How software helps in a multilingual world

With a family that spans multiple countries, languages and generations, communication isn’t always easy. However there are some great tools out there making it fundamentally easier to connect people, not only across distances but also bridging language barriers. While there are many services out there, one is quickly becoming my favorite! The http://www.microsofttranslator.com used both by Bing and also accessible from inside MS Word!  Not only does it allow you to translate individual words and paragraphs, it also makes it super easy to translate whole Web pages. I just set up my personal...

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What does it take to run some of the world’s largest websites? The answer is Global Foundation Services!

You may wonder who and what is behind some of the worlds largest websites like www.msn.com, www.live.com and www.microsoft.com! What are the challenges, solutions and learnings from such massive datacenter work? Well it takes a big team with years of experience, it takes systems that are secure and robust, and it takes processes that bring it all together. At Microsoft we also have the aspirations to be gentle to the environment through Green Computing, to lead with innovation around Cloud computing and to make our customers and partners successful. The many stories and experiences behind...

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What do you think of Windows 7?

I have to say that in the short few months I have been using Windows 7 I have come to depend on it. I am now running it on 4 of my 6 machines, and the remaining two will definitely move when it releases. What do I like best? Ahh, lots of things. Right now I think my favorite is Snap! Since screens grew beyond 640×480 in resolution I have struggled with getting multiple windows positioned so that I can work effectively across multiple applications, or multiple windows into the same application. That always meant a lot of pointing, clicking and dragging around, over and over again. With...

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VB6 Migration

Do you belong to a relatively large group who still use VB6 applications? My colleague Angela Binkowski has assembled this list with resources: VB6 to .NET Migration Guidance: o MSDN Site on Migration – Upgrading from Visual Basic 6.0:  http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/vbrun/ms788233.aspx o VB6 Interoperability and Migration: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/vbasic/ms789185.aspx o Patterns and Practices: UpgradiVB6 to VS 2005: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa480541.aspx o Overview of Changes from VB6 to VB.NET: http://www.4guysfromrolla.com/webtech/053001-1.shtml o Another...

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Microsoft Action Pack Subscription goes Online

Announcing MAPS on Demand Starting now in June, the Microsoft Action Pack Subscription (MAPS) switches to a digital on-demand distribution format. For subscribers wishing to receive physical media (DVDs) for their software benefits, an additional fee will apply. More information [here]. MAPS is for smaller organizations (typically <10 employees) and provides an easy way to acquire most of Microsoft products, both for running your own business and for demoing solutions. Other offers include BizSpark (for start-ups) and Empower (for...

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