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.
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.
We continually add, update and sometimes delete articles on the Windows Help and How-to , and just thought I would point you at some of the latest additions:
as always take a look at the content and let us know if it is any good using the voting section at the bottom. We really do look at this data and your comments when deciding what new content to create.
The Windows Update Product team have just produced an excellent document explaining how Windows Update keeps your PC up to date and protect from malicious software…
Document Link (original blog post)
Shamelessly copied from The WinVista Club here is a great list of all the Shortcut keys in Windows Vista
WinKey - Open and close the Start Menu WinKey + D - Minimize all windows to the desktop. Press again to reverse action WinKey + E - Open Computer in Windows Explorer WinKey + L - Lock the computer WinKey + F - Open the Search window to find files and folders WinKey + M - Minimise all windows WinKey + Shift + M - Maximise all windows after minimizing them
WinKey + R - Open the Run dialog box WinKey + X - Open Windows Mobility Center WinKey + E - Open Windows Explorer
WinKey + Tab - Activates Flip 3D. Use mouse wheel to cycle windows
WinKey + U - Open Ease Of Access Center
WinKey + Pause - Opens the Systems Properties dialog box
WinKey + F1 - Opens Windows Help & Support
WinKey + B - Sets focus on the Task bar, Allows navigation using arrow keys; opens applications on pressing Enter key.
Updated 24 Sept 2008
Winkey + Space – shows all the sidebar and desktop gadgets
Updated 01 Oct 2008 - found this by mistake!
Winkey + S – Create a screen clipping and send to Microsoft OneNote
Updated 15 Jan 2009
For the full list try this Windows Help and how-to article Keyboard shortcuts