We wanted to say congratulations to gUiTaR_mIkE as being the latest member of the Lunarsoft Community to be selected as a valued Contributor. As such, his group has been upgraded to reflect this change. He has contributed excellent news on our forums about popular software. Plus, he has given sound advice and been extremely helpful to fellow members and guests.
Thanks Mike for all of your contributions. We appreciate it and we hope you enjoy this upgrade!
As announced at Tech Ed 2010 in New Orleans a little more than a week ago, Invitations for the first beta of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (SP1) have reportedly begun arriving in potential testers' mailboxes.
The beta of SP1 is expected to begin in July, with the release to market some time in the fourth quarter.
According to the invitation, the beta download will be available in English, German, Japanese, French and Spanish, but all bug reports and feedback should be sent in English.
Usage of web browser Internet Explorer 6 (IE6) in the US and Europe fell below the 5% mark for the first time in May, according to web analytics company, StatCounter. The firm's research arm StatCounter Global Stats reports that IE6 US usage has fallen to 4.7% from 11.5% 12 months ago.
"At these levels web developers now have valid justification not to support IE6 in the future," commented Aodhan Cullen, CEO, StatCounter. A number of sites including YouTube are already understood to have withdrawn support for IE6.
StatCounter Global Stats reports that IE8 US usage increased to 30.5% in May from 8.5% in the same month last year. IE7 is currently at 16.6% in the US.
Microsoft warned users Thursday of a zero-day flaw affecting Windows XP and Windows Server 2003, occurring ironically in the Windows Help and Support Center, that could enable hackers to launch malicious attacks.
Specifically, the security flaw, first detected and published by Google researcher Tavis Ormandy, occurs in the Windows Help and Support Center. The bug is accessed through the protocol handler and can be triggered through all major browsers.
Other Windows platforms, including Vista, Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 are not affected by the bug or vulnerable to attack.
"It can be triggered through all major browsers, but as Tavis points out, it easier to exploit under IE7," said Wolfgang Kandek, chief technology officer for Qualys, in a blog post.
Today, we're announcing the completion of a new web indexing system called Caffeine. Caffeine provides 50 percent fresher results for web searches than our last index, and it's the largest collection of web content we've offered. Whether it's a news story, a blog or a forum post, you can now find links to relevant content much sooner after it is published than was possible ever before.
Some background for those of you who don't build search engines for a living like us: when you search Google, you're not searching the live web. Instead you're searching Google's index of the web which, like the list in the back of a book, helps you pinpoint exactly the information you need. (Here's a good explanation of how it all works.)
Windows Live Essentials includes Messenger, Mail, Photo Gallery, Movie Maker, Writer, Sync and Family Safety. Essentials is available for free and in many cases may already be installed on your PC with Windows. If not, you can get it from http://download.live.com.