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A Microsoft employee translating Microsoft technology into plain English
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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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    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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    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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    Nice new Silverlight tutorials

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    These are great: short, snappy Silverlight "how to" tutorials using....Silverlight. Perfect.
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    Currency Conversion using Live.com

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    In some previous blog posts ( here and here ) I talked about some little-known features of the live.com search engine that I find really useful. Here’s another one: currency conversion. I don’t know about you but I’m always searching for currency conversion...
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    3 Windows 8.1 tips

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    There are already plenty of tips about Windows 8.1 on the web, just do a quick search to see what I mean. Here are 3 that I particularly like and I’m always showing people. Tip 1: Find an app on your Start Screen Don’t you just hate it when you know the...
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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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    Watch the PDC keynote live

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    As you may know we have some big announcements to make today at the Professional Developers Conference (PDC) in Los Angeles. However even if you’re not there you can get a front row seat by watching the video streamed live from http://microsoftpdc.com...
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    Virtual Earth screensaver

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    My colleague Simon Davies has just pointed me at a cool Virtual Earth (VE) screensaver that uses RSS feeds from a number of sites to show interesting images from VE. Worth taking a look, plus you get access to the source code so you can see how the VE...
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    Into the home straight for developer launch event: Satellite trucks and film crews - it's like a film set

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    It's surprising just how much effort it takes to put on a launch event. But then, there are quite a few moving parts - some of them quite literaly: we'll have a truck with a huge satellite dish parked at the venue so that we can upstream the keynote live...
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    My Beautiful Empty Inbox

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    My inbox is empty, and what a joy it is to see. Normally, my inbox looks like a disaster zone with thousands of emails, many unread, and at least a hundred red flagged. So how have I managed to move from chaos to clarity. Have I lost my job? Or my mind...
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    Getting Windows Vista SP1 on DVD

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    A few people have asked me whether they can get Windows Vista SP1 on DVD rather than downloading it. If you visit this link you can have a copy sent to you as long as you're ok to pay for postage.
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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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    Peering through the worldwide telescope

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    As you may have heard, we released an initial version of a technology known as the worldwide telescope last month. I’ve been playing around with it for a bit and I’ve got to say it’s fascinating stuff. Geek as I am I grew up with Science Fiction, reading...
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    A New Job

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    Well the time has come for me to move on to something new. I'm still going to be working for Microsoft but I have been really fortunate to be accepted for a new role as the Windows Live Commercial Lead for the UK. What does this mean? There's a really...
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    UK Next Gen Usergroup

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    The guys from the "Next Gen Usergroup" (NxtGenUG) have been doing some innovative stuff for quite a while now, with a special talent for tracking down senior Microsoft execs and pointing a camera in their faces. For example, I'll never forget the time...
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    The .NET Awards

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    Once again I am honoured to be a judge in the annual .NET awards, run by the excellent .NET Magazine , the primary magazine for web designers and web developers. There’s a good list of nominees once again and I encourage you to get voting! Start here...
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    The "S" word

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    You may or may not have noticed an announcement we made late on Sunday, so I thought I'd draw people's attention to it: "Silverlight". And it gives me such pleasure to be able to talk about this technology as for the past few months we've been banned...
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    My still-empty inbox

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    Just over a year ago I wrote a blog post boasting that my inbox was empty. I got to this happy state by a combination of being really disciplined with myself about email and using a powerful Outlook addon that really made it easier to keep on top of my...
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    Create your own games for XBOX 360 (somewhat off topic)

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    In case you missed it, we have just announced a great new way for developers across the world to write games for the XBOX 360. Take a look at this press release for more info. I know this is a little way off topic, but I love this idea - it's been...
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    How well do you know Windows 8?

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    Are you one of those people who already knows Windows 8 (or Windows RT) pretty well? Do you like a bit of a challenge? Then try my 10 question quiz and see how you get on. There are no prizes other than a warm smug glow if you get them all right. And...
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    Controlling the new Zune player from the Windows 7 Taskbar Preview

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    The latest Zune player has been reviewed in great depth elsewhere so I’m not going to go into it in huge depth here, other than to say it’s not just a pleasure to use but is very, very cool and aesthetically pleasing too. But I did want to point out...
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    Last post on Mix

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    Now that Mix is behind us I'll focus on other stuff moving forward, but did want to make a few comments about the event and about the technologies we were showing. We are incredibly pleased of course at all of the positive feedback we received about the...
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    Some issues with downloaded versions of videos

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    We've had some reports of people have "file corrupted" messages from some of the videos they download from www.microsoft.com/uk/launch2007/dev . We're looking into this, looks like the download is interrupted which causes the problem ie it doesn't download...
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