Ian Moulster's blog

A Microsoft employee translating Microsoft technology into plain English

Linx 12V – Incredibly low price for a whole lot of 2 in 1

I’ve been given a Linx 12V to try out and I agreed to write this short review as a result. This is a...

Author: Ian Moulster Date: 09/21/2016

Sharing your Xbox Music playlists with friends...or anyone else

If you have created a great playlist on Xbox Music and want to share it with someone else you can do...

Author: Ian Moulster Date: 06/12/2014

List of tips across Microsoft technologies

Recently I started posting a daily tip on twitter (see http://www.twitter.com/ianxx) covering a...

Author: Ian Moulster Date: 11/08/2013

Live tiles for pinned websites in Windows 8.1

Among the many benefits Windows 8.1 brings, one of the features that I haven’t seen mentioned much...

Author: Ian Moulster Date: 09/11/2013

The SkyDrive app in Windows 8.1: Two apps in one

Most of the blog entries I write are based on a number of people seeming not to know something that...

Author: Ian Moulster Date: 08/28/2013

Protecting yourself with 2-Step Verification

Not many people seem to use 2-step verification, probably because it generally requires you...

Author: Ian Moulster Date: 08/23/2013

Round-up of my favourite Windows 8 apps

I haven't done a wrap up of my favourite Windows 8 apps for a while so I thought it worth sharing...

Author: Ian Moulster Date: 08/08/2013

Windows 8: Fixing problem where Internet Explorer always opens on desktop, not in Modern UI

This is a problem I have seen a couple of times. It works like this: When you’re on your...

Author: Ian Moulster Date: 08/07/2013

3 Windows 8.1 tips

There are already plenty of tips about Windows 8.1 on the web, just do a quick search to see what I...

Author: Ian Moulster Date: 07/15/2013

Beautiful Cornwall with the Nokia Lumia 920’s Camera

On a recent short holiday to Cornwall I used my Nokia Lumia 920 as my only camera. Two things...

Author: Ian Moulster Date: 05/09/2013

Buy a Windows 8 app once, use it in multiple places

Here’s a thought. Let’s say you find an app in the Windows Store that you like, but isn’t free. Take...

Author: Ian Moulster Date: 04/22/2013

How well do you know Windows 8? The answers

Yesterday I posted a set of 10 questions to test your knowledge of Windows 8 (and Windows RT). I...

Author: Ian Moulster Date: 01/25/2013

How well do you know Windows 8?

Are you one of those people who already knows Windows 8 (or Windows RT) pretty well? Do you like a...

Author: Ian Moulster Date: 01/24/2013

Sharing your DVD or Blu-ray Drive across your home network

Remember when every computer you bought had a CD drive? Then a DVD drive, and maybe a DVD writer?...

Author: Ian Moulster Date: 01/22/2013

Getting a vinyl skin for your Surface RT

I recently bought a vinyl skin for my Surface RT and wanted to share the experience. I admit I was...

Author: Ian Moulster Date: 01/21/2013

Increasing the Text message font size on Windows Phone 8

My eyes are getting worse. Not sure if it’s old age or spending half my life staring at computer...

Author: Ian Moulster Date: 11/22/2012

Using offline maps on Windows Phone 8

One of the really useful features in Windows Phone 8 is the ability to use maps offline. I recently...

Author: Ian Moulster Date: 11/16/2012

Adding a tile for a desktop website to your Windows 8 start screen

The version of Internet Explorer 10 that runs on the Windows 8 start screen is fantastic, running...

Author: Ian Moulster Date: 11/01/2012

Turning on email notifications in Windows 8 and Windows RT

Do you want Windows 8 to pop up a “toast” message every time you receive an email? If so you’ll need...

Author: Ian Moulster Date: 10/31/2012

Activating the “flip ahead” feature in Internet Explorer 10 on Windows 8 and Windows RT

As I have mentioned previously, Internet Explorer 10 has been built from the ground up to offer...

Author: Ian Moulster Date: 10/30/2012

Internet Explorer 10 sites to pin to your Windows 8 or Windows RT start screen

As you may be aware, Internet Explorer 10 on Windows 8 and Windows RT has been built from the ground...

Author: Ian Moulster Date: 10/29/2012

Pinning websites with Windows Phone

A while ago I wrote a blog post about an alternative to the Windows Phone Facebook app on Windows...

Author: Ian Moulster Date: 09/27/2012

Are web-apps the future? App musings with Pulse.me

Before I start I should be clear that nothing I’m about to say is an official Microsoft...

Author: Ian Moulster Date: 08/10/2012

SkyDrive upload facility in new Samsung camera

I can’t remember the last time I bought a camera. Like most smartphone-owning folks I have got used...

Author: Ian Moulster Date: 05/04/2012

Managing your email with Hotmail

Plenty has been written about how to keep control of email. Or at least, to try to keep on top of...

Author: Ian Moulster Date: 02/17/2012

Saving an attached document from Hotmail to SkyDrive without having to download it

I got asked recently about this situation: You receive an email in your Hotmail inbox that has an...

Author: Ian Moulster Date: 01/25/2012

Apps on my Windows Phone–January 2012

Way back in March last year I posted a blog entry listing apps that I was using at the time on my...

Author: Ian Moulster Date: 01/24/2012

An alternative to the Facebook app on Windows Phone

I like the Facebook app on the Windows Phone but it’s fair to say that it has its detractors too....

Author: Ian Moulster Date: 01/16/2012

Hotmail: Flagging done right

Continuing my short series on the great new Hotmail features, I will be taking a look at how Hotmail...

Author: Ian Moulster Date: 10/31/2011

New categories feature in Hotmail

Hotmail has a great new categorisation feature that really helps you to find information and emails...

Author: Ian Moulster Date: 10/28/2011

Touchstudio: Free scripting engine for Windows Phone 7

Microsoft Research has announced the availability of a free scripting engine for Windows Phone 7,...

Author: Ian Moulster Date: 04/11/2011

What to do if your Windows 7 taskbar is filling up with pinned IE9 sites

Site pinning is a great feature in Internet Explorer 9, and I use it all the time. I have a host of...

Author: Ian Moulster Date: 03/22/2011

My Current Favourite Windows Phone 7 Apps

As the number of apps in the Windows Phone 7 marketplace zooms past 10,000 I thought it worth a...

Author: Ian Moulster Date: 03/16/2011

What’s the use of a Zune Pass?

It took me a while to realise that many people don't seem to "get" the Zune Pass...

Author: Ian Moulster Date: 01/28/2011

London Underground image on Bing UK

I pointed out the great London Underground image on Bing’s UK site today commemorating the opening...

Author: Ian Moulster Date: 01/10/2011

Windows Phone 7 Tips

Having had my Windows Phone 7 for a while now I've come across a number of features that weren't...

Author: Ian Moulster Date: 01/09/2011

Creating your own jumplists for your favourite sites in IE9

I'm sure you haven't missed that with the newly-released Internet Explorer 9 you can now pin...

Author: Ian Moulster Date: 09/18/2010

The .NET Awards

Once again I am honoured to be a judge in the annual .NET awards, run by the excellent .NET...

Author: Ian Moulster Date: 08/26/2010

Microsoft Virtual Desktop 101 – making sense of VDI, RDS, App-V, MED-V and desktop virtualisation

Desktop virtualisation is a hot topic right now. It seems wherever I go and whatever I read about...

Author: Ian Moulster Date: 06/11/2010

Disabling Add-Ons in IE8

It’s easy to lose track of how many add-ons you’re running in IE8 and how they can slow things down....

Author: Ian Moulster Date: 11/04/2009

Using the radio on Zune HD in the UK

I've been playing around with my Zune HD and having great fun with it. I was interested to see how...

Author: Ian Moulster Date: 10/11/2009

Track eBay Daily Deals Via IE8 Web Slice

Ebay have just published a new IE8 web slice that I really like. Why? Because it’s a great example...

Author: Ian Moulster Date: 10/08/2009

How to make your passwords secure

With the recent news of email accounts being hacked there seems to be plenty of advice floating...

Author: Ian Moulster Date: 10/07/2009

Searching your Hotmail inbox

I didn’t realise until recently that you could search your hotmail inbox using keywords to narrow...

Author: Ian Moulster Date: 10/01/2009

Controlling the new Zune player from the Windows 7 Taskbar Preview

The latest Zune player has been reviewed in great depth elsewhere so I’m not going to go into it in...

Author: Ian Moulster Date: 09/24/2009

Great List of Windows 7 ISV Compatibility Resources

Over at the UK ISV blog they have just posted a really useful list of resources relating to Windows...

Author: Ian Moulster Date: 09/23/2009

Changing Windows 7's XP Mode memory size

I've been using XP mode on Windows 7 for a while and it has been proving useful to have an old XP...

Author: Ian Moulster Date: 09/20/2009

.NET Awards

This year, once again, I have the honour of being a judge in .NET Magazine’s awards. I’m sure you...

Author: Ian Moulster Date: 09/04/2009

Which Windows 7 Build Am I On?

Someone asked me how they could tell which build of Windows 7 there were on, as they “inherited” a...

Author: Ian Moulster Date: 09/03/2009

Are you an ISV in the UK? Get Ready for Windows 7

We’ve recently launched the UK version of isvappcompat.com (see www.isvappcompat.com/uk), a...

Author: Ian Moulster Date: 08/28/2009

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