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

February, 2007

  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Windows Vista Hardware Assessment Public Beta

    We are pleased to announce the release of the Windows Vista Hardware Assessment Public Beta! Please proceed to the Downloads area of this Connect site and download the TWO packages labeled Version 1.0.151.7: Software: Windows Vista Hardware Assessment...
  • WPF/E CTP (Feb 2007)

    This little blighter slipped out the door on the 2nd and I didn't even realise! Lucky Mike Taulty has got his ear to the ground and spotted the release and also a rather nice Vista environment built with WPF/E. Kind of makes the www.seewindowsvista.com...
  • Cunning Advertising

    I heard on the grapevine that we had done some clever advertising incorporating clips of upcoming tv shows into the flip-3d within Vista and here it is, featuring a sneak preview of the new season of Lost: Very cunning because it keeps people watching...
  • IE Address bar gets the green light

    There's been quite a bit written about IE7 and the red address bar that warns users of a suspicious or known-phishing website. However, it was only on Friday that the functionality was turned on to display a new form of user security awareness. Yes, my...
  • Small Software Developer? Daunted by MS technology adoption?

    I admit it, keeping track of all the latest technologies coming out of Microsoft is a challenge in itself - I should know! :-) For developers it's an even more daunting challenge because their knowledge is out of date in short amount of time. For our...
  • 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...
  • Standards based web design: the opposite of Microsoft based web design

    "Standards based web design is the opposite of Microsoft based web design" That was a joke one of the Microsoft speakers used at the event today. It got a laugh but behind the humour is a serious message. We're aware of the perception and the reason why...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • XAML, it sounds like "camel"

    Robby Ingebretsen from Identity Mine presented at the Microsoft Designer Utopia event today in London and showed off an application they had created - Roxio Studio 9.5 - that shows off the WPF framework and significantly improves the user experience over...
  • Windows Vista Volume Activation and Reduced Functionality Mode

    James O'Neil has an excellent post on over on his blog and exactly what is involved in using Volume License keys & retail keys and how they must be activated in order to use all the features in Windows Vista. He describes the different ways you can...
  • Wikipedia Explorer

    The guys over at DotNet Solutions have put together a rather cool application called Wikipedia Explorer which uses WPF and .NET 3.0 to navigate through the vast universe of information available in Wikipedia - even erroneous stuff about the Office Open...