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Matt McSpirit on Virtualisation, Management and Core Infrastructure

August, 2006

  • 15 things you always wanted to know about Virtual Server (But were afraid to ask)...

    A big thanks goes to Jeff Woolsey, one of the Lead Program Manager's here at Microsoft, for compiling this excellent list of the top 15 questions asked around Virtual Server. Without further ado, lets start with number 15... 15 - Is it true that Virtual...
  • I'll name that Zune in one!

    Firstly, apologies for the incredibly weak link between a UK Quiz Show from the 1980's , and Microsoft's sparkly new music and entertainment project; Zune. It's still early on a Friday morning - it will get better, I promise! I posted a couple of weeks...
  • Toshiba to manufacture the Zune!

    Just hours after a posted a huge post summarising all things Zune , there has been a big announcement about the manufacturer of the device. Over on the BBC's website , it states that " Microsoft has confirmed that Japanese firm Toshiba will make...
  • Da SBS Code....

    Off the usual track, but still, this is quite a cool one! Microsoft takes a light-hearted swipe at itself, talking about S mall Business Server , in a Da Vinci Code style! The movie talks about the importance of patching, installing updates, getting...
  • Ready....Steady....Boost!

    On my regular travels around the web, I stumbled upon a brilliant resource for information around Windows Vista; Tom Archers's blog . One of his more recent posts, from June 2nd, gave a Q&A on a new feature in Windows Vista, namely ReadyBoost....
  • Fame! Virtualisation article published!

    I recently wrote an article all about virtualisation, and it has been published on Microsoft.com ! The article was written with our partners in mind, with the aim of giving the reader the opportunity to gain an understanding of what virtualisation is...
  • Vista pre-RC1 released into the wild...

    Build 5536, also known as Vista pre-RC1 has leapt onto the Internet, ready for the public to download and enjoy. For about a week now, a closed number of testers have been able to download and test the new operating system, and the feedback is already...
  • Microsoft Clarifies Vista HD Movie Stance

    With High Definition gathering momentum, I think it is important to clarify where Windows Vista stands in this space, as over the past few days, there has been some confusion about what will or won't be possible with Vista and High Definition disk formats...
  • Thumbs-Up from the Black Hatters

    There has been a great article posted over at CNet News , which discusses Microsoft's attendance at the Black Hat Briefings. " This year, for the first time in the event's 10-year history, several sessions are focused on the security--rather than the...
  • IE7 on the home straight...

    As you will no doubt be aware, Internet Explorer 7 has been going through the beta stages for a while now, and with Release Candidate 1 fresh on the scene, Microsoft hopes that this will indeed be the last test release before the launch later this year...
  • It's all smiles for Vista and Firefox...

    A couple of days ago , in a publicly available invitation , Microsoft offered help to Mozilla, (who oversee development of the Firefox web browser and the Thunderbird email client) to ensure compatibility between their products, and Windows Vista. ...
  • Will Santa bring you a Vista Voucher?

    Reports over at CNet suggest Microsoft is planning some sort of promotion to allow those who buy PCs this year to move easily and affordably to Vista when it ships next year. The end-of-year sales season is very important to the computer industry, yet...
  • In recognition of speech...

    One of my colleagues from Microsoft France has published a great post demonstrating the control of Windows Vista using speech! Dailymotion blogged video The video shows the power of speech recognition to demonstrate solitaire, paint, opening documents...
  • Alohabob!

    On March 7th, Microsoft announced that it had acquired Apptimum Inc, a company which provides award-winning products that automatically transfer customers’ applications to new computers. Microsoft plans to use the acquired intellectual property and technology...
  • Vistapedia...

    God bless Wikipedia! A colleague of mine here at Microsoft recently opened my eyes to a cracking resource on Windows Vista, which can be found over at Wikipedia . The Wiki contains a huge amount of information, covering the following main topics: ...
  • Get into your Photos!

    Now I know it has been a while since I have posted anything, and for those regular readers (1 or 2 of you!), it must have seemed like an eternity. The reason behind my lack of recent posts lies with a week’s holiday I spent in Miami, followed by a week...
  • Microsoft Events in September (Vista)

    There are currently 2 Microsoft Events taking place in September, focussing on Windows Vista. These events are as follows: Windows Vista System Integrity Technologies 11 September 2006 14:00 - 16:20 GMT (13:30 Welcome Time) Microsoft London, Swimming...
  • Role Change = Blog Change!

    Over the last couple of weeks, you may have noticed many of my posts relating to Windows Vista . Since returning from Orlando in July, there have been some changes in the department for the new Microsoft Year 07, and this reshuffling has resulted in a...
  • Free 2007 Microsoft Office System eBooks!

    A big thanks to a colleague of mine from the Morrocan sub, Ahmed Hakkoum, who informed me of this pair of beauties available for download, for no cost to yourself (you can purchase the paperback version of the first document), from the Microsoft download...
  • Attention Bookworms!

    For all of you who love reading, and especially for those who love reading and love Vista, this is your lucky day! 3 new books on Windows Vista have been released: Introducing Microsoft Windows Vista by W. Stanek (Microsoft Press) The book describes...
  • Windows Live Spaces

    Another new addition to the Windows Live Services, is an upgrade to the very popular MSN Spaces. Did you know that there are about 120 million unique spaces out there? In alphabetical order.... I've used MSN spaces for a while now, and I find it an...
  • Vista in a step-by-step fashion...

    Steve Clayton , a.k.a The Gaffer, has found a really useful resource for IT Professionals who are interested in deploying or migrating to Windows Vista . According to the site: These guides will also provide step-by-step information on how to control...
  • Virtual Server 2005 R2 Beta 2 available...

    For all you Virtual Server fans out there, you'll be pleased to know that the Beta 2 has been released to the public, for you to download and enjoy. With this release of VS 2005 R2, we can take the opportunity to show some of the cool new features...
  • Vista Release Date, Bug Bashing & Feedback-Driven Improvements...

    A couple of days ago, an article was published over at TechWeb , stating that Vista will ship in late January. Now many of you may think, 'yeah, yeah, put a few months on that', but to that, I would say, just you wait and see. There has been a whole host...
  • Attention Bookworms! Part II

    More new books released, this time covering Virtual Server 2005! Great! The 2 new books on Virtual Server 2005 are: The Rational Guide to Managing Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 by Anil Desai (Rational Press) (ISBN - 1932577289) Microsoft MVP...