James.Random()

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

March, 2007

  • WPF in Sidebar Gadgets

    Stanimir Stoyanov has developed a Sidebar Styler which among other things allows Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) to be run in a Sidebar gadget. What does this mean? Well, WPF is a very rich graphics subsystem with which designers can create stunning...
  • Office Live Web Services - make it want you want

    Extending Office Live has recently been made easier through the introduction of this web service which provides specific API access to core parts of the platform. There are also many Sharepoint Services APIs to play with via web services but some of these...
  • Little things in Vista that make me smile

    I have to admit I'm still finding small bits of functionality that I didn't know about and that makes me smile. It's the attention to detail that makes me feel proud to be associated with such a quality product. Take for instance today when I plugged...
  • The desk of an Exchange and Unified Comms Technical Specialist

    I know it's a question on a lot of people's lips, but actually what does the desk of a Unified Comms Technical Specialist at Microsoft look like? Lots of gadgets and a desk that looks like the starship enterprise. On his excellent blog Julian talks about...
  • Vista Squad Launches

    Some say that they code in C# whilst they sleep, others say that they eat java beans for kicks. All we know is that they are called the Vista Squad. If you are in the UK and you need a Vista community you can trust and rely on, and noone else can help...
  • Vista is Green - Eco friendly

    With Vista running in your business (and at home) you can help save energy and also money! With Vista installed you will: Reduce the carbon dioxide generated by an organisation, equal to 45 tonnes per year for a business with 200 desktop PCs. ...
  • Vista Nvidia Driver Updates

    Because I gave feedback to Nvidia on their drivers for Windows Vista, I received an email from them today about the latest set of updates to the following boards but not the mobile GPUs: GeForce 6 GeForce 7 GeForce 8 What's coming with the new drivers...
  • Vista Lego men sighted in the UK

    There's a murmour of anticipation around TVP this morning. An unspoken excitement has breached the hallways and permeates the Microsofties as they use flip 3d and integrated search. And why? The time is nearly upon us when we will introduce the Vista...
  • The Vista Deployment Den

    Something I've been crafting for the last couple of weeks is a one stop shop for all your deployment resources and information. Well here it is, the Vista Deployment Den ! Most recent additions include: Vista Driver Compatibility Assess your Hardware...
  • Vista Deployment Den

    (Updated 21st March 2007) So you're a partner or customer wanting to deploy Vista, but you've got a few questions? Let me guess, they're about app compatibility or hardware requirements, upgrades, user migration? Am I getting close? Guess what!!! We...
  • WAIK documentation online

    In an all-round smart move, the TechNet folk have published the WAIK documentation online for your deployment pleasure. My favourite bits are where you can customise the Out of Box Experience (OOBE) and configure the Welcome Center and also what the user...
  • Did you buy the wrong version of Vista?

    Have you bought the wrong version of Windows Vista? Did you want Home Premium instead of Home Basic? Did you get Business but still want to use your laptop at home as a Media Center? Let's face it - it's something that can happen, you get the wrong version...
  • Pipe Dreams courtesy of Yahoo!

    I came across this rather groundbreaking application from Yahoo! the other week and I really have to hand it to the developers over there - this is very, very cool. I'm talking about something called " Pipes " which is currently in beta and which will...
  • Windows Vista Hardware Assessment (WVHA)

    Windows Vista Hardware Assessment provides detailed analysis into how Vista will run on the hardware within your organization. Run from one machine with the appropriate credentials, the tool will scan all hardware on the network and produce reports telling...
  • When to use Office Live, when to use SBS 2003 R2 and when to use both...

    IDC estimates that over the next five years, more than one million new servers will be installed by businesses with fewer than 100 employees each. Expanding your portfolio can enable you to better meet this demand—and can drive incremental revenue for...
  • Application Compatibility Toolkit 5.0 (ACT)

    The Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT 5.0) helps IT managers find all the software running on user computers within their environment and then figure out which of those applications will have problems running in Vista. Having an inventory of all...
  • Vista Driver Compatibility

    Lots of people are asking me about driver support with Windows Vista. It's hard to answer questions on specific devices and their compatibility with Vista, but just to give you a scale of the situation and what we've done to make as many devices compatible...
  • Vista: Microsoft IT share experiences and best practices

    Being an earlier adopter can sometimes be painful because you have to do a lot of the learning and path finding on your own. Microsoft IT are the best example of early adopters and it's good to see they are sharing their experiences with the rest of us...
  • Tweak Vista, Customise Vista, Love Vista

    Dr Overton has been digging up all manner of Vista tweaks, customisations and enhancements over on his blog recently . Boot Screens, DreamScene content, Screensaver customisation, Search etc. I love the way the community is embracing the APIs we put out...
  • G.0

    I wrote recently about the Google Hype particularly on mapping technology and Mike has continued the thread on his blog with a piece about Google Apps and his conspiracy theory about Google and their true motives. An interesting perspective. I'm sure...
  • Virtualization Live Meeting for MCP only

    Stumbled across this - looks worth a look and I think there might be a bit of Longhorn shown off too :-) Join Microsoft Certified Architect Allen Stewart in our second talk in a series of English-language MCA Live Meetings that are open only to MCPs....
  • Apps that work on Vista

    Another addition to the Vista Deployment Den , this frequently updated list show applications that have earned "Certified for Windows Vista" and "Works with Windows Vista" status: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx/kb/933305 As Eric points out...
  • Vista Certifications

    For Your Information: Windows Vista Beta Exams 71-621 and 71-622 (Worldwide) A reminder: The releases of the Professional (MCITP) exams for the Windows Vista operating system will be delayed in order to ensure that they have adequate application support...
  • The hunt for Vista Drivers

    Something more on the consumer side this. John Swenson has written a nice article on how your computer gets updated with the latest and greatest drivers and security patches automatically over the internet. Worth sharing with family members and friends...
  • Partner Sales Training on SMS & MOM

    This training has been purpose built and is fully funded to equip partner attendees with Understanding of the market opportunity in IT infrastructure management up to date sales positioning on System Center family and individual products technical content...