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

May, 2007

  • Microsoft Surface powered by WPF

    From the initial interviews I knew that Microsoft Surface was a Vista PC under the hood and I had my suspicions that the graphics were powered by WPF (Windows Presentation Foundation - the graphics subsystem that is present in .NET 3.0 and Vista). Reading...
  • London Web Administration Summit - IIS 7.0 on the menu

    I'll be at this shindig - see you there! 23 May 2007, London: Web Administration Summit - An In-depth Look at Internet Information Services (IIS) 7.0 in Windows Server “Longhorn” Microsoft Windows Server code name "Longhorn” is the next generation of...
  • Convert Flash SWF to XAML for WPF and Silverlight

    It was only a matter of time...... I first heard about Electric Rain at the launch event for Expression in the UK and the chaps from the product team did their presentation using their software, a very sexy WPF based slide shower called Standout . Now...
  • Yes Microsoft!!! You finally get it! Now change the rest of it.

    They are finally understanding it! Another excellent name and another cool brand - Microsoft Surface . I can hardly contain myself - someone in marketing actually is changing Microsoft bit by bit. Could this be another trait of Ozziesoft - cool product...
  • Next Purchase: Windows Vista SideShow Fridge Magnet

    Yes you read it right... one of the things that emerged at WinHec was a Wireless Fridge Magnet which leverages the Windows Vista SideShow platform (back story about Vista After Hours) that can stream content from your Vista PC to the device. Cool (no...
  • SQL Server 2008 to support Virtual Earth

    Nice - Geo data types built right into the next version of SQL Server which is likely be called SQL Server 2008. The data will be first class which means it can be indexed too :-) Here's an excerpt from the Virtual Earth Blog: Spatial will be supported...
  • Vista After Hours

    Reading last night - phew what a gig... By the end it was pretty warm in the room sorry about that - the air conditioning people went home at 5.30 - great! I hope it didn't detract from what we showed you and by the number of questions we got I assume...
  • Can I customise UAC?

    I had some interesting questions today from customers about the level of customization an IT guy can do regarding which areas of functionality are protected by UAC. I.e. if I don't want the Firewall protected by UAC can I change a setting in Group Policy...
  • Security in Silverlight

    Following the announcement at Mix a few weeks back, one of the questions on many people's lips is (as with any cool technology) what are the implications, who better to explain about this than the .NET security team? One of the interesting email newsletters...
  • Vista: "After Hours" Thoughts and Feedback

    I'm writing this on the way back from sunny Leeds where Matt and I went freestyle with the demos and unleashed a load of cool technology upon an unsuspecting audience. We went at quite a pace because we had so much to cover and I wanted to let you know...
  • HD Panoramic Photo Viewer from MS Research

    Wow the innovation keeps on happening ( back story to lack of MS Innovation)... today via the Virtual Earth blog I found a rather cool video which shows off the work of the MS Research team that are doing stuff with HD Photos that size up to 4 Gigapixels...
  • Windows Vista Hardware Assessment 2.0 Beta

    The new public beta for Windows Vista Hardware Assessment has been released and you can go sign up and download the beta from the Microsoft Connect website . What is Windows Vista Hardware Assessment? I've covered this before ( see here for all the detail...
  • Home Server Wake on LAN

    Having talked about Home Server in our recent Vista After Hours events I was pleased to come across this add-in for Home Server that allows you to send a wake up call to other "sleeping" PC's on your network. This is great because Home Server can act...
  • Family.Show app shows of WPF, source code is available

    Saving the best to last :-) The Vertigo crew were commissioned by Microsoft to create an app in WPF that showed off some of the technology. What they came up with was a an app that helps build and visualise family trees. Apparently genealogy is the fastest...
  • Windows Server 2008 Podcast

    Powershell is an object orientated scripting language which is extensible and is the foundation admin tool for Exchange Server 2007 and System Center Operations Manager 2007. One of our MVPs (Most Valuable Professionals) talks about Windows Server 2008...
  • Rendering XPS in Silverlight

    A partner I know is currently looking to render XPS and now a very clever chap inside Microsoft ( via Mike Taulty ) has been playing around with doing it in Silverlight . The app is very cool and has nice controls to boot. Bear in mind it's just a proof...
  • The bullshit you get for doing your job

    Working for Microsoft you tend to develop thick skin because of all the stuff people say to you; insults, imputation, indictment & bad mouthing. I guess you could argue that it comes with the territory, it's par for the course or something you inherit...
  • Vista gets a write up, Mac gets a dressing down

    Mark Wilson's gone and done a thoughtful write-up of the Vista After Hours event we did last week (was it really last week!). Now, Mark is a Mac guy but he was pleasantly surprised with the features we showed off in Vista that got him starting to question...
  • Google Secrecy and control freakery

    James O'Neil shared a Microsofties experience of trying to attend one of their Google @ Work events . Find out what happened when Ryan Pollock in the marketing team of Google Enterprise found out! Now I welcome competitors to our events, so what's up...
  • Windows Server 2008 London Clinics

    QA-IQ, one of our training partners is running a Windows Server 2008 week of events starting in July. So, what's on the menu? Clinic 1: Windows Server 2008 Branch Office Management Clinic 2: Windows Server 2008 Server Management Clinic 3: Windows Server...
  • Vista Squad Event

    They're back, and now with more content! The Vista Squad are holding their second event at Microsoft HQ and speaker Steve Lamb will be talking about the Vista technology that is BitLocker whilst Ray Booysen will be lighting up your world with rich user...
  • Vista news from WinHec

    WinHec - the event where hardware meets software - has recently been live and there have been some interesting announcements come out of the conference, in particular about Windows Vista SideShow. If you're not familiar with SideShow then take a look...
  • To "Steve Jobs" or not to "Steve Jobs" that is the question

    This week Steve talked about the new Microsoft - or Ozziesoft as it's now being coined. Ozziesoft represents a world where products aren't announced and shown off until they are ready to go out of the door - apparently. Steve uses the example of Silverlight...
  • XP SP3 later this year?

    Just speculation, but upon closer inspection of the announcement of the agreement between Microsoft and Juniper networks , this little excerpt slipped out: "Microsoft is announcing that Windows Vista supports this protocol today and Windows Server ® 2008...
  • Recruitment Open Evening at Microsoft UK

    This is a cool company to work for. I've worked at other large blue chip companies, small and medium companies and they don't come close to the way you feel after finishing a week of work at Microsoft. The HR team are running a recruitment open day here...