Ian Moulster's blog

A Microsoft employee translating Microsoft technology into plain English
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    The SkyDrive app in Windows 8.1: Two apps in one

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    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...
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    Live tiles for pinned websites in Windows 8.1

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    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...
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    Windows Phone 7 Tips

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    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...
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    Which Windows 7 Build Am I On?

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    Someone asked me how they could tell which build of Windows 7 there were on, as they “inherited” a machine from a colleague and weren’t sure if they were still on beta, RC or RTM. You can find out via the registry, so click the orb in the bottom left...
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    Ask.com now uses Virtual Earth

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    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...
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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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    Last post on Mix

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    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...
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    Microsoft buys Multimap

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    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...
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    Currency Conversion using Live.com

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    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...
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    Get paid for displaying your videos

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    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...
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    Skydrive to offer 25GB online space for free

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    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...
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    Live search homepage facelift

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    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...
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    Your own search engine

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    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...
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    What is Windows Live anyway?

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    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...
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    A .NET CF search class

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    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...
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    UK Launch of SQL Server 2005 and Visual Studio 2005

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    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...
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    New Windows Live announcements at Mix 07

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    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...
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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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    Universal Music gadget for Windows Vista

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    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.
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    The Mix UK Blog

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    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...
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    Mix UK Event Registration now live!

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    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...
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    Mix:UK 07 - register your interest

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    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...
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    Virtual Earth in UK websites

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    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...
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    What are we giving away at Mix:UK?

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    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...
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    The Liveside guys, and Via Windows Live

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    Two quick point relating to Windows Live: If you have an interest in Windows Live I'd recommend taking a look at liveside.net if you haven't already. I recently met up with a couple of the Liveside guys and they are incredibly informed about Windows...
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