Ian Moulster's blog

A Microsoft employee translating Microsoft technology into plain English
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    Cool things you should know about Windows Live #4 - Spaces Events

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    What is it? A new feature of Windows Live Spaces that let's you set up events eg you can set up a social gathering of some kind and invite people to it, and organise it all via your Space. Now you might say "but I've seen this before on xxx website"...
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    Mix:UK session videos now available

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    We recorded most of the sessions at the recent Mix:UK event and have now made them available online for you to view / download. They're available at http://www.microsoft.com/uk/mix07/agenda.aspx , and worth a look. The Scott Guthrie sessions are particularly...
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    Popfly open to everyone

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    A while ago I blogged about Popfly, our great mashup and website creation tool. Since then it has progressed enormously and has just been opened up completely so that anyone can give it a try. So if you haven't experienced Popfly before head on over to...
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    Cool things you should know about Windows Live #3 - Photo Stitching

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    What is it? Software that automatically joins up a number of separate photos of a scene into a single combined image, providing a panoramic view (as per above example). The new Windows Live Photo Gallery does just that, and does a great job. You simply...
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    Cool things you should know about Windows Live #2 - Virtual Earth 3D Videos

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    Here's the second piece about cool Windows Live stuff that's worth knowing about. What is it? I'm sure you're aware that Virtual Earth has a very cool in-browser 3D mode that really sets it apart from other web mapping solutions. You may also be...
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    Cool things you should know about Windows Live #1 - Foldershare

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    We're releasing quite a bit of new stuff - some in beta, some final release - around Windows Live and I'm finding that much of the time people aren't aware of what some of the cool pieces are. So I decided it might be useful to blog a few of these, and...
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    Free developer events

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    I'm just back from holiday (my way of explaining the lack of blog postings recently) and I'd like to make sure that people are aware of a whole host of technical developer events that are coming up. Some things to bear in mind: These events are...
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    Halo 3 skin for Tafiti

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    You may recall that I recently blogged about the nice interface to Live Search provided by Tafiti. Well the team has just given it a great Halo 3 skin, take a look at www.tafiti.com . 
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    Mix on the BBC

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    The BBC has posted a great piece of coverage of the Mix:UK event here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/4849402.stm . It's a good way to get some insights into the technologies that were talked about at Mix - the programme went out on the World Service...
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    The Liveside guys, and Via Windows Live

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    Two quick point relating to Windows Live: If you have an interest in Windows Live I'd recommend taking a look at liveside.net if you haven't already. I recently met up with a couple of the Liveside guys and they are incredibly informed about Windows...
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    USB drive too slow for ReadyBoost

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    As I'm sure you're aware, Windows Vista introduced a feature called ReadyBoost which allows the operating system to make use of storage space on a USB drive or SD card to extend the available system memory. So if you have, for example, a 1GB USB drive...
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    Last post on Mix

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    Now that Mix is behind us I'll focus on other stuff moving forward, but did want to make a few comments about the event and about the technologies we were showing. We are incredibly pleased of course at all of the positive feedback we received about the...
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    Twittering at Mix:UK

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    For those of you who like Twitter, we have set up an account that you can follow: "MixUK".
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    Mix:UK 07 is full!

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    Registrations are now closed for Mix:UK as we've hit the limit for attendees. For those of you who are attending, we'll see you on 11th and 12th.
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    Very nice Vista gadget

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    Sick of Windows Vista sidebar gadgets that give you a weather forecast? Mike Ormond , that wizardly colleague of mine, has created a gadget that I think is really useful. It uses Virtual Earth to let you quickly see maps and driving directions, right...
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    What are we giving away at Mix:UK?

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    People have been asking me what sort of give-aways there’ll be at the Mix:UK event. Well, I've been told I can't really say anything and will be shot if I do. However, I am allowed to be vague...so all I'll say is that attendees may be getting full...
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    Join the Mix:UK Facebook Event

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    If you haven't already seen it, we set up an "event" on Facebook to represent the real-life Mix:UK event. Get yourself invited by visiting the event page on Facebook and clicking on "Add to my events" just under the Mix logo on the right-hand side of...
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    I'm in love with Tafiti

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    I have fallen for Tafiti in a big way. Who is Tafiti? Actually Tafiti is a "what" rather than a "who" - and there's a reasonable chance you'll fall for it too. Tafiti is an interface to Live search, built using Silverlight that scores high on the cool...
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    UK Next Gen Usergroup

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    The guys from the "Next Gen Usergroup" (NxtGenUG) have been doing some innovative stuff for quite a while now, with a special talent for tracking down senior Microsoft execs and pointing a camera in their faces. For example, I'll never forget the time...
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    5GB for Hotmail, plus other enhancements

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    We have just released a further update to Windows Live Hotmail, and I'm definitely liking the new features: Firstly - more space. Lots more actually: You now have 5GB of space to store your emails and contacts etc "Out of office" feature that...
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    Who knows that .NET is free?

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    I'm sure readers of this blog know...but it's surprising how many people don't: The .NET Framework, our "crown jewels" in terms of our developer platform, is completely free of charge for commerical use as long as you have a valid copy of Windows to run...
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    The Mix UK Blog

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    Those of you who have been keeping an eye on the Mix:UK website will have noticed a blog feed from a Windows Live Space we have set up to allow us to make announcements etc about the event. You probably also noticed that after the initial post made...
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    New Windows Live SkyDrive

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    We've just announced the beta of our SkyDrive service (previously known with the far less cool name of Windows Live Folders). For every Live ID you get 500MB of storage space to play with. Take a look and see what you think, this is going to be really...
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    Solving some Windows Vista problems

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    Much as I love Windows Vista (yes, I know I'm slightly biased) there were a few issues that irritated me: When exiting the photo screen saver there was sometimes a really long delay. This bugged me to the extent that I stopped using the photo screen saver...
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    Mix:UK 07 early bird rate closing on Friday

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    In case you wanted to attend our rather excellent Mix:UK event , you should be aware that the bargain basement ticket price of £199 ends this Friday (10th August). After that it increases to a still reasonable £299. Am I sounding like a carpet salesman...
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