Mark Deakin

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  • Blog Post: Invasion of the Robots!

    Last night I received an email from my friend over in Redmond, Todd Biggs, who tells me that they are running a MSN Bot competition . I have talked about bots in the past and regularly discuss the idea with partners and customers when I meet with them. This competition is going to be a great opportunity...
  • Blog Post: PTS-TV - Episode 4 - Christian Bolton

    Not long after the release of Dave Sayers video on Security, we now have Christian Bolton talking to us about SQL and Business Intelligence. If you have ever wondered what exactly Business Intelligence is or have purchased SQL Server and are wondering what else you could do with it then pop along to...
  • Blog Post: Adobe and XPS

    Something a little different from the normal stuff I talk about but defiantly worth a read. When you have a free moment take a few minutes to read this article which highlights the reasons why XPS and Save as PDF is being pulled from Office 2007 and some of our efforts to try and keep at least some...
  • Blog Post: Want to sponsor me?

    I know this is a little off topic but I am sure you won't mind if we quickly change onto a different subject :-). I am planning to do the London to Brighton Bike ride in June and will be raising money for the British Heart foundation. I am pretty sure that almost everyone has known someone with heart...
  • Blog Post: More cross platform loveliness

    One of the things I really love about what we do a Microsoft is that sometimes we like to 'break the rules', not in the sense that we do something we shouldn't, more that we do things that should have been done a long time ago. One of the more recent examples of this is Shadowrun, a game that you can...
  • Blog Post: Battle of the titans - Family Fortunes

    Earlier this week we ran an internal event at Microsoft in UK to celebrate the launch of Exchange 2007, Windows Vista and Office 2007. We were joined by the 'Bobby Dazzler' himself .... David Dickinson! The theme was family fortunes and of course included the big screen, two rows of mics where the families...
  • Blog Post: PTS-TV with Chris Parkes

    Yes ... that's right ... another great episode of PTS-TV! This episode features a PTS by the name of Chris Parkes, a sterling chap, talking to Katie about business intelligence. As per, pop along to the PTS-TV site and take a look !
  • Blog Post: End of an era and the start of a new one?

    I realise this might seem like a bit of odd post but I think its worth doing so here goes, let the comments begin :-) With the recent news that Bill Gates is looking to change his role within the company in 2008 and a following on from chat with a friend, it got me thinking about my life before Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Windows Live Messenger - Now available to anyone and everyone

    Have you felt excluded because your mate tells you he has been invited to beta Windows Live Messenger but you have not? If so then feel excluded no more, Windows Live Messenger is now available to the masses here . As highlighted in the Messenger blog, the whole beta process is like riding a bike and...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista – Download it today !

    Windows Vista up until now has only been available to those with a Technet or MSDN subscription. This has now changed and anyone can download the beta from http://www.microsoft.com/windowsvista/getready/default.mspx or get it sent to them in the post. If you want to take a look at Vista, and I recommend...
  • Blog Post: More PTS-TV with 'The Beast'

    Since I last made a posting about PTS-TV, we have added a further 2 videos to the site . We have also added an RSS feed so that you can subscribe to PTS-TV and know the minute a new video is available! Pop along to PTS-TV and watch the videos (one with demos and the other without) of Dave Overton...
  • Blog Post: PTS-Tv With Dave Sayers, Andy Clark and Virtualisation

    Yes, that's right, we have released another video onto the website featuring the familiar face of Dave Sayers and our new budding interviewer ... Andy Clark. In this video, Andy and Dave discuss virtualisation while looking like they had just met each other in a bar :-) ... although it's the XBOX...
  • Blog Post: Want to help out with the next generation of Microsoft software?

    I was reading the MS Exchange team blog and came across this interesting Microsoft site that I wasnt aware existed. Have you ever thought 'why does the x feature in Word work like that?' or 'why can get make Exchange do x?' then its well worth spending a few minutes taking a look at the Usability Research...
  • Blog Post: London to Brighton Bike Ride - Track my progress !

    As many of you know, Steve Marsh and I are doing the London to Brighton Bike ride this Sunday to raise money for the British Heart Foundation. If you have already sponsored me then many thanks and feel free to track our progress by clicking here . If you have not yet sponsored me then go to http://www...
  • Blog Post: Off topic .... but very important .... Halo3

    Yes, I know this has nothing to do with Unified Communications or Mobility but it is an important piece of news for any gamer. Halo 3 was announced at E3 today and a trailer is available via XBOX Live Marketplace (anyone with an XBOX 360 and internet can get it), via the Bungie site or via microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Windows Live Messenger is here!

    On Monday we announced the availability of Windows Live Messenger. I highly recommend you go ahead and download it straight away from here but if you want a quick summary of what it includes then here is a list Call both PCs and phones from within Windows Live Messenger, linked into Verizon service...
  • Blog Post: Exchange 2007 taking its ideas from Star Trek?

    Well not quite but it got you wondering didn't it ? Hot of the heels of Exchange 2007 is the Microsoft Transporter for Lotus Domino. This comes in a 32bit and a 64bit flavor, depending on your preference and in the words of the Exchange product team the " Microsoft Transporter for Lotus Domino configures...
  • Blog Post: Free Wifi

    Thought that might get your attention! Recently I went to visit the inlaws in Norfolk and you can only begin to imagine how disconnected I felt as their house had neither a mobile signal nor broadband :-(. Given that I have wireless internet access at work, home, my parents and my friends in Canterbury...
  • Blog Post: Vista has released to manufacturing ... Exchange 2007 next!

    Hot of the heels of my post yesterday, I am pleased to say that I received an email today to celebrate the fact that Windows Vista has RTM' d! This is great news and this is what the press is saying already about Vista already The long wait for Microsoft’s next operating system, Windows Vista...
  • Blog Post: Windows Live Local goes 3D!

    local.live.com has now gone 3D and as you can see on the left hand side, its a pretty good start. When I initially heard about this, I thought it would be pretty limited in its use as not all of the UK will be mapped in 3D, but it acutally makes 2D map easier to navigate for those that are a little...
  • Blog Post: and now for something completely different ... The Langoliers

    Please excuse my deviation from the 'standard' topics for this blog but I wanted to share a brilliant example why I love Windows Media Center .... and it has something to do with a film called 'The Langoliers' . A fair few years ago, I saw a TV movie called 'The Langoliers' which I believe originates...
  • Blog Post: Let Santa know your last minute present requests!

    I spotted this on someone's blog today and wanted to share this with you :-) It appears that in order to communicate with a new younger generation of kids, Santa has had a meeting with the Windows Live Messenger guys at Microsoft and has signed up for Windows Live Messenger. As you can see, I had a quick...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Response Point

    One of the problems with most telephony systems is that small business don't want to spend their time configuring and repatching phones when someone moves from desk to desk. They have enough to worry about without having to become PBX technicians as well. To that end, a small team in Redmond has been...
  • Blog Post: IM supporting NineMillion.org ... you?

    Today I noticed that Steve Clayton has changed his Display Name for Windows Live Messenger, it now includes an unusual looking icon so I thought I might do some more investigation to figure out what is was all about. The Windows Live Messenger team have set up a scheme whereby you simply add a small...
  • Blog Post: PTS TV - Episode 3 - Dave Sayers

    For those of you that don’t already know, the third edition of PTS-TV went live recently and features Dave Sayers talking about Security and Microsoft, two words some people don't think should be used in the same sentence. Pop along to PTS-TV and take a look at his short video and learn something...