Ian Moulster's blog

A Microsoft employee translating Microsoft technology into plain English
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    UK launch getting full quickly

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    UK launch is filling very fast, at the rate we're going I'm told we'll be full in a week. So if you want to take part it's worth registering now instead of waiting. Register at www.microsoft.com/uk/launchtour2005
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    RoadToWinFX.com

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    It's been a quiet blog month for me so far as we are hurtling towards launch and I'm getting dragged into millions of things. However I thought I'd highlight this site: http://www.roadtowinfx.com/ . It's a good resource for independent (ie non-Microsoft...
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    Getting up to speed quickly on Visual Studio 2005

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    So you've downloaded the final version of Visual Studio 2005 from MSDN subscriber downloads (or got a free copy from attending a launch event). What's the best way to get up to speed quickly? How about some short - 10 to 20 minute - videos that walk you...
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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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    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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    10,000 Unread Hotmail Emails

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    I’m approaching 10,000 unread emails in my hotmail inbox. And amazingly there is not much spam in that (hotmail seems pretty efficient at removing my spam), it’s just the result of having the same email address for 10 years and not bothering to delete...
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    Apps on my Windows Phone–January 2012

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    Way back in March last year I posted a blog entry listing apps that I was using at the time on my Windows Phone. I thought it might be time to update that list with some of the applications I currently have installed that are proving useful to me. Since...
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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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    Who knows that .NET is free?

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    I'm sure readers of this blog know...but it's surprising how many people don't: The .NET Framework, our "crown jewels" in terms of our developer platform, is completely free of charge for commerical use as long as you have a valid copy of Windows to run...
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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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    Virtual Earth screensaver

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    My colleague Simon Davies has just pointed me at a cool Virtual Earth (VE) screensaver that uses RSS feeds from a number of sites to show interesting images from VE. Worth taking a look, plus you get access to the source code so you can see how the VE...
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    What to do if your Windows 7 taskbar is filling up with pinned IE9 sites

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    Site pinning is a great feature in Internet Explorer 9, and I use it all the time. I have a host of sites pinned to my taskbar such as Facebook and Hotmail, but also some internal apps we use in the office for things like internal product news. These...
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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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    Touchstudio: Free scripting engine for Windows Phone 7

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    Microsoft Research has announced the availability of a free scripting engine for Windows Phone 7, something that is great fun to play around with. It's a free download from the Zune Marketplace on your phone (search for "Touchstudio" in the apps section...
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    Track eBay Daily Deals Via IE8 Web Slice

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    Ebay have just published a new IE8 web slice that I really like. Why? Because it’s a great example of what a web slice should be (if you need more info on web slices read here: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/internet-explorer/features/easier.aspx?tab...
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