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Download Microsoft Security Essentials 4.0; Bing Desktop; ConfigMgr 2012 SDK Prerelease; Web Deploy v3.0 RC; Office 365 Helper Scripts; Directory Preparation Tool; Works 6–9 File Converter; Enterprise Library 5.0 IP for Azure

Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) 4.0

Microsoft Security Essentials 4.0 released to Download Center provides real-time protection for your home or small business PC that guards against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software.

“This update to Microsoft Security Essentials is part of the standard product update release cycle. This service update contains product enhancements to improve performance and user experience. We have improved on Microsoft Security Essentials’ Automatic Remediation, which will automatically quarantine highly harmful threats without prompting the user to take action as well as minor bug fixes in set up, malware remediation and other areas,” microsoft stated.

Microsoft Works 6-9 File Converter available today help you open, edit, and save documents in the Works Word Processor file format supported by Works versions 6, 7, 8 and 9.

This download requires Windows Installer version 3.1 or higher. Please refer to System Requirements below for more details.

Web Deploy v3.0 Release Candidate simplifies the migration, management and deployment of IIS Web servers, Web applications and Web sites.

“Administrators can use command-line scripting with the Web Deployment Tool to synchronize IIS 6.0, IIS 7.0 and IIS 8.0 servers or to migrate an IIS 6.0 and IIS 7.0 servers to IIS 8.0,” Microsoft explains.

The Web Deployment Tool also enables administrators and delegated users to use IIS Manager to deploy ASP.NET and PHP applications to an IIS 7.0 and later servers.

Migrate Web applications between IIS 6.0, IIS 7.0 and IIS8.0 with ease
Simplify the planning of your IIS 7.0 to IIS 8.0 migrations by determining incompatibilities and previewing the proposed changes before starting the process. Learning about any potential issues in advance gives you the chance to take corrective measures and simplifies migration.

Synchronize your server farm efficiently
The Web Deployment Tool allows you to efficiently synchronize sites, applications or servers across your IIS 8.0 server farm by detecting differences between the source and destination content and transferring only those changes which need synchronization. The tool simplifies the synchronization process by automatically determining the configuration, content, databases and certificates to be synchronized for a specific site. In addition to the default behavior, you still have the option to specify additional providers for the synchronization, including COM, GAC and registry settings.

Package, archive and deploy Web applications more easily
The Web Deployment Tool enables you to package configuration and content of your installed Web applications, including SQL databases, and use the packages for storage or redeployment. These packages can be deployed using IIS Manager without requiring administrative privileges. The tool also integrates with Visual Studio 2010 to help developers streamline the deployment of Web applications to the Web server

Microsoft Enterprise Library 5.0 Integration Pack for Windows Azure is an extension to the Microsoft Enterprise Library 5.0 that can be used with Windows Azure. It includes the Autoscaling Application Block, the Transient Fault Handling Application Block, a protected configuration provider and the Blob configuration source.

This is a major release which provides many new features for Windows Azure application developers and IT professionals:

  • Two new application blocks:
    • Autoscaling Application Block (“Wasabi”)
    • Transient Fault Handling Application Block (“Topaz”)
  • Blob configuration source
  • Windows PowerShell cmdlets for Wasabi
  • Protected configuration provider
  • Updated database creation scripts
  • On-premises sample application for hosting the Autoscaling Application Block and exploratory testing (packaged with the Integration Pack Source and located under (install location)/WindowsAzure/Autoscaling/Hosts/ConsoleAutoscaler)
  • Experience guidance:
  • Reference documentation
  • Developer’s guide
  • Tailspin Surveys sample application

System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SDK – Prerelease provides information applicable to administrators who want to automate Configuration Manager through script and to developers adding features and extensions to base Configuration Manager functionality.

Directory Preparation (DirPrep) for Lotus Notes Migrations is a PowerShell based script that prepares the customer’s Lotus Notes and Active Directory environment for migration. The DirPrep process will populate all of the email related attributes on user accounts, create accounts to represent shared/group mailboxes, create accounts for rooms & resources, and will create groups in AD for each group being migrated from Notes.

Office 365 Helper Scripts package includes a number of helper scripts created during Office 365 deployments. The following pages describe the script, the intended action and associated arguments to successfully run the script. The assumption is that the user executing these scripts has administrator-level Office 365 credentials.

Finally, Microsoft also released an updated Bing Desktop, that every day, will automatically refresh your Windows Desktop Background to a high resolution version of the day’s home page, drawn from the images we use around the world.

Bing Desktop provides a fast and simple route to get search results. To start searching, simply click on the Bing taskbar icon and the search bar will automatically appear at the center of your screen. Type what you’re looking for and the search results will appear in your default browser. You’re off and running in a matter of keystrokes. When you’re not using the search box, it goes to the background so you won’t lose precious screen space.

If you prefer, you can dock the search box to the top of screen and it will slide up out of view until you hover and click at top of screen. Just use the settings icon to pin to top of screen. We’d love your feedback on this experimental user experience.

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