Monday, October 09, 2006

Windows Live Writer Beta - Take Two

A few weeks' back, I blogged about test-driving Windows Live Writer (WLW) for the first time. I'm quite pleased with the usability as a whole.  The whole WYSIWYG desktop experience feels simply much better than the sluggish web-based blog editing experience.  Here's a screenshot of WLW:

Windows Live Writer Beta

Inserting a map is easy! Click on Insert Map on the sidebar and you can embed a map taken from Virtual Earth in the blog post.

Windows Live Writer - Insert Map

What I like about WLW is the support for plugins. Already, there is a growing community out there writing interesting plugins for WLW.

Inserting photos from Flickr is also easy with the Flickr4Writer plugin by Tim Heuer. You can choose the image size you want and have the image automatically link back to the corresponding Flickr photo page.

Windows Live Writer - Insert Flickr Image

Build 145 now has tagging support built in.  There's even an autocomplete feature in the tag editing box.  Also, unlike the previous builds, this build now works with Blogger Beta

Windows Live Writer - Insert Tag

I'm now hooked with WLW. I like the idea of maintaining different blogs — of different blog engines — from a single desktop application. More information on WLW can be found here:

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Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Microsoft Windows Vista, Office 2007 and Exchange Server 2007 Sneak Preview

Windows Vista, Office 2007, Exchange Server 2007 Sneak Preview

I came across this web promo (see picture above) when I was looking up for some information on Microsoft Malaysia's site.  It's the Microsoft Windows Vista, Office 2007 and Exchange Server 2007 sneak preview event! It'll be held at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre on November 14, 2006. There will also be a Technical Preview aimed at IT professionals.

The Technical Preview will feature:

  • Exchange Deployment and Operational  Efficiency
  • Infrastructure Protection
  • Optimizing Windows Vista and Office 2007 Deployment and Management
  • Secure Mobile Productivity and Windows Mobile 5

Other highlights:

  • On the spot contest
  • Mobility smackdown
  • Tips and tricks showdown
  • Exhibition and solution showcase

I promptly registered for the event even before the e-mail invitation reached me.  Well, it should be one exciting preview!

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Monday, October 02, 2006

Looking Back at Microsoft Tech·Ed 2006 SEA, Kuala Lumpur

Dear Tech·Ed fans: Here are some photos and a video clip of the Tech·Ed conference held at the KLCC Convention Centre in Kuala Lumpur on the 5th-8th September. Enjoy!

Tech.Ed SEA 2006 - Dan Fernandez

Dan Fernandez presenting Visual C# Tips and Tricks.

Tech.Ed SEA 2006 - Tim Huckaby

Tim Huckaby in action.

Tech.Ed SEA 2006 - Lunch

Dining hall: It's huge. This shot doesn't do justice. There's another half not seen in the picture.

Tech.Ed SEA 2006 - Exhibition

Exhibition area.

See more of my Tech·Ed 2006 SEA photos here!

Video shots around the conference venue.