Getting a head start on attending the UK 2008 launch event

My Colleague the Moth has posted a blog entry that gives you a link to pre-register for the UK 2008 launch event for Windows Server 2008, SQL Server 2008 and Visual Studio 2008. It will be a popular event so if you’re interested in attending I’d recommend getting in quick.


7 years of Hotmail

According to my account summary page I’m at my 7 year anniversary as a user of Hotmail – I first registered way back in December 2000. So I feel like I’m an old hand but I bet there are plenty of people who have been with Hotmail longer. Who can beat 7 years?


Microsoft buys Multimap

This is great news: If you haven’t used take a look. I love the way their service has been implemented and their maps on London in particular are excellent. Even the tube map is great 🙂 When I have information re how this will play out in terms of Virtual Earth I’ll let…


Remainder of Mix:UK 07 Videos posted

We have now (finally!) posted the remainder of the videos from session at the Mix:UK 07 event. Previously there were some gaps but now all 36 videos are up there for you to view in the funky Silverlight viewer, or download to watch separately / while you’re offline. Get them from


Windows Live Developer Tools add-on and Visual Studio 2008

As you know, Visual Studio 2008 is now released and some of you may be wondering whether the add-on for Windows Live development works with the released version of VS2008. The short answer is yes, although there is one small tweak to the web config file required as described here. The team are continuing to…


Under the covers of the Windows Live QuickApps

I have mentioned the Windows Live QuickApps previously as I feel they’re a really good way to get hold of operational source code of real working web applications to use in your own development projects. However it can be difficult for the uninitiated to get to grips with the code and how it’s been implemented…


Visual Studio 2008 RTM now on MSDN subscriber downloads

In case you didn’t see this elsewhere, if you’re an MSDN subscriber you can download Visual Studio 2008 right away. And .NET 3.5 of course. All very cool. While there are a whole host of new features (and the Moth’s blog is a great place to read about some of these, for example this link)…


Mix 2008 Registrations Open

In case you missed this announcement, registrations for next year’s Mix event in Las Vegas are now open. Last year the event filled pretty quickly so if you’re thinking about going it might be worth signing up sooner rather than later. Register at


A New Job

Well the time has come for me to move on to something new. I’m still going to be working for Microsoft but I have been really fortunate to be accepted for a new role as the Windows Live Commercial Lead for the UK. What does this mean? There’s a really long answer to that question…


Want to learn more about Windows Live?

For a developer, Windows Live offers a huge amount of potential, particularly for taking advantage of the success we’ve had with Hotmail and Messenger contacts (billions of records), and Windows Live Spaces. Plus the terrific service from Silverlight Streaming and how you can use our bandwidth to stream video and other content to your site….