Dev.Live.com gets a Facelift

I was looking up some information about one of the Windows Live services (Custom Domains, specifically) and noticed they’ve completely re-vamped the Windows Live for Developers site.  If you haven’t visited, that’s the “one link to rule them all” I have been giving after presentations to developers on the Windows Live Services. The re-org is…

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Start++ is a great addition to Vista's Search functionality

The Vista Team blog tipped me off to a useful utility called Start++ that improves upon the search functionality in the Vista Start Menu.   I already use the Start Menu’s Search box (pictured here) for launching applications, and finding documents and e-mails on my computer. With Start++ I can create shortcuts to perform custom searches and application launches. …

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Outlook 2007: 3 Tips and Tricks (plus one bonus for the Vista-nated)

Here are 3 tips and tricks for Outlook 2007, plus a bonus tip for those running Outlook 2007 on Vista. You can enlarge the screenshots by clicking on the images.   #1. Quickly add Calendar and Availability information to an e-mail message. In conjunction with Exchange 2007, Outlook does an amazing job of helping selectively…

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Dave and Rob's Top 5 Tips for Free Microsoft Support and Learning Resources (and the Best of the Rest!)

Dave and Rob’s Top 5 Tips for Free Microsoft Support and Learning Resources   1. MSDN Forums – http://forums.msdn.com Looking for answers to your toughest technical questions?  The MSDN forums are regularly visited by members of the product teams, MVPs, influencers, and experts.  Broken out by technology and then by detailed subject.  Solve technical problems,…

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I've subscribed to RSS integration in Outlook 2007

Last night, I took the plunge, and I’m now using Office 2007 Beta 2 on all of my computers. The last stronghold of Office 2003 was my home PC, where I’d installed NewsGator, an Outlook add-in for subscribing to RSS feeds and storing their contents in Outlook folders.  The Exchange server would then sync the feeds…

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Vista Beta 2, WinFX Beta 2, Office 2007 Beta 2 (updated 9 June)

If you’ve been waiting (with beta’d breath) for the ideal moment to start exploring the upcoming Microsoft developer technologies, that moment has arrived.  Yesterday saw the release of three different Beta 2s: WinFX Beta 2, Vista Beta 2, and Office 2007 Beta 2.  Here’s what you need to know to get started.  (Updated June 9 with…

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Beta Experience for Vista and Office

Remember the Visual Studio 2005 Beta Experience program, which offered developers early access to Visual Studio and a steady stream of useful training resources?  The Beta Experience returns, this time to offer you early access to Windows Vista and Microsoft Office.  Head to http://www.microsoft.com/betaexperience/. The Beta Experience program is just getting started.  On the way…

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MSDN Flash Ireland - International Resources - 31 Mar 06

Web Resources [.NET Framework] GotDotNet CodeGallery Share, find, download and discuss evolving .NET applications, ideas, and documents from other developers and Microsoft employees. [Default] IDC Collaborative Survey on Open Source Software No matter what role you play in the software development lifecycle, we encourage you to participate in this worldwide survey to get a developer’s…

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