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James Senior at Microsoft: Like a kid in a candy store

August, 2006

  • Vista ISV Hands-on labs

    There's a great reference guide for developing applications on Windows Vista here . It includes hands-on labs (code downloads to play with) and guides on: Application Compatibility Find easy ways for your existing applications to work on the new platform...
  • Are your PC's Vista_Ready?

    We've got some information that will help you decide if your current IT hardware is capable of running Windows Vista here: http://www.microsoft.com/uk/windowsvista/getready/capable.mspx In a nutshell, min spec required is: A modern processor...
  • What has BMW got to do with Vista Build numbers?

    I just found an excellent, excellent, excellent post by Long Zheng which explains the complicated beast which is Windows Vista version branching . He listened to a pod-cast by Sven Hallauer, Director of Release Management for Windows Vista and interpreted...
  • Virtual Lab: Develop on Office 2007

    Hands-on Experience Now: Develop on the 2007 Microsoft Office System < http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=5376320 > New virtual labs walk you through the development of workflow, programmatic manipulation of Office Open XML Formats, and the 2007...
  • Shopping for cars, much like buying Windows in the future...

    Those thought leaders over at Gartner have sited Virtualisation as the end of what we know as Windows. So, in the future we should expect a more modular approach where you can build your own Windows according to your needs. It's comparable to choosing...
  • Download Vista 5536 - time to swallow the red pill

    If you want to get your hands on what was going to be RC1 then get yourself over to the 5536 download site and swallow the red pill .
  • Pre-order your copy of Windows Vista

    Yes, Windows Vista is for sale on Amazon.com [Update] Ok so some people couldn't pick up the subtle sarcasm in this post.... Notice on the product information how the product has been discontinued? However, if anyone does manage to buy a copy using...
  • Getting started with Windows Presentation Foundation

    I was recently asked where the best place to get started with WPF is. I automatically directed the person who asked me to the official .NET 3.0 website over here: http://wpf.netfx3.com/ . It's a great resource that will help you understand about the foundation...
  • Some early reviews on Vista build 5536

    The chaps over at eWeek have managed to get their hands on Build 5536 of Vista and they like what they see: http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1895,2009031,00.asp It's a vast improvement over the Beta 2 release. I've moved onto the next line of builds...
  • Network Security/(Cisco+Microsoft) = Safer customers

    Well something like that anyway. Security is a battle that has to be fought on many fronts, and it's good to see collaboration between companies that will benefit customers and end users. That's why I was pleased to pick up on the following article that...
  • CSS Fixes in IE7

    In my previous life I was a developer. I did a lot of work on web applications which meant I had the joy of working frequently with CSS and spent many wasted hours getting the appearance of applications just right in multiple browsers on different platforms...
  • ReadyDrive insight from Samsung Director

    ReadyDrive is a new technology in Vista that functions as a read-write buffer between the motherboard and the hard disk. Special hard disks are being developed by companies like Samsung and Seagate which have flash memory embedded within that provide...
  • InfoCenter - view of the future?

    I get hit with a lot of information. Much of it is managed via Outlook; emails, blog posts, voicemail etc. I came across a CTP of an application called InfoCenter which tries to centralise all kinds of content... I downloaded and played around with it...
  • Better Together: Cancer Research, Vista & Sharepoint 2007

    Over at the Scripps Research Institute in California, it looks like they're taking advantage of the latest technologies from Microsoft to allow scientists from all over the globe to study and collaborate on graphical research information. What's really...
  • So Neo...

    Steve has posted about the new version of desktop search which is available. Personally, I won't be installing it because I use the integrated search in Vista, which appears everywhere I go from my Start Menu to Control Panel to Network Places. But I...
  • How many Microsoft employees does it take to fix a lightbulb?

    Feel free to insert your own punchline in the comment section :-) In this post I wanted to highlight how many people at Microsoft are all pulling together to make Vista the best possible product for our customers and partners. At last count there were...
  • Windows Workflow Foundation - Get the facts

    Windows Workflow Foundation - Key Facts: The Windows Workflow Foundation (WWF) provides a platform and tools on which to build workflow based software. Workflows are a way to abstract complex code making development easier and more maintainable...
  • Customise the Office 2007 Ribbon

    David Overton has posted about an MSDN article that explains how you can customise the ribbon (new menu system in Office). For those of you who are looking to build upon the Office 2007 System, this could be very useful. http://uksbsguy.com/blogs/doverton...
  • NotForNoobs.com = Habu (obviously)

    http://www.notfornoobs.com/Microsoft-Habu-Gaming-Mouse.htm
  • Get along to these Vista Events

    Windows Vista Security 11 September 2006, London: Windows Vista System Integrity Technologies Windows Vista will ship with several new system integrity technologies, including code integrity, secure startup, service hardening, mandatory integrity control...
  • Visual Studio 2003 SP1 Released

    Somasegar posts about the release of SP1 for Visual Studio 2003 here: http://blogs.msdn.com/somasegar/default.aspx
  • Vista Release Date

    Word on the street is that Vista will be on target for January - although no date has been set. Microsoft UK Statement: "Microsoft are targeting Windows Vista availability for volume license customers in November 2006 and general availability in January...
  • Vista Disk and Volume Management Beta Chat

    If you're an IT admin or similar, you will be interested in the webchat that took place last week on disk and volume management in Vista. Apologies, I only found out about it yesterday (too late obviously) but they did post the contents of the chat online...
  • Give us your Vista Feedback

    Have you been testing Vista? Firstly, thankyou - we value your time and effort! Secondly, make sure you let us know about your experience at the Customer Experience Scenario Voting site here: http://windowsbeta.microsoft.com/vista/setup.aspx?e=1...
  • Build killer apps on Vista

    Found this cool link which provides some guidance on how to take advantage of the new platforms in Vista: http://msdn.microsoft.com/windowsvista/prodinfo/top10/default.aspx