I am Microsoftie 4 ever (19+ years) working in Windows Services and Content team in the UK, my blog is mainly focused on the Windows family of products and trying to provide help pointers and resources for customers on our products.
Of all the 2300+ articles and demos on the Windows Help and How-to site there are 12 that have been given a 100% positive rating*, fro the Was it helpful? at the bottom of every page
* of course a number of caveats to this number
In the US they have launched the new design for the /windows web site at http://www.microsoft.com/windows
It was designed with the principles of being Light, Clean and Fast. In my opinion it hit those three criteria, but what do you think?
We will be working over the coming months to get /uk/windows into the new design
If you like your Windows Vista in Georgian then you can download* the new Windows Georgian Language Interface pack (LIP):
Click here to download the Georgian Vista LIP
*Please Note A font-enabling package must be installed prior to installing the Vista LIP package. This font package contains important font update information that is required to view your language correctly. To install the font package, click here: Install font package.
Search is something I use all the time in Vista, but when I show it to friends and colleagues some of them are generally surprised to find it and how great it can be :)
So this great demo vide from the Windows Vista team demoing the instant search is rather great.
original article from Brandon
Apparently this is the first in a series of demos and I look forward to seeing the rest :)
Yesterday I posted about the 2 new Windows Vista LIPs (Malay and Assamese) that became available over the weekend.
Well last night 2 Indian language LIPs where launched:
1. Oriya - download
“Oriya is one of the official languages of India. About 90 percent of the speakers live in the state Orissa in the East of India, but there are also sizable communities in the neighboring states of West Bengal and Jharkand and, due to labor migration, also in Gujarat”
2. Bengali - download
“Bengali is spoken in the region of eastern South Asia known as Bengal, comprising Bangladesh (where it is spoken by about 110 million people) and the Indian state of West Bengal (where it is spoken by 55 million people). With more than 200 million speakers it is the second most widely spoken language on the Indian subcontinent and among the 5 languages with the most native speakers worldwide. Bengali is official language of Bangladesh, one of India’s 23 official languages and the official language of the Indian states of West Bengal and Tripura."
****Please note that above LIPs can only be installed on systems that run an English version of Windows Vista. ****
For more information on Microsoft's Global Development and computing try the portal at http://www.microsoft.com/globaldev/default.mspx
Just a quick update to my post http://blogs.msdn.com/robmar/archive/2008/06/27/hard-to-find-windows-vista-help-and-how-to-articles.aspx from last week.
So we are seeing some changes to what content is now being indexed (see table below)
So we saw the Live and Google spiders crawl the site on the days since the post, and we can see that 2 of the articles where now indexed by Live and no changes for Google. So I have got my colleague Magnus to test what happens if a 2nd blogger links to the same content. So we shall check back later and see if anything changes.
* I am not sure if Yahoo was indexing the content prior to my posting, but have added it to get a view across all the 3 search engines.
Also here are 4 more articles that are not indexed by the search engines:
I find the last one odd that it isn’t indexed as it is one of our most popular visited articles.
Just taken the Internet Geek Survey and although I answered 12 yeses for the 16 questions I was given the rating that…
“Unfortunately you have failed to reach the lofty heights of geekdom but a valiant effort nevertheless. You are obviously familiar with some online applications and can probably be found glued to Live Messenger, buried under a flurry of e-mails or writing intellectually sound blog-posts.”
I am not sure of the writing intellectually sound blog posts here though.
Wasn’t sure how to answer question 10!
Well yes according to the Royal Pingdom. Zero minutes of downtime for Windows Update for April through June 2008.
spotted on WinVistaClub.com
The Microsoft Terminology Community forums have been opened up so that anyone speaking any of the following languages can give feedback, comments and suggestions for the use and expression of technical concepts in Microsoft Products:
"Your feedback will be reviewed by our language specialists and local market experts who will update our terminology glossary accordingly. The updated terminology will then be considered for inclusion in the next version of Office and Windows. "
More information from Britta on the Microsoft Language Portal.
few things to note
After seeing that Eric gained 17Mb of hard disk space, I decided to see how much disk space I could recover using the Disk clean up utility.
After a quick scan I was able to save 3.20 Mb of disk space :)
if you are interested in running this utility follow the steps outlined at this Windows Help and How-to article:
Let me know how much disk space you gained.