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

January, 2007

  • NxgGen UG WPF/E Style

    Matt and I travelled up to Birmingham on Monday night to talk Vista, Office and .NET 3.0 to the Next Generation User Group . One of the things I covered was WPF/E and it got attracted alot of interest from the guys. WPF/E is the little brother of WPF...
  • Microsoft Business Intelligence Conference

    The Business Intelligence crowd were feeling left out what with all these other conferences going on and they've gone and confirmed dates for the first ever Microsoft BI Conference on May 9th in Seattle. For more information be sure to check out the website...
  • Google Hype: Google Maps

    I've been asked to do Vista & Office event at Derby University in February and I went on to the University website to find out the location of their campus. Now back in the day, Google were innovative with with their Map service and the University...
  • DST Support Update

    To help customers through this change and in response to their feedback, Microsoft has decided to amend the regular Extended Hotfix Support program to add a new pricing category for extended non-security hotfixes with a wide customer demand. The new pricing...
  • i-Mate Momento SideShow Interview

    Before Christmas I travelled down to the south coast and interviewed one of the guys from i-Mate about their Momento Sideshow device. They've got a unique selling point when it comes to digital photo frames because they can pull information from Windows...
  • Vista, Office and Exchange Webcasts

    Windows Vista, 2007 Microosft Office system, Exchange Server 2007 Launch preview for Federal government Wednesday, January 24, 2007 2:00 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada) Windows Vista Support WebCast: Windows Vista, its ease of use and what early adopters...
  • Windows SideShow .NET Framework Components 1.0 (Beta)

    Wooohoo, the long-awaited managed code wrapper for Windows Sideshow was released yesterday on Beta! Make sure you head over to the download page and pick up your copy of the beta here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=06FA2ACE...
  • Windows Vista Tips & Tricks

    Today, courtesy of Mr Akrigg , I found out a rather nice trick for Windows Sidebar. if you've got applications open and you want to get access to the Sidebar or any of my gadgets on your desktop just hit Windows Key + Spacebar and voila, all your SideBar...
  • BDD Released

    Business Desktop Deployment (BDD) 2007 is THE best practice set of comprehensive guidance and tools from Microsoft to optimally deploy Windows VistaT and the 2007 Microsoft® Office system. BDD 2007 has undergone many changes to significantly ease the...
  • Planning the Vista deployment at Microsoft

    We've got a fair few machines kicking about at Microsoft and as you can imagine deploying Windows Vista and Office 2007 is quite a task in itself. In fact, planning such a depoyment is a job in itself. If you're planning your Vista and Office 2007 rollout...
  • Become an Office 2007 Solution Partner

    As many of our partners already have found out, Solution Profiler and Solution Finder are fantastic vehicles available to profile your business solutions for customers, partners and Microsoft sales teams. These can then be used to solve business critical...
  • CES Sideshow Devices

    If you were (like me) not fortunate enough to visit CES this year, you can check out all the Vista Sideshow devices here: SideLink Remote control for Vista Media Center New SideShow Announcements on on10 (Worth checking out!) Some people are sceptical...
  • Longhorn Group Policy Enhancements

    With Longhorn slated for release later this year, administrators will be keen to read about what enhancements it brings to the table - particularly when working with Windows Vista on the client end. Some of the different things you are going to see with...
  • Free MCP Practice Tests for Partners

    Do You Work in a Microsoft Partner Organization? Try Free Practice Tests (Worldwide) If you work in a Microsoft Partner organization, then you may be able to take advantage of one of the partner offers through the "Partner Skills Plus" initiative. For...
  • Vista sales stronger than expected

    First month over and done with and the sales were better than the analysts expected. That's only for business customers too remember, hence why the sales were slightly behind XP's first month. Should be interesting once the public can get there hands...
  • Technology Guarantee Programs for Windows & Office

    For our valued Windows and Office we have a Technology Guarantee Program available which basically allows people who buy a boxed copy of Windows XP or Office XP during a qualifying period to get a free upgrade to Windows Vista or 2007 Microsoft Office...
  • Searching for the next-gen ISVs

    Mr Rob Morley who works on the Empower programme at Microsoft has a rather informative blog over at http://blogs.technet.com/empower/ . So what is the Empower programme and why do you care? Well in Rob's own words: "The Microsoft Empower Programme is...
  • Daylight Saving Partner Webcast

    Further to my recent post about Daylight Saving updates to Microsoft products, partners are encouraged to join the webcast on this very subject. You can sign up for the webcast here: http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032324210...
  • Mobile 5.0 Development

    Interesting Mobile 5.0 APIs are being released - you'll get them in ROM and hence do not have to be deployed to the target by your setup programs. To code against them, you need to download the free Windows Mobile 5.0 SDK which installs the six libraries...
  • Office 2008 for Mac OS

    We recently announced that Office 2008 for Mac will be released during the second half of this year which will work on either Intel or PowerPC versions of the platform. Roz Ho, the General Manager of Mac at Microsoft says that the new version of Office...
  • Win Zunes and Digital Photo Frames with the DRT Challenge

    Do you think you have what it takes to give the best Windows Vista demoes when placed up against other Partners across the globe? Well let me introduce to you the Demo Readiness Toolkit (DRT) Challenge! We're looking for the most compelling, original...
  • The Panel - UniveRSS

    Came across this new MSDN website called "The Panel" today where you can download applications built on the latest platforms that focus on the user experience. The one I particularly like is the a WPF application called UniveRSS which maps all the RSS...
  • Windows Vista Phishing Scam

    Watch out for Windows Vista phishing scams You may have seen some variation of an e-mail message that promises that you can download Windows Vista now. This is spam--and a kind of scam known as "phishing" that is designed to steal your personal information...
  • January Partner Action Packs

    The new Action Packs for Partners are being distributed to subscribers and include the following Microsoft goodness: • Windows Vista Business • Microsoft® Office Enterprise 2007 • Microsoft Office Project Professional 2007 • Microsoft Office Outlook®...
  • First of Four Vista Certifications Released

    Get yourselves trained and certified on Windows Vista Configuration: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/exams/70-620.mspx