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

October, 2006

  • Windows Vista Sounds

    The user experience is a high priority for Windows Vista, and part of that "experience" are the sounds that come with the operating system. It's incredible the amount of work that goes in to capturing that perfect sound to represent different events in...
  • Vista Lanyard Competition

    I've got 10 high-quality Vista lanyards to give away which will allow you to be the most envied person around the office! Throw away your XP lanyards and get the upgrade today! To be in with a chance of winning yourself one of these never-to-be...
  • Windows Vista RC2

    The newest, publically available version of Vista has just hit the download servers. With only days until launch to manufacturing and volume licensing customers, RC2 will provide the most stable and true picture as to the state of its readiness for release...
  • Competition: Win a Vista Lanyard!

    Be the envy of all your colleagues when you turn up to meetings with this fantastic Windows Vista Lanyard! It'll be the perfect way to keep your ID badge and/or ReadyBoost USB Pen handy wherever and whenever you need it! These lanyards are seriously sought...
  • Screencast: Next Generation Applications on Vista

    Software vendors are already busy developing their range of next generation applications based upon beta versions of Vista so that they are ready to launch them at the same time as Vista. So what new stuff will you see with Vista based applications? Well...
  • Vista Express Upgrade

    Buy a Vista-capable PC today and get an upgrade when Vista hits the shelves in the new year. The manufacturers currently taking part in this offer are: Dell Fujitsu Lenovo HP Medion NEC Sony Toshiba (website not ready yet) From the looks of it they are...
  • DirectX 10 - Next generation graphics

    Here's a video on Soapbox which shows off the graphics capabilities of DirectX 10 - pretty cool stuff! Video: Directx10 Microsoft Gaming Courtesy of Ben, my grad colleague in France!
  • Security Center in Vista can be disabled

    We released some code on Monday that will allow Vista's Security Center to be disabled and be replaced by third party security management control panels. It's what Symantec and McAfee have been asking for. All's fair in love and war, especially when you...
  • The Microsoft Home

    In January I was fortunate enough to visit the Microsoft Home, a fully kitted-out home representing what life will be like in the not-so-distant future. Inside was a great splice of technology and everyday living, and it was amazing to see what a rich...
  • How to detect Vista and Longhorn with WMI Filters

    This ones for the IT admins out there. When applying Group Policy Objects (GPOs) in active directory using WMI Filters, you can figure out whether a computer is running Vista or Longhorn Server by using the following queries: For Vista SELECT Version...
  • EVO Roadshow!!!

    Exchange, Vista and Office (EVO) are around the corner and this launch represents a huge opportunity for partners in the UK (and across the world). Soon, my team will be embarking on a UK tour where we will talk about what EVO is all about and how it...
  • View on Vista - Windows Meeting Space

    I've been wanting to post this screencast for a while now - because it shows off one of the killer features in Vista - Windows Meeting Space. Imagine the scenario; you've sat down for a coffee in your favourite caffeine outlet and you're meeting with...
  • Search: The 13 billion dollar question

    The explosion of the information age has resulted in an incredible opportunity around search for partners and Microsoft. There's so much information out there both for businesses and consumers that at present most of it remains undiscovered; remaining...
  • My Webcast Picks for the next Month

    Developer Webcasts .NET 3.0 Series: Windows Presentation Foundation Overview Monday, October 23, 2006 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US & Canada) .NET 3.0 Series: Cardspace Overview Monday, October 30, 2006 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US & Canada) MSDN Webcast...
  • Live Meeting Hotfix for Vista

    I know my team have been having some issues when running Live Meeting on Vista so I just wanted to post about this hotfix for the console that will allow you to view live meetings on Vista. The issue was that in some more locked-down IT environments the...
  • Zune Battery Life

    I saw a post on Zune Insider that talked about the battery life of the Zune player and it got me thinking about how the numbers stack up against the competition. So I pointed IE7 over to Apple's iPod website and Creative's Zen website and took a look...
  • Vista Deployment Screencast

    The latest screencast insallment is on Vista deployment; to give it the proper name - Business Desktop Deployment (BDD). So what's behind the acronym? Well, BDD provides one solution with which businesses can plan, build and deploy Windows Vista to their...
  • Vista Screencasts

    Group Policy for USB Removable Devices A big worry for IT Managers is the removal of intellectual property (company documents, trade secrets etc) by using USB flash pens - which are extremely common nowadays. In Vista, we provide group policy settings...
  • ReadyBoost & Removable Device Group policy - working in harmony

    Vista comes with a raft of new security features many of which can be configured via the wonders of group policy. There are exactly 32 new settings that control the way in which removable storage can be configured - 16 in user config and 16 in system...
  • Give Microsoft feedback on the Windows User Interface

    I just got an email from corp asking me for feedback on the Windows User Interface. It asked me to see what friends, family and colleagues thought about it. I'd thought it would be good to get your input too! Here are the questions they asked: We need...
  • UK Vista Hands on Labs - places going quickly

    Windows Vista Certification Lab , Reading, 09/11/2006, Ltd B3-3-H Normandy (12) Int, http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032314123&Culture=en-GB As a participant in Microsoft’s Windows Vista Early Adoption Programs we would...
  • Swiss Cheese vs Oracle

    "Oracle is years behind Microsoft and other companies on security," said Cesar Cerrudo, CEO at information security services company Argeniss in Argentina. "I think Oracle is an amateur when it comes to security right now." Oracle patched 101 security...
  • Vista Kernal Patch Protection and Security Center FAQ

    Kernel Patch Protection · Kernel Patch Protection was developed to protect the kernel from unauthorized access and modifications to the kernel that result in customers having a less reliable, secure and stable computing experience. · In the area of security...
  • TechNet Beta Central - One stop shop for your beta needs

    This is a great location where you can get all the betas for Microsoft products in one place. Currently on the menu: Exchange 2007 Office 2007 Vista Coming soon: Microsoft Forefront Client Security Go there: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol...
  • Download IE7 Today

    IE7 is now available for download on Windows XP and Windows Server 2003. It's a big jump from IE6 with security, usability, standardisation and RSS integration all being focus areas for improvements. Of course, if you're using Vista you'll already be...