Got an email from Virtual Machine Program Manager
Virtual Server R2 SP1 BETA2 is now available for download, it includes:
- AMD Virtualization (AMD-V) compatibility
- Intel Virtualization Technology (IVT) compatibility
- Volume Shadow Copy Service support
- Offline VHD mounting
- Active Directory integration using service connection points
- Host Clustering technical white paper
For complete details on the new features of Virtual Server R2 SP1 Beta2
and to download the software, please go to the Microsoft Connect Web
- Both the 32-bit version and 64-bit version of Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 Beta 2 are now available for download.
Note: A product key is not required for this release.
- Windows Vista will be supported as a guest OS when Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 becomes generally available. Virtual Machine Additions for a Vista Beta 2 Guest OS are available for download. If you are not running Windows Vista Beta 2 as a guest, you do not need this version of the Virtual Machine Additions.
Info from LonghornBlogs.com :
Some of the more useful improvements to Windows Vista come in the underlying file system. There are a ton of improvements under the hood to make files easier to deal with. One of the more subtle but important differences from Windows XP is the way discrepancies are handled during file transactions.
In Windows XP, if a file encountered some kind of error (file already exists, etc.), it was handled at the time it occurred, interrupting whatever you were doing. If the same thing happens on Windows Vista, the operation continues, and you are prompted to resolve the conflicts at the end of the process.
The UK's Official Windows Vista Magazine covers it as one of their favorite features:
The following message can also be found at WLMD team blog site:
Well, there's been a lot going on since last posting - so I wanted to take a
moment to make sure we keep you all up to date on the latest happenings.
New Build Available for download!
Of course the most exciting thing to mention is that we have a new build
available for your downloading pleasure!
In this new build you'll see some major improvements! Right off the bat,
the most noticeable change will likely be the updates we've made to our User
In addition to UI changes, here are just a few of the MANY improvements that
-Lots of work on performance
-AutoDetect for adding email accounts
-Contacts and RSS management improvements
-New search folders for RSS and Newsgroups
Please grab it and give it a whirl! We're very anxious to hear what you
have to say!
And speaking of which.
Revamped Feedback Plan
Not too long ago, we blogged about ways to send feedback to the WLMd team.
Since then we've spent some time coming up with more comprehensive ways to
hear what you all have to say.
We have created a new NG (Microsoft.public.windows.live.mail.desktop) just
for WLMd that you can view both through newsreaders and through the web.
This is a great place to go and discuss your issues/suggestions with others,
and to filter through the posts to see if maybe someone else has hit the
In the latest build of WLMd, you'll see a couple new options for sending
feedback on WLMd through the Help option in the Toolbar.
Send Feedback (web) - Navigates to http://feedback.live.com/. Just search
through the list, find Windows Live Mail desktop, click on it - and send us
Send Feedback (email) - Launches a compose page with our team's internal
Well, it's been a good run - but I'm going to have to close down the
Comments feature for this Blog. You have all been sending so much feedback
through this site and it's been really hard to keep up! The feedback loops
that I've discussed above are much better ways for us to get the information
that you're sending and be able to filter it appropriately.
That's about it for now! Hope you all take the time to install the latest
build - and send us your thoughts!
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