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Windows 7 – MS Exchange

The article will provide a user with MS Exchange information for the Windows 7 phone.  There is a system of invitations. If someone sends a user with an invitation a user can view it and by clicking on it go to the calendar. Besides the mail a user can sync the address book and the calendar. A user can choose what kind of data he/she wants to sync with the MS Exchange account: mail, contacts or calendar.

Mail Viewing
The mail client displays both standard messages and html messages without any problems. In case of html to download picture a user has to click on any picture inside the letter and then they start downloading.
Working with Text inside a Letter
In the upcoming WP7 update a user will be able to copy a text and then to insert it somewhere else e.g. in a document or in the address bar of the browser. For example, when a user clicks on a word a copy icon appears that allows a user to copy the selected text to the buffer; to the left and to the right of the word are the arrows by dragging which a user can select and copy bigger passages.

The Screen Key
The key pad in Windows Phone 7 has four lines of characters and no additional symbols: one button – one character. There is a key that switches to typing of additional characters. There is an emoticon insert button, the Space key, Backspace and Enter.
In the landscape mode the key pad becomes a bit wider but does not take the whole screen’s width. So there is no significant difference between the portrait and the landscape orientations of the key pad – they have the same level of typing comfort.

When a user types a character it is displayed in the pop-up field right above the key, so when a user covers a key with a digit then a user can always see the character that he/she is typing.

A key stroke is confirmed by a sound without vibration.  The key pad differs depending on the fill-in field. For example, for text messages there is the smile insert key left to the Space key, in the browser the same key stands for quick insert of “.com” and if a user presses and holds the “.com” button for about a second a user will see a pop-up menu where a user can select the domain: .org, .edu, .net.

If a user presses and holds a word in the fill-in field a user will see the cursor that a user can use to fix the typos or just move through the text to add or edit something.  In order to keep the word that a user has typed a user has to press the space after it. 

If a user has read the article then he/she would have learnt about Windows7 MS Exchange.

Windows 7 Phone – Mail and Messaging

The article will provide a user with information on mail and messaging function of the Windows 7 phone.

On the lock screen new messages icons are displayed at the bottom, on the system tray there are no such notifications. The number of new messages is shown inside the respective tiles: e.g. inside the Gmail tile, MS Exchange tile or the SMS tile.

The SMSes are displayed as chat lists; every chat is captioned with the latest message. In the common SMS window every chat displays the contact’s phone number or his name, below – the latest message or its part that fits two lines. Unread messages can be discriminated by the colour of the message text below the contact’s name: the unread messages have the colour chosen as the theme colour: red, green etc.

If a user opens a chat then he/she may see the whole correspondence with the contact. At the top a user will be able to see the contact’s first and second names and under is the list of messages. The contact’s messages are aligned to the left and users messages are to the right. Under every message there is the receipt or send time.  A user has got opportunity to read or write messages either in the portrait or landscape orientations. When a user turns the smartphone the system automatically changes the orientation of the screen and the keypad.

Let us have a look at the mail system in Windows Phone 7. In contrast with Android there is no account grouping, that is, if a user sets up Gmail and e.g. Hotmail accounts they both will work through the same application.  The mail is sorted into a list and every entry features the name of the sender in large print, below is the letter’s theme and its first line, to the right – the receipt time and week-day (for older letters). 

A user can mark the messages and for that a user has to carefully press the empty space to the left of the needed message. Once one message is marked there will be a tick box next to every message that allows a user to mark the messages.

If a user has read the article then he/she would have learnt about Windows 7 phone mail and messaging.

Windows 7 phone – Call log function

The article will provide a user with information on Windows 7 phone’s call log function.  A user will be able to see all the recent calls to the left in the phone icon.  Towards the right is the contacts name and below is the call type (incoming, outgoing, missed), the week-day and the time of the call.  The missed calls highlight the name of the contact in a cheerful colour

The call list shows the calls for the last week. The calls from one contact are not grouped.  A user cannot look up any call details.  If a user clicks on the phone icon then it will dial the contact’s number; if a user clicks his/her name then he/she will be able to see the profile window. If a number from the call log is absent in the address book a user will be able to see the profile window anyway.

Missed calls
If the screen is locked the missed call info is displayed as an icon at the bottom of the lock screen.  On the home screen a missed call is displayed inside the Phone tile. 

Ringtone and Profiles
Windows Phone 7 does not have sound profiles. At home a user will be able to put the music on pause, set an alarm clock on the WP7 device.

A user should be aware that if he/she listens to the music at volume levels of 10-12 (out of 30) a user can miss every call until he/she sets the volume at 25 or higher.  The call volume can be adjusted during a conversation or a call, the volume slider is placed at the top near the common for the ringtone and media volume slider.  If a user presses the volume key then he/she will be able to set the phone on vibration or ringtone by pressing the icon in the pop up menu.

A user will be able to choose the tunes for the ringtone, SMS or mail only among the standard sounds.

If a user has read the article then he/she would have learnt about the Windows 7 phone’s Call log function.

Cause of Windows 7 Black Screen of Death Announced

The Windows 7 ‘black screen of death’ is being blamed on malware.

The problem arises when users are confronted by a totally black screen when they log on to their computer.

Initially it was thought that Microsoft’s own security update could have caused the problem but that has now been ruled out.

The company that made the suggestion that the security update was the problem has apologised for its claims and reports are suggesting that the problem affects Windows Vista and XP, too.

Microsoft revealed in a blog on its security site that it was looking into the claims and “found that our November Security Updates are not making changes to the system that these reports say are responsible for these issues”.

Microsoft believe that the issue was probably due to malware, such as Daonol.

Amid the confusion over the cause, software company Prevx had said the November update may have been to blame, but have retracted their statement, saying it had been a “challenging issue” to identify the cause of the problem.

The firm announced on their website that “having narrowed down a specific trigger for this condition we’ve done quite a bit of testing and re-testing on the recent Windows patches including KB976098 and KB915597 as referred to in our previous blog”.

“Since more specifically narrowing down the cause we have been able to exonerate these patches from being a contributory factor.”

Prevx issued an apology to Microsoft “for any inconvenience” its initial claims may have caused.

Prevx has offered a fix for the problem, which it says could affect “millions” of computers worldwide.

David Kennerley, an employee for Prevx, wrote in a blog post that “users have resorted to reloading Windows as a last ditch effort to fix the problem”.

“We hope we can help a good many of you avoid the need to reload.”

Although Prevx don’t believe that the fix will always work, with Mr Kennerley stating that “there can be many causes”.

“But if your black screen woes began in the last two weeks… or after running any security program (including Prevx) to remove malware during this time, then this fix will have a high probability of working.”

“At least 10 different scenarios which will trigger the same black screen conditions,” according to Mr Kennerley.

“These appear to have been around for years now”.

Prevx believe that the black screen of death can affect Windows 7, Vista, XP, NT, and Windows 2000.

Microsoft would like all those that experience problems should get in touch with their customer service line.

The “black screen of death” is a pun based upon “the blue screen of death” which is displayed when Windows experiences a system failure.

Windows 7 Black Screen of Death

It has been confirmed that computing giant Microsoft is looking into a problem described as the “black screen of death”, which is a growing problem for users of its latest operating system, Windows 7.

The problem has caused many users of Windows 7 to be shown a completely black screen after logging on to the system.

Microsoft has said it is looking into claims that suggest the latest security update, released on 10 November, was the root of the problem.

However, according to reports, the error also affects Vista, XP and other systems.

Major software company Prevx, which has created a download to remedy the problem, says “millions” of people may be affected.

David Kennerley, an employee at Prevx, revealed that “users have resorted to reloading Windows as a last ditch effort to fix the problem”.

“We hope we can help a good many of you avoid the need to reload.”

Prevx announced that although the cure to the problem worked in many cases, it did not work in all.

“There can be many causes,” said Mr Kennerley.

“But if your black screen woes began in the last two weeks after a Windows update or after running any security program (including Prevx) to remove malware during this time then this fix will have a high probability of working.”

Mr Kennerly went on to reveal that “at least 10 different scenarios which will trigger the same black screen conditions”.

“These appear to have been around for years now,” he said.

According to Prevx, the problem affects editions of Windows 7, Vista, XP, NT, and Windows 2000.

Those who have been affected by the problem have been advised to contact Microsoft’s customer service line.

A Microsoft spokesperson declared that reports did “not match any known issues” that had been recorded by the company previously.

Many are concerned that Microsoft has yet to issue a fix for the problem, which, according to reports, causes the desktop, task bar, system tray and side bar to disappear.

The “black screen of death” term is being used by many to describe the problem and is based on the “blue screen of death” pun, which is visible when Microsoft operating systems crash.

Microsoft Releases ‘Faster’ Windows

The brand new Windows 7 operating system (OS) is set to deliver “better battery life and quicker boot times,” according to Microsoft and Intel.

The statement was made during a press conference in San Fransisco, where engineers gave the new OS a stringent test.

Microsoft will be expecting Windows 7 to avoid the negative exposure generated through the release of Windows Vista, and joined Intel in saying they have never worked as closely and have released a product that “they are proud of”.

Mike Angiulo from Microsoft told the BBC, “we both made a larger investment than ever before on the engineer side to improve on the hardware and software.”

Collectively known by some as Wintel, the two companies began the day after Windows Vista was released over two years ago and used hundreds of engineers in the process of development.

Steve Smith, the vice president at Intel’s digital enterprise group “we have spent 20 years getting to know each other and have businesses that are very well aligned.”

Dean Takahashi from VentureBeat, the popular internet technology blog, believed that Windows Vista needed drastic improvement.

He went on to say, “the collaboration was in the name of making Windows 7 better and more bug-free than the January 2007 launch of Windows Vista, which was broadly criticised in the industry and was one of the best advertisements for buying a Mac in history.”

Engineers have looked into the technological advances made by Microsoft and Intel, such as improved energy efficiency, security and performance.

One demonstration involved two identical Lenovo T400 laptops playing the same video, one using the Windows 7 OS and the other using Vista. Microsoft reported that the machine that ran Windows 7 experienced a 20% improvement in power efficiency due to “timer coalescing,” a design that extends battery life by holding the processor in low power states.

Ruston Panabaker, Microsoft’s head programme manager wouldn’t comment on how much battery power Windows 7 would save computers, stating “we’re achieving a very significant amount of battery savings.”

Engineers at Microsoft and Intel believe that end performance was dependant upon how manufacturers configured their machines.

Engineers were capable of boot up a system running Windows 7 in just 11 seconds. Intel’s Mr Smith told that “what we showed today was real capability in actual scenarios.”

CNET’s Ina Fried had reported on Microsoft for over 5 years and felt that this was a hurdle that both Microsoft and Intel needed to cross.

Ms Fried insisted, “in order for the computer users to get the benefit of all this work, it’s down to what choices the PC maker makes. It requires them all to be talking to one another all the time.”

“In the Vista time-frame, we saw not necessarily the kind of communication that leads to happy users and I think they have really tried to address that this time.”

“We will see how far they have really got when we see those Windows systems shipping in October.”

Why Microsoft Needs Windows 7 to Succeed

Thursday, 22 October sees the highly anticipated arrival of Microsoft’s Windows 7 operating system, with many believing that the future of the world’s largest software company will depend on its success.

The enormous scale of Microsoft’s grip on the market becomes clear when told of the 90% of computers relying on its Windows operating system, and over 1 billion people using it.

Microsoft’s last financial year saw a £35.7bn turnover with a net profit of approximately £9bn. Over half the profits generated were reliant upon Windows.

Experts have predicted that Microsoft’s stranglehold over the market was due to drop, with competitors Linux and Apple waiting to jump in. Many experts predict that software will be shifted to the “cloud,” where people connect to remote servers to access their software in a revolution to worldwide computing.

Microsoft brought about the attention of regulators at the US Department of Justice and the European Commission with ruthless actions towards competitors.

The release of its Vista operating system 3 years ago rendered many of its first users with unusable hardware and software; a crushing blow and seriously damaged its reputation with software developers and customers alike.

Most people still prefer Windows XP, Vista’s eight-year-old predecessor, with estimates suggesting that Vista has between 18.6% and 35% hold on the market.

Annette Jump, research director at technology firm Gartner, believes that “Vista is the worst-adopted operating system” whilst Microsoft International’s Jean-Philippe Courtois thinks “we don’t feel great about Vista adoption.”

This could be the only chance for Microsoft to regain the confidence that took a blow during the Vista period. Many Microsoft executives feel that they learnt a lot from what went wrong with Vista.

Windows 7 looks set to be released in good time, just 3 years after the release of Vista. Those that have tested it have reported it to be fast, secure, reliable, and easy to use. Microsoft have made big steps to avoid making the mistakes experienced with Vista, and prepared its partners for the release.

Mr Courtois believes that “the Windows ecosystem is the broadest in the world, and we have to take care of that,” with Alex Gruzen from Dell Computers surprised at how “the preparations for Windows 7 have been a remarkable step up from the days of dealing with Vista.”

He continued by revealing that “in the past, Microsoft looked at its operating system in isolation, and gave it to [manufacturers] to do whatever they wanted. Now they collaborate, help to figure out which third-party vendors are slowing down the system, help them improve their code.”

Microsoft Hypes up Hyper-V

With Windows 7 on the horizon, Microsoft has wowed its fans, and heard some pre-release grumbles from its detractors, but they’ve not really talked about the server-side of the coin.

Microsoft big-wigs have promised that Microsoft’s Hyper-V virtualization technology will come up with the goods, after the media tore the company’s promises to pieces over the last few months.

Bill Laing is the corporate VP of Microsoft Windows server and solutions division. He said at a recent conference, the Microsoft Windows Hardware Engineering Conference in LA, that the planned management features would be the “competitive differentiator” in the upcoming version of Hyper-V, which is due with Windows Server 2008 R2. Laing demonstrated Hyper-V performing a live migration, playing a video while switching hypervisors.

The next version of Microsoft’s SQL Server database, Kilimanjaro, promises greater scalability and improved management in large environments that the current SQL Server 2008.

The SQL Server RDBMS engine will be changed in Kilimanjaro so that it can run up to 256 logical processors, going beyond the limit of 64, and eliminating the need to manually partition applications across nodes. This allows customers to run high scale and particularly difficult applications.

Microsoft is “lighting up” new technologies, according to Quentin Clark, general manager for the SQL Server database engine. He says this will allow, for example, Excel to work with larger data sets than currently possible. “We are aligning it with more Office experience…to complete the last mile of business intelligence,” Clark said.

Last month Microsoft announced the arrival of Madison, a server-based appliance based on Kilimanjaro with hardware partners for large scale and detailed analysis.

The company plans to reference implementations ahead of Madison and announced that it might expand into other area as there has already been interest. This could mean appliances for packaged apps, like SAP, or the much more difficult, ‘custom old transaction processing’ (COTP).

COTP could be hard to achieve because reference architectures tend to require knowledge of I/O, memory and CPU capabilities in addition to knowing the software’s own limits.