Silverlight 4 Beta Overview

It was just 5 months ago we shipped Silverlight 3. Last week at PDC, Silverlight 4 Beta was introduced. The rapid release cycle allows the team to act quickly based on developers feedback and to keep pushing Silverlight to be the best platform for delivering rich interactive and media content on the web. In Silverlight…

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Experience Office 2010 Beta

At PDC’s keynote yesterday, the general availability of Office 2010 Beta was announced. Everyone can try out this Beta for free. This is a comprehensive Beta set which not only includes Office the software but also Office Web Apps and Office Mobile. Even the companion Office website had a brand new design. Let me take…

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Research in Action at UofT

Yesterday I went to the research showcase at the UofT Computer Science department called “Research in Action (RIA).” It’s always an idea feast going to research open house, and there were lots of “delicious” projects served yesterday. Professor Steve Easterbrook showcased a number of projects his undergraduate students worked on to explore how computer can…

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UX Research in Plain English

Picture taken from A List Apart I came across a great article last week on A List Apart about explaining UX Research in plain English. For UX professionals, we are so used to speak terms like “Contextual Inquiry,” “Task Analysis,” “Paper Prototyping,” etc. They are terminologies that are not intuitive to our clients or people…

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Happy World Usability Day 2009!

Happy World Usability Day, everyone! May all your design projects have the best usability! 🙂 This year’s theme is “Designing a Sustainable World.” As the world is celebrating today, here are the events from Canada. I’ll be going to the Toronto chapter event and hope to see you there. Ottawa World Usability Day, Ottawa,17:30 Canada/Eastern…

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Cool Natural User Interface Demo from MSR

During this year’s college tour, our chief Research and Strategy Office, Craig Mundie, demonstrated how technology can help solve the world’s toughest problems. One of the demos is on Natural User Interface (NUI) in a search scenario (see the video below). I was very excited to see the demo because it combined a number of…

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Digital Brand Experience Matters

I came across FEED this morning, which is the annual report of the study Razorfish conducts on customer behaviors. The report this year focuses on understanding how digital is changing the way that consumers interact with brands. This is what they found out: [Digital] Experience matters. A lot. So much so that experiences are becoming…

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Berlin Wall Photo Mosaic in Silverlight

As the World is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall today, a digital project is also underway to remember the historical moment. Thousands of pictures are posted by people in the community to create their impression of the fall of the wall. Check out the photo mosaic in Silverlight Deepzoom.

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A New Look for MSDN

With the announcement of Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 availability couple of weeks ago, you probably notice the different look on MSDN (Microsoft Developer Network). Although the site’s main audience has been developers, recently I’ve found more designers are visiting the site to get knowledge on Silverlight, WPF, Windows 7, and other UX platform and…

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