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  • Blog Post: Sony Ericsson Hooks Up With Windows Mobile 6...That's Hot

    Engadget has a great article on a new next-generation device coming out of Sony Ericsson called XPERIA X1.  I have to admit the tile view looks very impressive, not at all like the HTC devices.  Its finally time some of our mobile partners start innovating on the Windows Mobile platform. ...
  • Blog Post: New Plug-ins for Live Photo Gallery

    Thanks James for the heads up on the new plug-ins! LiveUpload to Facebook - Created by Will Duff .  LiveUpload to Facebook is a plug-in for Windows Live Photo Gallery Beta that makes it easy for anyone to upload their photos to Facebook. The plug-in takes advantage of the new people tagging feature...
  • Blog Post: Ballmer-Gates Tag Team to Show Off Windows 7 TODAY!

    If you want the first official glimpse of Windows 7, bookmark this link to Engadget for live coverage! The legendary duo will be showing the next version of Windows at the All Things Digital conference while sipping scotch with the Mossberg. I don't think I will be able to sleep tonight... For those...
  • Blog Post: Buy Office 2007 Ultimate for £39

    It’s not piracy - It’s The Ultimate Steal! Microsoft® Office® Ultimate 2007 for a tiny £38.95 . You shouldn’t have to resort to piracy to get your hands on the software you need. So, while it lasts, you can obtain genuine Microsoft Office Ultimate 2007 – featuring a pirate’s booty full of features –...
  • Blog Post: Windows Live Showcase: Toolbars Don't Always Have To Suck

    After writing about the Hotmail connector for Outlook , I decided to write about the Windows Live Beta offerings on a feature basis. Today is the first part of a multi-part series showcasing Windows Live and how the new collaboration enhancements can help you work and play better. We begin with a topic...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 Rookies – Adam, Age 8, vs Dave, Age 81

    Watch who can make a slideshow faster?  Watch in HD download Live Photo Gallery at http://download.live.com
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Hack Its Own Website…Awesome

    “Live To Code.” This is what user’s will be greeted by when they go to Microsoft UK’s website . Is this a simple DNS muck up or is it part of some larger viral marketing campaign meant to show the softer, lighter, friendlier side of Microsoft? You decide. How much you want to bet that we paid the web...
  • Blog Post: The History of Five Four

    Moving to the UK, some have questioned my motives, many have questioned my sanity, but almost all have complimented my style. I dress myself using one value, one ideal, that at the end of the day five minus four equals one, "one love." Why do I care? At the end of the day people care about those...
  • Blog Post: Really Funny Mac vs. PC Comparison

    I particularly like the “8.2fps” attention to detail ROFL!
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Interop with Ruby on Rails!

    I presented at London Geek Night a few days ago about the contributions that Microsoft made to the open-source community in 2009.  My presentation was titled, “Hell Froze over, Pigs flew, Microsoft Went Open” Hell Froze Over, Pigs Flew, Microsoft Went Open View more presentations from ukdpe . This...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 Rookies – Adam, Age 8, Creates a Music Slideshow

    Watch this same video in HD ( Silverlight required ) on the Microsoft website It should be stated that Adam is actually using two applications, Windows Live Photo Gallery and Windows Movie Maker which comes with Vista.  Eventually, Windows Live Movie Maker will come bundled with Live Photo Gallery...
  • Blog Post: London Blogger Meetup

    Since my boy James Senior has been living the good life in Seattle as the Live Services Evangelist, he’s kindly setup a great blogger meet-up with an all case of Microsoft technologists, managers and bloggers.   If you want to come, put your name on the wiki !   Some potential discussion topics...
  • Blog Post: Internet Explorer 8 Passes Acid2 Test, "HolyShit" says Slashdot

    For the non developers out there, you may be wondering what Acid2 is, but in the web developer world, its HUGE!  Slashdot's tagging of the article is actually quite hilarious.  Read about this historic milestone on the IE Team Blog .  Also Channel9 has an interesting interview regarding development around...
  • Blog Post: How To: Open All Office Applications in 0.5 Seconds!

    Did you ever wish you could defrag your workstation in 3 seconds?  Have you ever accidentally opened ALL the applications in your start menu *not really* ?  What about jump up and down with 24 running hard drives in your hand?  The boys at Samsung have and they have a pretty amazing story...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft IT Showcase: Deploying SharePoint

    One of the greatest things that don't happen at most corporate IT departments is giving back to the community and communicating best practices. Microsoft is one of the few companies that invest heavily in IT R&D so that it is an active partner in solving the business's problems and is able to create...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Knowledge Base Upgraded to Become Soulless IT Troubleshooter

    Who needs people any way.  Of all the times I’ve had to deal with less than professional IT administrators who more closely resemble Nick Burns, company computer guy, than a well spoken service professional, it’s about time that IT troubleshooting has a level automation to it.  What I’m refering...
  • Blog Post: Fora.TV Features Steve Ballmer’s Stanford Presentation on Difficult Economy

    I love Fora.TV and I’ve been figuring out a way to take some of Microsoft’s product content and abstract it out to neutral technology discussions that are more closely related to policy and vision.  So while browsing, I was greatly surprised to see Steve B’s head on the front page of Fora. ...
  • Blog Post: Windows Virtual PC Beta Supports Aero in Windows 7 VM

    I was testing out Windows Virtual PC that is used for “XP Mode” and decided to create some custom VMs for Windows 7 as a demo.  I went into it knowing full well that many cool features of Windows 7 wouldn’t be demoable simply because 3D support in a VM environment isn’t support…or at least I thought...
  • Blog Post: How One FireFox Plug-in Won Me Over

    If you use Google Reader, stop. It’s so Web 2.0. If you are a big Firefox user, you will undoubtedly be a fan of the plug-in system. Personally, I never used that many plug-ins because many would often taint the browsing experience for me. Tabbed-browsing was enough in my online life. I personally...
  • Blog Post: Just Watched Obama Get Grilled by House Republicans QA for 90 minutes. WOW!

    Sorry if politics isn’t your thing (it should be cause tech revolves around policy), and I am not trying to be hyperbolic when I say this but I think I’ve witnessed the most honest and open American political debate in my 27 years of life!  Although not quite British Parliament style, its reminded...
  • Blog Post: 8 Tips for Improving Collaboration and Presentations with Twitter

    Olivia Mitchell’s blog is dedicated to improving presentation skills. She has written a great post on her use of Twitter to make more interactive and meaningful presentations. I think the most interesting part of her post is the following section. “Encourage your audience to tweet Let your audience...
  • Blog Post: Office 2010 Tips - Create Super PivotTables in Excel with “Slicer”

    Zero in on the right data points, faster. Excel 2010 delivers new and exciting slice-and-dice capabilities. The Slicer feature provides you with a rich visualization of your PivotTable view so you can dynamically segment and filter the data to display just what you need. With the search filter, you can...
  • Blog Post: Ina Fried of ZDNet Interviews Ballmer on Windows Mobile Strategy

    My favorite excerpt from this fun interview was the following: "What about full Web browsing? I mean, that seems to be the one feature of the iPhone that would also benefit business users. Ballmer: It sure would." Simple and blunt answering is Ballmer's style. Like him or hate him *most at Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Live at BETT 2008 - Day 2

    On the first day, people were very excited about hearing from the various schools that were presenting their experiences using Microsoft technology. Day number two has been even more memorable with literally thousands of people visiting and communicating with Microsoft staff! Here are a few shots of...
  • Blog Post: Bringing the Soul Back to PowerPoint

    Office Labs has recently released a PowerPoint 2007 add-in called pptPlex .  For those of you who saw Bill Gates show off the TouchWall at the CEO Summit, you saw how information no longer had be be presented in a linear fashion.  When dealing with many data sources and disparate views, users...