How to get favorites listed when searching in the Start menu

There aren’t many Vista features I am missing in Win7, but one that I most definitely miss is having favorites appear when searching the start-menu. Now, you can add a favorites menu item to Start, but that’s not all that helpful for me – what I want is to be able to search in the…


Coding the Excel Services Windows 7 Gadget – Part 4 – Fly-outs

One of the features gadgets posses is the ability to have a “fly-out” visual aid for “zooming in” or “drilling down” on parts of the gadget. The Excel Services gadget supports that too – for certain types of links. Generally speaking, one should not muck around with the HTML that comes back from Excel Services….


Coding the Excel Services Windows 7 Gadget – Part 3 – Ranges

The first post in this series talked about how to code the settings window and the second talked about how the chart contents is displayed on the gadget itself. In this post, I will show how ranges are treated when the user requests to see them on the gadget. Ranges (and tables and PivotTables) are…


Coding the Excel Services Windows 7 Gadget – Part 2 – Charts

The first part of this series showed how the code in the Settings form worked in the gadget. In this part, I will start describing how the gadget fetches the requested information from Excel Services and displays it. As a reminder, here’s what the gadget looks like when minimized and showing a chart: The gadget…


Coding the Excel Services Windows 7 Gadget – Part 1 – Settings

In the next few days, my posts will revolve around the mechanisms that make the Excel Services gadget tick. I won’t talk a whole lot about Gadget development – that could easily take up 4 or 5 posts – I will give a very brief overview though on what a gadget is and how it…


Showing Excel ranges in the Excel Services Gadget

The last post I wrote, I showed the Excel Services gadget and how it can be a great tool for bringing your Excel data right to the desktop. In this short post, I will show some of the other capabilities it has – namely, the ability to show ranges on top of charts. In the…


Introducing the Excel Services Windows 7 Gadget

The past few posts have shown some of the basic REST functionality you can expect to get from the new Excel Services that will ship as part of SharePoint 2010. Before going into some of the more advanced features (well.. feature) of Excel Services REST, I thought I would show you a Windows Gadget we…


Windows 7 RC – Media Streaming (“Stream” button in Windows Media Player)

I found out about this feature a bit ago and.. Wow.. I am so impressed. The set-up procedure is a little convoluted, but once you do it, the thing just works. Here’s the idea: Allow your identity (your Windows Live account, basically) to stream your media accross the interwebs. If my home computer has my…