Ian Moulster's blog

A Microsoft employee translating Microsoft technology into plain English
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    UK developer roadshow coming to a town near you in May and June

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    Microsoft UK will be running a series of developer focused events at 5 locations in the UK, starting 3rd of May. These events are free of charge. This time we've decided to take a scenario approach to the content, so instead of just showing you a bunch...
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    Halo 3 skin for Tafiti

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    You may recall that I recently blogged about the nice interface to Live Search provided by Tafiti. Well the team has just given it a great Halo 3 skin, take a look at www.tafiti.com . 
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    Read this if you're planning on doing the day 2 assignment for the developer launch

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    As you may already know, our UK developer launch event is held over 2 days, with day 1 a series of technical tracks and day 2 a technical code-writing exercise where you'll build a working application using Windows Vista or Office 2007 (or both if you...
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    Who knows that .NET is free?

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    I'm sure readers of this blog know...but it's surprising how many people don't: The .NET Framework, our "crown jewels" in terms of our developer platform, is completely free of charge for commerical use as long as you have a valid copy of Windows to run...
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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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    Nice WPF/E article

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    Tim Anderson has written this piece on WPF/E ("Windows Presentation Foundation / Everywhere") that's worth a read: http://www.itwriting.com/wpfe.php Even includes scary snaphot of Forest Key.
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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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    "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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    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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    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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    Buy a Windows 8 app once, use it in multiple places

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    Here’s a thought. Let’s say you find an app in the Windows Store that you like, but isn’t free. Take “ Hydro Thunder Hurricane ” as an example – it’s a really fun 3D game. Now, let’s say you decide to buy it. You may have a couple of questions: Does that...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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