Microsoft – Madhur Kapoor’s Blog Technology, Software Reviews, Tutorials, Vista Tips, Windows Tips Thu, 08 May 2014 16:13:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Windows Live Wave 3 Programs now available Wed, 17 Sep 2008 13:20:09 +0000 WIndows Live

Windows Live Wave 3.0 is the next update for Microsoft’s online services and it is now available for download. The suite includes Messenger v9, Windows Live Movie Maker, Mail, Writer, Photo Gallery, Family Safety and the Outlook Connector.


I installed the Windows Live Writer and it has got a few changes. The UI is changed to make it look similar to the rest of the live programs. Earlier, WLW allowed you to insert and upload videos to Soapbox, now it also supports Youtube. You can now easily upload videos without leaving the writer. I am yet to try the remaining service but will give them a try sooner.


Thanks to Digital Inspiration

Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 : First Impressions Thu, 28 Aug 2008 18:19:34 +0000 IE8

After installing and trying out Internet Explorer 8 beta 2, it looks as though Microsoft is serious about giving some tough competition to Firefox 3. The new beta has got some new features that makes browsing much faster and more intuitive. It has an improved address bar, a suggested sites feature, intelligent tabs, a privacy mode and lots more. It is much much better than the previous beta we had seen.


Micorsoft has done a lot of work in tabbed browsing. There is a new feature called groups. Now if you open any tab from an old tab, the new tab will be placed on the right of the old tab and not on the extreme right. Tabs belonging to the same group will have the same color, so you can differentiate between all your related pages. You can even drag and drop tabs among group. Just by a right-click, you can close the whole group, duplicate the group and even open tabs that you have closed.

Tab Options

The address bar is also improved and seems similar to that of Firefox 3. It lists the recently opened sites that you typed. And yes, it also sorts the results by category such as History, Feeds, Favourites etc. There is also a “InPrivate” Mode or “Porn Mode” which I discussed yesterday. All the browsing activity in that mode will not be recorded.


There are two new features called Accelerators and WebSlices. Using Accelerator you can interact with a third party web service. For example you can copy some data on your clipboard and using the accelerator, can directly email it or blog it at Live Space, or find its meaning at Encarta. It is just like a contextual search system. Currently there are Accelerators for Live services such as Live Maps, Live Space etc. Though I have not tried WebSlice very much, it is used to deliver changing information to IE.

Suggested Sites

There is also a ‘Suggested Sites’ feature which will show you top 3 or top 5 sites that are related to the web site which you have opened. There is also a ‘compatibility view’ which will display a site as it is displayed in IE7. And it also remembers the view settings for each site so you don’t have to push the button again and again. And one more thing which I just noticed right now. If you open a new tab, instead of opening a blank page, it will display your recently closed tabs, Accelerators, InPrivate mode.

IE8 New Tab

So now i am assured of one thing, this is going to be a tough competitor to Firefox 3 when the final version is released. I hope they make the UI a bit better though.

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Internet Explorer 8 to have a Privacy Mode Wed, 27 Aug 2008 12:51:54 +0000 IE8

Microsoft is going to add a new Privacy Mode to its next release of Internet Explorer 8. With it, just by clicking a button, users will be able to limit how much information is recorded where they go online and what they do. This made will also clear the browser cache at the end of the session.

Though this mode will called “InPrivate” by Microsoft, many are dubbing it as “Porn Mode” because it is mostly expected to be used for viewing adult content online which is illegal in most parts of the world. When enabled, IE8 will not save browsing and searching history, cookies, form data and password. It will also notify users of third-party content that can track browsing history and subscribe to lists of sites to block, respectively. Microsoft will also tweak its existing "Delete Browsing History" by adding an option to preserve bookmarked sites’ cookies even when all others are erased.

While Apple’s Safari browser is already equipped with a Privacy mode, Mozilla is also planning to add this in there next update of Firefox. What do you think, will this feature be useful ?

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Thank You Bill Gates for everything Sat, 28 Jun 2008 16:37:12 +0000 C4F39DE5-C0BA-B55F-786A3B0BB1554E2B_1 On Friday Bill Gates stepped away from his daily duties at Microsoft, who he founded at age 19 to devote his time to philanthropic work. He still is Microsoft’s chairman and largest shareholder but Friday was his last day as a full time worker, thus marking the unofficial end of his long journey.

And such a glorious career it has been. He is no doubt the force behind the personal computer revolution, building a global industry and his products such as Windows and Office which are used everyday in homes and offices around the world. Even though Google may be the force behind Internet computing, or Apple may have a large fan club, but was it not for him, Technology would not have been the same.

He is a true legend and a role model for all. Thank You Bill Gates and Hats Off to You.

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Microsoft Worldwide Telescope launched Thu, 15 May 2008 08:34:53 +0000 Microsoft Worldwide Telescope

In the previous post, i talked about Microsoft’s plan to launch the World wide Telescope project by the end of may. Now it has been released by Microsoft in ‘beta’. It’s a free tool that allows users to explore the images of the sky at night.

If you are looking to try it, i suggest that you use a fast computer. Its requirements are pretty high. You will find that it is a bit similar to Google Sky. You can explore the solar system, the galaxy, planets using your own choice of telescopes such as the Hubble Space Telescope, Chandra X-Ray observatory center, the spitzer space telescope or others. You can not only view the present situation of the sky, but you can also view past, present and future locations of planet. The universe can also be viewed through different wavelengths of light to reveal hidden structures in the galaxy.

Overall, it is a nice tool for astronomy lovers and for people who are interested in learning more about the universe. But for having a good experience with it, you need a high end system with a good Internet connection

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Microsoft Worldwide Telescope project to be launched by end of May Mon, 12 May 2008 18:19:22 +0000 One of the things which i enjoy doing with my computer is gazing at the sky through the use of Google Sky. Now Microsoft is also planning to release its Worldwide Telescope project by the end of this month.

Worldwide Telescope is a free tool that allows users to view the images of the sky at night. And Since it is created with Microsoft’s high performance Visual Experience engine, it will feature seamless panning and zooming across the sky. The data that Microsoft have gathered contains Terabytes of images, stories and data which have been assembled from various sources. And since it is Microsoft, we can expect it to be good.

This project is being dedicated to researcher “Jim Gray” who went missing at sea last year. Do you like watching the sky at night? What tools  do you use?

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Microsoft Office Live Workspace now Live Wed, 05 Mar 2008 11:28:22 +0000 A few month ago, we talked about Microsoft Office Live Workspace, a sort of an online extension of Microsoft office similar to Google Docs. At that time, the service was not live but now, Microsoft has announced the worldwide availability of Microsoft Office Live Workspace beta.

The service allows users to share there documents by storing them online through Microsoft Office online. Thus the documents can be shared and accessed through anywhere. It is not a web based application in the sense that you will need Microsoft Office to view the document, but the documents can be shared online and you can invite others to view it. Microsoft has also unveiled some of Office Live Workspace new features such as notifications, activity panel, direct links and multi file upload. The activity panel will show all the activity in the workspace and will notify the users about the changes made to there documents or workspace.

Currently the service is available in only English language, but Microsoft soon plans to offer the program in different languages.

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Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1 launched Mon, 25 Feb 2008 09:52:26 +0000 A few backs Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 was in talks as it had passed the ACID 2 test. Now it looks like the Browser has hit the beta 1 milestone. Microsoft sent out a letter to some selected beta testers offering them a chance to try out the technical preview of Internet Explorer 8 beta 1. The contents of the mail were

Greetings from the Internet Explorer Team! We are nearing the launch of Windows Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1 and we will be making it available for the general public to download and test. IE8 Beta 1 is focused on the developer community, with the goal of gaining valuable feedback to improve Internet Explorer 8 during the development process. We have identified you as a qualified beta tester and we would like to offer an opportunity to join our limited technical beta program for Windows Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1. Participation in the Technical Beta will enable you to evaluate a common release of Windows Internet Explorer 8, the ability to submit feedback, post bug reports, download software answer surveys on product quality as well as vote on top bugs filed by others from the technical beta program. This is a very exclusive program, by invitation only. The only way to submit feedback is to enroll in the Windows Internet Explorer 8 Technical Beta program

The mail states that it is available to a selected few but it does say that it will be available for general public to download and test. However, it is unlikely that it will be available soon as Microsoft has planned to give a first taste of the browser at MIX 08.

via ActiveWin

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