There are various
reports rumors on various websites at the moment about the leak of a new Windows 7 RC Escrow build labeled as 7077.0.090404-1255. And this image above is the only proof they’re showing. Many people have been claiming to have gotten ‘access’ to it as well, but I have yet to see any real screenshots to make me believe. But, all you impatient gold diggers can start digging now if you want to try your luck. I’ll search around a bit and try to gather some details about this new build shortly.
Channel 9 has this great video on the Gazelle web browser project by Microsoft Research. It’s being constructed on an operating system architecture, which means improved security, resource handling and sharing.
Gazelle’s Browser Kernel is an operating system that exclusively manages resource protection and sharing across web site principals. This construction exposes intricate design issues that no previous work has identified, such as legacy protection of cross-origin script source, and cross-principal, cross-process display and events protection.
It sounds very much like Chrome, and going through Chrome’s design documents, you’ll find a lot of information of a somewhat similar multi process model and architecture. An interesting question asked in this video is if Gazelle can be ‘blue screed’ since it’s based on an OS architecture. This and many other interesting questions are answered in the video by Gazelle project lead Helen Wang and Alex Moshchuk, a PhD student intern developer. Keep in mind that Gazelle so far is based on paper purely, and there hasn’t been any signs of a working prototype so far in the open. It’s not clear whether Gazelle will be used for Internet Explorer 9 either, although seeing the slowness of Internet Explorer 8, I’d like to see Gazelle be the core of the next Microsoft web browser.
SearchTogether is a project from Microsoft Research which features include group query histories, split searching, page-level rating and commenting, automatically-generated shared summaries, peek-and-follow browsing, and integrated chat. It works as an Internet Explorer plug-in and requires a Windows Live ID. You would think it just works with Live Search. But no, it supports Google and Yahoo as well. Although it’s collaborative search, you can only see the queries that your friend is searching and see the same results, or comment on it. Chat is also available but it’s rather slow, it takes a while for the message to deliver after you press send.
The collaboration isn’t just limited to 2 people, and from what I see there’s not limit on the number of people you can add to a search session. On it’s project page, the requirement is Internet Explorer 7, but I use the plug-in on Windows 7 build 7057, and it worked just fine apart from a the exceptions it threw when using search in the split mode. It’s a very interesting concept and can be used for research, group assignments and social networking. I have a feeling there might be a similar plug-in for Firefox as well. But if you want to give SearchTogether a try, download it here. An extensive tutorial is also available to get you started.
If Bill Gates had a Facebook fan page, this is what it would look like according to PC World. He has 40 billion reasons why he’s better than Steve Jobs. Oh, they have a fan page for Steve Jobs too in that article.
Windows 7 has reached build number 7105 which is the RC Escrow. This means that it could be the build that would be released as a public release candidate for Windows 7, but don’t take my word on it, as per the MSDN RC page leak, it will be made public in May. Meanwhile, there is a possibility that this build will be leaked soon to the interwebs. The build string is 6.1.7105.0.090404-1235_x86fre_client_en-us_Retail_Ultimate-GB1CULFRER_EN_DVD according to a Russian website. And a change log has been posted as well:
1. Improved networking support, the work in the local network
2. Added support for some previously incompatible programs
3. Extras in the LP and small cosmetic interface improvements
4. Added support for new drivers for various devices
5. Extended support sensory displays
6. A small optimization and changes in the kernel
It seems like bug fixing and polishing is all that is being done now for 7. I do expect a complete change of icons to match the ones that have been changed so far in the OS. The RC build should reflect those changes. But any ideas what LP is?
There are news that Windows 7 Build 7077 has leaked.
Microsoft seems to be on a role lately. The ‘Laptop Hunters’ series has really put a dent in the egos of Apple followers and Microsoft critics who have been defending the ‘Apple Tax’ and pointing fingers at the ads. The ads have certainly been greeted with a positive response by those towards whom they are targeted at – the average consumers. Now, it seems that Windows Mobile 6.5 will have a good time as well.
This Monday, Microsoft announced its partners for Windows Marketplace for Mobile. The list is huge and contains the heavy weighs of mobile application development. These partners will develop applications which will provide new and unique gaming, social networking, media, utility and personal productivity experiences. The lengthy list includes:
|AccuWeather.com||The Associated Press|
|CNBC||Developer One Mobile Software|
|Handmark||Ilium Software Inc.|
|Resco s.r.o.||ShoZu Inc.|
|Sling Media Inc.||SBSH Mobile Software|
|Spb Software||Web Information Solutions Inc.|
Seeing the success of the iPhone as a social networking device, Microsoft has appropriately focused on providing an engaging experience for Windows Phones. Microsoft has created a Facebook app which will launch this April with capabilities to capture video on their phones and upload it to Facebook, something which the current iPhones cant do. A new MySpace application will also be released this summer giving Windows Phone users real time access to their network.
The second ad of the Laptop Hunter’s series is up. Giampaolo gets an HP HDX, which is very powerful indeed, for under $1500. Yes, it’s another shot at Apple. And it’s getting heard out there! Good job Microsoft!
I just came across this on Paul Thurrott’s blog. You can easily block ads using the new InPrivate feature in Internet Explorer 8. All you need is a XML file which contains the addresses of the URLs to block and you’re done. Someone has compiled an xml for InPrivate filtering from the Firefox addon, adblock plus. Here’s a step by step guide to help you set up ad blocking.
- Download the XML here.
- Open up IE 8 and navigate to Tools> Manage Addons
This is the first time I’ve read about the Apple Design Awards, but I’m really impressed that Apple stresses on developers for application design. These awards are held at the WDDC. Only if Microsoft were to do the same, we would have more applications like Blu. There are two categories, one for the iPhone and one for Mac OS X. The submissions will be evaluated based on the following:
- Platform Innovation
- Technology Integration & Adoption
- Design & Quality
- Performance Tuning & Optimization
Students also have a place in both categories although the condition of having a released application that is available in the App Store seems to be a bit tough. Being a student, I know how hard it would be to have a great app while concentrating on studies at the same time. But at the same time, the prizes make up for it! The submission deadline is May 4, so hurry and submit your entry today!
Best iPhone OS Applications
Enter your iPhone OS app and gain the recognition of your peers as you take center stage to showcase your best work.
Awards will be presented to:
- Up to four winners who have designed applications using iPhone SDK for iPhone SDK 2.2.1 (applications must be released versions and available on the App Store).
- One winner who has designed an application using iPhone OS 3.0 beta (application must be a pre-release version)
- One student winner who has designed an application using iPhone SDK for iPhone SDK 2.2.1 (application must be a released version and available on the App Store).
Best Mac OS X Applications
Submit your Mac OS X application and show off your hard work, innovation, and excellence in development and design.
Awards will be presented to:
- Up to four winners who have designed applications using Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard (applications must be released versions).
- One winner who has designed an application using Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard (application must be a pre-release version).
- One student winner who has designed an application using Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard
(application must be a released version).
Winners will receive two 15-inch MacBook Pros (best configuration), two 30-inch Apple Cinema Displays, two 16GB iPhone 3Gs, two 16GB iPod touch, an ADC 2009 Premier Membership, and reimbursement of their WWDC 2009 E-ticket.
Student category winners will receive one 15-inch MacBook Pro, one 30-inch Apple Cinema Display, one 16GB iPod touch, one 8GB iPhone 3G, one ADC 2009 Student Membership, and reimbursement of their WWDC 2009 E-ticket.
I know, it sounds absurd. Plain wrong. But that’s just my opinion, as most people have voted for it on Mary Jo Foley’s blog post which broke the news that Live Search could be renamed or rebranded to Bing. Microsoft has obtained the ownership of both Bing.com and Bing.net domains and is also redirecting some its servers to Bing.
While it’s official that Kumo is a name for the internal testing version of new search features by Microsoft, there hasn’t been any official news on Bing so far. Mary Jo Foley had received a tip a year ago from Microsoft that Hook, Bing and Kumo were being considered as new names for Live Search. Although, the ownership for the domains was made public on the 4th of March. As expected, there is no official comment on Bing at the moment by Microsoft. What do you think? Would Bing improve the usage or image of Microsoft’s search engine?