October, 2009

  • Steve Clayton

    Installing Windows 7 on a netbook just got simple - Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool



    Released today in conjunction with Windows 7 is the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool.


    From Microsoft Store…


    When you purchase Windows 7 from Microsoft Store, you have the option to download an ISO file or compressed files. The Windows 7 USB/DVD Download tool allows you to create a copy of your Windows 7 ISO file on a USB flash drive or a DVD. To create a bootable DVD or USB flash drive, download the ISO file and then run the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download tool. Once this is done, you can install Windows 7 directly from the USB flash drive or DVD.

    Bootable media allows you to install Windows 7 without having to first run an existing operating system on your machine.


    Grab it now!

  • Steve Clayton

    Microsoft reboots


     microsoft_graffiti_5981[1] Fresh Coat of Paint: Artist Ricardo Richey, commissioned by Fortune, spray-paints a street-smartversion of Microsoft'sname and Window's logo on a San Francisco wall.

    Aha…so now we know the source of those graffiti Windows 7 murals in San Francisco. Fortune commissioned Ricardo Richey to do his thing for their article Microsoft reboots.

    I like the title as it does feel like a reboot is underway at the moment. There is plenty of good stuff coming out of Redmond products teams (Bing, Natal, Windows 7, Zune HD) but I think this has also led to an equally important reboot – internal pride and excitement. There is genuine and palpable excitement about Windows 7 and those other products. People seem to me to be proud once more to say they work at Microsoft and to tell our story after a few years of being pounded by Apple ads, Vista questions etc.

    We’re only 6 days away now from what Fortune describe as the technology launch of the year. Wow, when was the last time you heard that about Microsoft?

    It’s good to be back in game…both with our products and our people.

  • Steve Clayton

    Ha ha ha



    Gauging how funny something is….wise words from Drew Heffron

  • Steve Clayton

    Dell multi touch panel for Windows 7



    Oooh, I may need a new monitor to go with my new Sony Vaio. Check out this new Dell SX2210T 21.5" widescreen Multi-Touch panel. Multi-touch you say? Yup…when using Windows 7 Home Premium and above you get the multi-touch capability. I didn’t even know this was something you could do via a separate panel but it makes a huge amount of sense and for me, I personally prefer the idea of a big screen with touch capability rather than having touch on a small screen laptop like mine.

    So what do you get?

    • Full HD (1920 x 1080) experience with 16:9 widescreen display
    • Optimal brightness (220cd/m2) and 50,000:1 (max.) dynamic contrast ratio
    • Integrated 2MP webcam with dual microphones for video chats

    $469 in the US but I don’t think it’d fit in my carry on luggage. I assumed it’d be a US only thing for now but no….it’s there on the UK site for £319 with free shipping. sooooooooooooooooooooooo tempting

  • Steve Clayton

    Windows 7 UK ads



    I came home last night and pretty much the first thing I saw on TV was an ad for Windows 7. A dude in a gym with a Lenovo laptop…it was meant to be :) I’m off to find the ad online but in the meantime, these are the ads that adorned our Reading HQ office in the UK on launch day.

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