UK launch getting full quickly

UK launch is filling very fast, at the rate we’re going I’m told we’ll be full in a week. So if you want to take part it’s worth registering now instead of waiting. Register at www.microsoft.com/uk/launchtour2005


Free software at UK launch

Hot on the heels of the last blog: Here’s something that might make it even more useful for you to attend the UK launch. My internal mole tells me that every attendee to the launch will get a free, completely unrestricted copy of Visual Studio 2005 Pro, and SQL Server 2005 standard. This is over…

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UK Launch of SQL Server 2005 and Visual Studio 2005

As you probably know, SQL Server 2005 and Visual Studio 2005 will be launching worldwide in November (Biztalk Server 2006 is also part of the launch, but we’re only announcing Biztalk Server 2006 beta 2, we aren’t launching the product at these events). The registration link for the UK event has just opened so I’d…

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FrontPage vs Quartz Web Designer: Clearing the air

A number of people have asked me some searching questions since Quartz Web Designer (QWD) was aired at the PDC last week. For example: Is QWD replacing FrontPage? Why would I need FrontPage if I have QWD? Alternatively, why would I need QWD if I have FrontPage? Which product group is QWD a part of?…


What’s hot from day 2 at the PDC?

Ok, 10 more things to be aware of that were talked about today (again in no particular order, and again these are just my personal views, take careful note of the disclaimer at the end of the posting!) And yes, I will be digging into these in more depth later. This is just a high…

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What’s hot from day 1 at the PDC?

Day 1 of the PDC is done (apart from a meal with the Press tonight) – what’s the scoop on features and announcements? The problem I have is there is just too much – if I list it all this will turn into a marathon posting. So I’ve decided instead to post “Ian’s totally subjective…


Uncaging the leopard

Leopards shouldn’t be caged. And with a little help from Acrylic I’ve managed to set one free (well, in a virtual sense). Acrylic is a great product for doing clever vector or bitmap based artwork, and if you’re that way inclined you can produce some pretty stunning effects. However it’s easy to forget that it’s…

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WinFS beta 1 available now for MSDN subscribers

We have released beta 1 of WinFS, the new relational file system for Windows that I’m sure you’ll have heard about. It’s only available to MSDN Subscribers at the moment – so feel free to get your MSDN Subscription now ! 🙂 There’s also help documentation for WinFS available to MSDN subscribers. A few things…


A .NET CF search class

There’s a clever little feature on smartphones that I’ve been keen to replicate in my own .NET CF apps: It’s the way searching happens when you’re looking for a contact. It works like this: Let’s say I’m looking for my friend Graham. I go to contacts and press 4724 – and it finds a match….

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Introducing w3Schools, plus here comes the PDC

As I’m a fairly simple sort of person I’m always on the lookout for resources that explain things in really simple terms. I don’t have much time and I have too many priorities (sound familiar?) so I when I need to understand something I want to get straight to the meat. For some years I’ve…

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