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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...
  • 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...
  • 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 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...
  • 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...
  • 3 Minute View on Vista - ReadyDrive

    Windows Vista introduces a number of new technologies , among them one called Windows ReadyDrive that works in conjunction with new hybrid hard drive technology to improve the performance of your PC. Windows ReadyDrive makes use of non-volatile flash...
  • View on Vista: Reliability Monitor

    Video: Views On Vista - Reliability Monitor Here's the latest screencast which is on Reliability Monitor in Windows Vista. Reliability Monitor provides an easy way for support technicians to quickly isolate problems with users computers by monitoring...
  • 3 Minute View on Vista - Sidebar and Gadgets

    The Sidebar in Vista is a dock for small, lightweight applications that provide useful information at the user's fingertips. There's a growing community creating all kinds of gadgets from Virtual Earth maps to eBay searches - all these are downloadable...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Vista User Access Control - FAQ

    There have been lots of questions on UAC (User Access Control) coming in to me over the past couple of months, so I thought I would put together a FAQ on UAC: If I was to run all users as administrators, what is the difference with these two configurations...
  • 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...
  • Barenuckle Boxing: Microsoft vs Adobe

    I love a good cat fight and the MSDN team have just come out with this new comparison of features between Dreamweaver 8 (in the green corner) and Visual Studio 2005 (in the red corner) . It was only recently that Microsoft openly admitted that the new...
  • Royal Mail Postage Calculator Gadget

    Gadgets for the sidebar are coming out thick and fast - just check out the Windows Live Gallery where you can download gadgets for the SideBar in Vista or for your Windows Live Homepage. My latest find is the postage calculator for the Royal Mail in the...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Clever stuff with Offline Files in Windows Vista

    Offline Files for Dummies One of the more subtle changes in Windows Vista is the way the operating system manages Offline Files. Offline files, for those who don't know is the ability to work with files that reside on a networked server even though the...
  • 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...
  • Innovate On Windows Vista

    I've been talking recently about the cool stuff you can do when developing applications on Windows Vista and if this has struck a chord with you, I'd recommend your next step is to check out the Innovate on portal for Vista. To assist you in developing...
  • Views on Vista - Pen Flicks

    As a tablet PC user, you've got to love Vista. The handwriting recognition is fantastic - it recognises my (dreadful) handwriting out of the box - with no training. The Tablet Input Panel is superb, especially with contextual mode where it's always available...
  • Developers found making up hip-hop tunes with Office 2007

    The Office 2007 platform is nearly ready and as such, it would be rude not to show the developer community how to create new Office code that connects to existing business applications. In all the companies I've worked for tools like Excel, Outlook, Powerpoint...
  • Small Business Support Packages and Free Trial

    There's a week left to take advantage of the free technical support trial for small businesses in the UK. This entitles you to 45 days of free network, server configuration or software deployment support for you and your business. On an ongoing basis...
  • Exchange 2007 Virtual Labs

    Exchange Server 2007 Virtual Labs These labs will walk you through administration in Exchange Server 2007 by exploring the Exchange Management Console and Shell, enforcing compliance and retention policies, and you'll see how mobile devices interact with...
  • 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...