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: MIX is open for registration

    MIX11 is open for registration!! If you are focused on Client, Web or Phone design or development and what to get access to all the latest experts from Microsoft this is a great event to attend. The added bonus is that this is hosted at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, which is also a fantastic place to...
  • Blog Post: Ready to Launch WebMatrix

    Tomorrow we are launching WebMatrix at the CodeMash Conference. WebMatrix is a free offering that provides everything you need to build Web sites using Windows. It streamlines Web site development and makes it easy to start Web sites from popular ASP.NET and PHP open-source apps and includes IIS Express...
  • 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: First Windows 7 Arcade Machine

    For all the people that are compelled to get an arcade machine installed in their house, here is another option by using Windows 7 to power it. Andrew Dugdell is best known for his technical talks, but in this interview on EDGE , he talks about another concept, “Windows 7 After Dark”. This is about all...
  • Blog Post: Free Windows 7 Boot Camp at the PDC

    On the Monday (16th Nov) pre-conference day before the PDC, there is a free Windows 7 bootcamp being held at the PDC conference center. Key Windows 7 engineers, including Mark Russinovich, Landy Wang, and Arun Kishan will provide a deep dive into building applications for Windows 7. The bootcamp will...
  • Blog Post: Stopping User Desktop Services from Starting up in Windows 7

    In Vista, I used to use Windows Defender to change ( remove/disable ) some of the User Desktop services which would startup when I logged in. For example, on some desktops I wanted to stop Windows Live Messenger or other applications which checked for software updates. In Windows 7, Windows Defender...
  • 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: Migrating to Windows 7 – The full guide

    So you are hearing that Windows 7 is a great product, you have tested it and this has been confirmed by your own tests, but now you need to get to the business end of your job. You need to deploy this on 1000’s of desktops in your company. How do you do this? Well the answers are being provided for your...
  • Blog Post: TechED US – Day One Wrapup

    Adam from Edge provided a 1.5 min update on the key highlights from day one of TechED straight after the keynote had finished. Key things Holiday Release for Windows 7 File Classification Infrastructure in Windows Server 2008 R2 Key new things in Windows 7 from an ITPRO perspective
  • Blog Post: Beta 2 release of “Geneva” Framework, “Geneva” Server and Windows CardSpace “Geneva”

    Today we announced the availability of the beta 2 release of the “Geneva” products : “Geneva” Framework, “Geneva” Server and Windows CardSpace “Geneva” . The new beta introduces new features, such as the seamless integration with Visual Studio, which make even easier for developers to take advantage...
  • Blog Post: Get Windows 7 Here

    Windows 7 is available for download this morning. You can go here ( http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-7/download.aspx ) as your starting point. The RC will be available at least through until the end of July 2009 and there is no limit on the number of product keys. Just to be aware, this is not...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 RC Release

    Starting today, MSDN and TechNet subscribers can access the Windows 7 RC release candidate, with general public availability coming next week. Generally speaking, the Win7 Beta that came out a few months ago was pretty feature complete, so the changes in the RC are primarily bug fixes and some UI changes...
  • Blog Post: Migrating 20 Laptops from XP to Windows 7 live on stage @ MMS

    Joey happened to be walking through building 44 and met the team putting together the demos for day 2 of the Microsoft Management Summit. What they are planning is pretty exciting, where they are going to wake up 20 laptop through wireless and the using User State Migration Toolkit, show how you can...
  • 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 Fastest Copy of Windows 7

    On the partner floor at the recent SXSW show, we found a drag bike which contains two servers which are designed to process the media and telemetry of the bike. While it has not been down to the track yet, they think it will do 0-60 in around 1 second!!! Around 3 Gs. The media part of the system is running...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 : Building .NET Sensor and Location Aware Applications

    Yochay in the team has just released a Windows 7 Sensor and Location .NET Interop Sample onto MSDN. The Sensor and Location .NET Interop Sample Library provides an abstraction of the native Sensor and Location API and provides strongly typed objects for specific sensors to make it easy for .NET developers...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 : BitLocker To Go !!

    How do you secure your business critical information when it is stored on a USB Drive? Research suggests that more sensitive information is lost on these devices than in any other way.  Fortunately there’s a new Windows 7 feature that might just save your embarrassment, if you misplace a USB drive...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 : Booting from a VHD

    Adam from EDGE talked to Jeremy Chapman about how you can boot from a VHD in Windows 7 ( or Windows Server 2008 R2 ). This is clearly a very cool technology for users that have to take on dual roles or need to be able setup particular environments for testing. Check out about this information on EDGE...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 and DirectAccess

    Every wanted to connect from home or from the coffee shop to your corporate network without having to dial in through remote access (RAS) to the VPN? I do on a daily basis, and I am sure that many people get emails from people that point to internal sites or systems which force you to connect via a VPN...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 Problem Steps Recorder

    Keith Combs has just published a screen cast on EDGE about an really excellent tool in Windows 7 which allows users to record and document errors they are finding with applications running on Windows 7 called the Problem Steps Recorder . In the case Keith shows how the tool records all the common dialogs...
  • 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: IE8 Application Compatibility Resources

    IE8 is currently in Beta and is also the Microsoft supported browser within Windows 7 (currently in beta) which is seeing dramatic uptake in the community. There are a number of excellent improvements which users will clearly want to adopt once it is released. These including support for the latest web...
  • Blog Post: Installing Windows 7 from a USB stick on your Netbook

    Dennis Chung from Microsoft Singapore has created a great screen cast on EDGE that shows you have you can install Windows 7 from a USB Key disk rather than from a DVD. Clearly this makes it a lot more convenient and a whole lot faster, certainly if you want to install Windows 7 on a Netbook. Here is...
  • Blog Post: Loads of Windows 7 Tips and Tricks

    Tim Sneath in the team put together a really detailed list of nice features which you get with Windows 7. He call it his “bumper list of Windows 7 secrets” and is well worth a look. Check at the details here ( http://blogs.msdn.com/tims/archive/2009/01/12/the-bumper-list-of-windows-7-secrets.aspx ) My...
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