Ian Moulster's blog

A Microsoft employee translating Microsoft technology into plain English
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    Skydrive to offer 25GB online space for free

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    You may have noticed a whole ton of announcements about Windows Live yesterday. There is plenty of very cool stuff - I love the new groups feature for example, pop aggregation on hotmail, the great new home page, having video preview pics and videos/picture...
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    Windows Azure Live Services Platform – free classroom-based training

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    When I posted this entry before the PDC I couldn’t – for obvious reasons - say that this training is actually for Windows Azure, and includes a developer key to Live Services. What does this mean? It means that if you attend the training you’ll be able...
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    Watch the PDC keynote live

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    As you may know we have some big announcements to make today at the Professional Developers Conference (PDC) in Los Angeles. However even if you’re not there you can get a front row seat by watching the video streamed live from http://microsoftpdc.com...
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    Free training on Live Mesh and the Live Platform

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    Yes it’s true. This training is not only free but it’s classroom-based training. You’ll get the inside track on how to build on Live Mesh and the Live Platform. In addition to getting training on these technologies ie you get trained on the existing APIs...
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    The Zune In-Car Kit

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    It’s pretty rare these days that I’m pleasantly surprised by something. However, it happened recently when I bought an in-car kit for my Zune player. Frankly, my expectation levels weren’t that high. Not because I suspected there would be anything wrong...
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    How can I install MS Office on my computer if it has no CD or DVD drive?

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    Ok, I know I’ve been lax at blogging lately and it might seem like this first blog post for a while is actually some kind of sales pitch…which might make you wonder if I’ve been turned into a salesman (no, I haven’t). Actually I’m posting this because...
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    Blogging awards congratulations

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    Huge congratulations to some of my colleagues who have just won recognition from the Computer Weekly Blog Awards. These are: Steve Clayton’s “ Geek in Disguise ” blog won the “Company Blogs” category Jason Langridge’s...
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    Nice new Silverlight components from Intersoft Solutions

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    Take a look at http://sirius2.intersoftpt.com/ , some nice new Silverlight components. It's worth viewing the source code if you're a dev, it's incredibly easy to use this stuff. Looking forward to seeing this being used widely.
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    Different background pictures on dual monitor setups

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    I’ve been running with dual monitors for some time and find it’s a really useful way to work, whether you’re writing code or writing a letter. And with monitors getting to reasonable price points these days it has become increasingly common to see this...
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    Birds' Nest on Live.com

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    Those of you who read my earlier blog post and set your homepage to http://www.live.com/?mkt=en-us will have been enjoying the twice-daily updates of photos from the Olympics as the backdrop. However Microsoft China decided to go one better and...
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    Live Mesh signups opened to UK residents

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    The Live Mesh team have just opened up the ability for UK residents to sign up to the service. Previously it was only available in the US. In addition to the UK, residents in Australia and New Zealand have also been given the ability to sign up. Get in...
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    Live search homepage facelift

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    This has been in the wings for a while now so it’s good to see it being rolled out. The Live Search homepage ( www.live.com ) now has a rather pleasing background image – that will be changed over time – with a series of hotspots that you can roll over...
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    Will the real Windows Vista please stand up?

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    This is another of those "in case you haven't seen it" posts....so in case you haven't seen it I would recommend taking a look at http://www.mojaveexperiment.com/ . What is it? A number of people who were very skeptical of the value of Windows...
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    Get paid for displaying your videos

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    If you haven't come across our Silverlight Streaming service before now I would recommend taking a look. Why? Here are three reasons to get you started: 1) It's free 1) Allows you to stream high quality video on your website for free 2) There is no branding...
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    trueSpace 7.6 now a free download

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    In case you missed it, Chris Pendleton announced in his blog post yesterday we are now providing the full trueSpace 7.6 3D tool as a free download. This is really cool for a number of reasons, not least because a) trueSpace is a serious 3D tool that...
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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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    Ask.com now uses Virtual Earth

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    Great to see that ask.com has done the right thing and adopted the best mapping solution available on the web. See http://maps.ask.com .   And of course multimap ( www.multimap.com ) now has VE's bird's eye view images - hardly surprising since we...
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    Using any email address for your Windows Live ID

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    Did you know that you can use any email address to sign up for a Windows Live ID? Which means you can use any email address to access Hotmail or Messenger for example, or SkyDrive or Spaces or any other Windows Live Service. So if I have an existing email...
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    Improvements to plug-in for Office Live Workspace

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    If you’ve used the excellent Office Live Workspace you may be aware that there’s a plug-in you can download for the Office client applications (Word, Excel, etc) that allow you to save files to and open files from your Office Live Workspace directly from...
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    Peering through the worldwide telescope

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    As you may have heard, we released an initial version of a technology known as the worldwide telescope last month. I’ve been playing around with it for a bit and I’ve got to say it’s fascinating stuff. Geek as I am I grew up with Science Fiction, reading...
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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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    Our new online store

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    On the subject of "something that may be of interest but isn't directly related to things I usually blog about", here's some news: We have opened a new online store where you can buy some of our most popular products direct from us by downloading...
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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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    Photosynth features in episode of CSI on TV

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    Having a career in IT can sometimes spoil films and TV - I have to bite my tongue sometimes when there's some kind of highly unlikely software scenario passed off by Hollywood as just an every day thing. But it seems that Photosynth is cool enough to...
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    Popfly game creator

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    We have just released an alpha version of a great new feature of popfly - the popfly game creator. If you've used popfly before (and if you've been reading this blog it's probable that you would have) you'll know that it is generally aimed at the non...
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