I am Microsoftie 4 ever (19+ 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.
Was just sent the below link (thanks Akim) about the UK Windows Media Center and Home Server User Group, which I think has just got going.
So if you want to know more about Media Center or Home Server in the UK and join the enthusiast community then it looks a great place to start.
'Simon and Ian have been looking for a way to really bring Windows Media Center users and enthusiasts together, we both live in the UK and we think there's some great fun to be had by getting the enthusiast community meeting each other. At this kind of event we'd hope to share our knowledge, bring in some exciting guest speakers both from within the community and the vendors and maybe even some system installers.
Most of all we want the events to be fun, and for everyone to get something out of them that they're going to enjoy. We want to officially open up the conversation on this so that we know what you'd like to see. So join the UK Windows Media Center and Home Server User group.'
There is the obligatory Blog http://thedigitallifestyle.com/cs/groups/uk/blog/default.aspx but nothing posted, come on guys, even if it is a little hello..
The other areas such as Discussions and Wiki I expect to grow as the group gets going.
Although it says Microsoft UK is supporting the user group I don't know by how much.
You can also visit our Windows Help and How-to Windows Media Center help Center, where you can see help on getting started, demos and answers to some of your questions.
Just got the following from Matt over on the Windows live channel announcing the free messenger goodies available on Messenger Central for Windows Live Messenger
Expression packs – Create your own wink with the wink workshop or get some ‘geek-chic’ with the new Techicons pack
Games - Fishticuffs! Amongst other things...
Agents – Find out all you need to know by chatting to one of our agents, from astrology to translation
Activities – Featuring Time for a Story, MSN Wallpapers and more!
Alerts – Keep up to date with all the MSN channel updates and XBOX news
Btw if you have never played Fishticuffs then you haven't lived
that accompanied the trailer ( a track called How it ends by the band called Devotchka then you can now get it in the UK for 79p via iTunes I think
'Due to the incredible success of the game in the UK and the insatiable demand for all things GOW2 from the fans, we’re thrilled to be able to offer consumers the chance to enjoy this track as a bona fide single release.
The TV ad launches on Dec 1st and due to overwhelming demand, we’re thrilled to offer the original track, a remix of the track, and the original TV spot all for the incredible value of 79p.'
More info on the Offical XBox web site
I have talked about the Microsoft Store in the past a few times here (launch) and here (for the NSPCC 15% donation), well anyway Chris has told me of an update, the first major update since the launch and I wanted to share it below.
‘…a wider range of Microsoft products including Xbox 360 (consoles, games and accessories), Games for Windows and Microsoft Hardware through Microsoft Store…’
‘In addition, customers now have the ability to choose either to download their purchase or have a boxed product shipped to them for the vast majority of our software titles – Windows Vista, Office 2007, Expression 2 and Visual Studio Standard 2008.’
Microsoft Store United Kingdom
So today's posting under something a little off topic is the Wooden USB fashstick!!
should go nicely with your wooden PC case :S
We don’t cover dry rot or woodworm on our Tips for solving problems with USB devices article though :)
thanks to Lorna for the link.
Back in July I highlighted 12 Windows Help and how-to articles that had been given a 100% positive rating. Well I thought it was about time I did the exercise again, and below are the 18 articles that have been given only positive ratings since that date:
the same caveats as last time:
Ages ago I mentioned the Microsoft Store in the UK, well now there is a special promotion on that if you buy Microsoft Windows Vista or Office 2007, then 15% of the purchase price (minus VAT) will be donated to the NSPCC. For more details see http://www.microsoft.com/uk/nspcc/ . Offer ends 31st December 2008
“By choosing Microsoft Store to make your purchases of Microsoft Office and Windows Vista this Christmas, you will contribute towards achieving the NSPCC's vision to ending child cruelty. When you visit Microsoft Store from this site Microsoft will donate 15% from the purchase price at no extra cost to you to the NSPCC Child's Voice Appeal”
Thanks to Mark for the tip Unified Communications @ Microsoft : Microsoft Store and NSPCC – Your way to spend Microsoft’s money
Really cool Windows site from France,
They are the PCs, Netbooks and Cell phones Microsoft France recommends consumers to buy for Christmas, for the best experience with Windows Vista.
lifted from a thread from an internal email discussion, a few things about Windows Live Search that maybe you didn’t know about:
neat, and don’t forget the cricket scores from Live search in India
Matt Hester has just posted up a blog about performance and stability improvements in Windows Search 4.0 – 84% improvement of desktop search in Vista sound good to you?
You can learn more about Windows Search at http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/winfamily/desktopsearch/default.mspx
and if you just want to go straight to the download center use the following links: