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.
There have been some new Windows Help and How-to demos posted to the site recently, hope you find them useful if not let us know.
1. Use Parental Controls to manage your child's computer time ‘Watch this demo to learn how to use Parental Controls to monitor your children's computer activities, such as the games they play, the time they spend online, and what websites they visit.’
2. Smart ways to turn off your computer ‘Watch this demo to learn about the recommended ways to turn off your computer or make it sleep.’
3. Create your own website on Windows Live Spaces ‘Watch this demo to learn how to create a website on Windows Live Spaces for blogging, sharing photos, and more.’
These last few days have seen a few updates and releases of some new Microsoft software.
Windows Search 4.0 has been released to the web – read more on the Windows Experience Blog
Technical Preview of Windows Live Writer – read more on the Writer Zone . I have been using Windows Live Writer on my various other personal blogs since it was in beta internally in Microsoft, and I have to say what a totally great product it is and it is totally free.
taken from http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/windowsxp/future.mspx which is a page all about our plans to stop selling Windows XP from 30th June. There appears to be some confusion around what we will do after this date with regard support but this entry from the Microsoft Lifecycle Support Blog should clear that up.
From today you can now buy amongst other Microsoft products (such as Office and Expression), various editions of Windows Vista (full product and upgrade), direct form the online Microsoft store at http://www.microsoftstore.co.uk or to go direct to the Windows Vista selection use https://emea.microsoftstore.com/UK/DesktopDefault.aspx/tabid-2/
You should be able to buy the physical box as well as via a download. This new choice of getting Microsoft products gives you the customer another way to get our products.
If you like your Windows in Icelandic then you can download the new Windows Icelandic Language Interface Pack (LIP)
‘Windows Vista tungumálaviðmótspakki’
Upplýsingar um niðurhal: Windows Vista LIP
For more info on the Icelandic language try this from Wikipedia , and for more information on Microsofts Global Development and computing try the portal at http://www.microsoft.com/globaldev/default.mspx
My French counterpart JP sent me this earlier in the week, I don’t think you need to be able to speak French to understand the funny videos on the web site
Depuis que j'ai Messenger sur mon Mobile – Windows Live Messenger
Articles that are very highly rated but not read very much are what we call Hidden Gems on the Windows Help and How-to team.
So some of them maybe are quite niche articles, such as the gardening one, but I guess we are not doing a great job in signposting this content on the site.
Let me know what you think and how you rate this content.
I am not sure if this is something new but if you select Print Preview from the option in Internet Explorer, and then click on the help icon it takes you to a page on the Windows Help and How-to site:
Preview the appearance of a printed webpage
I ask because since the 13th of May it has gone from consistently having 1-4 page views a day to now having over 200! I won’t get the satisfaction scores for this page for a while so let me know what you think of it.
And if you know which update made this change I would be interested in that as well. I did get the following updates over the last few days.
Not sure how long this has been live but thought I would give it a little plug as it is quite a cool little app from the UK Windows Live team:
“Live Space Vision is a stream of global updates to the Windows Live Space network of local market sites in near real-time. Live Space Vision joins FlickrVision, TwitterVision, and WikipediaVision in the vision map genre. This was achieved by using the publicly available Changes Feed and Virtual Earth SDK.
Evangelised by Rick Stock and Jason Christie in London, UK. Developed by Cyokin Zhang and Jamie He in Shanghai, CN."
There is some information here http://windowslive.uk.msn.com/spaces/guides/article.aspx?cp-documentid=8302095, and as it says it can be a great time waster just watching the sites that are being updated and the spinning globe.
I was asked yesterday what the best landing page for getting Windows XP SP3 was. So I had a quick hunt around and couldn’t find anything specific, there where lots of downloads and comments and posts on the various forums. The overall advice though is to wait till you get it via automatic updates, but if you need it in some other format see the links below.