Ian Moulster's blog

A Microsoft employee translating Microsoft technology into plain English
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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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    The Power of CSS

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    Playing around with WPF makes one thing clear: Applications are about to become a whole lot prettier. Which itself implies that the design - the look and feel - is likely to become increasingly important for every application in the same way that you...
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    Want to develop a .NET product but can't justify the cost of an MSDN subscription?

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    One of my colleagues from the ISV team was talking to me recently about the difficulties many developers face with getting into .NET development. She was talking specifically about developers who have a great idea for a product based on .NET but who can...
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    Increasing the Text message font size on Windows Phone 8

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    My eyes are getting worse. Not sure if it’s old age or spending half my life staring at computer screens but it does mean that, especially at the end of a long day, I can struggle to read things without digging out my glasses. Happily Windows Phone 8...
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    How to tell whether your machine will support Windows 7 XP Mode (for Intel chips)

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    As you may well have heard, Windows 7 will include an XP mode which allows you to run legacy applications in a virtual machine seamlessly. You also may be aware that the virtualisation technology used for XP Mode requires that the chipset supports virtualisation...
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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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    An alternative to the Facebook app on Windows Phone

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    I like the Facebook app on the Windows Phone but it’s fair to say that it has its detractors too. One school of thought says that it’s unnecessary anyway due to the way in which Facebook is integrated into the phone natively. But some people like to have...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    (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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Signed stuff

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    A little while ago I posted a blog entry about some merchandise that Bill Gates signed that we were planning to give away as a part of launch. After a bit of discussion we've decided that we'll still give it away but won't tie it to launch specifically...
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    Silverlight Streaming plug-in for Expression Encoder

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    We have just released a plug-in for Expression Encoder that makes it child's play to publish videos to your Silverlight Streaming account. What does this actually mean? The answer depends on what you know: For people who already know what Silverlight...
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