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    Lab 6: Active X controls (with Visual Basic 6.0)

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    Due to popular request, this lab is the Visual Basic 6.0 version of the ActiveX lab on MSDN (with some differences in the control we generate). The following lab has not been reviewed by the normal MSDN reviewers. Prerequisites Before you begin this lab...
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    Removing an offline folder share

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    Tonight, I remapped some of my redirected folders (my docs and desktop) and after that happened, the offline folder sync was stuck trying to sync both shares (the new and the old), one of which doesn't exist anymore. This post doesn't have anything to...
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    What do you think of this new site?

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    The MSN Shopping team has recently pushed out a beta version of our upcoming shopping site. The site can be found here: http://beta.shopping.msn.com/ The navigation is quite noticably different than the previous version. Please let us know what you think...
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    Microsoft RAW Image Thumbnailer and Viewer

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    I'm sure there's gonna be a lot of news about this, but I think it's exciting to have this powertoy released (since I'm an aspiring photographer). The Microsoft RAW Image Thumbnailer and Viewer will give the ability to view raw files without having...
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    Beta MSN Shopping site (Part II)

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    Months ago , I wrote up a tiny blog entry about a preview of our upcoming MSN Shopping website. Today, as the msn shopping team blog says, we get one step closer to that actual release with a refreshed beta site. There are quite a few changes between...
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    Windows Desktop Search Deskbar Shortcuts (creating one for MSN Shopping)

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    One of the features I like about Windows Desktop Search is the ability to create shortcuts for the deskbar. Since we just released our MSN Shopping beta, I thought I'd create one to search the site. Just enter this string into the Deskbar: @shopping...
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    Showing images on XP-styled buttons.

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    The other day, I decided to enable visual styles on one of my winform apps and found out that doing so breaks buttons with images. To get around this, I had to write a control which would inherit from the System.Windows.Forms.Button class and then handle...
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    Creating an InfoPath Custom Control using C# and .NET

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    A while ago, I helped write an article for the InfoPath team on how to write InfoPath Custom Controls using C#. http://blogs.msdn.com/infopath/archive/2005/04/15/408728.aspx Warning, there isn't really full support for C# Controls in InfoPath, so...
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    Microsoft Office Visio 2003 Connector for the Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer (MBSA) 2.0

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    One of my tasks in the MSN Shopping group is the our test automation. I helped create our small lab environment for daily automation and having to manage so many computers makes it a bit difficult for me to keep up with what computers have which patches...
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    InfoPath C# Node binding Controls tips

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    I got a request earlier today to help out with writing a node-binding C# control for InfoPath and I thought I'd share with people the two important parts. 1. Make sure you have the MSXML reference Microsoft XML, v5.0 is what you're looking for in the...
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    Custom Control support in InfoPath (Part I - Simple Binding)

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    Over the last year and a half, the InfoPath team has been working on the SP1 release. If anyone's seen the list of features, you'll notice that there are new features with a service pack release. The feature which I've worked on mostly was the custom...
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    Windows Live Product Search

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    In a post last week, I mentioned that there was more to come. Earlier tonight, we unveiled yet another product that the MSN Shopping team has been working on. We released Windows Live Product Search . Now folks searching on live.com will be able to search...
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    Windows Live Shopping Beta released today

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    Sorry for being so quiet for such a long time, but we've been hard at work to provide a great new release. Even thought it's only been a short time since our last release, today we have launched Windows Live Shopping . It's currently in beta right now...
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    Who loves start.com? Introducing live.com

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    Today, Bill Gates and Ray Ozzie announced a new strategy for Microsoft into the service space. Leveraging the technology from start.com, today, we introduce: http://www.live.com I've been to the internal meetings about this and there's a lot more...
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    Xml Serialization

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    Object serialization is an important topic which is quite powerful if used correctly. Serialization allows programms to persist objects by storing then in files. In the case of Xml serialization, into Xml files. Xml has become the standard for storage...
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    Product Search Grid View

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    Sorry for being so silent on this blog, but we've been hard at work on product search. A lot of it has been backend work, so you won't see too much, but one notable thing we've added recently is the Grid View. Now when you search for things you buy, you...
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    Do you really like online shopping? Come contribute to MSN Shopping

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    Online shopping is a $26 billion dollar market (I didn't do much research here beyond a simple MSN search , but we can all agree the market is huge). As more shops open up online, customers are being provided with more and more choices on sites to shop...
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    Windows Marketplace RSS Feeds

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    Windows Marketplace RSS Feeds "Coming to a Desktop Near You! Windows Marketplace can now deliver—right to your desktop—the latest information on the software and hardware items you want to see. Whether you’re looking for a new image editing program or...
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    Custom Control support in InfoPath (Part II - Stream Binding)

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    Continuing (from Part I ) on, we will discuss the second type of binding available to ActiveX controls within InfoPath. This one is called “Stream Binding” (which corresponds to the “Field element with custom data type“ in the...
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    MSN Shopping Team Blog

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    MSN Shopping's got our own team blog. There's a lot of exciting things happening for our next major launch. I've not been quite sure on what I can and can't say, so for more information, the team blog's probably the best place to look. http://blogs...
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    New Window Live Shopping gadget

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    A small group of coworkers on my team have been working on a Windows Live gadget and today, the fruits of their labour is available for all to see. It's available to be added to your live.com page by going to "Directory -> Gadgets -> Shopping...
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    Pocket PC Phone Edition Ringtone scripting

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    So the other day, I got myself HP iPaq 6315 . In the past, I had a Motorola Mpx200 and it was great, but to have a my e-mail, calendar info and other things at my fingertips. I also really liked how it provided me with the ability to sync with my mail...
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    Custom Control support in InfoPath (Part III - Node Binding)

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    Continuing (from Part II ) on, we will discuss the third type of binding available to ActiveX controls within InfoPath. This one is called “Node Binding” (which corresponds to the “Field or Group (any data type)“ in the drop down...
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    MSN Remote Record launches

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    What do you do when you’re at work (or at school) and you remember that you didn’t set the recording for your favourite show on your Media Center ? Call home and get someone to schedule it for you? That doesn’t work for me (unless I can somehow train...
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    Custom Control webcast sample

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    Hello again, For those of you who went to my webcast this morning, thanks for coming. There was a request for the project I was working on during the demo. I don't have it lying around but I created one that is pretty much identical and it can be found...
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