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

September, 2006

  • Windows Vista Prices

    Suggested retail prices have now been published on Microsoft.com: Business: $299.00 ($199.00 upgrade) Enterprise: only available to volume license customers Home Premium: $239.00 ($159.00 upgrade) Home Basic: $199.00 ($99.00 upgrade) ...
  • It's time to wake up Dreamweaver, Expression Web Designer is here

    For the past 6 years I've used Macromedia/Adobe Dreamweaver to do my web designing - it's a really good piece of software and I stuck by it because I considered it to be the best on the market. Two months ago I uninstalled because I found a much better...
  • 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...
  • (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...
  • 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 ...
  • 3 Minute Views on Vista - put your requests in now!

    So, here's the deal. I'm creating some screencasts (videos of my desktop) showing new features and more importantly the business value of Vista. I've already got some ideas for content, but I need some suggestions from you guys so feel free to leave a...
  • Vista's Blue Screen of Death

    :-) Courtesy of Long Zheng .
  • Remote Desktop Gadget

    This is a rather cool gadget that system admins will find useful. It allows you to quickly type in a server name and remote in using remote desktop. Very slick indeed. Download it here: http://gallery.microsoft.com/liveItemDetail.aspx?li=c7f9c661...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Video: How to share stuff on Zune

    So the user interface looks pretty slick I have to say, and also the ability to share wirelessly is really cool. I know what I want for Christmas! :-)
  • Perspective on EC vs Microsoft

    I've held back from posting about the recent buzz around a statement made by the EC regarding the security features in Windows Vista. So no ranting here - although I might want to - just a link to an article on FT.com. This article is simply a letter...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • I want my desktop to look beautiful, even if I can't see it

    At the moment I'm on training in Paris, learning about advanced .NET & all things code-like. One of the fellow delegates who also works at Microsoft UK is Saqib Shaikh who sits in the Microsoft Consulting Services (MCS) group as a developer. One of...