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20 Free Apps for Windows 7 Power Users
I read a great list of free applications on TechRadar that really enhance the usability of Windows 7 especially if you’re a power-user. Windows 7 is great, but some of these apps really take window management to the next level! There is a good mix of freeware and open-source software. ...
13 Nov 2009
SharePoint VCX Conference Videos Posted! (FREE)
Attend at Your Convenience! If you weren't able to make the SharePoint Live Virtual Conference & Expo live event on November 5th, you can now view the event On-Demand! They have got all the sessions you missed for you to peruse at your own pace and on your own schedule. Take a look at the complete...
13 Nov 2009
Windows Vista to Get “Ribbon-ized” with Free Update
ComputerWorld has a great article about Microsoft releasing a “Ribbon” patch for all Vista users. This patch will enable people to use applications that have been specifically built with Windows 7 Ribbon on Vista. “That plan seems to be in tatters now. Starting in October, application developers...
25 Aug 2009
iPhone 3GS, Project Natal, Palm Pre, ZuneHD, Windows 7 ZOOOOM!!!
ZOOOOOM!!! Technology is great! It’s like a having a one-night stand every week though it never tends to be as good as your first. Take Apple for instance with their iPhone 3GS announcement. Bigger, faster, cheaper is their game. Any real buzz they had with the product was...
12 Jun 2009
Spend A Day with SQL Server and SharePoint Experts
Spend a Day with the Experts: The Converging Paths of SQL Server and SharePoint Date: Wednesday, 27th May Time: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (breakfast and registration begin at 8:00 a.m.) Location: Microsoft Office, Victoria, London We invite you to this full day seminar featuring SQL Server and SharePoint...
13 May 2009
Microsoft Drops SharePoint Designer Price – Free as in Beer
The SharePoint Team blog has detailed a great new announcement organizations looking to customize SharePoint deployments! In a letter to SharePoint customers, the team stated: In response to this feedback, we are implementing a number of changes to promote and facilitate even more customization...
6 Apr 2009
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
23 Mar 2009
Windows 7 Rookies – Alexa, Age 7, vs Allen, Age 76
Talk about suspense. Learn more about Rookies on the Microsoft website ! As usual, check out Windows Live Photo Gallery by visiting http://download.live.com and using it for FREE forever!
16 Mar 2009
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...
9 Mar 2009
Windows 7 Rookies – Alexa, Age 7, Shows Off Photo Stitching
Following Kylie about the joys of using Windows Live Photo Gallery , Alexa shows off her talent. Keep it up CPB!
2 Mar 2009
Google Licenses Microsoft ActiveSync for Windows Mobile and iPhone Support
At 7:35AM, Google announced that it would release a product called Google Sync for iPhones and Windows Mobile devices. This technology has been made possible because of a licensing agreement with Microsoft that gives Google the right to usage Exchange ActiveSync protocol for data synchronization...
9 Feb 2009
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...
3 Feb 2009
Microsoft Releases Web Sandbox Virtualization Source Code under Apache 2.0 License
Slashdot has posted one the more positive Microsoft posts I can remember in recent time discussing the release of Web Sandbox source code from folks from Live Labs . History The Web Sandbox builds upon Microsoft’s experience with DHTML, Windows Live web-based gadgets, and the Microsoft Research BrowserShield...
29 Jan 2009
Excel Junkies Unite for a Day of Tea, Coffee, and Some Exciting Pivot Tables
Mark you calendars for April - UK Excel User Group Meeting Wednesday 1 st April 2009 and Thursday 2 nd April 2009 Microsoft London (Cardinal Place) 100 Victoria Street London SW1E 5JL Tel: 0870 60 10 100 An exciting opportunity to see presentations by some of the country’s most renowned experts on Microsoft...
10 Dec 2008
New Version of Xobni Adds Social Networking to Enhance Productivity
I’m absolutely in love with the new enhancements made to Xobni. They’ve added Facebook, Hoovers, and Yahoo Mail creating some interesting synergies in the way I manage my personal and business connections via Outlook. Check out the review by the drama queens at TechCrunch download...
19 Nov 2008
Microsoft Helps You Use PHP and Drupal
The Web Platform Installer Beta (Web PI) provides a single, free package for installing and configuring Microsoft's entire Web Platform, including IIS7, Visual Web Developer 2008 Express Edition, SQL Server 2008 Express Edition and the .NET Framework. Using the Web Platform Installer’s simple user interface...
17 Oct 2008
Windows Live Wave 3 Beta is Released
Lots of updates with the new versions of Live Messenger, Live Writer, Search Toolbar, and Live Services integration. Check it out! Also, the branding and skinning of all the apps have become more unified so the look and feel is similar. New Windows Live Betas – Download Wave 3 Now...
17 Sep 2008
140 SharePoint Professionals at Microsoft London Eat All My Pizza
A key theme at today's SharePoint User Group UK meeting at our Victoria office was, " WE NEED MORE PIZZA!" It really was a site to behold with the lines wrapping around the meeting room doors while people were scrambling for pizza. I make it sound more chaotic than it really...
14 Aug 2008
Documentum and FileNet Connectors for SharePoint Released
The links went live on May 23rd: - Enterprise Search Indexing Connector 2008 for EMC Documentum - Enterprise Search Indexing Connector 2008 for IBM FileNet We also have tutorial videos set up – you can view them at: - ESIC2008 for DCTM tutorial : - ESIC2008 for FileNet tutorial : ...
29 May 2008
Masses Rejoice: Xobni Goes Public Beta
Xobni , the small San Francisco Bay start-up, has gone public with their Outlook, and now Yahoo Mail, plug-in. If you recall, I wrote about Xobni a few months back. Having been on the private beta, I can only say, that Xobni has really changed the way I use Outlook. I love the fact...
6 May 2008
How To: Fix Outlook Data Corruption
So I had a weird morning today. My computer woke up from sleep a little grumpy, definitely not the typical experience which is usually smooth as a baby’s bottom. Anyway, I fire up outlook and I’m greeted with an error that says Outlook can’t launch because the OST file is corrupted. I sigh in annoyance...
2 May 2008
Create Hollywood Quality Music Videos Cheap
It's been a really hectic month for me this last March, hence the utter lack of regular blog posts. For this I apologize. Even though I'm was on vacation at my home in Dallas, Texas, I wanted to let everyone know about a really cool site called Animoto . Animoto's goal is to create Hollywood quality...
3 Apr 2008
A Better Way To Defrag
What year is it? It’s 2008 and I’m still writing about how to defrag my Windows machine. It’s pathetic. The whole idea is ridiculous especially considering that as the size of partitions have shot up almost exponentially, while the time taken to completely defragment...
3 Apr 2008
MiniBar: London's Premiere Web 2.0 Geek Night
Browsing Upcoming.org for some interesting social events, I came across fun little event called Minibar, ironic I know. Minibar is essentially an evening "geek" night thrown at local bar/lounge where influential people from the community, start-up business, investors, and enthusiasts...
10 Mar 2008
The Universe Like Never Before, Microsoft WorldWide Telescope Blasts Off
The 27th of February 2008 will be a day ingrained into the head of every man, woman, and child *2/27???* . No, it is not because of the momentous launch of Windows Server 2008, although a great achievement in its own right. Today Microsoft unveils to the public, the WorldWide Telescope ! ...
27 Feb 2008
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