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Windows Phone 7 coupled with Azure provides computing platform at the edge of space

The incredible team at the University of Southampton successfully launched a Windows Phone 7 handset...

Author: Steve Lamb Date: 03/07/2011

SYN - is there anyone out there?

SYN-ACK anyone? I've really missed hearing your views via comments to this blog. For three years I...

Author: Steve Lamb Date: 02/08/2011

What do our customers think of Microsoft Security?

You may recall that I shared the results of the previous Security Newsletter Survey - here's the...

Author: Steve Lamb Date: 02/20/2009

Time's running out to download Windows 7 Beta1 for free

If you're either a TechNet or MSDN subscriber then there's no need to rush though the sooner you...

Author: Steve Lamb Date: 02/06/2009

Which fonts are available in Windows 7 and how can I access them?

I've been suprised at the number of people who've asked me this question in the last couple of days....

Author: Steve Lamb Date: 01/16/2009

Which do you prefer to use? Your home PC or your work one?

Be it a desktop, laptop or netbook many people I've asked this question to answer "my home one" - if...

Author: Steve Lamb Date: 01/12/2009

Where can I download the public beta of Windows 7 (beta 1)?

The Windows Team Blog will be updated in the next few hours detailing when and where to download the...

Author: Steve Lamb Date: 01/09/2009

Join us to discuss Windows Live Mesh and the Cloud ** amended to add James Senior's bio

If you'd like to join us please edit the wiki to add your name - that way we'll have a good idea of...

Author: Steve Lamb Date: 12/03/2008

Happy Birthday to Windows!

Windows 1.0 was released on 20th November 1985 hence it's twenty three years old today! There's a...

Author: Steve Lamb Date: 11/20/2008

GetSafeOnline: providing advice for consumers to help them stay safe on the Internet without blinding them with science

It's the fourth annual GetSafeOnline campaign week whereby the team will raise the profile of...

Author: Steve Lamb Date: 11/17/2008

How much data is CERN's Hadron Collider expected to generate? ** Edited to correct typo **

I stumbled across this earlier in an edition of Computing - apparently the Hadron Collider "is...

Author: Steve Lamb Date: 11/07/2008

How to sort a list of names into alphabetical order

You might be surprised just how easy it is to sort lists of text into alphabetical order simply...

Author: Steve Lamb Date: 11/07/2008

The VistaSquad are meeting again in London on the 19th - they have the General Manager of Visual Studio joining them

If you'd like to join the user group meeting then simply browse to the VistaSquad's website to sign...

Author: Steve Lamb Date: 11/07/2008

What do you think of Microsoft Security and Management products?

What are the first things that come to mind for you when considering "System Centre", "Forefront"...

Author: Steve Lamb Date: 11/06/2008

where can I access the PDC keynote streams?

Simply browse to the Microsoft PDC website which advertises the streams as follows: "Watch the...

Author: Steve Lamb Date: 10/26/2008

Don't get stuck with your head in the clouds

There's a great deal of expectation around Microsoft announcements at PDC2008 - I know what the...

Author: Steve Lamb Date: 10/26/2008

It's not what you know, it's when can you talk about it that matters

I love working at Microsoft as I get to work on cool new technologies that can be used to help...

Author: Steve Lamb Date: 10/26/2008

How many people went to Microsoft's Heroes Happen Here events?

The Heroes Happen Here launch events may seem a long way back in the past (Spring 2008) but I...

Author: Steve Lamb Date: 10/26/2008

Here are the results from the Microsoft Security Newsletter Survey

Thanks to those of you who completed August's Security Newsletter Survey and to Phil Cross for...

Author: Steve Lamb Date: 10/23/2008

What can you and I do to help companies weather the global credit crunch?

The aim of this post is to start a conversation to share ideas rather than pitch Microsoft products....

Author: Steve Lamb Date: 10/20/2008

British Airways pilot concerned over finding the airport

I flew to Edinburgh yesterday to give a talk to the BCS (British Computer Society) and the IET...

Author: Steve Lamb Date: 10/09/2008

I'm amused by Google's mail Goggles

You may have seen the coverage on the BBC or elsewhere for Google's "Mail Goggles" - I stumbled...

Author: Steve Lamb Date: 10/09/2008

Here's a letter for your Boss to encourage them to sign-off your trip to PDC

I was amused to see the Letter to your Boss on the MicrosoftPDC website as referenced by the PDC...

Author: Steve Lamb Date: 10/07/2008

Time's running out to register for Microsoft's Professional Developers Conference (PDC)

If some how you have the 27th to 30th October booked out to participate in PDC and haven't got...

Author: Steve Lamb Date: 10/07/2008

How can I view Microsoft Office System 2007 files without buying the product?

I was asked this very question moments ago and while it's not anything new I thought it was probably...

Author: Steve Lamb Date: 10/06/2008

How can I join the VistaSquad meeting remotely?

A couple of people have asked me this very question as they live too far away from London to be...

Author: Steve Lamb Date: 09/17/2008

When's a laptop not a laptop?

When it's red hot! I'm sat in an airport waiting at the gate for my flight home. Like all good...

Author: Steve Lamb Date: 09/17/2008

I'll be on holiday until 6th October hence any comments posted to this blog won't be published until I return

I really enjoy reading the comments people like you leave on my blog - I appreciate people taking...

Author: Steve Lamb Date: 09/17/2008

What if your Windows Mobile phone fails to sync email even though it can browse the Internet?

I’ve been in Seattle for the last couple of days and when I first arrived I was somewhat frustrated...

Author: Steve Lamb Date: 09/16/2008

How to configure Windows Mobile to roam to the network provider of your choice

This post follows my earlier one citing what to do if your phone can browse the web but not sync...

Author: Steve Lamb Date: 09/16/2008

Join the VistaSquad to learn about being a Geek 2.0 and WPF/Silverlight applications

The VistaSquad are meeting again tomorrow night – Wednesday 17th September at Microsoft’s office in...

Author: Steve Lamb Date: 09/16/2008

How can Public Key Infrastructure technologies improve your information security posture?

There’s a really good (free) TechNet webcast coming up on the 17th September which will be a great...

Author: Steve Lamb Date: 09/15/2008

Which EEE PC is best and when does a subnotebook make sense?

First things first - there are many vendors other than ASUS (who produce the EEE PC range) who...

Author: Steve Lamb Date: 09/02/2008

Is Google becoming the new Microsoft?

Clearly Google is successfully growing it's reach and has ambitions to dominate far more markets....

Author: Steve Lamb Date: 09/02/2008

Chrome is often used to distract prospective customers from the underlying product

I've read with interest the storm that's brewing regarding Google Chrome. Does Chrome signify the...

Author: Steve Lamb Date: 09/02/2008

Beware - if you install a new browser such as IE8 you'll loose your cookies

This may not be a problem for you but it's worth being aware that any websites that automatically...

Author: Steve Lamb Date: 08/31/2008

How to uninstall Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1

If you’ve tried installing IE8 Beta 2 onto a machine that already had IE8 Beta 1 on it then you’ll...

Author: Steve Lamb Date: 08/31/2008

Where can I download Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 from: Why might you want to?

I was surprised that the download link for Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 for Windows Vista wasn’t as...

Author: Steve Lamb Date: 08/31/2008

Interesting video interviews with the FBI discussing security

Kai Axford has posted a series of short video interviews with representatives of the FBI – they are...

Author: Steve Lamb Date: 08/26/2008

Thank you for voting for this blog: Which Security blogs make interesting reading?

I’m delighted that so many of you took the time to vote for this blog in the “Security blog”...

Author: Steve Lamb Date: 08/26/2008

Alexander Sotirov speaks out following wild spin on his talk about Windows Vista Security

Credit to Ed Bott from ZDNet who interviewed Alexander Sotirov to get his perspective on the stories...

Author: Steve Lamb Date: 08/20/2008

Where can I download the slides from the Microsoft Virtualisation and Management Technologies events?

If you went to any of the events titled “Microsoft Virtualisation and Management Technologies” then...

Author: Steve Lamb Date: 08/15/2008

Which companies are more successful due to blogging? which are held back?

I think this is an interesting question. OK so I’m rather biased seeing as though I asked it! Some...

Author: Steve Lamb Date: 08/11/2008

What TechNet Events are coming up in the UK?

Here’s a list of the Microsoft UK TechNet events that are running between now and Christmas: 13...

Author: Steve Lamb Date: 08/11/2008

What Virtual Private Networking software would I recommend for Windows and how to set it up?

I was recently asked this very question and I responded with "Windows Server 2008/2003/2000 and...

Author: Steve Lamb Date: 08/07/2008

Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1 looks good – just beware that it may eat your cookies!

I’m giving Internet Explorer 8 a whirl – it’s early days as we’re only at Beta 1 and I’ve found a...

Author: Steve Lamb Date: 08/01/2008

Is perception reality? The Mojave Experiment sheds some light

If you think Windows Vista sucks then I suggest you take a moment to view the recordings on the...

Author: Steve Lamb Date: 08/01/2008

Which database is more secure? Oracle or Microsoft SQL Server?

I still come across Oracle enthusiasts who mistakenly believe that Oracle’s database suite is more...

Author: Steve Lamb Date: 07/31/2008

This cartoon struck a spooky chord for me - does it do so for you too?

Thanks to Mippin for the following image which is hosted on their site where it's titled "Modern...

Author: Steve Lamb Date: 07/24/2008

180 million copies of Windows Vista have been purchased

I'm not shy about my enthusiasm for Windows Vista. I have run it on a wide range of machines - old...

Author: Steve Lamb Date: 07/18/2008

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