Date: Tue, 28 Feb 2006 11:10:09 -0800
Subject: Sign up for the MSN adCenter U.S. Pilot
Date: Tue, 28 Feb 2006 11:10:09 -0800
Subject: Sign up for the MSN adCenter U.S. Pilot
Also yesterday, Microsoft announced that it bought Teleo, a provider of voice over Internet protocol [VoIP] technology. Currently MSN also uses similar VoIP technology in MSN Messenger, but has not yet incorporated into the public switched telephone network [PSTN]. I have been using VoIP PSTN service through Packet8.net and so far have been quite impressed [in the pocket certainly, and call quality as well]. I should also note that Microsoft has used other VoIP technology before deploying it’s own, but Microsoft .NET Voice Services as it was known was discontinued in software updates in 2003.
The technology certainly looked cool, I hope MSN uses it well.
Yesterday the butterfly released the Phishing Filter Add-in for MSN Search Toolbar Beta as expected. The technology uses the same Microsoft Phishing Filter in Internet Explorer 7 Beta [codename Rincon]. This is one of many cool additions to the MSN Search Toolbar, including an MSN Games and MSN Weather modules, and MSN Screen Saver Beta [although it can be used independently of MSN Search Toolbar now].
I haven’t taken a look at the technology in detail yet, but I wonder how it compares to other anti-phishing technology like Netcraft Toolbar or Earthlink ScamBlocker, which uses technology from Brightmail. Even eBay’s toolbar now indicates when a user is browsing a real eBay/Paypal site.
I thought I would have to blog about this at the very least – come on, it’s Windows.
Well kids, it’s not going to be Windows 2006 – that would be too 1990s. Windows Codename “Longhorn” is now going to be known as Windows Vista, the next version after Windows eXPerience, in case you’re confused. The news broke yesterday, but Microsoft hadn’t made an announcement until this morning. It’s clear to me that Microsoft branding/marketing is no longer happy with being the boring old company of the past, instead they want to be like Apple. Well, they have a long way to go and unfortunately a lot of boring old people still use Windows and they don’t seem very happy. haha Just kidding to all those who don’t like the name, but I think it’s kinda neat; then again I can’t get enough from marketing. At the very least, if Microsoft didn’t create these wonderful crazy names, then what would we have to talk about? Well, maybe about all the children dying of starvation in Niger because of a new famine there, but *sigh* I live in the USA.
Ugh, now I seem kind of jaded – lol, this is what happens when you don’t blog enough.
Anyway, Windows Vista Beta 1 is coming August 3 and might RTM [release to manufacturing] May-October 2006. Already people have been registering “vista“ domains like ‘microsoftvista.co.uk’, ‘vistafordummies.com’, ‘winvista.net’ [that Microsoft didn’t already get] and even selling them on eBay.
Microsoft Watch: Longhorn to Be Christened ‘Windows Vista’
Robert Scoble: Speculation over new Longhorn name all over the blogosphere
ActiveWin.com: Official Longhorn Name is Windows Vista
Bink.nu: It’s Official: Windows Codename Longhorn is Windows Vista! Beta 1 on August 3rd
Neowin.net: Longhorn To Be Named ‘Windows Vista’
From: Microsoft Passport Network [email@example.com]
Sent: Wednesday, March 02, 2005 7:34 PM
Subject: Important Notice regarding your .NET Passport Security Key
Some of you may have noticed some new Passport logos last night. Hopefully that means Microsoft Passport Network 3.0 will be launching shortly. Passport will loose the .NET name and focus on being used for mainly Microsoft sites. eBay and others have already removed Passport support from their sites. Although Passport was initially developed as a single sign-in service for the revolutionary web services market, Microsoft soon scaled it back as the Hailstorm initiative failed. Although this doesn’t mean that Microsoft isn’t committed to web services.
The new Microsoft Passport Network will be much more user friendly, making it easier to manage the information stored in a user’s account. MSN Account Services site will be focused on providing an easy gateway to all that information, including marketing preferences, your children’s accounts, account credentials, privacy and security.
The upgrade appears to be in progress now, but here’s a little sneak peak of the new features and UI [sorry, you have to scroll down when opening the image].
Update [2005/04/27 16:58 -6]: Mess.be has also reported on the new Passport, although they’re mistaken on a number of points.
>View “Create a security key” (for strong-credential sign-in).
Security key was discontinued back in the beginning of March and is expected to be redesigned. However, the security key may have been removed for security reasons as Passport 2.5 is upgraded to 3.0. That is to say, that upgrading secure information could in itself be a security risk and the information was deleted to prevent that – part of Microsoft’s increase security awareness. Security key is used as additional protection against extremely private information, such as bank statements stored in MSN Money, so most people will not need to set up this service.
>View “Add or change your Mobile credentials” (probably linked to MSN Messenger 7’s Offline/Mobile Messaging feature).
Mobile credentials is nothing new and will not be tied with Mobile Messaging, which will still need to be done at the MSN Mobile site. Adding a phone number and PIN to your Passport allows you to easily sign in to Passport on mobile devices. You can also sign in to Passport on a computer with this phone number and PIN if you add @passport.com to the end of the phone number.
And finally the unoffiical MSN Messenger enthusiasts site Messenger Blog is giving a link to one test bed although I would highly recommend that you don’t go playing around with it. It’s possible to harvest any information in a number of test beds since security is generally not enabled when debugging. Soon enough we’ll all be able to play with it.
Today MSN Messenger 7.0 was finalized and released to the web [RTW] for public consumption. Jeff Wilkes and others have reported being able to get it from the official site, but I just tried and got 6.2, so try the Neowin download link.
Also, MSN Spaces has removed beta from it’s name, increased storage from 10 MB to 30, added more themes, announced 4.5M Spaces created, and launched What’s Your Story?. However, there will be many more exciting things from the Spaces team later on and eventually more storage as a universal platform is completed.
PS–Thanks to Paul for most of this stuff.
Well yes I am. Sorry for the lack of blogging, but I’ve been trying to get a feel for what, how and why I want to blog. Luckily .Text provides great statistics and I think I have a sense for what you guys want. The NEW Microsoft Network received the most views and thus I will be creating a Major News feed for all of those who want to know when MSN comes out with something big. I’ll be adding some links to different news sources and resources for MSN customers. As this weblog develops, I invite you to watch my MSN Space [after all, I should eat MSN’s own dogfood] since that blog [RSS] will be updated more frequently. As time goes by, feel free to comment or send me an e-mail on what you would like to see or what you like so far. I’m hoping that as the MSN MVP program matures, you will hear more from us as a group.
As far as my syntax, I’m using revision tracking in the title so that MessageCast’s LiveMessage Microsoft Passport Alerts will be delivered for every update to the post. This may also play nice with some aggregation services. Unfortunately I have the habit of updating posts quite often.
Stay tuned for some exciting news from MSN!
From $5 to $1000, EULAs [or end user license agreement] are starting to offer cold hard cash! Most people dread reading all this legal mumbo-jumbo and simply click yes when installing software. I actually do scan through them if they’re not that long or I simply just read the titles of the different paragraphs [unless I’m in a hurry].
Anyway, the $5 refers to a clause in Microsoft’s AntiSpyware *cough* AntiAdware */cough* Beta in case Microsoft makes a mistake and the software’s definitions start erasing personal files. Of course Microsoft has to actually find and admit the error themselves, which they recently did. I think that’s a little generous since the software is free and will remain free. I have GIANT’s software myself since it has more features, but Microsoft recently released an update that increased performance among other things, which was true when I uninstalled GIANT on a slow machine and installed the new Microsoft build. I compared the boot times and there was a decrease in 10-15 seconds on a 2:30 boot time [yeah, it’s a slow machine]. Anyway, it kind of makes me angry that Microsoft isn’t updating the GIANT build, they’re only updating the definitions for it.
The $1000 check was cut by PC Pitstop when Doug Heckman was the first of over 3000 downloads to actually read the EULA and e-mail the company for compensation. If only I used their software… Interesting to note that this article was first on Slashdot.org and then News.com used it.