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Jeremy Mazner, Technical Evangelist

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  • Blog Post: How I think about the Windows Vista platform

    There are a ton of new features in the Windows Vista platform (thousands of new APIs), some of which are accessible on Windows XP and Server 2003 via redistributable runtimes. Because of those runtimes, we often hear confusion from partners about how exactly we define the Windows Vista platform and how...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista software logo guidelines draft available

    I just discovered that an early draft (version .5) of the logo guidelines for Windows Vista software is available here . It's only a draft, but it gives you a good idea of the basics you have to implement in order to qualify for the Windows Vista logo. Enjoy!
  • Blog Post: Developer's guide to new Vista APIs

    Last month, the MSDN team published a doc that's long been in the works -- a developer's introduction to some of the new APIs in Windows Vista . The real meat is in the .chm file (self-extracting exe), with some sample code and detailed API info. This is only a start, and it covers only a small portion...
  • Blog Post: How to build a great Windows Vista app

    One of the goodies that PDC attendees will find in their swag bag is a poster called "Lighting up on Windows Vista". It lists the top 10 things developers can do to build apps that will run like a dream on our new OS release. We've now posted a short whitepaper that adds some technical background...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista dev overviews now up!

    check it out, http://msdn.microsoft.com/windowsvista/
  • Blog Post: PDC registration now open

    I have a long list of backlogged things to post about...but for now, I just want to quickly note that registration is open ! We also posted 50+ session titles -- these aren't the final titles, but they give a pretty good flavor for the kinds of things we'll be covering. You'll see some info about IE...
  • Blog Post: Now hiring: Longhorn Technical Evangelists

    My team is looking to hire two new technical evangelists to focus on Longhorn . The positions are all about helping developers take advantage of new platform features unique to Longhorn. As an evangelist, your job is to understand what the product team is building, distill it all down to a simple explanation...
  • Blog Post: Non administrator: running with least privilege

    A reader emailed me a question about running under a non-administrator account in Windows today, which prompted me to do a little MSNSearch-ing. That lead me very quickly to Aaron Margosis's excellent blog . If you are interested in how you can get by in life without having to run every process as an...
  • Blog Post: Stunning PDC details revealed!

    Okay, maybe not so stunning, but in response to several requests that have come in from commenters and private email, I’m happy to be able to share a few key details that might help those of you trying to figure out your conference plans and budget for the rest of the calendar year. Content: As I noted...
  • Blog Post: PDC planning and your input

    Back in January, my manager ( Steve Cellini ) mentioned that he’d kindly volunteered me to be Content Owner for PDC . I haven’t blogged about that yet, as I’ve been spending the past 6 weeks trying to get my head wrapped around what exactly it is that I’m supposed to be doing. I’m finally starting to...
  • Blog Post: Recent statements on WinFS, "Project Green"

    Here are a couple pointers to the latest info we've made public on some ongoing development projects. I don't have any more insight to add, just wanted to make sure the links were out there in the world. WinFS: Comments from Product Manager Tom Rizzo in Microsoft Watch (and the requisite rampant speculation...
  • Blog Post: BusinessWeek on the LH changes

    I hadn't seen this one referenced anywhere else...so here it is , with no additional comments from me ;) And then it seems like Jay Greene expanded on this original reporting for an article in the magazine, now available via Yahoo! . I wish he'd talked to some ISVs to get their opinions, rather than...
  • Blog Post: What happened to WinFS?

    Friday’s announcement has left a lot of people asking what happened to WinFS? The short answer is: nothing. But a lot happened to Windows. As I explained in my previous post, the customer and developer feedback we’ve been getting was consistent on two points: We want to start using WinFX as soon as possible...
  • Blog Post: What happened to Longhorn?

    Well, that was an exciting announcement. There’s a good CNET interview with BillG that provides insight into the decision. Here’s my perspective on what happened We’ve gotten a lot of feedback from customers about WinFX. Among the things we heard: Indigo is great, but I need to use the same communications...
  • Blog Post: Jon Udell's blogs turn into a cover story

    Jon Udell has turned his series of blog entries on Longhorn into an InfoWorld cover story . His editor makes the point that the blogging drove some great discussion and contributions to the final article. It’s cool to see that discussions I took part in with Jon, like here and here , had an impact...
  • Blog Post: Did I misunderstand Udell's argument against WinFS?

    Several responses to my last post on Jon Udell’s entries on WinFS suggest that I didn’t get the Jon's point at all. Dare wrote “ You missed his point almost completely .” And David (no blog link provided) said “ Next time, try reading the article before you respond to it...
  • Blog Post: Jon Udell questions the value and direction of WinFS

    Jon Udell at InfoWorld is doing a series of blog entries on Longhorn. Feedster just discovered his first one, from Wednesday on the justifcation for WinFS defining a new way to manage metadata . It's a well written entry, and deserves a well thought out response. I did want to get out at least one...
  • Blog Post: What? They cut WinFS??

    There has been a great deal of hubub about what Jay Greene’s BusinessWeek article means for Longhorn, and WinFS in particular. I’ve been surprised by the general silence on MS blogs on this topic – which is perhaps an indication that I ought to be careful myself ;) But let me throw...
  • Blog Post: A WinFS scenario from someone other than me...

    ...and he's a real developer, even! Dan Crevier, an architect on the People & Groups team on Longhorn, has posted a write up of how WinFS would have helped him on his last software project.
  • Blog Post: WinFS Scenario #3: focusing your dev time on what really matters

    Wikis seem to be catching on some at Microsoft. Several product teams are using Wikis to brainstorm features and product design, or even more mundane things like recording meeting notes. I love the simple collaborative nature of a Wiki, the openness that just invites every ready to contribute and respond...
  • Blog Post: WinFS designers on .NET show -- what would you ask?

    Robert Hess tells me the next episode of The .NET Show on MSDN will cover WinFS. He's interested in feedback on what topics you'd like to see covered. His guests will be: Mike Deem , Quentin Clark , and Anil Nori . What would you ask these guys about -- the philosophy behind WinFS? How they design...
  • Blog Post: WinFS Scenario #2: event planning

    For my second not-bad WinFS scenario , I’m going to again avoid anything that requires a bunch of new work entering or editing meta-data. We’ll get to those eventually, but I want to emphasize that WinFS can be useful without requiring the average user to suddenly become a meta-data freak...
  • Blog Post: Feedback on scenario #1 and the meta-crap challenge

    Before going on to my next scenario, I wanted to address feedback I’ve gotten so far. On the general usefulness of WinFS, Stephane Rodriquez commented that “It's not about information, it's about MESSAGE.” You can quibble with my language, but we both mean the same thing –...
  • Blog Post: WinFS Senario #1: adding music to movies

    For my first not-bad WinFS scenario , I wanted to pick something simple. No big behavior shifts to start adding new metadata, no huge rewriting of applications, etc. I settled on adding background music to home movies. I’ve been editing together some old footage using Windows Movie Maker...
  • Blog Post: The condensed version

    That was a long post back there, so here are my quick high level points countering the notion of meta-crap, which I hope to demonstrate with some scenarios over the next couple days: 1) meta-data on a local, individual scale is interesting enough 2) in many cases, people actually are creating accurate...
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