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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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...