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Microsoft Rallies Developers to Build Next-Generation Applications

Microsoft Corp. has unveiled new technologies that enable developers to build next-generation interactive applications for Windows Vista, the 2007 Microsoft Office system and the Web. These new technologies are designed to help developers build Web services and connected, service-oriented applications that deliver the levels of security, reliability and differentiation that business and consumers expect.

?With the release of Windows Vista and the 2007 Microsoft Office system, the sky is really the limit on what developers can build ? from applications that deliver advanced data visualization to highly connected line-of-business solutions,? said Scott Guthrie, general manager of the Developer Division at Microsoft, during his keynote speech at the Visual Studio Connections event. ?By embracing trends such as AJAX and delivering new technologies for Windows and Microsoft Office, we are opening the door to entirely new levels of innovation in the software industry while still allowing developers to use their existing skill sets.?

With easy-to-use tools and APIs designed to ensure immediate productivity and a superior user experience, developers can now begin building and testing their applications in advance of the broad availability of Windows Vista and the 2007 Microsoft Office system.

The following products were released today and yesterday:

  • The release to manufacturing of Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0.
  • The availability to MSDN Premium subscribers of Windows Vista and the 2007 Microsoft Office system on release to manufacturing.
  • The availability of Visual Studio 2005 extensions for the .NET Framework 3.0.
  • The release to manufacturing of Visual Studio 2005 Tools for Office for the 2007 Microsoft Office system.
  • Beta 2 of ASP.NET AJAX Extensions and the Microsoft Asynchronous JavaScript and XML (AJAX) Library (collectively called ASP.NET AJAX), formerly codenamed ?Atlas.?
  • The release candidate of Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Compact Edition.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - November 7, 2006 at 11:32 pm

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Visual Studio 2005 Extensions for Sharepoint Services 3.0

Microsoft released the Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 Tools: Visual Studio 2005 Extensions. Download is available here.

Visual Studio 2005 extensions for Windows SharePoint Services 3.0, November CTP. Tools for developing custom SharePoint applications: Visual Studio project templates for Web Parts, site definitions, and list definitions; and a stand-alone utility program, the SharePoint Solution Generator.

This stand-alone program generates a Site Definition project from an existing SharePoint site. The program enables developers to use the browser and Microsoft Office SharePoint Designer to customize the content of their sites before creating code by using Visual Studio. Source: Microsoft.com

SharePoint Products and Technologies Community is here, and the Microsoft SharePoint Services Developer Center is here.

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Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 Released

The Microsoft .NET Framework version 3.0 redistributable package installs the common language runtime and associated files required to run applications developed to target the .NET Framework 3.0. Get it here.

For more info check out the Microsoft .net Framework blog.

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Get Microsoft Office Accounting 2007 Beta

Microsoft is giving the Office Accounting 2007 B2TR copy of it’s software away for free, or free until June 2007, that is. Haven’t tried this myself, but saw some good reviews on it, but, it’s free for eight months, long enough to try it out yourself. Includes integration with Paypal and eBay, create quotes, invoices, purchase orders, manage payroll, inventory and more.

Start up easily. Microsoft Office Accounting 2007 installs easily, without the help of Information Technology professionals. Using the Company Setup, you will be managing your business with Office Accounting 2007 in less than an hour. Source: Microsoft

Download it from here.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - October 31, 2006 at 3:21 am

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Authentium Circumvents the PatchGuard Kernel Protection

I’ve posted before about how security companies are up in arms about the new Windows PatchGuard protection from Microsoft that can block any application from accessing, or “hooking” Vista’s kernel commands, a technique utilized by vendors in sophisticated anti-tampering and behavior monitoring tools, and used by hackers in attacking computer systems with rootkits. Authentium says they have circumvented this feature using a loophole that allowed the operating system to support older hardware.

The company, based in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., maintains that it has built a version of its Authentium ESP Enterprise Platform that can bypass PatchGuard without setting off the desktop alarms produced by the security feature when the Vista kernel is compromised.

When a program of any kind attempts to modify the kernel on a system running PatchGuard, which is already available in 64-bit versions of Microsoft’s Windows XP OS, the computer produces a blue screen and stops all other Windows applications from running.

Authentium said its workaround allows it to access the kernel without incurring the shut-down.

The company specifically said that it is using an element of the kernel meant to help the OS support older hardware to bypass the feature. The loophole allows the company’s tools to infiltrate Vista’s kernel hooking driver, and get out, without the OS knowing the difference. Source: eWeek

Looks of good reading there, including more info on PatchGuard and links to other articles where security companies have taken Microsoft to task over it. One industry insider says he thinks McAfee and Symantec have already done this themselves, but are keeping the heat on for a different reason,

At least one industry watcher believes that Symantec and McAfee have developed methods of their own for working with, or circumventing, PatchGuard, and contends that the firms have only kept the heat on Microsoft over the feature to keep antitrust regulators alert to Microsoft’s continued push into their territory.

Which makes sense, they have to protect their bread and butter. Alex Eckelberry from Sunbelt has posted a few articles on PatchGuard, but the one he posted today actually made a lot more sense than the other complaints I have seen from Symantec,

The lesson? We cannot predict how malware authors will work in the future, and that is one reason why PatchGuard is such a potentially dangerous technology.

PatchGuard creates a barrier to the kernel, against which security vendors (the major defensive bulwark for Microsoft) can’t get in to to help the operating system against an attack, at least without permission through APIs.

The ability of security companies to fully support the 64 bit Windows platform itself, a fact that Gartner’s Neil McDonald recently highlighted in his warning that if enterprises use HIPS technology, they should postpone deployment of Vista. After all, the APIs won?t even be available until 2008!

HIPS (which stands for Host Intrusion Prevention System), uses methods at the kernel to prevent certain types of attacks. HIPS is part of our Kerio line and it?s also part of other products out in the market. For example, our HIPS functionality helps protect against buffer overflow attacks, by watching for system functions being called from memory locations where they shouldn’t be called. As another example, our Kerio Server Firewall uses HIPS to provide application lockdown.

McAfee, Symantec and other companies, like Sunbelt, need this access. For Symantec, it?s around a number of technologies they’ve implemented at the kernel, including Tamper Protection, which prevents hackers from attacking Symantec products themselves. For us, it’s around HIPS, but it could also affect other technologies that we are developing.

Now, every other article I have read on PatchGuard and these security companies, and I could have missed a bunch I am sure, has just pretty much been whining about how Microsoft won’t allow use access to the kernel, this is the first good explanation of why they need this access. If some new threat, remember Code Red, comes out that requires access to the kernel to prevent it, then these security companies will have to ask Microsoft for an API to the kernel, where, before they could have just added the extra functionality. And we all know how long it takes Microsoft to issue patches, what will they do if a new threat comes out, will they help security vendors fix it, or will they try to fix it themselves?

1 comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - October 25, 2006 at 3:50 pm

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Windows Defender Final Finally Released

Looks like Microsoft has quietly released the final version of Windows Defender. This version will not run on Windows 2000 or Windows Vista, Vista will have an integrated version.

Yes, as a complete suprise it seems that Microsoft has released the final version of their long-time-in-the-making Anti-Spyware program, Windows Defender.

The build is marked as 1.1.1592.0 and it seems it can be installed over top previous versions (Beta 2, It can not be installed over top Beta 1 previously known as Microsoft Anti-Spyware Beta). Source: JCXP

Download 32 bit version here.

Download 64 bit version here.

Some of the improvements in Windows Defender:

  • Enhanced performance through a new scanning engine.

  • Streamlined, simplified user interface and alerts.
  • Improved control over programs on your computer using enhanced Software Explorer.
  • Multiple language support with globalization and localization features.
  • Protection technologies for all users, whether or not they have administrator rights on the computer.
  • Support for assistive technology for individuals who have physical or cognitive difficulties, impairments, and disabilities.
  • Support for Microsoft Windows XP Professional x64 Edition.
  • Automatic cleaning according to your settings during regularly scheduled scans.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - October 24, 2006 at 4:07 am

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Can’t Afford Photoshop? Try Paint.net

Can’t afford Photoshop? Paint.net is a great free option to Photoshop, sure, it’s not nearly as good, but, it makes Paint look like your old tricycle.

Startup time from zero and uncached, was around 1 second. The entire experience is very slick now, from opening windows, dragging selection boxes and applying Effect filters. Works fine on my Vista RC2. I’m gonna be using this more and more to edit my icons, images etc.

There’s a alpha build for their new Version 3.0 that you can try, but mind the dust. Source: Backstage at MED

You may have to install the latest .Net framework, but this is definitely a good looking program, and will make a good addition to your arsenal. Better review to come, after I play with the program some more.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - October 21, 2006 at 3:10 pm

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Copy Your DVDs to Your iPod


Are you looking for a way to watch your favorite movies on your iPod video? Would you like to convert your dvds and transfer them to your iPod video? Then you need Cucusoft iPod Video Converter + DVD to iPod Suite from Cucusoft. This is a great package, most software that will allow you to copy dvds to your iPod video require you to convert the dvd to avi, and then convert the avi to your iPod, with this software, it converts straight from your dvd to your iPod. Piece o cake! Try the Free Trial first, see if you like it before you buy!

Cucusoft iPod Video Converter Suite is an all-in-one iPod video Conversion solution. This suite includes “Cucusoft iPod Video Converter” and “Cucusoft DVD to iPod Converter”. So with this iPod Video Converter suite, you can convert both DVD media and video file media to iPod video. You can enjoy your favorite DVD and video movies on your iPod as a portable DVD Player. Now you can get this iPod Converter Suite at a very competitive price! Get it for only $39.95 USD!

Get Cucusoft iPod Video Converter + DVD to iPod Suite now or get the Free Trial.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - October 2, 2006 at 2:48 am

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DLL Help Center

One of the good things about having a blog, you can post something and its like making a detailed bookmark, where you add the info that was on your mind, why you wanted to remember it, etc, which is what a lot of this stuff is, detailed bookmarks. Heck, that sounds like a good name for a new category. Anyway, wanted to add this page I found courtesy of Stumbleupon.com, it’s called dll help, and you can lookup which software installed which version of a specific dll.

This database contains information about DLL files that are included with selected Microsoft products.

DLL Help exists to help developers, system administrators, and other IT professionals who face file version conflicts with Microsoft software. Use DLL Help to identify the software that installed a specific version of a DLL file.

Note This tool does not provide direct links to download the files listed in the database. DLL files are generally not available for download from Microsoft. To find downloadable files, try the Microsoft Download Center.

Got any detailed bookmarks you would like to share? Email us at webmaster at tipsdr.com and we’ll post em.

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Two new and one updated advisory from Microsoft

Microsoft post two new advisories and updated one today, Microsoft Security Advisory (926043) Vulnerability in Windows Shell Could Allow Remote Code Execution, Microsoft Security Advisory (925984) Vulnerability in PowerPoint Could Allow Remote Code Execution and updated this one, Microsoft Security Advisory (925444) Vulnerability in the Microsoft DirectAnimation Path ActiveX Control Could Allow Remote Code Execution.

This week we?ve seen both proof of concept code posted for a Windows Shell vulnerability. We have also seen limited exploits of a previously publicly disclosed vulnerability in DirectAnimation as well as limited exploits of a PowerPoint vulnerability. Source: Microsoft Security Response Center blog

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - September 30, 2006 at 12:15 am

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