Ian Moulster's blog

A Microsoft employee translating Microsoft technology into plain English
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    Free trial of 2007 Microsoft Office system (UK and Ireland)

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    If you want to get your hands on a fully-working trial of Office 2007, you can download it here: http://ukireland.trymicrosoftoffice.com/ UPDATED: And download a trial of Sharepoint Server 2007 from here: Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 x86...
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    Getting a head start on attending the UK 2008 launch event

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    My Colleague the Moth has posted a blog entry that gives you a link to pre-register for the UK 2008 launch event for Windows Server 2008, SQL Server 2008 and Visual Studio 2008. It will be a popular event so if you're interested in attending I'd recommend...
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    Disabling Add-Ons in IE8

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    It’s easy to lose track of how many add-ons you’re running in IE8 and how they can slow things down. An interesting experiment is to use the “-extoff” flag to disable all add-ons and see how zippy IE8 becomes. To do this, create an icon for IE on your...
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    Changing the position of an IE8 accelerator

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    I’ve been using the new “accelerator” feature of Internet Explorer 8 for some time and now with the final release of IE8 there are many more to choose from (if you haven’t seen accelerators before take a look at this short video to learn how to use them...
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    Example of a UK site using Silverlight streaming

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    Take a look at http://www.lovelewisham.tv for an example of Silverlight streaming being used by the London Borough of Lewisham on their website. The thing to bear in mind that the videos being shown here : a) They are not costing Lewisham any bandwidth...
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    A richer web experience with WPF and XBAPs

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    If you already know what an XBAP is, jump to the samples (eg a clock, a blackjack game, etc) at the end of this post. If you don't, then read on... Although an increasing number of people are aware of the Windows Presentation Foundation (a component...
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    2,000 people help UK launch VS/SQL/BTS

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    It's happened: The main customer launch event for the UK took place yesterday, Nov 8th. It was a fantastic day for us, with 1,500 technical people and 500 "decision makers" (CxO, IT Manager, etc), two keynotes, a host of developer and IT Pro sessions...
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    Would you fall for www.paypa1.com?

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    It might be slightly off topic for this blog, but as phishing attacks are such unpleasant things I thought it worth mentioning this really good article that a colleague forwarded to me. It talks about why people fall for phishing attacks and how we...
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    (fun / off topic) Just an illusion

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    If you haven't come across this before, it's really quite surprising. Stare at the crosshairs in the centre of this picture. After a short while you'll notice that there is a green dot revolving around, replacing each purple dot in turn. Then if you...
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    Video downloads (for UK developer launch)

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    I'm going out on a limb....which I tend to do from time to time....but I have a proposal for readers of this blog who are interested in getting hold of the download versions of the technical sessions from the developer launch event. We have a new set...
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    USB drive too slow for ReadyBoost

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    As I'm sure you're aware, Windows Vista introduced a feature called ReadyBoost which allows the operating system to make use of storage space on a USB drive or SD card to extend the available system memory. So if you have, for example, a 1GB USB drive...
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    The Vista Quiz

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    Those of you who have been reading this blog for a while will remember that just about 1 year ago we were gearing up for the UK developer launch of Vista and Office 2007. It was an interesting time for us who were involved with the event. While there...
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    Windowsclient.net launches

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    We've just launched a new site for Windows Client development, focusing on Windows Forms and the Windows Presentation Foundation. Take a look at www.windowsclient.net and see what you think.
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    Windows Mobile 6.5

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    There is plenty to like in the Windows Mobile 6.5 but one of the things that really appeals to me is incredibly simple: In order to make the touch screen easier to use, especially for people with stubby fingers like me, the icons are arranged in a honeycomb...
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    Office 2007 Quiz - The Answers

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    As promised here are the answers to the Office 2007 quiz I posted last week. As before, bear in mind that the questions and answers were written 12 months ago at the launch of Office 2007. I've skimmed through them to see if any answers may have changed...
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    Pictures of Bing Stickers in Use

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    I’ve started to receive some photos of how people are using the Bing stickers I sent out. I sent out about 30 to various people around the world and I still have some more pending requests – I’m running very low now despite getting a few more in. And...
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    Solving some Windows Vista problems

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    Much as I love Windows Vista (yes, I know I'm slightly biased) there were a few issues that irritated me: When exiting the photo screen saver there was sometimes a really long delay. This bugged me to the extent that I stopped using the photo screen saver...
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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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    Saving an attached document from Hotmail to SkyDrive without having to download it

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    I got asked recently about this situation: You receive an email in your Hotmail inbox that has an Office document (Word, Excel, Powerpoint) attached to it. To store it on SkyDrive, do you need to first save it to your hard drive then upload it to SkyDrive...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    Vista Quiz - The Answers

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    Following on from my earlier post re the Vista quiz we ran 12 months ago, here are the answers. A few caveats: As I mentioned previously these questions were devised 12 months ago, and the answers were written as at Jan 2007, so read them with that in...
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    Introducing w3Schools, plus here comes the PDC

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    As I'm a fairly simple sort of person I'm always on the lookout for resources that explain things in really simple terms. I don't have much time and I have too many priorities (sound familiar?) so I when I need to understand something I want to get straight...
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