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    Mary Jo Foley says Leopard looks like Windows Vista

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    When we did the visuals for Vista, we worked really hard to get a to a look and feel that was streamlined, efficient, and modern. We knew people would compare what we're doing to what other companies do, but I never expected this .
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    Feature Prioritization

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    Mike Calligaro posted a great write up on how feature prioritization happens at software companies. This was a great read for me. It really hit home in terms of how I think of every feature request I get. Updated - forgot the link in the original post...
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    Off topic: Business Cards

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    Someone at work forwarded me a post on kottke.org that linked to a couple great galleries of business cards. Flickr gallery of business cards Creative Bits gallery of business cards There's a host of really creative ideas in there!
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    Scott Hanselman looks at Vista task switching applications

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    Scott wrote a quick review of some different Task Switching applications that have been written for Windows Vista using the new window thumbnail preview API's that are part of Windows Vista's desktop composition system.
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    Why Intel 915 graphics don’t have a WDDM driver for Windows Vista

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    A common question among folks who are upgrading to Windows Vista on slightly older notebooks, tablet PC's, and UMPC's is why the Intel 915 graphics chipset doesn't have WDDM support, as WDDM support is a prerequisite for Desktop Composition. The folks...
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    Expression and MSDN

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    Soma (our VP) announced this morning that by popular demand, Expression Blend and Expression Web will be available to MSDN Premium subscribers . Soma's blog has all the details.
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    Creating a High DPI application in Windows Vista

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    The folks over at RealWorld Graphics posted a nice write up on how developers working on native Win32 applications can create DPI aware applications for Windows Vista. For new applications, using Windows Presentation Foundation is a strong solution in...
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    Ben Forta is hooked on Windows Vista

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    Ben Forta has a nice write-up about his experience using Windows Vista. Kind words from a senior guy at Adobe .
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    Boku

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    We had TechFest here at Microsoft a few weeks back, and I got to see some really interesting new things from Microsoft Research. One of the things I saw was a nifty programming environment for young children that takes the form of a game that can be played...
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    Get your ringtones here…

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    If you play on an XBOX 360, you may be interested to know that Major Nelson posted the achievement unlocked sound on his blog. If you have a windows mobile phone, you can download it and make it your ringtone.
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    Fascinating – the speech accent archive

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    I had lunch w/ Michael Wallent the other day (Michael was my group manager when I worked in Windows) and he mentioned a really fascinating site to me. George Mason University did a study on phonetic variations that occur as a result of people's accents;...
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    5 Things that should be taught in every school

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    OFF TOPIC: I saw a link to this post on 43 folders . Brian Kim writes about self-improvement and has some interesting suggestions for what every young person should learn before they venture out into the real world. Some great ideas there, and really...
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    Get your Expression Blend release candidate here!

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    Congratulations to the Blend team for shipping their release candidate! You can download Expression Blend RC1 from here . This build has a ton of quality improvements, a great set of new samples, and an updated user guide.
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    4 GB's of RAM

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    Jeff Atwood posted a great write-up detailing some of the issues around getting a PC running with more than 3GB of RAM. This is a great read if you're looking at building any kind of high-end workstation or if you're considering a 64-bit OS to support...
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    Visual Studio and Windows Vista

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    There is now an update available for Visual Studio that addresses many of the issues regarding using VS on Windows Vista. The details are on the download page .
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    Scott Guthrie on Red vs. Blue

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    Hilarious.
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    iTunes & Quicktime and Aero

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    I made a post about a year ago regarding how some applications have a side effect of disabling Aero. While it is still possible to create applications that have this side-effect (due to the underlying problem of applications accessing the primary display...
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    Expression Web and Visual Studio Orcas

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    Mikhail Arkhipov is a dev manager on the Visual Web Developer team, who posted recently about some of the differences between the VWD features in Visual Studio Code Name Orcas and the features that are in Expression Web . He has a good list, with some...
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    Vista Wallpapers

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    The Windows Vista blog links to some great Vista wallpapers.
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    Finally! BillG comments on the “I’m a Mac, I’m a PC” ads

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    I saw this yesterday. BillG was interviewed for Newsweek and the topic of Apple's advertising came up. The whole interview is a great read, but here's my favorite comment: "I don't even get it. What are they trying to say? Does honesty matter in...
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    Google's master plan

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    Somebody at work forwarded me this link . The content of the film is a little bombastic, but the visuals are done in a very compelling way.
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    WPF Application Portfolio

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    Tim Sneath has been maintaining a great list of new applications developed using WPF on his blog.
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    Windows Vista tips and tricks

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    The folks over at howtogeek.com have compiled a great list of tips and tricks for working with Windows Vista.
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    The Home is Personal Again

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    I recently discovered this clip that was shown during the Windows Home Server announcement at CES. It's in the style of the other "Computer is Personal Again" clips that HP has been running. This clip is a little tongue-in-cheek, but It's great to see...
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    PixelMill Templates for Expression Web

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    PixelMill is has started creating templates for Expression Web . They are some very nice looking, professionally designed templates that have been tested for W3C compliance and use CSS-based layout.
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