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Is your Vista Genuine?
Thought you might want a reminder about Windows Genuine Advantage! All versions of Vista require some form of activation, including VL versions (note: many big OEMs pre-activate) PCs that fail to activate properly will be put into reduced functionality mode (RFM) after a 30 day grace period. We want...
2 Apr 2007
Speech Recognition Demo
I found a really cool video which demonstrates how to control Windows and even play solitaire using speech recognition! Dailymotion blogged video This demo is courtesy of http://www.istartedsomething.com/
14 Aug 2006
Geeks bearing gifts
Today at DesignerUtopia I was fortunate enough to sit in on the session delivered by Tjeerd Hoek, User Experience Design Director on Windows Vista. One of the interesting things he talked about was how they collected feedback from families using good or bad smiley faces in system tray where they could...
2 Feb 2007
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
NxgGen UG WPF/E Style
Matt and I travelled up to Birmingham on Monday night to talk Vista, Office and .NET 3.0 to the Next Generation User Group . One of the things I covered was WPF/E and it got attracted alot of interest from the guys. WPF/E is the little brother of WPF and allows the rendering of XAML directly in the web...
25 Jan 2007
UK Vista Hands on Labs - places going quickly
Windows Vista Certification Lab , Reading, 09/11/2006, Ltd B3-3-H Normandy (12) Int, http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032314123&Culture=en-GB As a participant in Microsoft’s Windows Vista Early Adoption Programs we would like to make you aware of the opportunity to attend...
19 Oct 2006
Some early reviews on Vista build 5536
The chaps over at eWeek have managed to get their hands on Build 5536 of Vista and they like what they see: http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1895,2009031,00.asp It's a vast improvement over the Beta 2 release. I've moved onto the next line of builds, and I'm currently running 5708 which is going...
28 Aug 2006
Small Businesses are the fastest to adopt Vista
A new article published by InfoWorld reports that half of businesses are in some phase of upgrading to Windows Vista of which 53% are small businesses. Other interesting tidbits include: Number of businesses evaluating Vista increased from 29% in Feb 2007 to 48% in November 2007 Number of businesses...
16 Jan 2008
Planning the Vista deployment at Microsoft
We've got a fair few machines kicking about at Microsoft and as you can imagine deploying Windows Vista and Office 2007 is quite a task in itself. In fact, planning such a depoyment is a job in itself. If you're planning your Vista and Office 2007 rollout and you want to get some great insight into how...
17 Jan 2007
Introducing ELF for Vista and Office
Some of the top concerns business customers have about deploying Windows Vista are Hardware requirements App Compat/Software testing User Training Building a solid business case; value proposition To tackle the user training side of things we have developed the Enterprise Learning Framework that aims...
21 Sep 2006
Win Zunes and Digital Photo Frames with the DRT Challenge
Do you think you have what it takes to give the best Windows Vista demoes when placed up against other Partners across the globe? Well let me introduce to you the Demo Readiness Toolkit (DRT) Challenge! We're looking for the most compelling, original and sexy demos out there and you've got a chance to...
10 Jan 2007
Windows Vista SP1
We've just announced the beta of Windows Vista SP1 which is available on beta in two weeks time. Nick from the Windows Vista Team Blog has all the details on his post here. There's also a whitepaper available here which discusses SP1 in lots of detail . So what did Nick say? Here's the important summary...
29 Aug 2007
3 Minute Views on Vista - put your requests in now!
So, here's the deal. I'm creating some screencasts (videos of my desktop) showing new features and more importantly the business value of Vista. I've already got some ideas for content, but I need some suggestions from you guys so feel free to leave a comment or drop me a mail at firstname.lastname@example.org...
4 Sep 2006
Customer Satisfaction with Vista
Every year we do customer satisfaction studies to see how the market feels about Microsoft and its products and services. One of the things we ask them about is Windows Vista and there are some interesting results to take note of. When we asked IT Pros about their satisfaction with Vista, scores...
2 Apr 2008
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
Vista Incentive for Partners
We've just launched a great incentive for our partners to drive the conversations with their customers on the business value of Windows Vista. Using the Windows Vista Business Value Assessment tool you can build a really good case for upgrading the desktop with tangible benefits that your customer...
28 Apr 2008
The £980,000 Laptop
Nationwide is the UK's largest building society and last year one of its employees had a laptop stolen from his home. They reported the laptop stolen to Nationwide and then went on holiday. 3 weeks later he told them that the laptop had contained customer information and it was at this point Nationwide...
14 Feb 2007
Change the Windows Vista Logon screen
I've just stumbled upon this nice utility from Object Desktop that changes the image displayed at the Windows Vista logon screen - it's got a 5 min novelty value but I'll bet I get asked about it tomorrow in the office :-) Make sure you click the download button to get more cool backgrounds like the...
5 Sep 2007
Import Outlook PST into Windows Mail
I've been asked recently how to import an Outlook PST file into Windows Mail and I thought it would be worth sharing how to do this. I headed over to the Windows Mail forums (part of the Windows Vista community) to see if there were any solutions already documented. There were. Here are some key points...
25 Jun 2007
Vista Squad Event
They're back, and now with more content! The Vista Squad are holding their second event at Microsoft HQ and speaker Steve Lamb will be talking about the Vista technology that is BitLocker whilst Ray Booysen will be lighting up your world with rich user experiences in Windows Presentation Foundation ...
4 May 2007
Steve has posted about the new version of desktop search which is available. Personally, I won't be installing it because I use the integrated search in Vista, which appears everywhere I go from my Start Menu to Control Panel to Network Places. But I hear Desktop Search 3.0 has some neat features too...
24 Aug 2006
What is MDOP and what's the big deal?
We've sold 1,000,000 licenses for MDOP since October 2006 - so it must be pretty important right? So what is it? Well, it stands for Microsoft Desktop Optimisation Pack (you'll need to use Optimization if you want to Live it) and is a set of desktop management tools available through Software Assurance...
7 Jun 2007
Tablet Input Panel Screencast
Now in high definition (relative to Soapbox): Tablet Input Panel Screencast (9.2 MB WMV) Technorati tags: Vista , Screencast
26 Oct 2006
Building the business case for Windows Vista
Create Personalized ROI and TCO Assessments for Your Customers & Stakeholders I frequently have conversations with customers and partners on the business value and return on investment of Windows Vista. Being able to have a meaningful discussion on these topics is sometimes difficult to do because...
10 Jul 2007
Make your apps work with Windows Vista Security
I got some questions the other day from a Partner who wanted to find out more about making their application work with the new security model in Windows Vista. I pointed them to the following valuable resources which are great for making stuff work with Vista: Microsoft Standard User Analyzer Windows...
9 Jan 2007
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