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

June, 2007

  • Learn how to efficiently deploy Vista and Office 2007 in your business

    One of the things that I spend much of time talking to partners about is how to use the excellent tools and resources available to them so that they can turn their deployment of Vista and Office 2007 into a efficient, cost effective operation. IT can...
  • Import Outlook PST into Windows Mail

    I've been asked recently how to import an Outlook PST file into Windows Mail and I thought it would be worth sharing how to do this. I headed over to the Windows Mail forums (part of the Windows Vista community) to see if there were any solutions already...
  • Nibble on this: Blend & Silverlight Tutorials

    I rather like this site . Firstly, it shows a rather nice design that uses Silverlight and secondly the tutorials are bloody good. I like the way that the screenshots scale smoothly and also have nice transparencies - very sexy. I've no idea who has created...
  • Vista's 6 month security check-up: Bill Gates' push on security pays off

    Five years ago Bill Gates launched the " Trustworthy Computing Initiative " which put secure, private and reliable computing as one of the fundamental tenants of software development at Microsoft. Everything that is developed at Microsoft is exposed to...
  • Window Vista Upgrade offers - ends 24th June

    It's now 100 days since the launch of Windows Vista, and to celebrate we've rounded up the very best deals available when you upgrade. We've teamed up with our partners to bring you a great range of special offers when you upgrade to Windows Vista Premium...
  • Vista Enterprise: Licensing FAQ for Virtualization

    ABOUT LICENSING RIGHTS TO 4 VIRTUAL OPERATING SYSTEMS Q. What does licensing rights to 4 virtual operating systems mean and why is this valuable for customers? A. Customers who deploy Windows Vista Enterprise receive a new benefit: the ability to install...
  • Windows Vista Tips

    The Windows Vista Help and Support team have released these great video demos which show how to get things done with Vista, make sure you check them out here . Getting started Demo: Learning to use the mouse Demo: Understanding the parts of your computer...
  • "We all do agree the world is not flat, right?"

    At the recent BI conference that my colleague Ben has been shouting about recently , one of the Keynotes featured SQL Server 2008 and Virtual Earth. Why these two products? Well, because SQL Server 2008 will be featuring new types of data - in particular...
  • Word 2007 freezes after installing patch from Windows Update

    Jeff from New Jersey left a comment on one of my posts telling me about a problem he was having with Word 2007 after applying a new patch which he downloaded from Windows Update. The problem was that after installing the patch he couldn't use Word - it...
  • Why Steve Jobs has lost his mojo

    Off the back of a disappointing keynote, there's been a lot of speculation as to why Jobs has lost his mojo; fortunately, Joy of Tech has the answer: Despicability Field? Sounds like something Dick Dastardly would have in Wacky Racers! Very funny though...
  • Channel 9 gets a new look

    Channel 9 has a new look which is in beta and it is very good. They've moved away from the Lego feel and to a more clean look and feel more akin to Channel 10. Some of the banner images they've got featuring the Channel 9 guy are pretty funny including...
  • Cut down on your SPAM

    I recently moved my personal website and email hosting from a third party host to Office Live . The reason why I did this was because of the literally hundreds of spam emails I received every day. The host claimed to have recently upgraded their spam...
  • Where are all the WPF Applications?

    Whilst soaking of some Vista goodness at the last Vista Squad event one of the attendees asked where all the WPF applications were saying that he'd not heard of any "real" apps. That inspired me to write this post to let you know that WPF apps are alive...
  • Calling all web design and web developer students - event to learn about Microsoft's web technologies

    I learnt about this particular event through Mark Johnston's blog and it's a great opportunity for students to learn about Microsoft's web technologies. It's a full day of goodness with two tracks, one for design students and the other for developers...
  • Virtual Earth captures sinking ship

    It really was a case of now you see it, now you don't with the "Cariddi II" - a ship that sunk recently off Sicily . I found this via VirtualGlobeTrotter and wanted to share it with you. The " Bird's Eye View ", unique to Virtual Earth, was able to capture...
  • Windows Vista on Windows Mobile

    Here's the Windows Mobile skin that makes your mobile phone look like Vista I was talking about the other day; Jason's got it covered on his blog and here's a screenshot: Technorati Tags: Vista , Mobile
  • 4 great features every user should know

    Hey Home user, were you wondering what are some of the cool features in Windows Vista that you should know about? Check these out: Stay in touch with Windows Sidebar Find what you need with Instant Search Get organized with the multi-person Windows Calendar...
  • How to spot a spoofed website

    You know those emails you get from banks asking you to visit their website to confirm your details? Those are phishing emails - one half of the ploy to alleviate you of your identity. The second half of the ploy which comes in the form of a spoof website...
  • Hardware products: Get down the Gym

    Getting certified for Windows Vista is all about ensuring that users of hardware products and Windows Vista have an outstanding experience when put the two together. In this context, hardware products are peripheral devices like mice, keyboard, printers...
  • Wait a minute, is that Office 2007 Web Edition?

    I nearly did a back flip this morning when I was visiting MSN.co.uk and saw the page layout below. I thought we'd pushed out Office 2007 Web Edition too early or something ;-) But no, I was taken in by this rather clever advertisement for Office on our...
  • Silverlight on Windows Mobile

    Love it, love it, love it!!! Now, from Steve's reports with the HTC Touch the serious drawback is the lack of keyboard so texting or writing email is a right royal pain in the backside ( as I predicted ). If there was going to be a killer Silverlight...
  • Chat to the team who created backup in Windows Vista

    Have you got a burning question about anything related to the backup technologies in Windows Vista? Perhaps you've got some feedback you would like to share? Well, if so, mark the 10th and 11th July in your calendar because the team who brought you Backup...
  • Importing Outlook Express DBX files into Windows Vista

    I received a question from a user who had recently upgraded from XP and they wanted to know how to import their Outlook Express DBX files into the Vista and the new email client called Windows Mail. The Outlook Express files in question are DBX files...
  • HTC Touch - anything you can do, iPhone can do better?

    Not to be out done by Apple, HTC have released their Touch phone based on Windows Mobile with an interesting way of navigating the phone using your finger and small "gestures" on the screen. The timing of this is poignant - a couple weeks ahead of the...
  • What is MDOP and what's the big deal?

    We've sold 1,000,000 licenses for MDOP since October 2006 - so it must be pretty important right? So what is it? Well, it stands for Microsoft Desktop Optimisation Pack (you'll need to use Optimization if you want to Live it) and is a set of desktop management...