Febootimail v5.1 released, and refreshed website

command-line-email-box

New version of Command line email is available for download. We have added support for Message-ID, and for backward compatibility -NOID command.

Official download location: 32-bit / 64-bit
Learn: Online help & commands
More information: Command line email

Also, we’ve refreshed our website, it now has a new look. Some old pages removed, some old but useful pages moved to Legacy section.
Enjoy: www.febooti.com

All Febooti apps are compatible with Windows 8

Windows 8 Start Screen

We are proud to announce that all of our software programs are Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 RC compatible. The official release of Windows Server 2012 is scheduled to early September. We will do another round of extensive testing at that time and most probably we will be compatible with Windows Server 2012 without need to rewrite any code, because there should be no breaking changes in RTM.

General availability for Windows 8 is scheduled for October 26, 2012. For Windows Server 2012 — September 4, 2012. If you have a MSDN or TechNet subscription, you can grab a copy right away.

What’s new in regards to the Microsoft new OSes? There are some improvements and bug-fixes in Automation Workshop v1.3. There were some code path that we were not aware of, and due to some changed behavior in Windows 8 API implementation, we needed to make some tweaks and fixes for File / folder watcher. Also, with every Windows release we need to update known OS list in Variable Wizard. See full list of changes.

All other programs work without any problems. Automation Workshop is the most complex of our software, so naturally it gets more bugs and more attention.

Screenshots from Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012.

False Positives by some random antivirus vendor

Photo: stock.xchng

Occasionally we test our software products for viruses and other malware in sites such as Virus Total. Sites like these offer free online malware scan for URL or file with very wide range of anti-malware products. So far so good, but problem is, that almost every time, there is some random antivirus vendor who detects our software as some generic virus.

These False positives never come from Big players such as Symantec, McAfee or AVG. Why? Because they have very large customer base, and every time there is a False positive, there are many upset customers, and upset customers are bad business.

Some antivirus companies like IKARUS GmbH have an URL or email address, where you can send in what you believe is False positive. They usually react quick, and your False positive is out of their database in the next update.

And there are antivirus vendors like Trend Micro who employs more than 4000 people, and they do not accept False positive samples from people or organizations that have not bought their antivirus products. You can see this if you do a Google search on Trend Micro False Positive.

What can you do if your antivirus software are detecting our or any other software as a virus, and they do not provide any means where False positive sample can be submitted? Contact your antivirus vendor, or switch to another vendor. Why are you using antivirus product, that can not detect what is malware and what is not?

Another poor example was Clam AntiVirus, that is now removed from Virus Total antivirus list. They had a problem, that too many False Positive requests made the support queue so long, so they couldn’t keep up with the removal request processing. They were processing requests that was more than 1/2 year old. Nightly builds, I am talking to you! Check out ClamAV virus and not-a-virus submission form. The line that says it all:

Because of a high number of submitters, please do not submit more than two files per day.

Also, the basic test any anti-malware can do, is to test for Digital Signature. All of our software is digitally signed with a valid Digital Signature, and malware with valid Digital Signature is super-very rare thing.

Bonus reading:

Windows XP extended support ends in 700 days

Windows XP extended support ends in 700 days (a little more than 1,000,000 minutes). So most probably after Apr 8, 2014 Windows XP will be unsupported by our software products. May be some days before, or after, but this is inevitable – you (who are still on XP) will be forced to upgrade if you want to continue using latest releases of our software products.

Windows XP End of Support 700 days

What this “unsupported” mean for you as the end user? There are main two things that will happen after that date:

  1. We will not test our software against Windows XP. There are no guarantees that newer version will continue to work with Windows XP, however, Windows Server 2003 R2 support ends Jul 14, 2015, and because Windows Server 2003 is based on the same kernel and the same shell as Windows XP, it is very possible that you will be able to go with XP another year or little more.
  2. Second thing is, that we will eventually switch to newer Visual Studio version, which means, that you will not be able to (physically) run our software on Windows XP or Windows Server 2003. Each version of Visual Studio can target certain Windows versions, and I am sure, that Visual Studio that will be released after Jul 14, 2015, will not support these older Windows version.

Also, note that, it is not guaranteed that we will support these both OSes till the Microsoft Extended support ends. We will do a reasonable effort to support our users, but not the operating system that nobody is using.

Again, Windows XP Extended Support End Date – Apr 8, 2014. Source: Microsoft Support Lifecycle.
Windows Server 2003 Extended Support End Date – Jul 14, 2015. Source: Microsoft Support Lifecycle.

P.S. My personal recommendation is to upgrade to Windows 7 ASAP, or at least wait till Windows 8 comes out and upgrade then!

P.S.S. There is a simple Desktop widget from Microsoft for Windows that shows how many days left till Windows XP support ends. See the screenshot above. Here is a download link: Windows XP End Of Support Countdown Gadget.

Febooti Software products tested on Windows 8 Developer Preview

When Microsoft releases a new version of Windows, everyone expects that all his/her software continue to work. Microsoft spends plenty of resources to ensure that upgrade to newer OS does not break anything.

We at Febooti Software also are paying much attentions to compatibility. A couple days ago Microsoft released the Windows 8 Developer Preview version with a new Metro interface. It is nothing near the final version and many things will change along the road of Windows 8 (Beta 1, Beta 2, Release candidate 1, RC2, etc.).

Currently all of or software are compatible with upcoming Windows 8 64-bit and 32-bit versions. Our discontinued software product – Febooti ieZoom toolbar is compatible with Windows 8 and Internet Explorer 10.

Below are some screenshots where our programs are running under Windows 8.