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  • Windows Vista Sounds

    The user experience is a high priority for Windows Vista, and part of that "experience" are the sounds that come with the operating system. It's incredible the amount of work that goes in to capturing that perfect sound to represent different events in...
  • Chat to the team who created backup in Windows Vista

    Have you got a burning question about anything related to the backup technologies in Windows Vista? Perhaps you've got some feedback you would like to share? Well, if so, mark the 10th and 11th July in your calendar because the team who brought you Backup...
  • 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...
  • Importing Outlook Express DBX files into Windows Vista

    I received a question from a user who had recently upgraded from XP and they wanted to know how to import their Outlook Express DBX files into the Vista and the new email client called Windows Mail. The Outlook Express files in question are DBX files...
  • Word 2007 freezes after installing patch from Windows Update

    Jeff from New Jersey left a comment on one of my posts telling me about a problem he was having with Word 2007 after applying a new patch which he downloaded from Windows Update. The problem was that after installing the patch he couldn't use Word - it...
  • Vista Lanyard Competition

    I've got 10 high-quality Vista lanyards to give away which will allow you to be the most envied person around the office! Throw away your XP lanyards and get the upgrade today! To be in with a chance of winning yourself one of these never-to-be...
  • Live Maps switches to Multimap

    I spoke the the Live Product Manager the other day and he said this was coming, but I didn't realise how quickly! Just goes to show how easy it is to develop on Virtual Earth! This switch is only for the UK, Multimap has the biggest share of Map visitors...
  • Dreamscene Sneak Preview

    Got Vista Ultimate? Want movies on your desktop? You can now download the DreamScene Preview from Ultimate extras (search ultimate from the start menu) and download the preview. Enjoy all the video goodness! This is not the final version, but a mere preview...
  • Office Live Store Manager Private Beta

    Office Live Store Manager is currently in private beta with a few of our select small business customers and one of the first implementations has emerged on the web from Larouex Gourmet Foods . They make fine tasting food products and are based in Washington...
  • Vista Backup Errors and apologies

    I've been waiting for a long time to write this.  Last year I posted about the Vista Backup team being available for a Live Meeting and chat with customers .  I received a large number of comments to that post with people talking about their...
  • Mojave Experiment is go

    The Mojave Experiment is now live at http://www.mojaveexperiment.com/ and I love it.  As someone who launched Vista in the UK and evangelised, enthused and talked about it from day 1 I’ve had to deal with the whole perception vs. reality thing. ...
  • 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...
  • Vista Favorites Problem and solution

    I know. You are supposed to spell "Favourites" with a "u" in the middle. However, I'm going to sway towards convention and use the Americanisation of the English language in this post, for indexing purposes only. I'm the kind of guy who likes to keep...
  • Windows Vista Tips & Tricks

    Today, courtesy of Mr Akrigg , I found out a rather nice trick for Windows Sidebar. if you've got applications open and you want to get access to the Sidebar or any of my gadgets on your desktop just hit Windows Key + Spacebar and voila, all your SideBar...
  • Vista Enterprise: Licensing FAQ for Virtualization

    ABOUT LICENSING RIGHTS TO 4 VIRTUAL OPERATING SYSTEMS Q. What does licensing rights to 4 virtual operating systems mean and why is this valuable for customers? A. Customers who deploy Windows Vista Enterprise receive a new benefit: the ability to install...
  • Where are all the WPF Applications?

    Whilst soaking of some Vista goodness at the last Vista Squad event one of the attendees asked where all the WPF applications were saying that he'd not heard of any "real" apps. That inspired me to write this post to let you know that WPF apps are alive...
  • The bullshit you get for doing your job

    Working for Microsoft you tend to develop thick skin because of all the stuff people say to you; insults, imputation, indictment & bad mouthing. I guess you could argue that it comes with the territory, it's par for the course or something you inherit...
  • Google Hype: Google Maps

    I've been asked to do Vista & Office event at Derby University in February and I went on to the University website to find out the location of their campus. Now back in the day, Google were innovative with with their Map service and the University...
  • Windows Vista Facts

    It's always nice to have a few throwaway stats about Windows Vista that you can give to someone when you are combating someone who believes that XP is "good enough" for them.  I'd like to share a few with you over the coming weeks and I...
  • Windows Vista Prices

    Suggested retail prices have now been published on Microsoft.com: Business: $299.00 ($199.00 upgrade) Enterprise: only available to volume license customers Home Premium: $239.00 ($159.00 upgrade) Home Basic: $199.00 ($99.00 upgrade) ...
  • Introducing the Microsoft Store

    Consumers can now purchase and download our most popular products like Windows and Office online through the new Microsoft Store.  I do like the design of the site, it's clean and uncluttered with no brand logos - how refreshing! So far the stores...
  • 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...
  • Microsoft: Change the world or go home?

    It's interesting how different people are interpreting Hugh MacLeod's latest cartoon on Microsoft (pictured right). I personally believe we do a lot of things that change the world - it's just that most of the time people don't stop to realise. When you...
  • Windows Vista Backup - questions answered

    There were a lot of comments in my post about Windows Vista backup I made in the summer and I wanted to follow up to some of the questions that I'd received having spoken to the guys who developed the features over in Redmond. Here are some of their responses...
  • Vista After Hours - The Return!!!

    We're back by popular demand! Matt and I are being unleashed on 4 cities up and down the UK to deliver a stonking array of innovations, hardware, gadgets all tied together by the magic of Microsoft software. Last time around we played to packed crowds...