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

February, 2007

  • Make a difference with DesignIT

    How could you help a charity if we offered £15,000? That's the question and we want your answers. For all those IT professionals who dedicate their time to a charity, this competition is a great opportunity for you to help even more. We are asking you...
  • Windows Vista Developer Week

    It's Developer week for Windows Vista on Channel 9 and On10 , the two online Microsoft TV channels for developers and IT Pros. Make sure you check out what's going on over there - it's well worth a look. One that caught my eye was the Windows Vista Diagnostics...
  • Vista Favorites Problem and solution

    I know. You are supposed to spell "Favourites" with a "u" in the middle. However, I'm going to sway towards convention and use the Americanisation of the English language in this post, for indexing purposes only. I'm the kind of guy who likes to keep...
  • Rightmove.co.uk using Virtual Earth

    I used Rightmove.co.uk to find my current appartment in Reading and it does a brilliant job of bringing together properties from various estate and letting agents from across the UK. I was pleased to find out ( via Mike Taulty's blog ) that they have...
  • Daily Mail eReader Beta Release

    Developed by the creative gurus over at Conchango , the Daily Mail eReader brings a traditional format onto your Windows Vista desktop. It's similar to what the New York Times have done with their reader but of course the Daily Mail is a British newspaper...
  • Virtual PC 2007 RTM

    Virtual PC lets you create separate virtual machines on your Windows desktop, each of which virtualizes the hardware of a complete physical computer. Use virtual machines to run operating systems such as MS-DOS, Windows, and OS/2. You can run multiple...
  • Partners! Get the new Vista Demo Toolkit!

    The new Partner DRT is LIVE! Please visit www.windowsvista.com/YourDRT where you can set up the Demo Readiness Toolkit on your own primary PC. No need for a dedicated demo PC! Also of worthy note is www.IE7Demos.com which shows off the security enhancements...
  • UK Web Agency Blog - it looks like Expression

    Andrew Shorten has just created the "Microsoft blog for and about UK Web Agencies". His first post is about getting started with designing rich User Experiences on the Microsoft platform and technologies like WPF, WPF/E, Expression et. al. I've been playing...
  • BackOfMyHand.com Mashup

    I was finding some stuff using Live.com over the weekend and noticed this rather nifty mashup based on Live Maps called BackOfMyHand.com . You can get local information on things like best romantic restaurants in London to what to see in Oxford . The...
  • Office 2007 Training

    Excellent resources available on training for Office 2007 which are well worth a look. See the full list here: http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/templates/CT102036981033.aspx Training presentation: Outlook 2007—Create great-looking signatures for your...
  • Into the Future with NextGenUG

    The guys over at NextGenUG have got another great event coming up here at Microsoft UK HQ which is well worth a look: NxtGenUG Fest 07 The day has a theme: “Into the future …”. We start the day looking at current technologies such as Vista, then we move...
  • Vista signed by Bill Gates

    If you want to get your hands on a piece of software history and are quite keen Windows Vista you might want to get your hands on the "Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate UPGRADE Limited Numbered Signature Edition". Let's gloss over the fact that the length...
  • Vista Accessibility chat with Saqib Shaihk

    They let me loose with the Partner-TV camera again the other day and I wandered over to Building 1 to chat accessibility with Saqib Shaihk. In the interview he talks about his experience so far with Vista and the things he likes including Instant Search...
  • Google Branding

    Mis-spelling your company name is now cool. Expect the following changes as competitors and other websites try and keep up with Googe and it's new Web 3.0 image: Microoft Yaoo 3Signals igg YoTube IkiPedia YSpace IBM Image: Spot the mistake: Technorati...
  • The £980,000 Laptop

    Nationwide is the UK's largest building society and last year one of its employees had a laptop stolen from his home. They reported the laptop stolen to Nationwide and then went on holiday. 3 weeks later he told them that the laptop had contained customer...
  • Action Pack Webcast

    It's slated for one hour, but I hope they bank on running over because there are going to be a few questions from people logging on to this Action Pack webcast. Not happy, want to give feedback and improve future action packs? Do something about it -...
  • Dreamscene Sneak Preview

    Got Vista Ultimate? Want movies on your desktop? You can now download the DreamScene Preview from Ultimate extras (search ultimate from the start menu) and download the preview. Enjoy all the video goodness! This is not the final version, but a mere preview...
  • Thirteen23 Case Study

    The chaps who came up with Nostalgia , a WPF app that allows you to browse photos on Flickr explain how they used the new Expression tool, Blend, to create a stunning user experience with relative ease. They written about their experience with Blend and...
  • Web 2.0 Mashup Competition

    The Connected Services Sandbox contest was launched by Microsoft and BT at the 3GSM conference in Barcelona and gives developers a chance to win $25,000 for creating a 2.0 mashup. According to Computer World Usage scenarios can include a combination of...
  • Free Vista Deployment Summit

    The training maestros over QA-IQ are running a free Windows Vista Deployment Summit at Microsoft UK HQ on April 18th. There is capacity for 120 people but, as always, the tickets are going very quickly . The summit will feature Jason and Keith from the...
  • Live Writer Gadget

    Scott has been beavering away at a gadget to assist in the creation of blog posts using Windows Live Writer (my tool of choice for blogging). It's still early days but he's on to a good thing here - make sure you check it out by visiting his site here...
  • Windows Vista Business Value Tool

    The Windows Vista Business Value Tool is a Partner tool that can be used to help quantify your customer's costs and benefits with Windows Vista. Please note that this is a business value discussion tool and not meant to be a licensing configurator nor...
  • Updated Outlook Gadget

    A new version of the Outlook Gadget is available which features No of total unread emails, upcoming appointments and tasks as well as 12 skins - oooh aahhh. Get it here: http://gallery.live.com/liveItemDetail.aspx?li=70fb2f30-af97-4c69-94a5-6b6a713505aa&l...
  • Target Virtual Earth Mashup

    Target in the US have integrated Virtual Earth into their store locator section of the website. It looks beautiful and is extremely easy to use. They've customised the push pins to be actual targets that represent stores in the area and also have changed...
  • NextGenUG interview Scott Guthrie

    Dave and Rich over at the NextGenUG got to interview Scott Guthrie (Mr .NET) on Saturday after the Web Developers conference held at MS UK. Scott had by far the most busy session and the normally nice ladies at reception were turning people away at the...