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  • TabBlogger

    The 3GB-not-4GB RAM problem

    • 8 Comments
    Problem statement: I just bought a system with 4GB of physical RAM in it. The BIOS posts 4GB, but Windows tells me that I have anywhere from 2.75 - 3.5GB of RAM. Where is the rest of my RAM? Summary: If you are running 32-bit Windows, you must live with...
  • Microsoft Senior Sales Excellence Manager - Eric Ligman

    How to recover that un-saved Microsoft Office Excel, Word, or PowerPoint file you closed before saving

    • 3 Comments
    Have you ever started a new Microsoft Office Excel, Word, or PowerPoint file and been getting pretty far along when you accidentally close the document before saving it (or lose power and the computer shuts down, etc.)? Here’s a helpful little tip for...
  • Building Windows 8

    Releasing Windows 8 - August 1, 2012

    Today marks an important milestone in the Windows 8 project. The Windows 8 team is proud to share with you that a short while ago we started releasing Windows 8 to PC OEM and manufacturing partners. This means our next milestone will be the availability...
  • IEBlog

    Details on our CSS changes for IE7

    • 497 Comments
    We are currently locking down IE7 for shipping and I wanted to give an update on the CSS work that went into IE7. Chris originally outlined our plans for IE7, and we listened to a lot of feedback ( blog , connect database , conferences , our WASP partnership...
  • The C# Team

    Covariance and Contravariance FAQ

    • 35 Comments
    In this post I’ll try to answer the most common questions I find on forums and in documentation feedback about C# covariance and contravariance. It’s a big topic for a single blog post, so expect to see a lot of “more information” links. Special thanks...
  • Cyrus' Blather

    HelpSvc.exe has gone insane!!

    • 41 Comments
    Ok, for the past two weeks I've come back to my computer only to notice that HelpSvc.exe is taking up 100% of one CPU and System is taking up about 60% of another. I'm not the only one who had this happen to him. Kevin has the same problem but he got...
  • Engineering Windows 7

    Delivering a quality upgrade experience

    • 294 Comments
    This is a little bit of a tricky post to write because we’re going to be asking everyone using our Windows 7 Beta to help us out, but doing so is going to take a little time and require a bit of a commitment to helping test the next milestone. This has...
  • The C# Team

    Why do I get the error "Object reference not set to an instance of an object"?

    • 23 Comments
    The code is trying to access a member of a reference type variable that is set to null . Given the following class, let's examine some code that could be in the Main method: using System; class Foo { static void Main() { // foo has not been...
  • Building Windows 8

    Signing in to Windows 8 with a Windows Live ID

    • 182 Comments
    With Windows 8, we introduce the optional capability to sign in to your PC with a Windows Live ID and, by doing so, gaining the ability to roam a broad range of settings across all of your PCs. In this article by Katie Frigon, the group program manager...
  • Microsoft Press

    Free ebook: Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2012

    • 221 Comments
    Friends, the final and complete version of Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2012 , by Ross Mistry ( @RossMistry ) and Stacia Misner ( @StaciaMisner ), is now ready as a free download! You can download the PDF version of this title here (288 pages; 10...
  • IEBlog

    Compatibility and IE8

    • 703 Comments
    In Dean’s recent Internet Explorer 8 and Acid2: A Milestone post, he highlighted our responsibility to deliver both interoperability (web pages working well across different browsers) and backwards compatibility (web pages working well across different...
  • Brad Abrams

    Internal Coding Guidelines

    • 142 Comments
    Table of Contents 1. Introduction .......................................................................................................................................... 1 2. Style Guidelines ..........................................................
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