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.
I am sure it is something that has been around for ages, and it all also exists for other search engines, but it is great when you get surprised that something just work they way you expected it!
So WFH (working form home) today and my wife popped her head round the door and asked me what the weather was going to be like and would she need a raincoat for a quick trip into Wokingham. So rather than opening a weather web site I just typed Weather Wokingham into my IE search bar
and it came up with a great set of results that showed me what I wanted without having to go to another site
So clearly no need for a raincoat today!
As mentioned yesterday I am going to do a short series of some of the new content to be found on the redesigned Windows site in the UK. First up is an updated and improved section on Discovering Windows Vista which gives a very great intro to what you can actually do with Windows Vista
This part of the web site rolls up some of the major scenarios or themes of what you can do with Windows such as Sharing Photos or Keeping in Touch, and if you subsequently drill down you can find deeper and richer content about each topic illustrating how you can get the most out of Windows.
Also as you navigate across the tabs you can watch over 15 videos and also read a number of fun but informative pages such as
Top 10 things you can do with Windows Vista - Just learning about Windows Vista? Here are 10 cool things you’ll want to try right away.
100 reasons you’ll be speechless - See the features you’ve always wanted from your PC—all brought together in Windows Vista.
Nice little touch from Live search in India , if you enter in any cricket related search term such as India Test match cricket score you get a great result showing the latest match score (seems very up to date within an hour at least) and links to schedules and scorecards..
Kudos to WinVistaClub for the spot.
The project that has been keeping me very busy recently has been the launch of the Windows site in the UK which we rolled out in conjunction with the UK version of I’m a PC campaign, which you will have spotted if you watch the X Factor on Saturday.
So you will notice our new homepage http://www.microsoft.com/uk/windows/
as well as a totally redesign web site of all the Windows content such as our Windows Vista pages, to be in line with the corporate Windows site I blogged about a while back
Over the next few days I plan to share and highlight some of the new content and features, but for now if you want to see relive the UK advert watch the video below:
as always love to hear any comments or feedback you have on the new design, or any problems you may have found.
It always amazes me the vast amount of stuff that goes on in Microsoft and I wonder if anyone internally knows actually everything that is happening. Probably almost impossible for a non Microsoftie…
I came across this site http://www.microsoft.com/web/ today following a post on an internal alias and thought it was worthwhile sharing.
Billed as ‘…a site where industry professionals from around the world can find articles, event listings, and relevant and valuable conversation from around the Web.’ it looks a interesting site with some great links and content from various sites across the web.
I have clicked the little orange rss button and will now get updates from this site into my inbox. If none of that makes sense then can I recommend you take a look at the article below from Windows Help and How-to
The wonderful world of RSS
Well not according to Zack Whittaker over on ZDNet considering items such as :
of course I would agree…
If you like your Windows Vista in Azeri (A Turkic language spoken in Azerbaijan and north-western Iran) then you can download the latest Language Interface Pack (LIP now:
Click here to download the Azeri Vista LIP
Just catching up on some reading and cam across this interview with Steve Wozniak on the BBC’s web site
Woz's words of wisdom
Well worth a read, and there a few nice quotes such as:
"Lack of resources forces you to do a lot more original thinking." I wonder out loud if there was a little less resource in Microsoft what would we do differently, better or not at all!
Update 7th Oct 2008 and an even better article in the Telegraph
Steve Wozniak interview: iconic co-founder on the iPod, iPhone, and future for Apple
‘Consumers aren't getting all they want when companies are very proprietary and lock their products down," he says when comparing the iPhone's closed operating system to the new Google phone's open source system which allows anyone to modify and adapt the way the phone works. "I would like to write some more powerful apps than what you're allowed," he laments.’
We all love our sidebar gadgets? Techradar.com has a list of the 22 Vista Sidebar gadgets to save you time including gadgets from National Rail, Ebay, Wikipedia etc
22 Vista Sidebar gadgets to save you time
Any others you can recommend?
So back in the office after a week up in London for our regional team meeting , and waiting for me on my return was a Berocca - Blogger Relief pack that I had signed up to a while back. And after this hectic week with some late and liquid late nights it was very timely.