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Last week, i.e. in a single week, Microsoft was on real tear: the company announced a release date for Windows 7, disclosed details of Zune HD and Zune’s integration into Xbox Live, discussed Project Natal and other coming improvements to Xbox, and launched its Bing “decision” engine. And all this week, at a special software design review (SDR) event, Microsoft is introducing major new business intelligence features coming in SQL Server 2008 R2, including its project Gemini product that helps rogue ...
Well, the annual feeding frenzy known as the WWDC keynote is now over. There was a lot of good information presented on both Snow Leopard and the iPhone. It was pretty demo-heavy as well – better if you see it in person than if you are at home waiting for the next great tidbit of information. One thing I found interesting were the OS X active users statistics shown at the opening of the keynote. Now, perhaps I missed it – feel free to correct me if I did – but they make it come off like they sold ...
As it has been announced earlier, in new operational system Windows 7 it is possible to easily change a background of a logon screen. For this purpose it is not required to change resources in executable files or to carry out still any special actions. Process of changing of the image is very simple and can be executed without use of additional tools. This functionality is accessible and correctly works since 7057 build. To change a background on the logon screen it is necessary to do following steps. ...
Good news for those of you waiting to move past Vista… Windows 7 will be available in stores on Rock-tober 22nd. I had my ear to the ground listening for the distant rumblings of boxes being pack up and trucks movin’ ‘em out. If I’m not mistaken, one really good ground rumble translated into “look for Windows 7 to RTM (release to manufacturing) in late July”. While earth tremors don’t always make the best sources, this one wouldn’t surprise me. I can hope at least. Have a day. :-| ...
This review is based on Emulator Image. Not a real phone experience. Windows Mobile 6.5 Standard is a Non-Touchscreen version of Windows Mobile 6.5 OS. Why Standard?? It is still very popular today due to its ease of one handed navigation though real buttons, instead of touch controls on touchscreen based phones. Entire OS is fine tuned to let a user access most features one handed though tactile feel. After sometime using the phone most common operation do not require looking at the phone - which ...
Is your applications are completely compatible with Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2? You can outstrip the competitors, having checked up your applications on compatibility with Windows 7 already today. If your company is ISV you can be helped by a isvappcompat.com resource. On this resource you can be registered in the program “Green light” and specify the reference to your application. In this case you receive the necessary information, toolkit and resources for check of compatibility of your ...
I had an amazing time at IT Pro TikiHut event with Blain Barton. Thank you to SCC for space and awesome A/V setup for us. Thank you to Microsoft Spring Board Series for Sponsoring this event. Check them out here! There are lots of videos and walkthoughs here related to the two topics I discussed and other topics from the event. In case this is not enough, here are some more: Resources from my Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 DirectAccess and BranchCache presentation at IT Pro TikiHut on 6/2 I find these ...
As a developer I’ve become used to multiple monitors to increase my productivity. Debugging applications is much easier when one monitor is running Visual Studio and a second monitor is displaying the application being debugged, or SQL Management Studio, or your Locals window. When I plugged my latest HP 6910p laptop into the docking station I was amazed to find that it supported dual external displays; both the DVI and analogue VGA ports can be active simultaneously. It’s a real advantage to get ...
Microsoft’s latest incarnation of it’s search engine, which has gone by a few different code names, is live a few days early. It’s still early, so it remains to be seen if Microsoft will be able to pull any search market share away from Google, but Bing looks like it may be a good start. The biggest difference is that Bing seems to offer better organization by putting the related searches list along the left side of the search results where you can see it without scrolling. It also provides a search ...
Microsoft just recently made some announcements that they will be releasing the new Zune HD. The new Zune HD will also support the now much loved multi-touch capabilities that has made the ITouch and the IPhone as famous as they are. From the image above you can see that the new Zune HD is going for an advanced look with the beveled edges. I owned a Zune first generation and then I bought myself a Zune (120GB version) later. I really did like it mainly because of the very large screen that I could ...
Our new search engine, more than just search, it would be a decision engine. In a bid to provide better search experiences, we will be releasing a new decision engine next week. The official name is Bing. I think it is a cool name and this would definitely improve the traditional experience people find with Search. Today, people go to search engine to find results which are assumed the best. But these are mostly rated based on the number of links, word presence, meta tags etc., However, in a day ...
My first question was, what is it? Taken from the Windows Team Blog posting about it: “The Microsoft Touch Pack for Windows 7 is a set of six multi-touch optimized applications and games that are designed to truly showcase the capabilities of Windows Touch in Windows 7. It consists of 3 casual games, and 3 Microsoft Surface applications that have been created for Windows 7.” “Great, I want to check these applications out and see how they work.” Not so fast… In order to use the applications and games ...
The Windows team put up quick work and released the SP2 for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 despite the parallel Windows 7 work that has been keeping them busy. So if you are running Windows Vista SP1 or Windows Server 2008, you can install SP2 released from http://www.microsoft.com/do... or better turn on automatic updates and it should do the update sometime during this month. Currently it is available for 5 ...
In this Issue: Brian Genisio, Davide Zordan(2), Paul Chapman, Tim Heuer, Shawn Wildermuth, Brad Abrams, Jordan Knight, and Unni. From SilverlightCream.com: Adventures in MVVM – A Testing Story Brian Genisio submitted this just under the wire tonight... and it's a good discussion of how he got started in MVVM and testing Silverlight.Silverlight 3 Beta and Binary message encoding Davide Zordan has two posts up today. This one gives a quick example of binary message encoding on the client side, and ...
One of the major features of the task panel of Windows 7 are Jump Lists. Jump lists are displayed if to select an application icon in the task panel and to press the right button of the mouse. If the application uses functionality of JumpLists, then except standard actions (pin, close) there will be some more additional actions which facilitate our daily work. This functionality of the task panel various appendices actively use. For example, Windows Media Player displays switching options for play ...
Earlier I wrote about possibility of the task panel of Windows 7 to change preview for a window. We said that in preview it is possible to display both a window part, and own image. At Windows 7 there is such pleasant feature, that if we will hover the mouse cursor on preview windows all other windows will disappear, and the selected window will be displayed. It looks as follows. In this case the panel of problems Windows 7 allows us to set own behaviour too. In this case we have possibility to set ...
As we already saw, Windows 7 possesses convenient functionality for display preview of windows of applications. It is possible to look the reduced representation of a window for few seconds at mouse hover at a window icon in the task panel. It is very convenient when at the user openly considerable quantity of windows. All contents of a window are displayed by default in these preview . However, for some appendices it would be much more convenient to show in preview not all contents of a window, ...
Recently I wrote how it is possible to display tabs for child windows of our application. In this case we needed to display child windows of our application. For these purposes we used CustomWindowManager class. The same effect can achieve, if we start some copies of same our application. In this case Windows 7 will define that this same application and will group windows in one icon. Let's try understand how it works. Basis is concept Application ID. For each window we can set the ID. This feature ...
We continue to study possibilities of the task panel in Windows 7. For certain all of you have paid attention that if the same application to start some times, Windows 7 will automatically group them in one button on the task panel. Besides at hover on a icon of this application the task panel will show a set preview for these windows. However, we see, that the same behaviour is realised for opened tabs in Internet Explorer 8. In this case one copy IE8 (we will lower technical details) and many tabs ...
My good friend and fellow Microsoft Regional Director Adam Cogan asked me the following question today. I was curious what you thought so I decided to ask you as well: What are you going to be using going forward (and why)? 1. WINDOWS 2008 R2 Release Candidate 2. WINDOWS 7 Release Candidate 3. VISTA ? 4. OTHER Respond in the comments if you would. I'm really curious! Thanks ...
OK, so yesterday I installed the RC for Windows 7 and today I really had some catching up to do with the normal tasks. First thing I needed were the server admin tools. It took me a while to find them.....lots of broken links, but here's where I found them. • Microsoft Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7 Beta (x86): http://download.microsoft.c... • Microsoft Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7 ...
Reflections on techEd 2009 - Los Angeles This was the first techEd I have ever attended. I heard some complainants about various events not being on the agenda this year, but I was impressed. All of the sessions that I attended were good with one exception that will remain nameless. I was impressed by Dan Holme's session on admin tools. Some of the tools that were demonstrated were written/constructed by Dan for the Bejing Olympic games. I was very impressed. I have already started using the tools ...
Microsoft Learning has just launched three free eLearning Clinics that you may be interested in. These Clinics are geared towards three different audiences, and focus on introducing new features and functionality to those interested in simply learning more about the OS or those that are already considering deploying in the near future. What’s New in Windows 7 for Consumers (1 Hour) What’s New in Windows 7 for IT Professionals(2 Hours) What’s New in Windows 7 for Information Workers (2 Hours) Also, ...
Monday 18th 2009 will be remembered as the day I successfully took on a rootkit virus on the main TV (MCE 2005) and won AND when I (and lots of other MSDN Subscribers) got their hands on Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1. It is available for download now to subscribers. I went for Visual Studio Team System 2010 Team Suite Beta 1 (x86) - DVD (English) and plan to install on a shiny install of Windows 7 RC. MSDN Library for Visual Studio 2010 is available online. 2 hours to go… Enjoy ...
Microsoft Learning has just launched three free eLearning Clinics that you may be interested in. These Clinics are geared towards three different audiences, and focus on introducing new features and functionality to those interested in simply learning more about the OS or those that are already considering deploying in the near future. What’s New in Windows 7 for Consumers (1 Hour) What’s New in Windows 7 for IT Professionals (2 Hours) What’s New in Windows 7 for Information Workers (2 Hours) Also, ...
Well I obviously couldn’t resist the temptation to install the Windows 7 RC. Well I’m actually speechless (which says a lot if you know me). This is a great OS I mean I was expecting good even great but I’ve been extremely pleased. It’s fast, I mean really fast. I didn’t really have issues with Vista on that front when it was booted but it did feel sluggish at times. Windows 7 is very snappy I sold. I almost never reboot (If I can avoid it) and coming back from sleep is very fast in Windows 7 it ...
I’m speaking again at DevTeach this year in June in Vancouver. Here is a comprensive list of things going on. Party with Vancouver IT community Monday June 8th URL: http://party.cuga.ca/Home.aspx Vancouver IT community is hosting Monday june 8th in Vancouver a DevTeach kick off party. This is the official social event for DevTeach Vancouver. The event is not just for the attendees of DevTeach Vancouver it’s a free event for everyone. It’s a unique chance for the attendees, speakers and locals to ...
This time we will talk about other feature of task panel of Windows 7 - OverlayIcon. This possibility is very useful for applications which have any state from the point of view of the user. For example, such applications are programs for an exchange of instant messages (IM). For example, Windows Live Messanger actively uses this possibility. For example, if we open WLM and we will change a state it is possible to see as it is displayed on the task panel of Windows 7. Such functionality can be useful ...
Available immediately from Code Gallery, download the Windows Azure MMC. The Windows Azure Management Tool was created to manage your storage accounts in Windows Azure and makes it simple to help debug, create, and explore your storage solutions. In our testing, this tool has been invaluable to us to inspect messages in our queues. debug, create, explore… Developed as a managed MMC, the tool allows you to create and manage both blobs and queues. Easily create and manage containers, blobs, and permissions. ...
Windows 7 includes a lot of improvements in the Windows Explorer. Most of them are fairly obvious, but the new preview pane is likely to go unnoticed (or passed over as the same as Vista’s preview pane) by a lot of people. The new preview pane supports a much wider range of formats than the Windows XP and Windows Vista preview pane did, including the ability to preview HTML, text files, XML files, images, videos, music, and WordPad files without any additional software installed. If you have Microsoft ...
Earlier I talked about the new Windows 7 Federated Search capabilities and mentioned that you can create your own Search connectors. Since then, I’ve been busy creating some search connector description files for the following sites: Geekswithblogs Live Search MSDN MSDN Blogs The Code Project Channel 9 Twitter All of these search connector descriptions are available from my SkyDrive Search Connectors folder. Technorati Tags: Windows 7,Federated Search,OpenSearch ...
Windows and the Windows Explorer have had search capabilities for a long time and they have gradually improved over the years. The one thing that was always lacking was an ability to search different contexts (or remote sources). There were some improvements with the Windows Desktop search, but I think the federated search capability in Windows 7 really gets it right. Federated search in Windows 7 introduces support to search different remote data stores using OpenSearch technologies and allows you ...
Windows 7 RC (Release Candidate) is out and the incredible thing is that Microsoft has provided this operating system (OS) for free to the entire world. They will only let you download the OS for a limited time – so if you are thinking of getting it – you should be getting your hands on a copy of it as quick as you can. Microsoft is offering both a 32bit or a 64bit version that you can download. This is NOT the final version of the OS though – that is something to be aware of. If you install this ...
Breakfast was pretty unimpressive. Egg omelet things and some nasty sausage patties. I went for a bagel and yogurt. The keynote was very IT centric talking about Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2. Some very cool new features around virtualization. And the big news is that both will be available for the holiday season (as expected). There was also a sneak peek into Office 2010 and Exchange 2010 which promise to improve ability to manage mail. Search looks improved (especially able to search attachments ...
I have been blogging about compatibility of late and this week will be in a Windows 7 Compatibility Lab with Dave Allen (who I interviewed). Customers are rightly concerned about compatibility when rolling out a new Operating System release. It is important that they can easily find if individual applications work on Windows 7 and that is where you can help. If you are a software publisher (or indeed hardware vendor) then please take some time to tell us about your products over on the Windows 7 ...
I’ve been running Windows 7 RC for a little over a week now and can’t imagine going back to Vista at this point. I decided to start with a fresh install of Windows 7, so I’ve been in the process of reinstalling all of my applications and cleaning up my disk drives. In the process, I went searching to see if there are any interesting Windows 7 power toys or tricks available. While I didn’t find any power toys, I did discover that all of the Windows Vista tricks are still available on Windows 7. Tim ...
Recently I was telling about how we can display progress inside task panel in Windows7. This time we will continue to talk about Windows 7 possibilities for developers. Let’s look how we can use buttons in window’s preview in task panel. Such functionality you can see in Windows Media Player already. These buttons allow to change tracks and pause of a playing. Maximum count of these buttons is seven. Such functionality can be useful for other applications undoubtedly. Let’s look how we can use it ...
I recently upgraded my office workstation to Windows 7 RC from Vista SP1. Everything in the upgrade went smoothly, until I after installed the IIS 7 server components and tested my sites on my local IIS server. When loading any asp.net site, I received the following error: Request for the permission of type 'System.Web.AspNetHostingPe... System, Version=2.0.0.0, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=b77a5c561934... failed. I configured my usual permissions for the temp folders, .NET Temp folders, ...
As you know, in Windows 7 Beta the bug which did impossible contained to debug appendices for Azure. The bug did not allow to start Development Fabric on Windows7. All it created the big inconveniences. The main recipe was to use the virtual machine with Windows Vista / Server 2008. However, when Windows7 RC (7100 build) is released a situation has changed to the best and in new build Windows 7 this problem is eliminated and now it is possible to develop for Azure directly from Windows 7 ...

I ended up picking up the ASUS Eee PC 1000HE netbook. (thanks for the advice Mithinco, Robert and evan.)  I am loving it.  However, so are my wife and kids.

I managed to wrestle it away and put Windows 7 RC on this morning and it’s all good.  Seems to be performing quite well.

Now on to my laptop for Windows 7 64-bit this weekend.  Good times!

Yesterday, Windows 7 RC (release candidate) was published on MSDN, so the subscribers are currently downloading it. I have been using Windows 7 since October 2008, when it was pre-released during the PDC conference. Then I moved to the beta when it was released, and have been using it as my main system since then. I almost never had to go back to Vista (which I kept installed on another partition of my main laptop, just in case). Read the rest of this entry » ...
*Moved to: Windows 7 RCThe Windows 7 Release Candidate will be available next week for Developers on MSDN. It is currently up on Connect for Windows 7 Beta Program participants and should be publically available from the 5th May. You can find out more at the Windows Team Blog. I feel a couple of reinstalls coming on :)Read more...Follow my new blog on http://blog.hinshelwood.com ...
XPMode(XPM) for Windows7 came as quite a surprise as this feature wasn't available in the Beta stages of the Windows 7 releases. This secret feature wasn't officially announced until earlier this week when Windows 7 RC became available for MSDN subscribers (read in more details here: http://www.microsoft.com/pr... So what is XP Mode in Windows 7? The following Microsoft Video summarise quite nicely this new feature in Win7: XP Mode will encourage a lot of ...

For the last couple weeks I’ve been running the Windows 7 beta and really love it.  The last OS I installed was XP back when that was new so I moved from XP to 7 skipping Vista (not by choice, by happening).  It’s really slick and I love the Aero theme it has.  Now I just need to grab the Windows 7 RC when it comes out publicly in a few weeks (rumor says May 5).

New OS Windows 7 contains a considerable quantity of innovations and improvements. These improvements concern safety, productivity, reliability etc. Also, the big attention is given to the user interface. In several posts we will talk about the innovations and program model. The first that is appreciable in Windows 7 is, of course, updated task bar. In new taskbar many conceptual changes. One of such changes - possibility of display of progress of performance of a task (progress bar). In this picture ...
Microsoft has reached a critical milestone in the Windows 7 development cycle with the limited release of the Windows 7 Release Candidate (RC) today for Microsoft TechNet and MSDN subscribers and general availability from the Microsoft Download Center on May 5th. There has been a lot of excitement about Windows 7 and, so far, the excitement has been justified. The Windows 7 RC comes after extensive beta testing and feedback from the MVP community with a lot of enhancements and bug fixes since the ...
As this week has been very busy I haven’t had time to write up a full blog post about some of the fun things I’m working on, but instead I thought I’d throw out a listing of some technologies I’m currently working on or watching. Windows 7 Beta (build 7000) – I have this installed as my primary OS on my home desktop. Loving the slick interface and list of new features that keep getting announced. My only gripes so far are that the included build of IE8 is beta and can’t be upgraded to RTM, and that ...
Microsoft has launched a great interactive website called TalkingAboutWindows.com. The site is meant to be a source of information but also an arena for conversation based on what the various interviewees are saying. Also, we have some Canadian representation as Mitch Garvis is one of the featured experts! Doesn’t his look just say “Come into my parlour so I can seductively woo you with my Windows 7 prowess. Great site if you want to learn more about Win 7! D ...
I recently posted about Windows 7 application compatibility which was aimed at giving developers a steer on what they need to consider to make sure applications originally built for Windows XP work great on Windows 7 and Windows Vista. However there is a completely different approach which is to run the Windows XP applications inside a virtual machine using something like Virtual PC. It works – but it is not seamless to the user and typically involves an additional license for XP. Which brings me ...
The only bad thing I have noticed as a result of running the RC1 (7100) build of Windows 7 is some strangeness in the Aero UI. This is on a Dell e4300. About 3 times over the last 48 hours, my window frames go to hell. I can press where the minimize, maximize and close icons should be and they behave correctly, however the corner is a blurred mess as is the rest of the window frame. I am using the video driver which Win7 installed so I may have to try the Dell version. When I went to install it, ...