IE10 Preview on Windows 7 in mid-November; Two New Versions & Pricing of Office 365 Revealed; MOSDAL 4.6 and Office 2013 Resource Kit Released

Until exclusive to Windows 8, Microsoft just announed that Internet Explorer 10 will be available to Windows 7 as well. "We will release a preview of IE10 on Windows 7 in mid-November," Microsoft' IE team announced adding, "the final availability to follow as we collect developer and customer feedback.""IE10 on Windows 7 has the same […]

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Until exclusive to Windows 8, Microsoft just announed that Internet Explorer 10 will be available to Windows 7 as well. "We will release a preview of IE10 on Windows 7 in mid-November," Microsoft' IE team announced adding, "the final availability to follow as we collect developer and customer feedback."

"IE10 on Windows 7 has the same standards based platform for developers to target as IE10 on Windows 8 -- and it brings improved real-world site performance and additional standards support to Windows 7," the team posted.

Also, in other IE10 news, Microsoft published a developers guide to getting websites ready for Internet Explorer 10 on Windows Phone 8.

Follow the steps below to simulate IE10 on Windows Phone 8:

  1. "On Windows 8, open Internet Explorer 10.
  2. Bring up the IE Developer Tools either by hitting the F12 key, or, on the Tools menu, click F12 Developer Tools.
  3. Click Tools, click Change User Agent String, and then click IE10 for Windows Phone 8.
  4. To resize the browser window, click Tools, click Resize, and then click 480x800," explains Windows phone developer blog.

In other Microsoft news, the company will launch two additional versions of Office 365 named "Office 365 Small Business" and "Office 365 Midsize Business" -- in addition to the four "confirmed earlier this year."

Office 365 vs. Office 2013 Versions and Pricing Chart

This makes the total six versions of Office 365 lineup, now include:

  • "Office 365 Home Premium
  • Office 365 Small Business
  • Office 365 Small Business Premium
  • Office 365 ProPlus
  • Office 365 Midsize Business
  • Office 365 Enterprise," informs ZDNet's MJFoley, citing some sources.

"Office 365 Small Business, which is almost identical to Office 365 Small Business Premium, lacks Office apps for PC, Mac, smartphones and tablets.

The Office 365 ProPlus flavor, on the other hand, comes with installable versions of "Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, Publisher, Access, Lync and InfoPath," and can be deployed on up to five different Windows devices.

Office 365 Midsize Business SKU is created for mid-size businesses with up to 250 employees -- and includes the usual Office 365 line-up, meaning Exchange Online, SharePoint Online and Lync Online, plus Office 365 ProPlus," .

Office 365 Midszie Business will come with an annual price tag of $180 per user. In addition, the Enterprise version will be sold for $240 per user per year.

While, a one-year Office 365 Home Premium subscription for up to 5 users will cost $99.99 (which is only $8.33 per month).

And, the Office 365 Small Business Premium on the other hand will cost $149.99 per year ($12.50 per month).

While on Office, the Microsoft's Office team today released a new Office 2013 compatibility content for IT Pros in the Office Resource Kit.

The Visio poster describes how telemetry works in Office 2013. "You can learn about the telemetry components, the types of files and solutions that are monitored, the monitoring process, and more," the Office team said.

And, the new Office 2013 compatibility guide describes the modern Office compatibility process and how Office telemetry supports this process. "You'll learn about topics like discovery vs. inventory, the importance of working with business groups, and how to conduct user acceptance testing using Click-to-Run, to name a few," the team added.

You can download Visio paper here, and check the Office 2013 compatibility guide on MSDN.

Visio Paper

Finally, also released today is a new version 4.6 of the Microsoft Online Services Diagnostics and Logging Support Toolkit now available with new features and improved user experience --"so both users (information workers) and administrators can collect the right data, for the right problem."

MOSDAL 4.6 offer include:

  • User Interface Changes - Added information to help users collect the right data, as well as understand what data MOSDAL is collecting.
  • New Languages - MOSDAL is now offered in Russian and Korean languages.
  • Smaller download - MOSDAL will only download .NET 4.0 and Windows Installer 3.0 if they are not present on the system. This reduces the size of the installation package by more than half.
  • Exchange ActiveSync diagnostics - In addition to testing the Exchange Autodiscover process, MOSDAL now also performs ActiveSync connectivity tests. The tests are run sequentially, and the results are now viewable in a web format that is similar to
  • Compatibility with Microsoft Office 2013 and Microsoft Office Click-To-Run - MOSDAL is now aware of and will collect data for Outlook 2013 and Lync 2013. In addition, if you installed Office 2013 through Click-To-Run, MOSDAL will collect additional data to help troubleshoot Click-to-Run installation and activation issues.
  • Compatibility with Microsoft Windows 8, Windows Server 2012 and .NET 4.5 - MOSDAL will now run without issues on Microsoft Windows 8, Windows Server 2012 and on systems with .NET 4.5 installed.
  • WebDAV ETL component logging for SharePoint Online - Logs are collected by MOSDAL to help troubleshoot issues WebDAV connections to SharePoint Online.
  • Directory Synchronization, Domains/DNS and Exchange Hybrid Configuration reports in XML - Many of the reports generated by MOSDAL are now in XML format to make them easier to read and easier to create automated diagnostics to help identify issues quicker.
  • Windows Network Trace logging - Network tracing utilizes the Event Tracing for Windows (ETW) framework available in Windows. Network components (such as Winsock, TCP/IP, NDIS, packet-capture, and so on) register as ETW trace providers and emit events related to network activity. Any recordable activity of significance can be an event logged to ETW. Tracing for these network components and packet captures can be enabled using the netsh trace context which acts as an ETW controller. For more information, see

Get started with MOSDAL, download v4.6 from the Download Center, and refer this Knowledge base article KB960625.

For more information on MOSDAL, check out this wiki page.