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A Microsoft employee translating Microsoft technology into plain English
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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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    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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    Office Live Workspace now has 5GB storage, folders, and other enhancements

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    This is great news: Office Live Workspace , the free online collaboration tool has had some cool updates including: Storage space increased to 5GB Folders: The ability to create folders in your workspaces for your documents and files Cut/Copy/Paste your...
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    Watch the PDC keynote live

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    As you may know we have some big announcements to make today at the Professional Developers Conference (PDC) in Los Angeles. However even if you’re not there you can get a front row seat by watching the video streamed live from http://microsoftpdc.com...
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    Windows Azure Live Services Platform – free classroom-based training

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    When I posted this entry before the PDC I couldn’t – for obvious reasons - say that this training is actually for Windows Azure, and includes a developer key to Live Services. What does this mean? It means that if you attend the training you’ll be able...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    Mix in the UK

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    If you currently subscribe to the UK MSDN Flash newsletter (and why wouldn't you?), you may have noticed that the feature article in the latest edition - written mostly by a certain ianm - mentions a UK ReMix event that "will most likely happen in September...
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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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    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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    Mix:UK 07 early bird rate closing on Friday

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    In case you wanted to attend our rather excellent Mix:UK event , you should be aware that the bargain basement ticket price of £199 ends this Friday (10th August). After that it increases to a still reasonable £299. Am I sounding like a carpet salesman...
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    Mix on the BBC

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    The BBC has posted a great piece of coverage of the Mix:UK event here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/4849402.stm . It's a good way to get some insights into the technologies that were talked about at Mix - the programme went out on the World Service...
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    Very nice Vista gadget

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    Sick of Windows Vista sidebar gadgets that give you a weather forecast? Mike Ormond , that wizardly colleague of mine, has created a gadget that I think is really useful. It uses Virtual Earth to let you quickly see maps and driving directions, right...
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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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    Popfly open to everyone

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    A while ago I blogged about Popfly, our great mashup and website creation tool. Since then it has progressed enormously and has just been opened up completely so that anyone can give it a try. So if you haven't experienced Popfly before head on over to...
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    Cool things you should know about Windows Live #4 - Spaces Events

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    What is it? A new feature of Windows Live Spaces that let's you set up events eg you can set up a social gathering of some kind and invite people to it, and organise it all via your Space. Now you might say "but I've seen this before on xxx website"...
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    Cool things you should know about Windows Live #5 - SkyDrive

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    What is it? I have blogged about SkyDrive before but I'd like to include it in this series for completeness. So what is it? Think of it as a USB stick on the web. It's 1GB of free storage that you can use however you like - but generally I find it really...
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    Who knows that .NET is free?

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    I'm sure readers of this blog know...but it's surprising how many people don't: The .NET Framework, our "crown jewels" in terms of our developer platform, is completely free of charge for commerical use as long as you have a valid copy of Windows to run...
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    Mix:UK 07 is full!

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    Registrations are now closed for Mix:UK as we've hit the limit for attendees. For those of you who are attending, we'll see you on 11th and 12th.
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    Twittering at Mix:UK

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    For those of you who like Twitter, we have set up an account that you can follow: "MixUK".
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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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