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  • Building Windows 8

    The Windows 8 Task Manager

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    As we mentioned during the Windows 8 keynote at //build/, every 15 years or so we choose to update Task Manager. Of course that was said in jest as we have incrementally improved the utility in just about every release of Windows. For Windows 8, we took...
  • What's in Store

    WinFS Update

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    It's been nearly a year since I wrote my entry about WinFS Beta1, but rest assured, we have been working furiously since then. Today I have an update about how we are delivering some of the WinFS technologies. It represents a change to our original delivery...
  • IEBlog

    Beta 3 UX Improvements

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    Hi everybody, Max here. I posted before about " A New Look for IE ” back when we released the beta 2 preview, and with the launch of beta 3, I wanted to take a moment to tell you about some of the new functionality we have added and changes we have made...
  • Andy Simonds Blog

    XPS Five Points of Light – Part 3: High Fidelity Graphics

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    One part of our goal with XPS was to ensure that documents can be viewed and printed with high quality, great fidelity and superb performance. The seeds of XPS delivering an amazing graphics experience began with the new Windows Presentation Foundation...
  • Building Windows 8

    Evolving the Start menu

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    This post kicks off a series of posts on the design of the Start screen and the evolution of the core activity of launching and switching programs. Some folks are calling the Start screen the "Metro shell" for Windows 8, but for us it is the evolution...
  • Dan Fernandez's Blog

    Visual Studio Express and TestDriven.NET

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    * Updated with follow up post on technical information in response to the comments. While I’m not a lawyer, my team owns Visual Studio Express and I wanted to respond to the concerns expressed by some over our recent communications with Jamie Cansdale...
  • ADO.NET Blog

    LINQ - XElement and Entities

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    With LINQ we get a common data programming experience across multiple data sources. We can query in-memory collections, relational tables and XML. The other day I was looking at the various LINQ-XML examples and thought to myself that I would like to...
  • Engineering Windows 7

    Welcome to Engineering Windows 7

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    Welcome to our first post on a new blog from Microsoft—the Engineering Windows 7 blog, or E7 for short. E7 is hosted by the two senior engineering managers for the Windows 7 product, Jon DeVaan and Steven Sinofsky . Jon and Steven, along with members...
  • IEBlog

    Native HTML5: First IE10 Platform Preview Available for Download

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    IE10 Platform Preview 1, available for download today is the first step in delivering the next wave of progress in native HTML5 support. Web sites and HTML5 run best when they run natively, on a browser optimized for the operating system on your device...
  • Microsoft Windows USB Core Team Blog

    Help! After installing Windows 8.1, my USB drive disappears or file transfers stop unexpectedly…

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    Authored by Jim Bovee [MSFT] Last update: April 17, 2014 Note: The registry workaround described in this blog is no longer required. A major Windows update published on 4/8/2014 reverts the USBSTOR.SYS driver behavior to 8.0. As a result, a storage...
  • IEBlog

    Internet Explorer 8 Final Available Now

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    Today we’re excited to release the final build of Internet Explorer 8 in 25 languages. IE8 makes what real people do on the web every day faster, easier, and safer. Anyone running Windows Vista, Windows XP, and Windows Server can get 32- and 64-bit versions...
  • Ian Moulster's blog

    List of winners, and update on the Office delivery date (UK Developer Launch)

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    Some day I'll be able to stop blogging about this competition and get back to blogging about other things, that is assuming I have anyone left who reads my blog besides you competition folks. In the interim.... Two pieces of news: 1) After much...
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