Ian Moulster's blog

A Microsoft employee translating Microsoft technology into plain English
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    WinFS beta 1 available now for MSDN subscribers

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    We have released beta 1 of WinFS, the new relational file system for Windows that I'm sure you'll have heard about. It's only available to MSDN Subscribers at the moment - so feel free to get your MSDN Subscription now ! :-) There's also help documentation...
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    Ghosts

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    I’ve decided that there’s a market niche that isn’t being exploited: Blog ghost writing. The concept is simple – you’re under pressure to write a blog that’s informative, clever, readable and just downright good. The problem is you a) don’t have the time...
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    Illuminating Indigo

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    Indigo, or more correctly the Windows Communication Foundation, isn’t the easiest technology to grasp in a 30 second elevator conversation. But then neither is .NET, or Biztalk, or any technology that is reasonably complicated and doesn’t have an obvious...
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    Download WinFX extensions to VS2005 (beta)

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    In case you missed it, you can now download the extensions to Visual Studio 2005 for developing WinFX projects (well, a beta version anyhow). So, for example, once you've installed these and you start up VS2005 you'll see new project types for Avalon...
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    High level Vista features and benefits

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    We're making a fair amount of noise about Vista these days but it can still be fairly difficult to get a simple high-level summary of what's in it and why it's interesting. Or so I thought. This page on the PressPass area of ms.com is really useful...
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    Acrylic now exports XAML - so why do you care?

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    If you’re watching a number of blogs you will already have seen this news: The August CTP of Acrylic, the code name for our new graphics designer product, can export XAML. It’s an 81MB download but worth it. It might seem an unexciting announcement...
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    January CTP for WinFX - and new go-live licenses for WCF and WWF!

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    We have just released the WinFX Runtime Components January CTP. This includes a CTP for Orcas, the next release of Visual Studio. See below for a list of links. We are also announcing a go-live license for two pieces of WinFX, the Windows Communication...
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    Developer event for Office 2007 in London

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    While Office has had something to offer to developers for some time, the upcoming release really does move things up a level. If you haven't seen some of the server capabilities - like being to able to run Excel on a server and have your users access...
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    Virtual PC now free.....and Virtual Server...get them now

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    I don't often talk about Virtual PC in this blog (well, never actually) but I thought it worth drawing people's attention to this announcement: Virtual PC 2004 is now free to all customers. Get it here: www.microsoft.com/virtualpc If you haven't come...
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    MSDE not supported on Vista or LH Server

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    This probably won't come as a major surprise: MSDE won't be supported on Windows Vista or "Longhorn" Server. What is MSDE? It's a free version of SQL Server that's been around for years. While it's a useful product - and I certainly made use of it...
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    Create your own games for XBOX 360 (somewhat off topic)

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    In case you missed it, we have just announced a great new way for developers across the world to write games for the XBOX 360. Take a look at this press release for more info. I know this is a little way off topic, but I love this idea - it's been...
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    WinFX team touring in UK

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    We have some of the US WinFX product team guys running an event at our Reading offices in the UK on May 10th. Should be a good event and a great chance to hear about WinFX from the guys who are building it. Register here: https://msevents-eu.microsoft...
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    3d mapping for Virtual Earth

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    We've just launched a 3D version of Virtual Earth, take a look at http://maps.live.com . It's pretty cool. Here's a map showing the London Eye and surrounds. It still has the features you've come to expect from Virtual Earth - driving directions show...
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    Make your application a real Windows Vista app

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    As you're no doubt aware, while the the .NET Framework 3.0 is installed by default on Windows Vista it can also be installed on Windows XP SP2 or Windows Server 2003. Which is great news for broadening the reach of your app, but what about features that...
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    Want to learn how to build a mashup using Windows Live?

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    In my last post I talked about Windows Live and what's in it for developers. If you want to see this in action, we've just announced a developer event in London where we'll walk you through how to create a mashup using Windows Live. My colleague Simon...
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    Read this if you're planning on doing the day 2 assignment for the developer launch

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    As you may already know, our UK developer launch event is held over 2 days, with day 1 a series of technical tracks and day 2 a technical code-writing exercise where you'll build a working application using Windows Vista or Office 2007 (or both if you...
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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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    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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    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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    It's Alive!

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    Get Internet Explorer 8 final version (RTW or "Release to Web") here: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/internet-explorer/download-ie.aspx
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    Bing set to ramp up in the UK

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    When bing.com was announced recently you may recall that while a full service was made available immediately in the US, a more limited beta service was provided in the UK while the team built out some UK-specific features so that the UK experience could...
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    Remainder of Mix:UK 07 Videos posted

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    We have now (finally!) posted the remainder of the videos from session at the Mix:UK 07 event. Previously there were some gaps but now all 36 videos are up there for you to view in the funky Silverlight viewer, or download to watch separately / while...
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    Under the covers of the Windows Live QuickApps

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    I have mentioned the Windows Live QuickApps previously as I feel they're a really good way to get hold of operational source code of real working web applications to use in your own development projects. However it can be difficult for the uninitiated...
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    Mix 2008 Registrations Open

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    In case you missed this announcement, registrations for next year's Mix event in Las Vegas are now open. Last year the event filled pretty quickly so if you're thinking about going it might be worth signing up sooner rather than later. Register at http...
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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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