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

October, 2008

  • Holy Cow it’s Mix 09!

    I’m not even at PDC yet and we get an internal email telling us about Mix 09 registration opening for March in Las Vegas! No time for breathing I guess! Don’t miss the build up by connecting and mixing it up: Become a fan on Facebook Stay connected on...
  • Microsoft: change the world or go home. How about we change the world.

    About a year ago, my pal Steve Clayton (happy birthday buddy) unleashed a genius viral marketing ploy aimed at starting a conversation about Microsoft.  It was really a call to arms challenging the company to reinvent itself. To innovate.  To...
  • Quake 2 in Silverlight – sweet!

    One of the last PC games I remember playing was Quake 2 – I know I know, it’s been a while.  The wizards over at http://www.innoveware.com/ have converted this classic into Silverlight – amazing! Oh yeah and now they want to know what you want them...
  • New Features in the Worldwide Telescope

    This week at PDC we launched the new version of WWT, “Equinox” this is truly stunning stuff and here is an overview of the new features included in this release: 3d Navigation from Earth, thru the Solar system, to the stars and out beyond the Milky Way...
  • Tour of the Live Mesh Mac client

    Today we released the bits for the Live Mesh Mac Client – here’s what the app looks like courtesy of Channel 10. First Look: Live Mesh Client for Mac
  • Live Mesh is now in BETA

    We just released a new version of the Mesh Client for PC that is now BETA. Great work to all the team. Mesh should be updating very soon for you. Enjoy. If you haven’t already got the Live Mesh Client for PC then get over to www.mesh.com and download...
  • Hard Rock still rocking in Silverlight

    The Hard Rock site just got a revamp with more items – there are now 500 items!  There’s also a nice widget to embed that you can embed in your own site!  Check the bad boy out for yourself: Hard Rock Memorabilia site If you’re a flash guru...
  • Here begins the period of craziness - and I can’t wait

    Well, well, well. It’s mid-October and my life is about to get insane.  Yesterday a consultant from the removal company came round to size up all my personal possessions ready for the big move to Seattle .  Tomorrow I head to the US Embassy...
  • Live Services Jumpstart

      Hop, skip and jump start into Live Services with these 2 day technical courses on how to build amazing consumer web applications and unlock the critical mass of users quickly to make your idea fizz. There are 11 locations around the world where...
  • Microsoft Research: where computing changes the world

    At the keynote this morning at PDC 2008 Rick Rashid talked about Microsoft Research and how an inspired decision 17 years ago has led to the premier research facility in the field of computer science. With my background having graduated with a degree...
  • Ori and his Marvellous Meshified Car

    I tweeted recently about Ori and his Mesh car and today the Channel 9 video proving the existence of the rumoured vehicle and the amazing technology that the Amiga has bestowed upon it. Needless to say that as the Live Services Evangelist I need to get...
  • Software + Services: Greater than the sum

    Great new video on S+S and what the S+S vision is.  Love how they dropped the “Mesh” word in right in the middle :-) I like the phrase “code into commerce” too… There’s another video gem on the site S+S site too (which has been revamped to mirror...
  • Need some help understanding Windows Azure?

    Did the keynote at PDC leave questions unanswered about Windows Azure?  I would recommend checking out some of these newly published Channel 9 videos to help get your head around the new platform and answer some of those questions you might have...
  • Moving on...

    I'm excited to say that I've accepted a new role at Microsoft HQ in Redmond as Technical Evangelist for Live Services featuring Live Mesh. I'm going to be working in Tim Sneath's team and my first assignment is to head out to PDC in LA - cool! I'm going...
  • 6000 geeks in a room

    Loving gholzer ’s Panorama of the PDC keynote this morning – check out the full size 9883 x 1356 image here . Can you spot me? (tip I have the best seat in the house, with my back to the camera and have a grey t-shirt on) – good luck! :-)
  • Windows 7: what’s in a name?

    As you probably heard the next version of Windows will be named Windows 7 .  There are some mixed emotions out there.  Anti-climax? Simple? Disappointing? Surprised? What’s in a name though? Well I’m a believer in consistency and if Windows...
  • Speaking of experiences…

    Sitting here at PDC watching the multi-touch demo on Virtual Earth and remembered a post I’ve seen from Chris P about a huge screen Virtual Earth Experience that the Carlton University has put together. I’m getting one of these for my home :-) Enjoy!
  • Make your own electoral predictions!

    Check out this cool WPF application that allows you to predict the outcome of the US election.  With election excitement reaching fever pitch over here in the US it’s quite an interesting app to play with. Download it now!
  • I’m a Mac, wait, no I’m a PC!

    Loving the work of John Curran and the Windows UK team.  They parked a I’m a PC recording booth outside the Apple store in Birmingham – brilliant! Coverage on the Apple Insider blog and Techmeme .
  • Wow

      courtesy of Yahoo finance…
  • Live Blogging goes big at PDC

    Long and the crew are all over the Live Blogging here at PDC .  Long tells me that during the keynote yesterday they had 3000 viewers – nice work!  Check them out again today and make sure you have the live video stream open too here: http:...
  • Windows Azure: Front and Center

    Being of British origin, I normally use the BBC as a barometer for important tech news stories, if it makes it onto the front page then it’s normally very important.  Today’s front page tells the story by itself .
  • Windows Cloud

    There’s news all over the internet this morning about Windows Cloud after Ballmer bounded into London and delivered a number of presentations to customers and press.  Talking about Google and cloud computing, he acknowledged the need to land an OS...
  • Live Mesh Mac Client now available!

    Limited tech preview available – get them while they’re hot! www.mesh.com
  • Convince your boss to let you attend PDC

    Have you struggled in the past to justify attending technical conferences to your boss before?  Has PDC eluded you up until this point?  Well, why not try this letter crafted for you to justify you geeking it up in LA: http://microsoftpdc.com...