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    Watch who can make a slideshow faster?  Watch in HD download Live Photo Gallery at http://download.live.com
  • 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: 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: 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 :  ...
  • Blog Post: Index PDFs Lightning Fast with Foxit's PDF iFilter

    iFilters are like plugins for search products that extend the functionality of the indexing service.  Windows Indexing Service, MSN Desktop Search, Internet Information Server, SharePoint Portal Server, Windows SharePoint Services (WSS), Site Server, Exchange Server, SQL Server and all other products...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Office Binary Formats Released to the Public under Open Specification Promise

    Finally what the open-source community has been asking from Microsoft has come to fruition, we've released the Office Binary Format in it's entirety and put it under our IRREVOCABLE, GPL-compatible, legally binding Open Specification Promise .  This is an honest gesture by Microsoft to the developer...
  • Blog Post: Office 2007 SP1 is Out - GoodBye Outlook Problems

    My colleague James O'Neill beat me to this one.  SP1 for Office is finally here, and none the sooner as I was ready to destroy my laptop and beat it with a sledgehammer because of the stability issues with Outlook. Funny story, a lot of the bad rap that Vista has been getting has actually been due...
  • Blog Post: Tafiti Brightens Up SharePoint Enterprise Search

    Microsoft announced yesterday that Tafiti , the experimental Silverlight front-end for Live Search, has been released under the Microsoft Shared Source Permissive License *it's like BSD*.  Here is the announcement.   Internally this caused a lot of buzz on our enterprise search distribution...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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!
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Outlook and Search Server Christmas Webcasts

    I always get into the holiday mood late. While people graciously spend their Novembers shopping, feasting, and buying plane tickets to spend time with their loved ones, I get a head start in my procrastination efforts. The reality is I don't get into the Christmas spirit until the week before. Maybe...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Confessions of a Mobile Blogger

    So for the last few weeks I've been secretly blogging without a computer. I won't tell you which articles, but a few of them were written, hyperlinked, and published via my Orange M3100; shitty phone, great pda. I accomplished this amazing feat by using an amazing killer app called "Diarist 2." Diarist...
  • Blog Post: FAQ: Microsoft Announces Search Server 2008

    Microsoft is excited announce two new product offerings.  Search Server 2008 and 2008 Express will allow organizations to easily implement enterprise search capabilities in their environment irrespective of SharePoint, which was required for our previous offering.  This product announcement...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Saving Loads of Money With Groove

    During the London roadshow, a gentleman came up to me and asked about a solution to allow CAD designers to synchronize jobs across two branch offices. Basically his problem was that the ADSL connection between the offices was too slow to easily transfer large CAD files back and forth. Another problem...
  • Blog Post: Powershell and OneNote - Are You Geek Enough?

      I'll admit, when I saw OneNote and Powershell in the same headline, I was like WTF mate .  I started computing with command-line back with MSDOS, but somewhere between Windows XP and World of Warcraft, I just stopped caring about these outmoded nunchuck skillz.  Thankfully, Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: OneNote Web Exporter...*pst* It's Open Source

          Anyone who works with me knows that I'm a big OneNote fanatic!  Not only is it a great piece of software, it is a great development platform for ISVs.  One of the great things developers can do is tap into the OneNote API and extend functionality. David Tse is a program...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Really Interesting Zune Hack

    I recently had the opportunity to play around with the new Zunes at Best Buy while attending MacWorld.  I was definitely impressed with how much the Zune team has accomplished in a year *sorry I doubted you J *.  The biggest improvement, in my opinion, is not the hardware, but the software...
  • Blog Post: 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 ! ...