Things seen around Microsoft (and perhaps your college campus?): a fractal panda

In the category of the interesting and odd things I see around Microsoft, this is one of the most unique, one that has found its way onto the Internet. It’s the fractal panda (or is that Fractal Panda?). It’s used by our good folks in Microsoft during various college informational trips. (I noted this on…


Your questions: "Will Office 2003 work with Windows 7?"

On today’s WSJ.com in Mossberg’s Mailbox from Nov. 18, 2009 on the allthingsd.com/ site (the blog where venerable technology columnist Walt Mossberg answers readers’ questions) Mr. Mossberg answers several reader questions, including one on Microsoft Office 2003 and Windows 7.  This must be a popular topic, because I received emails this week (thanks, April and…

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Dell’s new Inspiron Zino HD: ZDNet says it’s "Dell’s answer to Apple’s Mac mini."

Of interest is the new Dell Inspiron Zino HD which ZDNet calls "Dell’s answer to Apple’s Mac mini." "The Zino HD is an interesting machine because Dell has managed to cram a lot of power into the Mac mini-esque 7.8 inch by 7.8 inch footprint of the system. Buyers can choose from a selection of…


Your questions: Common questions about upgrading to Windows 7

Here are answers to some common questions about upgrading to Windows 7 from our Windows 7 frequently asked questions page. (And if you need more information and guidance on installing and reinstalling Windows 7, check out this page on the Windows 7 site.) What’s the difference between the upgrade and full versions of Windows 7?…


When it comes to PC security, don’t be a victim… be a participant in your own rescue. Windows 7 can help, too.

As I Tweeted today, over the weekend I read Paul Cooke’s Windows Security Blog post on Windows 7 Vulnerability Claims. (I’ve added a few links if the terms are unfamiliar to you.) "…most people don’t knowingly have and run known malware on their system. Malware typically makes it onto a system through other avenues like…


Winners from the Windows 7 72-Hour Film Festival

Of interest are the top films from the Windows 7 72-Hour Film Festival, held in Seattle last month. "Seattle-based filmmakers were given 72 hours to create a 30 second to 2 minute film celebrating the launch of Microsoft’s new Windows 7. Genres were picked from a hat (a different genre for each team) and the…


From Windows 7 to working with product groups customer satisfaction

A little more than three years ago as I noted here, I joined the Windows division working in COSD for Jon DeVaan with the rest of his management team (as I initially noted here) to work on Windows 7. I’ve certainly enjoyed the run in Windows, this being my second stint: I joined the engineering…


Gizmodo offers a look at several Windows 7 Launch Parties

Did you have a Windows 7 Launch Party? Gizmodo offers a gallery of photos from several different Windows 7 launch parties although most/all are uncredited with original owners/URLs. This one is certainly my favourite (is it yours?): Note to self: need to post more details of our own launch event. Tags: articles, what I read,…


Microsoft Giving Campaign: a couple of auction items generating interest arrived today (on Windows 7 GA-Day)

Today really is a great day. Not only have we arrived at the launch of Windows 7 today, I also received in today’s mail Adam Koford’s LOL Cats “Extra Leafy Edition” and the truly limited edition of the popular TechFlash Geek’s Guide to Seattle poster (as seen at http://bit.ly/PAYOM). Very cool – thanks, guys! Now…