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

November, 2006

  • ReadyBoost Compatibility

    At the moment there are some USB devices on the market which won't work with Windows Vista Readyboost because the data transfer rate is not quick enough. The problem is trying to figure out which devices are fast enough. Grant Gibson has put together...
  • Ready for a new Day?

    The launch website for Office 2007, Vista and Exchange 2007 has just been unveiled and amongst other things you can view the official product launch at the NY stock exchange later today. Other useful resources are the videos and the forums where the business...
  • New Vista Training Courses Available

    This one-day clinic introduces students to Microsoft Windows Vista, including an introduction to security, reliability, performance, manageability, and productivity features and includes Hands on Labs. http://www.interquad.com/search/courseDetails.asp...
  • Competition Time: Vista Preview Magazine

    The chaps over at Windows Vista Magazine have generously given me 5 copies of the official Vista Preview Magazine to give away to you!!! The magazine is best described in their own words: "Inside, Windows Vista is introduced in a detailed 20-page feature...
  • Vista Preview Magazine Competition

    To be in with a chance of winning a copy of the Vista Preview Magazine, simply answer the following question: Q: How often do you read magazines? Send your answers to vistamag@microsoft.com before 13th December to enter. Entries are picked...
  • Explaining Vista Editions - the fun way

    WindowsVistaRetail.com does a really good job of explaining the different editions of Windows Vista. It's so easy to understand which edition you should choose according to which type of user you are. Even Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols who was really confused...
  • SideShow Photo Frames and English History

    One of the things I love about my job is playing with cool technology and yesterday was a real treat for me as I made my way down to meet the guys at a Living Picture on the south coast of England, in the historic town of Battle . It's funny to think...
  • T-Shirts and tour dates

    You know it's getting serious when they give you a "crew" t-shirt for the upcoming Cinema tour! We've nearly sold out on this tour so make sure you book your ticket immediately! Book me a seat and get my popcorn ready!
  • Time to get skilled up on Vista, Office 2007 & Exchange

    Windows Vista, Exchange 2007 and Office 2007 - they're just round the corner now - are you and your teams ready? Check out these courses which can help get you prepared: Are you ready? Prepare now by taking the Windows Vista 101 mini-course. You'll learn...
  • Gaming on Windows Vista

    Robert came across the new Games for Windows website - the new place to find out about all things related to Gaming on the Windows platform. They're trying to empahsise the following reasons why playing games on Windows is the best place you can do it...
  • What the... WPF/E?

    I've had a few questions recently about WPF/E and what exactly it is. WPF/E stands for Windows Presentation Foundation Everywhere and is a rather exciting development because it sees the extension of WPF which is desktop based in .NET 3.0 onto the internet...
  • Whistle-stop tour of Expression Web Designer

    Scoble has posted this really nice demo of Expression Web Designer by the product manager. Wayne Smith menions "standards" at least four or five times in the first two minutes - looks like they've put creating compliant web sites at the center of the...
  • UK Partner TV reloaded

    Background We have collected a lot of feedback from Partners over the past few months to understand how they want to receive information from Microsoft. In addition to the Partner web site we have now extended PTS- TV to a wider audience with Partner...
  • Vista & Office Events

    28 November 2006, Edinburgh: Windows Vista Security Titbits and Data Security This security-focused TechNet event will have two distinct parts, the first covering security. Find out how to prevent attacks while still giving your organisation the agility...
  • UK Business Symposiums

    We are running two Partner Business Symposiums on the 7 th and the 8 th December at Microsoft UK, Thames Valley Park, aimed at Business Decision Makers within Certified Partners. The events give the Partners a unique opportunity to discover the means...
  • Hands-on Lab: Deploying 2007 Microsoft Office System

    Get Hands-on Experience Deploying 2007 Microsoft Office System in TechNet Virtual Labs Try out all the cool new features of ISA Server 2006 such as single sign on, automatic link translation, HTTP compression, flood resiliency and more. This series of...
  • Windows Live Search spotted!

    I'm seeing this pop up more and more frequently on my favourite websites. Its the appearance of integrated Windows Live Search. Cool! If websites like this are finding Live Search a viable and accurate alternative to Google, then isn't it time you gave...
  • Share UK Passport data via RFID

    Worrying security developments with UK passports. They should have bitlockered them ;-) "UK security experts have cracked the sooper sekure new UK biometric passports. It took 48 hours. With £174 worth of sniffer hardware, attackers can read all the personal...
  • Flash 9 Update - nice job Adobe

    The IE Blog has been congratulating the Adobe Flash team for shipping a model implementation of an IE Plugin that works with IE Protected mode. Nice to see early adoption to help keep users safe whilst they are online. "As most of you already know, on...
  • IBM gets dumped on Valentine's Day

    Video: windows of choice Ouch! Talk about not pulling any punches when painting a picture of your competitor! Steve reckons this was never supposed to be public, never mind - neither were the Ricky Gervais videos filmed at Microsoft UK!
  • Windows Vista Security Guide

    The Vista Security Guide has gone through a beta programme and taken on plenty of feedback from you guys and now has been released. The purpose of the guide is to provide IT Pros with best practices and tools that help harden their Vista deployments against...
  • RSS: more than just a tool for blogs

    Blogging in my team is really gathering momentum and we're finding that more and more people we talk to are understanding the value of RSS feeds (which is a popular way to consume blogs) and how this new medium can help manage the "drinking from a firehose...
  • Vista Beta Testers get a free copy of Ultimate

    The blogosphere was recently alight with the news that beta testers would receive a free copy of Vista Ultimate Edition as a thanks for testing out the product. There was also much speculation as to who was eligible for this and why. I checked in with...
  • Take your Vista Gadgets with you

    Thought this was pretty cool - a post which explains how to take your gadgets with you from PC to PC. This is going to be great for people who use public PC's like those in libraries, schools or net cafe's. Now, the process for making your Gadgets roaming...
  • Wireless on the train

    Last week I was complaining about planes not having wireless but today , on the way to our EVO event in Leeds, I was pleasantly suprised to find myself able to connect to WiFi enroute. Well done GNER - I salute you! They even had a map showing the current...