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Looks like I'm late to the party as this list has been compiled and updated since Beta 1 but if you want to know if certain apps (like World of Warcraft or for me, VMWare) will work with Vista before taking the plunge then check out the Windows Vista Software Compatibility List wiki.

Ok, so I've been to quite a few VS Live's and I've seen the good and the bad, but here's my first impressions from VSLive 2007: 1st Keynote by Prashant Sridharan was good. Demo (by Sam G. (I think)) was clear and informative... Nima Dilmaghani has some really interesting things to say, but his presentation quality--Well I've already blogged about that.... Lunch - Ok, they've gone away from the cold box lunch of past years; good. But they need a major lesson in crowd control. The lines were way, way ...
Ok, so Nima Dilmaghani needs to work on his presentation skills... Nima gave two talks today at VS Live about Vista development--a subject I was quite interested in. But man, watching his presentations (both of them!) was just painful. It appeared he had done no preparation, and he was unfamiliar with Vista, Powerpoint, and Visual Studio. Now the guy might be a genius, he might really know his stuff, but on stage you had to be sorry for the guy. Really Microsoft, give someone else the presentation ...
*Moved to: Advanced Email ContentDoes anyone remember the early video presentations for Vista? Specifically the one about the students collaborating on coursework? The bit I am interested in is the emails with advanced content... Can we do that now? The demonstration showed an email being opened and a 3d animated representation of the solar system being displayed with the senders calculations for getting a probe into orbit of one of the planets.Read more...Follow my new blog on http://blog.hinshelwood.com ...
Joe Healy, Microsoft & & Nikita Polyakov, USF presents: “Vista & Office 2007” Windows Vista & Office 2007 feature presentation and extensive Q&A. This a student oriented presentation of using Vista and Office 2007 together to make your everyday life easier and have a much smoother experience doing things that previously were not so fun or intuitive to do. This event will be held in BSN 115 from 4 to 6PM RSVP needed for the raffle: Click Here [ http://www.clicktoattend.co... ...
I absolutely want to drop my free HD-DVR from Charter for a Vista Media Center with CableCard support. The ability to record to a hub that can be viewed from any Xbox 360, Zune, Portable Media Center, phone, etc is exciting. But... Niveus Media's offering starts at $3199 and that's without the CableCard adapter. It looks like that will run an extra $1500. That's way out of my price range, and I am a gadget freak with a decent income. That thing is built for Bill Gates and friends. Velocity Micro's ...
As I progress with using Vista as my primary OS, I am finding some things that need to be addressed. One of the items left out of vista is an SMTP server. In XP and older operating systems you can have this installed with IIS. However, vista does not include an smtp server. You have a few options out there to download (http://softstack.com/frees... or (http://www.smartertools.co... Steve (Steve Schofield) has a good post discussing this. I wish I would have done ...
As I progress with using Vista as my primary OS, I am finding some things that need to be addressed. One of the items left out of vista is an SMTP server. In XP and older operating systems you can have this installed with IIS. However, vista does not include an smtp server. You have a few options out there to download (http://softstack.com/frees... or (http://www.smartertools.co... Steve (Steve Schofield) has a good post discussing this. I wish I would have done ...
Symantec found that Microsoft Windows is the most secure operating system. This is based on the number of patches found and the time to patch them. Microsoft Windows Red Hat Linux Apple Mac OS X Hewlett Packard HP-UX Sun Solaris Despite the latest TV ads ridiculing the security in Vista with a Matrix-like Agent playing the UAC in Vista, Apple (QuoteChart-->) has nothing to brag about. Symantec found 43 vulnerabilities in Mac OS X and a 66 day turnaround on fixes. Surprise, Microsoft Listed as Most ...
We had a great .NET UG event tonight. I spoke on ASP.NET, mainly around design patterns, architecture, and platform selection. But the end of the presentation was to be a demo of ORCAS and the new ASP.NET features. I have my ORCAS VPC on an external hard drive that isn't made for Vista...or isn't made for Toshiba laptops running Vista...anyhoo, I finally got it to recognize my drive's partitions and load up the VPC, which I then minimized for the duration of my presentation. So the end comes, and ...
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More technical than most reviews, Peter Bright covers the APIs and what makes Vista different under the hood, including: Windows API history User interface - Windows Presentation Foundation and the Desktop Window Manager. Printing - XPS documents Under the hood - Windows Communication Foundation and Windows Workflow Foundation Video and Audio - Media Foundation A follow-up article promises to cover security and the features that got cut. Read Windows Vista: more than just a pretty face ...
First look at Vista from the standpoint of developers... hosted by Microsoft, delivered by Interface: Introduction to Vista Application Development Introduction to .NET 3.0 framework technologies Introduction to WPF Introduction to the Vista APIs, e.g. RSS and Search Hands-on Lab Phoenix – March 23, 2007 Phoenix Microsoft Office2929 Central Avenue, Suite 1400Phoenix, Arizona 85012Registration: 8:30 amEvent: 9:00 am -5:00 pmRegister: http://msevents.microsoft.c... ...
Just did a John Craddock 2-Day Intensive Seminar on "Security Active Directory Access" at the Novotel in London. Four Words: What an amazing event! To see Craddock peel the layers behind Microsoft's Premier Directory Services was absolutely incredible. If you think you know Active Directory Services, do this course with John. He and and his colleague Sally Storey are very talented presenters in tune with demands of the market place and delivering secure, stable technologies geared towards the ENTERPRISE. ...
Typing mailto: in the search box in the Vista start menu will open a new mail message in Outlook. It is much faster for me to hit the Win key on my keyboard and type mailto: than it is for me to hunt through the 15 open applications, find Outlook and click "New". Plus I don't have to transition between my mouse and keyboard. It's really not a new Vista thing since you could have typed WinKey + R, then mailto: before, but it's still cool. Technorati tags: Vista, mailto: ...
Announced at this years Cebit the brand name Commodore has risen from the ashes to title a range of some rather high speced PC's. These machines are aimed fairly and squarely at the PC gamer. Amongst the distinguishing features of these PC's is the option to chose a different piece of art-work for your case called a 'C-Kin'. The art-work is very contemporary in style and ranges from recent game-titles to street art from simply garish to - not '3' bad. The PC's themselves have the highest speced graphics ...
This post is in response to the article "Why Linux will not displace Windows". (I have posted the entire comment just in case it gets taken down from ZDNet.) You are kidding arent you ? Are you saying that this linux can run on a computer without windows underneath it, at all ? As in, without a boot disk, without any drivers, and without any services ? That sounds preposterous to me. If it were true (and I doubt it), then companies would be selling computers without a windows. This clearly is not ...
Some weeks delayed but is finally out!, this new Febrary 2007 CTP basically has support for Vista and includes another minor bug fixes. The most relevant bug fixes are the follow: Support for Windows Vista Guidance Navigator performance and display improvements Handling of read-only .gpstate files Use of standard system colors in wizards and dialogs Fixes to registration recipes Tom has published a detailed description of this new release here. Download the new GAX Feb 2007 CTP here ...
It seems this is the year for Microsoft to announce product retirements. First GotDotNet, then Visual J#, and now eWeek just announced that FoxPro is being retired as well. According to Microsoft, they will not be releasing any new versions of Visual FoxPro past version 9.0, but they will continue to support it through 2015. The FoxPro development team, which is actually part of the Microsoft Visual Studio team, will be spread out across different groups in the Microsoft Developer Division, including ...
I don't know about you, but my first home computer was a Commodore VIC-20 longer ago than I care to admit. From there, it was a Commodore C64, then a C128. After that, we got our first IBM PC compatible, a Goldstar made PC clone. I never really got in to the Commodore Amiga, although the graphics and operating system where definitely ahead of it's time. The Commodore line sort of died out in 1996 with the Amiga, and hasn't been heard in the mass-consumer market since then. That's all about to change! ...
Peter Laudati asks a very interesting question... Why do you or don't you attend a user group? It's all about the SWAG! You know the goodies they give out at user group meetings... software, tee-shirts, and pizza... Actually this is a really great question to ponder as I am trying to start a new user group (NJUX) myself. Why... why go through the trouble of setting up a meeting place, scheduling speakers and coordinating with other user groups. Well as Paul Kimmel so eloquently states a lot of it ...

Mike Volodarsky has a great article on this subject here.

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Everyone attending Mix 07 will recieve a free copy of Windows Vista Ultimate.

Read the article here.

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Szymon Kobalczyk was having fun with the 64-bit version of Vista. That is until he tried to install a game called Price of Persia: the two thrones. The machine won't even boot now! But most likely all is not lost. If you find yourself in this kind of pickle then getting back to a restore point using System Restore is a great thing to try. Here's two ways to do that: First plan of attack is to try to boot to Safe Mode, which is done from the boot menu that comes up by pressing F8 right after the POST ...
You might think I'm little behind with this news, believe it or not but until now I was still runing on Windows XP. But no more excuses! This week I want ahead and finally bought Vista for my home computer. To be precise it's Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit version. The fun begins! Why I choose Ultimate edition? The politically correct answer of course is that I use the computer for both work and fun… but hey, the truth, as you all know, is that I'm a geek so I just want the best system I can get! ...
Microsoft invites you to experience the next generation of application development platform that will let you deliver rich, interactive experiences to your customers. City Date Venue Hyderabad 15-Mar-07 Fortune Katriya Pune 16-Mar-07 Sun-N-Sand Delhi 21-Mar-07 Marriott Mumbai 22-Mar-07 Kohinoor Continental Chennai 23-Mar-07 Ambassador Pallava Bangalore 27-Mar-07 Royal Orchid Date, Time, Venue: 15 March 2006 9:30 AM (Registration and Tea) Hotel Fortune Katriya, 8, Rajbhavan Road, Somajiguda, Hyderabad ...
I have noticed one definate benefit Vista's UAC brings to developers: allowing them to work as an administrator, and explicitly notice everything their program does that a regular user can't do. Often times, software won't run as a non-administrator because developers run on their own machine as administrator and see nothing wrong with the concept that their user would do the same. Now, with UAC, the developer can still run as administrator, and if they leave UAC on as I have at work and at home, ...
Well, I'm pretty fed up with Microsoft's Windows Live Dev Team. Not that they have really done anything wrong, it's just that they haven't done anything!!! Add new abilities to the Windows Live Messenger client with the Messenger Add-in SDK beta. Published Friday, June 09, 2006 2:55 PM So, it's almost been a year since MS has put out anything to support development with Messenger. Whats the deal?? To top things off the existing Add-in sdk is crap! While it works, it only give you access to events ...
Quite a while ago I ran into the issue where I couldn't remove code snippets from VS. It seems that is not enough (using the hard way) with removing the registry key (that's it: HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Vis... and the proper snippet file. To do that you should also remove the snippet from the ExpansionsXML.xml file. If you're using XP you will find this file here: c:\documents and settings\[YOUR USER]\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\VisualStudio... ...
I never would have expected Dell to be a feature leader and win the race to ship the first Vista Media Center with CableCard support, but they just may do it. PC Magazine has received the XPS 410 with an ATI TV Wonder Digital Cable Tuner for review. It's not shipping just yet, so they might not be the first to ship, but at least someone is getting close. I have seen some rumors about Sony shipping in April or VidaBox shipping in March. While I haven't heard anything about HPs DECs getting the upgrade. ...
Usually I don't write about my current employer or work, but I think this time it deserves to make an exception. You read already it in the title: I work now on The Collective Molecular Environment (C-ME) for The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI). If you are following the news on Windows Vista or WPF you have probably seen this application already (the screen on the right might remind it to you). The Scripps Research Institute is a biomedical research organization that is trying to find a cure for ...

This article show how to create a self registering COM interop layer for your .NET code that can be called from JavaScript in a Vista Sidebar gadget.

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Greetings from the Windows Home Server Team You have been approved to be in the Windows Home Server Beta program. I just signed up and received notification for beta testing Windows Home Server. Over time, I've had a few server instances running variants of Windows (XP, 2000, 2003) for home file server needs. However, with Home Server, there's a few nice features that make backup and mindless RAID capabilities for machines that participate on the Home Server network. Microsoft is doing a good job ...

No Zune?  How about some desktop wallpapers.  Microsoft has released 2 new desktop wallpapers based on Windows Vista Ultimate.  You don't need to actually be running Ultimate, or Vista for that matter, to use these.

Wallpapers are in 4:3 and wide screen format.

It's avalaible at Visual Studio 2005 SP1 Update for Windows Vista. It includes a lot of bug fixes related with the debugging, profiling and also with web projects using IIS.

Question for everyone out there who could give me a minute or two... I finally got my brand new, higher-end laptop and I want to know - is anyone out there running Vista Business or Vista Ultimate on their everyday development machine? If I have read one then I have read three dozen blogs, knowledge base articles and blurbs about the pitfalls of using Visual Studio v6, 2002, 2003 and 2005 on Vista. I know about the common problems, the work arounds and what not. What I want to know is... Who out ...
Here is a useful article containing an overview of the new simplified thread synchronization capabilities in Windows Vista: http://www.codeguru.com/columns/kate/article.php/c13387/. These include CONDITION_VARIABLE, AcquireSRWLockExclusive/ReleaseSRWLockExclusive, and AcquireSRWLockShared/ReleaseSRWLockShared.
NJUX - New Jersey User eXperience NJUX will focus on UI based topics from design to architecture to tools and trends. Inspired by WPF, Vista, CAB, Mobile devices and the like this topic is just perfect for a North/Central New Jersey user group. We will be testing the waters soon with an organizational meeting. This group will differ from other New Jersey groups because we will focus specifically on the aspects of making the user experience better. There will be a good balance between proper visual ...
If you have ever wanted to know how big a folder was, you had two options: Open a dos prompt and get a directory listing Open the properties for the folder Wouldn't it be great if the folder size could be displayed right in Windows Explorer, just like it does for file size? Well, thanks to this post on Noah's blog, it is now possible! This is an open source project available on SourceForge at: http://foldersize.sourcefor... Of course, this information is only available in Details view, but if ...
I have a MSI package created using Visual Studio 2005 Web Setup Project on Windows 2003 Server. When I tried to install it on Vista(home premium) with IIS7 installed, the setup failed with Action ended: WEBCA_SetTARGETSITE. Return value 3. Fortunately, when I've installed the optional "IIS 6 Management Compatibility" option within IIS7, the installation succeeded ...
A good friend and ex-colleague of mine seems to have been bitten by an evil bug causing him to devote his free time to creating a tool that will report all hidden shares on a remote machine. The tool is available for download here. Your colleagues in your lan thought they could hide their party photos and mp3s from you, but not any more. Link: http://projectdistributor.n... Technorati tags: Hidden Shares, Tool, winnt, windows, xp, vista, win2k, share, reveal Cross-posted ...

Watch you're Liquid Background with Windows Vista Ultimate's Extra, Dreamscene.

Does anyone else have some problems with their network connectivity with Vista? If my computer goes into sleep mode, or I leave it on for a significant period of time (or even just randomly), thet network connection seems to die. I have to disable my network connection in Windows, then re-enable it. Then I can get connectivity back. That is gettign slightly tedious, though; does anyone know any resolution to that? (I cannot seem to find the same question asked after a google search.) ...

...because Joost doesn't install on Vista apparantly...

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I had entered the mixtify 'blog bling' contest and put a MIX tag and link on my blog. I didn't go the rest of the way and put something on my website because my whole idea is to avoid recompiling that thing all the time, but seeing the Sidebar gadgets today made me want one and since I don't have Vista yet, I did the next best thing and put one on my site sidebar using WPF/E (of course). This was very simple, but in the interest of exposing all the WPF/E I use, I figured I'd write it up:http://www.wynapse.com/W... ...
The Microsoft sponsored GotDotNet developer community site is shutting down! All of the functionality will be phased out by July 2007, so there isn't much time left. According to the announcement, Microsoft is phasing out GotDotNet for the following reasons: Eliminate redundant functionality between GDN and other community resources provided by Microsoft Traffic and usage has significantly decreased over the last 6 months Reinvest the resources in new and better community features The phase out schedule ...
Lord of the Rings Online, a MMORPG from Turbine apparently uses .NET. The system requirements explicitly say so. I am not sure what parts of the game are .NET and which are native code, but I assume that the launcher is written in .NET and I did spy some resource assemblies being downloaded in the update process. The version of .NET required is 1.1 with Service Pack 1. Which means on a Vista box framework 1.1 gets installed in the LOTRO setup. Hmm need to explore more. Anyway's here is 2 incriminating ...
Former GWBer and now MSFTy Brandon Paddock has released an app for Windows Vista that gives you the shortcut ability of Windows Desktop Search (formerly MSN Desktop Search) on the Vista Search box which is nested in the start menu. Go check it out. Brandon you are 'The Man'. First all those uber tips for WDS and now Start++. As a matter of fact, I find myself using WDS more for the shortcut ability rather than for the search functionality. Link: http://brandonlive.com/cate... Technorati ...
I was just looking for more info about Google's move to offer an inexpensive alternative to Microsoft Word for word processing, when I discovered this recent blog post from the CEO of Sun Microsystems, Jonathan Schwartz: My Family Photos - and ODF. For those who will use Microsoft Word 2007, Sun is apparently creating a plug in that will allow users to set the Open Document Format as the default format for saving documents. Very interesting... Microsoft cannot ignore this format, and clearly isn't ...
One of the interesting things about Windows Vista is the User Acccount Control (UAC) and the Elevation it requires when executing activities that require Administrative Priveleges. Windows Vista, by default runs users as a Standard User and as such when an administrative task is attempted, it prompts you to verify the permission. If you are running your applications on Windows Vista for the first time, you may be a little amused by this operation but it shows the security model that has been the ...