Ian Moulster's blog

A Microsoft employee translating Microsoft technology into plain English
  • Ian Moulster's blog

    Skydrive to offer 25GB online space for free

    • 3 Comments
    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...
  • Ian Moulster's blog

    The Mix UK Blog

    • 3 Comments
    Those of you who have been keeping an eye on the Mix:UK website will have noticed a blog feed from a Windows Live Space we have set up to allow us to make announcements etc about the event. You probably also noticed that after the initial post made...
  • Ian Moulster's blog

    New Windows Live announcements at Mix 07

    • 3 Comments
    I'm in the Windows Live opening session at day 2 of Mix and Brian Arbogast is providing some great news about where we're going in this area. He has talked about 5 Windows Live APIs that are being made available: 1) Silverlight streaming that I...
  • Ian Moulster's blog

    Mix:UK 07 - register your interest

    • 3 Comments
    We've getting closer to starting registrations for the Mix:UK 07 event. I've been banned from telling you more about it at the moment :-) as we're holding back most of our cards, but if you're interested in keeping up to date visit the site and add your...
  • Ian Moulster's blog

    Mix UK Event Registration now live!

    • 3 Comments
    We have opened registrations for the Mix UK 07 event. Head to www.microsoft.com/uk/mix07 for details. You may notice we're charging an entry fee - it's worth pointing out that we're not going to be making any profit from this. The fee is simply to...
  • Ian Moulster's blog

    Microsoft buys Multimap

    • 3 Comments
    This is great news: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/money/main.jhtml?xml=/money/2007/12/13/cnmsoft113.xml If you haven't used www.multimap.com take a look. I love the way their service has been implemented and their maps on London in particular are excellent...
  • Ian Moulster's blog

    Windows Phone 7 Tips

    • 3 Comments
    Having had my Windows Phone 7 for a while now I've come across a number of features that weren't obvious to me from day 1. You may already know some or all of these (I have seen some on other sites) but take a look and see what you think. If you have...
  • Ian Moulster's blog

    What is Windows Live anyway?

    • 3 Comments
    Every time I meet someone external to Microsoft these days I ask them about Windows Live: what does it mean to you? What do you understand Windows Live is all about? It's really interesting to hear their views, and in virtually every case when I talk...
  • Ian Moulster's blog

    What are we giving away at Mix:UK?

    • 3 Comments
    People have been asking me what sort of give-aways there’ll be at the Mix:UK event. Well, I've been told I can't really say anything and will be shot if I do. However, I am allowed to be vague...so all I'll say is that attendees may be getting full...
  • Ian Moulster's blog

    Using offline maps on Windows Phone 8

    • 3 Comments
    One of the really useful features in Windows Phone 8 is the ability to use maps offline. I recently had the opportunity to road-test this feature in a trip to Lisbon in Portugal. It works like this: Before leaving home I downloaded the map for Portugal...
  • Ian Moulster's blog

    Virtual Earth in UK websites

    • 3 Comments
    I've just noticed that the NHS are now using Virtual Earth for their "find a service" feature that lets you find NHS doctors, dentists etc. Also of course Tesco are using it for their store locator , and Rightmove are using it as their mapping service...
  • Ian Moulster's blog

    The SkyDrive app in Windows 8.1: Two apps in one

    • 3 Comments
    Most of the blog entries I write are based on a number of people seeming not to know something that I find useful. And this one is no exception. Windows 8.1 brings a whole host of new features but also brings a number of great updates to some of the core...
  • Ian Moulster's blog

    Universal Music gadget for Windows Vista

    • 3 Comments
    I've just been sent a new Windows Vista sidebar gadget produced by Universal Music - see http://www.umusic.co.uk/gadget/ . Very cool, I love it. If you have Windows Vista give it a whirl and let me know what you think.
  • Ian Moulster's blog

    Adding a tile for a desktop website to your Windows 8 start screen

    • 3 Comments
    The version of Internet Explorer 10 that runs on the Windows 8 start screen is fantastic, running full-screen and great for touch. And it's really easy to pin a tile for your favourite websites to your Windows 8 start screen - simply swipe from the top...
  • Ian Moulster's blog

    Your own search engine

    • 3 Comments
    I'm been playing around with one of the quite cool features of Live.com search: the ability to create your own customised searches that you can then use instead of the "vanilla" search you get out of the box. What does that mean? Well, if I'm sometimes...
  • Ian Moulster's blog

    A .NET CF search class

    • 3 Comments
    There's a clever little feature on smartphones that I've been keen to replicate in my own .NET CF apps: It's the way searching happens when you're looking for a contact. It works like this: Let's say I'm looking for my friend Graham. I go to contacts...
  • Ian Moulster's blog

    UK Launch of SQL Server 2005 and Visual Studio 2005

    • 3 Comments
    As you probably know, SQL Server 2005 and Visual Studio 2005 will be launching worldwide in November (Biztalk Server 2006 is also part of the launch, but we're only announcing Biztalk Server 2006 beta 2, we aren't launching the product at these events...
  • Ian Moulster's blog

    Live search homepage facelift

    • 3 Comments
    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...
  • Ian Moulster's blog

    Live tiles for pinned websites in Windows 8.1

    • 3 Comments
    Among the many benefits Windows 8.1 brings, one of the features that I haven’t seen mentioned much is the ability for websites to have live tiles, continuing to blur the lines between local apps and web apps. In fact, pinned tiles can now also send notifications...
  • Ian Moulster's blog

    Last post on Mix

    • 3 Comments
    Now that Mix is behind us I'll focus on other stuff moving forward, but did want to make a few comments about the event and about the technologies we were showing. We are incredibly pleased of course at all of the positive feedback we received about the...
  • Ian Moulster's blog

    Get paid for displaying your videos

    • 3 Comments
    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...
  • Ian Moulster's blog

    Currency Conversion using Live.com

    • 3 Comments
    In some previous blog posts ( here and here ) I talked about some little-known features of the live.com search engine that I find really useful. Here’s another one: currency conversion. I don’t know about you but I’m always searching for currency conversion...
  • Ian Moulster's blog

    Ask.com now uses Virtual Earth

    • 3 Comments
    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...
  • Ian Moulster's blog

    Buy a Windows 8 app once, use it in multiple places

    • 3 Comments
    Here’s a thought. Let’s say you find an app in the Windows Store that you like, but isn’t free. Take “ Hydro Thunder Hurricane ” as an example – it’s a really fun 3D game. Now, let’s say you decide to buy it. You may have a couple of questions: Does that...
  • Ian Moulster's blog

    Controlling the new Zune player from the Windows 7 Taskbar Preview

    • 2 Comments
    The latest Zune player has been reviewed in great depth elsewhere so I’m not going to go into it in huge depth here, other than to say it’s not just a pleasure to use but is very, very cool and aesthetically pleasing too. But I did want to point out...
Page 5 of 11 (271 items) «34567»