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

November, 2008

  • PDC 2008 in Stats

    Countdown@PDC: Day 4 Recap Mike Swanson, Jennifer Ritzinger and their teams did an absolutely amazing job on PDC 2008.  I’ve just been watching their closing thoughts on PDC and they gave out some interesting stats! Running a conference like this...
  • Live Sync, Live Mesh, SkyDrive and why patience is a virtue

    There has been some confusion recently about conflicting products and services coming out of the Windows Live group.  There’s a good explanation for the confusion but first to give some context. Last week the FolderShare team both rebranded and launched...
  • New Plugins for Windows Live Photo Gallery

    Yummy! No longer will I have to use the god-forsaken Facebook photo upload tool – thank you Will Duff!!!! http://blogs.msdn.com/pix/pages/Plug_2D00_ins.aspx Windows Live Photo Gallery (Beta) and Windows Live Movie Maker (Beta) make it simple to add publishing...
  • Behind the scenes at PDC: The Keynote Timelapse

    I’ve just uploaded this cool video which I got hold of internally that shows how the PDC08 keynote room was assembled, used and broken down in under 6 minutes.  It’s quite impressive how it all comes together, just for a few hours of presentations...
  • The Prix Pictet Photography Competition

    Photo courtesy of Prix Pictet 2008. The Prix Pictet Photography Competition is a brand new competition focussing on global sustainability and the winner, Benoit Aquin, has just been announced.  This years subject matter is water and some of the entries...
  • How to pronounce Azure

    The Azure Services Platform … Ashure … Azyouwere ??
  • Mesh Man Ori Amiga on the Mesh Mobile and Mesh Wallpaper

    My Mesh pal, Ori Amiga – of PDC keynote fame – over the weekend got the urge to start blogging and kicked off with a stunning post on how he created his Mesh Mobile.  He’s got the complete shopping list on there so you too can go and create your...
  • The types of devices in Live Mesh

    One of my favorite sessions at PDC 2008 was Jeremy Mazner’s talk on the “Future of the Device Mesh”.  It really helped to show the full potential of Live Mesh as a platform and how with interest and adoption from hardware manufacturers, the possibilities...
  • MeshPack

    News on the back burner after PDC via the Microsoft Startup Labs developer blog - 4 apps to get you going with Live Mesh.  They are: Collaborative Crossword: A crossword puzzle designed for multiple users to solve together CorkBoard: "Bulletin...
  • More PDC 2008 Stats

    Jennifer Ritzinger just sent out an email giving even more juicy stats on the hardware and food required to pull off the conference.  Given the popularity of the last PDC 2008 stats post I thought you might like to get the lowdown on what keeps 6000...
  • Microsoft Services Connector – from Active Directory to the Cloud, seamlessly

    Dr Logan has posted about resources that will help you get your head around the Microsoft Services Connector which lets your business users connect using their active directory domain accounts with no fuss to services in the cloud that they can then consume...
  • Behind the keynote at PDC

    Ever wondered what’s it like behind the scenes in the keynote room at PDC? Nick Lansley from Tesco snapped a few photos whilst waiting for his demo at the conference .  I wonder how this compares to backstage when BBC covers something like the FA...
  • Defining Azure and Ignoring Live Services at your peril

    Windows Azure Steve found a rather honest and down to earth description of Windows Azure on The Register.  I particularly liked their take on SQL Services (SQL Service that is managed for you by Microsoft): Giving you access to a straight-up hosted...
  • Driving Speeds

    This made me chuckle especially having recently had to adjust my driving speed over here in the US.  Graph courtesy of GraphJam
  • Extending the Mesh Cloud

    One of the common questions I’ve been getting from developers and IT guys about Mesh is how we are planning to get the infrastructure, storage and platform in Mesh delivered in an on-premise scenario so that individuals or businesses can take advantage...
  • USB 3.0

    I was surprised to read on Wired today that’s it been eight years since the last update to the USB standard that is ubiquitous amongst today’s electronic devices.  Now it seems is a good time for an update, and that’s where USB 3.0 comes in. USB...
  • PDC Swag

    How much swag was there at PDC ? Lots. T-Shirts, Water Bottles, Bags, books, magazines etc.  Turns out there was quite a bit leftover too.  Here’s Jeannine wrestling with a box of water bottles! All this stuff will be going out to Microsoft...
  • SideShow in Windows 7

    Bryant’s got a stand out blog post on Windows 7 SideShow features I recommend checking it out.  SideShow is one of my pet favorite features in Windows Vista and it’s going to get even better with new stuff like: Touch support with SideShow displays...
  • Settling in

    It was my first full day yesterday in Building 18, Microsoft HQ and as well as unpacking my new laptop (another X61 Tablet – solid as a rock) I got settled in my office.  I won’t lie to you – it was a little bit on the bare side, with just a desk...
  • Building the Tesco demo for PDC

    Adam Kinney in my team shot 9 videos whilst he was at PDC that really captured some of the coolest demos/apps that were seen at the conference.  He’s led off with Conchango’s work with Tesco and their keynote demo on day 2 featuring Windows 7, Multi...
  • Obama

    They were saying at Web 2.0 that Obama won the election because of the web.   Well, there was probably a bit more to it than that but it certainly helped.  Being in San Fran on election nice was quite special and walking around at 8pm PST when...
  • BizSpark: Free software, support and visibility for start-ups

    If you are starting up a business you are going to spend money on stuff.  You are going to have expenditure.  Software from Microsoft is normally a part of that expenditure.  Now with BizSpark, if you are a company that builds software...