Ian Moulster's blog

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    Make your application a real Windows Vista app

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    As you're no doubt aware, while the the .NET Framework 3.0 is installed by default on Windows Vista it can also be installed on Windows XP SP2 or Windows Server 2003. Which is great news for broadening the reach of your app, but what about features that...
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    Video downloads (for UK developer launch)

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    I'm going out on a limb....which I tend to do from time to time....but I have a proposal for readers of this blog who are interested in getting hold of the download versions of the technical sessions from the developer launch event. We have a new set...
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    Virtual Earth in UK websites

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    I've just noticed that the NHS are now using Virtual Earth for their "find a service" feature that lets you find NHS doctors, dentists etc. Also of course Tesco are using it for their store locator , and Rightmove are using it as their mapping service...
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    Are web-apps the future? App musings with Pulse.me

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    Before I start I should be clear that nothing I’m about to say is an official Microsoft comment or Microsoft views. It’s just my musings. I’m taking off my Microsoft hat for the time being. It’s interesting to me to see the...
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    "Presentation Advances in the .NET Framework Version 3.0" video now available for download

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    As you may be aware we re-released the download versions of the UK developer launch technical sessions recently. However there was a problem with one of the videos, Mark Johnston's "Presentation Advances in the .NET Framework Version 3.0". I'm glad...
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    Making sense of Visual Studio 2005 versions

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    I have been made aware of the following tool that helps you decide on which VS 2005 product is right for you: http://www.microsoft.com/emea/msdn/visualstudio/productselector/ It seems to be sensible and useful to me, but I'd appreciate any feedback...
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    The Mix UK Blog

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    Those of you who have been keeping an eye on the Mix:UK website will have noticed a blog feed from a Windows Live Space we have set up to allow us to make announcements etc about the event. You probably also noticed that after the initial post made...
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    Inside track on Windows Vista SP1

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    You've probably heard that we announced today that Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1) has been released to manufacturing or RTMd. You may be wondering a) what's in it and b) when you can get it, and how. For answers to these questions along with a whole...
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    Improvements to plug-in for Office Live Workspace

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    If you’ve used the excellent Office Live Workspace you may be aware that there’s a plug-in you can download for the Office client applications (Word, Excel, etc) that allow you to save files to and open files from your Office Live Workspace directly from...
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    Windows Live Developer Tools add-on and Visual Studio 2008

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    As you know, Visual Studio 2008 is now released and some of you may be wondering whether the add-on for Windows Live development works with the released version of VS2008. The short answer is yes, although there is one small tweak to the web config file...
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    WinFX team touring in UK

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    We have some of the US WinFX product team guys running an event at our Reading offices in the UK on May 10th. Should be a good event and a great chance to hear about WinFX from the guys who are building it. Register here: https://msevents-eu.microsoft...
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    Signed stuff

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    A little while ago I posted a blog entry about some merchandise that Bill Gates signed that we were planning to give away as a part of launch. After a bit of discussion we've decided that we'll still give it away but won't tie it to launch specifically...
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    Managing your email with Hotmail

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    Plenty has been written about how to keep control of email. Or at least, to try to keep on top of the seemingly ever-increasing tidal-wave of email that hits us every day. There is certainly no shortage of advice of how to do so, and it wouldn’t...
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    The road trip continues

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    The launch event may be over....but there is still stuff happening in a slightly different form (and of course the online launch continues until 19th Feb). As I mentioned in an earlier post , a number of my colleagues are travelling around the UK visiting...
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    Developer event for Office 2007 in London

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    While Office has had something to offer to developers for some time, the upcoming release really does move things up a level. If you haven't seen some of the server capabilities - like being to able to run Excel on a server and have your users access...
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    Microsoft buys Multimap

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    This is great news: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/money/main.jhtml?xml=/money/2007/12/13/cnmsoft113.xml If you haven't used www.multimap.com take a look. I love the way their service has been implemented and their maps on London in particular are excellent...
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    Source Code for great Windows Live applications

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    I need to make you aware of a couple of really nice examples of Windows Live applications that we've just released. What do I mean by "Windows Live applications"? These are web apps that are built on top of a whole host of Windows Live services by using...
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    Nice new Silverlight tutorials

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    These are great: short, snappy Silverlight "how to" tutorials using....Silverlight. Perfect.
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    How much will it cost me to develop against Windows Live?

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    In my previous blog post I outlined some new commercial terms for Windows Live services that we announced at Mix. These are important because they give developers simple clarity on how they can use our services - and of course because the terms are so...
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    All Binged Up

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    Not sure if this is a sign I’m committed, or should be committed…but I am now sporting a Bing sticker on my car. I think it’s looks pretty good. If anyone else wants to be committed drop me an email and I’ll send you a sticker as long as you promise to...
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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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    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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    We're going to pull the download option for a while (the streaming version is still ok)

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    Folks - my apologies, but we've taken the decision to pull the download option for the videos. It's a classic case of "death by success" - we have so many people downloading that even with a massive pipe people are still seeing poor download speeds, as...
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    Birds' Nest on Live.com

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    Those of you who read my earlier blog post and set your homepage to http://www.live.com/?mkt=en-us will have been enjoying the twice-daily updates of photos from the Olympics as the backdrop. However Microsoft China decided to go one better and...
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    Mix:UK session videos now available

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    We recorded most of the sessions at the recent Mix:UK event and have now made them available online for you to view / download. They're available at http://www.microsoft.com/uk/mix07/agenda.aspx , and worth a look. The Scott Guthrie sessions are particularly...
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