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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: 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...
  • 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: 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...
  • 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: Burton Group Responds to ODF Alliance's Critique

    This is what I call a healthy and civilized debate unlike much of the garbage and FUD being released by the blogosphere and press. If you aren't aware, Burton Group recently released a document outlining the business implications of ODF vs. OpenXML Although I agreed with the technical merits of the document...
  • 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: Mac Office 2008 SKUs Announced with Free Upgrades

    I've told a lot of people that Mac Office 2008 is one of the coolest consumer products that Microsoft has in the pipeline.  It is really going to open up the way students and home users generate content for projects, classes, and even for business...because YES, businesses do use Macs regardless...
  • 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: 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: 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: I Love The Passion, But Seriously, What An Idiot

    This has got to be the most absurd comment about Windows or Linux I've ever read.  Clearly the commenter holds Microsoft in high regard.  I just wish he wasn't so completely retarded misinformed. "You are kidding arent you ? Are you saying that this linux can run on a computer without...
  • Blog Post: OpenXML Interoperabililty Using Linux and Java

    Channel 9 has posted a great video interview and demo of how OpenXML easily allows interoperability with back-end systems on the LAMP stack. This demo was created by developers at Sonata Software who specialize in IT development and global off-shoring. The company is based in Bangalore but has clients...
  • 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: 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: Microsoft's New Year is Gonna Bring a lot of Change

    Bink.nu has an extensive list of new software that Microsoft will be unleashing in the marketplace. It is amazing to be part of this company during a time where there has been just a dramatic change in product life-cycles. This is in stark contrast to the Microsoft of six years ago that was somewhat...
  • 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: Comprehensive OCS Resource Laundry List

    Arthur Pounder who has been posting for sometime now about LCS 2003 & 2005 has posted about OCS Licensing and provided a full reference library including the trial software and other reference material which can be found at : Microsoft Unified Communications User Group (UK) Careful, this post is...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Exchange Hosted Services for Dummies

    I was doing some research for the organization I volunteer at. I was trying to make a case for a cost-effective email system based around Exchange. With all the talk around Software + Services I thought that this might be a perfect opportunity to propose a hosted Exchange environment. The more I looked...
  • 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: Get Ready for Windows “Cloud”

    There has been a lot of buzz in the blogosphere around some of Ballmer’s statements while on his ‘good will’ tour of the UK.  Ballmer’s mentioning of Microsoft’s “cloud” services soon to be announced at PDC has put all web companies on alert.  Amazon decided execute a pre-emptive strike with...
  • Blog Post: Meet Microsoft Server Core

    The evangelists at Microsoft Across America have just released a great 8-part screencast of Windows Server 2008 Core. None of the videos are longer than eight minutes and most are around five so WATCH THEM ALL! Here is an excerpt from Keith Combs's article , "At its "Core", the Windows Server 2008...