"So when can I get Windows Vista RC1?"

…is a question I keep getting asked*. Now that we’ve announced that it’s finished, people understandably want to get their hands on it. And rest assured, the product team is keen for you to get it too so it all bodes well. This is being driven by people other than me, so bear that in…

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Want to develop a .NET product but can’t justify the cost of an MSDN subscription?

One of my colleagues from the ISV team was talking to me recently about the difficulties many developers face with getting into .NET development. She was talking specifically about developers who have a great idea for a product based on .NET but who can’t justify buying an MSDN subscription to get Visual Studio, XP/Vista, Win…

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Create your own games for XBOX 360 (somewhat off topic)

In case you missed it, we have just announced a great new way for developers across the world to write games for the XBOX 360. Take a look at this press release for more info. I know this is a little way off topic, but I love this idea – it’s been doing the rounds…


MSDE not supported on Vista or LH Server

This probably won’t come as a major surprise: MSDE won’t be supported on Windows Vista or “Longhorn” Server. What is MSDE? It’s a free version of SQL Server that’s been around for years. While it’s a useful product – and I certainly made use of it a number of times in the past – it…


Virtual PC now free…..and Virtual Server…get them now

I don’t often talk about Virtual PC in this blog (well, never actually) but I thought it worth drawing people’s attention to this announcement: Virtual PC 2004 is now free to all customers. Get it here: www.microsoft.com/virtualpc If you haven’t come across Virtual PC before, now might be a good time to learn more about…


There’s just too much technology – how can I learn this stuff?

There’s always been a lot to learn but at the moment there seems to be more than ever. I was taking a look at all of the stuff coming up this year (we’ve just started a new financial year) and it’s frightening. Here’s a flavour: Atlas, VSTS, Live, MSN bots, Gadgets, Windows Vista, .NET Framework…

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It’s closed

Further to my earlier post, the Customer Preview Program for Windows Vista beta 2 is now closed. If you received your product key before the closure, see http://www.microsoft.com/windowsvista/getready/preview.mspx for details of how to complete your download. But as mentioned previously, you need to do this before July 14th. And as the site explains: “Participants will receive…

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Get Vista beta 2 before we stop downloads/orders

Update: The program will close on Friday June 30th 2006 In case you weren’t aware, we are only providing a limited number of copies of Windows Vista Beta 2 – either download or physical copies – and we’re fast approaching the cut-off point. What this means is – if you want to get a copy,…

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Write a bot and win big

See www.britbot.co.uk Although an increasing number of developers have come across the concept of an MSN “bot” (robot), I still find that many people aren’t aware of them. So for the uninitiated, a bot is an application that is exposed via MSN Messenger, and chats to you in the same way as one of your…

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Developer event for Office 2007 in London

     While Office has had something to offer to developers for some time, the upcoming release really does move things up a level. If you haven’t seen some of the server capabilities – like being to able to run Excel on a server and have your users access it via a browser with no…