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There have been lots of questions about why we’re not opening this test to the public.

Microsoft today have acknowledged that they are testing a new search engine internally.image

They explain on the Live Search blog post that they are hoping for a comprehensive amount of feedback from internal users before releasing it to anybody outside of Redmond.

They also explain further into the post about rebranding Live Search to say that it is still under consideration.

I feel if they want any hope of this working they need to rebrand.

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Just because Office 14 won’t be fully released until next year doesn’t mean consumers will have to wait that long to try out the products.

Microsoft have revealed a few titbits of information around Office 14.

Microsoft have confirmed that they will be offering desktop versions of Word, Excel, Powerpoint and OneNote as well as versions that can run within a browser and they will include full functionality with Internet Explorer, Safari or Firefox, Office14 is also going to be fully compatible with both Linux and Apple iPhone.

Microsoft have conceded though that Office 14 will not be available this year but they do believe that they will have a beta edition out in some form before year end.

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Today, we’re making it available to anyone interested in testing SP2 for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 prior to final release.

Vista and Server 2008 SP2 RC has been made available to the general public from today, it was initially released to TechNet and MSDN subscribers last week.

If you have any previous beta releases installed you will need to first remove them before installing the Release Candidate.

A complete list of the change can be found here and if you would like to contribute some feedback this can be done here at the TechNet forums.

Download Vista and Server 2008  SP2 RC here

Windows Update Experience Kit download option here

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Microsoft have released a series of documents around Windows 7 for IT Professionals.

These documents include:

  • What’s new in Windows 7 Guide
  • A Windows 7 Manageability Overview Guide

These documents cover a range of topics aimed at the IT industry to help with understanding what’s coming with Windows 7.

I have provided a link here to download these documents.

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But the free iPhone/iPod App is only being released  in the US and cannot be accessed via Apple’s Australian App Store.

For some bizarre unknown reason Amazon has decided the free kindle iPhone app will not be available to Australian iTunes store.

Amazon claim they will listen to customers and are working towards an international release so I guess time will tell.

Perhaps some feedback from Australian customers may help in getting this out to the Australian iTunes store sooner rather than later

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Facebook has unveiled a redesign that gives users instant updates about friends and provides a platform for stars, politicians and others to reach mass audiences.

Facebook will begin to move users home pages to new design from March 11th, and the new design has a real Twitter look about it.

Facebook have obviously done there homework and acknowledged that the growing popularity of Twitter is down to the simplicity of the application and the ability it has to reach so many people.

Facebook will still give it’s users the right to filter information to the rest of the Facebook community, it also clearly shows that Facebook is positioning itself to start letting people position product or messages for mass circulation.

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Microsoft have released a new Windows 7 build, it is called build 7048, this is another interim build as we wait for the full release candidate.

There does appear to be anything groundbreaking with this release but one thing does standout, and that is the ability to remove Internet Explorer 8 using the Windows Features applet, there is also a few new icons and wallpapers as well

I have added a link to Paul Thurrott’s page where he has posted some screenshots

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