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.
So I had a few minutes to kill waiting for a meeting to start and I had OneNote open on my TabletPC and started to doodle and inspired by the I’m a PC marketing campaign that launched in the UK last week I doodled this up...
Ok so I won’t win any artistic prizes but it killed a couple of minutes so thought I would share.
Unlike a lot of my fellow co-workers I really love my TabletPC (a Toshiba Tecra M7). Ok so it is a bit of a brick, has poor battery life and isn’t the fastest of machines, although I have got mine tweaked heavily and is better than it was… But I love using the stylus for not only taking notes but also as an alternative to the scratch pad which I have never got on with in the past. In fact it gets commented on in meetings here at Microsoft many times that I am the only person they have seen using the stylus to work the machine.
If you have used TabletPC on XP and want to know what the improvements are with Vista then try the following http://windowshelp.microsoft.com/Windows/en-GB/Help/c0b768fc-3117-478f-a143-8f3a91081d1a1033.mspx
Updated to add – if you are wondering what i am going on about see Steve Claytons recent posting
From the Windows Vista Magazine is a neat article about how to tidy up your desktop, they mention MSN Wallpapers that I blogged about a few weeks back, as well as a few other tips and tricks I didn’t know like the ALT 255 for removing icon wording.
Also the create a shortcut key to turn the desktop icons off from How to geek is worth a quick read as well .
We have an entire section in Windows Help and How-to on how to personalise your computer including areas about the desktop, sidebar and taskbar, start menu, language settings and more…
‘The latest “fuel” to power Ferrari is a high-performance computing brand, namely Microsoft's latest version of Windows for supercomputers. The two companies announced that Windows HPC Server 2008 would contribute to kicking up a notch Ferrari automotive design, development and engineering. According to Microsoft, Ferrari's sport department is among the first environments world wide to deploy the latest iteration of Windows for supercomputers.’
Am more than happy to volunteer if they need any additional test drivers!
Carrying on from yesterdays post talking about the new parts of the UK Windows website…
Find out about all the features in Windows Vista from accessibility to XPS documents at the updated and improved explore the features section of the new UK Windows website.
Search either alphabetically or by category.
You can find, watch, share and rate 104 Windows Videos over on Microsoft Videos from adverts, demos and interviews with members of the Windows team.
Microsoft Videos is a beta site that…
‘…is your central location for viewing rich media from Microsoft. Scan our Quick Picks for the latest videos, enter a search, or choose from our Video Categories. Then tell us what you think by rating what you’ve watched. If you like what you see, share it with a friend or colleague, or link to it in your blog using one of our community features’
Only Us at this time and you will need Silverlight to view the videos.
OF course there are many other videos for all our products and solutions via the homepage http://www.microsoft.com/video/en/us
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