• Steve Clayton

    January Action Pack details



    There have been an awful lot of questions around the January Action Pack recently and it continues to be one of the most popular pages on my blog. To recap, the January Action Pack contains the following:

    • Windows Vista Business
    • Microsoft Office Enterprise 2007
    • Microsoft Office Project Professional 2007
    • Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 with Business Contact Manager
    • Microsoft Office Visio 2007
    • Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007
    • Microsoft Office SharePoint Designer 2007
    • Microsoft Expression Web

    There have been lots of questions around the Vista version and the upgrade process. We have a few tiny issues there (I like to call them issuetes they were so small) but I'm pleased to say you can now upgrade from Vista Business to Ultimate if you wish using this link - https://emea.windowsanytimeupgradestore.com/WAU_DIRECT/Home.aspx - even better is that your license persists even if you leave MAPS...which is highly unlikely of course ;)


    There are numerous other questions such as continuing to use XP and Office 2003 CD's and I'm pleased to say you can. The ever resourceful Mr Overton has a full FAQ on his blog that I'd strongly encourage you to read.


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  • Steve Clayton

    MobileMe sneaks in to Vista


    I was making some changes this week in Control Panel and my machine and could hardly believe my eyes when I saw that new entry at the bottom – Apple’s MobileMe. Where the hell did that come from? Where else…iTunes. I got prompted to install a new version of iTunes last week (I use Nike+) so given Apple uses iTunes for MobileMe I shouldn’t have been surprised.

    Needless to say, I didn’t sign up :)

  • Steve Clayton

    Skinkers interview


    Video: Matteo Berlucchi

    Last week I had the pleasure of catching up with Matteo Berlucchi from Skinkers where we talked about their innovative technology and their relationship with Microsoft. We also captured a live demo of their LiveStation product that I discussed last week.

    These guys area great example of how Microsoft can and does work with small, innovative software companies and the video is longer than usual (17 mins) as Matteo and I discuss that as well as talking about their company, the product and our propensity to buy lots of gadgets!

    Don't forget to sign up for the beta and put my name in the "where you heard from field" to faster access!

  • Steve Clayton

    Microsoft Football Scoreboard


    Okay, if someone else in the PTS team hasn’t blogged about this I’ll be astonished :)
    You can now download for free the Microsoft Soccer Scoreboard to keep up with the World Cup. We all know that’s a spelling mistake of course as it should be the Microsoft Football Scoreboard but hey…

    Now, if this was available as a Gadget for Vista that would be even cooler as it’ using up just a bit too much screen real estate at the moment. There are good options to minmise the size though and make it very transparent (very Aero Glass). I’m sure there’ll be a tonne of World Cup Gadgets though now that Beta 2 is out. It would also be nice to be able to change the font but that’s just me…I’m picky about my fonts.

    Having said all of that, it’s an essential new addition to your desktop and when I find I good RSS feed to add in to the Options I’ll post it here.  

  • Steve Clayton

    Start Me Up


    Vista has this to beat for launch videos. Tough act to follow if you ask me (which you didn't I know).

    Video: Original Microsoft Windows 95 Commercial

    [update: video on YouTube for people who like to go that way]

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