Windows Vista SP2 RC

Microsoft has released RC Escrow build of Windows Vista and Server 2008 SP2. A few selected testers have been e-mailed by Microsoft about this latest build.

The build number is 6002.16659.090114-1728 and is very close to RTM version.

The build can be downloaded via Windows Update using a small registry script or as a standalone installer or slipstreamed ISO.

The ISO version is available in 5 languages: English, Spanish, German, French, Japanese.

The build doesn’t support upgrade from previous SP2 build, so you’ll need to uninstall any previous build of SP2 before installing this RC build.

RC build can be uninstalled from «Control Panel -> Programs and Features -> View Installed Updates«

Firefox Mobile is coming

Firefox Mobile has been in alpha release since October 2008, but according to the developer’s wiki update, a milestone release for Windows Mobile could be coming the first week of February. The browser, codenamed «Fennec» is a slimmed down version of Mozilla’s Firefox desktop browser.

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Currently, users of Windows Mobile devices seeking a non-beta browser are limited to Internet Explorer Mobile, Opera Mini and Mobile for their mobile browsing needs.  A part of the iPhone’s success was the integrated Mobile Safari browser and its ability to render webpages as how they would appear on a desktop computer, which competitors such as Microsoft and RIM were sorely lacking in their offerings.  As Mozilla readies its launch of Fennec for a wider audience, it may also indicate the start of a mobile browser war.

Mozilla is choosing the HTC Touch Pro as its device of choice for this next milestone release.  The Touch Pro sports a 480×640 touch display with a full QWERTY keyboard.  Expectations are that performance will be much improved over the initial Alpha release on the Nokia N810.  According to Mozilla’s own Acid 3 test, as reported by The Unwired, the preview release of Fennec achieved a 88/100 score running in Windows Mobile, which is impressive to say the least.  As a comparison, the iPhone’s Mobile Safari browser achieved 74/100 on Apple’s 2.2 firmware. 

It will be interesting to see how the latest release stacks up against the current browsers and even that of the untested Palm Pre browser.  Given Firefox’s large developer’s community and its market share climbing above 20 percent in 2008, Mozilla seems to have a worthy contender.  Mozilla certainly plans on leveraging its success on the desktop with the release of Fennec.

Based on the same gecko engine as the open sourced Mozilla Firefox desktop brower, Fennec promises to be as simple, compatible, secure, fully integrated and retain developer support.  However, Mozilla does not have plans to port the browser over to the iPhone OS or Google’s Android platform at the moment.  It is important to note that this milestone release may not be a public release and could be seeded to developers only.  We will update you as more information becomes available.

Google mail is offline?

It’s about time. Google has officially rolled out Gmail Offline, allowing users to read and compose mail even while they’re not connected to the internet.

As detailed in the announcement via the official Gmail blog, once you switch on Gmail Offline (as usual it’s in the labs tab under settings) Gmail uses Google Gears to download a local cache of your mail. When you’re connected to the web, Gmail works the same way it always has by making chit-chat with the Gmail servers. If you drop your connection, Gmail will switch to offline mode and use the information stored in the cache to allow you to keep doing all things Gmail. As soon as your signal comes back, all messaged saved to your outbox will be sent and you’ll be back in business with the Gmail servers.
This is something I’ve been waiting a long time. Working remotely is no picnic and those trans-Atlantic flights are a great time to answer emails and sort my inbox into something that resembles organized chaos.

Offline is being switched on for English UK and English U.S. users. If you don’t see it in Labs straight away, hold your horses and just chill for a bit — you should see it over the next days.

The new OLPC

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Well, our interest was certainly piqued by that OLPC XO-2 mockup and now the Guardian is saying that the hardware development will take place open source. This is certainly fitting with the company’s idealistic ethos, and it’ll be interesting to see what other companies bring to the table as the reportedly $75 dual-screen device gets closer to real reality. «The XO-1 was really designed as if we were Apple,» Nicholas Negroponte says in the interview. «The XO-2 will be designed as if we were Google – we’ll want people to copy it. We’ll make the constituent parts available. We’ll try and get it out there using the exact opposite approach that we did with the XO-1.» He let a few details slip too, saying that it will be dual touchscreen, with one of the displays featuring a touch-sensitive, force-feedback, haptic keyboard. When asked how he feels about the possibility that other companies might profit from all this hard work developing the laptop of tomorrow? «I wouldn’t complain.» Class act, that one. Bravo.

India is building a 20$ laptop

Yes it is true!!! Forget OLPC, forget netbooks. Here comes the 20$ laptop from India.

It is much better than the OLPC XO that Negroponte wanted to reportedly charge the Indian government more than 2 years ago. This offer was rejected by officials with a promise to young Indians to do it better and for less. According to some reports (there is not anything official), the laptop will feature 2GB of memory, WiFi, fixed Ethernet, expandable memory, and consume just 2 watts of power.The Devil’s in the details, they say, but with any luck, India will be swimming in cheap silicon within the next 6 months if the project can keep to schedule… that’s a big IF.

 

Admire it in the following picture:

Mac OSX Leopard Snow vs Windows 7

AppleInsider has published an in depth look at the competitive origins of Windows 7 and Mac OS X and why the products aren’t really direct competitors.

The operating system most users end up with will depend upon what hardware they choose to buy, not the specific feature details of the software that system happens to run. History reveals that the hardware decision isn’t going to be based primarily upon features.

The following presents a historical overview of the competition between Apple and Microsoft in the operating system market leading up to this year’s face off between Windows 7 and Snow Leopard. While modern Macs can now also run Windows, Apple is the only PC maker to refrain from actually licensing it from Microsoft as an OEM; in contrast, Apple’s Mac OS X only legally runs on the company’s own premium PCs. That has enabled Mac OS X to differentiate Apple’s hardware from other PC vendors using easy to demonstrate software features and tighter hardware integration, winning back some of the ground Apple lost during the decade of the 90s.

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HOW TO USE SHARED CALENDARS IN OUTLOOK

Having shared calendars is a great time saving feature that any business can use. It is a

way to keep track of meetings, conference room availability, co-worker availability and even

device availability such as a loaner laptop. If you have a Small Business Server or Exchange

Server and use Microsoft Outlook for your email, you already have the tools you need to

start using shared calendars.

How to Schedule a Meeting

1 Click on the Calendar button.

2 Click on New Appointment in the upper left.

3 In the New Appointment window you can type a username where it says Click here to

add a name. Hit enter after you type the name.

4 You will now see that user’s calendar. Busy time is indicated by a blue line and time

where they are out of the office is indicated by a purple line.

5 There are multiple ways to set a meeting time:

5.1 Use the green and red vertical lines to specify the start and end time of the

meeting. Make sure they don’t overlap busy time for any of the required attendees.

5.2 At the bottom of the New Appointment window (on the Scheduling tab) you will see

Meeting Start Time and Meeting End Time.

5.3 On the Appointment tab you will see Start Time and End Time in the middle

of the window.

6 Enter the subject and location of the meeting on the Appointment tab.

7 Attendees will also see any notes entered in the large white box at the bottom of

the Appointment tab.

How to View Someone Else’s Calendar

You must have the correct permissions setup to view another person’s calendar. There

are multiple ways to do view another person’s calendar:

1 You can follow the instructions under How to Schedule a Meeting.

2 You can also click on File, Open, Other User’s Folder. Type the name of the person

whose calendar you want to view and choose Calendar from the folder type dropdown.

Click OK. Once you’ve done this you will see that person’s calendar listed under Other

Calendars if you click on the Calendar button.

3 If you’ve previously viewed this person’s calendar, click on the Calendar button. Put a

checkmark next to their name under Other Calendars.

How to Change Permissions on Your Own Calendar

If you would like everyone to be able to view your calendar, make sure the default name has

the Reviewer permission level.

1 Click on the Calendar button.

2 Under My Calendars on the upper left, right click on Calendar and click on Properties.

3 Click on the Permissions tab.

4 You can review the current permissions listed in the white box at the top.

5 If you would like to remove a current permission, click on that name then click on the

Remove button.

6 To add a new permission, click on Add. Find the name that you would like to add in the

list, double click on it then click OK.

7 You can give that person default permission by choosing from the Permission Level

dropdown. You can also choose Custom Permissions just below that dropdown.