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A Microsoft employee translating Microsoft technology into plain English
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    Online version of Official Windows Vista Magazine

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    Future Publishing have just sent me the link to their online version of the Official Windows Vista Magazine, running as an XBAP in WPF: http://wpf.windowsvistamagazine.co.uk/ttpdownload/browserapp.xbap If you're running Windows Vista this will just...
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    Uncaging the leopard

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    Leopards shouldn’t be caged. And with a little help from Acrylic I’ve managed to set one free (well, in a virtual sense). Acrylic is a great product for doing clever vector or bitmap based artwork, and if you’re that way inclined you can produce some...
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    Vista Quiz - The Answers

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    Following on from my earlier post re the Vista quiz we ran 12 months ago, here are the answers. A few caveats: As I mentioned previously these questions were devised 12 months ago, and the answers were written as at Jan 2007, so read them with that in...
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    The Vista Quiz

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    Those of you who have been reading this blog for a while will remember that just about 1 year ago we were gearing up for the UK developer launch of Vista and Office 2007. It was an interesting time for us who were involved with the event. While there...
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    Acrylic now exports XAML - so why do you care?

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    If you’re watching a number of blogs you will already have seen this news: The August CTP of Acrylic, the code name for our new graphics designer product, can export XAML. It’s an 81MB download but worth it. It might seem an unexciting announcement...
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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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    "Thank You" email has been sent (UK developer launch)....for day 1 only

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    I can confirm that the "thank you" email has now been sent to attendees of the first day UK developer launch. If you only attended the second day, that email goes out at midnight tonight. Why? Different systems apparently. So why is this important...
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    Pictures of Bing Stickers in Use

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    I’ve started to receive some photos of how people are using the Bing stickers I sent out. I sent out about 30 to various people around the world and I still have some more pending requests – I’m running very low now despite getting a few more in. And...
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    UK Launch of SQL Server 2005 and Visual Studio 2005

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    As you probably know, SQL Server 2005 and Visual Studio 2005 will be launching worldwide in November (Biztalk Server 2006 is also part of the launch, but we're only announcing Biztalk Server 2006 beta 2, we aren't launching the product at these events...
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    2,000 people help UK launch VS/SQL/BTS

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    It's happened: The main customer launch event for the UK took place yesterday, Nov 8th. It was a fantastic day for us, with 1,500 technical people and 500 "decision makers" (CxO, IT Manager, etc), two keynotes, a host of developer and IT Pro sessions...
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    High level Vista features and benefits

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    We're making a fair amount of noise about Vista these days but it can still be fairly difficult to get a simple high-level summary of what's in it and why it's interesting. Or so I thought. This page on the PressPass area of ms.com is really useful...
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    Different background pictures on dual monitor setups

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    I’ve been running with dual monitors for some time and find it’s a really useful way to work, whether you’re writing code or writing a letter. And with monitors getting to reasonable price points these days it has become increasingly common to see this...
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    Visual Studio 2008 RTM now on MSDN subscriber downloads

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    In case you didn't see this elsewhere, if you're an MSDN subscriber you can download Visual Studio 2008 right away. And .NET 3.5 of course. All very cool. While there are a whole host of new features (and the Moth's blog is a great place to read about...
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    List of tips across Microsoft technologies

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    Recently I started posting a daily tip on twitter (see http://www.twitter.com/ianxx ) covering a range of Microsoft technologies, although mainly consumer focused. I will be back-posting them on here so that it’s easy to see them all in one place...
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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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    Universal Music gadget for Windows Vista

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    I've just been sent a new Windows Vista sidebar gadget produced by Universal Music - see http://www.umusic.co.uk/gadget/ . Very cool, I love it. If you have Windows Vista give it a whirl and let me know what you think.
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    Disabling Add-Ons in IE8

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    It’s easy to lose track of how many add-ons you’re running in IE8 and how they can slow things down. An interesting experiment is to use the “-extoff” flag to disable all add-ons and see how zippy IE8 becomes. To do this, create an icon for IE on your...
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    Launch tour UK - we'll come to you

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    Although we're keen on making sure that the UK developer launch of Windows Vista and Office 2007 is as compelling as possible, both online and offline, we're also interested in exploring other ways of reaching developers. To this end, the team is planning...
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    Hotmail: Flagging done right

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    Continuing my short series on the great new Hotmail features, I will be taking a look at how Hotmail handles flagging. Flags are a great way of highlighting emails that are important or require action. Flagging and un-flagging emails is really easy using...
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    January CTP for WinFX - and new go-live licenses for WCF and WWF!

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    We have just released the WinFX Runtime Components January CTP. This includes a CTP for Orcas, the next release of Visual Studio. See below for a list of links. We are also announcing a go-live license for two pieces of WinFX, the Windows Communication...
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    WinFS beta 1 available now for MSDN subscribers

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    We have released beta 1 of WinFS, the new relational file system for Windows that I'm sure you'll have heard about. It's only available to MSDN Subscribers at the moment - so feel free to get your MSDN Subscription now ! :-) There's also help documentation...
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    UK launch getting full quickly

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    UK launch is filling very fast, at the rate we're going I'm told we'll be full in a week. So if you want to take part it's worth registering now instead of waiting. Register at www.microsoft.com/uk/launchtour2005
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    Ghosts

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    I’ve decided that there’s a market niche that isn’t being exploited: Blog ghost writing. The concept is simple – you’re under pressure to write a blog that’s informative, clever, readable and just downright good. The problem is you a) don’t have the time...
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    What do your Vista sidebar gadgets say about you?

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    I seem to have developed a new obsession - seeing what sidebar gadgets people are using and trying to read something into the kind of person they're likely to be. A good place to exercise this obsession is at conferences or seminars where you can see...
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    Windowsclient.net launches

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    We've just launched a new site for Windows Client development, focusing on Windows Forms and the Windows Presentation Foundation. Take a look at www.windowsclient.net and see what you think.
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