Introducing WebsiteSpark

Crosspost from Developer Connections blog… What is WebsiteSpark? If you run or work at a small web design or development firm, WebsiteSpark might be for you! WebsiteSpark is Microsoft’s new global program who goal is to help small web companies succeed. What do you get with WebsiteSpark? I put together a little graphic that explains…

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[Mini-Tutorial] Creating a Reusable Glossy Button in Blend

Creating a button is the “Hello World” example of learning Blend. In this tutorial, I’ll show to how to create a reusable glossy button with Expression Blend 3. The concepts I’ll be covering are: using gradient brush to create glossy effect turning graphics into a control editing a button control template applying drop effects to…

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Design Student of the Month – Kamilla Nikolaev

There are a lot of creative students in Canada who are doing innovative work to improve people’s life through interactive, visual, informational, and other aspects of User Experience Design. I invited them to introduce who they are and share their work with you. To nominate a Design Student of the Month, email us. The Design…

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Your Satisfaction Matters!

Hi Everyone, I’m John Oxley and for those that don’t know me, I’m the Director of the Technical Audience team at Microsoft Canada.  I manage a team of technical audience marketing managers and technology evangelists that reach out, support and connect with the ICT community. The team is all about empowering your success, helping you…

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Windows UX Interaction Guidelines

Windows 7 has been getting very positive feedback for its improved user experience. Many of our partners are eager to build applications on this new windows platform. In order to establish a high quality and consistency basedline for Windows-based applications, answer your UX design questions, and make your job easier, the Windows product team has…

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TechDays’ Session: Expression Blend for Developers

In just less than a week, TechDays will kick off in Vancouver. There are tons of activities happening around TechDays next week, and I’ll be doing a presentation on Expression Blend for Developers. I really enjoy demoing Expression Blend to developers because it brings design into development and engages developers in the practical UI design…

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Explore Design is Back! – Part I

Remember Explore Design? It’s the annual Design Education Fair for Youth. Last year we showed Microsoft Surface, Expression Studio, XNA, etc and invited design leaders from Microsoft Surface and Office teams. This year, we have a even bigger playground at conference by hosting the student lounge. Do you want to be among the first to…

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Upgrade or Migrate from XP or Vista to Windows 7

As the new school year is starting, I’ve received questions from several faculties and students about upgrading their PC to Windows 7. For example, ‘Shall I do a upgrade or clean install?" Windows 7 Professional is now available on MSDNAA which you download through your schools. For general public, Win7 will soon be available in…

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Two Interesting Upcoming Presentations This Month

The new season for user group activities are starting this month. Here are two presentations that you may be interested. Four Perspectives on Delivering "Return on Experience" at Metro Toronto .NET User Group Time: Wednesday, September 16, 2009 from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM (ET) Location: Manulife Financial, 200 Bloor Street East, Toronto, Ontario M4W…

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