Xbox 360 HD DVD Emulator – Now Free

UPDATE 3/18: The Xbox 360 HD DVD Emulator is no longer available.  For more information, please see: http://blogs.msdn.com/amyd/archive/2008/03/18/tokens-gone.aspx  The Xbox 360 HD DVD Emulator is now available as a free download on Xbox Live Marketplace when you request a token at http://www.thisishddvd.com/emulator/.  Why is it free now? This decision was made in light of Toshiba’s recent announcement that they…

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Switching from Silverlight 3 Tools to Silverlight 2 Tools

Silverlight 2 projects can’t be created with the Silverlight 3 Tools for Visual Studio 2008.  When Visual Studio 2010 is released, you will be able to build both Silverlight 2 and Silverlight 3 with the same IDE.  But for the immediate future, you will need Silverlight 3 Tools to build Silverlight 3 projects and Silverlight…

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Silverlight Runtime Install Failure in VS2010 RC

If you have the latest version of the Silverlight end user runtime installed, you may see the following error after installing Visual Studio 2010 RC:   [02/10/10,18:18:55] Microsoft Silverlight: [2] Error code 1502 for this component means "The event log file is full. [02/10/10,18:18:55] Microsoft Silverlight: [2] Component Microsoft Silverlight returned an unexpected value. [02/10/10,18:18:55]…

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Silverlight Tools Installation Error Codes

[Edited to included updated Silverlight 3 Tools]  When the Silverlight Tools fail to install, a log file is generated with error codes and messages.  You can open this log file from the last screen of the installer.  Or, you can find this log file in your %TEMP% directory under the name  Silverlight Tools RTW_[installation date…

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Sliding Puzzle, Silverlight 1.0 Edition

If you’re an HDi developer who spends anytime reading this blog or the MSDN forum, you’ve probably noticed that I’ve mentioned Silverlight more than a couple of times recently.  Silverlight is, of course, Microsoft’s platform for delivering rich interactive applications and media experiences for the web.  The final presentation to the user is somewhat similar…

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Overwhelmed

Okay, so it turns out that offering the emulator for free was WAY more popular than we had anticipated.  Josh (Xbox 360 HD DVD Emulator Support Program Manager) is just a tad bit buried under all the emails right now, so please be patient with the delay while he sorts through the requests.  (And please don’t…

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Silverlight Tools Must be Updated After Installing Visual Studio 2008 SP1

Today, Visual Studio 2008 Service Pack 1 was released.  This service pack includes support for SQL Server 2008, new ADO.NET features such as the Entity Framework, improvements to the WPF designers, WCF templates for Silverlight projects, debugger support for the .NET Framework public symbols and source release, control improvements such as the DataRepeater for Windows…

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Tokens Gone

Wow.  The Xbox 360 HD DVD emulator was WAY more popular than we had imagined.  Josh processed thousands of requests and hopefully a huge number of developers are now out there experimenting with interactivity.  But, now we have run out of our token allotment from the Xbox team and the emulator is no longer available…

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Visual Studio 2010 and Silverlight 3 SDK

Visual Web Developer in Visual Studio 2010 has support in box for Silverlight 3 development and includes the Silverlight 3 developer runtime and Silverlight 3 SDK build 3.0.40818. Silverlight 3 Tools for Visual Studio 2008 and Expression Blend 3 included SDK build 3.0.40624. Silverlight 3 SDK build 3.0.40818 cannot be installed on machine where build…

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A Year

Today is my one-year anniversary at Microsoft.  There have been a lot of changes for me in the last year and I’ve learned a lot.  So I thought I would be reflective and share some my experiences, observations, and thoughts of the past year here. Okay, it’s true, there are a lot of guys here…

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