Ian Moulster's blog

A Microsoft employee translating Microsoft technology into plain English
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    Mix Day 1

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    The keynote is over for day 1, and it’s been fantastic so far. You may well have seen the various announcements elsewhere (or maybe even watched them via www.visitmix.com ), but I thought it worth providing a summary of my take on what we’ve announced...
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    The "S" word

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    You may or may not have noticed an announcement we made late on Sunday, so I thought I'd draw people's attention to it: "Silverlight". And it gives me such pleasure to be able to talk about this technology as for the past few months we've been banned...
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    Mix:UK session videos now available

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    We recorded most of the sessions at the recent Mix:UK event and have now made them available online for you to view / download. They're available at http://www.microsoft.com/uk/mix07/agenda.aspx , and worth a look. The Scott Guthrie sessions are particularly...
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    Cool things you should know about Windows Live #1 - Foldershare

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    We're releasing quite a bit of new stuff - some in beta, some final release - around Windows Live and I'm finding that much of the time people aren't aware of what some of the cool pieces are. So I decided it might be useful to blog a few of these, and...
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    Nice new Silverlight tutorials

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    These are great: short, snappy Silverlight "how to" tutorials using....Silverlight. Perfect.
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    Source Code for great Windows Live applications

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    I need to make you aware of a couple of really nice examples of Windows Live applications that we've just released. What do I mean by "Windows Live applications"? These are web apps that are built on top of a whole host of Windows Live services by using...
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    5GB for Hotmail, plus other enhancements

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    We have just released a further update to Windows Live Hotmail, and I'm definitely liking the new features: Firstly - more space. Lots more actually: You now have 5GB of space to store your emails and contacts etc "Out of office" feature that...
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    Scary video

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    I knew I'd regret agreeing to this: The guy who runs a new designer-focused website - www.screenedit.com - was visiting Microsoft yesterday and asked if he could record a video interview with me for "just 60 seconds". He asked me my opinion of what makes...
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    In Vegas

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    Well I'm here in sunny and very hot - 38 degrees C - Las Vegas, getting ready to enjoy the first day of Mix 07. The journey was kind of fun (24 hours after a series of delays and the closure of Phoenix airport due to a dust storm) but on the positive...
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    Free event covering Silverlight and Windows Live for developers in the UK

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    If you want to witness Silverlight development first hand, along with insights into the announcements made at Mix 07 around Windows Live for developers (including Silverlight streaming), sign up for our free event on May 16th: http://msevents.microsoft...
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    (off topic) Some mind-reading fun

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    This is a lot of fun: http://trunks.secondfoundation.org/files/psychic.swf It seems to read your mind, see how paranoid you become re your mouse movements before figuring out how it's doing it (or before looking it up). To keep it relevant to this...
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    All Binged Up

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    Not sure if this is a sign I’m committed, or should be committed…but I am now sporting a Bing sticker on my car. I think it’s looks pretty good. If anyone else wants to be committed drop me an email and I’ll send you a sticker as long as you promise to...
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    My still-empty inbox

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    Just over a year ago I wrote a blog post boasting that my inbox was empty. I got to this happy state by a combination of being really disciplined with myself about email and using a powerful Outlook addon that really made it easier to keep on top of my...
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    what’s a Patina?

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    Following my previous post that covered how to look up the status of a flight on live.com, here’s a couple of other featurette’s that you may not be aware of. We were watching a programme on TV last night where the word “patina” was mentioned. Any idea...
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    Eye-Fi?

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    Angus has been shouting loudly about Eye-Fi - and I have to admit it does look pretty cool. Take a look at his blog post for full details, but essentially this is a small piece of hardware (a card) that can automatically transfer pictures from your digital...
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    A New Job

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    Well the time has come for me to move on to something new. I'm still going to be working for Microsoft but I have been really fortunate to be accepted for a new role as the Windows Live Commercial Lead for the UK. What does this mean? There's a really...
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    My Beautiful Empty Inbox

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    My inbox is empty, and what a joy it is to see. Normally, my inbox looks like a disaster zone with thousands of emails, many unread, and at least a hundred red flagged. So how have I managed to move from chaos to clarity. Have I lost my job? Or my mind...
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    Inside track on Windows Vista SP1

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    You've probably heard that we announced today that Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1) has been released to manufacturing or RTMd. You may be wondering a) what's in it and b) when you can get it, and how. For answers to these questions along with a whole...
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    What services can I use with my Windows Live ID?

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    I've been trying to compile a list of all of the services that are available (ignoring geographical restrictions) once you have a Windows Live ID. I thought it would be a useful exercise to start listing out the services and see how far I got. But before...
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    Getting Windows Vista SP1 on DVD

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    A few people have asked me whether they can get Windows Vista SP1 on DVD rather than downloading it. If you visit this link you can have a copy sent to you as long as you're ok to pay for postage.
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    Should I use SkyDrive or Office Live Workspace to store files online?

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    It's a question I've come across a few times recently: We provide a number of ways for you to store documents online: Windows Live SkyDrive gives you 5GB of storage for free Office Live Workspace gives you a further 500MB of free storage Live...
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    Activating the “flip ahead” feature in Internet Explorer 10 on Windows 8 and Windows RT

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    As I have mentioned previously, Internet Explorer 10 has been built from the ground up to offer great support for touch while still retaining all of its advantages for keyboard and mouse. One simple but very effective feature is how you can simply "swipe"...
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    Adding a tile for a desktop website to your Windows 8 start screen

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    The version of Internet Explorer 10 that runs on the Windows 8 start screen is fantastic, running full-screen and great for touch. And it's really easy to pin a tile for your favourite websites to your Windows 8 start screen - simply swipe from the top...
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    Using offline maps on Windows Phone 8

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    One of the really useful features in Windows Phone 8 is the ability to use maps offline. I recently had the opportunity to road-test this feature in a trip to Lisbon in Portugal. It works like this: Before leaving home I downloaded the map for Portugal...
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    Buy a Windows 8 app once, use it in multiple places

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    Here’s a thought. Let’s say you find an app in the Windows Store that you like, but isn’t free. Take “ Hydro Thunder Hurricane ” as an example – it’s a really fun 3D game. Now, let’s say you decide to buy it. You may have a couple of questions: Does that...
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