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By SuperUser Account on 11/29/2010 11:51 AM

By Chris Foresman

Microsoft's partnership with ESPN to bring streaming sports to the Xbox 360 may be the tip of a streaming video iceberg. According to sources speaking to Reuters, the company is working on deals to launch a subscription service to stream video content to Windows PCs or devices such as the Xbox 360. 

Microsoft has proposed a few different ways that its service could work in its pitch to content providers. One would have Microsoft acting as a "virtual cable operator," streaming video in exchange for a monthly fee. Another would use the Xbox to enable existing cable subscribers to stream content with "enhanced interactivity." A third option would allow viewers to subscribe to channels separately—the "à la carte" option that most cable companies have fought against despite consumer demand and pressure from the FCC.

Microsoft's push comes rather late in the game, as rivals such as Apple, Netflix, and Hulu have been working on similar services for the last few years. While both Hulu and Netflix have recently launched streaming-only subscription services, content providers have so far balked at Apple's similar subscription proposal. And most providers have blocked the recently launched Google TV based devices from accessing streaming content from their respective websites.

 

By SuperUser Account on 11/29/2010 10:17 AM
For Release November 22, 2010
 
“Staffing Technology: Accelerating Staffing Firm Success”
 
Fargo, ND — November 22, 2010 —Professional Advantage’s staffing software solution, 1Staff, was highlighted in a recent Microsoft white paper titled “Staffing Technology: Accelerating Staffing Firm Success.”

The white paper explains how staffing firms are increasing their reliance on staffing software from technology vendors. It states, ‘Staffing firms recognize that they are not in the technology business; they are in the human capital business. Firms have a growing desire to partner with third-parties to get the technology solutions and services they need.’ 
 
‘In the past, staffing firms had no choice but to build custom, enterprise solutions for core business processes because scalable, flexible solutions were not commercially available. Staffing firms have a strong preference to buy commercial software but because of the complexity of their organizations and the broad set of services they offer, they need flexible and configurable solutions.’
 
‘As an example,Professional Advantage provides an industry-leading staffing software solution leveraging the Microsoft technology platform. 1Staff for Microsoft Dynamics® provides an end-to-end solution for staffing organizations from resume parsing to generating financial statements. It is designed to fully leverage the Microsoft Dynamics platform and includes Microsoft CRM, Microsoft Dynamics GP, SQL Server, SharePoint and Outlook. Customers receive the benefit of Microsoft's research and development investment, while having a system tailored to the needs of the staffing industry.’

 

By SuperUser Account on 11/25/2010 2:48 PM
By Tom Foremski

The latest US search engine rankings from comScore show that only Google and Microsoft grew their market share in October while Yahoo!, Ask and AOL all lost share.

Top Search Engines

Microsoft’s Bing outpaced Google in October, adding 0.3 percentage points to 11.5% market share. Google increased its lead by 0.2 percentage points to 66.3%. Second placed Yahoo! slipped by 0.2% percentage points to 16.5%. Ask was in 4th place with 3.6% share, losing 0.1 percentage points. AOL was in fifth place losing 0.2 percentage points to 2.1%. Microsoft increased its number of searches in October by 7% compared with a 4% increase by Google.

More details are here.

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By SuperUser Account on 11/25/2010 2:43 PM
BEIJING, Nov. 25, 2010 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- Today, China's leading network security services provider, Qihoo 360, released an emergency network security warning, claiming that it has first discovered an Exploit Code of an 18-year latent high-risk 0day vulnerability that affects all Windows versions. This vulnerability named as "elder" is very likely to confront worldwide computer users with a new round of malicious attacks. However, netizens on the Chinese Mainland do not need to worry about that. 360 Safe, the flagship security software of Qihoo 360, is upgrading the temporary kernel security patches and can perfectly immunize against the security problems caused by this vulnerability.  

According to Dr. Shi Xiaohong, a security expert of Qihoo 360: "Since 1992, there has been a local privilege escalation vulnerability in the Windows operating system, through which hackers may seize the highest control of the system and easily undermine or prohibit any security software, including anti-virus...
By SuperUser Account on 11/25/2010 2:35 PM
XboxKinect.jpg 
A great gift for any gamer in your life, the Xbox 360 will make whoever recieves this gift very happy -- especially when they see it comes with a Kinect sensor.

The Microsoft Store is offering special holiday prices on the bundles. Choose from three options:

  • You can get an Xbox 360 Slim 4GB Gaming Console with Kinect Sensor Accessory and Adventures Game for $269.99 with free shipping after Coupon Code: TNSGIFT10 (normally $359).
  • Get the Xbox 360 250GB Gaming Console with Kinect Sensor for $359.99 Free Shipping after Coupon Code: TNSGIFT10 (normally $399.99).
  • Xbox 360 250GB Holiday Bundle with Alan Wake & Forza Motorsport 3 Games for $269.99 Free Shipping after Coupon Code: TNSGIFT10 (normally $299.99).

PCMag reviewed the latest Xbox model, the Xbox 360 (250GB) and gave it a 4 out of 5 rating. It offers a solid gaming and entertainment experience coupled with a revamped eye-catching design.

By SuperUser Account on 11/25/2010 2:23 PM

By: Michael Muchmore, PC MagazineGoogle Docs on iPad

Google wants you to stop using Microsoft Office and move to its completely Web-based Docs service, and with each passing week the service gets richer and better performing. But just in case you're too devoted to the installed productivity suite leader, there's a next-best choice: Google Cloud Connect for Microsoft Office, formerly DocVerse.

Google Cloud Connect is basically an Office plug-in that syncs documents with your cloud-based Google Docs account; it was made available to Google "trusted testers" on Monday. The Google Docs blog post making the announcement has been updated to note that available slots for prospective testers filled up within a few hours of the announcement. PCMag got early access to the software for a look.

Though the Connect plug-in won't give Office users all of the live collaboration features available in the Web version of Docs, it will offer a Sync button that will back up the document being worked on, make it available from anywhere via Google Docs, and assign it a unique URL. The toolbar also offers a Share button that sends this URL or gives rights to the document to Google contacts.

By SuperUser Account on 11/24/2010 10:00 AM
I was hunting around recently looking for a good online training service for one of our members when I found the following gold mine.  Maybe many of you already knew about this, but I didn’t, and it is yet another amazing resource that Microsoft has provided, but is a bit buried and hard to find.

Microsoft has its weaknesses, but one of them is Not Customer and Partner support material (IMHO).  You could argue that there often is no global hierarchy for organizaing and finding all of the resources available (often times they are siloed by MSFT team or group), but not that there isn’t enough.  I’m in the business of knowing these, and I find new ones every day

For example, I ran across this Youtube video last week that showcases something called the Microsoft All-In-One Code Framework:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cO5Li3APU58 I sent it to our developers and they were blown away by this free resource.

Anyway, I digress. ...
By SuperUser Account on 11/23/2010 11:24 AM
Southwest Airlines partners with Windows 7 to provide customers with free holiday photos.

DALLAS — Nov. 23, 2010 — If you’re traveling on Southwest Airlines this holiday season, you’re sure to be put on the “Nice List.” Southwest and Windows have partnered to make your holiday travel experience jollier with Holiday Photos on the Fly.

Beginning Dec. 2, Southwest and Windows will offer free holiday photos to customers at 26 airports nationwide. Customers can stop by one of Santa’s workshops set up in select Southwest Airlines airports and have...
By SuperUser Account on 11/22/2010 12:17 PM
Microsoft invites students to solve real-world problems with technology.

REDMOND, Wash. — Nov. 22, 2010 — Microsoft Corp. today announced Imagine Cup Solve This, a new program to provide inspiration for students looking to help solve the world’s toughest problems. In the spirit of “crowdsourcing,” intergovernmental organizations (IGOs), nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and nonprofits now will be able to seek the help of the brilliant and passionate students competing in Microsoft’s Imagine Cup, the world’s premier student technology competition, to develop innovative solutions to real-world problems. Global IGOs and NGOs including NetHope, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the United Nations...
By SuperUser Account on 11/22/2010 10:05 AM


Ok, so I'm old.  I'm now the oldest guy in my company, which I still cant get used to.  But it comes with some benefits.  For example, I've had the luxury of watching Microsoft, Apple, & Google all grow up, from relative startups to amazing enterprises.

In 1985, I had just graduated college with an big fancy Engineering Degree but wanted to give Entrepreneurialship a whirl using a small one person IT consulting company I had started while in college.  It was also the year the first Microsoft Windows was released.

My clients at the time were small businesses like non-profits and law firms in the Washington D.C area, and I supported their PCs (8086, 8088, 286, and 386's :-> ) which all ran MS DOS as the operating system.  Most used Wordperfect and Lotus back then as their  office productivity apps.

I will never forget the first migration to Windows and how it started.  I NEVER thought it was going to go anywhere to be honest.  I would get these law firms, who's admin folks were Wizards with Wordperfect, and had all of the Control & Function combo keys down so that they created and edited documents with amazing speed and efficiency, calling me and asking me to help them try out this new Windows Operating system they were reading about.  So, I would upgrade a PC or two, and try to train them.

It was horribly difficult and non-productive.  First of all, it was the first time they ever had  to use a mouse.  When you take an aggressive PC user who is used to doing everything from the keyboard, and make them use a mouse, requiring them to remove one hand from keyboard every few seconds…. they don't like it.  It slowed them down tremendously.  Then, add to that the fact that Windows was amazingly slow compared to DOS.  It took forever to load and run applications.  Therefor, it was a horrible experience, and many bailed out early.

By SuperUser Account on 11/21/2010 1:56 PM
By Matt Egan

Apple's iPad is a success. The speed with which Apple flogged a million units of its sugar-coated 9.7in tablet PC was unprecedented, and anyone who's visited a U.S. hotel recently will have thrilled at the site of business titans hanging around the lobby to get online. (Note to hoteliers: the iPad has no ethernet port. Give the rooms wireless.)

The biggest sign that Apple has a winner is when punters start using its product names as generic names. Just as every digital audio player is referred to as an...
By SuperUser Account on 11/21/2010 1:46 PM

By Jacob Dybala

I ran across this cool collection of Microsoft Windows logos by Jacob Dybala that I thought I'd share.  


Microsoft has changed the Windows Operating System logo numerous times over the years. This article compares the Windows logos from Windows 1.01 to the latest Windows and offers downloading them as wallpapers.

By SuperUser Account on 11/20/2010 4:58 PM
 By James Quinn 9:30PM GMT 20 Nov 2010

The Irish government has been given a stark warning from some of the biggest American companies in Ireland on the risk of a mass exodus if the country's low corporation tax rate is raised.US firms warn Irish over tax move  

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Executives at Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard (HP), Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Intel ? spoke of the "damaging impact" on Ireland's "ability to win and retain investment" should the country's corporation tax rate be increased from 12.5pc.  Photo: EPA





A woman in Dublin protests at the state of the Irish economy....
By SuperUser Account on 11/20/2010 4:55 PM
Josh Catone Josh Catone – Sat Nov 20, 10:28 am ET

Since its release on November 4th, "hacking" Microsoft's Kinect peripheral for the Xbox 360 game consoles has become a popular Internet sport. Now, just a couple of weeks after saying that it would "work closely with law enforcement" to keep the Kinect tamper-proof, Microsoft has apparently reversed its stance, claiming that the Kinect was left open to tinkerers on purpose.

Following a $3,000 bounty put up by the open source community for anyone able to create an open source driver for Kinect, Microsoft told CNET on November 4th that it "does not condone the modification...
By SuperUser Account on 11/20/2010 4:43 PM
Nov. 20 2010 - 3:16 pm By OLIVER CHIANG

Image representing Facebook as depicted in Cru...



The Facebook Keiretsu is the newest in a strong tradition of techies still working together once they hit it rich. Going way back, Intel was founded by refugees from Fairchild Semiconductor, who earlier left Shockley Semiconductor. Former employees of Microsoft have backed startups in everything from office productivity to biotech. After Paypal was acquired by eBay for $1.5 billion in 2002, former employees stayed in touch as what became known as “The Paypal Mafia,” investing in each other’s projects and credited for starting the Web 2.0 boom with companies...
By SuperUser Account on 11/20/2010 10:37 AM
By Kenneth Corbin, Internetnews.com

McLEAN, Va. -- In perhaps its most dramatic move yet toward reshaping the federal IT apparatus, the Obama administration on Friday announced a multipronged strategy to improve efficiencies and eliminate waste from the government's sprawling technology operations, including a mandate for all agencies to embrace cloud computing.

Speaking here at an event hosted by the Northern Virginia Technology Council,...
By SuperUser Account on 11/20/2010 10:22 AM


Microsoft Office 365 is coming….. as we have shouted almost daily lately.  For those of you who are curious, but have tons of questions, our good friends at Microsoft have provided a ton of resources.  One that is concise and to the point is the new Microsoft Office Transition Center. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is Office 365?
A: Microsoft Office 365 delivers the power of cloud productivity to businesses of all sizes, helping to save time, money and free up valued resources. Office 365 combines the familiar Office desktop suite with online versions of Microsoft’s next generation communications and collaboration services: Exchange Online, SharePoint Online and Lync Online. With Office 365 we provide services that are easy to administer and simple to use – always backed up by robust security, reliability and control to run your business.

Q: When will Office 365 be available to customers?

A: Office 365 will be available for purchase in 2011. Please note that existing customers must be transitioned to Office 365 before it is available to them. Transition to Office 365 will be available to existing BPOS customers soon after availability of Office 365. Microsoft will work with all existing BPOS customers to determine the best time for the customer’s business to make the transition.

Q: What services and tools are included in Office 365?

A: Office 365 includes: Microsoft Exchange Online, Microsoft SharePoint Online, Microsoft Lync Online and the latest version of Microsoft Office Professional Plus desktop suite.

By SuperUser Account on 11/17/2010 11:34 AM
Microsoft Lync puts people at the center of communications, connecting in new ways, across the PC, phone and browser.
 

REDMOND, Wash. — Nov. 17, 2010 — Three years ago, the introduction of Microsoft Office Communications Server (OCS) changed the way people stay connected. An individual’s identity and presence became the center of business communication, thanks to the integration of unified communications across e-mail, voice, instant messaging, audio- and videoconference tasks — and even desktop sharing. People could choose how to manage their conversations, redirect calls, set their level of availability, and decide how and when they could be reached.

A look at Microsoft Lync in action — how it helps you connect anywhere, anytime.
A look at Microsoft Lync in action — how it helps you connect anywhere, anytime.
Click for larger image. 

In 2006, Bill Gates talked about the magic of software being poised to help people manage communications amid the rush of business life, often filled with an unrelenting combination of conference calls, e-mails, faxes, voice mail messages, business trips, in-person meetings and instant messages.

Microsoft knew the time had come for a communications platform that could help people navigate through all types of communication with colleagues, partners and customers — to get work done faster and with less frustration.

Office Communications Server has been one of the fastest growing solutions at Microsoft, experiencing double-digit growth over the past three years. Fortune 500 companies, top pharmaceutical firms, successful financial institutions and large communications providers have chosen Microsoft’s unified communications platform to set their business up for success.

By SuperUser Account on 11/16/2010 3:31 PM

 

Cloud computing is to business what the pocket calculator was to education back in the 1980s.  I’ve already  told you how I was addicted to the Cloud , and your now probably hearing about it daily.  So why should you be interested in this new buzz word.  Well, there are a couple reasons your ears should perk up when you here news about The Cloud, especially when it involves the Microsoft products your company has become dependent upon over the years like Microsoft Office, Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft SharePoint, or Microsoft Dynamics.

  1. Cost – costs usually include little to no up-front costs, and monthly per user costs moving forward.  This allows you to convert capital expenditure to operational expenditure which can lower the barrier to entry into new products and services.
  2. Freedom – your team can more easily access systems remotely and from multiple devices such as Mobile devices
  3. Reliability – cloud computing is ideal for business continuity and disaster recovery.
  4. Scalability – you get “on-demand” provisioning of resources on a self-serve basis in realtime.
  5. Maintenance - cloud computing application maintenance is done for you by the host, and changes and updates apply to all users independent of location.
By SuperUser Account on 11/16/2010 2:46 PM
Automation is the first thing that pops into my mind when I think of SharePoint. And since so many companies out there that I have talked to who have deployed SharePoint for document management are saying, “I know there is so much more we can do with SharePoint but what next?”. My response to that is – let’s talk about automation. First, you need to get started by thinking of the automation of business processes. We all have 4 versions of one form floating around the office or endless excel spreadsheets being emailed across the organization in order to support various business processes. So, which aggravating, time consuming, just plain frustrating business processes can we automate? Expense Reports, Purchase Requisitions, Sales Quote...

Featured Microsoft Partners

 

EthoTech, Inc. 
Office Location:  Woodstock, Georgia, United States
Type:  ISV
Industry Focus:  Cross-industry


EthoTech has been recognized by the Microsoft Dynamics GP Community as THE Commission Experts and is the leader in automated commission management systems.

 

 

T3 Information Systems 
Office Location:  Washington, District of Columbia, United States
Type:  ISV,Systems Integrator,Reseller,VAR
Industry Focus:  Not-For-Profit


T3 Information Systems, a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner specializing in Microsoft Dynamics GP, SL and CRM, as well as financial reporting, dashboard and budgeting applications such as FRx\Management Reporter, OnseStop Reporting, NetCharts Performance Dashboards, Forecaster and our own Full Circle Budget. T3 combines best in class software applications with industry best practices and proven processes to meet the unique business needs of nonprofit organizations. To learn more about T3 Information Systems, visit www.t3infosystems.com.

 

 

Syvantis Technologies, Inc. 
Office Location:  Baxter, Minnesota, United States
Type:  Reseller,VAR
Industry Focus:  Financial Services, Nonprofits, Government, Medical (as a back-end to medical billing), retail (as a back-end to POS system), Distributors, Wholesalers, E-Commerce, Retail, Light Assembly, Professional Services, Consulting, Custom Job Manufacturers, etc.


Syvantis Technologies. is a Microsoft Certified Silver Partner specializing in Microsoft Dynamics GP. GP (formerly Great Plains) helps your organization to increase its financial transparency with integrated systems, shared data, and drill-down capabilities so that transactions and audit trails are easily managed.

 

 

Parker Software 
Office Location:  Orlando, Florida, United States
Type:  ISV
Industry Focus:  All


Parker Software develop innovative software aimed at companies that do business on the web. Parker Software produce two flagship products: "WhosOn", a visitor tracking and live chat solution for business web sites and "Email2DB, an email parser and business process automation solution. Our products are used by thousands of businesses, large and small, in all parts of the world.

 

 

EPM Live 
Office Location:  Carlsbad, California, United States
Type:  Systems Integrator
Industry Focus:  All


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