Ian Moulster's blog

A Microsoft employee translating Microsoft technology into plain English
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    Are you a developer with a security story?

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    A slight aside from the normal topics... We're looking for developers who have an experience with security that they would like to share with the world. What do we mean by "experience"? Some examples: Your code has been attacked by malware...
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    MSDE not supported on Vista or LH Server

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    This probably won't come as a major surprise: MSDE won't be supported on Windows Vista or "Longhorn" Server. What is MSDE? It's a free version of SQL Server that's been around for years. While it's a useful product - and I certainly made use of it...
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    Are web-apps the future? App musings with Pulse.me

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    Before I start I should be clear that nothing I’m about to say is an official Microsoft comment or Microsoft views. It’s just my musings. I’m taking off my Microsoft hat for the time being. It’s interesting to me to see the...
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    RoadToWinFX.com

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    It's been a quiet blog month for me so far as we are hurtling towards launch and I'm getting dragged into millions of things. However I thought I'd highlight this site: http://www.roadtowinfx.com/ . It's a good resource for independent (ie non-Microsoft...
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    Getting a beta copy of Vista and/or Office 2007

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    One of the questions I get asked a lot, even in social situations, is "can you get me a beta copy of Vista and/or Office 2007". If you're an MSDN subscriber then you'll already have Vista of course (but not Office), but if you aren't then you won't...
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    Protecting yourself with 2-Step Verification

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    Not many people seem to use 2-step verification, probably because it generally requires you to…well…do something. I don’t want to imply everyone is lazy (heaven forbid) but I guess we all have busy lives and frankly something called “2-step verification...
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    (off topic) Some mind-reading fun

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    This is a lot of fun: http://trunks.secondfoundation.org/files/psychic.swf It seems to read your mind, see how paranoid you become re your mouse movements before figuring out how it's doing it (or before looking it up). To keep it relevant to this...
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    Technologies to focus on

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    When people find out I work for Microsoft they often ask “so what technologies should I be aware of that are coming down the line?”. Of course I’m a developer-focused person so my answer is always relevant to developers. And actually it’s a really valid...
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    Web 2.0 site roundup and Mix06

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    As "web 2.0" is grabbing so much of the news these days it's worth taking a look at this roundup of sites that claim to be in the next generation of web apps. It's good to see just how much is happening and it's hard to imagine a future where this kind...
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    Managing your email with Hotmail

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    Plenty has been written about how to keep control of email. Or at least, to try to keep on top of the seemingly ever-increasing tidal-wave of email that hits us every day. There is certainly no shortage of advice of how to do so, and it wouldn’t...
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    Products disappearing from MSDN Subscriber downloads at end of December

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    In case you missed it, we are removing a number of products from MSDN Subscriber downloads late December in order to comply with our agreement with Sun Microsystems re the Microsoft Java Virtual Machine (MSJVM). I thought it worth highlighting this...
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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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    The SkyDrive app in Windows 8.1: Two apps in one

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    Most of the blog entries I write are based on a number of people seeming not to know something that I find useful. And this one is no exception. Windows 8.1 brings a whole host of new features but also brings a number of great updates to some of the core...
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    Great decision: Expression Blend and Expression Web will be in MSDN

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    In case you haven’t already heard it from elsewhere we have decided to include Expression Blend and Expression Web in MSDN Premium subscriptions, and the other two Expression products (Expression Design and Expression Media) in the team suite subscription...
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    New nugget gadget on live.com

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    I've had www.live.com as my homepage for a while now and one of the things that I've found is that I get a regular urge to create my own "gadget" (in case you're not into live.com, a "gadget" is a bit like a sharepoint web part that can be added to your...
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    A new roadtrip audio CD for Vista and Office 12 developers?

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    We're at the early planning stages for a new "roadtrip" audio CD (see this link for the current one). I'd appreciate any views on whether this will be useful. Our thinking at the moment is this: - We'll cover Vista (well, WinFX really) and Office 12...
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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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    Using the radio on Zune HD in the UK

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    I've been playing around with my Zune HD and having great fun with it. I was interested to see how well the radio would work in the UK and the answer is "not too bad". Assuming you adjust the radio options in the settings menu to "Europe", you get reasonable...
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    Cool new designer event in London on May 10th

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    We're running a really cool event in association with Computer Arts magazine in London on May 10th. It will be the first event worldwide focused on User Experience (UX) and Expression Tools. It has a great venue too: The Linbury Studio, Royal Opera...
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    Virtual PC now free.....and Virtual Server...get them now

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    I don't often talk about Virtual PC in this blog (well, never actually) but I thought it worth drawing people's attention to this announcement: Virtual PC 2004 is now free to all customers. Get it here: www.microsoft.com/virtualpc If you haven't come...
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    Get Sparkle now!

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    We have just announced availability of the first CTP of Expression Interactive Designer (previously known as Sparkle). Get it here: http://www.microsoft.com/products/expression/en/interactive_designer/id_free_trial.aspx More on this later but it's...
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    It's closed

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    Further to my earlier post , the Customer Preview Program for Windows Vista beta 2 is now closed. If you received your product key before the closure, see http://www.microsoft.com/windowsvista/getready/preview.mspx for details of how to complete your...
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    Finding UK-specific information for Microsoft developers

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    While us lot at Microsoft are pretty much aware of where to find things on the ms.com website, it's all too easy to forget that not everyone is as close to (or obsessed with) this stuff as we are. So I thought it work posting a few links to useful...
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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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    Touchstudio: Free scripting engine for Windows Phone 7

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    Microsoft Research has announced the availability of a free scripting engine for Windows Phone 7, something that is great fun to play around with. It's a free download from the Zune Marketplace on your phone (search for "Touchstudio" in the apps section...
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