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

July, 2008

  • VLinq – a visual editor for creating Linq queries

    Today at TechReady I went to the best session of the conference so far.  It was delivered by Mitsuru Furuta from Microsoft France who with some interns and help from Corp built a WPF Visual Linq Editor.  This addin for Visual Studio is *just...
  • It’s Starting

      Check out the ad on the top right of www.Valleywag.com – “Mojave Experiment” is beginning!  Hat tip to Anand for the spot .
  • Intel, HP and Yahoo get in a cloud together

    News from TechCrunch today that Intel, HP and Yahoo are teaming up together to get in the Cloud Computing arena that is currently occupied by Microsoft, Google and Amazon. There are probably only three companies out there who can execute on a Cloud Computing...
  • Microsoft Surface on a Sphere

    How cool is this???!!!
  • Mojave Experiment is go

    The Mojave Experiment is now live at http://www.mojaveexperiment.com/ and I love it.  As someone who launched Vista in the UK and evangelised, enthused and talked about it from day 1 I’ve had to deal with the whole perception vs. reality thing. ...
  • Virtual Earth ASP.NET Controls Released!

    WOOHOO! Finally we’ve released the Virtual Earth ASP.NET Controls ( Angus , dev.live.com and Live Side have the news).  Virtual Earth ASP.NET Control - CTP Release The control basically makes it much easier to get data from your database onto the...
  • Live Search in Facebook

    Exciting announcement for the Live Search guys, we’ve signed a deal with Facebook that will see us power their search capability and provide advertising on Facebook.com.  Nice! Microsoft Press Room TechCrunch Reaction Live Side Reaction
  • Virtual Earth UK Partner Day in September in Brighton

    Just heard from the UK VE Team that they are holding another Partner Day in September – here are the details: Virtual Earth New Partner Day Friday 19 th September 2008 Gain a real insight into how map-enabling your clients’ business applications can help...
  • Leveraging Social Computing, sensibly

    I’ve just been reading this article from Microsoft’s Midsize Business Center (good place to go for info on how business meets IT and visa versa) and they provide a good 101 on Social computing and how you can make the most of your existing investments...
  • Reflections on Ray

    I arrived back in San Francisco last night after a great conference in Atlanta, and despite being a little drained (totally my own choice) I couldn’t help be excited by two particular keynotes I saw.  Firstly Craig Mundie gave some insight into some...
  • WESS Learning Paths are online

    <Fanfare> We’ve just launched the Partner Learning Paths for WESS – that’s Small Business Server 2008 and Essential Business Server 2008.  There are technical and sale tracks available and more content is coming very soon. Check them out here...
  • Learn Infrastructure from Microsoft Consultants

    Microsoft Consultants really know their stuff when it comes to technology and the guys I know in the Infrastructure side of things are at the top of their game!  So when they told me they were doing some TechNet Webasts throughout August to December...
  • Perspective from the Web 2.0 crowd on Microsoft’s hosting announcements

    It’s always interesting to listen to what Techcrunch and it’s readers say about Microsoft’s moves in certain markets and yesterday at the Worldwide Partner Conference there was lots to talk about.  Microsoft unveiled it’s hosted offering for Exchange...
  • Obama gets Deep Zoom

    Interesting little project this one, created from over 12,000 thumbnails of photos uploaded by supporters Obama’s campaign created this image. Check out their page here . Deep Zoom is the technology included in Silverlight 2.0 that allows you to create...
  • Vista Small Business Scenario Videos

    The marketing guys in the UK recently put together some nice scenario videos last month showing the many different uses of Vista and other software and services like those included in Live. You can visit the micro site here. I also asked them if they...
  • Lost your laptop at the airport? You’re not alone!

    Came across this interesting article in ComputerWorld that says that in the US alone, more than 10,000 laptops go missing every week! I’ll be watching mine closely whilst I’m travelling in July – I recommend you do the same.  The funny thing in the...