Although it is currently cooking Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1), Microsoft continues to ensure that the latest version of its Windows client continues to evolve even ahead of the upgrade planned for the first half of 2011.

Case in point, two application compatibility updates offered by the Redmond company to customers this week.

Accompanying the updates are two knowledge base articles, including KB 2272691 (Application Compatibility Update for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2: August 2010).

In addition, the software giant also released KB 982110 (The QueryPathOfRegTypeLib function does not return the correct path for a 32-bit version of an application in a 64-bit edition of Windows 7 or in Windows Server 2008 R2). More »

Microsoft is making it easy for customers to jump into the Cloud with a new resource designed to simplify the process of setting up Microsoft Online Services.

With the Microsoft Online Services Setup Accelerator, companies that want to embrace the Redmond company’s Cloud-based offerings will be able to essentially get help straight from the software giant.

According to Microsoft, all that customers will be required to do is answer a few questions, no more than eight, and the Microsoft Online Services Setup Accelerator will be able to provide customized instructions for customers to configure the services they need.

“One of the best things about BPOS and Exchange Online is how simple it is to setup and what makes it even easier is the guide that takes you through it,” revealed Simon May, Microsoft IT Pro evangelist. More »

A hotfix is available to users that have experienced problems waking up their Windows 7 machines from hibernation.

According to the Redmond company, customers running the latest iteration of the Windows client have reported issues in which they are unable to resume activity after their computer goes into hibernation.

The software giant explained that in some cases, the computer screen will dim after the users log on to resume from hibernation. This issue is related specifically to Windows 7, Microsoft stated.

“Consider the following scenario:

– You have a computer that is running Windows 7.

– You configure the power button to be used for hibernation on the computer. More »

Microsoft is gearing up to deliver the bits for the next generation of a free security tool focused on mitigations. The Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit has evolved to version 2, but it is not available for download at this point in time. According to the Redmond company, EMET v2 will be offered for download in the coming weeks, although a specific availability deadline was not provided at this point in time.

Some customers might already be familiar with EMET, as Microsoft released version 1 in October 2009. The tool is designed to allow developers to easily built and deploy security mitigation to arbitrary applications in order to render useless and exploits targeting vulnerabilities in the apps. While EMET does not actually help patch the security flaws, it does deliver barriers/mitigations, more than capable of fending off any attacks. According to Microsoft, EMET would best be used by third-party developers building applications designed to run on top of Windows, as well as by those needing to bulletproof as much as possible legacy applications. More »

Windows 7 is till now the best Windows operating system released till date, as per the user feedback, sales numbers and experience it has got some very positive comments.

All those user who are still using XP and may want to upgrade to windows 7 are out of luck, as Microsoft does not allow to upgrade from XP to windows 7 as both are vastly different OS in terms of feature and their structure.

However there are 2 ways with which you can partially upgrade from XP to windows 7, but both of these method will require some input from your side.

The first method is to install windows 7 in dual boot, after running the setup from Windows XP so it will get added to the boot loader. But it will result in wastage of disk space and it will require a different partition also to get installed this way. More »