Need more cool WPF demos…

Heard this a lot recently – in the meantime, ease the pain with Kevin’s Bag-O-Tricks aka Kevin Moore’s collection of WPF controls and samples. Kevin has updated his sample collection so it compiles and runs nicely under .NET Framework 3.0 RC1 (both on Windows Vista RC1 and Windows XP). You find a number of cool…

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Vista RC1 + Office B2TR == Happiness

In case you have not seen Jensen Harris’ announcement, you will be able to download Microsoft Office Beta 2 Technical Refresh (B2TR) by the end of this day. Office B2TR is a huge improvement in terms speed and memory consumption. In fact, running on Windows Vista RC1 the combination of Office B2TR and Vista RC1…


Updated ATI and NVidia drivers for Windows Vista RC1

Windows Vista RC1 comes with inbox support for those neat new graphics cards, but if you care for the very latest drivers or exended control panels, both big vendors have released new drivers: ATI: Catalyst Beta Driver for Windows Vista RC1 NVidia: ForceWare Release 95 Version: 96.33 Note: Both links point to drivers for Windows…

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Ways to speed up Vista

Depending on who talk to, people will tell you how happy/unhappy they are with current Windows Vista performance. Like most of my colleagues, I have installed the July 2006 CTP (Build 5472, available from the MSDN subscriber download). On the machines I am using, performance (compared to XP on the same PC) varies wildly. My private…


Flash + Hard Drive = Speed + Battery

If you have seen a recent presentation on Windows Vista, you may have noted that fully using new hardware is a recurring theme. So is the use of flash memory. The presenter might have also mentioned “hybrid hard disks with flash memory”. So how can a hybrid flash/hard drive help speed up Windows Vista? The…

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Into the Lions Den: Vista @ Black Hat 2006

I almost overlooked it: Stephen Toulouse posted it last week in the Microsoft Security Response Center Blog: As part of our ongoing security efforts, several talks have been submitted for the Black Hat Security Conference 2006, and a total of 5 have been accepted. You can find the track description here. And yes, Internet Explorer…

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How to record/capture Windows Vista demos

Grant, working for the Platform Adoption Center, has come up with a method to capture Windows demos. Several people discovered the hard way that software-based methods can no longer capture all the GPU powered graphical greatness of the UI. Also, most capture utilities simply no longer work for that reason. Grant has come up with…

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ScreenSpaceLines3D for WPF

Daniel Lehenbauer has posted an update for his 3D tools for WPF on GotDotNet. This version is compatible with WinFX Beta 2 and Windows Vista Beta 2 and adds a community-owned implementation of “ScreenSpaceLines3D”. ScreenSpaceLines3D are 3D line primitives for lines with a constant thickness when projected on your 2D screen. WPF does not contain…


Don’t be chicken: fix your apps for (Windows) Vista

Bookmark this page: Here you are going to find a wealth of webcasts on WinFX and Windows Vista development. The one I have noted is the level 400 session on modifying your application for Windows Vista.  As for the chicken: Our marketing folks are pretty hardcore about making everyone properly pronounce it “Windows Vista” and not…


Is your application compatible with Windows Vista?

Programs that do not meet the requirements of a well behaved Windows Applications (as defined in the Application Compatibility Guidelines for Windows XP will have a hard time when Windows Vista ships. An easy way to find out if an application will cause troubles on Windows Vista is to install the Microsoft Standard User Analyzer. This…