Chris Leong

Disoriented views from the rosy lens of an optimistic realist.

Tag: Technology

Check out the lighter side of Windows 7

Windows 7 Lounge 

The Windows Lounge features the lighter side of Windows 7. It’s a secure group on Facebook – you need a Microsoft email address to join! Come for Tips n Tricks, fun videos and to share your thoughts on Windows 7.


Check it out

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Office 2010: The Movie

An effort by Microsoft to promote Office 2010 movie style. So far so good, its the top 5 viral video for the past 24 hours (as at 10 July 09 by Unruly Media) with 66,000 views and 112 blog post.

If you want to try out the technical preview of Office 2010, check out this website Office 2010: The Movie Web site.



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Download Windows 7 RC before it closes down

Still on the Windows 7 Beta ? You need to move to the RC and fast. Starting July 1st, the Beta will start to reboot every 2 hrs and will expire on Aug 1st.

Want to download the RC? . The RC download program closes August 15th. After that, you won’t be able to get the download, but you can still install the RC and get a key if you need one. (To get a key, just go to the Downloads page and follow the instructions.)

If you’re using Windows 7 Release Candidate, and would like to feedback to Microsoft about your experience, then go to . You’ll be able to give feedback on various aspects of the operating system.”

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Now you can Tweet with your MS Outlook

Ok if you are Tweeter fan, now you can actually tweet using MS Outlook.

Some summary about TwInBox

If you are a Microsoft ® Outlook ® user, you probably have it open all the time. Now you can have a fully-featured, powerful Twitter client at your fingertips without having to open any other applications. TwInbox seamlessly integrates Twitter into Outlook. It is a perfect Twitter client for any Outlook user, from a Twitter newbie to a business professional.



Here are some of the features provided by TwInbox


  • Update your Twitter status directly from Outlook.
  • Receive your friend updates in Outlook.
  • Archive, manage, group and search your tweets the
    same way you manage your email (details).
  • Search, track keywords. TwInbox will automatically download ALL tweets matching the keywords you specify, even if you are not following the tweet sender. This feature is perfect for keeping up to date with the Twitter buzz on your name, brand, interests, etc.
  • Group tweets by sender, topic, etc using the Search feature.
  • Upload and post picture files and Outlook email attachments.
  • See new tweets at a glance (details).
  • Assign custom folder and categories to new messages.
  • Use Outlook’s “Reply” and “ReplyAll” commands to send twitter direct messages and @replies.
  • Automatically sort new tweets into per-sender folders.
  • Shorten URLs with tinyurl.
  • See graphs of your Twitter usage statistics.
  • Tweets sent to you (@replies and direct) are marked with high importance, so you can see them at a glance.


Thanks to Blake from the Road to Know Where in highlighting this

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Now you can Bing it with Microsoft Bing



Bing is out and available for everyone to try. I personally don’t agree with the name “Bing” but oh well, let’s see what the rest of the folks thinks of the search experience.

–> Try Microsoft’s BING Here


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Free Online Training on Developing Windows Mobile 6 Applications

Check out Ramp Up to get free training to upskill yourself. Here are some information about Ramp Up.

Ramp Up ( is a free online learning program for developers. We’ve just launched the “Develop Windows Mobile 6 Applications” track. This track, along with the other currently offered ones (eg, SharePoint for Developers, Visual Studio 2008), teaches the important skills in a guided path, making the learning process easier and more efficient. The easy-to-access content (provided by subject-matter gurus) is specifically tailored for the Ramp Up program, and offered in a variety of forms (article, v-lab, codecast and slidecast). Check it out now at, and see how Ramp Up can help you become more employable by learning important and marketable skills.

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Office 2010 coming your way

Office 2010 has its own website for anyone who wants to know more about what Office 2010 has to offer. They even created a preview video (transformer style) to promote it.

Office 2010 Preview

Also for anyone who’s looking into testing the new Office 2010 can sign up for the technical preview. Here’s some explanation about the technical preview

The Microsoft Office 2010 Technical Preview is a limited, invitation only program which will provide you with the opportunity to experience early, pre-release versions of Office 2010 which will include the following applications:  Word 2010, Excel 2010, Outlook 2010, PowerPoint 2010, OneNote 2010, Access 2010, InfoPath 2010 and Publisher 2010.

By registering you are signing up to be considered for the Technical Preview Program, you will be waitlisted for consideration to be invited into the Technical Preview Program. We will notify invitees in early to mid July.

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The Evolution of Marketing

This is not a funny version of “What is Marketing” which i posted earlier. It is a insightful video on how marketing/branding has change throughout the years. Every time there is a disruptive technology (Radio, TV), marketing will evolve.

With the rampant growth of Facebook, Twitter, Wikipedia and blogs, marketing has begun to change yet again. There are many opportunities for companies to leverage on this viral effect. The best news is, having money does not guarantee success in this new medium.

This level the playing field between startups and large corporations.

Check out the video, I find it insightful and I’m sure you do too.

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Try out Windows 7 RC

Windows 7 RC (Release Candidate) is out, this is the version where no more new features will be added. This is as near as the original that you will get when Windows 7 is out. So try it out. I’m a fan of Windows 7 beta and I’m excited to hear that they made quite some improvements to it.

Some of the things i heard from friends who tried it out are:

  1. Faster performance. A friend claim that its 30-40% faster than the beta
  2. XP mode which i blog about previously. Now you can use your legacy application in XP mode.

Go download Windows 7 RC it @ Downloading Windows 7 RC could take a few hours so use a download manager to speed things up. Get Free Download manager for free.

Windows 7 Beta upgrade to RC

For those of you who is using Windows 7 beta, there is no easy direct upgrade from beta to RC. However, there is a workaround and I tried it out and it works. Here are the step to it

  • Download the ISO as you did previously and burn the ISO to a DVD.
  • Copy the whole image to a storage location you wish to run the upgrade from (a bootable flash drive or a directory on any partition on the machine running the pre-release build).
  • Browse to the sources directory.
  • Open the file cversion.ini in a text editor like Notepad.
  • Modify the MinClient build number to a value lower than the down-level build. For example, change 7100 to 7000 (pictured below).
  • Save the file in place with the same name.
  • Run setup like you would normally from this modified copy of the image and the version check will be bypassed.

I got the workaround are from the Windows 7 news



Before doing the upgrade, you MUST do a backup. Use a free tool by Microsoft call SyncToy to backup your data to an external hard drive.

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Windows 7 will come with XP mode

This is really great news for those guys who is having application compatibility issues with your old apps. Here’s what they had to say in the Windows Blog

Windows XP Mode is specifically designed to help small businesses move to Windows 7. Windows XP Mode provides you with the flexibility to run many older productivity applications on a Windows 7 based PC.

All you need to do is to install suitable applications directly in Windows XP Mode which is a virtual Windows XP environment running under Windows Virtual PC. The applications will be published to the Windows 7 desktop and then you can run them directly from Windows 7.

I will be waiting for Windows 7 RC which will be coming up in early May to test it out.


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