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

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  • 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...
  • LiveWIM using customized sign-in pages for Live ID

    I blogged last week about the new documentation available for customizing the registration and sigin-in pages for Live ID and we’re already starting to see some examples in the wild. LiveWIM , a site for tracking your whereabouts and letting your friends...
  • Farewell Technet!

    I'm moving home to a new blog at www.jamessenior.com ! This move also represents a rebrand for both myself and my content but more explained in my first post: Welcome from Microsoft's Social Web Guy! It has been an emotional three years on the TechNet...
  • Custom Branding for Live ID authentication and Data Portability

    We announced a couple of cool things today on the back of Safer Internet Day which was yesterday and the Open ID UX summit which took place in Silicon Valley too.  Custom Branding for Live ID Authentication Legitimate developer libraries for moving...
  • 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 Services How Do I Videos

    Now in embedded flavor right here on the blog, enjoy: If you can see this, your browser doesn't understand IFRAME If you can see this, your browser doesn't understand IFRAME
  • Social Bookmarking Plugin

    Thanks to Scott who pointed out a rather tasty plugin for Live Writer that adds Social Bookmarking tags to your blog post automatically - nice. This chap is responsible for it and the first thing I did was modify the text files that come with it to include...
  • Get Office Communicator in Outlook

    Julian (the UC and Exchange guru in my team) send around a link to an add-in for Outlook that allows the tight integration of Office Communicator.  Now I can click to call or IM anyone really quickly from Outlook without having to open up the Office...
  • Imagine a killer Live Services app – win a pass to Mix09

    This year I’m in the privileged position of being involved in possibly the greatest conference the world has ever seen.  Yes, I’m talking about Mix09 – Microsoft’s annual web conference held at the Venetian in Las Vegas.  This year’s conference...
  • Live Services Jumpstart Training Videos

    Couldn’t make it to the Live Services Jumpstart training earlier this year?  Don’t fret, we’ve just published the recordings from these sessions on the Live Services Developer Portal. Go download, learn, enjoy and create wonderful things: http:/...
  • Customize Live ID Sign in and Registration experience

    One of the biggest bits of feedback from customers that use Live ID on their website is that the Live ID sign-in and registration experiences should be customizable so that instead of a Windows Live brand and look and feel, the user gets a look and feel...
  • Announcing the Live Framework Explorer for Visual Studio

    At PDC back in October we launched the Live Framework into CTP and with that we provided a cool tool called the Live Framework Resource Model Browser which you could use to explore the data that you stored in the Mesh.  The tool was good but limited...
  • (Belated) Happy 25th Birthday Mac

    I’ve been meaning to say happy birthday to the Apple Mac for the past few weeks and finally got round to it.  Apple were a part of my life from an early age (my dad worked in the UK office) and as kids growing up we got our grubby paws on all sorts...
  • Live Framework SDK and Tools April CTP

    What is the Live Framework? – see my video on Channel 9 Bit late to the press with this one, but that’s because I’ve been working on some way cool stuff for next week at Mix :-) The Live Framework SDK and Tools April CTP has just been launched! ...
  • Interesting Media Center Stats

    Paul has some interesting stats about Media Center following CES last week: CES is the first consumer showcase of Windows Media Center in Windows 7 .  Windows 7 includes a number of enhancements for Windows Media Center, including the new Electronic...
  • Running Mesh Beta Client at the same time as Live Framework CTP Client

    For those of you who are busy developing applications for Mesh using Live Framework, you will be aware of the problem that until now you couldn’t run the Mesh Beta Client at the same time as the Live Framework CTP.  Fortunately, we’ve put together...
  • 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...
  • Virtual Earth captures sinking ship

    It really was a case of now you see it, now you don't with the "Cariddi II" - a ship that sunk recently off Sicily . I found this via VirtualGlobeTrotter and wanted to share it with you. The " Bird's Eye View ", unique to Virtual Earth, was able to capture...
  • Azure Services Training Kit

    Last week we released the Azure Services Platform Training Kit.  There’s content aplenty including Decks, Demos and Labs – so much goodness it’s almost untrue! Here’s the a la carte menu: The Azure Services Training Kit includes a comprehensive set...
  • Azure Services “How Do I” Videos

    Get your head around the Azure Services Platform in the videos we’ve just released on MSDN.  We’ve got Windows Azure courtesy of Dr Aiken , .NET Services courtesy of Sir Nigel Watling and Live Services on the scene thanks to myself and Angus Logan...
  • Windows Azure & Azure Services Platform Token Acquisition Explained

    If you’ve played around with Windows Azure and/or Azure Services Platform you’ll know that getting tokens can be somewhat a pain.  Firstly, sorry about that, there’s all kinds of reasons why this is the case that I won’t bore you with here. Fortunately...
  • Brazil rocking Windows 1.01

    Well their website for their IT Pro/Developer event is anyway! Check it out here!  Way retro! Nice work guys. http://www.puertadeenlace.net/run09/ Oh and check out the Silverlight version of Windows 7 too…
  • Mesh and the Imagine Cup

      This year Mesh is in the thick of the action with the Imagine Cup 2009!  This year the competition is in Egypt and we’re excited about the cool apps that students are going to build using the Live Framework and Mesh Services, Contacts and...
  • Code using Live Search APIs and win $10k

    The Live Search team have just launched a cool competition in partnership with the Gnomedex conference where developers can win $10,000 and other cash prizes that have in impact on the economy or earth’s ecology.  The only caveat is that submitted...
  • 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...