Check out the new Snipping tool beta!

by Shijaz Abdulla on 27.08.2015 at 17:14

Check out the new Snip beta!

The new tool is beyond just a screen clipping tool, you can now annotate notes (audio notes included), and share the snip as a URL or an MP4 file!

Other enhancements include:

  • a handy toolbar on the top of the screen which slides in when you move the mouse over it, allowing easy one-click snips.
    • the toolbar also adds capability to snip from the camera, or just presents a white space to doodle with your pen.
  • a cross-hair pointer for precision while selecting the screen area to snip,
  • a more advanced snip editing tool, complete with a record button to record voice/audio notes.






Windows Server 8 beta available for download

by Shijaz Abdulla on 01.03.2012 at 18:50

The excitement around the awe-inspiring Windows 8 Consumer Preview shouldn’t overshadow the announcement of the Windows Server “8” beta, which is super-exciting in its own ways.

Windows Server 8 is most likely the most significant Windows Server release ever. Windows Server 8 is built with the Private Cloud in mind. Download the beta today!

What’s new in Windows Server 8?

Find out what’s new in Active Directory Certificate Services, Active Directory Domain Services, Failover clustering, RMS, FSRM, RDS, Hyper-V, and Security by checking out TechNet.

IDC has already predicted that 2012 is VMware’s last year as King of Hill! Here, I will list some the coolest new features in Windows Server 8 Hyper-V

  • Install Client Hyper-V – Install Hyper-V on client machines running desktop OS
  • Dynamic Memory – Smart paging allows better utilization of memory
  • New Hyper-V module in PowerShell
  • Hyper-V replica – replicate VMs between storage systems, datacenters and clusters for business continuity and DR.
  • Live Migration can now be done even on non-clustered environments. You can literally live migrate over ethernet! What’s more – multiple simultaneous live migrations are supported!
  • Support for up to 256 logical processors and 2 TB of memory on Hyper-V host
  • Support for up to 32 virtual processors and 1 TB of memory per VM.
  • SR-IOV – maximizes network throughput while minimizing latency
  • Storage Migration – Yes! Move virtual hard disks used by a VM to a different physical storage – while the VM is running!
  • Store Hyper-V virtual hard disk files on SMB v2 file shares!
  • Virtual Fibre Channel – connect to the fibre channel storage directly from the guest OS
  • New VHDX format – new virtual hard disk format supports up to 64 TB of storage with better reliability!
  • Virtual NUMA support for guest OS
  • Virtual Switch – open framework for third parties to extend functionality of the virtual switch (example Cisco Nexus 1000V)

Windows 8 Consumer Preview available

by Shijaz Abdulla on 01.03.2012 at 18:25

The Windows 8 Consumer Preview (aka Windows 8 Beta) is now available for download, following the worldwide announcement at Barcelona.

To download Windows 8 Consumer Preview, click here. I’m going to install it tonight on my Acer Iconia W500, which currently runs the Windows 8 Developer Preview.


What’s new in a nutshell.

  • Natural touch interface, fast and fluid
  • App-centric: Download apps from the Windows Store
  • Cloud-connected Windows experience lets you access your files, pictures, etc wherever you signin from.
  • Internet Explorer 10 – browsing experience redefined
  • Choose between the Metro style touch interface and the classic mouse interface

Shortcuts to the English version ISO download:
64-bit (x64) Download (3.3 GB)
Sha 1 hash — 1288519C5035BCAC83CBFA23A33038CCF5522749
32-bit (x86) Download (2.5 GB)
Sha 1 hash — E91ED665B01A46F4344C36D9D88C8BF78E9A1B39
Product Key: DNJXJ-7XBW8-2378T-X22TX-BKG7J

Windows 8 Consumer Preview – February 29th

by Shijaz Abdulla on 12.02.2012 at 08:45

The Windows 8 “Consumer Preview” will be available on February 29th, during a special event in Barcelona. The Consumer Preview is more like a Beta.

That’s all I can blog about Windows 8 for the moment. More coming soon.

To stay up to date with Windows 8, follow the Building Windows 8 and Windows Store blogs, and Windows Dev Center remains an important resource for developers. Also continue watching this blog!

Meanwhile, Steve Sinofsky has written a massive blog post on Building Windows 8 for the ARM architecture.

How to add an Internet Explorer 9 Jump List to your website

by Shijaz Abdulla on 14.12.2010 at 23:09

One of the most exciting new features in Internet Explorer 9 is the ability to “pin” your favorite websites to your Windows 7 taskbar. I just added a jumplist to my blog today!

Try it out – If you’re running IE9, drag and drop the browser tab showing this page on to your taskbar and see what happens.

Not only can your visitors pin your website, you can also add Tasks (or links) when your visitors right click on their pinned website.


Pinning is really cool because:

  • Your visitors can pin their favorite website to their taskbar
  • The pinned website icon is always displayed on the taskbar and the probability of the visitor returning back to your website is very high. This helps you retain your visitors.
  • Plus, they don’t have to remember the URL
  • You can add common areas of your website as a menu when they right click on the icon of your pinned website, giving them instant, one click access to all areas of your website.

Here are some interesting examples of IE9 jumplists in Action – Amazon, Facebook, Bing and ebay. There are plenty more websites out there already making use of this handy feature.

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So, just how easy is it to add a jumplist to your website? It’s as simple as adding a few <meta> tags.

As an example, to display the jumplist that I added to my blog, here’s the code:

<meta name="application-name" content="microsoftNOW blog"/>
<meta name="msapplication-tooltip" content="Launch MicrosoftNOW Blog"/>
<meta name="msapplication-starturl" content="">
<meta name="msapplication-task" content="name=About;action-uri=/about;icon-uri=/find.ico" />
<meta name="msapplication-task" content="name=For Partners;action-uri=/category/partners;icon-uri=/man2.ico" />
<meta name="msapplication-navbutton-color" content="black"/>
<link rel="shortcut icon" href="/favicon.ico" />

For more information, check out the Pinned Sites Cookbook on MSDN.

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.

Exchange Server 2010 SP1 Beta and Exchange Server 2007 SP3 released

by Shijaz Abdulla on 08.07.2010 at 23:29

Exchange Server 2010 SP1 Beta incorporates a number of feature updates including archiving and discovery enhancements, a faster Outlook Web App (OWA), upgraded mobility features, and several improvements in the management UI. The SP1 beta is available to the public and can be downloaded today.

Recently, Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 3 was also made available to customers in 11 languages for both 32 and 64 bit. As highlighted in the recent post on the Exchange Server Team Blog,  this service pack was created in response to strong customer demand for Windows Server 2008 R2 supportability for Exchange Server 2007. In addition to the newly supported OS, this service pack also provides updates to a number of core components and the reintroduction of the password reset functionality within OWA for customers using Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2.

Office 2010: New features

by Shijaz Abdulla on 01.01.2010 at 13:56

I’ve been using the Office 2010 Technical Preview and the Beta for quite some time now. In this post, I share 10 new features in Office 2010 that I like.

  1. Video Editing features in Powerpoint

    You can now easily trim a video (i.e. play only a section of a video) or transform it in Powerpoint, without the need for any third-party tools.

    Right click on video, choose Trim Video.


    Choose Start and End points for the video.

    Transform the video using any 3D/bevel option.


    You can also add a reflection on your video!

    Run the presentation, the video plays as trimmed and automatically transformed/rendered as you selected, and the reflection also changes depending on the motion in the video!

  2. Insert Screenshot

    You can now insert a screenshot of any application that is currently running on your PC without having to hit PRINT SCREEN.


  3. Ribbon Interface in Outlook

  4. Conversation view in Outlook

    Makes it easy to group messages with the same subject (conversation). Also makes it easy to ignore or trash “conversations” with one click. 🙂


  5. Artistic Effects

    Can even make your clipart and photographs look like oil paintings, pastels, pencil sketches and more.


  6. Protected View
    For documents that originated from the Internet.


  7. Show/Hide the Office Ribbon (toolbar)
    You can minimize the Office Ribbon when you need some extra space by clicking the show/hide button marked in red.


  8. Backstage View
    This has replaced the Office menu. When you click the File tab, you are taken to a “Backstage”, where you can view and control properties for the document.


  9. Social Networking capability in Outlook

    Leverages functionality from SharePoint and Exchange Server and displays photographs and social networking information for all individuals involved in an email conversation.





  10. Smart tags in Outlook

    Lets you quickly see ways in which you can interact with a user (instant messaging, phone numbers, email),  his picture, profile, organizational information, etc. Very handy – and fully integrates with Office Communicator and SharePoint.




There are lots of other new features in Office 2010, this is just a preview of 10 features that I like. To get updates from my blog, subscribe with RSS or subscribe by email or get Windows Live Alerts.

Windows 7 Beta: Shutdowns begin from July 1

by Shijaz Abdulla on 25.05.2009 at 19:07

Windows 7 Beta will begin bi-hourly shutdowns starting from July 1, 2009. The Beta will completely expire on August 1, 2009.

Windows 7 Beta users should do a clean install of Windows 7 Release Candidate (RC), which will expire on June 1, 2010. Bi-hourly shutdowns of the RC will start on March 1, 2010.

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