Tech News and Opinions (by Paul Spain)

Big week for Microsoft: Office 2010 beta, Forefront TMG 2010 release, Xbox update

, posted: 17-Nov-2009 22:51

This week Microsoft are making available new products in a range of areas this week. Of interest to many will be the beta release of Office 2010. This is available for download now for both Technet and MSDN subscribers. I have been running the 'Technical Preview' version of Office 2010 and have been impressed at the improvements which make me more productive. Planning meetings in Outlook 2010 is one area that stood out for me.

Also available this week Microsoft's replacement/upgrade for ISA Server 2006 - the new product is called Microsoft Forefront Threat Management Gateway 2010 (or Forefront TMG 2010) and offers significant improvements to it's predecessor such VOIP support, Internet connection load balancing and redundancy, support for 64-bit Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2. Should be available soon for download by licensed customers along with Technet and MSDN subscribers. In the meantime a trial is available for download now.

Also released this week was an upgrade for Xbox 360 users which provides extra features for Xbox Live Gold subscribers - Facebook and Twitter support. It also delivers the stunning Zune video marketplace for streaming TV and movie downloads in High Definition 1080p for users in numerous countries.

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