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

September, 2006

  • Lunchtime kickoff: Arsenal vs Vista

    Yesterday, I was presenting at an event in the new Emirates Stadium which is the home of Arsenal FC. The stadium itself is fantastic and the executive box where I was presenting, provided a great view of the pitch. It was apt considering I was showing...
  • (Don't) Shutdown Vista in 3 keystrokes

    I saw David Overton's recent post on the quickest way to shutdown Windows using the keyboard. He recommends using the the following key strokes: Ctrl+Esc (Windows Key), Right, Right, Right, u Well that's 5 key strokes - and I can do it in three. All you...
  • Zune Prices and Accessories

    Courtesy of Cesar Menendez : Today we're issuing a press release about Zune's launch date and price: November 14 in the U.S.; $249.99. Many people have asked about Zune Marketplace: A ZunePass (giving you access to millions of songs) will cost you $14...
  • Which version of Office 2007 is right for you?

    Picking the right version of Office 2007 will depend on your business needs. Some of the areas that are beginning to concern and interest companies when it comes to their next Offiec 2007 purchase are: Information Rights Management (keeping your digital...
  • Games on Vista with quad damage

    I'm not talking Chess Titans here, nor Quake for that matter. What can be done with a quad core processor from Intel and Windows Vista? Well an example is Alan Wake which my main man Long Zheng drew my attention to today via a video posted on YouTube...
  • New Partner EVO microsite - so sexy it's illegal in some countries

    Well, I'm not sure my title is strictly true but I guess it got your attention... After months of eager anticipation - from me at least - we're proud to announce the new Partner EVO microsite, which will be your one stop shop for everything which is important...
  • Free Disk Space Gadget

    Check out this free disk space gadget over at the Microsoft Gadget Gallery . The meter lets you know instantly how much free space you've got on your hard disk. As with any gadget you can add multiple instances of it to the Sidebar, which means you can...
  • 3 Minute View on Vista: Handwriting Recognition

    In this, the latest screencast, I look at the handwriting recognition in Windows Vista which is available when you use a Tablet PC. I show how you can use it in your everyday Windows applications and also try to break it with my terrible handwriting ...
  • Announcing USB Flash drive competition winner!

    Woah! I had a load of entries for this competition - thanks for everyone who emailed in - it was great reading all your opinions and there were a few humorous ones too :-) It seemed that Aero was one of the most popular features, along with ReadyBoost...
  • Vista, Office & Exchange Webcasts

    Microsoft Webcast: Be One of the First to See Tips and Tricks for Windows Vista Monday, October 30, 2006 1:00 PM Pacific Time (US & Canada) Momentum Webcast: Top Picks for IT Pros: A Sneak Peek at Windows Vista and the 2007 Microsoft Office System...
  • 3 Minute View on Vista: Tablet PC Input Panel

    This screencast covers what all tablet pc users will be using in Windows Vista - the Tablet Input Panel. One of the great features is the way that it is "context sensitive" which means that whichever application you are running, if you need to enter text...
  • Woah there cowboy, you've got information overload!

    Ok I have waaaaay too much information coming at me in every direction. I need to cut back on my information addiction... I went to "Informatics Anonymous" last week (saw my boss and Matt there) and got the following things of my chest: I'm subscribed...
  • You've got to love Amazon

    First to publish Vista prices, first to publish Zune prices..... Someone needs to tell them that Apple don't make the Zune - it's from Microsoft. My grandad used to say "a little more care, a little less haste".... http://www.amazon.co.uk/Microsoft-Zune...
  • ReadyBoost USB Devices Reviewed

    ExtremeTech have written a great article reviewing different USB flash devices and how they get on with ReadyBoost in Windows Vista. "ReadyBoost is a technology built into Windows Vista that caches disk reads onto a flash memory device. It can work with...
  • BBC Vista Demo

    Something that was demoed a while back at the Mix06 event was the BBC gadget running on Vista. It shows off the Presentation Foundation brilliantly and it's great to see a UK partner like the BBC pioneering Vista through our early adopter program. Check...
  • James Akrigg

    One of my esteemed colleagues in the PTS team has just begun to blog. It's been a long time coming, but now he has seen the light he explains in this post the business value of collating his thoughts, ideas and passion in one piece of internet real estate...
  • Windows Server "Longhorn" Webcasts

    Maximize control over IT infrastructure: Help your customers enjoy a more secure, reliable, robust server environment with the Windows Server code name "Longhorn" operating system. Two new webcasts cover how to ensure system health with Network Access...
  • Introducing ELF for Vista and Office

    Some of the top concerns business customers have about deploying Windows Vista are Hardware requirements App Compat/Software testing User Training Building a solid business case; value proposition To tackle the user training side of things we have developed...
  • Which search engine does China use?

    Live Search of course! Microsoft have signed a deal with China Telecom, the nations biggest ISP to provide the internet search for it's 80 million internet users. But you thought Google search was better? Think again. Live Search has caught up big time...
  • Develop on the Office 2007 platform

    As with Vista, the Office 2007 system presents a fantastic new opportunity for software developers and ISVs. To make sure you are taking advantage of this check out the Office dev center over at MSDN which has lots of info on how you can code for the...
  • 3 Minute View on Vista - Using Guided Help

    As promised: PTS Screencast: "3 Minute View on Vista - Using Guided Help" The screencast shows how a user can follow a guided help topic to find out a solution to a problem. In this particular example the help topic is on hiding and showing file extensions...
  • Competition Time!

    It's the great Vista USB Key give-a-way!!!!! I've got one 256 MB Vista USB Key to give to one lucky reader and all I ask in return is that you do the following: In no more than 30 words, tell me about your favourite feature in Vista and why it's so...
  • Vista Developer Training!!!!

    This is a unique opportunity to get a head start on the technologies available in Windows Vista... If there's one training that you allow your developers to go on this year - make sure it's this one!!! Here's what they will do: Technical exercises that...
  • Users who support themselves

    Ok, so here's the scenario, you're an IT Manager and one of your users has a problem. They don't know how to connect to the wireless network in your office. So what do they do? They ring the IT support desk because they want you to help them. One of your...
  • Jim Allchin talks about developing on Vista

    Jim Allchin is our Co-President of the Plaforms and Services Division and is pretty important when it comes to all things Windows Vista. I was lucky enough to be in the audience when he gave a great demo of Vista at MGX (Microsoft's annual sales conference...