Display Context Menus Where The Cursor Is, Not Where the Mouse Is

This is a little user interface rant of mine since I’m speech and keyboard-oriented.  While editing text, when I say “Press Shift F Ten” or press the Application Key (to the right of the spacebar on Windows keyboards), I expect the context menu to appear at the text cursor location, since that’s where the action is…

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The Desktop Is Not For Programs

I’m constantly amazed that people think that putting shortcuts to programs on the desktop makes accessing that program "easier". For the second time in about a week, I’ve encountered people asking how to put shortcuts to programs on the desktop.  The desktop is ill-suited for this. To start with, items located on it are often…

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Cool Developers Go Flying

Last week the speech team wrapped up a milestone of work and to celebrate I took up our group program manager Richard Sprague up for a quick tour of downtown Seattle, the Eastside area including Bill Gates’ house and the main Microsoft campus in Redmond. Richard took some video of the trip and posted the highlights…

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Background on Audio Volume in Windows Vista

 Our friend in the multimedia group and prolific blogger Larry Osterman is writing a series of articles on how volume is treated in Windows Vista. There is a whole new audio sub-system in Vista and Larry’s blog is a great source of information for developers. Volume in Windows Vista, part 1: What is “volume”?Volume in…

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Upgrading to Windows Vista

I’ve personally found the upgrade process from Windows XP to Windows Vista to be seamless.  However, I know that people have concerns about their software and devices working with a new version of the operating system. In Windows Vista there is pro-active and reactive technology to help with compatibility issues, so I think compatibility problems…

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Every single thing Windows Vista Speech Recognition is listening for

Rob Chambers is passionate about speech and a prolific blogger.  Something that I’ve always wanted was a list of all the commands that Windows Speech Recognition recognizes.  I knew I could probably scan through the internal grammars that WSR uses, but what I didn’t know was that Rob had already posted such a list nearly…

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Windows Live WiFi Hotspot Locator

How I wish I had this tool last month as I was without power and telephone/DSL service at home and looking for a Internet hookup. Sure, Starbucks and McDonalds have WiFi, but Starbucks wants $9.95 for 24 hours.  McDonalds will give you 2 hours for $2.95, which is not bad. The Windows Live WiFi Hotspot…

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