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

February, 2007

  • 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...
  • Aspen Mountain in WPF

    More news from the Designer Utopia Event , Beau Ambur from Metaliq showed off their Aspen snowboarding WPF application to the technical crowd. Again he highlighted the great way that the Expression tools integrate seamlessly with Visual Studio, finally...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Partner access to Vista and Office

    It has been over four years since the last major release of Office or Windows and twelve years since we launched both products simultaneously. A lot has changed in that time with regard to how we license these products and the different number and type...
  • IIS7: a whole load of hosting goodness

    The IIS website over at www.iis.net has had a revamp in the wake of the Vista launch which of course comes with IIS7; the latest and greatest version of Internet Information Server. One of the things that I like about IIS7, apart from the new management...
  • 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...
  • Enterprise Search with Sharepoint

    Something I use internally at Microsoft a lot is the search within Sharepoint to find documents, websites & any resource within the company. I find it particularly useful for finding people who own relationships with other companies (I guess it's...
  • 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...
  • 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...