Ian Moulster's blog

A Microsoft employee translating Microsoft technology into plain English
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    Windows Live Writer

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    I'm a big fan of our Windows Live Writer product, and everyone I’ve managed to persuade to talk a look at it has given rave reviews. What is it? In summary: It's a blogging tool that integrates with a whole host of blogging services including Live...
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    Web 2.0 site roundup and Mix06

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    As "web 2.0" is grabbing so much of the news these days it's worth taking a look at this roundup of sites that claim to be in the next generation of web apps. It's good to see just how much is happening and it's hard to imagine a future where this kind...
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    A new dev.live.com

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    As a part of the announcements at Mix this week we have significantly revamped our Windows Live developer portal. Take a look at http://dev.live.com , I'd be interested in people's opinions as to how accessible and useful this is to you if you're a developer...
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    Get Sparkle now!

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    We have just announced availability of the first CTP of Expression Interactive Designer (previously known as Sparkle). Get it here: http://www.microsoft.com/products/expression/en/interactive_designer/id_free_trial.aspx More on this later but it's...
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    Are you a developer with a security story?

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    A slight aside from the normal topics... We're looking for developers who have an experience with security that they would like to share with the world. What do we mean by "experience"? Some examples: Your code has been attacked by malware...
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    Free ebook on Windows Vista

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    Always on the scrounge for anything free, I was pleased to find this huge book, weighing in at 1712 pages, being offered as a free download. The “Windows Vista Resource Kit” is described as follows: “In-depth, comprehensive, and fully updated for Service...
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    Enterprise mashups with WPF and Silverlight

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    The Patterns and Practices team have just released a whole load of information on how to build so-called “composite applications” (which I think of as enterprise mashups) using WPF and Silverlight. Download from here .
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    Blogging awards congratulations

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    Huge congratulations to some of my colleagues who have just won recognition from the Computer Weekly Blog Awards. These are: Steve Clayton’s “ Geek in Disguise ” blog won the “Company Blogs” category Jason Langridge’s...
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    Award-winning Developer launch

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    Those of you who watched the webcasts we produced for the UK Developer launch of Windows Vista and Microsoft Office in January may recall that we pushed the boat out a bit in order to make the experience as rich as possible. The keynote was streamed live...
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    Can you tell a cat from a dog?

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    I like taking a look at what's coming out of the Microsoft Research Labs (MSR) and came across a useful little feature recently that I thought worth sharing. Unless everyone already knows about it and I'm the last one...always a possibility. It's the...
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    Cool things you should know about Windows Live #2 - Virtual Earth 3D Videos

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    Here's the second piece about cool Windows Live stuff that's worth knowing about. What is it? I'm sure you're aware that Virtual Earth has a very cool in-browser 3D mode that really sets it apart from other web mapping solutions. You may also be...
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    Cool things you should know about Windows Live #3 - Photo Stitching

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    What is it? Software that automatically joins up a number of separate photos of a scene into a single combined image, providing a panoramic view (as per above example). The new Windows Live Photo Gallery does just that, and does a great job. You simply...
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    Live Mesh signups opened to UK residents

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    The Live Mesh team have just opened up the ability for UK residents to sign up to the service. Previously it was only available in the US. In addition to the UK, residents in Australia and New Zealand have also been given the ability to sign up. Get in...
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    Managing your email with Hotmail

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    Plenty has been written about how to keep control of email. Or at least, to try to keep on top of the seemingly ever-increasing tidal-wave of email that hits us every day. There is certainly no shortage of advice of how to do so, and it wouldn’t...
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    Manic Miner in Silverlight

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    If you were around in the 1980s you may have had (or had access to) a Sinclair ZX Spectrum. What a terrific little machine it was too. And one of the most addictive games of the era was Manic Miner, a simple 2D platform game that took Spectrum owners...
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    Microsoft acquires Caligari for Virtual Earth team

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    Somehow I missed this announcement, but I was really excited to see that Microsoft has acquired Caligari . Caligari produce the much-respected TrueSpace 3D product that lines up against Maya, 3D Studio Max, Cinema 4D and others. They also produce GameSpace...
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    How to build accelerators, web slices and visual searches for IE8

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    My colleague Mike Ormond has created a handy, short (<10 min) video on how to create add-ons for IE8. See this link . Especially handy if you’re thinking of entering the developer competition to win an Xbox Elite…
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    Getting a vinyl skin for your Surface RT

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    I recently bought a vinyl skin for my Surface RT and wanted to share the experience. I admit I was in two minds about whether it was a good thing to do. I’ve had previous experience with this kind of thing before and have found them to be difficult...
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    Hotmail: Flagging done right

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    Continuing my short series on the great new Hotmail features, I will be taking a look at how Hotmail handles flagging. Flags are a great way of highlighting emails that are important or require action. Flagging and un-flagging emails is really easy using...
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    Great List of Windows 7 ISV Compatibility Resources

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    Over at the UK ISV blog they have just posted a really useful list of resources relating to Windows 7 application compatibility. If you’re an ISV it’s well worth a look: http://blogs.msdn.com/ukisvdev/archive/2009/09/23/windows-7-application-compatibility...
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    Halo 3 skin for Tafiti

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    You may recall that I recently blogged about the nice interface to Live Search provided by Tafiti. Well the team has just given it a great Halo 3 skin, take a look at www.tafiti.com . 
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    Get your UK Windows 7 Application Noticed

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    Do you sell an application that is already supported on Windows 7, or will be by October 2009? Are you UK-based? If the answer to both of these questions is “yes” then why not tell us about it? We’re compiling a directory of UK ISV applications that are...
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    How well do you know Windows 8?

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    Are you one of those people who already knows Windows 8 (or Windows RT) pretty well? Do you like a bit of a challenge? Then try my 10 question quiz and see how you get on. There are no prizes other than a warm smug glow if you get them all right. And...
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    Make your application a real Windows Vista app

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    As you're no doubt aware, while the the .NET Framework 3.0 is installed by default on Windows Vista it can also be installed on Windows XP SP2 or Windows Server 2003. Which is great news for broadening the reach of your app, but what about features that...
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    It's Alive!

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    Get Internet Explorer 8 final version (RTW or "Release to Web") here: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/internet-explorer/download-ie.aspx
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