Exchange 2013 RTM CU1 by End of this Quarter; 'Mail, Calendar & People' Apps Updates

Exchange 2013 RTM CU1 planned release date is April 2nd. Modern "Mail, Calendar & People" Apps update hits Windows Store. Virtual choir with Skype at TED2013. Advancing Historical Date and Time Calculations on the Web with IE10.

Microsoft has just announced that it would now deliver Exchange 2013 RTM Cumulative Update 1 (CU1) by the end of this quarter.

"We regret the impact that this delay has on our customers[…]The release date for Exchange 2013 RTM CU1 is currently planned for April 2nd. We will let you know if that date changes, as well as, post an announcement when the download is live," the Exchange team stated.

Microsoft says "the delay is due to an issue disovered in the final test pass coupled with feedback from members within Technology Adoption Program community."

The issue found is with Exchange 2010 coexistence. "The issue actually had an easy workaround, but we made a decision; instead of burdening you with a configuration change on all of your Exchange 2010 Client Access servers, we decided to take a code change in Exchange 2013 and solve the problem so that you will not have to make any additional configuration changes," the team explains.

In other news, Microsoft has pushed updates to its Windows Store apps including Mail, Calendar and People apps.

"…This update will bring improvements to your Windows experience across your whole life - your personal communication and your work. You will see big improvements to performance and additional new features to make it easier to connect with friends and colleagues, manage your inboxes, create and send email, and manage your calendar," Windows Blogger Brandon LeBlanc reports.

Windows Store Modern Mail App

The improvements in Mail app including options to help users create and manage email folders straight from its UI, see only unread messages, flag those considered important.

In additon, sending emails has now received options such as: add, edit and delete hyperlinks, edit bulleted or numbered lists and search for messages with ease.

Modern People app introduces a new navigation bar plus a feed option to control some of your social networking accounts.

Calendar app has visually been updated now making it easier to read calendars--with solid blocks of colors are now reflected in a small bar on the left of each appointment.

Additonally, Calendar app now accommodates the use of scheduling assistant for business accounts that use Microsoft Exchange.

"Anyone used to scheduling meetings in Microsoft Outlook and being able to see a person's availability will be able to see the same thing in the Calendar app."

Finally, Grammy award winning composer and conductor Eric Whitacre, created virtual musical master piece at TED2013 using Skype.

At TED2013, Whitacre led a live global virtual choir performance of his piece "Cloudburst" that, for the first time, combined live and virtual choirs.

One hundred live choir members made up of singers from choirs at California State University, Long Beach Campus, California State University, Fullerton Campus and Riverside City College +

Thirty singers from 28 different countries connected via Skype video calls =

A musical masterpiece.

Watch the behind-the-scenes documentary below to find out how Whitacre pulled off the performance:

Update 03/26: A new video features choreography from Jamal Simms and Christopher Scott--offering behind-the-scenes on the Surface Pro "The Vibe" commercial.

Chu says that they wanted the dancing in the Surface Pro commercial to be more organic than what was seen in the first Surface Pro ad, adding that the point of the ad was to make the Surface Pro tablet look like it was " . a part of who you are, a part of your soul."

The ad brings back the lead character of the Surface RT ad, played by "Cloud" Campos in an office setting.

Dancers in the video: "Cloud" Campos, Stephen "tWitch" Boss, Allison Holker, "Sweepy," and beat boxer, "KRNFX."

In a blog entry, IE team highlights how Internet Explorer 10 more accurately reflect the historical Daylight Saving Time standard in the web browser.

"IE10 is the first web browser to include these new features based on the revisions to section 15.9.1.8 of the ECMAScript 6 draft specification," the team claims.

Starting with IE10, "the Chakra engine now uses the daylight saving time information available from the Windows platform that the browser runs on for conversions between local time and UTC," the team added.

Microsoft has also launched a new web page called "Exploring Historic Dates" that demonstrates just how IE10 can calculate the date and time for specific events in the past based on the DST standard.

Further, the team notes that some parts of the world have never used Daylight Savings Time. If they want to run the Exploring Historic Dates demo, those users should switch their PC's time zone to one where DST is used, such as Pacific Standard Time, and then rerun the web browser demo.

Internet Explorer 10 (IE10) Advancing Historical Date and Time Calculations on the Web