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  • Blog Post: Link dump: User Experience, Web Platform, Office System and more

    Here are some interesting links that I found while catching up on blogs: User Experience: Your Britain in pictures: BBC + Microsoft Live Labs Photosynth : The BBC is collaborating with Microsoft Live Labs Photosynth to create three- dimensional representations of some of the most dramatic buildings in...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista UAC demo code: develop using least privilege

    One of the new Windows Vista security features that might confuse developers is Windows User Account Control (UAC) . In order to help developers develop UAC enabled applications Microsoft has released " Windows Vista UAC Demo Sample Code " This demo sample code shows how to develop using least privilege...
  • Blog Post: Introducing Microsoft Surface

    From the Microsoft site: The launch of Microsoft Surface marks the beginning of a new technology category and a user-interface revolution. Surface, Microsoft’s first surface computer, provides effortless interaction with digital content through natural hand gestures, touch and physical objects. Surface...
  • Blog Post: Family.Show: a new WPF reference sample

    Tim Sneath posted the first end-to-end reference sample on his blog. The Family.Show application - developed by Vertigo Software - is a genealogy explorer that allows you to create or import a family tree and explore, annotate or save it to XPS. A couple of weeks ago I had installed a early internal...
  • Blog Post: Re-enabling hibernation in Windows Vista after disk cleanup

    Yesterday I decided to run the Windows Vista Cleanup tool, which enables you to clear your disk of unnecessary files. Main reason was that I was running out of space on my C:\ partition. So I only selected my C:\ drive to be cleaned up. After selecting the Disk Cleanup tool this dialog pops up: Selecting...
  • Blog Post: Guidance Automation Extensions/Toolkit Feb 2007 CTP to support Windows Vista

    Earlier this week version 1.2 or the February 2007 Community Technology Preview of the Guidance Automation Extensions (GAX) and the Guidance Automation Toolkit (GAT) was released to the web. The Guidance Automation Extensions (GAX) enable you to run guidance packages, such as the Guidance Automation...
  • Blog Post: The Panel: Code and Examples for creating front end experiences

    The Panel is the place to collect showcases of new user experiences and provide insights on how they were implemented. WPF applications and Windows Live gadgets are featured. Each featured project provides the applications as well as the source code and explanation in order to help you leverage the new...
  • Blog Post: Why developers should get ready for Windows Server "Longhorn"

    The answer is quick and easy: build more reliable and robust applications (using the Windows Server "Longhorn" features). Jason Olson , Technical Evangelist at Microsoft, has started a series of screencasts " Developer, Meet Server " covering the various cool developer-oriented enhancements on the Windows...
  • Blog Post: XAML and Web Content Management discussed at User Group Meetings

    For the community members Belgium, interested in XAML or Web Content Management - and not overflowed by Dev & IT-Pro Days 2007 work - there are two of our Belgian INETA user groups that organize an event this week: Wednesday March 7th 2007 The .NET User Group Brugge ACCB.NET organizes a meeting on...
  • Blog Post: Dynamically start and kill a workflow with Windows Workflow Foundation

    Serge Luca - who recently decided to make a move from Guidance to u2u - wrote an article on starting and killing a workflow with the Windows Workflow Foundation . This was published earlier today on www.msdn.be . Here's the summary of the article: The Windows Workflow Foundation is a programming model...
  • Blog Post: Does your application run on Windows Vista?

    Last week I blogged about " How Adobe Products (Not) Support Windows Vista ". I posted this because I had some trouble installing an older version of Acrobat Reader on Windows Vista. But after a quick search I found out about this .pdf file where you can check if you're Adobe software is going to run...
  • Blog Post: Countdown to MIX07 and gadgets

    MIX is Microsoft’s premiere conference for web developers , designers and business professionals . MIX07 will explore the next generation web technologies that help consumer-oriented, web-based businesses unlock new revenue opportunities and lower development costs. MIX is a forum for discussing ways...
  • Blog Post: Interesting links from my unread RSS Feed Items

    Due to a busy travel schedule and working on the agenda of Dev & IT-Pro Days 2007 , I haven't been able to read all the posts from the blogs I'm subscribed to. But this week I've a couple of days of holidays, which allows me to catch up on "unread" RSS feeds. Here are the most interesting links I...
  • Blog Post: How Adobe Products (Not) Support Windows Vista

    Cara Cassidy on the Adobe Creative Solutions PR blog points to a newly released FAQ - posted by Adobe - highlighting Adobe product support for Windows Vista . Have a look at the .pdf file to check if the Adobe product you're using has support for Windows Vista and how it runs on Windows Vista. After...
  • Blog Post: IIS7: The web server for Windows Vista and Beyond

    While working on the agenda for the developer sessions at Dev & IT-Pro Days 2007 , I had some trouble on finding a good and knowledgeable speaker on IIS7 . IIS7 or the new Internet Information Services is already available on Windows Vista but will be at full power with the release of Longhorn Server...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista Launch: Praga Khan concert streaming in Second Life

    In my previous post I listed a number of Second Life locations where the live concert of Praga Khan will be streamed tonight. Meanwhile Miel has updated these locations. I re-post the locations below: Strawberry Estate, Miel's own chunk of land with a miniature Atomium in the garden. In every sphere...
  • Blog Post: Experience the Wow in Second Life!

    The upcoming weeks will be busy! Besides the visit of Scott Guthrie to Belgium I will be attending Designertopia in London, an internal technical training event in Seattle, WA. But first there's the the Belgian part of the Worldwide launch event Windows Vista, Office 2007 and Windows Live ! While the...
  • Blog Post: Windows Workflow Foundation Essentials Training

    One of our Belgian Microsoft Certified Partners for Learning Solutions - Guidance - has created a custom training on the essentials of the Windows Workflow Foundation . I've been told lots of positive things about this training and since this week it appears as one of the 6 training's available worldwide...
  • Blog Post: Preparing for Windows Vista retail on www.windowsvistaretail.com

    During the Windows Vista "See the Difference" roadshow Microsoft Belux prepared system builders and resellers for the upcoming consumer launch of Windows Vista at the end of January. If you weren't able to make it to these training's you can still checkout the partner training's. These training's for...
  • Blog Post: MSDN Virtual Lab for ISV innovation

    As part of the ISV training series, you can take advantage of MSDN Virtual Labs . This series of hands-on labs are hosted by Microsoft—so there's no need to format hard drives or dedicate computers, and nothing to install. With 35, no-cost lab modules to choose from, you're sure to find the training...
  • Blog Post: Partner Event on .NET Framework 3.0

    Now that Windows Vista is RTM Microsoft partners and customers can get started with building .NET Framework 3.0 applications. If you missed your chance to get ready as a developer by not attending TechEd: Developers which happened last week in Barcelona you can still attend a partner event. One of...
  • Blog Post: Project Glidepath gets WPF packages

    Project Glidepath has been updated. I just noticed through Michael Lehman's Project Glidepath blog that now Windows Presentation Foundation packages have been added. Download it here . Project Glidepath is a Microsoft evangelism initiative. It provides you the step-by-step instructions for everything...
  • Blog Post: Barco and Microsoft teaming up on Windows Vista

    The Belgian Business Innovation Event " Ready for a new day " is approaching quickly. My colleague Arlindo reports on his experiences in preparing this event together with the people of Barco . While I haven't been monitoring this project closely the last months, I know that my ISV DE colleague Philippe...
  • Blog Post: Windows Desktop Search 3.0 for Windows XP SP2

    It looks like Windows Desktop Search 3.0 is (finally) available for Windows XP SP2 . Why bother installing this version? Well, if haven't switched to a beta of CTP build of Windows Vista yet, you will probably be using any search engine to enable instant search on your computer. After having installed...
  • Blog Post: Speaking at e-Business meeting on the Microsoft platform

    Next Wednesday - October 25 - there's Customer First which I won't (unfortunately) be attending because I promised a long time ago (long before Customer First was announced) that I would deliver a presentation for AIESEC , an international association of students in economics, on Microsoft and the Next...
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