I am Microsoftie 4 ever (18+ years) working in Windows Services and Content team in the UK, my blog is mainly focused on the Windows family of products and trying to provide help pointers and resources for customers on our products.
From today you can now buy amongst other Microsoft products (such as Office and Expression), various editions of Windows Vista (full product and upgrade), direct form the online Microsoft store at http://www.microsoftstore.co.uk or to go direct to the Windows Vista selection use https://emea.microsoftstore.com/UK/DesktopDefault.aspx/tabid-2/
You should be able to buy the physical box as well as via a download. This new choice of getting Microsoft products gives you the customer another way to get our products.
One of the tools we use internally to try and understand what is happening with our content on the Windows Help and How-to site is looking to see if any articles for whatever reason are not indexed by the major search engine (Google, Yahoo, Live etc). And then try and find out why and improve our content and processes so that it is more discoverable.
Below are 5 such articles that at the minuet are not indexed by Windows Live Search:
So this post has 2 aims, firstly to highlight to you the content that is available and secondly as an experiment to see how quickly after this posting does the content appear in the Windows Live search catalogues.
Let me know what you think of the content.
Looking a bit chilly on Mars at the minute? We all love cool Windows Vista gadgets and here is one from the Phoenix Mars Lander that shows you the weather forecast on Mars, so you know to pack an extra hat or sunscreen for your next visit :)
Get the gadget here
Read more about the Phoenix Mars Mission and follow them on Twitter
Thanks to nwhite on the WindowsVistaBlog
I got an email over the weekend from one of my colleagues (Michael) who was pointing me to the new Microsoft Environment web site at http://www.microsoft.com/environment/ . So I thought I would check it out and see what it had to offer.
After a quick search I was pretty impressed with the content and layout. Of particular interest to this blogger was some of the Windows Vista content and links such as:
The Make an Impact section was particularly of interest.
In general I think Microsoft Gets it when it comes to greenish issues, but that shouldn’t stop us doing more to reduce our impact, watch the video about Microsoft environmental efforts (13.6Mb). On an individual level be that from reducing travel trips to getting the latest software as a download Vs on DVD.
As an aside my conversation with Michael I have been pointed to some great internal resources about Microsoft and environmental discussions and issues.
There have been some new Windows Help and How-to demos posted to the site recently, hope you find them useful if not let us know.
1. Use Parental Controls to manage your child's computer time ‘Watch this demo to learn how to use Parental Controls to monitor your children's computer activities, such as the games they play, the time they spend online, and what websites they visit.’
2. Smart ways to turn off your computer ‘Watch this demo to learn about the recommended ways to turn off your computer or make it sleep.’
3. Create your own website on Windows Live Spaces ‘Watch this demo to learn how to create a website on Windows Live Spaces for blogging, sharing photos, and more.’
Late last week 2 additional Windows Vista LIPs where launched on the web site
The Malay Language (ISO 639-1 code: MS) is officially known as “Bahasa Malaysia” or “Bahasa Melay”. The Malay language is spoken in many countries and is estimated as spoken by between 20-30 million people throughout the world. The Malay language is spoken in several countries including Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Brunei, East Timor, and southern parts of Thailand and the Philippines. It has also been known to be spoken in some parts of central eastern Sumatra and parts of the Riau Islands and also Borneo.
Assamese is the official language of the northeast Indian state Assam. It is spoken mainly there but also in the neighbouring states of West Bengal, Meghalaya, and Arunachal Pradesh. There are also speakers found in Bangladesh and Bhutan. Including second-language speakers the total of Assamese speakers might be as high as 20 million.
****Please note that above LIPs can only be installed on systems that run an English version of Windows Vista. ****
For more information on Microsoft's Global Development and computing try the portal at http://www.microsoft.com/globaldev/default.mspx
If you like your Windows in Icelandic then you can download the new Windows Icelandic Language Interface Pack (LIP)
‘Windows Vista tungumálaviðmótspakki’
Upplýsingar um niðurhal: Windows Vista LIP
For more info on the Icelandic language try this from Wikipedia , and for more information on Microsofts Global Development and computing try the portal at http://www.microsoft.com/globaldev/default.mspx
Also known as the ‘Windows Vista Technical Library‘ and was previously only available in English, is now available in several other languages Japanese, French, Spanish, German, Korean, Brazilian Portuguese, Italian, Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese:
‘This library provides the core content that IT professionals need to evaluate, plan, deploy, manage, troubleshoot, and support Windows Vista client computers in a server environment.’
taken from http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/windowsxp/future.mspx which is a page all about our plans to stop selling Windows XP from 30th June. There appears to be some confusion around what we will do after this date with regard support but this entry from the Microsoft Lifecycle Support Blog should clear that up.
Spotted this article on the Windows Vista Magazine site, which is a great site for Windows Vista content and help…
Windows Vista Magazine | Upcoming Webinars on the new HP MediaSmart Connect
“The HP MediaSmart Connect will let you wirelessly stream your Windows Media Center experience including content such as Live TV, Recorded TV Shows, Music, Photos and Videos to any TV in your home using your wireless or wired home network.”
to sign up for the webinar, which I have done (for the 2 10 am PST sessions) here as well as more info on the HP MediaSmart Connect machine.
Details about the MediaSmart Connect from HPs Website
Anyone now if it will be available in the UK?