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

May, 2008

  • Live Search Image Scrathpad

    I'm liking this new feature of Live Search Images, I can do a search and do some quick refining and tweaking to get the results I want really quick.  It's a great way of honing in on the stuff you really want to find without having to be really specific...
  • Changes afoot for UK Live Maps

    The product managers for Live Maps in the UK have taken a slightly more proactive approach than last time to let you and I know that they will be changing the way that you get to Live Maps or Multimap.  Here are the golden rules you need to remember...
  • Virtual Earth Features Video

    Put the volume to 11 and press play... Via Mark Brown's Blog.
  • Healthcare Silverlight Demo

    Loving the work from the team in the UK on this demo app to show off Microsoft's Common User Interface for healthcare applications based in Silverlight 2.  Follow the demo guides and it'll take you through all the key aspects of the app. Check it...
  • Licensing Training for Breadth Partners

    The Microsoft Licensing Sales Specialist (MLSS) accreditation is made up of seven modules.   Each module has a test that you must take which has 25 questions and you have 30 minutes to complete.  In order to pass the module you require...
  • Microsoft hiring Ninjas

    I was chatting with my pal Viral today and he pointed out an employee at Microsoft who had the title "Zune Ninja" stored in Active Directory.  What a cool title I thought - I wonder if I can change my title to become "Partner Technology...
  • Running Terminal Services on SBS 2003

    I just had a customer question routed to me about running Terminal Services on SBS 2003.  Quick answer is to check out the official deployment guide on how to achieve this: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=0a06e845-57ef-43eb...
  • Virtual Earth's new features

    I'm always reading the blogs from Chris Pendelton and Johannes Kebeck because they are rich with information about the latest happenings on the Virtual Earth platform (a part of the Live Services from Microsoft ).  One of the interesting additions...
  • MDOP Technical Training for Partners

    Two new courses have just been released for MDOP Technical Training.  Not only do you find out how to implement and configure the tools in MDOP but you get a free 120GB external hard disk too! Here are the dates: 15 th -16 th May - 09.30am                    ...
  • Bill and Steve at D6 with Windows 7 Touch

    I've refrained from posting anything about Windows 7 until now but it seems that this week the lid was lifted - albeit only a fraction - on what you might be in store for with the next version of Windows.  Steve S gave an interview where he danced...
  • Moonlight Available (that's Silverlight for Linux)

    The interop momentum is growing now with news of the release of Moonlight which is in a nutshell Silverlight for Linux allowing designers and developers to create rich experiences and applications once and land them on Windows and now Linux.  Moonlight...
  • SBS 2008 and EBS 2008 Pricing Announced

    We've just announced the pricing for the versions of Small Business Server 2008 and the brand new Essential Business Server 2008.  You can read the full press release here , but essentially these are important bits you need to take away: Windows...
  • Bit of a result: Microsoft platform is best to develop web apps on

    Well I never.  Having been at the Future of Web Apps conference last year and hearing a "leading" web 2.0 company say they had no idea what Microsoft had in the form of authentication and identity APIs having reeled of options from Google...
  • TechNet Spotlight Videos

    Our very own Mr Lamb keynoted at the recent event on "Building a Security Infrastructure with Microsoft Forefront".  The main sessions were delivered by Ronald Beekelaar MVP on Security and Virtual Machines.  I'd recommend checking...
  • Partner TV interview on Exchange and Unified Communications

    Just posted a new interview on Partner TV covering off Exchange 2007 and Unified Communications, check this link out for more information .
  • Mashed 08

    The BBC and Microsoft are running a developer event in London called Mashed 08 .  It's a free gig and Microsoft has just released its tickets so make sure you register for them soon if you are interested in attending.  The synopsis looks fun...
  • Forefront training available

    We still have some spaces available on the Deploying and Administering Forefront Client Security, Forefront Security for Exchange and Forefront Security for SharePoint Training course. Overview of the course – Learn critical deployment and administration...
  • Worldwide Telescope released

    Great news today that the Worldwide Telescope project is now unveiled and you can download the software yourself and explore amazing scenes in space.  It's based on some of the best telescopic imagery on the planet and provides a rich way of navigating...
  • Focus on your business, not IT Security

    The Smart Business Newsletter is full of useful tidbits this month!  I've been having internal conversations with people at Microsoft arguing that small businesses can have mature IT practices and fit on the IO model - in addition to using Small...
  • Learn about System Center Operations Manager and Licensing

    A quick headsup that I posted a new interview on the Partner TV blog on System Center Operations Manager where I cover off with Andrew Driver topics like: Product overview How to position it to customers Differences to MOM Key Features How ISVs can hook...
  • Vista UAC helps to stop rootkits

    An interesting article in TechWorld last week about how UAC - which is the Marmite of Vista features (you either love it or you hate it) - is very effective for stopping rootkits (bad bad things) from installing on your PC.  It even beats some of...
  • Virtualisation Briefing for Partners

    26 June 2008 09:30 - 26 June 2008 14:00 GMT Virtualisation is the hot IT topic, yet 93% of organisations are still not taking advantage of its many benefits. With 64% of businesses citing ‘improving IT by consolidating their infrastructure’...
  • Announcing the UK Office Live Small Business Seminar

    The Partner Readiness Team is pleased to announce the Office Live Small Business Seminar, to be held at TVP on the 27th June.  This one day seminar is designed to present delegates with an overview of the features and benefits of Office Live Small...
  • SBS 2008 RC0 public release

    Roll up, roll up come and get your copy of the RC0 of SBS 2008 for your pleasure! Directly from the SBS Official Blog comes this: After extensive development and private evaluation, I’m pleased to announce that a public preview of Windows Small...
  • Startups Live 2008

    I've just been reading the Microsoft Small Smart Business newsletter ( sign up here ) and they are advertising the StartupsLive events that are running up and down the country during May and June.  They look pretty good with interesting speakers...