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A Microsoft employee translating Microsoft technology into plain English
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    Cool things you should know about Windows Live #3 - Photo Stitching

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    What is it? Software that automatically joins up a number of separate photos of a scene into a single combined image, providing a panoramic view (as per above example). The new Windows Live Photo Gallery does just that, and does a great job. You simply...
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    Mix:UK 07 - register your interest

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    We've getting closer to starting registrations for the Mix:UK 07 event. I've been banned from telling you more about it at the moment :-) as we're holding back most of our cards, but if you're interested in keeping up to date visit the site and add your...
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    Example of a UK site using Silverlight streaming

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    Take a look at http://www.lovelewisham.tv for an example of Silverlight streaming being used by the London Borough of Lewisham on their website. The thing to bear in mind that the videos being shown here : a) They are not costing Lewisham any bandwidth...
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    Skydrive to offer 25GB online space for free

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    You may have noticed a whole ton of announcements about Windows Live yesterday. There is plenty of very cool stuff - I love the new groups feature for example, pop aggregation on hotmail, the great new home page, having video preview pics and videos/picture...
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    Cool things you should know about Windows Live #1 - Foldershare

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    We're releasing quite a bit of new stuff - some in beta, some final release - around Windows Live and I'm finding that much of the time people aren't aware of what some of the cool pieces are. So I decided it might be useful to blog a few of these, and...
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    Track eBay Daily Deals Via IE8 Web Slice

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    Ebay have just published a new IE8 web slice that I really like. Why? Because it’s a great example of what a web slice should be (if you need more info on web slices read here: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/internet-explorer/features/easier.aspx?tab...
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    Cool things you should know about Windows Live #5 - SkyDrive

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    What is it? I have blogged about SkyDrive before but I'd like to include it in this series for completeness. So what is it? Think of it as a USB stick on the web. It's 1GB of free storage that you can use however you like - but generally I find it really...
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    What services can I use with my Windows Live ID?

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    I've been trying to compile a list of all of the services that are available (ignoring geographical restrictions) once you have a Windows Live ID. I thought it would be a useful exercise to start listing out the services and see how far I got. But before...
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    Looking for the keynote for developer launch?

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    It will be available on www.microsoft.com/uk/launch2007/dev absolutely as soon as possible. The delay? We need to sync the presenation slides with the video scenes. This was set up yesterday but we tweaked the slides slightly this morning, which means...
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    Cool things you should know about Windows Live #2 - Virtual Earth 3D Videos

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    Here's the second piece about cool Windows Live stuff that's worth knowing about. What is it? I'm sure you're aware that Virtual Earth has a very cool in-browser 3D mode that really sets it apart from other web mapping solutions. You may also be...
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    Microsoft Office SP2

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    You may have heard that the second service pack (SP2) for Microsoft Office is now available. There are loads of fixes and updates but the one that leaps out at me is this one: Data file checks Greatly reduces the number of scenarios in which you receive...
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    Office Live Workspace now has 5GB storage, folders, and other enhancements

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    This is great news: Office Live Workspace , the free online collaboration tool has had some cool updates including: Storage space increased to 5GB Folders: The ability to create folders in your workspaces for your documents and files Cut/Copy/Paste your...
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    Getting a head start on attending the UK 2008 launch event

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    My Colleague the Moth has posted a blog entry that gives you a link to pre-register for the UK 2008 launch event for Windows Server 2008, SQL Server 2008 and Visual Studio 2008. It will be a popular event so if you're interested in attending I'd recommend...
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    Want to learn how to build a mashup using Windows Live?

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    In my last post I talked about Windows Live and what's in it for developers. If you want to see this in action, we've just announced a developer event in London where we'll walk you through how to create a mashup using Windows Live. My colleague Simon...
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    New Windows Live announcements at Mix 07

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    I'm in the Windows Live opening session at day 2 of Mix and Brian Arbogast is providing some great news about where we're going in this area. He has talked about 5 Windows Live APIs that are being made available: 1) Silverlight streaming that I...
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    What do you need to know about popfly?

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    You may have seen various annoucements last week about Popfly , a new mashup / web creation / social interaction tool that we're developing. I didn't blog it immediately as I wanted the dust to settle a bit before talking about it. If you haven't come...
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    In Vegas

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    Well I'm here in sunny and very hot - 38 degrees C - Las Vegas, getting ready to enjoy the first day of Mix 07. The journey was kind of fun (24 hours after a series of delays and the closure of Phoenix airport due to a dust storm) but on the positive...
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    what’s a Patina?

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    Following my previous post that covered how to look up the status of a flight on live.com, here’s a couple of other featurette’s that you may not be aware of. We were watching a programme on TV last night where the word “patina” was mentioned. Any idea...
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    Eye-Fi?

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    Angus has been shouting loudly about Eye-Fi - and I have to admit it does look pretty cool. Take a look at his blog post for full details, but essentially this is a small piece of hardware (a card) that can automatically transfer pictures from your digital...
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    Mix:UK 07 is full!

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    Registrations are now closed for Mix:UK as we've hit the limit for attendees. For those of you who are attending, we'll see you on 11th and 12th.
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    NASA release new Photosynth collection

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    Interesting to see that NASA have released a Photosynth collection covering the preparations of the launch of the space shuttle Endeavour. If you haven't come across Photosynth before it's worth taking a look at it. Produced by our Live Labs team,...
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    Running browser applications in dedicated windows

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    Like many people I use my browser all day long, not just for searching but for running applications, whether they’re intranet ones such us our internal finance systems, or external ones such as hotmail, Office Live Workspace, or mindmeister (a mind mapping...
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    Windows Live Writer

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    I'm a big fan of our Windows Live Writer product, and everyone I’ve managed to persuade to talk a look at it has given rave reviews. What is it? In summary: It's a blogging tool that integrates with a whole host of blogging services including Live...
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    How to make your passwords secure

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    With the recent news of email accounts being hacked there seems to be plenty of advice floating around for avoiding falling victim to scams and other attacks. One of the pieces of advice is to use a strong password .Even though there’s no evidence that...
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    Mix on the BBC

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    The BBC has posted a great piece of coverage of the Mix:UK event here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/4849402.stm . It's a good way to get some insights into the technologies that were talked about at Mix - the programme went out on the World Service...
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