Zeollar is a Microsoft India DPE initiative that gets you the latest technical content on a daily basis in different channels. Think of it like a personal television that switches on every day at a specified hour allowing you to switch channels and view the channel of your interest.

The quality of the videos present on the site are awesome, but do remember that it will need a good bandwith speed to play the streaming videos.

The website has vidoes starting from 1st Feb 2010., and you will find 1 session per day. One can also add the events to his calender on Outlook (.ics) using the schedule option, so as to not miss any of the sessions.

As of now the media present on the site is only for the Delevopers. But they would be soon coming up with contents for Archtects, Designers and IT PROs.

The website also have an integration for Facebook and Twitter.

HomePage : Zeollar


Various Microsoft product codenames

There are many products that Microsoft has released over the years, and each one of them had a code name before they were released. I was not aware of all the code names of the Microsoft products, except for the popular ones like Longhorn, Chicago, Whistler.

A bunch of them are listed below, for the entire list check out Channel9.

Code Name Generally Known as


Windows 2000 SP1


UI in Windows Vista


Windows Terminal Services for Windows Server 2003


Windows Server 2008


Windows Server 2003 Small Business Edition


Windows 95


Windows NT 3.5


Windows 95 OSR 2


Windows XP Media Center Edition


Windows 95 Plus!


Windows XP Media Center Edition 2004


Windows NT4 Embedded


Communications services used in Vista, also called WCF(Windows Communication Foundation)


Windows 3.1


Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005


Windows Vista


Windows XP Embedded 5.1


Windows 98


Windows ME

NAS 3.0

Windows Storage Server 2003


Internet Explorer 4, for Windows 95


Windows Media Center for Vista


Windows for Workgroups 3.1


Windows for Workgroups 3.11


Windows XP 64-bit


Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005


Windows XP


Windows 1.0

Windows 286

Windows 2.0

Microsoft’s new products: Aurora, Vail & Colorado

There has been a lot of rumors of new code names of the Microsoft’s new products. I have been reading about Vail for a long time, now got to hear about 2 more code names : Aurora & Colorado.

1. Aurora : Windows Small Business Server

It could be a combination of Windows Small Business Server and Cloud Storage. But still not too sure about its exact features, it could be Windows 2008 R2 build for small office users.

2. Vail : Windows Home Server

It is the next generation of the Windows Home Server and build on Windows Server 2008 R2. Expected to have Exchange Server 2010, SharePoint Server 2010, IIS 7.5, Outlook 2010 and Cloud Storage capabilities.

As described by Microsoft:
"Vail builds upon both on-premises and cloud technologies to deliver a best-in-class solution for home networks and SOHO. Out of the box, Vail provides simple file sharing, remote access, home computer backup, expandable storage through Drive Extender, and media streaming both inside and outside the home. Vail also contains an application catalog and product-wide extensibility model so that new services such as anti-virus, online sharing, and home automation can be seamlessly and easily added to the solution. Vail will be available pre-installed on systems by OEM partners, and a standalone software package will also be available for those who want to build their own systems.”


See more screenshots here : ZDNet

3. Colorado: Windows Media Connect

A little is know about this product at this stage, its expected to be remote device related.
It could be a Windows Media Connect or DLNA-based device.

Windows Live Messenger 2010 Leaked Screenshots

The screenshots of the new Windows Live Messenger 2010 have been leaked on the internet. Its a part of the Wave 4 of Windows Live which is expected to release in first quarter of 2010. Neowin has posted some screenshots of Windows Live Messenger 2010 and Windows Live Writer 2010.

These screenshots are of early BETAs and the final UI would be  somewhat different

The main Messenger window that contains your contacts has changed to an excent. On the left hand side now you see something called as a "social stream" of updates which is provided by Windows Live. These are updates from your Messenger contacts and the data is provided by Windows Live Now these updates are seen at the bottom of the messenger, also at the top of a conversation window. Windows Live Messenger aims to add to this by using the "social stream" as a showcase for your contacts updates. Providing your friends have including their Facebook, Twitter and Blog posts into Windows Live then you will see this in the stream.

Windows Live Messenger 2010 will also include tabbed messenger conversations, a much awaited functionality for Windows Live Messenger.

The ribbon interface would be seen in Windows Live Writer Wave 4 also in other Windows Live applications.

Many are hopeful for some Wave 4 announcements at the Consumer Electronics Show in January.

Source : NeoWin

Microsoft’s Security Essentials ongoing beta is still open

Microsoft is still accepting beta testers for its "ongoing beta" of Security Essentials. Security Essentials build 1.0.1611.0 was released to the public at the end of September and Microsoft promised future updates. The beta test program offers a test build named 1.0.1676.0 for download which updates to 1.0.1743.0.

Security Essentials is designed to work on Windows XP, Vista and 7 and protects end users against virus threats and spy ware. MSE is Microsoft’s free anti-virus and anti-spyware product that replaced Microsoft’s paid Windows Live OneCare subscription service which was withdrawn earlier this year. Neowin exclusively revealed Security Essentials in June when it was codenamed "Morro".

If you’d like to test the ongoing beta then follow the sign-up link below. If you sign-up you should be auto accepted. Thanks to Rafael Rivera for the news tip.

Microsoft Security Essentials ongoing beta

Source : Neowin

Windows Package Designs till date…

Windows 1.0 – blue is the colour

Windows 2 (286 and 386 versions) – 80s stripes and snazzy desktops


Windows 3.0 – look at my clickety clack keyboard!

Windows 3.1 – 90s clean lines and the Windows flag


Windows 3.1 for Workgroups – "yes! I have more than one PC!"

Windows 95 – more power AND fun

Windows NT – the night sky

Windows 98 – works better, play better

Windows 2000 – the dullest Windows box yet

Windows Me – bland box, rubbish OS

Windows XP – the green and the blue


Windows Vista – plastic is, like, so green

Windows 7 – selling itself

Windows Live Web Messenger

Microsoft has released a web based version of "Windows Live Messenger" in which we don’t need to install or download any application. Just need to open a URL in your web browser, sign-in using your Windows Live ID and start chatting.