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The Blog of Viral Tarpara A Smart 27 year old's thoughts on Windows, Cloud Computing, Collaboration, and Productivity
Windows Server 2008
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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...
21 Nov 2008
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...
13 Sep 2007
Microsoft Live Writer 2.0 Beta
Technorati Tags: Microsoft , Live.com , beta , blogging I just downloaded the new version of Live Writer, for some reason I was still using a pre-1.0 beta. For those of you who still use a browser to blog, using a dedicated application allows for a richer level of access to advanced features like...
29 Aug 2007
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...
10 Dec 2008
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...
25 Oct 2007
Firefox and Live Search Finally Play Super Nice
One of the great features about IE8 is the way the search box is provider neutral allowing for a great search experience regardless of whether you use Google, Yahoo, Live, Amazon, Wikipedia, New York Times etc etc… So with one click, you can browse search results from any provider found on www...
3 Feb 2009
Just Tafiti It
I'm always amazed at how quickly the marketing department gets on a roll with great product names like Silverlight , Surface , and Popfly , only to crash into a proverbial brick wall with a name like Tafiti . what is that, like 5 syllabals? Regardless of our opinions on Microsoft naming conventions...
19 Sep 2007
Microsoft Buys Video Social Networking Startup, WebFives.com
Last friday, Microsoft took another step in improving its online consumer platform by purchasing WebFives. Webfives is an online rich-media blogging/social networking site geared towards filmmakers, musicians, and charities. It's technology is unique in that the site provides "digital-TV" quality content...
3 Dec 2007
It’s Not About Backup, It’s About Sync
In the last year or so, there has been a wave of activity in the storage service space. Companies new and old have been entering into the fray to tout their friendly, automated consumer backup solutions. Many names may ring a bell and are in the process of reinventing themselves to take advantage of...
9 May 2008
Previewing Office Online Web Apps…”Impressive”
Techcrunch has a really good preview of our new browser-based version of Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Onenote. At the moment it is being rolled out for free to some Live Skydrive users. The public beta is happening in early 2010 but if you’re a religious Skydrive user, it may be worth checking...
17 Sep 2009
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...
19 Dec 2007
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
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
Digg Plugin for Live Writer
This is exactly what I was looking for. Leo Vildosola has written a great plugin that gives bloggers an easy way to add Digg button. It seems to work well seeing as how I've just added the button with one simple click! Now let's see if anyone will "digg" me.
29 Sep 2007
Microsoft Goes Yahoo!
Eileen beat me to the punch on this one. I am excited by this announcement because some of my favorite sites on the Internet are Yahoo properties such as Flickr and Upcoming. I also hope that that certain technologies die off like Yahoo messenger. Here are few thoughts that have been swirling in my head...
1 Feb 2008
Did You Know: Live Photo Gallery Does Panoramic Auto-Stitching?
My cousin decided to get a new place and needed to post pictures of their apartment on Craigslist. I suggested they try panoramic pics of their place to show the size of the apartment. Being a lazy person, he didn't care, so I did it for him, mostly to satisfy my technical curiosity. The...
31 Dec 2007
The New Face of Maps.Live.com
Finally! Today is the day I officially switch from Google Maps to Live Maps. The new Live Maps has a host of new features, but more importantly it finally brings a better user interface to the world of online mapping *i.e. kicks Google's ass* The first improvement legacy users will notice...
16 Oct 2007
Discover the Future of Visual Data Mining with Microsoft Pivot
The world has too much information. If you query any search engine for any topic, you will likely be greeted by millions of links of results. Everyone knows that text cannot possibly be the end all, be all of data discovery. Surely as the volume of unmanaged data grows, which grows...
21 Nov 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
Use Outlook Natively with Hotmail
The new Hotmail Connector for Outlook was released a few weeks back, oddly I haven't seen anything written about it, hence this post. The connector gives the ability to use Outlook 2003 or 2007 with LiveMail/Hotmail natively. For those of you who were big Outlook Express fans *gag* , this was a native...
11 Sep 2007
An Inside Look At Microsoft Research's New Building
Scoble has a pretty interesting writing up about Microsoft Research and some of the projects they are working on! Also there are a lot of pretty pictures of the new building! Interesting Comments About: Stuff covered in the tour: Microsoft Surface Collaboration Spaces Garage Car Counters Anechoic...
15 Feb 2008
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