Ian Moulster's blog

A Microsoft employee translating Microsoft technology into plain English
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    Sky News Vista gadget

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    Sky News have just released a gadget for the Windows Vista sidebar - I particularly like the option of "strange news" that you can select. Being a bit strange myself, this appeals to me....
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    Finding UK-specific information for Microsoft developers

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    While us lot at Microsoft are pretty much aware of where to find things on the ms.com website, it's all too easy to forget that not everyone is as close to (or obsessed with) this stuff as we are. So I thought it work posting a few links to useful...
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    5GB for Hotmail, plus other enhancements

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    We have just released a further update to Windows Live Hotmail, and I'm definitely liking the new features: Firstly - more space. Lots more actually: You now have 5GB of space to store your emails and contacts etc "Out of office" feature that...
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    Two WinFX developer events in UK

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    We have two developer events scheduled in the UK for WinFX, one in Reading and one in London. These are: 1) MSDN Tech Talk: Introduction to WinFX (Level 200) , 26 January, Reading 2) MSDN Tech Talk: Windows Communication Foundation Introduction...
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    Tim Sneath presenting at upcoming WinFX event

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    I'm very pleased to report that my most eminent colleague, Tim Sneath , will be presenting at our upcoming WinFX event on February 15th in Reading, Berkshire. In case you don't know Tim, he's not only a great speaker but also extremely knowledgeable on...
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    Changing the position of an IE8 accelerator

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    I’ve been using the new “accelerator” feature of Internet Explorer 8 for some time and now with the final release of IE8 there are many more to choose from (if you haven’t seen accelerators before take a look at this short video to learn how to use them...
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    My Current Favourite Windows Phone 7 Apps

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    As the number of apps in the Windows Phone 7 marketplace zooms past 10,000 I thought it worth a quick summary of the apps that I use most. Almost certainly there are loads of great apps that I’ve missed, so feel free to let me know if you are aware of...
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    10,000 Unread Hotmail Emails

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    I’m approaching 10,000 unread emails in my hotmail inbox. And amazingly there is not much spam in that (hotmail seems pretty efficient at removing my spam), it’s just the result of having the same email address for 10 years and not bothering to delete...
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    Join the Mix:UK Facebook Event

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    If you haven't already seen it, we set up an "event" on Facebook to represent the real-life Mix:UK event. Get yourself invited by visiting the event page on Facebook and clicking on "Add to my events" just under the Mix logo on the right-hand side of...
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    Some questions you might have on your mind (regarding the UK launch)

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    I'm aware that readers of this blog are waiting for answers to three questions (maybe more, but let's start with these): For people who attended the physical launch, you want to know when the "thank you" email will be sent giving you your choice...
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    Round-up of my favourite Windows 8 apps

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    I haven't done a wrap up of my favourite Windows 8 apps for a while so I thought it worth sharing the list of apps I use the most as a consumer. That is, in a non-work environment. As always this list is personal to my tastes - you may find that it doesn...
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    Software for launch event attendees (physical event)

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    A number of people have been asking the following quite reasonable question: We know that we're giving away 1000 copies of Windows Vista and Microsoft Office for the online launch event, but what about people who are attending the physical event at Thames...
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    Scary video

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    I knew I'd regret agreeing to this: The guy who runs a new designer-focused website - www.screenedit.com - was visiting Microsoft yesterday and asked if he could record a video interview with me for "just 60 seconds". He asked me my opinion of what makes...
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    What are we giving away at Mix:UK?

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    People have been asking me what sort of give-aways there’ll be at the Mix:UK event. Well, I've been told I can't really say anything and will be shot if I do. However, I am allowed to be vague...so all I'll say is that attendees may be getting full...
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    This is pretty creepy

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    Take a look at this link . Move your cursor around and see how her eyes follow you. Read more at this e-clippings blog post , basically it's based on a single normal 2D photo which is then transformed into this fairly creepy avatar. I keep expecting her...
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    Your own search engine

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    I'm been playing around with one of the quite cool features of Live.com search: the ability to create your own customised searches that you can then use instead of the "vanilla" search you get out of the box. What does that mean? Well, if I'm sometimes...
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    UK developer launch full!

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    Wow that was quick. We sent an email last night about the launch (but of course readers of this blog - and other of my colleagues' blogs - will have known already) and within 2 hours the event was fully booked. If you've missed the registration don...
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    Would you like an XBox 360 with all the trimmings?

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    A few weeks ago I published this article. Although we got some responses we've decided to up the tempo slightly by offering to give away an Xbox 360 if we publish your story. And in fact we'll throw in a few more bits and pieces too, so you'll get...
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    Nice new Silverlight components from Intersoft Solutions

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    Take a look at http://sirius2.intersoftpt.com/ , some nice new Silverlight components. It's worth viewing the source code if you're a dev, it's incredibly easy to use this stuff. Looking forward to seeing this being used widely.
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    Apps on my Windows Phone–January 2012

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    Way back in March last year I posted a blog entry listing apps that I was using at the time on my Windows Phone. I thought it might be time to update that list with some of the applications I currently have installed that are proving useful to me. Since...
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    There's just too much technology - how can I learn this stuff?

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    There's always been a lot to learn but at the moment there seems to be more than ever. I was taking a look at all of the stuff coming up this year (we've just started a new financial year) and it's frightening. Here's a flavour: Atlas, VSTS, Live,...
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    What is Windows Live anyway?

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    Every time I meet someone external to Microsoft these days I ask them about Windows Live: what does it mean to you? What do you understand Windows Live is all about? It's really interesting to hear their views, and in virtually every case when I talk...
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    Click to support NSPCC

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    I like this idea - MSN search has teamed up with the NSPCC (national society for prevention of cruelty to children) so that the NSPCC gets money every time you use MSN Search. Set your homepage to http://www.msn.co.uk/clickscount/Default.asp to ensure...
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    What to do if your Windows 7 taskbar is filling up with pinned IE9 sites

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    Site pinning is a great feature in Internet Explorer 9, and I use it all the time. I have a host of sites pinned to my taskbar such as Facebook and Hotmail, but also some internal apps we use in the office for things like internal product news. These...
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    Will we go beyond gaming on XBOX 360?

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    Having just got hold of an XBOX 360 I spent the weekend having fun with HD gaming. A couple of things became evident to me that I was previously unaware of that I thought were worth sharing: I can view my photos and stream music from my PC with...
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