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  • Blog Post: Vista volume

    Today, I noticed something really cool in Vista. When I was using IE, i had a security warning come from the a website that wanted to run an Active X control. I was also listening to music in Media Player 11. So that I could hear the warning "ding" in IE, Vista turned down the volume of my music automatically...
  • Blog Post: Windows Live Quick Apps - Mashup apps with source code

    Steve Ballmer announced today two example apps that show off how to put the Live Services we have on offer to use. The apps "Contoso Bicycle Club" and "Contoso University" were developed by two UK Parters, AWS and Conchango in association with Microsoft UK. They incorporate many Live Services some of...
  • Blog Post: XAML, it sounds like "camel"

    Robby Ingebretsen from Identity Mine presented at the Microsoft Designer Utopia event today in London and showed off an application they had created - Roxio Studio 9.5 - that shows off the WPF framework and significantly improves the user experience over the previous version of the Roxio app. I like...
  • Blog Post: Mix UK Videos Up

    Woah been a busy past couple of weeks.  Been doing Windows Server 2008 events up and down the country and moved apartment so been up to my eyeballs!  Although I didn't move far it was fairly stressful and I'm now left with a weekend of unpacking.  Oh and joy, there was no BT phone line...
  • Blog Post: ReadyBoost Compatibility

    At the moment there are some USB devices on the market which won't work with Windows Vista Readyboost because the data transfer rate is not quick enough. The problem is trying to figure out which devices are fast enough. Grant Gibson has put together this great website for checking if your USB device...
  • Blog Post: Into the Future with NextGenUG

    The guys over at NextGenUG have got another great event coming up here at Microsoft UK HQ which is well worth a look: NxtGenUG Fest 07 The day has a theme: “Into the future …”. We start the day looking at current technologies such as Vista, then we move into the ‘Orcas’ timeframe, then to 12 months hence...
  • Blog Post: 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 filters on the mail server but I certainly hadn't...
  • Blog Post: Live Q&A: Do you think Vista will be a success?

    Check out this cool new Windows Live site called Live Q&A . It's a community driven site where you can ask any question and get it answered by a whole host of different people. I did a quick search for Vista and came across this question: Do you think Vista will be a success ? What do you think...
  • Blog Post: Vista and Longhorn Server: Better Together

    So hopefully you are all familiar with Windows Vista but what you might not have heard about is the next Windows Server platform which is looming in the background. This is code-named "Longhorn Server" and is just about to hit Beta 3 with a release to manufacturing RTM next year. So why are these two...
  • Blog Post: 3 Minute View on Vista - ReadyDrive

    Windows Vista introduces a number of new technologies , among them one called Windows ReadyDrive that works in conjunction with new hybrid hard drive technology to improve the performance of your PC. Windows ReadyDrive makes use of non-volatile flash memory now being included on board these drives to...
  • Blog Post: Office 2008 for Mac OS

    We recently announced that Office 2008 for Mac will be released during the second half of this year which will work on either Intel or PowerPC versions of the platform. Roz Ho, the General Manager of Mac at Microsoft says that the new version of Office will be packed with "Mac first, Mac Only features...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight, Mediaroom partnerships, Interactive Media Manager at IBC 2007

    Jon Harris (Expression demigod), following the announcement about Silverlight 1.0 Release is demoing Silverlight and Expression at IBC 2007 this year and as well as showing off Silverlight, Microsoft made some other announcements that are very interesting if you are in the internet/rich media side of...
  • Blog Post: Build killer apps on Vista

    Found this cool link which provides some guidance on how to take advantage of the new platforms in Vista: http://msdn.microsoft.com/windowsvista/prodinfo/top10/default.aspx
  • Blog Post: Develop on XBOX 360

    Unfortunately, Vista won’t be shipping with Visual Studio Express Edition installed. L Bad news. It’s something that we’d been thinking about doing for a while but it seems we are going to be happy with developers downloading it from Microsoft.com instead. This news comes on the back of us releasing...
  • Blog Post: Rightmove.co.uk using Virtual Earth

    I used Rightmove.co.uk to find my current appartment in Reading and it does a brilliant job of bringing together properties from various estate and letting agents from across the UK. I was pleased to find out ( via Mike Taulty's blog ) that they have started incorporating Virtual Earth into their website...
  • Blog Post: Grand Canyon and Deep Zoom

    One of the technologies announced at Mix 08 this year was Deep Zoom as part of Silverlight 2.  It allows you to zoom into incredible amounts of detail in high resolution photos and cleverly only brings back the amount of data you need based on your current view and zoom level.  This allows...
  • Blog Post: Family.Show app shows of WPF, source code is available

    Saving the best to last :-) The Vertigo crew were commissioned by Microsoft to create an app in WPF that showed off some of the technology. What they came up with was a an app that helps build and visualise family trees. Apparently genealogy is the fastest growing hobby in North America! Anyway, they...
  • Blog Post: Screencast: Next Generation Applications on Vista

    Software vendors are already busy developing their range of next generation applications based upon beta versions of Vista so that they are ready to launch them at the same time as Vista. So what new stuff will you see with Vista based applications? Well we've got a new version of the .NET Framework...
  • Blog Post: Windows Home Server add-ins: come get some

    We showed off Windows Home Server at the Vista After hours sessions last month and there was much interest. What you get out of the box is very exciting, but with any Microsoft platform you come to expect cool things to build on top of it too. This is where Add-ins come in. These are small apps that...
  • Blog Post: WorldWide Telescope Video

    I'm off tomorrow to California for a few weeks of holiday and also off to Mix 08 in Vegas next week.  If you're in the Bay area or the valley and want to meet up for a coffee then drop me a note at james@microsoft.com . I'll be checking in with the odd post here and there but I wanted to leave you...
  • Blog Post: Britain gets the Photosynth treatment thanks to the BBC

    The BBC have been working with the Live Labs team to bring five famous British landmarks into the Photosynth world and to you at home. If the word Photosynth is unfamiliar to you then I would recommend watching it's creator demoing it at the recent TED conference - it's a really stunning view. Once you...
  • Blog Post: UK Traffic Apps

    I came across this cool application which uses the new AJAX capabilities in .NET. "Atlas" as it's called allows the browser to make requests for information in the background without affecting the user's experience. In the example I found, Atlas is being used to fetch tiles of map as you scroll around...
  • Blog Post: Whistle-stop tour of Expression Web Designer

    Scoble has posted this really nice demo of Expression Web Designer by the product manager. Wayne Smith menions "standards" at least four or five times in the first two minutes - looks like they've put creating compliant web sites at the center of the product. I'm happy, as an ex-web designer, I know...
  • Blog Post: Bamboo for Vista

    The guys at Wacom surprised me by sending over a Bamboo pen tablet the other week which was rather nice of them. Since I moved from my Toshiba Tablet to my Sony Vaio without a touchscreen I'd really been missing the ability to make notes and draw on my laptop particularly in OneNote, which is where I...
  • Blog Post: 3 Minute View on Vista - Sidebar and Gadgets

    The Sidebar in Vista is a dock for small, lightweight applications that provide useful information at the user's fingertips. There's a growing community creating all kinds of gadgets from Virtual Earth maps to eBay searches - all these are downloadable from the Microsoft Gadget Gallery online . Here...