Microsoft ZUNE HD

Microsoft’s just sent out a press release (after the break) and launched an official Zune HD page.

The Zune HD is real, and it’s coming this Fall. Microsoft officially announced the next iteration in their Zune line today, making it less of a tripped out pipe dream, and more of a totally tubular reality. The specs, which look exactly like that leak we saw, go like this: 3.3-inch, 480 x 272 OLED capacitive touchscreen display, built-in HD Radio receiver, HD output (utilizing a new dock — not on-board), and… not much more right now. Microsoft is doing away with the famed squircle in favor a full multitouch device, and they seemed to indicate that some new touch-friendly apps and games would be headed our way, though they were fairly mum when it came to details. The device will boast an IE-based, customized browser, but little else was said in the way of software.

Details are also scarce concerning storage capacities, CPU performance, and other crucial numbers, but it seems like they’ve got more in store come E3… and that’s the next big piece of news. Zune integration is coming to the Xbox and Xbox Live, as the Zune marketplace will step in to replace the current Live video resources, expanding the library and offering all kinds of new perks, like Zune’s first foray into international waters. According to the company, at E3 «attendees will see first-hand how Zune integrates into Xbox LIVE creating a game-changing entertainment experience» — we’re not entirely sure what the means right now, but it sounds sweet. Try to contain your excitement.

Picture of black Zune HD, now after the break, which Microsoft is giving out to selected «Zune MVP» sites such as Inside the Circle and ZuneTracks.

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«

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.

How to use Kiosk Mode in Microsoft Internet Explorer

When you run Internet Explorer in Kiosk mode, the Internet Explorer title bar, menus, toolbars, and status bar are not displayed and Internet Explorer runs in Full Screen mode. The Windows 95 taskbar is not displayed, but you can switch to other running programs by pressing ALT+TAB or CTRL+ALT+DEL. Because Internet Explorer is running in Full Screen mode, you cannot access the Windows 95 desktop until you quit Internet Explorer.

How to Start Internet Explorer in Kiosk Mode

To start Internet Explorer in Kiosk mode, click Start, click Run, type the following command in the Open box, and then click OK

iexplore -k page

where page is the Web page address for the Web page that you want to appear when Internet Explorer starts. If you do not specify a Web page in the Open box, Internet Explorer opens your start page. Note that the Web page that you specify can be a Web page on the Internet, on your computer, or on another computer on the network.

To start Internet Explorer in Kiosk mode and start Internet Explorer with the Microsoft Web site, click Start, point to Run, and then type iexplore -k www.microsoft.com in the Open box.

To start Internet Explorer in Kiosk mode and start Internet Explorer with the Example.htm Web page that is located in the My Documents folder on your computer, click Start, point to Run, and then type iexplore -k «c:my documentsexample.htm» in the Open box.

To start Internet Explorer in Kiosk mode and start Internet Explorer with the Example.htm Web page that is located on another computer on the network, click Start, point to Run, and then type iexplore -k \servershareexample.htm in the Open box, where server and share are the network server and share on which the Web page is located.

How to Quit Internet Explorer

To quit Internet Explorer when it is running in Kiosk mode, press ALT+F4. Note that you cannot quit Kiosk mode if you do not also quit Internet Explorer.

Keyboard Shortcuts for Kiosk Mode

   Key combination  Function
   -----------------------------------------------------------
   CTRL+A           Select all (editing)
   CTRL+B           Organize favorites
   CTRL+C           Copy (editing)
   CTRL+F           Find (on current page)
   CTRL+H           View History folder
   CTRL+L           Open Location dialog box
   CTRL+N           New window (opens in non-Kiosk mode)
   CTRL+O           Open Location dialog box (same as CTRL+L)
   CTRL+P           Print
   CTRL+R           Refresh
   CTRL+S           Save
   CTRL+V           Paste (editing)
   CTRL+W           Close (same as ALT+F4)
   CTRL+X           Cut (editing)
   ALT+F4           Close
   ALT+LEFT ARROW   Back
   ALT+RIGHT ARROW  Forward
   ESC              Stop
   F5               Refresh