Tech News and Opinions (by Paul Spain)

Windows Phone 7 Series to attack iPhone head on

, posted: 16-Feb-2010 06:08

Microsoft revealed today that less than 2 years ago they decided to abandon efforts to update the current Windows Mobile operating to a version 7. Instead, they scrapped all existing plans and decided to start on a new platform from scratch. And it appears Microsoft may have hit a home run - new phones based on this updated Windows technology are likely to beat the iPhone on a number of counts.

As was announced in this blog last year (and picked up by numerous media outlets globally) (read the entire post)...

Gorilla Technology is growing – We need you

, posted: 22-Jan-2010 00:02

Things are off to an exciting start for Gorilla Technology in 2010 so I am keen to find some new additions to our team. I'm looking for people like me - those who really enjoy working with technology and enjoy working with people. Our environment is an exciting one as we work with the very best of technology - and the best of customers who respect us and appreciate the professional role we fulfill for them. It's a challenging environment too because we constantly have the exciting task of testin (read the entire post)...

ISA Server successor released: Microsoft Forefront Threat Management Gateway 2010 (TMG 2010)

, posted: 24-Nov-2009 23:19

As I highlighted last week Microsoft have released to manufacturing Forefront Threat Management Gateway 2010 - aka Forefront TMG 2010.This product is part of Microsoft's strategy to be a key player in the security and protection space long term. As well as a name change, Microsoft have re-positioned the marketing of the product and are now referring to it as a 'Secure Web Gateway'. Apparently since the change in marketing began for ISA Server last year sales have increased dramatically. This doe (read the entire post)...

Silverlight 4 beta released, puts some heat on Adobe

, posted: 19-Nov-2009 09:31

Microsoft have today made available the first public beta of Silverlight 4. Targeted specifically at developers this release brings with it dozens of new features and improvements that are likely to accelerate the uptake of Silverlight by the software and web development community.As well as improvements for running in the browser, Silverlight 4 also brings major integration with Windows and also Office on the desktop for standalone Silverlight applications. Webcam/Mic support, Hardware acceler (read the entire post)...

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 f (read the entire post)...

Massive drop in price of Microsoft cloud offerings - what does it mean?

, posted: 3-Nov-2009 19:51

Today Microsoft have announced dramatic reductions in the price of their hosted editions of Exchange Server, SharePoint and Office Communications Server.Microsoft's reductions in the cost of BPOS (Microsoft Business Productivity Online Suite) which consists of Exchange Server, SharePoint and Office Communications Server are by 33%, and they are reducing the price for hosted Exchange Server by 50%. Discounts refer to pricing for commercial customers - I am still investigating whether there is any (read the entire post)...

RIM launches Blackberry Storm2 internationally

, posted: 15-Oct-2009 23:52

Research in Motion (RIM) are in the process of launching their second generation touch-screen handsets - the Blackberry Storm 2. The new model includes Wifi and improved ease of use and will initially be available in the UK (via Vodafone) and the US (via Verizon). Availability elsewhere around the world is expected in the coming weeks.

The UK edition of the Storm2 is officially available from 26 October (pre-order available now), and features 2100mhz UMTS/HSPA and quad-band GSM. The U (read the entire post)...

Microsoft ISA Server replacement Threat Management Gateway 2010 (TMG 2010) hits Release Candidate

, posted: 12-Oct-2009 14:40

Microsoft have been working towards replacing their ISA Server products for a number of years. They are finally now coming close the release of two products that will replace ISA Server 2006. The products will not be called ISA Server 2010 Standard and Enterprise, but instead they will launch under the following names:
- Microsoft Forefront Threat Management Gateway 2010 (TMG 2010) - Available in Standard and Enterprise editions
- Microsoft Forefront Unified Access Gateway 2010 (UAG 20 (read the entire post)...

Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 finalised for release

, posted: 9-Oct-2009 09:14

Microsoft have today confirmed what was aluded to in a WindowsFutures tweet yesterday - Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 has been released to manufacturing (RTM). A post on The Microsoft Exchange Team Blog confirmed the news today.

The Exchange team have advised that the RTM code will be sent initially to early adopters to test, then will be become broadly availably in early November.

See my story earlier in the year on key Exchange 2010 features.

Of key note with (read the entire post)...

Zune HD, Freeview and Windows 7 Media Center integration (Updated)

, posted: 3-Oct-2009 10:35

In recent days I've been reading about the frustration some have with the new WTV file format that Windows 7 Media Center uses. I was pleasantly surprised however when I tried to sync some TV programmes to my Zune HD so I could listen to or watch them while away from home.

So far I have tried synching 3 programmes from NZ's TV3 (all via Freeview) and they have been successfully coverted by the new Zune 4.0 media player/client. The only frustration at the moment is the time it takes fo (read the entire post)...