presented during my session.

    I presented on Windows XP to 7 Upgrade using P2V Migration for Software Assurance. Following are some of the tools I used during my demonstration.

    You can visit this blog to get the behind story about this particular solution http://windowsteamblog.com/windows/b/springboard/archive/2010/09/09/p2v-migration-for-software-assurance-explained.aspx

    P2V Migration for Software Assurance http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=3896
    Sysinternals Suite (All the Sysinternals Tools) http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb842062

    If you have any questions/queries or feedback. Feel free to write to me at aviraj@microsoft.com

  • My first few articles in the Think Digit DevWorks on Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Features & Windows XP to 7 Migration…

    Hello IT Professionals,windows-server-2008-r2

    After long time I decided to write some technical articles for the Non-Microsoft sites. Often we write/discuss a lot in the Microsoft hosted forums.
    Now that I have got an opportunity to write technical articles, I decided to start covering Windows Server Technologies along with best of Windows 7 Client Platform.

    The first articles covers the new features in Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack. These features include RemoteFX & Dynamic Memory. windows7
    Read it here http://devworks.thinkdigit.com/Laptops-PCs/Exploring-Windows-Server-2008-R2-SP1-Features_7093.html

    My Second articles talks about different ways to migrate your existing Windows XP to Windows 7 using different as per the needs of end users & businesses.
    Read it here http://devworks.thinkdigit.com/Laptops-PCs/A-guide-to-hassle-free-migration-from_7097.html

    Over the time I am planning to cover more Microsoft Infrastructure technologies ranging from System Center to Cloud Computing covering Private Cloud, Virtualization, Management, Deployment & more.

    So stay tuned & have a great time ahead. Happy Reading !!

  • Microsoft Download Center: Office 365 for Enterprise Service Descriptions

    Office 365 is a suite of Internet-based services that are designed to help meet your needs for robust security, 24/7 reliability, and user productivity. This set of documents provides service descriptions for the components of the suite.1_ofc365_h_rgb

    Microsoft Exchange Online for Enterprises Service Description - Microsoft® Exchange Online is a hosted messaging solution that delivers the capabilities of Microsoft Exchange Server as a cloud-based service. It gives users rich and familiar access to email, calendar, contacts, and tasks across PCs, the web, and mobile devices. Download
    Microsoft SharePoint Online for Enterprises Service Description – Microsoft SharePoint Online is a Microsoft Office 365 service for businesses of all sizes. Instead of installing and deploying Microsoft SharePoint Server on-premises, any business can now simply subscribe to SharePoint Online to provide their employees with an enterprise grade solution for creating sites to share documents and information with colleagues and customers. Download
    Microsoft Lync Online for Enterprises Service Description – Microsoft® Lync™ Online is a next-generation cloud communications service that connects people in new ways, anytime, from virtually anywhere. Lync Online provides intuitive communications capabilities across presence, instant messaging, audio/video calling and a rich online meeting experience including PC-audio, video and web conferencing. Transform your interactions with colleagues, customers and partners from today’s hit-and-miss communication to a more collaborative, engaging, and effective experience. Download
    Microsoft Office Professional Plus Service Description – With Office Professional Plus, users get the latest version of the Microsoft Office applications, seamlessly connected and delivered with cloud services, so they can access their documents, email, and calendars from virtually any device. Office Professional Plus includes the new Office Web Apps—online companions to Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel®, Microsoft PowerPoint®, and Microsoft OneNote®—which let users review and make minor edits to documents directly from a browser. Download
    Microsoft Exchange Online Archiving Service Description – Microsoft Exchange Online Archiving is a cloud-based archiving solution for organizations that have deployed Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 on-premises. Exchange Online Archiving is an enterprise-class service that assists these organizations with their archiving, compliance, regulatory, and e-discovery challenges while simplifying their on-premises infrastructure, thereby saving costs and easing the information technology (IT) burden. Download
    Microsoft Office 365 for Enterprises Support Service Description – Microsoft® Office 365 for enterprises Support Service Description provides information to customers about the technical and nontechnical support included in their subscription fee to Microsoft Office 365 for enterprises. Download
    Microsoft Office Web Apps Service Description – Microsoft® Office Web Apps is the online companion to Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel®, Microsoft PowerPoint®, and Microsoft OneNote® applications that helps users access documents from almost anywhere. Users can view, share, and work on documents online with other users across personal computers, mobile devices, and the web. Download
    Office 365 Security and Service Continuity Service Description – This service description describes the security, continuity, privacy, and compliance policies and controls for the Office 365 for enterprises service offerings. It is intended to provide Office 365 customers with an overview of how each of the Office 365 services is designed to provide a high degree of security, privacy, continuity, and compliance—service goals that are derived from the Microsoft Risk Management program. Download
    Office 365 Identity Service Description – This document discusses the design, policies, and best practices related to Office 365 identity, including the creation of user accounts, password policy, co-existence, directory synchronization, and single sign-on ( identity federation). Users can gain access to Office 365 by authenticating to their Office 365 user accounts—either through a prompt to provide valid credentials or through a single sign-on process. Once authenticated, users’ identities refer to the user names associated with the Office 365 accounts. Download

    Office 365 Online Services Migration SD-05-31-11-FINAL.docx 191 KB Download


  • Microsoft Download Center: Standard Response to Request for Information – Security and Privacy – Office 365

    This White Paper describes how Office 365 fulfills the security, compliance and risk management requirements as defined by the Cloud Security Alliance, Cloud Control Matrix.1_ofc365_h_rgb

    The Cloud Security Alliance published the Cloud Control Matrix, to support consumers in the evaluation of cloud services and to identify questions prudent to have answered before moving to cloud services. In response to this publication, Microsoft has created this document to outline how we meet the suggested principals and mapped them to the International Standards Organization (ISO) 27001:2005 and ISO 27002.With this standardized response we would like to empower customers with in-depth information to evaluate different offerings in the market place today.

    The document is available both DOCX & PDF Format.


  • Microsoft Online Services: Trust Center

    Security, Privacy and Compliance Information for Microsoft Online Services.

    At Microsoft, we appreciate the trust you place in us by using our online services to manage your valuable data. To reinforce that trust, we strive to be as transparent as possible about how we handle your information. The Microsoft Online Services Trust Center provides in-depth information about our privacy and security practices. We hope this information will help you understand and assess our practices for handling and securing data on Microsoft Online Services. office365logo

    This site provides information on Microsoft's Office 365 offerings. Information about the security and privacy for other Microsoft services can be found here.

    Our Commitments to You

    Tools to Understand Privacy and Security

    For example, if you use Data Use Limits link, this will give you detailed information…


    To find more visit http://www.microsoft.com/online/legal/v2/?docid=21&langid=en-us

  • Microsoft Download Center: Security in Office 365 White Paper

    Moving productivity services to the cloud requires a serious consideration of security and privacy issues and technologies. Office 365 is designed to deliver the enterprise-grade security you require to move to the cloud with confidence. Our data centers are designed, built, anoffice365logod managed using a defense-in-depth strategy at both the physical and logical layers, and our services are engineered to be secure using the Security Development Lifecycle. Office 365 makes it easy for users and administrators to access and use data and services while following security best practices. We have built our cloud-based productivity services with you in mind, helping you embrace the advantages of the cloud on your terms and at your own pace. Learn more about the enterprise-grade security that Microsoft has provided for many years.

    This whitepaper provides an overview of the security practices and technology that support enterprise-grade security in Microsoft Office 365 for businesses of all sizes.

    Document Size: 5 MB,


  • Microsoft Windows Thin PC, Now Available…Download Evaluation

    Microsoft announces the availability of Windows Thin PC. Windows Thin PC is based upon the proven foundation of enterprise class Windows 7 operating system.

    Windows Thin PC enables customers to repurpose existing PCs as thin clients by providing a smaller footprint, locked down version of Windows 7. This provides organizations with significant benefits:windows-7-logo

    Reduced End Point costs for VDI: Windows Thin PC empowers enterprises to leverage their end point hardware investments to access virtual desktops that are delivered using VDI or sessions. Windows Thin PC is available as a benefit of SA, and hence does not represent any additional cost for SA customers. Windows Thin PC also provides IT with the flexibility to revert back to PCs if necessary, in case the thin client computing model does not provide the benefits they were after.

    Excellent Thin Client experience: Windows Thin PC offers many of the benefits of a thin client. Organizations can improve security and compliance on their repurposed PCs, by using write filters to prevent data from being written to disk. Additionally, Windows Thin PC ensures a rich remote desktop experience through RemoteFX, enabling delivery of high fidelity multimedia content from centralized desktops.

    Enterprise Ready platform: Windows Thin PC is built on the proven Windows 7 platform. Organizations can leverage existing management strategy and tools such as System Center to centrally manage Windows Thin PC, including accelerated role based deployment of applications, security patches, updates, and data. Enterprise features such as Bitlocker and Applocker further help IT secure their devices, while DirectAccess helps customers securely access their corporate data on repurposed laptops.

    Microsoft recommends that customers who are currently evaluating thin client computing begin their journey by first repurposing existing PCs as thin clients with Windows Thin PC and evaluate the benefits they would get with this architecture. Once Windows Thin PC device hardware get decommissioned, customers can then purchase new Windows Embedded Thin Clients from our OEM partners without having to make changes to their existing management and security policies.

    You can Download the 90 day evaluation

    For more information visit http://www.microsoft.com/windows/enterprise/solutions/virtualization/products/thinpc.aspx

  • Windows Performance Analysis Tools…

    If you are using Windows then over the time you face challenges with the system performance. Well, Windows Performance Analysis Tools will help you find the root causes to analysis the performance related problems. Using Windows Performance Analysis Tools you can detect & trace different types of performance related issues in the operating system. The tools are designed to give you detailed information for all sorts of performance related issues.

    Windows Performance Toolkit is available as a part of Microsoft Windows SDK for Windows 7. You can download it over here

    Other than that you can use Sysinternals Utilities to detect & improve Windows Performance. Specifically, you can download Process Explorer & Process Monitor to detect & fix performance related issues.

    There is another important factor when it comes to Windows Performance, that is Boot Performance. The applications, drivers & services started during the boot time. To see what all runs during your boot process you can use Boot Logging option during Windows Start up by pressing F8. As mentioned Process Monitor also help you Enable Boot Logging. But the more easy to option is using Sysinternals Autoruns












    You can read more about these tools over here http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/performance/cc752957

  • Angry Birds now on Windows Phone 7 !!

    And after long wait, Angry Birds now available on Windows Phone 7.


    You can download the trial game from Windows Phone Marketplace. You can download the full version game at $2.99.

    More to read Microsoft Press Release http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/features/2011/apr11/04-13mixphone.mspx

    If you wonder what’s angry birds game is all about then the following trailer will give you understand more…

    Angry Birds Cinematic Trailer

    Happy Hunting

    PS: End users are responsible for their own productivity after downloading the game Winking smile

  • Microsoft Windows 8: First Look !!

    REDMOND, Wash. – June 1, 2011 – Today, at the D9 Conference, we demonstrated the next generation of Windows, internally code-named “Windows 8,” for the first time. Windows 8 is a reimagining of Windows, from the chip to the interface. A Windows 8-based PC is really a new kind of device, one that scales from touch-only small screens through to large screens, with or without a keyboard and mouse.

    The demo showed some of the ways we’ve reimagined the interface for a new generation of touch-centric hardware. Fast, fluid and dynamic, the experience has been transformed while keeping the power, flexibility and connectivity of Windows intact.

    Here are a few aspects of the new interface we showed today:

    • Fast launching of apps from a tile-based Start screen, which replaces the Windows Start menu with a customizable, scalable full-screen view of apps.

    • Live tiles with notifications, showing always up-to-date information from your apps.

    • Fluid, natural switching between running apps.

    • Convenient ability to snap and resize an app to the side of the screen, so you can really multitask using the capabilities of Windows.

    • Web-connected and Web-powered apps built using HTML5 and JavaScript that have access to the full power of the PC.

    • Fully touch-optimized browsing, with all the power of hardware-accelerated Internet Explorer 10.

    For more information visit Microsoft PressPass http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/features/2011/jun11/06-01corporatenews.aspx

    Building "Windows 8" - Video #1

    A lot more to come at BUILD Conference http://www.buildwindows.com/


    Watch out for more soon. Enjoy “Windows 8”.