WordPress.com and Windows Live partnering together and providing an upgrade for 30 million Windows Live Spaces customers

Over the last few weeks, we’ve spent a good bit of time talking about our approach to partnering with the web, and as part of that, how we’re deeply integrating with the leading consumer services that you find most valuable. Earlier today, I had the opportunity to get on stage at TechCrunch Disrupt, and with Toni Schneider, CEO of Automattic (the parent company of WordPress.com), announce an exciting partnership between our companies.
Providing a great blogging experience

As we looked at customers’ blogging needs and what different companies were providing, we were particularly interested in what WordPress.com is doing. They have a host of impressive capabilities – from a scalable platform and leading spam protection, to great personalization and customization. WordPress powers over 8.5% of the web, is used on over 26 million sites, and WordPress.com is seen by over 250 million people every month. Not only that, Automattic is a company filled with great people focused on improving blogging experiences. So rather than having Windows Live invest in a competing blogging service, we decided the best thing we could do for our customers was to give them a great blogging solution through WordPress.com.


Over the last few weeks, we’ve spent a good bit of time talking about our approach to partnering with the web, and as part of that, how we’re deeply integrating with the leading consumer services that you find most valuable. Earlier today, I had the opportunity to get on stage at TechCrunch Disrupt, and with Toni Schneider, CEO of Automattic (the parent company of WordPress.com), announce an exciting partnership between our companies.

Providing a great blogging experience

As we looked at customers’ blogging needs and what different companies were providing, we were particularly  interested in what WordPress.com is doing. They have a host of impressive capabilities – from a scalable platform and leading spam protection, to great personalization and customization. WordPress powers over 8.5% of the web, is used on over 26 million sites, and WordPress.com is seen by over 250 million people every month. Not only that, Automattic is a company filled with great people focused on improving blogging experiences. So rather than having Windows Live invest in a competing blogging service, we decided the best thing we could do for our customers was to give them a great blogging solution through WordPress.com.

Windows Live and WordPress.com

As we looked at how we brought Windows Live and WordPress.com together, there were three big things we wanted to deliver:

How to Find Almost Anything on your Computer with Windows Search

The built-in desktop search tool is one of my favorite features of Windows. Unlike Google Instant, Windows Desktop Search cannot predict queries in advance but it can find you relevant documents, e-mails, programs and other files almost as fast as you can type characters in the search box.

Windows search can be accessed from a variety of places on your computer. This includes the Windows Start Menu, Windows Explorer or press the “Windows key + F” to open a standalone search window. The latter option is more useful as it offers hints as you type and thus you can easily construct complex search queries without knowing the exact syntax.


windows searchThe built-in desktop search tool is one of my favorite features of Windows. Unlike Google Instant, Windows Desktop Search cannot predict queries in advance but it can find you relevant documents, e-mails, programs and other files almost as fast as you can type characters in the search box.

Windows search can be accessed from a variety of places on your computer. This includes the Windows Start Menu, Windows Explorer or press the “Windows key + F” to open a standalone search window. The latter option is more useful as it offers hints as you type and thus you can easily construct complex search queries without knowing the exact syntax.

Use Windows Desktop Search like a Pro…! Leer más “How to Find Almost Anything on your Computer with Windows Search”

Microsoft sets emergency Windows patch for Monday

As exploits of the shortcut bug climb, company commits to ‘out-of-band’ update
By Gregg Keizer

Computerworld – Microsoft today said it will issue an emergency patch for the critical Windows shortcut bug on Monday, Aug. 2.

The company said that it is satisfied with the quality of the “out-of-band” update — Microsoft’s term for a patch that falls outside the usual monthly delivery schedule — but also acknowledged that it has tracked an upswing in attacks.

“In the past few days, we’ve seen an increase in attempts to exploit the vulnerability,” Christopher Budd, a spokesman for the Microsoft Security Response Center, said in a entry on the team’s blog. “We firmly believe that releasing the update out of band is the best thing to do to help protect our customers.”

Budd said that Microsoft would release the patch on Monday at approximately 1 p.m. Eastern.

Two weeks ago, Microsoft confirmed a flaw in how Windows parses shortcut files, the small files displayed by icons on the desktop, on the toolbar and in the Start menu that launch applications and documents when clicked. By crafting malicious shortcuts, hackers could automatically execute malware whenever a user viewed the shortcut or the contents of a folder containing the malevolent shortcut.

The bug was first described in mid-June by VirusBlokAda, a little-known security firm based in Belarus, but attracted widespread attention only after security blogger Brian Krebs reported on it July 15. A day later, Microsoft admitted that attackers were already exploiting the flaw using the “Stuxnet” worm, which targets Windows PCs that manage large-scale industrial-control systems in manufacturing and utility firms.

Exploit code has been widely distributed on the Internet, and Microsoft and others have spotted several attack campaigns based on the bug.

One of those campaigns apparently tipped the scales toward an early patch.

The Microsoft group responsible for crafting malware signatures to defend customers using the company’s antivirus products, including the free Security Essentials software, said that an especially nasty malware family had added exploits of the unpatched shortcut flaw to its arsenal.

“Sality is a highly virulent strain … known to infect other files, making full removal after infection challenging, copy itself to removable media, disable security, and then download other malware,” wrote Holly Stewart of the Microsoft Malware Protection Center, on the group’s blog Friday. “It is also a very large family — one of the most prevalent families this year. ”

Sality’s inclusion of the shortcut exploit quickly drove up the number of PCs that have faced attack. “After the inclusion of the [shortcut] vector, the numbers of machines seeing attack attempts combining malicious [shortcuts] and Sality.AT soon surpassed the numbers we saw with Stuxnet,” said Stewart.

“We know that it is only a matter of time before more families pick up the technique,” she added.

Other security researchers had spotted Sality exploiting the shortcut bug earlier this week. On Tuesday, Trend Micro reported that the shortcut vector was being used not only by Sality, but also by other malware clans, such as the Zeus botnet-building Trojan.


As exploits of the shortcut bug climb, company commits to ‘out-of-band’ update

By Gregg Keizer

Computerworld – Microsoft today said it will issue an emergency patch for the critical Windows shortcut bug on Monday, Aug. 2.

The company said that it is satisfied with the quality of the “out-of-band” update — Microsoft’s term for a patch that falls outside the usual monthly delivery schedule — but also acknowledged that it has tracked an upswing in attacks.

“In the past few days, we’ve seen an increase in attempts to exploit the vulnerability,” Christopher Budd, a spokesman for the Microsoft Security Response Center, said in a entry on the team’s blog. “We firmly believe that releasing the update out of band is the best thing to do to help protect our customers.”

Budd said that Microsoft would release the patch on Monday at approximately 1 p.m. Eastern.

Two weeks ago, Microsoft confirmed a flaw in how Windows parses shortcut files, the small files displayed by icons on the desktop, on the toolbar and in the Start menu that launch applications and documents when clicked. By crafting malicious shortcuts, hackers could automatically execute malware whenever a user viewed the shortcut or the contents of a folder containing the malevolent shortcut.

The bug was first described in mid-June by VirusBlokAda, a little-known security firm based in Belarus, but attracted widespread attention only after security blogger Brian Krebs reported on it July 15. A day later, Microsoft admitted that attackers were already exploiting the flaw using the “Stuxnet” worm, which targets Windows PCs that manage large-scale industrial-control systems in manufacturing and utility firms.

Exploit code has been widely distributed on the Internet, and Microsoft and others have spotted several attack campaigns based on the bug.

One of those campaigns apparently tipped the scales toward an early patch.

The Microsoft group responsible for crafting malware signatures to defend customers using the company’s antivirus products, including the free Security Essentials software, said that an especially nasty malware family had added exploits of the unpatched shortcut flaw to its arsenal.

“Sality is a highly virulent strain … known to infect other files, making full removal after infection challenging, copy itself to removable media, disable security, and then download other malware,” wrote Holly Stewart of the Microsoft Malware Protection Center, on the group’s blog Friday. “It is also a very large family — one of the most prevalent families this year. ”

Sality’s inclusion of the shortcut exploit quickly drove up the number of PCs that have faced attack. “After the inclusion of the [shortcut] vector, the numbers of machines seeing attack attempts combining malicious [shortcuts] and Sality.AT soon surpassed the numbers we saw with Stuxnet,” said Stewart.

“We know that it is only a matter of time before more families pick up the technique,” she added.

Other security researchers had spotted Sality exploiting the shortcut bug earlier this week. On Tuesday, Trend Micro reported that the shortcut vector was being used not only by Sality, but also by other malware clans, such as the Zeus botnet-building Trojan. Leer más “Microsoft sets emergency Windows patch for Monday”

9 Essential Tips To Speed Up Windows 7

The Microsoft Windows 7 operating system has been designed for delivering better speeds than its predecessors. However, as time passes by, the laptop/PC might tend to get slower. This is not exactly the fault of the OS. As the matter of fact, it is a common problem faced by many operating systems.
The major reasons for this are accumulation of junk in the system or a highly stuffed hard drive or running of too many unnecessary services and programs. Here we shared a few essential tips that can help speed up Windows 7 performance on laptops or computers. Hope it helps!


By Trinity Nick

The Microsoft Windows 7 operating system has been designed for delivering better speeds than its predecessors. However, as time passes by, the laptop/PC might tend to get slower. This is not exactly the fault of the OS. As the matter of fact, it is a common problem faced by many operating systems.

windows 7 performances tips

The major reasons for this are accumulation of junk in the system or a highly stuffed hard drive or running of too many unnecessary services and programs. Here we shared a few essential tips that can help speed up Windows 7 performance on laptops or computers. Hope it helps! Leer más “9 Essential Tips To Speed Up Windows 7”

MetroTwit, nuevo cliente de twitter para Windows


Por @marcosesperon

metrotwit MetroTwit, nuevo cliente de twitter para WindowsExisten multitud de clientes de twitter para instalar en nuestros equipos y gestionar de forma más sencilla nuestra cuenta de microblogging. Estos clientes nos permiten revisar las actualizaciones de nuestros amigos de una forma más cómoda, con accesos directos a las funciones más comunes y en ocasiones con la posibilidad de gestionar varias cuentas simultaneas. Leer más “MetroTwit, nuevo cliente de twitter para Windows”

web design Stuck With Some Windows Error? Microsoft One Click Fix It Tool Can Detect & Repair

Windows computer users come across new situations often. Amateur computer users are completely baffled when a problem occurs; at times certain computer problems even leave the most experience computer user clueless. Calling technical support for our computers is not always helpful especially because the technician cannot see actually what our computer problem is.

Microsoft has finally recognized this extremely problematic issue and created a solution for it. The solution has been appropriately titled “Fix It.”

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Fix It is a freeware solution by Microsoft that installs into your computer. It acts as an automatic troubleshooter that contains solutions to numerous problems commonly experience by Windows Vista and Windows 7 users. The list of supported operating systems includes Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows Server (2003 + 2008).


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Windows computer users come across new situations often. Amateur computer users are completely baffled when a problem occurs; at times certain computer problems even leave the most experience computer user clueless. Calling technical support for our computers is not always helpful especially because the technician cannot see actually what our computer problem is.

Microsoft has finally recognized this extremely problematic issue and created a solution for it. The solution has been appropriately titled “Fix It.”

Leer más “web design Stuck With Some Windows Error? Microsoft One Click Fix It Tool Can Detect & Repair”