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Windows Server 2008 R2 with SP1 ISO download

After Microsoft releases Windows 7 / Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 to public, Microsoft now provides single evaluation media ISO for Windows Server 2008 R2 with Service Pack 1 for free download. To download the official ISO just access http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/dd459137.aspx and logon with your windows live ID.

Or use this Direct Download Link

File Name:  7601.17514.101119-1850_x64fre_server_eval_en-us-GRMSXEVAL_EN_DVD.iso
File Size: 2.9GB

The expiration period expires after 180 days. After that the windows system will run with reduced functionalities and reboot every hour.

Microsoft Training Kits

The Microsoft Training Kit is free download that contains useful training resources. Here is a list of some latest useful training kits, the training content includes demo, videos, presentations, hands on lab and some code samples. Enjoy it

Update History

  • 2010 Apr - Add Silverlight 4 Training
  • 2010 May – Add Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 Training Kit
  • 2010 June – Add Windows Azure Training Kit
  • 2010 Aug – Update SQL Server 2008 R2 & Windows Azure Training Kit
  • 2010 Sep – Add Windows Phone 7 Training Kit
  • 2010 Dec – Add VS LightSwitch & Lync Server 2010 Training Kit
  • 2011 March – Add PHP on Windows SQL Server Training Kit
  • 2012 March – Add SQL Server 2012 Developer Training Kit
  • 2012 April – Add Windows Server 8 HOL
  • 2012 June – Add Azure Training Kit
  • 2012 Dec – Add Windows Phone 8 Training Kit

Office 2010 reaches RTM

After Visual Studio 2010 released publicly 12th this month, Microsoft office team announces Office 2010 reaches RTM today. Office 2010 RTM is not available on TechNet yet, MSDN subscribers will have to wait till the officially Office 2010 launch at May 12.

I am happy to see that all bugs I hit in Outlook BETA are all fixed in RTM.

OneNote: Unread Highlighting cannot be cleared

Some shortcuts no longer work in Outlook 2010

Large email sizes in Outlook 2010 BETA


22th April - Office Professional Plus 2010 is available to download for MSDN and TechNet subscribers. This is the first release of Office that contains 64 bit edition. The RTM build number is 14.0.4673.1000

It’s recommended to install the 32 bit version Office 2010 due to compatibility issues however if you still want to try 64 bit version keep these in mind.

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OneNote Snipping Tool

I previously used Alt+PrintScreen key for screenshots and then pasted into MSPaint and then edited the picture, and then capture just part of a screenshot. Now a better way is install Microsoft OneNote and take screenshot via the WinKey + S and then select the portion of the screenshot you want and paste anywhere.

Note: this option also available under menu "Insert"  -> "Screen Clipping"

And yes, it’s better than Vista/Win7’s snipping tool in my option.

List of dev and test tools for IE8

From http://www.microsoft.com/windows/internet-explorer/readiness/testing-tools.aspx

Here is a list of convenient development and test tools to help test and modify applications to run on Internet Explorer 8:

Debugging websites

Debugging User Agent String Changes
This program produces a report on Internet Explorer's current User Agent String, along with scripts to simulate User-Agent Strings for other Internet Explorer versions and links to MSDN User-Agent String articles.

Internet Explorer Developer Tools
Internet Explorer 8 includes tools needed by web developers to efficiently debug and profile their sites directly in the browser.

This is an HTTP Debugging Proxy that logs all HTTP traffic between a computer and the Internet.

Process Monitor
Process Monitor is an advanced monitoring tool for Windows that shows real-time file system, registry and process/thread activity.

Process Explorer
This program displays information about which handles and DLL processes have opened or loaded (Vista and Windows XP SP2).

W3C Validator HTML/XHTML
This is a W3C service to check the syntax of HTML and XHTML.

W3C Validator CSS
This is a World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) service to check the syntax of CSS.

RSS Feeds Validator
This is a W3C service to check the syntax of RSS feeds.

Windows Internet Explorer Testing Center
Test pages that we developed in conjunction with World Wide Web Consortium working groups.

IE Compat Test Tool
The Internet Explorer Compatibility Test Tool (IECTT), part of the Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT), helps identify application and website compatibility issues on Internet Explorer 8 and Internet Explorer 7. The IECTT identifies your web-based issues, uploads the data to the ACT Log Processing Service, and shows your results in real time. These tools help customers lower their costs for application compatibility testing, prioritize their applications, and deploy Internet Explorer more quickly.

Expression Web SuperPreview for Internet Explorer is a visual debugging tool that makes it easier to migrate your websites from Internet Explorer 6 to Internet Explorer 7 or 8.

Designing/Creating websites

Expression Web
Microsoft Expression Web is a professional design tool to create modern, standards-based sites that deliver superior quality on the web.

Visual Web Developer Express
Visual Web Developer 2008 Express Edition is a free, easy to use, and easy to learn program that allows everyone—from the novice to the professional developer—to create ASP.NET websites.

Some shortcuts no longer work in Outlook 2010

It turns out Alter Shortcuts, e.g Alt+R (Reply), Alt+L (Reply All), and Alt+W (Forward), no longer work in Outlook 2010 BETA at all, though they worked in Outlook 2007 and previous Office 2010 CTP version.

Actually, these shortcuts are not lost, they just change Alt to Ctrl for some reason. Users have to use Ctrl+R to Reply instead of Alt+R, use Ctrl+Shift+R to Reply All Instead of Alt+L, use Ctrl+F to Forward Instead of Alt+W.

Hopefully MS won’t change these again in RTM builds.


22th April - Microsoft brings them back in final Office 2010 RTM build 14.0.4763.1000, the shortcuts for reply and forward are same as Office 2007

Reply: Alt+R  or  Ctrl+Shift+R

Reply All: Alt+L

Forward: Alt+W

OneNote: Unread Highlighting cannot be cleared

I recently upgraded to Office 2010 BETA and I notice an annoy bug in OneNote 2010.

There is a feature in OneNote 2010 which will highlight unread content after notes are synced between two PCs. However, it can’t detect whether those content is read or not so the green highlighting will stay there forever.

The workaround is right-clicking on the notebook and choosing to Mark as Read. By doing this you tell OneNote I read it and please remove the green highlighting. This also makes unread bolding go away.


29th April - This is gone in final Office 2010 RTM build 14.0.4763.1000