UK developer launch full!

Wow that was quick. We sent an email last night about the launch (but of course readers of this blog – and other of my colleagues’ blogs – will have known already) and within 2 hours the event was fully booked. If you’ve missed the registration don’t worry, you can still view all of the sessions…


Launch tour UK – we’ll come to you

Although we’re keen on making sure that the UK developer launch of Windows Vista and Office 2007 is as compelling as possible, both online and offline, we’re also interested in exploring other ways of reaching developers. To this end, the team is planning a UK “tour” in the week following launch (ie Jan 22nd to…


Developer launch of Vista and Office in the UK – Register now

As I’ve hinted previously, we’re planning a developer launch event in the UK for 19th and 20th January 2007. I’m now able to provide some additional details including the registration link:   There are a few things worth bearing in mind about this event: ·         We’re really pushing hard to make it work online…


Free trial of 2007 Microsoft Office system (UK and Ireland)

If you want to get your hands on a fully-working trial of Office 2007, you can download it here:  UPDATED: And download a trial of Sharepoint Server 2007 from here: Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 x86 English Evaluation


Make your application a real Windows Vista app

As you’re no doubt aware, while the the .NET Framework 3.0 is installed by default on Windows Vista it can also be installed on Windows XP SP2 or Windows Server 2003. Which is great news for broadening the reach of your app, but what about features that can only be achieved on Windows Vista? My colleague…


3d mapping for Virtual Earth

We’ve just launched a 3D version of Virtual Earth, take a look at It’s pretty cool. Here’s a map showing the London Eye and surrounds. It still has the features you’ve come to expect from Virtual Earth – driving directions show up in this 3D view just like normal, as do pushpins. And there’s plenty for…


Free copies of the released versions of Windows Vista and Microsoft Office 2007 (if you’re in the UK, plus some other caveats)

UPDATE: Just to correct a few misquotes I’ve seen, I’m not predicting release dates, just saying that if you take part in the online launch and are one of the lucky 1000 we’ll send a copy when the products are available. I’m not saying whether these products will or won’t be available on Jan 19th – we’ll…


Want to learn how to build a mashup using Windows Live?

In my last post I talked about Windows Live and what’s in it for developers. If you want to see this in action, we’ve just announced a developer event in London where we’ll walk you through how to create a mashup using Windows Live. My colleague Simon Davies will be presenting so it will be…


What is Windows Live anyway?

Every time I meet someone external to Microsoft these days I ask them about Windows Live: what does it mean to you? What do you understand Windows Live is all about? It’s really interesting to hear their views, and in virtually every case when I talk to them about Windows Live they’re surprised by its…


Your own search engine

I’m been playing around with one of the quite cool features of search: the ability to create your own customised searches that you can then use instead of the “vanilla” search you get out of the box.   What does that mean? Well, if I’m sometimes only interested in finding sites with a “” ending…