Ian Moulster's blog

A Microsoft employee translating Microsoft technology into plain English
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    Can you tell a cat from a dog?

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    I like taking a look at what's coming out of the Microsoft Research Labs (MSR) and came across a useful little feature recently that I thought worth sharing. Unless everyone already knows about it and I'm the last one...always a possibility. It's the...
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    Live Mesh signups opened to UK residents

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    The Live Mesh team have just opened up the ability for UK residents to sign up to the service. Previously it was only available in the US. In addition to the UK, residents in Australia and New Zealand have also been given the ability to sign up. Get in...
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    Free ebook on Windows Vista

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    Always on the scrounge for anything free, I was pleased to find this huge book, weighing in at 1712 pages, being offered as a free download. The “Windows Vista Resource Kit” is described as follows: “In-depth, comprehensive, and fully updated for Service...
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    Blogging awards congratulations

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    Huge congratulations to some of my colleagues who have just won recognition from the Computer Weekly Blog Awards. These are: Steve Clayton’s “ Geek in Disguise ” blog won the “Company Blogs” category Jason Langridge’s...
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    Sharing your Xbox Music playlists with friends...or anyone else

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    If you have created a great playlist on Xbox Music and want to share it with someone else you can do so...with the great news that they can stream the tracks for free in their browser (ad supported). They don't even have to have the Xbox Music app. ...
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    Vote for Popfly...before April 21st

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    Popfly is one of the smartest, coolest web-based product offerings I've seen in a while. And now it has been nominated for a CNET Webware 100 award . While it's terrific (and absolutely right) that Popfly has already achieved nomination status I would...
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    Free training on Live Mesh and the Live Platform

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    Yes it’s true. This training is not only free but it’s classroom-based training. You’ll get the inside track on how to build on Live Mesh and the Live Platform. In addition to getting training on these technologies ie you get trained on the existing APIs...
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    How to build accelerators, web slices and visual searches for IE8

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    My colleague Mike Ormond has created a handy, short (<10 min) video on how to create add-ons for IE8. See this link . Especially handy if you’re thinking of entering the developer competition to win an Xbox Elite…
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    .NET Awards

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    This year, once again, I have the honour of being a judge in .NET Magazine’s awards. I’m sure you know .NET magazine – nothing to do with Microsoft .NET, the name is just a coincidence – as a world-class web developer magazine. Voting is open now so take...
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    Will the real Windows Vista please stand up?

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    This is another of those "in case you haven't seen it" posts....so in case you haven't seen it I would recommend taking a look at http://www.mojaveexperiment.com/ . What is it? A number of people who were very skeptical of the value of Windows...
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    Manic Miner in Silverlight

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    If you were around in the 1980s you may have had (or had access to) a Sinclair ZX Spectrum. What a terrific little machine it was too. And one of the most addictive games of the era was Manic Miner, a simple 2D platform game that took Spectrum owners...
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    Great List of Windows 7 ISV Compatibility Resources

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    Over at the UK ISV blog they have just posted a really useful list of resources relating to Windows 7 application compatibility. If you’re an ISV it’s well worth a look: http://blogs.msdn.com/ukisvdev/archive/2009/09/23/windows-7-application-compatibility...
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    Are you an ISV in the UK? Get Ready for Windows 7

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    We’ve recently launched the UK version of isvappcompat.com (see www.isvappcompat.com/uk ), a one-stop-shop site for ISVs to either get their application compatible with Windows 7, or help tell the world about it if you’re already compatible. Three specific...
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    Our new online store

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    On the subject of "something that may be of interest but isn't directly related to things I usually blog about", here's some news: We have opened a new online store where you can buy some of our most popular products direct from us by downloading...
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    More IE8 Accelerators

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    I like this one from my colleague Mike Ormond : http://ieaddons.com/gb/search/?search=trafficify . It shows traffic problems for any UK address you highlight as well as speed camera locations (note this is UK only). Mike has used Azure to do his data...
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    The applications I rely on

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    When I installed Windows 7 RTM on my machine at home I decided to go for a clean install rather than an upgrade because I like the cathartic feel I get from wiping my hard drive and starting from a fresh, clean install. It also meant that I could take...
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    Fortune and Glory with IE8

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    Short Round : What is Sankara? Indiana Jones : Fortune and glory, kid. Fortune and glory I'm wondering whether we can edit the script so that Short Round says "What's the opportunity with IE8?". Ok maybe I'm reaching. However, as my colleague Mike...
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    A worthy cause this Christmas

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    My colleague Chris Adams has just told me about a campaign we’re running in the UK this Christmas to help raise money for the Child’s Voice Appeal – the latest fundraising initiative from the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children...
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    Enterprise mashups with WPF and Silverlight

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    The Patterns and Practices team have just released a whole load of information on how to build so-called “composite applications” (which I think of as enterprise mashups) using WPF and Silverlight. Download from here .
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    It's Alive!

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    Get Internet Explorer 8 final version (RTW or "Release to Web") here: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/internet-explorer/download-ie.aspx
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