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  • Blog Post: Singapore Gadgets

    For all of us living in Singapore we can now get local gadgets to our Windows Vista Sidebar. You can find local weather reports, radio etc. You download them from the Gadget site and there will be more and more coming like streetdirectory which I look forward to since I still can be a bit confused finding...
  • Blog Post: SP1 for Vista available for TechNet Subscribers

    Service Pack 1 for Windows Vista is now available for download if you have a TechNet Plus Subscription. You can find more information about this on the TechNet Plus Blog . Other useful links: SP1 overview (Changes, FAQ etc) TechNet Plus Subscriptions The general availability will be sometime in...
  • Blog Post: Springboard Live! Virtual Roundtable

    Last week there was a virtual roundtable discussing Windows Vista. Mark Russinovich led the discussion with industry experts and invited IT Pros. Since it was in the middle of the night for us in Asia you probably didn't catch it but it's now available on demand! Watch this 90 second teaser, the whole...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista Packaging

    The packaging for Vista is now ready. Of course, we have known for a while which versions Vista will be available in - but now we can see what the boxes will actually look like. J Below you see the Ultimate version box and if you want to see the others, please have a look here
  • Blog Post: Vista Service Pack 1 available via Windows Update

    Windows Vista SP1 in English, French, German, Spanish and Japanese is now available and more languages will be ready by end of April. In approximately one month, Windows Update will automatically download SP1 to those PCs configured to receive automatic updates but if you want it already today you can...
  • Blog Post: Vista Certification finally done!

    After working with Vista for more than a year, finally I’ve taken my certification!! The MCP exam I took is called 70-620: Installing and configuring Windows Vista . To prepare for it I took a 3-day bootcamp here in Singapore and today after lunch we took the test. I’ve been taking a few MCP’s before...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista One Year Vulnerability Report

    Jeff Jones just released the Windows Vista One Year Vulnerability Report . The report looks at vulnerability disclosures and security updates for Windows Vista and compares it with Windows XP and other workstation operating systems such as Red Hat, Ubuntu and Apple. Download it from his blog
  • Blog Post: Community Launch in Kuala Lumpur

    It’s time for a new Community Launch of Vista, Office and Exchange, this time in Malaysia. On June 22 nd SPAN, SQL Server Practitioners Alliance Network , are organizing an evening event between 6.45-9.15 in the Microsoft Office in Kuala Lumpur. There will be two technical sessions: An Overview of...
  • Blog Post: Full Disk Encryption

    Azra , our security specialist in Malaysia, just wrote a blog post about Full Disk Encryption and what the benefits are. Check it out and also read more about our full disk encryption solution in Vista; BitLocker
  • Blog Post: Want your Vista laptop battery to last longer?

    If you are running Vista with the AERO glass effects (you know the transparency), you might have discovered that when you are running in battery, it runs out faster than normally. One guy got tired of this and created an application that turns AERO off when you run on battery. You find the code and...
  • Blog Post: Beta for SP2 for Windows Server 2008 and Vista available

    We just announced the CPP (Customer Preview Program) for Windows Vista SP2 and Windows Server 2008 SP2. This Beta is now available if you have a TechNet Subscription and it will soon be available for everyone to download and test. Since we have the same code base for both the clients and server they...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista: Under the hood

    After all my focus on Windows Server 2008 I just want to highlight an article I read about Windows Vista and the security enhancements of it. It explains in depth everything from User Account Control and the new TCP/IP stack to I/O Prioritization. Check it out here
  • Blog Post: Vista contests

    Since I’m in a Vista mood right now I have to tell you about a few contests that you can participate in. ShowUsYourWow is a contest where you can share a WOW moment with us. It could be that time when you finished your first marathon, the birth of your child or your marriage. Upload your picture or...
  • Blog Post: New cool Vista books

    I got my hands on some new Vista books recently that are more focused on the consumer or home user. One of them, Windows Vista Home Entertainment with Windows Media Center and Xbox360 , gives you a really good introduction and step-by-step guide on everything from how to set up your Mediacenter, how...
  • Blog Post: Vista and Office on TechNet downloads

    If you have a TechNet Plus Subscription you can now download Office 2007 to test on your systems. If you also want to try Vista on your machines you’ll have to wait until Friday, the 17 th . Both Office 2007 and Windows Vista will also be included in the January shipment of DVD’s. You can find more information...
  • Blog Post: 2 days to go...

    Now it’s just two days to go before Vista will be available to all of you! WOW J The upcoming weeks there will be lots of things happening around the world. A few examples of events in the Southeast Asia region: Philippines: Launch event at February 3, SM Mall of Asia. More information here Malaysia...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista Home Entertainment book

    I got some books a while ago that I gave away to people I know in the community. Adrian , the PC Games MVP in Philippines, got Windows Vista Home Entertainment and wrote a review on it on his blog . Check it out if you’re interested in Vista, MediaCenter and xBox and how to connect it all J
  • Blog Post: Cool Vista application

    For those of you who are running Vista, yesterday a new internet application released that you will absolutely love. The British Library make s ome of the worlds most precious books availible for you in dynamic 3D with text, audio and community functions all hosted in the browser! You just use your mouse...
  • Blog Post: Virtual PC 2007 is availible

    Virtualization is a hot topic for many when we try to consolidate servers or just set up a good test environment. Virtual PC is one part of that puzzle and last week we released VPC 2007. The main difference from the previous version is the support for Vista both as a guest and host operating system...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Assessment and Planning Tool available

    Migrating to a new platform like Windows Server 2008 is of course a big step but to help you on this journey we now have a Beta release of a tool that can help you. Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) tool can help you to conduct network-wide assessment and determine the readiness for migration to...
  • Blog Post: Differences between IIS 7.0 in Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008

    As you know we will get a new version of IIS with Windows Server 2008, IIS 7.0. But we also have it as a part of Vista so what’s really the difference and what’s the reason for it? These questions get answered in this blog post on the IIS blog. I found it an interesting read. This line summarizes...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista finally has hit RTM!

    The day we’ve all been waiting for is here. Windows Vista has now been Released to Manufacturing. I’m going to start install my computer right NOW and our volume licensing customers can get the bits in the end of this month. There will also be a big launch event in the US on November 30 th and here in...
  • Blog Post: Piloting Windows Vista

    Windows Vista SP1 is soon here and maybe you now start thinking about what a deployment would mean for your company and how you plan a deployment project. I found an article on TechNet; How to Pilot Windows Vista that covers how to select which users to pick, how to create a test plan etc. We also...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Magazine November

    The November issue of TechNet Magazine is now available online. This issue focuses on how you as an administrator can get your end users happy (which will make you happy). It features articles like “ Changes to Offline Files in Windows Vista ”, “ Configure VPN Remote Access with ISA Server 2006 ” and...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Roadshow in Malaysia

    It’s time to tour Malaysia again! Last year at this time I had the opportunity to go to East Malaysia and Penang to do TechNet events. This year I will not join since we have Azra in place to do technical sessions for IT Pros. The agenda is focusing on Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008 and Forefront...