“There is never a perfect time for this type of transition, but now is the right time,” Ballmer said. “We have embarked on a new strategy with a new organization and we have an amazing Senior Leadership Team. My original thoughts on timing would have had my retirement happen in the middle of our company’s transformation to a devices and services company. We need a CEO who will be here longer term for this new direction.”
This is part of the announcement made this week regarding Ballmer‘s stepping down and retiring as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Microsoft.
In an internal emails labeled Moving forward you can read more on this recent announcement.
Let’s fall in love with Windows 7 all over again, with Internet Explorer 11. Internet Explorer 11 Developer Preview is fast and fluid, and lets your websites shine and perform just like native applications on your PC.
Internet Explorer 11. Fast and fluid for Windows 7.
Fast: Internet Explorer 11 harnesses the untapped power of your PC, delivering pages full of vivid graphics, smoother video, and interactive content.
Easy: Experience the web the way you want to with pinned sites, built-in Spell-check and seamless integration with your PC running Windows 7.
Safer: Improved features like Smart-screen Filter and Tracking Protection let you be more aware of threats to your PC and your privacy.
Message to my developer types; get it, get it now. And make sure your awesome websites work with it.
Microsoft has released an Outlook Web Access (OWA) app for iPhone and iPad, providing those with Exchange OWA and 365 subscriptions access to their email, calendar, and contacts. Hello again to productivity.
Via their official blog they write“… we are excited to announce the availability of OWA for iPhone and OWA for iPad, which provide even more value to organizations on any Office 365 subscription that includes Exchange Online. OWA for iPhone and OWA for iPad are mobile apps that offer the same email, calendar and contact functionality you get in Outlook Web App on the browser, but with additional capabilities that are only possible through native integration of the app with mobile devices”
I’ve read that you need to be a 365 customer, however found out via my attempt to log in, that I could set my Exchange OWA settings manually and I had the access to my account.
Head over to the App Store and grab yourself a copy
There has been some buzz about it and it seems as if its finally Windows 8.1 is here as an preview. Now you can take a first-hand look at many of the new features and improvements with the Windows 8.1 Preview.
For a more complete look at all the features in Windows 8.1, check out the Product Guide.
Before you install the Windows 8.1 Preview, it is also highly recommended you backup any files you have on your PC or tablet first. Please see the Windows 8.1 Preview FAQbefore installing, which includes information on how to go back to Windows 8 if you need to. There are certain cases in which you will not be able to go back to Windows 8 after installing the Windows 8.1 Preview so please read the FAQ before proceeding.
Microsoft Message Analyzer is the successor of Microsoft Network Monitor. Microsoft released their third and final Beta of Microsoft Message Analyzer which will be followed up by the official release in the fall.
In addition to the new features and functionality, they improved performance and reduced the memory footprint. Here is a list of the new features highlights.
Centralized Sharing Infrastructure — users can now utilize the new Message Analyzer sharing infrastructure to create Library items as shareable assets that that you can import, export and share with others. Manageable asset types include Trace Scenarios, Filters, Viewpoints, Color Rules, Column Layouts, and Sequence Expressions. User Libraries — Above assets are available under centralized User Libraries Home tab — includes new Ribbon reorganization and enhancements that include the following features:
Viewpoints — specify preset viewpoints so you can view data from the perspective of a protocol, in addition to hiding operations in the current view and resetting the default viewpoint.
Time Shifts — specify time shifts that adjust for machine skew or time zone changes across traces.
Chart tab — enables you to create, edit, save, and share your own Composite Chart viewers that can contain custom-configured pie, bar, timeline, and grid chart components, similar to the built-in Protocol Dashboard.
Session Status — includes a new progress bar indicator in Session Explorer for loading, capturing, filtering, sorting, finding, and grouping data, in addition to applying sequence matching. Also displays the number of messages in a session and the number of messages in a session after Viewpoints or View Filters are applied.
Tool Windows — the following new tools are now available: Diagnostics window — summarizes diagnosis errors in a session and enables you to easily jump to a corresponding diagnosis message in the Analysis Grid. You can also filter Diagnostics window columns to isolate specific column data.
Call Stack tool window — displays the message stack for any selected message row in the Analysis Grid.
Bookmarks window — an annotation window that enables you to mark one or more messages of interest, which includes adding links, attachments, and different colored flags.
Comments window — an annotation window that enables you to quickly add basic comments to one or more messages.
Server Response Time — a new Global Annotation entity from Column Chooser that you can add as a data column in the Analysis Grid viewer, to measure the time interval between a request operation to a server and the first server response. Provides a context for assessing server performance.
Hyper-V Switch trace capability — capture traffic from individual VMs on a host by tying into the local Hyper-V switch.
Sequence Expression Editor — develop and save sequence expressions based on message traffic that you have captured. You can also manage sequence expressions as assets that you can share with your colleagues. Filtering Language enhancements — the Filtering Language has been extended to include support for IP sub-netting and DateTime literal expressions.
OPN behavior scenario extensions — support has been added for using an Xpath-like notation when creating OPN sequence expressions, to enable you to specify constraints on message origins. In addition, support is now included for arbitrary expressions (including annotations) in reference patterns.
Centralized Field Chooser — a new feature that extends the Column Chooser so that it is available to other tools that require you to choose fields, for example, when configuring a Sequence Expression.
The Active Directory Replication Status Tool (ADREPLSTATUS) analyzes the replication status for domain controllers in an Active Directory domain or forest.
The Active Directory Replication Status Tool (ADREPLSTATUS) analyzes the replication status for domain controllers in an Active Directory domain or forest. ADREPLSTATUS displays data in a format that is similar to REPADMIN /SHOWREPL * /CSV imported into Excel but with significant enhancements.
Specific capabilities for this tool include:
• Expose Active Directory replication errors occurring in a domain or forest
• Prioritize errors that need to be resolved in order to avoid the creation of lingering objects in Active Directory forests
• Help administrators and support professionals resolve replication errors by linking to Active Directory replication troubleshooting content on Microsoft TechNet
• Allow replication data to be exported to source or destination domain administrators or support professionals for offline analysis