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  • Blog Post: Windows Vista: After Hours - Update

    Just a quick update, tickets are going fast for the Vista: After Hours events, but you still have a chance to get hold of them! We had some brilliant feedback to our last After Hours events , back in May, and these promise to be even cooler, with even more cool technology! These After Hours events are...
  • Blog Post: Desktop upgrades, the easy way…

    Upgrading a desktop OS isn’t always easy(!).  Typically, users have the OS, intertwined with lots of applications, favourites, files, folders and other profile-related goodness.  With all this interlinked deeply, it makes replacing one part of it that bit more difficult.  With that in...
  • Blog Post: The Microsoft Digital Lifestyle - Part 1

    I blogged about this yesterday , and admittedly, this video doesn't look half as cool and funky as the official Microsoft Digital Lifestyle website , but it does go some way to show some of the technologies in a Digital Home.  The first part of this trilogy, is Windows Home Server.  Now in...
  • Blog Post: DesignIT: An innovative way to make a difference...

    Have you seen this? DesignIT is a competition that we started last year, that aims to bring out the very best in the IT community, with the grand prize being a £15,000 donation from Microsoft, to Charity. In a nutshell, the DesignIT competition is about you using your expertise in technology to help...
  • Blog Post: PowerShell and Hyper-V

    I’m seeing more and more blog posts out there on the web, that talk about the use of PowerShell to perform certain tasks and actions.  For those of you not familiar, from Wikipedia : Windows PowerShell is an extensible command-line shell and associated scripting language from Microsoft. It was released...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft to challenge the iPod...

    In an article published on CNet , it is claimed that Microsoft is developing it's own music and video device which will compete with Apple's iPod, and it is also creating it's own music service to rival iTunes! Cool! It is believed that Robbie Bach, who headed up the development of the Xbox, is overseeing...
  • Blog Post: 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 in Orlando, attending the Microsoft Global eXchange...
  • Blog Post: 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, pictures, administering your PC and more!...
  • Blog Post: 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 can find that information here , whereas, for those...
  • Blog Post: Now this is cool - WindowsVistaRetail.com...

    Thanks to Marcel, a colleague from Microsoft Germany, for sending this through. I wasn't sure if this was for real at first, and to be honest, I'm still not, but it is great, it's cool, and it's really useful too. Basically, some bright spark has created 6 episodes, of which only 2 are currently available...
  • Blog Post: Caption Competition - Time for a chuckle...

    Completely Vista-unrelated (but it is still technology!), yet when I saw this, I had to make sure you guys saw it too. I stumbled upon it when reading my RSS feeds - it's taken from Technology Filter , and is apparently an "early prototype" of a gaming 'helmet' that pops on your head and can provide...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft to challenge the iPod...Part II

    On 23rd June, I wrote an entry claiming that Microsoft was working on a music and video device that would compete with Apple's iPod. Today, an article has been published in The Seattle Times , which states that it will be released in time for Christmas and one of the cool features is a wireless internet...
  • Blog Post: Old PC? Why not make it a Media Center or...a Windows Home Server?

    OK, so maybe not that old.... It's an idea though!  You have an old machine sat around, doing nothing, waiting to be retired, so why not make use of it?  You could easily turn it into a Media Center, Windows based or otherwise, serving up content throughout the machines in your house, recording...
  • Blog Post: MS CPU's, 100GB Hard Disks and the Media Center Extender...

    I read a couple of interesting announcements yesterday, both around the Xbox 360. The first, over on GameDaily Biz , talks about the fact that, as we know, Microsoft is already working away on the next version of the Xbox, but also that the chip that powers the next console, may in fact be made by Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Welcome (back) to the Social...

    Both the new Zune media software, and device firmware have been released today and I have to be honest, I'm really impressed.  I'm impressed for a few reasons actually.  Firstly, that we've improved the interface of the Zune media software sitting on your PC by a huge amount.  It's almost...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista CompletePC Backup

    Something that I have recently been made aware of, and it links in pretty nicely with virtualisation, is the CompletePC Backup feature that is found in Windows Vista (Business, Enterprise, and Ultimate Editions). CompletePC Backup produces a block-level image of the whole machine while it's running...
  • Blog Post: Canis Canem Edit a.k.a. Bully

    This morning, I was listening to the radio on the way to work and on came the news report - who was in the headlines again? Our good friends 'Rockstar', creators of the Grand Theft Auto series, Manhunt, and more recently Table Tennis (Ping-Pong to me and you!). As many of you will know, whenever Rockstar...
  • Blog Post: Welcome to 2010 – here’s a Windows Server 2008 R2 Poster to celebrate!

    Firstly, a happy new year to you all!  If you celebrate Xmas, I hope you had a good one, and if not, I hope you had a relaxing time out of the office. It seems like ages since I wrote a blog post!  18th December to be precise, which was my last day before a Christmas and New Year break. ...
  • Blog Post: Forget the USBCell...this one's a Life Saver

    A few weeks back, the gaffer blogged about USBCell's - essentially AA batteries that are charged by plugging them into a USB slot. Now Steve has gone and ordered some, and I believe they arrived a while back, but, what do I say to that? Well, I take your USBCell, and I raise you, with the AngelKey! Basically...
  • Blog Post: Wave 2008 Launch - Virtual Launch Site Live!

    I've just noticed that George has blogged about this, so I thought I'd give it a mention too. Watch the launch of Windows Server 2008, SQL Server 2008 and Visual Studio 2008 from your living room In addition to the launch event on 19 th March in Birmingham, for the first time ever in the UK, we are also...
  • Blog Post: MMS2009: App-V for Servers

    Application Virtualisation (App-V) has been around a fair while now.  It started as SoftGrid, and was owned by Softricity, which was then acquired by Microsoft, and became App-V, with the current release being 4.5.  Version 4.6, which brings in things like x64 support, is currently in the Alpha...
  • Blog Post: The blogging bug...

    It was quite a strange day yesterday - not strange in a bad way, not at all. It started with an email from David, at TranquilPC. He'd found, via my blog, that James and I were putting on another set of Vista: After Hours events at the end of September. Why was this of interest to David? Well, apart from...
  • Blog Post: DeDupe is brilliant. It’s as simple as that.

    I’ve been a big fan of NetApp technologies for ages, and I’ve worked closely with people like Steve Winfield, and Pete Mason, to produce a number of videos showcasing some of the collaborative work that’s gone on between Microsoft and NetApp, resulting in products like SnapManager for Hyper-V, SnapDrive...
  • Blog Post: 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 website: First Look 2007 Microsoft Office...
  • Blog Post: 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 feelings towards just choosing 'something that worked...