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  • Blog Post: What does Windows Vista SP1 Mean for Developers?

    As many people will have noticed, we released Windows Vista Service Pack 1 this week ( read about the notable changes here ). Aside from the inevitable bug fixes and enhancements to support new hardware types, one of the underlying changes is that SP1 brings the Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008...
  • Blog Post: MIX08 Day 2 Keynote Live Blog

    I'm going to be "live blogging" the Steve Ballmer keynote this afternoon at this URL. Keep this blog post bookmarked and start hitting "refresh" shortly after the keynote starts at 1pm Pacific / 9pm GMT. Or simply tune in to the webcast ( 750kbps , 300kbps , 100kbps ) and watch it...
  • Blog Post: Windows '7' Technical Evangelist: Are YOU The Person We're Looking For?

    It's not a state secret that we're in the early stages of development for the next version of Windows (given the internal name of Windows '7'). The specifics of what comes next are always the subject of fevered and sometimes inaccurate speculation, but you can be sure that we're not resting on our laurels...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2005 Update for Windows Vista Released...

    The final release of the VS 2005 update for Windows Vista is now available . This update fixes most of the issues that you may have faced with running Visual Studio 2005 on Windows Vista. Install Visual Studio 2005, the Service Pack 1 update, and then the Windows Vista update to get a fully-supported...
  • Blog Post: Highlights of Windows Vista Week

    Over the last week or so, our two "TV stations" - Channel 9 (for developers) and Channel 10 (for power users) - have been running a series of videos around Windows Vista. I thought I'd quickly highlight some of my favorite ones: Robert Fripp and the Windows Vista soundscapes : this is classic Channel...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista Light-Up is Just a Recompile Away for Your MFC Application...

    Yesterday's post on the release of the Visual Studio "Orcas" March CTP triggered a great question from one reader with a large MFC-based application, asking for greater detail on the following new feature: Easily add the Windows Vista "Look and Feel" to native C++ applications Developers can use Visual...
  • Blog Post: Virtual PC Museum 2007

    As Mike Swanson mentions in his blog, Virtual PC 2007 was released this week as a free download. This isn't a revolutionary release, but it's notable for its support for Windows Vista as both a guest and host OS, as well as x64 architecture host support. Some of you know that I have a side-interest in...
  • Blog Post: The Daily Show's Take on Windows Vista

    The BillG appearance was very funny... Stewart: What does the F12 button do - does it do anything? Gates: I'd stay away from it if I were you - start with F1 and work your way up... Stewart: Is it a joke button - does the F12 button do something to someone else's computer? Gates: Er...no. Gates...
  • Blog Post: Comparing WPF on Windows Vista v. Windows XP

    A question I'm often asked is, "what's different about WPF in Windows Vista compared to the version that ships for Windows XP?" In the interests of transparency (which is what blogs are for, right?) I thought I'd address this here. I think it’s important to start by noting that the goal of adding...
  • Blog Post: Installing the WPF/E Developer Environment on Windows Vista

    Although the client runtime is an easy install, I came across a few quirks in installing the full "WPF/E" developer environment on Windows Vista (hey, this is bleeding edge, after all!) I thought I'd post a quick summary of the steps here in the hope that it might be useful to someone. [We refreshed...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista Secret #11: Deleting the Undeletable

    As many of us move forward from Windows XP or prior beta versions of Windows Vista to the final RTM version, I thought this little tip / secret might be in order. You may be aware that Windows Vista includes a number of different ways to upgrade a computer, from a straight in-place upgrade (insert CD...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista Secret #10: Open an Elevated Command Prompt in Six Keystrokes

    User Account Control is, as I mentioned in secret #4 , an important part of the security protection that Windows Vista offers. For any user with administrative credentials, you can always execute a process with full admin rights by right-clicking on the executable or shortcut and choosing "Run as Administrator...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista Secret #9: Kill the Startup Monsters

    If there's one thing that puts me off an application, it's when it unnecessarily inserts itself into the Windows startup process so that it can have its very own system tray icon from whence it can spam me with annoying messages. Obviously it makes sense for some applications to run on startup (for example...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista Secret #8: Zoom in Explorer

    The awesome guys from the Windows Vista Magazine revealed a great Windows Vista secret recently that I wanted to bring to a broader audience. When you're browsing around the file system in Explorer, it's often useful to be able to quickly switch between different folder views. If you're looking at a...
  • Blog Post: Preparing for Windows Vista

    On a more practical note than my last blog posting , I want to encourage everyone to check out the Windows Vista compatibility cookbook . Despite our best efforts, there will always be some breaking changes between releases of an operating system, particularly when security model changes such as UAC...
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