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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: 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: 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: Windows 7 to Include “Windows XP Mode” for Application Compatibility

    The Windows Product team have made a really smart decision to put in some effort around the Windows XP Virtual PC experience .  This feature will is aimed at businesses that need to maintain XP compatibility with line-of-business applications.  Essentially, prior to this feature announcement...
  • 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 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: 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: Improve SharePoint Developement Methodology with Microsoft Patterns & Practices

    Microsoft patterns & practices is excited to announce the release of: Developing SharePoint Applications Guidance for building collaborative applications that extend your LOB systems In this e-mail: | Customer Value | What’s in Developing SharePoint Applications | Goals | Getting Started | Videos...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Can Do Sexy Too…Pshh iPad

    If you’ve heard or used our Arc Mouse, we now have a really cool companion item to go with it.  BEHOLD…the Arc Keyboard!    That should hold you guys over until a do a full write-up on the iPad from the Microsoft employee angle out tommorow.  Seriously, Apple is loosing its design...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Who Cares About Computer Stuff?! Indy's BACK!

    The decades long wait is finally at an end.  Nazis, monkey brains, arks, snakes, and all.  Did I mention it's been enhanced with wrinkles? http://movies.yahoo.com/feature/indianajones.html?showVideo=1 "OMG! OMG! OMG! OMG! OMG! OMG! OMG! OMG! OMG!....hehehehe look at that kid Laura, he...
  • Blog Post: Classrooms with “Mini” Mainframe Using Multipoint Server

    The idea of using a single machine with multiple simultaneous users is not a new concept.  After all, that is exactly what server admins do all the time with remote desktop and terminal services.  But what hasn’t been as easy to do is give users access to their own desktop environment with...
  • 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: 30 Million Windows Mobile Phones Get No Love

    Microsoft will sell roughly 30 million Windows Mobile phones this year.  We are the #2 manufacturer of smart phones trailing behind Nokia and beating both RIM and Apple.  I state this because it’s amazing that we get less press as the no. 2 guy than no.3, Apple, and now no. 4 RIM.   You...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Gets Top Marks in SAML 2.0 Interoperability

    Microsoft security experts have never really been fans of SAML, a markup language, that is crucial to many e-government initiatives and SSO models.  The problem with SAML is that it is obese and almost no one had a full implementation of it until recently, yet it was always Microsoft that receive...
  • 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: Sky Player on Windows 7 Media Center

    Sky Player, Sky’s online TV service launches on Windows 7 creating a new and innovative way for people in the UK to watch live and on demand TV from Sky on a PC.  The service is simple and easy to use and gives Windows 7 users access to the wide range of high-quality live and on demand pay TV currently...
  • 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: PHP SQL Server Driver for All You Communists

    I’ve been meeting a lot of open-source devs lately and most tend to be genuinely surprised about the ability to now use SQL Server 2005/2008 with PHP applications. The best PHP devs, especially those who own or run development houses, tend to be a platform neutral bunch even those that work almost exclusively...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Kills Santa and Other Wild Tales of Pizza and Love Making

    During my presentation of Search Server 2008 in London in front of a great audience of about 200, I was showing off how businesses can pull in search results from 3rd party search engines using Federated Search . In my demo, I showed how using The Register's RSS feed formatting, I could get search results...