Ian Moulster's blog

A Microsoft employee translating Microsoft technology into plain English
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    UK Next Gen Usergroup

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    The guys from the "Next Gen Usergroup" (NxtGenUG) have been doing some innovative stuff for quite a while now, with a special talent for tracking down senior Microsoft execs and pointing a camera in their faces. For example, I'll never forget the time...
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    I'm in love with Tafiti

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    I have fallen for Tafiti in a big way. Who is Tafiti? Actually Tafiti is a "what" rather than a "who" - and there's a reasonable chance you'll fall for it too. Tafiti is an interface to Live search, built using Silverlight that scores high on the cool...
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    Join the Mix:UK Facebook Event

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    If you haven't already seen it, we set up an "event" on Facebook to represent the real-life Mix:UK event. Get yourself invited by visiting the event page on Facebook and clicking on "Add to my events" just under the Mix logo on the right-hand side of...
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    "Presentation Advances in the .NET Framework Version 3.0" video now available for download

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    As you may be aware we re-released the download versions of the UK developer launch technical sessions recently. However there was a problem with one of the videos, Mark Johnston's "Presentation Advances in the .NET Framework Version 3.0". I'm glad...
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    Free software at UK launch

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    Hot on the heels of the last blog: Here's something that might make it even more useful for you to attend the UK launch. My internal mole tells me that every attendee to the launch will get a free, completely unrestricted copy of Visual Studio 2005 Pro...
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    Uncaging the leopard

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    Leopards shouldn’t be caged. And with a little help from Acrylic I’ve managed to set one free (well, in a virtual sense). Acrylic is a great product for doing clever vector or bitmap based artwork, and if you’re that way inclined you can produce some...
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    What's hot from day 2 at the PDC?

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    Ok, 10 more things to be aware of that were talked about today (again in no particular order, and again these are just my personal views, take careful note of the disclaimer at the end of the posting!) And yes, I will be digging into these in more...
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    "So when can I get Windows Vista RC1?"

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    ...is a question I keep getting asked*. Now that we've announced that it's finished, people understandably want to get their hands on it. And rest assured, the product team is keen for you to get it too so it all bodes well. This is being driven by...
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    Launch tour UK - we'll come to you

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    Although we're keen on making sure that the UK developer launch of Windows Vista and Office 2007 is as compelling as possible, both online and offline, we're also interested in exploring other ways of reaching developers. To this end, the team is planning...
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    UK developer launch full!

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    Wow that was quick. We sent an email last night about the launch (but of course readers of this blog - and other of my colleagues' blogs - will have known already) and within 2 hours the event was fully booked. If you've missed the registration don...
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    Cool new designer event in London on May 10th

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    We're running a really cool event in association with Computer Arts magazine in London on May 10th. It will be the first event worldwide focused on User Experience (UX) and Expression Tools. It has a great venue too: The Linbury Studio, Royal Opera...
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    Getting a beta copy of Vista and/or Office 2007

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    One of the questions I get asked a lot, even in social situations, is "can you get me a beta copy of Vista and/or Office 2007". If you're an MSDN subscriber then you'll already have Vista of course (but not Office), but if you aren't then you won't...
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    It's closed

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    Further to my earlier post , the Customer Preview Program for Windows Vista beta 2 is now closed. If you received your product key before the closure, see http://www.microsoft.com/windowsvista/getready/preview.mspx for details of how to complete your...
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    There's just too much technology - how can I learn this stuff?

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    There's always been a lot to learn but at the moment there seems to be more than ever. I was taking a look at all of the stuff coming up this year (we've just started a new financial year) and it's frightening. Here's a flavour: Atlas, VSTS, Live,...
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    Free training on Live Mesh and the Live Platform

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    Yes it’s true. This training is not only free but it’s classroom-based training. You’ll get the inside track on how to build on Live Mesh and the Live Platform. In addition to getting training on these technologies ie you get trained on the existing APIs...
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    A worthy cause this Christmas

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    My colleague Chris Adams has just told me about a campaign we’re running in the UK this Christmas to help raise money for the Child’s Voice Appeal – the latest fundraising initiative from the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children...
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    IE8 Addons from TeSco, Ebay.co.uk, Rightmove, Directgov and ASOS

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    Back in March, as I’m sure you know, we released the final version of Internet Explorer 8 for download . There’s plenty to like about IE8 – not only is it faster than any previous version (and faster than any other browser on most of the top 25 websites...
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    Fortune and Glory with IE8

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    Short Round : What is Sankara? Indiana Jones : Fortune and glory, kid. Fortune and glory I'm wondering whether we can edit the script so that Short Round says "What's the opportunity with IE8?". Ok maybe I'm reaching. However, as my colleague Mike...
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    Microsoft Office SP2

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    You may have heard that the second service pack (SP2) for Microsoft Office is now available. There are loads of fixes and updates but the one that leaps out at me is this one: Data file checks Greatly reduces the number of scenarios in which you receive...
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    Peering through the worldwide telescope

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    As you may have heard, we released an initial version of a technology known as the worldwide telescope last month. I’ve been playing around with it for a bit and I’ve got to say it’s fascinating stuff. Geek as I am I grew up with Science Fiction, reading...
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    Improvements to plug-in for Office Live Workspace

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    If you’ve used the excellent Office Live Workspace you may be aware that there’s a plug-in you can download for the Office client applications (Word, Excel, etc) that allow you to save files to and open files from your Office Live Workspace directly from...
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    This is pretty creepy

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    Take a look at this link . Move your cursor around and see how her eyes follow you. Read more at this e-clippings blog post , basically it's based on a single normal 2D photo which is then transformed into this fairly creepy avatar. I keep expecting her...
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    Controlling the new Zune player from the Windows 7 Taskbar Preview

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    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...
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    London Underground image on Bing UK

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    I pointed out the great London Underground image on Bing’s UK site today commemorating the opening of the world’s first underground railway system in London in 1863. He asked where the photo was taken – it’s easy to find out. Just hover over the copyright...
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    New categories feature in Hotmail

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    Hotmail has a great new categorisation feature that really helps you to find information and emails more quickly and keep your inbox organised. It’s worth spending a little time reviewing the various ways in which this new feature works so I’ll delve...
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