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The State of Microsoft Programming with .Net

For the past few years any one that had to visit a Microsoft website has seen, odds are, an advertisement for them to install Silverlight, Microsoft’s Flash competitor.  You see, Microsoft has wanted a chunk of the “web app” pie, and for the longest time, that was Flash.  If you wanted to do an App or a Movie or such that was easily done and put in to a web page, Flash was the Champ to use.  But Microsoft wanted to change that, and this was actually what may be considered the Downfall of the .Net programming language toolkit…


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Microsoft releases Windows Vista SP2 and Server 2008 SP2

windowsMicrosoft has released a standalone installer for Windows Vista SP2 and Windows Server 2008 SP2 today.

The software giant posted some things to know about the service packs last month, one of the warnings is if “vLite” was used to customize your Windows Vista installation, you may have removed required system components which prevent Service Pack 2 from installing. Microsoft has a workaround for this issue.

Microsoft is expected to post the bits to Windows Update in the coming weeks but if you are eager to install SP2 today then the download links are listed below.

Download: Vista SP2/Server 2008 SP2 32 bit
Download: Vista SP2/Server 2008 SP2 64 bit

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US Army will adopt Vista and Office 2007 by end of this year

windowsCorporate bodies, such as businesses and the government, have traditionally been rather slow when it comes to adopting new software and technologies. This is generally for security purposes, and because they don’t see the point in upgrading from something that works. This frame of mind is not going to change any time soon; Ars Technica is reporting that the US Army is going to finally be fully upgraded to Windows Vista and Office 2007 by the end of 2009, despite Windows 7 quickly approaching.

At the moment, Ars Technica believes that about half of the Army computers are running Office 2007, and 13% are powered by Vista. Marcus D. Good, who is the chief of the Army’s Information Technology Systems Support Division, has stated, “The Army has been testing Vista since its release and has run it through the Army Golden Master program. The Army Golden Master program is responsible for the release of the Army standard baseline configurations for commonly used computing environments within the Army Enterprise Infrastructure, the team responsible for making sure applications that ran on XP will run on Vista.”

It’s unclear how long it will take the Army to make the move from Vista and Office 2007 to Windows 7 and Office 2010 when they are released, but since the changeover will only be fully complete this year, expect it to take a rather long time. It’s not a bad thing, though; the Army is serious business, and they need to be 100% certain that their computers are secure and safe. Previews of Vista for members of the Army are available here and here, to help them get used to it, as well as more efficient.


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Windows Vista SP2 RTM is now on MSDN

windowsAs well as Windows Server 2008

It looks like Windows Vista Service Pack 2 RTM and Windows Server 2008 RTM just made their ways out of Microsoft’s closed testing environment and into the homes of happy beta testers. According to company officials, channel partners and MSDN subscribers are now able to get their hands on these fresh new releases.

“Today we are announcing the Release to Manufacturing (RTM) of Service Pack 2 (SP2) for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008. SP2 represents the latest step in Microsoft’s commitment to continuous improvement. It includes all updates that have been delivered since SP1, as well as support for new types of hardware and emerging hardware standards.”

Microsoft has mentioned that the key benefits of Vista SP2 include Windows Search 4.0 for improved searching performance, the ability to natively record data to Blu-ray in Windows Explorer, a Bluetooth feature pack to support the 2.1 specification (perhaps 3.0 as well?), more simplified Wi-Fi configuration with Windows Connect Now (WCN), and UTC time zone support in the exFAT file system.

The company has also stated that the SP1 Service Pack Blocker Tool is being removed today, as was announced back in January. Service Pack 1 will now be available in Windows Update, but we highly recommend skipping it and getting a download of Service Pack 2 when it is publicly made available.

It comes as no surprise to us that Windows Vista SP2 RTM version 6.0.6006.18005 is already circulating around torrent portals in both 32-bit and 64-bit versions. The majority of industry is expecting Microsoft to make the update publicly available sometime this week. While no plans have been confirmed, it is best to stay patient until an announcement has been made.

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