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  • Blog Post: How to get hold of Windows Vista Beta 1(code name Longhorn)

    As of just a few moments ago there is content on the Windows Vista site which announces the limited availability of Beta 1. The software itself is being released to a limited number of official beta testers and hence you can't browse there and start pulling down a version to play with yourself - unless...
  • Blog Post: How to uninstall Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1

    If you’ve tried installing IE8 Beta 2 onto a machine that already had IE8 Beta 1 on it then you’ll have seen the following message: Install Windows Internet Explorer 8 A previous build of Internet Explorer 8 is already installed on your computer. You must remove it before installing the latest version...
  • Blog Post: How to deal with Spyware - Microsoft acquires anti-spyware technology

    "Microsoft plans to make available to Windows customers a beta version of a spyware protection, detection and removal tool, based on the GIANT AntiSpyware product, within one month. The upcoming beta will scan a customer's PC to locate spyware and other deceptive software threats and enable customers...
  • Blog Post: ISA 2006 Pulic Beta together with Technical Product details and User Interface Walkthroughs

    Internet Security and Acceleration Server is an established security product that's been in production environments since the year 2000. The second major release of the product was denoted "ISA 2004". ISA 2004 majors on protecting Microsoft Server applications including Exchange and Internet Information...
  • Blog Post: Where can I download Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 from: Why might you want to?

    I was surprised that the download link for Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 for Windows Vista wasn’t as easy to find as I’d expected hence writing this post. If you’re wondering why to give IE8 a go then you may wish to read the following sites: Internet Explorer Team Blog Internet Explorer site Internet Explorer...
  • Blog Post: Where can I download the public beta of Windows 7 (beta 1)?

    The Windows Team Blog will be updated in the next few hours detailing when and where to download the public beta 1 of Windows 7 I've been running the PDC/WinHec build of Windows 7 since October daily as my main machine and it's worked brilliantly. James Senior's blog has some great links to and...
  • Blog Post: Windows Defender Beta 2 is now available - it's the new name for Microsoft AntiSpyware

    Click here to find out more about our updated AntiSpyware offering. Windows Defender is the new name for Microsoft AntiSpyware and it's built into the current Beta of Windows Vista. The website includes an interesting comparison of Windows Defender to the competing solutions in the market - click...
  • Blog Post: How can I get hold of Windows Vista Beta software? How much is TechNet Plus?

    Following my post about recent builds of Windows Vista I received a comment from hir8er pertaining to frustration about the cost or difficulty of getting hold of the Beta software. This is the only blog post I've written over the last couple of years where I mention the price of anything or "push...
  • Blog Post: Send messages to your MSN Space from your mobile phone

    With SMS to Spaces you can easily send text messages to your MSN Space even if you are not near a PC! There is no charge for sending messages to your MSN Space however standard mobile charges apply. So you can be out on the road and still post text entries to your blog - very cool. Warning - this...
  • Blog Post: Make sure you get your wireless security passphrase right on Windows Vista

    This won't come as a surprise for those of you who've read many of my blog entries or who've discussed security with me directly but I have a somewhat obtuse Wireless Protected Access (WPA) passphrase and I've just mistyped it on my newly built Windows Vista client machine - I want to share with you...
  • Blog Post: Internet Explorer 7 Beta 2 is now available - download IE7 here

    Click here to download Internet Explorer 7 Beta 2 . IE 7 is nearing release bringing with it a wealth of security improvements including significant re-engineering and new features including the anti-phishing filter. Much will no doubt be made of the functionality improvements too such as the neat...
  • Blog Post: Beware - if you install a new browser such as IE8 you'll loose your cookies

    This may not be a problem for you but it's worth being aware that any websites that automatically sign you in (after you've logged in the first time and asked the browser to store your password for the site) will forget who you are - therefore make sure you know the passwords for such sites before upgrading...
  • Blog Post: How to securely publish multiple HTTPS websites on a single port via ISA

    At last week's PKI TechNet event in Reading several people asked how to get around the challenge of allowing multiple certificates to be used (corresponding to individual HTTPS web sites) in conjunction with ISA's web server publishing feature. For those of you who many not be familiar with the problem...
  • Blog Post: How will Network Access Protection be enforced for IPSEC? How to secure IPSEC clients? How does IPSEC work?

    We have just released a white paper which explains in detail the plans for Network Access Protection(NAP) to enforce the security of IPSEC clients. NAP will be a very powerful part of Windows Vista and the corresponding server operating system (currently referred to as Longhorn Server) which will make...
  • Blog Post: Ooops - my "Was is R2" post slipped out before I'd finished it

    Some of you may have read my post "What is R2" and wondered why on earth I only posted a single (not particularly funny) line entry. Many people ask me about R2 and so I figured I'd write a meaningful post - unfortunately I accidentally posted it as it was. R2 stands for "Release 2" - it is a generic...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista build 5342 is NOT a Community Technology Preview

    There's a great deal of chatter on the web with regard to "a new CTP" (Community Technology Preview) of Windows Vista. Personally I'm participating in a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) community gathering - just like online there's a great deal of discussion about this build Build 5342...
  • Blog Post: If you're planning to buy new laptops and want to make the most of the security features of Windows Vista

    Note: The information in this post is based on the features of beta software and hence they may change before Windows Vista ships. To make the most of Windows Vista's advanced security features you need to ensure that new machines are TPM 1.2 compliant. TPM stands for Trusted Platform Module - details...
  • Blog Post: Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1 looks good – just beware that it may eat your cookies!

    I’m giving Internet Explorer 8 a whirl – it’s early days as we’re only at Beta 1 and I’ve found a glitch whereby upon installing the new version I lost the cookies on my machine. I’ve fed the problem back to the product group and am confident they will address the it as soon as they can. Post install...
  • Blog Post: What is forefront client security and how will it protect my enterprise from malware?

    Forefront Client Security is one of the expanding range of Microsoft Forefront Security products. It's aim is to provide enterprises with the means to centrally define and measure compliance to an anti-malware policy. Specifically Forefront Client Security protects against Worms, Viruses and to some...
  • Blog Post: Time's running out to download Windows 7 Beta1 for free

    If you're either a TechNet or MSDN subscriber then there's no need to rush though the sooner you start evaluating Windows 7 the sooner you can realise the benefits in your business. The public download of Windows 7 Beta 1 finishes on 10th February so if you want to try it then you'd better get your skates...
  • Blog Post: First hand experience of Microsoft Anti-spyware software from GIANT Company acquisition

    Browse to http://blogs.msdn.com/benriga/archive/2004/12/28/338992.aspx for an interesting review of our upcoming anti-spyware software - Ben shares is experience of using the beta code.
  • Blog Post: Try Internet Explorer 7 Beta 2 for yourself - it's really good

    I've read some entertaining posts about IE 7 beta 2 comparing it to some other browsers. One in particular made me laugh though I can't post it as it included an expletive ;-( and I don't want to offend anyone. I've been surprised by the number of children that read my blog. The post included the...
  • Blog Post: Running Virtual Server R2 on Windows Vista

    This is not a supported configuration nor am I recommending you to try this at home/work HOWEVER I'm happily running Virtual Server R2 (pre-release version) on Windows Vista Beta 1 - I'm runnning the beta that's available from the MSDN subscriber centre. I haven't yet managed to network my virtual clients...
  • Blog Post: Download SQL Server 2008 CTP for free

    The latest Community Technology Preview (CTP) for SQL Server 2008 (formerly known as "katmai") is available for download via the Microsoft Connect website . As is mentioned on the right hand side of the download page you need to register for the CTP BEFORE downloading the code otherwise you'll be disapointed...
  • Blog Post: What is TagSpace? Announcing the Beta of Microsoft Forums and Microsoft Blogs

    The Microsoft Community team in corp have released betas of TagSpace, Microsoft Forums and Microsoft Blogs. The ethos is for us to provide plumbing to make it easier for communities to link up and share information. Browsing to the " Help Build Microsoft Community Applications & Services " page provides...