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.
Ok so it is Monday morning, but I get loads of email over the weekend from all over the world, and my usual work pattern is to give the titles a quick scan and delete the majority!!! and then start to look at the ones that appear more important that are left.
This morning I had an email from Amazon.co.uk telling me that a new product was available called ‘Windows Cling Pictures’. Thinking that this was maybe a new product around pictures or images in Windows, or a new book that I might be interested in, I right-clicked to download the pictures to find out that no it wasn’t anything to do with Microsoft Windows but rather a product from Crayola for painting physical glass windows.
It made me smile for my faux-pas…
But it looks like it is going to be a long week ahead for me, and I am heading down to Starbucks for an extra shot Americano to get my brain in gear
Hopefully the next set of postings will be more on topic.
You might have already seen a little about the this great new piece of software coming from Microsoft Research , it lets you create collages of pictures automatically from your computer. So I thought I would give it a quick go, and the result are below.
This collage of pictures was from a Heli-Hike trip we took on the Franz Josef glacier in New Zealand, way back in 2001. As you can see from the picture we had a truly great day, and it was one of the best experiences of our life's.
It was so simple to use the tool and am now on the look out for more images to have a play with :)
You can see a demo of the program in action, or get a 30 day trial free, or buy from the Microsoft Uk Store (covering all EU countries)for £19.90
Microsoft Research AutoCollage ‘Pick a folder, press a button, and in a few minutes AutoCollage presents you with a unique memento to print or email to your family and friends. ‘
How great is this latest Bot, from the MSR-MT team Windows Live Messenger translation bot now available!
Really easy to use and setup in a few seconds on Windows Live Messenger, and on your smartphone.
To get started just add email@example.com to your contacts, then start a conversation with TBOT ? to get a list of commands, and then for example enter 7 (for English to Italian translation), then type your message and you get a machine translated response such as
‘quanto freddo è il Bot in tensione di traduzione del messaggero delle finestre’
Update – just also added this to my Office Communicator and of course it works fine there too.