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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, ...
I have been thinking about Windows 7 application compatibility this week and that included an interview with Dave Allen in the partner team which touched on the labs he is running in the UK. The next lab starts May 11th and is split into: Monday 11th May: Training Day on Windows 7 Application Compatibility – limited to 16 attendees with a maximum of 2 attendees per ISV Tuesday 12th May – Friday 15th May: Windows 7 Application Compatibility drop-in clinic – limited to 20 attendees with a maximum of ...
[Update 29/04/2009: I recommend you also take a look at the supersite Windows 7 RC Review and Windows XP Mode for Windows 7 which allows Windows XP applications to run unchanged] I apologise. I’m sorry. I sympathise. I do, really. I completely understand that: Discovering an application is broken that previously used to work great is simply not fun and Fixing the application to work again is also simply not fun Especially if you didn’t originally write the application or if you did, it was many years ...
Dave Allen works in Microsoft UK helping partners build solutions which take advantage of the latest technologies from Microsoft. He also happens to be a mate, a jolly nice chap and is leading our efforts in the UK to help partners get their applications working on Windows 7. I sat down with him on Thursday of last week (23rd April) and quizzed him on the thorny subject of compatibility. Check out this companion post I did on resources for getting ready for Windows 7. When did you first start looking ...
Good news for us all is that the RC build of the much-anticipated Windows 7 is going to be made available to MSDN and TechNet subscribers on April 30. For the rest of the world, you won’t have long to wait, as the Windows 7 RC will be available on May 5th as I previously reported on my Twitter account. For those that are not aware, RC means Release Candidate, as this is the pre-final version of the operating system and it is supposed to include everything that will be in the final shipping version ...
I am pleased to say that the Windows 7 RC will be available at April 30th for download by MSDN and Technet subscribers. Also, public availability will begin on May 5th. You can read more on the Windows 7 Team Blog. Windows 7 is a great OS and I am very glad that in nearest future it will be RC ...
The Windows team blog have news of the Windows 7 RC: “…..RC is on track for April 30th for download by MSDN and TechNet subscribers. Broader, public availability will begin on May 5th.” I though the beta was great. My dad thought the beta was great. My daughter thought the beta was great. And since that beta the team have been busy making it better and better. P.S. In case you were wondering, I’m awake at 4am because I just dropped firstborn off at his school. He has a 35 mile hike ahead of him. ...
We are happy to announce that the third Iowa Code Camp will be on Saturday May 2nd. We are looking forward to making this the most successful Code Camp yet, building on the wild popularity of the previous two. But we need your help. The success of our Code Camp is measured by the growth of the individuals that participate. Speakers, organizers, attendees, sponsors…everyone plays a unique role in making the Iowa Code Camp an exciting opportunity, a learning experience and overall – a great place to ...
This is a pilot podcast to accompany the fortnightly MSDN Flash newsletter. I would appreciate feedback on what you liked and what you didn’t – and even whether you managed to make it through the 20minutes. Things I already plan to do: More formally split the podcast into sections (Fresh Discovery, User Group, Tip etc) Add music/sounds – especially to introduce the sections Host it “properly” :-) Make it podcast subscriber friendly – via Itunes etc Full show notes for each episode Include interviews ...
I spent last week enjoying the sun (and rain and wind and fog) in Yorkshire and managed to pretty much avoid email/work all week which was great. I did manage a little “evangelism” during the week though. My dad has an old compaq notebook which has been playing up for months. I decided to use Live Mesh to create a copy of his files and rebuild it using a Windows 7 Beta DVD I had handy. After sourcing just one driver from the hp site (for the wireless card) it is now running great and he is blown ...
April 30th Microsoft Office - Minneapolis LOW I and II 8300 Norman Center Drive - Suite 950 Bloomington, Minnesota 55437 Microsoft ArcReady 9:00am - 11:45 pm WHAT IS ARCREADY? A forum for aspiring and practicing architects to discuss industry trends An overview of Microsoft’s roadmap as it relates to software architecture A mechanism to solicit your feedback An opportunity to showcase the work you do! WHO SHOULD ATTEND? Architects and Senior Developers who are interested in becoming an architect. ...
We have been busy organizing a number of community events. I would like to share some events Regina.NET has been working on and other community events. All the below events are free and open to the public. Regina.NET Date: April 8th @ 6 PM Speaker: Rod Paddock Topic: JQuery with ASP.NET Web 2.0 is here to stay. jQuery is a JavaScript library that abstracts away all of the gory details of working with JavaScript for web applicatons. This session will demonstrate how to add jQuery to your ASP.NET applications ...

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In a classic Dilbert strip, Tina the Tech Writer is forced to write docs for code that doesn’t exist yet. Her last line: “If you call our tech support, we’ll blame Microsoft.” Works for me! I blame Microsoft for why I don’t have a new Lounge today. OK, so time spent job searching is a larger factor. But still, I’d rather blame Microsoft. In particular, I blame Windows 7. Now by and large, I’m loving the Windows 7 beta. It’s a thousand little things I didn’t know I needed, but now I need. And it’s ...
http://blogs.msdn.com/e7/ar... The engineering Windows 7 blog has done another great post! This time on the Windows Touch elements and what was done to improve Windows w/ regards to touch and multi-touch UX as well as why. The most interesting part of the blog post to me was the information about the telemetry they reported during the beta (how often particular touch features, like scrolling content, were used and how successful people were w/ particular touch ...
Guys, I need to share screenshots of a cool demo a friend (Waqas) as well a coworker and I developed using Silverlight 2.0. Yes this is fully interactive demo of Windows 7’s Desktop Simulation in Silverlight 2.0. The Login Screen: The desktop: Yes its Windows 7 running inside Internet Explorer 8 under Windows 7 :P Did not find a better way to express. And yes clock gadget is also home made. I’ll be converting this application to Silverlight 3.0 with Offline Execution support and host on Silverlight ...
Yesterday I was installing Microsoft Expression Blend 3 March CTP on my Windows 7 Box. After following 2-3 Screens in the setup wizard, following screen came: God! What to do next? Where is the next button? Where to click. Literally I clicked every single pixel of this screen but nothing happened :(. Neither did I know if installer is doing something or downloading some updates to be installed. I kept the installer running for next 3-4 hours and do my own work hopping that it’ll proceed but nothing ...
As many have been complaining about for a while there appears to be no x64 version of the Cisco Systems VPN Client. I am required to use this to connect to my network at work. This application will only install on an x86 box and I am currently running x64 at my home. I have no desire to switch back to x86 and was frustrated trying to locate an x64 client. I have heard that Cisco made available a new client called AnyConnect, but have heard that this requires a new hardware device on the server side ...
*Moved to: We’re sorry, but you won’t be able to download Internet Explorer 8 for Windows 7 Beta at this timeAlthough if you are a Windows 7 user like me, you will not be able to download the newly released Internet Explorer 8, if you have XP or Vista you can dive into the experience that many people have been using for a while now. Read more...Follow my new blog on http://blog.hinshelwood.com ...
Multitouch is going to be the next big thing. Natural User Interfaces (NUI) are going to change the way we use client applications soon. You think it's not true? See the iPhone hype. This is not a very good phone, feature wise. It is lacking very basic features. But being able to control your phone using multiple fingers was a real killer feature. Read the rest of this entry » ...
MIX09 Minus 1 MIX07 was the first national conference I ever attended, and I felt like that kid from the sticks in NYC looking up at the buildings. MIX08 was just as cool and having some fore-knowledge, I was able to navigate my way around a bit better rather than spend all my time staring up at the buildings :) Now here I am on the outer edge of MIX09 beginning, and I'm as excited about this as I was about MIX07. I can play dumb really well when asked direct questions, but if you're involved with ...
Just heard about this... figured I would share. "We have made a change to previously published agendas. The (TechEd 2009) attendee party will no longer take place, however we are planning an alternative social gathering which will continue to provide a great opportunity for attendees to network with each other in a fun social setting. Additionally this year you will receive a full copy of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 when released to market as part of registration." So I'm guessing maybe ...
One of our developers going to TechEd today received a bad news, good news email from Microsoft (CRG Events) about TechEd 2009 in Los Angeles. It said: "We have made a change to previously published agendas. The attendee party will no longer take place, however we are planning an alternative social gathering which will continue to provide a great opportunity for attendees to network with each other in a fun social setting. Additionally this year you will receive a full copy of Windows 7 and Windows ...
Short while after I wrote about resources for multi-touch on Windows 7 Daniel D left a comment that got me very excited: MultiTouchVista now has a driver that emulates multitouch hardware for Windows 7 I got to try it out myself! Bit later I got everything up and running and I’m happy to report that it’s all true: you can now effectively emulate multi-touch devices under Windows 7. You can see it yourself on this video. In fact it works so well that I was able to demonstrate it last Saturday at 4Developers ...
Introduction This Sunday I upgraded my DELL Latitude | D830 from Windows Vista Business 64 bit to Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit. The build version is Windows 7 Beta Build 7000. I ran an upgrade to test how well the setup would play with my currently installed applications and configuration settings. My expectations we met and in some cases exceeded. For example, soon after launching the setup a compatibility checker was launched. This screen scanned my current OS (Vista) to make sure all installed applications ...
Before I had posted a small blog entry on how it was basically impossible to get the Cisco VPN software working on a Windows Vista machine. It turned out to be one of the most hit blog entries I had – mainly due to the amount of help that was being provided in the comments. In the comments, many folks tried to help others with a solution. Though, one of the last entries I read recently was about a gentleman that pointed out that if you get all the Vista updates, that it seemed to just work. There ...
So I finally installed windows 7 on my main laptop and I can’t tell you how happy I am, performance is so much better than Vista. Boot time and shut down processes are very quick. hibernate and resume are reliable and quick. But what I really like are all these cool shortcut Keys everyday seems like I find a new short cut key, here are a few of them. Win + L Quickly locks your computer, very useful. Win + D Displays your desktop by minimizing all your open windows . Win + R opens up the Run window ...
Silverlight has been released for over a year now. This March it will be powering the NCAA March Madness! All of the games will be available online in streaming video. http://mmod.ncaa.com/ For those of you who don't know what Silverlight is, it is a technology similar to Flash and Java that allows running software applications in your internet browser. The ability to do amazing things that can't be done with HTML. Silverlight is the future of web application development. It is estimated that about ...

Received this link from the Engineering team following on from my blog about RC1!

Engineering Windows 7 : Some Changes Since Beta for the RC

The honeymoon is over, and it looks like the beta period is over, too. http://blogs.msdn.com/e7/ar... Two of the 17 bugs that I reported are listed on the Engineering 7 blogs, both trivial tweeks. Hopefully, the 15 other comments (10 of which were real bugs), have been addressed. I don’t think this list was intended to address real bug fixes, anyway, so I am not too worried. Taskbar “Open With” Let’s face it, if you are reading this than you are a power users, ...
I have been asked many times in the last few weeks about Windows 7 and VB6. The support statement has been updated to cover Windows 7 and the news is good. Windows 7 Since the initial release of this support statement, the Windows 7 operating system has been announced. This document has been updated to clarify Microsoft’s support for VB6 on Windows 7. VB6 runtime will ship and will be supported in Windows 7 for the lifetime of the OS. Developers can think of the support story for Vista being the ...
UPDATE: Since Windows 7 is now commercially available, these product keys are no longer recommended. Go ahead and buy your own copy of Windows 7 and experience a new world. For more details visit http://www.microsoft.com/Wi... The following information is outdated given that the RC1 bits are already out. For the updated information, please visit http://www.microsoft.com/Wi... Windows 7 Beta is out for sometime now and needless to say, the reception has ...
In my last blog post I embedded a movie that I had uploaded to SoapBox. The path that video, and myself, took to get to that point is EPIC. It all started with recording the video with my trusty Sony camcorder. I copied over the file to my Windows 7 machine…file format is MPG. The size was 118 MB, but SoapBox has a 100MB limit. Easiest way to alter that: Movie Maker. As I’m all about the Windows Live suite of tools, I opened up Movie Maker Beta. I was a huge fan of Movie Maker 2.6, and I hadn’t had ...

Microsoft’s next release of Windows 7 will be the release candidate and not beta 2.

Read more at Windows Engineering Blog.

So best forecast for the release: I still think Q3 or early Q4 this year – remember there will be a PDC this fall as well…

*Moved to: Microsoft Document Explorer 2008 on Window 7 This was my second attempt at installing Visual Studio 2008 on Windows 7 and I ran into a little problem. Read more...Follow my new blog on http://blog.hinshelwood.com ...
Last couple of months I’ve been working on very cool project that utilizes new multi-touch features in Windows 7. Although I can’t talk yet about our product, I thought it would be good to start sharing my experience with multi-touch programming. I’ll begin with some general resources to get you started. Prerequisites Of course first thing you need is a multi-touch capable hardware. As far as I know currently there are only three devices available on the market. Those lucky to be at PDC could see ...
After the honeymoon period running on Windows 7, and using this as my primary machine, now that the honeymoon period is over…. System Configuration IBM X200 4GB DDR3 Intel Centrino Pro P8600 Problems Problem #1 – As discussed during my first post, a UAC bug stopped by gadgets prematurely. Boo Problem #2 – After installing my Microsoft Live suite of products, NO JOY with getting my Live Messenger to work. Turns out I needed to get rid of a new feature that does dynamic TCP/IP window resizing Problem ...
I find it very therapeutic to “sync to paper” on a regular basis. Yesterday I was grumpy as I had way too much in my head and in my Inbox. Late last night I grabbed my trusty Moleskine and wrote it all down – I “synced to paper”. I slept well and woke up grump free. I also realised while “syncing to paper” last night that I carry around a lot of links in my head to stuff I find in my job which I keep meaning to share but never quite do. The sort of stuff I might mention to you if we met in the staff ...
Out of all the Windows 7 SKUs I am most excited about Enterprise, see the highlighted reasons as to why: Windows 7 Enterprise This is recommended for medium-to-large business and enterprise customers that choose to license Windows through Software Assurance and is available only through Microsoft Volume Licensing. Key Feature list: Professional features Unlimited applications BitLocker data protection on internal and external drives DirectAccess provides seamless connectivity to your corporate network ...
Microsoft today announced the new product line for Windows 7. In some ways the new Windows 7 product line follows the same ideas of Windows Vista, but the big differences are that each Windows 7 edition is a superset of the previous edition (which means that each higher edition will have every feature of all lower editions) and they will be focusing primarily on two editions of Windows 7: Windows 7 Home Premium and Windows 7 Professional. The breakdown on the different editions is: Windows 7 Starter ...
I have just had a 2 hour battle with Live Mesh which has reminded me just how much I have come to rely on Live Mesh in my day to day life and how well it normally works (It gets the “It just works” tick) I am currently regularly using: A Vista machine with VS2008 SP1 – when I need stability and to just get things done. A Vista machine with a daily build of VS2010 – for some .NET 4.0 stuff I am doing such as parallel A Vista VPC running the CTP of VS2010 from the PDC – when I need a more stable (but ...