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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: Office 2010 Tips & Tricks – Be in the Loop with Conversation View

    Outlook Conversation View: Make it Work for You The new Conversation View in Outlook 2010 is one of the most talked-about new features—but how can you get the most out of it? Conversation View is designed to connect relevant information on a topic, allowing you to track email threads without diving into...
  • Blog Post: What TechNet Events are coming up in the UK?

      Here’s a list of the Microsoft UK TechNet events that are running between now and Christmas: 13 August 2008, London: Microsoft Virtualisation and Management Technologies 21 August 2008, Liverpool: Microsoft Virtualisation and Management Technologies 2 September 2008, Reading : TechNet: the...
  • 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: 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 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...
  • 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: 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: 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: Vista Desktop Search Annoyance

    I thought people might find this fix interesting because it annoyed the hell out of me when I first started using Vista. In the XP days, I was a huge Windows Desktop Search (WDS) fan, and like many WDS fans Vista search wasn't that exciting because of new features but rather, it gave visibility to mainstream...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Announces 5000 Job Cuts, 1400 of Them Today

    CNN has a good write-up regarding the recent announcement from Ballmer on the state of the company. The interesting thing is that the email just came out, but by the time I finished reading it, the story was already plastered all over Techcrunch, Engadget, and the rest of the blogosphere. Boy does news...
  • Blog Post: TechNet December WebCasts and Videos

    TechNet Webcast: Microsoft Virtualization Best Practices for SharePoint (Level 200) Wednesday, December 02, 2009 - 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Pacific Time Vipul Shah, Senior Product Manager, Microsoft Corporation Tom Brauch, President, Fpweb.net - SharePoint Hosting Pioneer Steve Laux, Product Manager, Fpweb...
  • Blog Post: February Live Webcasts from Microsoft

    TechNet Webcast: Network Considerations for Deploying Communications Server 2007 R2 (Level 300) Tuesday, February 02, 2010 - 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time Desmond Lee, Senior Consultant, Winworkers Switzerland http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032439126&Culture=en-US...
  • Blog Post: OneNote Changes Student Computing Paradigm at Pharmacy School

    Palm Beach Atlantic University students in the Pharmacy program have adopted tablet PCs and Microsoft OneNote as the standard for academic collaboration and courseware. One interesting item in the statement says, "Course content documents are available 48 hours before a lecture for students to...
  • Blog Post: Wildcard Search in MOSS 2007 and MSS 2008

    I know a few of you who attended my presentation on Search Server 2008 had questions regarding wildcard search capabilities. Sammy Jankis sums up SharePoint's wildcard search functionality pretty well. After reading his article if you find that you want a more robust solution, Mondosoft 's Ontollica...
  • Blog Post: Office 2010 Tips & Tricks – Group Meeting Scheduling

    Cut the stress out of scheduling group meetings Tip: Use the Group Scheduling View feature to quickly find that open slot for your next team meeting! This view shows the individual calendars of everyone on your team, all at once. Step by Step: 1. Select Calendar view 2. Click on the check boxes next...
  • 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: Microsoft Launches Office 2003 SP3

    OKAY....so maybe it's not so much of a launch as it is a quiet, understated announcement.  I'm sure everyone using 2003 will still want to download this service pack. "Microsoft® Office 2003 Service Pack 3 (SP3) represents a major evolution in security for Office 2003. It further hardens...
  • Blog Post: OpenXML Debate with GNOME Foundation Live at 1pm (GMT -5)

    I'm lazy today so I'll just copy an excerpt from Slashdot about something I will definitely be watching around open standards and file formats. lisah writes "Linux.com's Robin 'Roblimo' Miller will moderate a live debate today, Wednesday, December 5 at 1pm US EST (GMT -5), between the GNOME Foundation...
  • 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...