Announcing the first in a series of 6 international barcamp-style events for Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.5 OS called WinMoDevCamp! WinMoDevCamp is a not-for-profit gathering to develop applications for the upcoming release of the Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.5 O/S.  Attendees will include mobile developers, web developers, .Net Developers, UI designers, and testers, to learning all about…


TechNet Webcast: A Tour of Windows 7 (Level 100)

A few weeks ago I did my first ever TechNet webcast on some of the new UX enhancements in Windows 7.  It is a free session that you can view online, you just need to register on the site to get access to the video. For those of you just now getting your hands on…


Dual Boot from VHD Using Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2

As computers get more powerful, disk space and memory prices continue to drop and tool require more and more power, getting a handle on how you can use virtualization to aid your development across multiple environment and multiple toolsets.  To help out, one of my new teammates, Keith Combs, has put together a great article…


If you have received a Vista Ultimate with SP1 Promotional Kit – READ HERE!

I’ve gotten a number of question about the Vista kits that has been given out at some events – if you got one of these and were wondering about the key, please take a look at  This is where you can enter the PIN that was in your package to get your product code.


Windows 7 Beta Available This Week!

Just announced at Steve Ballmer’s keynote at CES in Las Vegas, Windows 7 Beta will be available to the public starting on Friday as a limited rollout: On January 9th, the Windows 7 Beta will be available for Windows enthusiasts to download via the Windows 7 page on The Windows 7 Beta is going…


Windows Live Mesh on Windows 7

For those of you attending PDC and are experimenting with Windows 7, here’s an update you’ll need to apply to get Mesh working on your new OS.  Just create a REG file with the following information in it, and run it on your Windows 7 machine.  1: Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 2:   3:…


PDC Day 2 – Windows 7, Windows Live, Mesh and Office Online

Today’s big announcements at PDC were around Windows 7, .NET 4/VS2010, Windows Live Mesh and Microsoft Office futures. Windows 7 Both Windows Server 2008 R@ and Windows 7 will have the ability to boot from a VHD as well as mount a VHD like a normal drive or create a VHD on the fly –…


PDC Day 1 – Windows Azure

You might have heard rumblings of secret projects at Microsoft called Red Dog, or Strata on various blog posts or Twitter feeds.  Today at PDC, the covers came off these codenames to reveal Windows Azure: Originally called Windows Strata, Windows® Azure is “a cloud services operating system that serves as the development, service hosting and…


Speeding up Vista boots

I know it’s usually tacky to link blog, but this is too good to pass up.  Phil Wheat posted a great tip yesterday on speeding up your boot time on Windows Vista.  Here’s the post: Catching up on posts, and saw that Bryant Likes (over at my former company, Avanade) had picked up on an…