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.
I am typing this entry whilst trying out my new headphones a set of Microsoft LifeChat LX-3000’s,
...and I have to say I am very impressed so far with the sound quality. I am no audiophile at all but the music is very crisp and clear, and most of all the background noise has disappeared due to the generous cups that envelope my ears :). Although it feels odd to have these type of headphones as I am used to my Bose in ear phones for listening to music.
Of course these will come into there own for chatting to friends and colleagues via messenger.
One thing to mention was the install on my Vista notebook, I plugged them into a USB slot, Vista detected them within 2s and installed the drivers automatically and I had them setup and working within a few more seconds. Which all in all was a great and trouble free experience. I would highly recommend these to anyone wanting to listen to music, make calls or chat on there PC.
One minor thing where the experience could be improved ever so slightly is that when I hover over the little speaker in the notification (or System Tray), it says I am running Microsoft LifeChat LX-3000,great. However the icon is the same standard speaker one rather than the headphone one!
Currently listening to a little bit of Voodoo Chile by Jimi Hendrix, which sounds amazing :)
If you had not already heard April 29th is the scheduled date that Windows XP Service Pack 3 will be available via Windows Update and the Microsoft Download Center
See the announcement over on the Technet Forums:Windows XP Service Pack 3 Released to Manufacturing - TechNet Forums
There is a summary of what is in XP SP3 either in PDF or XPS here
‘Windows XP SP3 includes all previously released Windows XP updates, including security updates and hotfixes, and select out-of-band releases. Windows XP SP2 was released in August 2004. Since then, Microsoft has released hundreds of updates. Windows XP SP3 includes all of these updates. Microsoft is not adding significant Windows Vista functionality to Windows XP through SP3. However, SP3 does include Network Access Protection (NAP) to help organizations that use Windows XP to take advantage of new features in the Windows Server® 2008 operating system’
So a little later than planned, and following on from last months post here are the articles on the Windows Help and How-to that have the highest rating by you the customer. All are rated 85% positively or better, the top one getting a whopping 96% rating which is great :)
Some of these articles get very little traffic from UK customers, and I will need to look at how I can highlight/promote these on the site better. The fact the panorama one is top was a surprise to me based on my earlier post this week, here and here.
The same caveats apply to this list as last month.
Then visit my colleagues (Magnus) new blog over on technet Windows-tips
”Hej Magnum , god emot se du blogging , hoppas du hålla slik :)”
I hope that makes sense
OK so maybe it was supposedly an internal video that got leaked onto Youtube, or maybe even a viral effort, but you still have to worry at a lot of levels about it.
Watch the video and make you own mind up!
Updated with the smilies 17/04/2008
You can download the Helpful Hints – Your guide to mastering the Windows Vista Ultimate operating system for free here. Its quite big at nearly 9mb but contains some great and useful content especially if you are new to Windows Vista it is well worth a quick read.
It covers everything from starting your computer to managing pictures and security features to games.
However one thing to note is that it is focused on the Ultimate version so not all features are available if you have a different version.
Spurred on by my poor effort yesterday, I decided to give it another go today, and wandered out and took 5 shots (again on the E650) of the Microsoft UK main campus at Thames Valley Park. After a bit of cropping I got the following much better (but not perfect result).
(Click on it to open up the full image 1.3Mb)
So a better end product, I was surprised about how well it came out. Pity about the foreground ropes not quite lining up, and clearly it was sunny when I took the first shot on the left.
Whilst outside the London offices, I took some pictures with my mobile phone (E650), with the plan of stitching them together later using the Create Panoramic Picture option using Windows Live Photo Gallery. We have a great demo of this on the site at:
So only the train back from Paddington I created the following, it is not as good as I would have liked but nether the less it is worth showing.
(Click on it to open up the full image 1.1Mb)
A couple of problems I encountered where (all my own fault)
1. the obvious not keeping the phone straight issue!!
2. there was actually 5 pictures but clearly the 2 edge ones didn’t over lap so Windows Live Photo Gallery ignored them
3. the camera only shoots up to 2mb, which these days sounds a little low
4. I should have done it in front of the big lamp post on the left
Doing this on a cramped train was actually easier than I thought, thanks to the very easy to use software, even though the end result wasn’t great.
You can get Windows Live Photo Gallery for FREE at http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=3c04d993-dbb4-4fb1-96dd-4b806a9ef1a4&displaylang=en&tm
try it out :)
Just back from a day meeting some of my colleagues up in our London offices to talk about how we can work together better, to improve the overall customer experience whether they are visiting our more corporate sites such as Windows Help and How-To and http://www.microsoft.com/uk/windows or our more consumer focused sites such as http://www.msn.co.uk
Our suspicions are that customers are visiting one, both or more sites to get the same piece of information whether it be product information, demos, tutorials or reviews. I sat down with various people who own sites, so a quick hello to:
Claire Jane and Nik – who look after the Tech & Gadgets section, there is even a Microsoft sub section tot his site where I think the greatest co-operation and place to work together is. They also have a blog at http://msnuktech.spaces.live.com/
Matt – who looks after the http://windowslive.uk.msn.com/ site, and he also has a blog at http://windowslive.uk.msn.com/
We are likely to just start of simple and share data on popular topics, upcoming items of interest and data analysis etc so hopefully over the coming months we will start to work together a little more.
Updated 16/04/2008 with the embarrassment of having got someone's name wrong, sorry Jane
There has been some good debate for the pros and cons (mainly cons on the debate) of the switch from LiveMaps to Multimap for UK users today. James Senior a UK Microsoft blogger has some information about it on his blog below…
James.Random() : Live Maps switches to Multimap
There is some geo-targeting going in the mix somewhere so as a UK user you will be likely sent to the MultiMap interface by default, whether you type in http://maps.live.com or http://www.virtualearth.com !!
However if you prefer the old VirtualEarth experience you can override it using the following link http://maps.live.com/?mkt=en-us