Posts Tagged ‘Microsoft’

Microsoft Security Essentials available for free download

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

Microsoft Security Essentials provides real-time protection for your home PC that guards against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software.

Now, it’s available for free download at :

Internet Explorer 8 Released

Friday, March 20th, 2009

Microsoft has announced that Internet Explorer 8 has been released and can be downloaded now for Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, and Windows Server 2008.

The final build of Internet Explorer 8 has been released in 25 languages. You can download it directly from these links:

MS Windows XP 32-bit (16.1 MB)

– MS Windows XP 64-bit (32.3 MB)

– MS Windows Server 2003 32-bit (16.0 MB)

– MS Windows Server 2003 64-bit (32.3 MB)

– MS Windows Vista 32-bit (13.2 MB)

– MS Windows Vista 64-bit (24.3 MB)

– MS Windows Server 2008 32-bit (13.2 MB)

– MS Windows Server 2008 64-bit (24.3 MB)

The final build number is 8.0.6001.18702.

An overview of the features and benefits of Microsoft Windows Internet Explorer 8 can be found here. I will try to put the new Internet Explorer 8 in comparison to Mozilla’s Firefox 3 and get back to you with the results.

Hotmail Outage

Friday, March 13th, 2009

Hotmail experienced a service outage this week, as countless customers were unable to access their email due to a server going down.  Users said they were receiving a “Server is too busy” message when they tried to log into Hotmail, which has more than 375 million active users worldwide, according to Microsoft.

The Twitter reports were so widespread that Microsoft even sent out a message on its own WindowsLive Twitter feed letting people know it was aware of the outage, and then again when the outage was repaired.

This was the second outage for a major online e-mail service this week. On Monday, Google’s Gmail service went down for as many as 24 to 36 hours for some users.

For Microsoft and Google, which are competing to bring more Web-based services to consumers and businesses, e-mail has been a proving ground for how many users their online services can support. Outages raise questions about the ability of those companies and other online service providers to maintain a consistent quality of service for end users.