Neil Hutson - Focused on Emerging Technologies for Microsoft

I am responsible for the adoption of emerging technology platforms by developers and it professionals at Microsoft

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  • Blog Post: October 2009 Security Bulletin

    The Trustworthy Computing security response communications team has just released this months Security Bulletin to TechNet EDGE This Bulletin contains details about the 13 released bulletins, 8 being critical and 5 being important, plus other advisories. For bulletin details, please visit: http://www...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 : Windows XP Mode RELEASE CANDIDATE Available for Download

    Windows XP Mode is specially designed for small and medium-sized businesses to help ease the migration process to Windows 7 by providing additional compatibility for their older productivity applications. The newly updated Windows XP Mode now works with the RC and RTM versions of the Windows 7 Professional...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista / Windows Server 2008 SP2 Released

    You can now download the latest Service Pack (SP2) for Vista and Windows Server. The Service Pack, which is a consolidation of a number of small fixes into one larger downloadable, was uploaded to the Download Center on Tuesday. As before, there is only one service pack which supports both OS’s to make...
  • Blog Post: April 2008 Security Bulletin on TechNet Edge

    Yep we have patch Tuesday, but what does this really mean? The guys in the Trustworthy Computing team have started a show on TechNet EDGE which provides details of each vulnerability and its potential threat. You can get details about the latest updates by watching the video or you could signup for the...
  • Blog Post: The Windows Client Profile

    Jaime Rodriguez in the team put together a detailed view of the Client Profile a while back, which is a subset of assemblies already contained within .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1. With all the noise about Silverlight, this hidden gem seemed to get lost in the mix. Its worth looking at this again...
  • Blog Post: IE8 RC1 is released – Deployment Guidance

    Today we launched IE8 RC1. David in the team spoke to Jane Maliouta for EDGE , who is the program manager in charge of deployment and setup of IE8. She talked about what’s new in setup with RC1 and provides inside details on deployment with IE8. David provided details of the interview, with the following...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista Sp2 / Windows Server SP2

    The Customer Preview Program (CPP) for Windows Vista® Service Pack 2 (SP2) is now available so that you can download and test this release. Windows Vista SP2 is a traditional service pack release with all cumulative released security updates available since the SP1 and in addition support for new types...
  • Blog Post: Skipping Windows Vista for Windows 7

    Steve Ballmer was at Gartner's Symposium/ITxpo conference today, talking about a number of issues. The big question was about Vista deployments and what should companies do. He answered by saying that the adoption rate for Vista, is two times that of where XP was after the same period. Then in Jedi style...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7

    The old king is dead, long live the king… or so they say. On the Vista blog site, Mike Nash has just announced that the next release of Windows, which is currently codenamed “Windows 7” will in fact be called “Windows 7” in the final release.
  • Blog Post: Two Weeks to GO : THe PDC Awaits

    Well at this time in two weeks, the first PDC keynote will just be about to start. I personally can not wait for it to kick off. Even in these tough times it looks highly likely that we are still going to sell out and I believe that the attendees will leave pumped from what they see. Sure they will see...
  • Blog Post: Anybody ready for Visual Simulation

    The team that brought you Flight Simulator has been working for a while to separate the core simulation engine away from the packaged product so that it can be used in other applications that require real world simulation. Out of this came Microsoft ESP. So now you can simulate any environment in the...
  • Blog Post: Group Policy Preferences

    Chris Henley put together a really detailed screen cast on Group Policy Preferences which is a key feature which came out in Windows Server 2008. This makes it possible to setup computer or user settings without necessarily knowing how to script them.  The following screen cast goes into the admin...
  • Blog Post: WPF Application Quality Guide

    In light of the rapid adoption of the WPF and the continuous requests from partners and customers, yesterday the Microsoft Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) team release the third preliminary version of the “WPF Application Quality Guide”. This third release prelim release contains the...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 bits given out a the PDC

    I guess the news is out. Mary Jo Foley blogged about the fact that the PDC will be giving exclusive access to Windows 7 bits to all PDC attendees . I guess that's one great reason to attend the actual PDC conference.
  • Blog Post: Under the Hood: Windows Vista Performance...Need Answers?

      Mark Russinovich and a panel of industry experts are going to be talking live in around 45 mins in a virtual roundtable to explore your 'top of mind' performance issues, common misconfigurations, and tips on how to fix them. From boot times and applets to disk performance and battery life, find...
  • Blog Post: PDC Attendees get a 160GB USB Drive with all the goodies!!

    Personally I am not a big fan of the "Software + Services" PDC theme, but behind the scenes I know that the new software announcements that we are going to make will erase any bitterness I have from my memory :-) However, there is some other really cool news that I heard today - at the end...
  • Blog Post: IE 8 Beta 2 References

    With the release of IE8 Beta2, I thought it might be interesting to pull together some useful tips for installing and configuring IE8 and tips for making your site support IE8. I will keep adding to this over time. But here is a first bash. Please add comments and I will update this. How and where do...
  • Blog Post: Easy Steps to Get your Web Site to Support IE8 in 5Mins

    Put simply, IE8 running in standard rendering mode will not display sites created to support IE7 very well, based on new standards that IE8 is supporting around HTML and CSS formats. There are two ways to resolve this. The first is to re-write your web application to render IE8 correctly or the second...
  • Blog Post: The Client Transition from 32-bit to 64-Bit

    I have been working on 64-bit adoption for many years now (some say too many), first with Itanium and then more recently over the last 4 years with X64. Clearly there has been a shift from 32-bit to 64-bit on the server for obvious reasons, with some products from Microsoft like Exchange ( and soon Windows...
  • Blog Post: The “Mojave Experiment”

    This is an interesting experiment that was conducted around Vista. They asked a number of people that had not installed Vista to try our our latest Windows 7 product. ( http://www.mojaveexperiment.com/ )   There are a few comments on why it was not presented using Silverlight. I guess Tim answered...
  • Blog Post: How Can You Slipstream IE8 into a Vista Install Image?

    So if you ever wanted IE8 to be integrated into your Vista Install Image, how could you do this? In this really quick 8 minute screencast, Matt Hester shows how you can do this pretty quickly on EDGE . Click on the image to see the screencast. Slipstreaming Internet Explorer 8 into Windows Vista
  • Blog Post: Vista 30, Rootkits 0

    Keith posted an interesting article about Vista security. He talked about the positive stories around Vista Security and the fact that even through we have millions of desktops to protect, Vista is a highly secure platform.  See “ Vista's Despised UAC Nails Rootkits, Tests Find ” by...
  • Blog Post: WPF Week on Channel9 - READY FOR AN AMAZING DEMO??

    On channel9, it is WPF ( Windows Presentation Foundation ) week. This is being  hosted by Tim Sneath and team. One of the great interviews/demos that they did was with David Teitlebaum who takes the team on a tour of graphic applications that take advantage of the new and improved Effects, DirectX...
  • Blog Post: WATTS UP : Reducing Power Consumption - GOING GREEN

    So how much power does your PCs draw? How much more efficient are the new machines vs. the old machines??  And how do you figure that out the best options to go GREEN? You will be very surprised... These are the problems what Grant in out Platform Adoption Center had to look into. He needed stronger...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) Supported on Windows Server 2008

    I want to keep you continually informed as more Microsoft Server products are supported on Windows Server 2008. Yesterday we released WSUS 3.0 SP1 which now fully supports Windows Server 2008 and can be used to download software updates to your client machines in the enterprise. You can download the...
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