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.
Over on the Windows Live writer blog they have just announced the release candidate of Windows Live Essentials that includes a new version of Windows Live writer (version 14.0.8050.1202)
I am a big fan of live writer using it for my multiple blogs and have been using it for a number of years, you can read all about the latest improvements on the blog Windows Live Writer 2009: Release Candidate - Windows Live
But you will also see (later in the post) 3 additional plugins for Live writer, I have been using the first 2 for a while, you may have spotted the digg buttons and also for those on my twitter feed the updates…
DIGG THIS Automatically adds a DiggThis badge to your blog post after you publish it from Writer. there are several designs in the setup as well
TWITTER NOTIFY Automatically generates a TinyURL and sends a Tweet about your blog post after you publish it from Writer.
FLICKR UPLOAD Uploads an image to your Flickr account and inserts an inline picture into your post.
updated with correct Digg link
Hot on the heels of the UK Windows Vista Community Page is this new (i think site) called Windows Vista Answers…
Where you can get ‘answers to the most common Windows Vista questions.’
you can either search or browse from the existing set of answers and questions as well as asking the community where you can ‘Tap into the expertise and enthusiasm of Windows Vista customers and Microsoft support professionals worldwide.’
Currently the 5 most helpful answers to questions are
and rather nicely you can subscribe to the most helpful answers feed by clicking the rss button
Thanks To Blake on The Road to Know Where for the link
If you fancy getting into the festive theme with Windows Live Messenger then download these emoticons from MSN Italy
My Italian is a bit rusty but hit the big red button to Get free Christmas emoticons
Thanks to the WinVistaClub for the spot and link.
Ever wanted to know what the Windows Media Center TV pack is? well follow the link below to find out ‘Everything you need to know to install, tune, and get the most out of the new Windows Media Center TV Pack.’
Windows Media Center TV Pack 2008: The Unofficial User's Guide - Features by PC Magazine
Thanks to Chris for the link
We have just launched our Windows Vista community page in the UK
UK Windows Vista Help and How-To Community
On this site (which we are planning on expanding) are
The idea is to highlight the great community resources available in the UK for people with Vista issues and hopefully if they have a problem or question give them a central place to try and find an answer.
So if you know of any other great communities or blogs about any aspect of Windows Vista that is focused more on the consumer side of things then let me know and I would be happy to consider including it.
PS I have already been asked why I have not included my own blog, and my reply was modesty... do you think I should include it?
Spotted this nice photo article over on silicon.com
Photos: Windows through the ages
which shows 10 Windows screen shots from Version 1 through to 7, really interesting to see the changes...
My first encounter with Windows was I think 3.1 and then Windows for Work Groups...what was yours?
We have recently changed our spotlight on the UK Windows Help and How-to to highlight some of the more interesting things you can do with your photos and videos at this time of year:
hope you find them useful...
No not a typo, I really hope these will be available in the UK as well.
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Great little article on Top 5 Windows Vista Security Tips from Dragon Via Chris Pirillo it covers the following (followed by a Windows Help and How-to article on the subject)
1. Checking your spyware protection - Spyware FAQ
2. Keep Windows Vista Up to date -
3. Use the network profiles - Create or modify network profiles
4. Use the 64 bit version of Windows Vista - 32 and 64 bit Windows FAQ
5. Use a security Gadget on your sidebar such as AlertCon -
Getting the most from your sidebar demo
For more Security related Windows help articles please visit http://windowshelp.microsoft.com/Windows/en-GB/security.mspx
4 new Windows Vista Language Interface Packs (LIPs) have been released, all from South Africa, click the links below to be taken to the downloads pages: