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Internet Explorer 7 Beta 3 has been released!

Posted by gamerzworld on June 29, 2006

Today Microsoft has released Beta 3 of IE7. Some of the changes are Drag-able Tabs (as seen in Vista Build 5456), Offline Favorites and Scheduled Offline Favorites have been removed, and more. (See the Release Notes on MSDN)

Downloads:

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Internet Explorer 7 Beta 3 Release Notes

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Test Office 2007 on the internet

Posted by gamerzworld on June 27, 2006

Microsoft has launched a site where you connect to one of there computers with Office installed. The test drive system requies you have

  • Windows 98, 2000 or XP
  • Internet Explorer 5.5 or later

Go and test drive the next Office online now! Click here!

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Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 Pre-Release June 2006 CTP Released!

Posted by Ahmed Mahdy on June 26, 2006

Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 Pre-Release June 2006 CTP

By: Ahmed Mahdy

The Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 (formerly known as WinFX), is the new managed code programming model for Windows. It combines the power of the .NET Framework 2.0 with new technologies for building applications that have visually compelling user experiences, seamless communication across technology boundaries, and the ability to support a wide range of business processes. These new technologies are Windows Presentation Foundation, Windows Communication Foundation, Windows Workflow Foundation, and Windows CardSpace (formerly code named “Infocard”). Microsoft plans to ship .NET Framework 3.0 as part of the Windows Vista operating system. In addition, Microsoft is making these technologies available on Windows XP and Windows Server 2003. The following Community Technology Preview of .NET Framework 3.0 enables you to continue experimenting with early builds of these technologies, get acquainted with the development experience, and provide feedback to Microsoft. For more information on these technologies, click here.Please note that the License Agreement in this pre-release version of the .NET Framework v3.0 does not allow usage in a live operating environment. Information about Go-Live possibilities can be found here.Note: This is a pre-RTM release. Therefore, do not install these builds on machines you depend on. If you have a previous version of Avalon (“Windows Presentation Foundation”), Indigo (“Windows Communication Foundation”), or pre-released versions of .NET Framework 2.0 installed you must read this before download. Specifically, if you have previously installed .NET Framework 3.0 (WinFX Runtime Components 3.0) Beta 2, please follow the instruction in section 2.1 of the readme before installing .NET Framework 3.0 June CTP.

Compatibility with Windows Vista Beta2
This CTP (Community Tech Preview) is intended for users of Windows Vista build 5456, Windows XP, or Windows 2003 Server
. It is not supported for users running the Windows Vista Beta 2 for .NET Framework 3.0 development. If you are using Windows Vista Beta 2 for .NET Framework 3.0 development, we recommend that you do not install this version of the CTP and instead use the Beta 2 release. The .NET Framework 3.0 June CTP runtime is a later version than the one that ships with Windows Vista Beta 2, and code that uses the .NET Framework 3.0 Beta2 will not work with this CTP.

Name change: WinFX Runtime Components to .NET Framework v3.0
This is the first release with the new name, .NET Framework 3.0. You can find out more about the name change (from WinFX Runtime Components 3.0 -> .NET Framework 3.0) by googling them.

Installation
To start the installation process, you will need to run the download file; this will initiate the installation of the .NET Framework 3.0 June CTP; If you have troubles with the download manager, you can download the entire package
for x86 or for x64 which are both .EXE files. This CTP release supports Visual Studio 2005 RTM and the .NET Framework 2.0 RTM.  The Microsoft® WinFX® SDK contains documentation, samples, and tools designed to help you develop managed applications and libraries using WinFX. You can install the SDK that corresponds to this release here.

Download:
http://download.microsoft.com/download/f/6/f/f6fd4fdc-c7c3-4697-a143-7adcacc6e02e/dotnetfx3setup.exe 

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Windows Vista Build 5456 Screen Shots

Posted by gamerzworld on June 26, 2006

Here are some screen shots I took of build 5456!








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Windows Vista Build 5456 released to testers

Posted by gamerzworld on June 25, 2006

Microsoft has released build 5456 to testers. This is NOT a public build. This build should let you upgrade from Beta 2. (see release notes for more info on this) The keys are the same way as Beta 2.

Windows Vista Build 5456 (x86) — ISO — 2,572.91MB (2.57GB)
Windows Vista Build 5456 (x64) — ISO — 3,356.90MB (3.35GB)

Download:
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Windows Live Messenger is out of beta!

Posted by gamerzworld on June 20, 2006

Windows Live Messenger is now out of beta! There is no Yahoo chatting YET but its coming soon. Here is a overview of some of the things Windows Live Messenger can do!

 

  • Call their phones. Call their PCs.

    Call your friends' mobile or landline phones. It's affordable both within the US and internationally. And calling someone's PC is always free.

  • See them on the screen

    Show and tell: Grab a webcam and start a video conversation within minutes.

  • Share stuff

    Set up a Sharing Folder with a friend. Drop in photos and other stuff, as many as your computer can handle. See it even when one of you is offline.

  • Soon: talk to your Yahoo! friends, too

    Soon you'll be able to use Windows Live Messenger to talk to your friends who use Yahoo! Messenger with Voice. The world's largest IM network is getting even bigger.

So what are you waiting for? Join the worlds largest IM network today!

Posted by Aj Collins 

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Protected: Pulled:Signup For The New @live.com Live ID Before Official Launch At June 20!!

Posted by Ahmed Mahdy on June 16, 2006

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BREAKING NEWS! BILL GATES TO LEAVE MICROSOFT IN 2008!

Posted by gamerzworld on June 15, 2006

Microsoft Announces Plans for July 2008 Transition for Bill Gates

Working full time at Microsoft through June 2008, Gates then will continue as chairman

and advisor while increasing Foundation efforts; Ray Ozzie and Craig Mundie to assume

expanded roles.

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REDMOND, Wash. — June 15, 2006 — Microsoft Corp. today announced that effective July 2008 Bill Gates, chairman, will transition out of a day-to-day role in the company to spend more time on his global health and education work at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The company announced a two-year transition process to ensure that there is a smooth and orderly transfer of Gates’ daily responsibilities, and said that after July 2008 Gates would continue to serve as the company’s chairman and an advisor on key development projects.

The company announced that Chief Technical Officer Ray Ozzie will immediately assume the title of chief software architect and begin working side by side with Gates on all technical architecture and product oversight responsibilities, to ensure a smooth transition. Similarly, Chief Technical Officer Craig Mundie will immediately take the new title of chief research and strategy officer and will work closely with Gates to assume his responsibility for the company’s research and incubation efforts; Mundie also will partner with general counsel Brad Smith to guide Microsoft’s intellectual property and technology policy efforts.

“Our business and technical leadership has never been stronger, and Microsoft is well-positioned for success in the years ahead. I feel very fortunate to have such great technical leaders like Ray and Craig at the company,” Gates said. “I remain fully committed and full time at Microsoft through June 2008 and will be working side by side with Ray and Craig to ensure that a smooth transition occurs.”

June 15, 2006, Redmond, Wash: (L-R) Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates, Chief Research and Strategy Officer Craig Mundie, Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie and CEO Steve Ballmer gather prior to a news conference announcing plans for Gates to transition out of a day-to-day role in Microsoft over the next two years while Ozzie and Mundie assume increased roles in the company.
June 15, 2006, Redmond, Wash: (L-R) Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates, Chief Research and Strategy Officer Craig Mundie, Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie and CEO Steve Ballmer gather prior to a news conference announcing plans for Gates to transition out of a day-to-day role in Microsoft over the next two years while Ozzie and Mundie assume increased roles in the company.
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“This was a hard decision for me,” Gates added. “I’m very lucky to have two passions that I feel are so important and so challenging. As I prepare for this change, I firmly believe the road ahead for Microsoft is as bright as ever.”

In September 2005 Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer organized the company into three divisions under presidents Jim Allchin, Kevin Johnson, Robbie Bach and Jeff Raikes, who were given much greater responsibility for product development and strategy decisions within their respective businesses. In August 2005 the company appointed Kevin Turner as chief operating officer.

“Bill and I are confident we’ve got a great team that can step up to fill his shoes and drive Microsoft innovation forward without missing a beat,” Ballmer said. “We will continue to hire the world’s best technical talent and give them the tools to do their best work, and we will continue to tackle the biggest challenges and opportunities for our customers by investing for the long term.”

Ballmer and Gates noted that Microsoft has been steadily expanding its senior leadership in recent years, and that today’s announcement continues a transition process that has been underway for several years. In January 2000, Gates assumed the role of chief software architect and Ballmer assumed the role of CEO, responsible for all day-to-day operations and company business strategy.

“This is a very sensible and thorough approach. A two-year transition will ensure that the company has a smooth transfer of strategy and knowledge from Bill to the next generation of leaders,” said James I. Cash, Ph.D., member of the Microsoft board of directors and former James E. Robison Professor, Harvard Business School. “Steve and his management team are very impressive, and I’m confident the company will not miss a step.”

Ozzie, 50, worked on the first electronic spreadsheet, VisiCalc, in the early 1980s, then joined Lotus Development Corp. in 1983 to develop Lotus Symphony, an MS-DOS®-based integrated software management product that combined word processing, spreadsheet, business graphics, data management and communications capabilities. In 1984, Ozzie formed Iris Associates Inc. to develop Lotus Notes. In 1997 Ozzie founded Groove Networks, where he developed Groove Virtual Office. Microsoft acquired Groove Networks in April 2005 and named Ozzie chief technical officer.

Mundie, 56, joined Microsoft in 1992 to create and run the Consumer Platforms Division, which was responsible for developing non-PC platform and service offerings including the Microsoft® Windows® CE operating system; software for handheld PCs, Pocket PCs and Auto PCs; and early telephony products. Mundie also started Microsoft’s digital TV efforts and acquired and managed the WebTV Networks Inc. subsidiary. Mundie is also the original champion of the Trustworthy Computing Initiative at Microsoft, which has influenced Microsoft’s software development strategy. His current responsibilities also include global technology policy and a variety of technical and business incubation activities.

Ozzie and Mundie will continue to report to Gates. At an appropriate time during the two-year transition period, they will shift to reporting to Ballmer.

Gates, 50, started Microsoft in 1975 with childhood friend Paul Allen. He took Microsoft public in 1986 and was the company’s chairman and CEO until 2000, when Ballmer took over as CEO. For the past six years Gates has focused on Microsoft’s software development as the company’s chairman and chief software architect. In 2000, with his wife, he formed the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, whose assets now are $29.1 billion.

Founded in 1975, Microsoft has pioneered many of the software innovations that paved the way for the digital information revolution and launched the PC industry. Beginning with MS-DOS, Microsoft’s first operating system, and continuing with products such as Microsoft Office, Microsoft Windows and Xbox®, the company has developed a broad range of software, services and solutions that have transformed the way people work, communicate and play. Microsoft has 63,000 employees in more than 100 countries and generates annual sales of more than

$40 billion (U.S.). With products for desktop PCs, servers and mobile devices, Microsoft continues to be the worldwide leader in helping people and businesses realize their full potential.

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

Microsoft, Windows, MS-DOS and Xbox are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corp. in the United States and/or other countries.

The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

Source: Microsoft Press Pass

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Broadband ISPs in Egypt Personal Analysis Report

Posted by Ahmed Mahdy on June 14, 2006

Posted by: Ahmed Mahdy

Hey! Nice for me to investigate broadband ISPs in Egypt. They’re 8 authorized to present ADSL services and here an overview analysis of them based on a strategy I created to inform The National Telecom Regularity Authority “NTRA” about them:

1- EgyNet “Government ISP”:

Operation: Service is so bad, many disconnections and service failure and DNS errors,

Coverage: All Cities are available to be connected to the service.

Customer Service , Technical Support & HR: Bad, need more practicing for communication skills and general protocols.

Website Services: Very bad static

Offers and Ads.: Never heard of it.

2- Yalla :

Operation: Service is reliable more than the above in addition of some DNS failure.

Coverage: Resellers in cities out of Cairo and Alexandria make service so expensive,

Customer Service , Technical Support & HR: Employees are so bad “not well practiced or civilized”, need much practice for general protocols.

Website Services: Normal- Almost static

Offers and Ads.: Never heard of it.

3- Noor :

Operation: Their web servers are not well protected at least by Anti-SPAM filter for their employees (Just human monitoring for e-mails), service is good and fast continuous.

Coverage: Service coverage is limited to Cario, Alexandria and some other big cities via resellers, Customer Service , Technical Support & HR: Perfect, so arranged team system but a bit conceited.

Website Services: Very good- Interactive with some bugs.

Offers and Ads.: Never heard of it.

4- LinkdotNET: 1st ISP in Egypt, since 1992

Operation: Fast continuous speed, no much failures, however,

Coverage: Limited for some big cities.

Customer Service , Technical Support & HR: Perfect, no notes.

Website Services: Very Good- Interactive.

Offers and Ads.: Very good, at least weekly 2 or 3 ads. in newspaper or TV.

5- Nile On Line:

Operation: Service is so bad, many disconnections and service failure and DNS errors,

Coverage: All Cities are available to be connected to the service.

Customer Service , Technical Support & HR: Never heard of them.

Website Services: Site is static- Non interactive.

Offers and Ads.: Never heard about it.

6- TEData:

Operation: Highest bandwidth available, fast and continuous, no failures.

Coverage: Cairo and Alexandria and some big cities.

Customer Service , Technical Support & HR: Very good, need a bit of high rank protocol practice.

Website Services: Very good- Interactive.

Offers and Ads.: Very fantastic , weekly at least an ad on TV or newspaper 2 times.

7- MenaNet:

Operation: Good.

Coverage: Cairo and Alexandria and some big cities.

Customer Service , Technical Support & HR: Good.

Website Services: Good- Interactive.

Offers and Ads.: Never heard about it except from this company phone booths.

8- Raya Telecom:

Operation: Good and fast continous.

Coverage: Cairo and Alexandria and some big cities (most wide coverage).

Customer Service , Technical Support & HR: Very good.

Website Services: Very good-Interactive.

Offers and Ads.: No offers widely found in means of media.

Regards,

Ahmed Mahdy

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Broadband In Egypt Reduced by 40%

Posted by Ahmed Mahdy on June 14, 2006

I’ve read that on today’s newspaper while I was in van back to home from college as I was doing something for external practice when it was so hot.

Egypt On June 14, 2006

Newspaper; “Reposted & Translated” by: Ahmed Mahdy

Ministry of Telecom & IT: 40% Discount for Broadband Internet

Management of NTRA “The National Telecom Regularity Authority” has approved to re-constructing  ADSL service in co-operation of ISPs and Egyptian Telecom.

Service was reduced by 40% to become available for all internet users and distribute it in each Egypt residences/states where 90% only of broadband users are concentrated in Cairo and Alexandria, and NTRA seeks to provide other states by service.

NTRA’s Manager announced new prices plan after discount including new offers useful for all users and it’s for ADSL :

1-      256 Kbps Unlimited bandwidth for 95 EGP.

2-      512 Kbps Unlimited bandwidth for 190 EGP.

3-      1024 Kbps “1 Mbps” Unlimited bandwidth for 380 EGP.

4-      1024 Kbps “1 Mbps” with 10 GB limited bandwidth for 150 EGP and 8 EGP for each extra 1 GB bandwidth.

5-      2048 Kbps “2 Mbps” with 15 GB limited bandwidth for 199 EGP and 8 EGP for each extra 1 GB bandwidth.

*Prices up in EGP “Egyptian Pounds” and plan shown for  monthly subscription.

*For prices conversions in USD "US Dollars" due to latest market prices: http://www.xe.com/ucc/

The great news I read also were NTRA offer for foreign investments to held broadband companies including Broadband internet, VoIP “Voice over Internet Protocol” and International dialing where it supports Manholes points in Alexandria “Mid Sea” and Suez “Red Sea” for fiber optics cables and operating units. Foreigner candidate with partnership with one of local candidate “Ally”, has the priority of deal. For full deal details including prices and conditions visit NTRA website: http://www.ntra.gov.eg

If any good worldwide famous ISP wants more details about Local ISPs authorized from NTRA, contact me: ahmed-mahdy@msn.com

Ahmed Mahdy

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