Ian Moulster's blog

A Microsoft employee translating Microsoft technology into plain English
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    what’s a Patina?

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    Following my previous post that covered how to look up the status of a flight on live.com, here’s a couple of other featurette’s that you may not be aware of. We were watching a programme on TV last night where the word “patina” was mentioned. Any idea...
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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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    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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    How to make your passwords secure

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    With the recent news of email accounts being hacked there seems to be plenty of advice floating around for avoiding falling victim to scams and other attacks. One of the pieces of advice is to use a strong password .Even though there’s no evidence that...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Protecting yourself with 2-Step Verification

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    Not many people seem to use 2-step verification, probably because it generally requires you to…well…do something. I don’t want to imply everyone is lazy (heaven forbid) but I guess we all have busy lives and frankly something called “2-step verification...
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    Vote for Popfly...before April 21st

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    Popfly is one of the smartest, coolest web-based product offerings I've seen in a while. And now it has been nominated for a CNET Webware 100 award . While it's terrific (and absolutely right) that Popfly has already achieved nomination status I would...
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    Pinning websites with Windows Phone

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    A while ago I wrote a blog post about an alternative to the Windows Phone Facebook app on Windows Phone. Although to be honest the Windows Phone Facebook app is now pretty good so I don't see much of a need for this, however the approach used is still...
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    How well do you know Windows 8? The answers

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    Yesterday I posted a set of 10 questions to test your knowledge of Windows 8 (and Windows RT). I promised I’d post the answers so you could see how you’ve done, so here goes.   1. How do I get a list of all Windows 8 Store apps I have ever downloaded...
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