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.
Just a gentle reminder for anyone still downloading the Windows 7 Beta to get on with it as it will become unavailable after tomorrow
February 12th: Starting at 9am Pacific Time all downloads will no longer be available for the Windows 7 Beta. If you have not finished your download, you will be unable to do so.
Following on from my post a few weeks ago about twitter growth in the uk growing rapidly is now this posting from hitwise
Hitwise Intelligence - Robin Goad - UK: Twitter enters top 100 sites; UK traffic has trebled already in 2009
Not only is it Twitter in the top 100 sites in the UK (ranked 91st) but is also the 7th most visited social networking and forum site in the UK
Sure it is only a small % of the market and a long way to go to topple the big players in this market, but growth is showing no signs of letting up…
Thanks to http://twitter.com/jangles for the tip, and wondering out loud if the UK is typical when compared to other markets
I had been looking for a really good and comprehensive list of available features in all the flavours / editions of Windows 7 when I came across this article on the DailyTech.
So shamelessly ripped out and pasted below (disclaimer I am not 100% sure of the accuracy of this!!!), and the comments are really interesting read too if you have the time
Windows 7 Version
Developing Countries Only
Retail and OEM (Global)
Windows Media Center
Advanced Network Backup
Encrypting File System
Location Aware Printing
Remote Desktop Host
MUI Language Packs
Virtual Desktop Interface
Virtual Hard Disk Booting
So if you ain’t started yet then I suggest you get cracking on that download!
From Brandon on the Windows team blog
February 10th: Starting at 12am Pacific Time, no new downloads will be available. If you have already begun downloading the Windows 7 Beta, you have until Feb. 12th to complete the download.
After February 12th, folks will still be able to register for product keys for the Windows 7 Beta.
The above schedule does *not* apply to TechNet and MSDN Subscribers.
Just wanted to point out this short article from Business Week
A Blog Helps Microsoft Get a Key Win 7 Feature Right – BusinessWeek
I am more interested in the how a dialogue between a company and its customers via a blog if done well and acted upon can make a huge difference from not only an image perspective but also improving a product, rather than the details of the UAC discussion itself.
‘It’s fascinating to watch how the use of corporate blogs, when used for dialog rather than propaganda, can change the way business decisions are made, generally for the better. A good case in point is how Microsoft finally decided to fix a bone-headed design decision in Windows 7. The significance goes well beyond the technical issues involved.’
I think it shows that Microsoft gets blogging and it gets listening to customers. I am sure we don’t do it perfectly everytime, but can you image this happening a few years ago? and if there had been this dialogue for Windows Vista would it have ended up being different?
Adam Kinney has an excellent list of Microsoft Product groups and there Twitter Accounts
Microsoft teams and products on Twitter | Adam Kinney, Continuum Explorer
To highlight a few of the windows based ones:
@MSWindows – Announcing Windows 7
@WindowsLive – Official Twitter account of Microsoft Windows Live
Check out the rest on his blog http://adamkinney.com/blog/408/default.aspx
updated with correct links without typos!!!!
Always on the look out for useful Windows help topics and tips and tricks, here are 2 really useful 2 page reference cards for Windows Vista and Windows XP
Thanks to Blake on the Road to Know Where for the tip
The latest in the I’m a PC series, this is really neat showing off the easy to use Windows Photo Gallery. It really is that easy BTW.
Check out some more of the latest I’m a PC videos at http://www.microsoft.com/windows/rookies/
Earlier I mentioned the Toshiba TG01 phone that looked so good in the review pictures, well there is now a promo video and it is well worth looking at on www.megawhat.tv
there are some very neat touches like the 3 bar scrolling screen, the hand gestures and the tilt functionality.
When can i get one?
Remember the wooden PC? Well now there is the cardboard PC
I quite like the idea especially for its green credentials as ‘…the outer body can be recycled…’
But keep it away from all things wet such as coffee, half drunk water bottles and other detritus that can be found on the typical geek desk.