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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...
13 Sep 2006
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...
11 Jul 2007
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...
1 Feb 2007
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...
30 Nov 2007
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...
30 Nov 2006
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...
19 Feb 2007
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...
15 Jun 2007
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...
1 Sep 2006
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...
17 Oct 2006
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...
19 Oct 2006
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...
10 Jan 2007
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...
7 Sep 2007
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
21 Aug 2006
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...
18 Aug 2006
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...
22 Feb 2007
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...
11 Mar 2008
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...
23 May 2007
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...
24 Oct 2006
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...
6 Jun 2007
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 firstname.lastname@example.org . I'll be checking in with the odd post here and there but I wanted to leave you...
28 Feb 2008
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...
5 Jun 2007
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...
7 Apr 2006
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...
24 Nov 2006
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...
24 Aug 2007
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...
20 Oct 2006
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