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.
Mary J Foley took time out from a promotional book tour to spend 1 hour at the Microsoft TVP Campus to answer questions from Microsofties and journalists. It was a great informal discussion and we got to hear from Mary J Foley on topics ranging from Windows Vista perceptions to Ray Ozzie and from Virtualization to the Mojave Experiment.
Thanks To Eileen Brown for organising the session.
Below is my annotated notes and interesting snippets I took out of the session (slight disclaimer: I have abridged the questions and answers based on not taking verbatim notes or being able to read my own writing)
A few weeks ago following a quick email discussion with Steve Clayton, I decided to give Twitter a go. So I signed up, installed TWhirl and kind of forgot for a couple of weeks. Then when I went back in I couldn’t access my account as it had been marked as suspicious for some reason.
So I sent an email to twitter support, and got a response that they would look into it quite quickly and would let me know. Well a couple of days later and a confirmation email from them and I have got it up and running.
You can follow me on twitter at http://twitter.com/robmargel and am looking forward to giving it a go.
or just see my latest tweet on the left hand side of the blog, I have set it to be the latest twit rather than anymore…
Just been announced on the Windows SideShow Team Blog are the following 4 gadgets.
Download the 32 bit version
Download the 64 bit version
Celebrating the 300th anniversary of St Paul’s Cathedral, it is really worth checking out over on msn.co.uk http://news.uk.msn.com/st-pauls-cathedral-photo-tour.aspx
Learn more about Photosynth and St Paul's Cathedral
You may remember back in April a Live Search marketing campaign that allowed you the chance to win prizes every time you searched using Windows Live Search.
Well its back again giving you the chance to win ‘thousands of pounds worth of vouchers that can be redeemed either online or in stores…’ for John lewis
The basic way it works is that every time you do a search you will get 2 randomly generated cards (Like in the card game snap!!) and if they match your a winner.
I didn’t win this time
So I had a few minutes to kill waiting for a meeting to start and I had OneNote open on my TabletPC and started to doodle and inspired by the I’m a PC marketing campaign that launched in the UK last week I doodled this up...
Ok so I won’t win any artistic prizes but it killed a couple of minutes so thought I would share.
Unlike a lot of my fellow co-workers I really love my TabletPC (a Toshiba Tecra M7). Ok so it is a bit of a brick, has poor battery life and isn’t the fastest of machines, although I have got mine tweaked heavily and is better than it was… But I love using the stylus for not only taking notes but also as an alternative to the scratch pad which I have never got on with in the past. In fact it gets commented on in meetings here at Microsoft many times that I am the only person they have seen using the stylus to work the machine.
If you have used TabletPC on XP and want to know what the improvements are with Vista then try the following http://windowshelp.microsoft.com/Windows/en-GB/Help/c0b768fc-3117-478f-a143-8f3a91081d1a1033.mspx
Updated to add – if you are wondering what i am going on about see Steve Claytons recent posting
From the Windows Vista Magazine is a neat article about how to tidy up your desktop, they mention MSN Wallpapers that I blogged about a few weeks back, as well as a few other tips and tricks I didn’t know like the ALT 255 for removing icon wording.
Also the create a shortcut key to turn the desktop icons off from How to geek is worth a quick read as well .
We have an entire section in Windows Help and How-to on how to personalise your computer including areas about the desktop, sidebar and taskbar, start menu, language settings and more…
‘The latest “fuel” to power Ferrari is a high-performance computing brand, namely Microsoft's latest version of Windows for supercomputers. The two companies announced that Windows HPC Server 2008 would contribute to kicking up a notch Ferrari automotive design, development and engineering. According to Microsoft, Ferrari's sport department is among the first environments world wide to deploy the latest iteration of Windows for supercomputers.’
Am more than happy to volunteer if they need any additional test drivers!
Carrying on from yesterdays post talking about the new parts of the UK Windows website…
Find out about all the features in Windows Vista from accessibility to XPS documents at the updated and improved explore the features section of the new UK Windows website.
Search either alphabetically or by category.
You can find, watch, share and rate 104 Windows Videos over on Microsoft Videos from adverts, demos and interviews with members of the Windows team.
Microsoft Videos is a beta site that…
‘…is your central location for viewing rich media from Microsoft. Scan our Quick Picks for the latest videos, enter a search, or choose from our Video Categories. Then tell us what you think by rating what you’ve watched. If you like what you see, share it with a friend or colleague, or link to it in your blog using one of our community features’
Only Us at this time and you will need Silverlight to view the videos.
OF course there are many other videos for all our products and solutions via the homepage http://www.microsoft.com/video/en/us