On April 8, 2014, security patches and hotfixes for all versions of Windows XP will no longer be available. So bottom line, PC’s running Windows XP will be vulnerable to security threats. Furthermore, many third party software providers are not planning to extend support for their applications running on Windows XP, which translates to even more complexity, security risks, and ultimately, added management costs for your IT department if you’re still managing Windows XP environments. To learn more about Microsoft’s Support Lifecycle policy, please visit Microsoft Support.
The good news is there is a great alternative to Windows XP — Windows 7.
So are you ready to retire Windows XP? Here are 7 things to help you make the move to Windows 7:
- Watch the Is Windows XP Good Enough? Really? roundtable and hear a panel of experts dive into IT Pro questions and common issues around moving off of Windows XP.
- Fire up the Windows 7 ROI calculator and see how much you could save by moving to Windows 7. From reducing help desk cost to cutting down energy consumption to automating common IT tasks, the savings to your business could add up!
- Check out the suite of Windows 7 migration tools available on the Springboard Series that streamline planning, application compatibility, testing and deployment of Windows 7 including the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit, Microsoft Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT), and Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT). See all of these tools in action with this demonstration from the recent Springboard Tour.
- Build your Windows 7 muscles with our Windows 7 Deployment Learning Portal.
- Become a Springboard Series Insider to get monthly tips and tricks on Windows, Office and Internet Explorer.
- Follow us on Twitter @MSSpringboard for the hottest news on IT Pro deployment information.
- Try Windows 7 today. Download the Windows 7 Enterprise 90-day Trial and get started testing your apps and hardware.
Read the rest of Stephen Rose’s blog post at: With only 1000 days left of extended support, don’t you think it’s time to retire Windows XP?
Microsoft has released Service Pack 2 for Expression Web 4. This article describes the fixes and improvements in Service Pack 2. Additionally, this article tells you how you can obtain the service pack.
Microsoft Expression Web 4 Service Pack 2 (SP2) contains significant fixes and improvements in support for jQuery, image thumbnails in the Folder List panel, a new Snippets panel, and in other areas of the program.
Note: Expression Web 4 SP2 cannot be uninstalled separately. To remove Expression Web 4 SP2, you must uninstall Expression Web 4. The uninstall option for SP2 was intentionally not made available in order to avoid interoperability issues that were discovered with patch uninstallation during testing.
Issues that are resolved in this service pack
- Fixed several issues improving product stability.
- Fixed items and visuals in the Insert Symbol dialog.
- The CSS property "overflow: hidden" now behaves correctly on the design surface.
- Improved handling of the HTML "name" attribute.
- Added a notification error in Snapshot panel.
- Fixed online help links in several places.
- Fixed an issue with Copy/Paste in the Folder List panel.
- Fixed an issue in which CSS media queries were removed by the "Reformat HTML" command.
- Fixed several issues that affected the formatting of special characters and symbols.
- Src and link handling now allows protocol-relative URLs.
- Fixed an issue in which deleting a table row or column through the context menu caused unexpected behavior.
- The Hyperlink dialog now properly handles links that are already URL-encoded.
- The CSS property "pre-wrap" now behaves correctly on the design surface.
- Fixed ALT+F1 shortcut for the Folder List panel.
Improvements provided by this service pack
IntelliSense has been added for jQuery. In addition to the jQuery functions themselves, this provide IntelliSense for ids and classes in your document when creating jQuery selectors. It also includes the ability to continuously chain jQuery function calls and obtain IntelliSense.
New Snippets Panel and improved Snippets behavior.
Snippets now appear in their own panel. This panel provides all the previous functionality of the snippets feature, including keyboard accessibility from Code View with CTRL+ENTER. Snippets previously created by the user will be automatically migrated to the new snippet format and appear in the Snippets panel.
In addition, the Snippets panel provides the following improvements:
- Ability to create folders to categorize your snippets.
- Ability to create wrap snippets—with before and after sections—that you can use to surround text you select in Code view.
- Includes a large number of new sample snippets across several categories.
- Ability to quickly search the Snippets panel to find snippets by name, description, and the code of the snippet itself.
Image Thumbnails in the Folder List Panel
Interactive Snapshot Panel
Customers can now define and save multiple layouts of their application and panels. Several starter workspace layouts are provided. In addition you can create your own panel layouts and save them to custom workspaces of your choosing.
The popular Custom Toolbars Add-in has been directly built into the application, enabling you to create and name multiple custom toolbars and to add items of your choosing to each of them.
Look and feel improvements to the Code View
Code now uses the popular Consolas font by default. Color and syntax highlighting in Code view have also been improved.
How to Obtain and Install Expression Web 4 SP2
Expression Web 4 SP2 is available from the Microsoft Download Center. To download this service pack from the Microsoft Download Center, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
How to Determine if Expression Web 4 SP2 is Installed
In Expression Web 4, click About Microsoft Expression Web. If Expression Web 4 SP2 is installed, the following version number appears:
Microsoft Expression Web 4 Version 4.0.1303.0
More information at: Description of Expression Web 4 Service Pack 2
July 8, 2011
Dear Windows Mobile 6.x customer:
Microsoft will be discontinuing the My Phone service for Windows Mobile 6.x. Because you may be affected, please review the information below.
My Phone To Be Discontinued
On August 7, 2011 the My Phone service will stop saving content from phones to the My Phone service. If you rely on the My Phone service to back-up the content on your Windows Mobile 6.x phone, you will be affected.
Starting on August 7, 2011, Microsoft will begin moving your My Phone content to Windows Live SkyDrive. SkyDrive is Microsoft's free online storage service that helps you access and share your files such as photos and Microsoft Office documents. Contacts, calendar entries, text messages and photos will be moved to SkyDrive for you. Once moved, you will be able to access this content by logging into SkyDrive using the Windows Live ID that you used to register for the My Phone service.
Other content types, including videos, music, documents and favorites will not be moved from My Phone to SkyDrive for you. If you want this content, you must save it from the My Phone service to your local PC.
On October 6, 2011, the My Phone website at http://www.microsoft.com/myphone will no longer be available. On this date, you will no longer be able to log in to the My Phone service to access your content stored to the My Phone service. Microsoft will continue to store your My Phone content for one (1) year. A copy of your content can be shipped to you on a CD/DVD upon request until October 5, 2012.
To learn more about the My Phone service shut-down, including information about your content moving to Windows Live SkyDrive and how to save other content to your local PC, please visit this web site: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2557520
Microsoft is committed to making this transition easy. In the meantime, we want to sincerely thank you for your use of Windows Mobile 6.x.
-The Windows Phone Team