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

January, 2007

  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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®...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Help create a solution to protect data on laptops

    Found this on Microsoft Connect today, might be of interest to some IT admins focussing on security Help us create a solution to protect confidential data on laptop computers! We Need Your Help! The Microsoft Solutions for Security and Compliance (MSSC...
  • Once upon a User Interface

    Slightly off brand, and that's why I love it - check out the Echanted Office a rather nice website our marketing team have put together. Find out how the new ribbon interface saves the day...
  • HD Content for DreamScene

    Woah - these look good when you've got them running on DreamScene! Just some screenshots at the moment - running a 720p video and then recording it using Camtasia doesn't do the fluidity justice.... Download the videos here: http://www.microsoft.com/windows...
  • Daylight Saving Changes in the US & Canada

    Just as an FYI, Microsoft are going to be rolling out updates for products that will update them to comply with the new daylight saving changes coming to the US and Canada in the near future. Anyone who works with US and Canadian businesses or partners...
  • Deployment Interview with Microsoft IT

    I forgot to post about my first interview conducted last month for Partner TV! I sat down and talked to Asif Jinnah, Senior IT Manager from Microsoft UK about the rollout of Windows Vista and Office 2007 to users in Microsoft UK. We talk about how they...
  • First of Four Vista Certifications Released

    Get yourselves trained and certified on Windows Vista Configuration: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/exams/70-620.mspx
  • World's First Sideshow Laptop Released

    The world's first sideshow laptop has just been announced by Asus. The W5Fe is the production version of the prototype I was lucky enough to get my grubby paws on a few weeks ago to play around with. The specs are pretty impressive too: Intel® Centrino...
  • Windows Vista Ultimate Extras

    Check out the new Vista Ultimate website over at http://windowsultimate.com/ . Nice design, in line with Ultimate colours, i.e. black. The site is a bit sparse at the moment (due to CES) but there are some interesting descriptions of some of the new Ultimate...
  • Make your apps work with Windows Vista Security

    I got some questions the other day from a Partner who wanted to find out more about making their application work with the new security model in Windows Vista. I pointed them to the following valuable resources which are great for making stuff work with...
  • 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...
  • Developer Launch of Vista and Office

    Register for the Developer Launch of Windows Vista and the 2007 Microsoft Office system: 19 and 20 January 2007, Reading Microsoft's most important product event for years, the launch of Windows Vista and the 2007 Microsoft Office system, is in Reading...
  • Quick Plug for Vista Webcasts

    Here's a quick plug for Windows Vista webcasts coming up in the near future: Vista Webcasts for IT Professionals Vista Webcasts for Developers Told you it was quick :-)
  • Vista Resources for Resellers

    The Microsoft Partner portal brings partners an excellent variety of resources for resellers who are looking to take advantage of the huge Windows Vista opportunity before them. On the portal you can formulate and recommend the appropriate licensing solutions...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...