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A Microsoft employee translating Microsoft technology into plain English
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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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    How to tell whether your machine will support Windows 7 XP Mode (for Intel chips)

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    As you may well have heard, Windows 7 will include an XP mode which allows you to run legacy applications in a virtual machine seamlessly. You also may be aware that the virtualisation technology used for XP Mode requires that the chipset supports virtualisation...
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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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    Beautiful Cornwall with the Nokia Lumia 920’s Camera

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    On a recent short holiday to Cornwall I used my Nokia Lumia 920 as my only camera. Two things impressed me about this: Cornwall is really beautiful The Nokia Lumia 920 has an amazing camera :-) Here’s a selection. What do you reckon?
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    Syncing Silverlight video to Virtual Earth map

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    One of the coolest things about the recently released Windows Live quickapps is the demonstration of a silverlight video showing someone riding around London on a bicycle, with the rider's position being plotted on a Virtual Earth map as the video plays...
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    Want to learn more about Windows Live?

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    For a developer, Windows Live offers a huge amount of potential, particularly for taking advantage of the success we've had with Hotmail and Messenger contacts (billions of records), and Windows Live Spaces. Plus the terrific service from Silverlight...
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    Remainder of Mix:UK 07 Videos posted

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    We have now (finally!) posted the remainder of the videos from session at the Mix:UK 07 event. Previously there were some gaps but now all 36 videos are up there for you to view in the funky Silverlight viewer, or download to watch separately / while...
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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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    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 Day 1

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    The keynote is over for day 1, and it’s been fantastic so far. You may well have seen the various announcements elsewhere (or maybe even watched them via www.visitmix.com ), but I thought it worth providing a summary of my take on what we’ve announced...
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    More Silverlight tutorials

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    I recently posted a couple of entries ( here and here ) with tutorials regarding Silverlight. If you're interested in more video tutorials on Silverlight, take a look at http://silverlight.net/learn/learnvideos.aspx for a whole host including the Silverlight...
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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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    Windows Mobile 6.5

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    There is plenty to like in the Windows Mobile 6.5 but one of the things that really appeals to me is incredibly simple: In order to make the touch screen easier to use, especially for people with stubby fingers like me, the icons are arranged in a honeycomb...
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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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    Under the covers of the Windows Live QuickApps

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    I have mentioned the Windows Live QuickApps previously as I feel they're a really good way to get hold of operational source code of real working web applications to use in your own development projects. However it can be difficult for the uninitiated...
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    Free event covering Silverlight and Windows Live for developers in the UK

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    If you want to witness Silverlight development first hand, along with insights into the announcements made at Mix 07 around Windows Live for developers (including Silverlight streaming), sign up for our free event on May 16th: http://msevents.microsoft...
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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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    Popfly game creator

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    We have just released an alpha version of a great new feature of popfly - the popfly game creator. If you've used popfly before (and if you've been reading this blog it's probable that you would have) you'll know that it is generally aimed at the non...
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    SkyDrive out of beta, and increased to 5GB of space

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    This is more great news - SkyDrive is now out of beta, and we've increased the amount of free storage space to 5GB. Read all about it here .
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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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    Photosynth features in episode of CSI on TV

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    Having a career in IT can sometimes spoil films and TV - I have to bite my tongue sometimes when there's some kind of highly unlikely software scenario passed off by Hollywood as just an every day thing. But it seems that Photosynth is cool enough to...
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    Free developer events

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    I'm just back from holiday (my way of explaining the lack of blog postings recently) and I'd like to make sure that people are aware of a whole host of technical developer events that are coming up. Some things to bear in mind: These events are...
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    Mix 2008 Registrations Open

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    In case you missed this announcement, registrations for next year's Mix event in Las Vegas are now open. Last year the event filled pretty quickly so if you're thinking about going it might be worth signing up sooner rather than later. Register at http...
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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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    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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