Window borders…

My carbon footprint has got worse: after the travel of the Road-show, I popped up to Leeds last night to talk to BCS. A round trip of 400 miles. While I was there Dave threw me one of those questions… the kind where you know the answer. You know that you know it. But the…


Office 2007 Service pack now out

The title says is all really. Details of what is in the service pack are in  KB article 936982 and the download is available here.  I’ve been saying I’d rebuild my PC once we have the release of office and vista SP1 so I haven’t been running this one in beta, so I haven’t got…


News in the pipeline …

Every now and then I get forewarned of some news, and with due warning not to be the one who breaks it. So I’m saying nothing, but Thursday morning Redmond time (late afternoon in Europe) I’m going to be watching these very closely Windows Server Division blog Windows Virtualization team blog System Center team blog and…


VMware and patching

When Steve and I were on tour talking about Microsoft Virtualization, we were asked similar questions about Server 2008’s virtualization several times: “Since this is running on Windows, you still need to patch it, right ?”. To which the answer is “Yes”. If Hyper-V is running on server core there are fewer things to be patched; and…

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Vista SP1 to drop "Reduced functionality mode"

I guess I’m not the only person in Microsoft who thought that stopping software working when it seemed to be pirated was a good idea. To be honest, I still do. However, the process has to be infallible. If it’s 99.9% correct and you sell 100 Million copies that’s 100,000 people who get the wrong experience….

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The voice of Co-pilot 7

When I had my previous smartphone, I decided I’d try running Satellite Navigation software on it. ALK were the first to support the phone with Co-Pilot. Co-pilot 5 had it’s foibles but basically it worked. It didn’t work with Windows Mobile 6 which is what my current phone uses. I looked at the upgrade to version…


Windows Server 2008 and Vista SP1 Release candidates

I had a mail overnight from the Microsoft Connect service saying that as registered user Vista SP1 Release candidate is now available for download for suitably registered customers. It doesn’t seem to be on the technet site at the moment. In any event the news is out that we’ve reached that milestone. *** UPDATE ***  SP1…

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Word of the day: Schadenfreude

Some years ago now we were visiting the a German cousin of my wife’s; and the conversation somehow got to German words which are used in English. We were struggling for examples and she came up with schadenfreude  If you want a definition of schadenfreude here’s a practical example. When one day the news tells…


Product life cycles (and Virtual Server 2005)

It’s always nice when someone says James O’Neill, IT Pro Evangelist at Microsoft, reveals that Virtual Server 2005 support will end in 2014 – except that then people come and demand to know why you’re revealing product plans. So, lets start with a basic question. “Where do I go to find out when support for [Product…


Thames Valley Park* …

In my quest trying to find something for an earlier post, I found this image which was too good not to share.     In the Credits was a link to Janina Köppel’s Excellent SP-Studio site. It’s done in flash, which proves that although flash is often put to bad uses, that’s not always the case.  We had a lot of…

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