Ian Moulster's blog

A Microsoft employee translating Microsoft technology into plain English
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    UK Launch of SQL Server 2005 and Visual Studio 2005

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    As you probably know, SQL Server 2005 and Visual Studio 2005 will be launching worldwide in November (Biztalk Server 2006 is also part of the launch, but we're only announcing Biztalk Server 2006 beta 2, we aren't launching the product at these events...
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    2,000 people help UK launch VS/SQL/BTS

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    It's happened: The main customer launch event for the UK took place yesterday, Nov 8th. It was a fantastic day for us, with 1,500 technical people and 500 "decision makers" (CxO, IT Manager, etc), two keynotes, a host of developer and IT Pro sessions...
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    High level Vista features and benefits

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    We're making a fair amount of noise about Vista these days but it can still be fairly difficult to get a simple high-level summary of what's in it and why it's interesting. Or so I thought. This page on the PressPass area of ms.com is really useful...
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    Illuminating Indigo

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    Indigo, or more correctly the Windows Communication Foundation, isn’t the easiest technology to grasp in a 30 second elevator conversation. But then neither is .NET, or Biztalk, or any technology that is reasonably complicated and doesn’t have an obvious...
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    Different background pictures on dual monitor setups

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    I’ve been running with dual monitors for some time and find it’s a really useful way to work, whether you’re writing code or writing a letter. And with monitors getting to reasonable price points these days it has become increasingly common to see this...
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    New Windows Live SkyDrive

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    We've just announced the beta of our SkyDrive service (previously known with the far less cool name of Windows Live Folders). For every Live ID you get 500MB of storage space to play with. Take a look and see what you think, this is going to be really...
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    Universal Music gadget for Windows Vista

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    I've just been sent a new Windows Vista sidebar gadget produced by Universal Music - see http://www.umusic.co.uk/gadget/ . Very cool, I love it. If you have Windows Vista give it a whirl and let me know what you think.
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    Visual Studio 2008 RTM now on MSDN subscriber downloads

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    In case you didn't see this elsewhere, if you're an MSDN subscriber you can download Visual Studio 2008 right away. And .NET 3.5 of course. All very cool. While there are a whole host of new features (and the Moth's blog is a great place to read about...
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    Using offline maps on Windows Phone 8

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    One of the really useful features in Windows Phone 8 is the ability to use maps offline. I recently had the opportunity to road-test this feature in a trip to Lisbon in Portugal. It works like this: Before leaving home I downloaded the map for Portugal...
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    WinFS beta 1 available now for MSDN subscribers

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    We have released beta 1 of WinFS, the new relational file system for Windows that I'm sure you'll have heard about. It's only available to MSDN Subscribers at the moment - so feel free to get your MSDN Subscription now ! :-) There's also help documentation...
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    January CTP for WinFX - and new go-live licenses for WCF and WWF!

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    We have just released the WinFX Runtime Components January CTP. This includes a CTP for Orcas, the next release of Visual Studio. See below for a list of links. We are also announcing a go-live license for two pieces of WinFX, the Windows Communication...
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    Pictures of Bing Stickers in Use

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    I’ve started to receive some photos of how people are using the Bing stickers I sent out. I sent out about 30 to various people around the world and I still have some more pending requests – I’m running very low now despite getting a few more in. And...
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    Ghosts

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    I’ve decided that there’s a market niche that isn’t being exploited: Blog ghost writing. The concept is simple – you’re under pressure to write a blog that’s informative, clever, readable and just downright good. The problem is you a) don’t have the time...
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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 launch getting full quickly

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    UK launch is filling very fast, at the rate we're going I'm told we'll be full in a week. So if you want to take part it's worth registering now instead of waiting. Register at www.microsoft.com/uk/launchtour2005
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    What do your Vista sidebar gadgets say about you?

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    I seem to have developed a new obsession - seeing what sidebar gadgets people are using and trying to read something into the kind of person they're likely to be. A good place to exercise this obsession is at conferences or seminars where you can see...
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    Disabling Add-Ons in IE8

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    It’s easy to lose track of how many add-ons you’re running in IE8 and how they can slow things down. An interesting experiment is to use the “-extoff” flag to disable all add-ons and see how zippy IE8 becomes. To do this, create an icon for IE on your...
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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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    Windowsclient.net launches

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    We've just launched a new site for Windows Client development, focusing on Windows Forms and the Windows Presentation Foundation. Take a look at www.windowsclient.net and see what you think.
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    MSDE not supported on Vista or LH Server

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    This probably won't come as a major surprise: MSDE won't be supported on Windows Vista or "Longhorn" Server. What is MSDE? It's a free version of SQL Server that's been around for years. While it's a useful product - and I certainly made use of it...
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    Activating the “flip ahead” feature in Internet Explorer 10 on Windows 8 and Windows RT

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    As I have mentioned previously, Internet Explorer 10 has been built from the ground up to offer great support for touch while still retaining all of its advantages for keyboard and mouse. One simple but very effective feature is how you can simply "swipe"...
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    RoadToWinFX.com

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    It's been a quiet blog month for me so far as we are hurtling towards launch and I'm getting dragged into millions of things. However I thought I'd highlight this site: http://www.roadtowinfx.com/ . It's a good resource for independent (ie non-Microsoft...
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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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    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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    Products disappearing from MSDN Subscriber downloads at end of December

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    In case you missed it, we are removing a number of products from MSDN Subscriber downloads late December in order to comply with our agreement with Sun Microsystems re the Microsoft Java Virtual Machine (MSJVM). I thought it worth highlighting this...
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