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  • Blog Post: Easy transfer is not a sign of weakness

    Someone from the office (no names, no pack drill) told me they had read my post from yesterday where I mentioned Windows Easy Transfer.  They felt that it might not be quite the done thing for a technical person to use it but since I was using it , then it was probably OK.  I’ve now switched...
  • Blog Post: IE 7 is coming. Are you ready ?

    Back in July, we announced that that IE 7 for Windows XP will be pushed out using Windows update. Since IE7 is bound up with Windows Vista, the release of IE7 for XP will happen at about the same time as Vista releases to manufacturing. A few weeks after that it will be pushed out via Windows Update...
  • Blog Post: IE is cool again

    I remember the year hen 3 versions of Internet explorer were released. That was before I came to Microsoft, when the web was still new and browsers were exciting - partly because (to outsiders at least) Microsoft seemed scared of Netscap. The Netscape battle ran its course, and I joined Microsoft as...
  • Blog Post: On Time-zones...

    Spring is here, Spring is here ... I think the loveliest time of the year is the spring, yes I do, don't you ? course you do. Actually when I look at the weather it's doesn't look like spring. But unlike Tom Lehrer , the one thing that makes spring complete for me is the changing of the clocks. All of...
  • Blog Post: Patch for IE 6 VML vulnerability

    We have been getting some bad press over a bug which affects the Vector Markup Language in IE 5 and IE6 (but not IE7). Over on the Security Response Center Blog there are several posts about it. There were attacks based on the vulnerability (though very few), so we published a workaround and then released...
  • Blog Post: The other man's grass is greener - a guide to colour in Windows

    Most weeks, one or other of the photography forums I visit will contain one of the following questions "Should I set my camera to use sRGB or Adobe RGB as a colour space ? " "Why do my pictures look different in different programs ?" "My Pictures look great on screen but lousy when I print them...
  • Blog Post: Product life cycles (and Virtual Server 2005)

    It's always nice when someone says James O'Neill, IT Pro Evangelist at Microsoft, reveals that Virtual Server 2005 support will end in 2014 - except that then people come and demand to know why you're revealing product plans. So, lets start with a basic question . "Where do I go to find out when support...
  • Blog Post: Bootable USB keys

    Since I raised the subject I've had a mail from a couple of people on the subject of making a bootable key. I described the steps making a USB key bootable using the Vista / Windows PE version of Diskpart. Here are the commands select disk 1 {or the number of your USB key, be careful !} clean {Like I...
  • Blog Post: Vista's desktop index and PowerShell.

    Vista's desktop index has changed the way I work. I've stopped worrying about folders, any more than I worry about URLs for Internet content. It's either obvious or I find it with search. So... since I have all of my stuff indexed. I should be able to tap into it ... shouldn't I ? Time to fire...
  • Blog Post: End of life planning.

    No. I’m not talking about sorting out the music for one’s funeral* … I think every manager I have had in my 10 years at Microsoft has grumbled that I’m not great with planning – it’s a fair criticism and I try to work on it. When the subject comes up a quote from a book by William Gibson comes into my...
  • Blog Post: Get the search you want in IE7

    I guess people who worked for Microsoft a few years ago must have some idea what it's like to be Google right now. A huge market share means people want to criticize you, you seek solace by watching your stock price, but that only makes you worry that the whole thing is built on sand and someone could...
  • Blog Post: Clarifying: the new virtual PC, Windows XP mode for Windows 7, and MED-V

    There is an interview with Scott Woodgate,  published as  press release on press pass   entitled Helping Small Businesses With Windows 7 Professional and Windows XP Mode. After starting to speculate about this a little too soon, I want to clarify what the bits are. Because XP mode allows...
  • Blog Post: Retirement Planning (for service packs)

    Yesterday I wrote about end-of-life planning for OSes and so it makes sense to talk about the end of a service pack, as retirement – it is after all the word that is used on the product lifecycle pages . Of course we don’t mean retirement in go and live by the seaside sense… Special police squads...
  • Blog Post: The mouse James Bond would have.

    A week or so ago I wrote about daft voices, and I feel like this should be in the voice of Sean Connery. (Which ish eashy to do. You jusht shubstitute mosht of the esshh shoundsh ....) I was given a new Wireless Presenter mouse 8000 - and it seems like one of the Gadgets Q branch come up with in the...
  • Blog Post: Ooops. I gave out some duff information about limiting logons

    As Eileen has already said our team spent last week at the BETT show . My first "proper" IT job after leaving university was working for RM who are the biggest supplier of IT to education and I did a couple of BETT shows when I worked for them; it's the main UK IT-in-education show and it's huge - 30...
  • Blog Post: RSS Stumbler now available for download

    It was a pleasant surprise to get a mention from Robert Scoble , for my "RSS in 90 lines of code", and the I'm pleased to announce that it is available for download. Before give you the link, please be aware that Only the source code is included, you need Visual Basic 2005 (or express edition)...
  • Blog Post: NTBackup - restore for Vista

    I'm not quite sure when it appeared, but this evening I noticed a link on the restore dialog box in Vista " Learn how to restore from backups created on Older versions of Windows ", there are 32 and 64Bit versions. I considered using a Virtual Machine on Vista to read .BKF files made under Windows XP...
  • Blog Post: Getting a better PDF experience

    Lets get prejudice out up front. I pendulum between liking Adobe products (e.g. Lightroom), admiring the technology but hating the way it's used ( Hugh has it right when it comes to flash use ), and getting thoroughly ticked off with PDF. e.g. Microsoft's travel agent sending me itineraries in...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Windows XP … picking myself up off the floor.

    Someone gave me a definition of insanity as “trying the same thing over and over again expecting different results”.  I guess trying something you expect to fail is somewhere between insanity and scientific thoroughness. Anyhow, that’s how I came to be trying the test you see below. I didn’t expect...
  • Blog Post: "Perfidious Microsoft"

    I don't know whether to be angry or frustrated, and whether the target should be journalists who make mountains out of molehills, or the people in Redmond who give them the molehill to start with. Here's the story. The Windows update software changes sometimes. If Windows update keeps itself in a working...
  • Blog Post: More on keyboard short cuts.

    Eileen mentioned something about Keyboard shortcuts on her blog, teasing me for not telling her about them, but forgetting that she and I both posted connected items in August. You can get a full list for Windows generally, Explorer, IE and Photo gallery in Windows help. Just type "Keyboard shortcuts...
  • Blog Post: Exploring Windows XP mode for Windows 7

    Windows Virtual PC is on Technet for people to download, the Windows Virtual PC  page says it will be available to everyone on May 5th, but the  evaluation guide is available already I’ve installed it and started to play. I’ve only got one application which won’t work under 64 bit (Vista /...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Security Essentials

    Somehow, in all the other activities of the last couple of weeks I missed the release of Microsoft Security Essentials which is our FREE* anti-virus / anti-malware product aimed at home users. (We have the more business oriented Forefront Client Security as well). My experience with it has been too limited...
  • Blog Post: Search stories … or “how do people manage on XP”

    I know from experience that the people I meet in this job , and those who read this blog are more likely to be early adopters than the population at large so you, as a reader may well be on Windows 7 by now, and had a better chance than most of running Vista. But we know there is a lot of Windows XP...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft at CES

    The Consumer electronics show starts in Las Vegas on Monday. The internal rumor mill has been going crazy and we've been told not to blog about .... well I can't tell you what obviously. Bill Gates is delivering a keynote speech on Sunday night - 6:30PM Redmond time, by which point most people working...