HP Slate 500 is officially released

by Shijaz Abdulla on 23.10.2010 at 16:18

The HP Slate 500, running Windows 7 Professional (32 bit) has been officially released yesterday.


The HP Slate, priced at $799 in the US, is powered with an Intel® Atom™ Processor Z540 (1.86 GHz, 512 KB L2 cache, 533 MHz FSB), 2 GB of RAM (maximum, non upgradeable), a solid state flash module for storage, and an 8.9” wide-angle touch screen. The unit is shipped with a cradle and a carry case included in the box.


An HP Slate digital pen is also included as an additional input device. The HP slate features two cameras, one for video conferencing and the other to be used for still photography at 3MP.

The HP slate’s dimensions are 9.21 x 0.58 x 5.91 in (23.40 x 1.47 x 15.00 cm). Average battery life is 5+ hours.

I saw some really interesting close-up pictures of the product on Engadget this morning.

iPad vs. HP Slate

Unlike the iPad, the HP Slate is primarily targeted at the business user rather than a mere collectible for the consumer. Smile

  • Display: The HP Slate features an 8.9” display at 16:9 ratio. The iPad has a 9.7” display with only a 4:3 ratio. Both devices support a maximum resolution of 1024 x 768. The HP Slate supports 1080p video playback, while the iPad can only do 720p.
  • Camera: The HP Slate has two, the iPad has none!
  • USB port: The HP Slate has one, the iPad has none!
  • Processor: iPad has a 1 GHz Apple A4 processor, Slate runs on a 1.86GHz Intel Atom processor.
  • Memory: the Slate comes with 2GB of memory, that’s 8 times more memory than the iPad.
  • Weight: Despite all the extra features on the HP Slate, both devices weigh the same (1.5 pounds)
  • Adobe Flash support: iPad doesn’t support Flash. HP Slate (Windows 7) does. And that makes a big difference.
  • OS: The iPad runs Apple’s iPhone OS 3.2 operating system, which was designed for a phone. The HP Slate 500 runs Windows 7, a “serious” operating system that can run Microsoft Office Smile and a hell of a lot of applications. If it runs on Windows 7, it will most likely run on your Slate.
  • Storage: iPad comes in “flavours” of 16GB, 32GB and 64 GB. HP Slate comes with a 64GB solid state drive and expandable via SD, SDHC and SDXC.

To be fair to the iPad, the only iPad features that I can think of that the Slate doesn’t have are:

  • 3G support
  • Apple talks about 10 hours battery life, while HP Slate gives 5+ hours.

Call me biased, but the HP Slate is the clear winner in the modern tablet era, based on the facts above. I just can’t wait to get one for myself! Open-mouthed smile

SharePoint Conference 2010, Doha

by Shijaz Abdulla on 18.10.2010 at 13:07


Invitation to the Middle East SharePoint® Conference 2010

Be among the first to register at Microsoft® SharePoint® Conference 2010 in the Middle East. This is the premier worldwide conference from Microsoft dedicated to the SharePoint platform and related technologies that are enabling the future of productivity.

Four Seasons Hotel
5 – 6 Dec 2010
Doha – Qatar

For Only $399

Come and learn about:

  • SharePoint 2010 as a platform for your business
  • Built-in workloads in SharePoint 2010 (Enterprise Search, Business Intelligence, Social Computing etc.
  • Out of the Box integration with Microsoft Lync™ Server, SQL Server® and Microsoft® Office 2010
  • Integration with line of business applications (Oracle®, SAP etc.)

Get the chance to:

  • Network with subject matter experts
  • Learn from our respective Microsoft Partners
  • Socialize with IT professionals from the same industry
  • Hear about customer’s experiences and benefits Learn more about the benefits of SharePoint 2010

Learn more about the benefits of SharePoint 2010

In addition to the session content you will have ample opportunities to network with technical and industry experts including many of the Microsoft staff that helped in building SharePoint, Microsoft Most Value Professionals and many of our top Certified Partners.

Book your seat now to attend this conference.

Microsoft’s exclusive keynote session at GITEX Dubai

by Shijaz Abdulla on 14.10.2010 at 09:23


Steven Guggenheimer
Corporate Vice President Original Equipment Manufacturer Microsoft

Steven “Guggs” Guggenheimer returns to Dubai and Gitex to present an update on Microsoft Innovation and how that equals Opportunity for you.


 Steven will share Microsoft software innovations for phones, slates, netbooks, laptop PCs, gaming PCs, television, servers and the Cloud.

As corporate vice president of the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) Division at Microsoft Corp., Steve Guggenheimer oversees worldwide sales, marketing and licensing of pre-installed Windows operating systems on mobile and embedded devices, personal computers, and servers produced by OEMs and system builders.

The other main focus of Mr Guggenheimer’s key note address will be Windows Phone 7, and how it is changing Microsoft’s game play in the mobile space. He will explain why Windows Phone 7 is a different kind of phone, designed to bring together what people care about most, the key differentiator being the user interface. He will talk about the “glance-and-go experience” and how it has been designed to do more in less steps, getting everything you love, easier and faster.

You are cordially invited to attend this Microsoft Exclusive Premiere Event at GITEX Technology Week 2010!

Date:     Monday, 18 October 2010
Time:     2:00PM
Venue:   Dubai World Trade Center, Sheikh Maktoum Hall


Exclusive Cocktail Reception
Join us for a cocktail reception prior to the keynote session and get the chance to engage with Microsoft and fellow experts from the industry.

Date:     Monday, 18 October 2010
Time:     1:00PM – 2:00PM
Venue:   Dubai World Trade Center, Sheikh Maktoum Hall

Binary Tree exits Google Enterprise Partner program

by Shijaz Abdulla on 14.10.2010 at 09:11


Binary Tree, the world’s leading provider of cross-platform messaging migration and coexistence solutions, announced today that it is dropping its business partnership with Google. This means the suspension of all sales and marketing efforts for its CMT for Google Apps email migration product, and the exodus from the Google Enterprise Partner Program. Binary Tree will redirect resources to focus completely on transitioning customers to Microsoft’s on-premises and cloud based solutions for Microsoft Exchange and SharePoint.

Said Henry Bestritsky, Co-CEO of Binary Tree:

  • "It’s simply a matter of customer demand. The tremendous uptake we are seeing in the market for migrating to the Microsoft messaging and collaboration platform cannot be ignored. And that includes moving to the cloud-based versions of these solutions like Microsoft’s Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS). The customers we’ve talked to about moving to the cloud, regardless of their size, have told us that they don’t want to move to an e-mail system that offers less functionality and decreases their end user’s overall experience. They are used to a full-featured user experience for e-mail, calendaring and collaboration, and won’t compromise their user’s productivity to save a few bucks. Our goal is to focus our people, processes and technology on helping our clients and partners to transition to the optimal environment for their business value, and hands-down we feel that is the Microsoft platform.”

Stefan af Bjur, General Manager, Binary Tree Europe

  • "the companies we have spoken to in Europe have specific requirements for privacy and security that haven’t been met by Google’s hosted solutions. This is especially true of the multi-nationals with offices in Europe who have told me that they need these issues to be addressed and would also like to see a realistic roadmap from Google before even considering their cloud. To date, Microsoft continues to be the preferred choice for cloud services from these types of companies, as shown by the recent decision of a global provider in transport and energy infrastructure based in France."

Companies like Coca-Cola Enterprises, Gerber, Ingersoll Rand, JPMorgan Chase, and many more have chosen Binary Tree’s suite of products to help them make the move to Microsoft.


TechEd Middle East 2011 – Registrations Open!

by Shijaz Abdulla on 12.10.2010 at 13:40

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Registration is now open for TechEd Middle East 2011.  Tech·Ed is Microsoft’s premier technical education event providing the most comprehensive technical training on Microsoft’s suite of products, technologies, solutions and services and takes place in Dubai, March 8 – 10, 2011.

  • Hear about the future of Microsoft’s products and technologies directly from the Microsoft leadership team in the keynote
  • Choose from 200 technical sessions delivered by Microsoft and industry experts
  • Touch the technology through more than 40 PC-based instructor-led training labs
  • Ask your questions at the NEW Ask The Experts forum
  • Meet with product experts and see product demos at the Technical Learning Centre
  • Explore industry solutions at the Tech·Ed Expo

Benefit from the Super Saver registration fee of only $795 for all registrations before 31 December 2010. For more info, visit www.teched.ae

Bing is our biggest threat, says Google chief

by Shijaz Abdulla on 26.09.2010 at 10:21

Eric Schmidt, Google CEO 

“Absolutely, our competitor is Bing. Bing is a well-run, highly competitive search engine.”

 I read with interest an article about Google chief executive Eric Schmidt stating on Friday that Microsoft’s Bing search engine was the company’s main threat, not Facebook or Apple.

He described Apple as a “well-respected competitor” and Facebook as a “company of consequence doing an excellent job in social networking,” but said that Microsoft’s latest-generation search engine was Google’s main competition.

“We consider neither to be a competitive threat,” Schmidt said, referring to Facebook and Apple. “Absolutely, our competitor is Bing. Bing is a well-run, highly competitive search engine.”

Microsoft had 13.9 percent share of US search volume in August, up 0.25 percent from July, while Yahoo! had a 13.1 percent share of US Internet searches, down from 14.6 percent in July, Nielsen said.

Google continued to dominate the lucrative search and advertising market with a 65.1 percent of all Internet searches in August, Nielsen said.

Year-over-year, Microsoft sites have increased their search share from 10.7 percent in August 2009 to 13.9 percent in August 2010 while Yahoo! has fallen from 16.0 percent a year ago to its current 13.1 percent, Nielsen said.

Google held steady at 65 percent.

Yahoo! and Microsoft signed a Web search and advertising partnership a year ago under which, Yahoo! will use Microsoft’s search engine on its own sites while providing the exclusive global sales force for premium advertisers.

Microsoft last month began handling all Yahoo! online searches in US & Canada and will eventually power Internet searches at Yahoo! websites worldwide.

Bing rocks!

snom phone tested by Microsoft for OCS compatibility

by Shijaz Abdulla on 26.09.2010 at 09:59

snom technology AG is a developer and manufacturer of VOIP phones for enterprise and residential markets.

The snom 300 phone has been tested by Microsoft for interoperability with Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2. The snom 300 uses the Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) for VoIP communications. This dedication to a standards-based protocol makes the snom 300 interoperable with Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2 while also retaining all of its standards-based SIP features.

The announcement of the snom 300 is a new addition to the OCS IP phone portfolio, and meets a long desired need for an inexpensive IP phone ($120 MSRP) that has been tested for interoperability with OCS.

Compatible Devices Program for Microsoft Lync is Microsoft’s program to test and qualify partner devices to work with Microsoft Lync so partners can provide a wide choice of phones, headsets, conference room systems, and other devices to meet the needs of employees in all workspaces—including headquarters, branch offices, and remote locations. These communications devices enable users to connect via audio and video for a rich communication and collaboration experience wherever they are.  The program includes 2 levels:

  • ‘Optimized for OCS/Lync’ – IP phones, headsets, conference room systems and other devices that offer a rich and integrated experience giving customers the power to get the most out of their Lync experience and return on investment.
  • Other compatible IP phones – IP phones tested to provide basic interoperability and quality of experience. snom300 is the first phone in this new category.

Read the snom press release here.

Microsoft Lync is the new OCS

by Shijaz Abdulla on 26.09.2010 at 09:53

Microsoft Lync  is the new branding for the latest version of Microsoft Office Communications Server (OCS), scheduled for release pretty soon.

Some of the new features in Lync:

  • Unified Experience
    • One set of contacts between Lync and Office apps
    • Communicate with context both from SharePoint and Outlook
    • PCs, browser and mobile device support
    • IM, voice, video, web conferencing all in one client
  • Connect & Collaborate
    • Find & connect with the right people in the organization using new rich presence, that includes pictures & current location
    • SharePoint based Skill Search
  • Enterprise Voice features
    • QoS enhancements with Call Admission Control
    • Datacenter resiliency and survivable branch appliances
    • Wide range of IP and USB device support
  • Conferencing
    • Rich whiteboarding including copy-paste, powerpoint upload, desktop & app sharing all built into Lync client
    • Easily schedule meetings
    • Virtual lobby to place attendees and ensure security over who can attend
  • Powerful deployment & management
    • VIRTUALIZATION supported on most of the Lync Server roles!
    • Role based access control
    • PowerShell based foundation for administration
    • Improved navigation thru silverlight based scenario-driven graphical management tool
  • Extensibility

You can read more about it at microsoft.com/lync

How to uninstall Internet Explorer 9 Beta

by Shijaz Abdulla on 16.09.2010 at 14:14

If you’ve installed Internet Explorer 9 beta to try out the new features and you want to uninstall it once you’re done, follow these steps:

1. Go to Control Panel

2. Open Programs and Features.

3. Click View Installed Updates

4. Click Windows Internet Explorer 9 in the list and click the Uninstall button.


5. Restart your PC and you’re good to go!

Internet Explorer 9: Beauty of the Web

by Shijaz Abdulla on 16.09.2010 at 12:11

Internet Explorer 9 Beta is now available for download.


  • Hardware Acceleration unlocks the full power of your PC
    Today’s websites and browsers only use about 10% of the processing power your PC has to offer. Internet Explorer 9 unlocks the other 90%. With Internet Explorer 9, we’re tapping into your graphics processor through Windows to harness the full potential of your PC. It makes HD video smoother, colors truer, graphics clearer, and websites more responsive. Combined with our new JavaScript engine, the web now performs like an application installed directly on your computer.
  • Lesser Clicks

    We’ve also added a several ways to reduce the number of clicks it takes to get where you’re going. You can pin your favorite sites to your task bar for single-click access. Pinning, Jumplists and Aero Snap.

  • Your sites shine
    Designed to get you to the web faster and get out of the way once you’re there, Internet Explorer 9 lets web content come forward and shine.
    • One single drop down menu
    • “Tear off" tabs let you view websites side by side
    • Address bar and search box combined to One box
    • Notifications appear in the bottom of the browser window instead of popping up
    • When you open a new tab, IE9 suggests commonly visited websites to open
  • HTML5 support

    Through active participation in standards development in CSS3 and SVG working groups, co-chairing the HTML5 Working Group, and leading the HTML5 Testing Task force, we are actively helping set the standards for the modern web. Through our investments in standards and interoperability, we hope to help bring predictability to web programming. Because when you can spend less time rewriting your sites to work across browsers, you can spend more time creating amazing experiences.

    Internet Explorer 9 introduces support for modern web standards, including CSS3, HTML5, SVG, ICC Color Profiles, DOM L2 and L3, and ECMAScript5.

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