April, 2006

  • Steve Clayton

    My brother has cooler tech than me :(

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    What happened – for 8 years the Clayton family has oohed and ahhed at my techno prowess. Then my brother shows up with not one but two cooler laptops than I have - both sporting carbon lids. I came close to buying a Vaio this weekend in the race to keep up but decided the coins would be more useful for the HDTV fund. Besides, I can’t quite get the whole dual graphics card thing in the SZ1VP. Surely there must be a better way to improve battery life?

    Once I get my SKY HD box the first part of that masterplan will be complete. Time to go really work out what HD Ready, HDMI and the 720p and 1080i and 1080p language is all about.

  • Steve Clayton

    New product names

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     Nothing quite as cool as Origami (oops, UMPC) but a host of products got new names announced at the Management Summit last week as noted by Mary Jo Foley at MS Watch.

    Exchange 12 is unsurprisingly Exchange Server 2007, Monad becomes Windows Power Shell (not really my thing but it must be cool if Hanselman likes it), MOM v3 is now System Centre Operations Manager 2007 and SMS v3 is System Centre Configuration Manager 2007. Get the details at PressPass – I remember when I joined (just about) almost 9 years ago and could name all of our products and pretty much what they all did. No more!

  • Steve Clayton

    More Vista eye candy

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    This time from the NY Times and top of Tech Memorandum for a while

    I still think the BBC demo looks cooler but maybe that’s just me favouring the Bee. More seriously, whilst all these cool demos are great I’ll be coming back to “why does a business need Vista” very soon. It’s a question I get asked a lot and of course it got lots of coverage over at Mini

  • Steve Clayton

    team blog

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    Shel over at Naked Conversations (I’m readin their book at the mo) has an interesting post about team blogs and suggests people follows bloggers rather than blogs. I agree to an extent but I have a mix of bloggers I follow (like Scoble) but also sites such as Microsoft Watch. That’s not to say Mary Jo Foley who posts on the latter blog isn’t a good blogger but the site defines what she’ll blog about rather than Scoble who I follow a) because he works here b) because he posts all kind of stuff.

    We’re trying a sort of team blog at Partner Perspectives by taking some of the best stuff from my teams’ blogs on to a single site aimed at Microsoft Partners. We need to get the noise out but it’s early days I think.  

  • Steve Clayton

    Searching out the answers

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    Our man in the UK, James Akrigg is pretty passionate about search and has recently written a piece of PTS-Press entitled Searching Out The Answers. If you haven’t tried Windows Desktop Search perhaps it’s a good time to give it a spin. I tried earlier versions and have to confess I usually uninstalled them after a few days as they hogged resources on my machine but the latest version has stayed on my machine for well over a month. It allows you to quickly find emails, Office document and with iFilters lots of other files such as PDF’s, ZIP files, and Lotus Notes. With Vista this is only going to get better as search pervades the entire user experience.

    This is also a good time to mention the search providers page that allows you to add additional search providers to IE7 beta 2 such as Google, Amazon, eBay and more.

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