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  • Blog Post: MSDN Data DevCenter

    Members of my group have been hard at work getting a new MSDN Data DevCenter up and running at http://msdn.com/data . This is a merger of a few other DevCenters to provide a unified look at developing with Microsoft’s data platform. Keep your eyes open for mentions of the “M” Language and SQL Server...
  • Blog Post: Oslo in BillG's Keynote

    The project I work on, Oslo, was mentioned in BillG's keynote at TechEd. You can see the video clip here: http://msstudios.vo.llnwd.net/o21/presspass/zune/Looking_Ahead_Zune.wmv And you can read a few articles about it here: http://news.idg.no/cw/art.cfm?id=502DF734-17A4-0F78-3147272EA3E37019 http:/...
  • Blog Post: $60 Office for Students!

    When I was in school, finding money for pizza was tough, much less for a full copy of Microsoft Office. If your school doesn't have an MSDNAA subscription set up, this new Microsoft program might be just the ticket. Anyone with a valid student email address can get Microsoft Office Ultimate 2007 for...
  • Blog Post: Surface

    The big mystery announcement last night was Microsoft Surface . Where do I sign up to get one? I can instantly think of a bunch of board games that would be a great fit for this as well as your basic photo/map display. What if you could use it as a Media Center Extender? Or as a giant remote for your...
  • Blog Post: Office Communicator 2007 Beta

    This news is about two months old, but I just found the beta for Office Communicator 2007 ( http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/beta/ocs/default.mspx .) I like the interface changes, specifically the ability to add multiple people to a conversation at one time. It also only displays the name...
  • Blog Post: Deepfish - Mobile Web Browsing

    One of my favorite Windows Mobile apps is now available to the public. Go check out Deepfish if you spend time browsing the Internet on your phone. When you browse to a site via Deepfish, a server at Microsoft renders the page in IE and then sends an image of that page to your phone. The benefit is that...
  • Blog Post: CES 2007 Highlights

    I feel like I need a nap after all the CES coverage. It's going to take a week or two to sift through some of the stuff that I missed, but here are my three favorite announcements from the show so far: IPTV on the XBox360 10.4 million XBox's sold by 12/31/2006. Target achieved! Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Local.Live.Com Update

    When Microsoft launched their own online mapping tool , I tried it once and never looked back. As of today, the online mapping service now supports 3D views! This type of 3D functionality previously required you to use that other company's downloaded software. Now it's all available online. Fantastic...
  • Blog Post: Rory in Redmond

    I'd like to take a minute to be one of many people to welcome Rory to Redmond . Channel9 seems to be a perfect fit for him and I'm looking forward to seeing what he can do with it.
  • Blog Post: Zune

    I was out last week when the Zune was officially announced so I assume most of you have read about it by now. If not, head over to the Zune Virtual Pressroom for the facts. Some of my initial reactions: My fourth gen iPod Photo has been a bit flaky lately with lockups and trouble connecting to iTunes...
  • Blog Post: Live Local Updates

    I'm a big Live Local fan. Google Maps was the first one to the table with AJAX maps, but they have remained stagnant since introduction. Meanwhile Live has been continuously stepping up their game with new features. One of my favorite features is the Birds Eye view were you get actual photos from four...
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