The End: this blog leaps over to Windows Live Spaces

I’ve decided to move my blog to a new home on Windows Live Spaces. I hope you’ll move with me. My new blog URL is To subscribe to the new RSS feed, simply click this link: Thanks for being with me on TechNet. See you on the other side.

UsefulGuides: Finding that well-loved feature in Microsoft Office 2007

There’s no question about it, there’s a bit of a learning curve before you get familiar with the new ribbon menu layout in the 2007 Microsoft Office system. And the learning curve will be steeper the more familiar you are with previous versions. If you count yourself as an advanced user, expect to find yourself…

UsefulOffer: IntelliGolf Eagle now free with HP iPAQ 6915

HP did a good job of hiding this offer on their website 😉 Head over to and you may just spot that you can claim a free copy of IntelliGolf Eagle edition (the tippety-topmost-bestest version) if you own a UK-bought HP iPAQ 6915. The iPAQ 6915 is one of the sleekest work/play devices I’ve seen. It…

Windows Vista RTMs!

Jim Allchin has just announced to the world’s press that Windows Vista is now complete and has been released to manufacturing. Let the fun begin! More details here.

3D Mapping in Windows Live Local

Head over to to check out the new 3D capability of this mapping service. Very nice! After you’ve installed the 3D application (a one-off download) try some of these keyboard shortcuts: Double-click a point on the map to move to that location. Press CTRL and drag the map left or right (or press either the…

The Official Windows Vista Preview Magazine

Phew! I’m delighted to report that the Windows Vista Preview magazine (an official joint venture between Microsoft and Future Publishing) is now on sale in the UK in all good* newsagents. Get your copy now for the paltry sum of £4.99. The Preview Magazine is a one-off special edition that shows off many of the…

Windows Media Player 11 – final release at last

Way back in May we released the Beta of Windows Media Player 11. Finally, after exhaustive testing and refinement, we released the final build earlier this week. You can download it now, for free, from here. If you’re running Windows XP and have ears, this is a must-have application.

That Windows Vista Packaging

Here’s the clever bit about the new packaging. It opens like this: Very neat!


My Blogcasts on Soapbox

I’ve been playing with the new Soapbox on MSN Video service. It’s pretty cool. I never really got into YouTube but I can see how useful it will be to be able to restrict access to my videos on Soapbox based on my existing Windows Live Messenger contact lists. I’ve uploaded 5 of my Outlook…