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  • Blog Post: Windows 8 Editions: Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro and Windows RT

    Windows 8 is still in beta (consumer preview). You can download Windows 8 Consumer Preview here.  When Windows 8 is released, there will be three editions. For PCs and tablets powered by x86 processors (both 32 and 64 bit), we will have two editions: Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro. Windows RT is the...
  • Blog Post: Install and Troubleshoot Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online for Outlook 2010

    I recently activated Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Online with my Windows Live ID. After activation, I was able to log in to my account using the browser. You can find more info on Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Online here . After logging in, I was prompted to download and install Microsoft Dynamics CRM...
  • Blog Post: Kinect For Windows SDK Available for Download

    The Kinect for Windows SDK enables developers to create applications that support gesture and voice recognition, using Kinect sensor technology on computers running Windows 7, Windows Embedded Standard 7, and Windows 8 Developer Preview (desktop applications only). Click here to download the SDK . Commercial...
  • Blog Post: Internet Explorer 9 Top Browser on Windows 7

    Roger Capriotti wrote in a recent post that “As of November, IE9 usage share on Windows 7 worldwide was higher than all versions of Chrome and all versions of Firefox – second only to IE8.” If you are running IE9 (or IE10 Preview), you can see a number of demo apps here that demonstrate browser speed...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Kinect Effect Reaches Into Hospitals, Senior Centers

    Tiger Place, an independent living center in Missouri, uses technology such as Kinect to closely monitor seniors’ movement to help prevent functional decline that can lead to falls and decreased mobility. More info here .   Developers can create rich experiences by using Kinect sensor technology...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7, 18 Months, 350 Million Licenses

    Great milestone! For more detail, read Brandon LeBlanc’s post of Windows 7 at 18 Months .
  • Blog Post: How to Remove “Win 7 Total Security”

    My computer recently got infected with a fake antivirus program “Win 7 Total Security” when I accidently hovered the mouse cursor over a hyperlink and subsequently downloaded and installed it. I removed it manually but you can find lots of information on the virus and removal tools. I found the following...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 Productivity Tip: Sticky Keys

    The Sticky Keys feature has been around since Windows XP and made easier to use in Windows 7. However, many users are not familiar with it. (I have to admit I was one of “them”.) What is the Sticky Keys and why do you need it? Here is one of lots of situations where the feature can be very handy. Say...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Releases Windows 7 Technologies to Device Manufacturers

    Microsoft just announced the release to manufacturing of Windows Embedded Standard 7 . Steve Guggenheimer, corporate vice president of the Original Equipment Manufacturer Division at Microsoft, shared more insight around recent OEM and partner activities with Windows Embedded Standard 7 in his blog ...
  • Blog Post: Five Best Windows 7 Tweaking Applications

    Lifehacker, a blog that covers tips and tricks for streamlining your life with computers, shares five Windows 7 features and applications. God Mode (Windows, Free) Regedit (Windows, Free) Windows 7 Manager (Windows, $40) Rainmeter (Windows, Free) Ultimate Windows Tweaker (Windows, Free) Check out the...
  • Blog Post: Create DVDs on your Windows 7 PC

    I recently helped my middle-school son complete a project and want to share what I learned from the process. There are two primary tools you’ll need to create a nice DVD movie:  Windows Live Movie Maker, which you can download here , and Windows DVD Maker, which comes with Windows 7. Import and...
  • Blog Post: Join us at MIX, March 15-17th 2010!

    Join us at MIX10 as we continue exploring the art and science of creating great user experiences. Designers and developers will learn about Microsoft’s broad web platform and tools that help bring together the clients, servers and cloud services needed for creating great rich web applications. Have you...
  • Blog Post: A Preview of Windows Phone 7 Series Capabilities

    NetworkWorld posted 18 screenshots of Windows Phone 7 Series, including the Start screen, hubs (e.g. Pictures, Games, Office), Windows Marketplace, My Phone service, IE mobile browser, contacts, Outlook inbox, Office Mobile and Office Communicator. These pictures, along with a brief description for each...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7: Top Microsoft Story of 2009

    This is a bit old news … Microsoft Channel9 puts Windows 7 on top of the list -- The 10 Biggest Microsoft Stories of 2009. Watch the video to find out other top stories. 1. Windows 7's Smooth Sailing 2. Microsoft's First Major Layoffs 3. Microsoft Hot On VMware's Heels 4. Ozzie's Windows Azure Comes...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Event - Windows 7, Virtualization and Azure in DC/Tysons Corner VA, 2/25/2010

    Thursday, February 25, 2010 8:00 AM - Thursday, February 25, 2010 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada) Welcome Time: 7:30 AM Theater - AMC Tysons Corner 16 7850 Tysons Corner Center McLean Virginia 22102 United States Event Overview SESSION 1: The Next Wave: Windows Azure The future of highly available...
  • Blog Post: My Favorite Windows 7 Feature: Sticky Notes

    Windows 7 comes with many improved and new features for end users. One of my favorites is Sticky Notes . While I am not a typical user who likes to jog down important notes including passwords and sticks the notes on computer screens, but I do write my To-Do-List on paper, in a Notepad/Word doc, and...
  • Blog Post: Uninstall Windows XP Mode and Delete VHD Files

    I have blogged about Windows XP Mode and application compatibility in a previous post and a recent post that referenced an article “ Windows 7's XP Mode: what it is, how it works, who it's for ” by Peter Bright. In this post I will discuss how to uninstall Windows XP Mode and how to remove a VHD file...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7: What’s New and How is it Different from XP and Vista

    John M. Guilfoil, editor-in-chief at Blast , talked to Marty Cassidy, the general manager of the northeast district at Microsoft and went over several commonly asked questions about Windows 7 below. For detail, read the article here .        For people that downgraded or...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 and MinWin

    Windows 7 has introduced many new and improved features not only on the user experience side but also at the kernel level. If you are curious of what changes have been made at the Windows kernel level, you can find great insights from Mark Russinovich’s PDC09 session on “Windows 7 and Windows Server...
  • Blog Post: Getting started with multi-touch development in Silverlight 3, using Windows 7 and an iPod

    In a recent blog post Chris Klug discusses how he created a Silverlight 3 multitouch application on Windows 7 that communicates with an iPhone application called OScemote . Pretty interesting stuff. To see how an iPhone may be used as a controller for a Silverlight app on Windows 7, or how a Silverlight...
  • Blog Post: A Look Behind the Backgrounds of Windows 7

    Are you curious about how the Microsoft user experience team came out with final designs and selections? If yes, watch Larry Larsen’s interview with senior UX lead Denise Trabona at Channel9.
  • Blog Post: Tap into the Power of the Windows 7 Taskbar

    Paul Foster’s recent blog post at DeveloperFusion discusses the new capabilities of Windows 7 Taskbar. With C# code he demonstrates how to use Windows 7 API Code Pack to add thumbnail previews, add toolbars to thumbnail previews and add a jump list. Check out the detail here .
  • Blog Post: Microsoft MultiPoint Server 2010

    Would it be nice to share a computer simultaneously with multiple users? Yes, when Microsoft MultiPoint Server 2010 becomes available next year. While the new product is useful for many environments, it is ideal for educational institutions that want to provide more teachers and students with access...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 Touch Deep Dive Session at PDC09

    Check out Reed Townsend’s Windows 7 touch deep dive session at PDC. This session is targeted at developers interested in building touch-optimized experiences. You can watch the presentation online or download the presentation file (ppt) and video here .
  • Blog Post: Adding Unique Windows 7 Technical Features to XP and Vista Applications

    Jason Zander put together a reference application “Image Viewer” that shows how to enable some cool Windows 7 features in your XP or Vista applications with relatively little effort and without sacrificing backward compatibility. You can download the application and source code here . • Multitouch •...
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