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Matt McSpirit on Virtualisation, Management and Core Infrastructure

September, 2006

  • UK Partner? Exchange-Vista-Office Microsite goes live...

    Those guys over in the UK Partner team have been working away on this little beauty over the past few weeks. But what is it all about you may ask? Well, primarily aimed at the Microsoft UK Partners, the portal site is a new site, aimed at providing information...
  • Study: Windows and Linux cost Equal...

    Hot on the back of the ' Get the Facts ' campaign that has been running for a while now, which examines the costs and risks of both Windows and Linux, Microsoft is refuelling the argument around whether enterprises spend less money managing Windows systems...
  • Love UI? We want you!!

    Do you love User Interface design? Are you happy with Vista's UI? Or...Does it make you unhappy? Well, we now have a place for you to have a good ol' rant and rave on what's great, or what's not so great, until you are blue in the face! Imaginatively...
  • Fancy some Vista 5728 action?

    Well, it's your lucky day - you can now download it , and you don't even have to be on MSDN, CPP, TAP or any of the other programs! It's yours! Take it ! Before you go zooming off to download this little beauty, it's important that you read the following...
  • We Listen!! Mute the Vista Start-Up Sound!

    See - your feedback does work! Over the last few weeks, it's been flying round the web that we were going to include a default sound that would play when you boot up Windows. Many of you out there wanted at least an ability to turn it off if you wanted...
  • $2.5 billion and growing...

    Now there are many people out there who don't like Microsoft, for a variety of different reasons, which I'm not going to go into here - after all, everyone is entitled to an opinion, but, no matter how positive or negative your opinion is, there is no...
  • Microsoft Partner? Know our plans for the next year?

    Are you a Microsoft Partner, and if so, would you like to be kept in the know as to what our plans are for the next year? I thought so. Well, the Virtual Partner Conference is a new concept that we've developed as a way to provide you, our partners...
  • R U ISV? Get Ready!

    Are you an ISV? Would you like to be as happy as this fine chap? If you'd like to be so happy, that you could do the YMCA whilst simultaneously doing the Limbo, read on.... Vista's coming, don't you know. As an ISV (Independent Software Vendor), it...
  • Comparing Vista with Manchester United

    Rubbish title. I know. But, if you’d have driven the 6 hour journey (I know, it should be 3, but traffic was shocking!) from Reading to Manchester this weekend, just to see Manchester United be beaten, at home, by our resident French Premiership team...
  • Microsoft Wireless Entertainment Desktop 8000

    In an update to a recent post , Microsoft has released more information about this sexy piece of kit. Feel free to have a play with the cool flash demo below, before reading on! For those of you interested in an overview of the product, you...
  • 10 things I love about Windows Vista: Part I

    10 – Optimised for Mobile Hardware In at Number 10, is a feature that won’t really apply to those desktop users out there, but for those notebook users among us, and more specifically, those with swanky Tablet PC’s, Vista is the OS to Enable a Mobile...
  • Vista PC's: Cool Inside and Out

    Not only does Windows Vista make PC's look cool on the inside, with its swanky Glass effects as part of the Aero interface, but, for the last 7 months, Microsoft has offered computer manufacturers guidelines on colour, shape and other design elements...
  • No Longer Out of Office: Save to PDF and XPS

    It's back. Back in June , it was announced that Microsoft would no longer be including the ability to save to PDF from within the 2007 Microsoft Office System, which was a shame, because many users out there, as Steve Marsh mentions , would find it...
  • UK Partner? Vista and Exchange Training is here...

    With billions of dollars of R&D coming to market this year in the shape of Exchange, Vista and Office we have a major focus on helping our UK partners get ready for "EVO" wave. This is a big team effort from the UK partner team and you will see lots...
  • The Ultimate Keyboard??

    Now this is cool. Off topic, but cool. Have you seen this keyboard? Now to be honest, my keyboard at home must have cost me about £5 (approx $9), so as you can imagine, I was purely interested in something that worked, however, seeing this beauty, my...
  • Windows Vista: Editions and Prices

    With the release of Windows Vista RC1, Microsoft has also announced pricing for the various editions of Vista: For the home user, the editions and prices are as follows: Windows Vista Home Basic - $199.00 USD (Upgrade - $99.95 USD) Windows...
  • Safer Surfing with BrowserShield

    The guys and girls over at Microsoft Research have been busy working away on a new prototype framework for Internet Explorer, called BrowserShield, which promises to allow IE to intercept and remove, on the fly, malicious code hidden on Web pages, instead...
  • Media Player 11 hits Beta 2...

    Microsoft has just released the Beta 2 of Windows Media Player 11 which now allows users to share content with multiple devices around the home, and also includes additional music stores; eMusic, VidZone and Music Giants. The article goes on to say that...
  • Making Vista Accessible

    (Click to Enlarge) I found a great article over in the Business and Technology section of the Seattle Times which really highlights how Microsoft is helping to change lives with Windows Vista. The article is about a girl, Logan Olsen, who at 16...