Wait, that’s a Windows Phone?!?

Yesterday was a pretty big day for Microsoft and one that I had been anticipating for a long while.  At the Mobile World Conference in Barcelona, we finally unveiled to the world what our next generation of Windows Phones will look and act like – we introduced the Windows Phone 7 Series mobile operating system…

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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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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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The Art of SEO and IIS

If you develop/design public websites for your customers, you likely already know first-hand how important a good Search Engine Optimization (SEO) strategy is to its success.  Generating traffic to a website is hard and is downright impossible to do well without making it easy for internet search engines like Bing, Google or Yahoo! to find…

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Guest Post: MIX09 Day 1: The “Software” in “Software + Services”

From now through the end of the MIX09 conference in Las Vegas, Rob Burke will be providing his insights from the conference on a daily basis. Robert Burke is a Toronto-based IT Consultant who’s attending his fourth MIX event this year.  By day he’s knee-deep in Microsoft User Experience technologies, including Silverlight and the Windows…

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A Developer’s View on a Design Conference

Last weekend during Interaction’09 conference, I noticed there were quite a few developers in the heavily concentrated interaction designers conference. I was curious to find out what were their experience at the conference and why they chose this conference. Is it like a designer attending a developer conference such as PDC? I met Calvin Chan…

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Bringing UX to Developers – .NET Users Group Presentation

I had the opportunity to present at the Metro Toronto .NET User Group last Wednesday. Even it was the first snow of the winter in GTA, but there were still more than 40 people showed up to listen to my talk on "Building for People: 5 Practical Tips for Creating Great User Experience." I was…

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Enterprise 2.0 – Midori + SharePoint

My good friends Gene, Jess and team at nForm have finally demonstrated their awesome new project management applicaiton Midori. Midori is built on top of Sharepoint. And uses a completely custom layout engine. Part of Midori is an engine that gives us complete control over SharePoint’s interface and interactions. We’re still refining the interface, but…

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The Expression Professional Subscription

As Qixing mentioned in the previous post, Expression 2 is now live and available for trial download.  One of the cool new things that is being introduced with Expression 2 is the Expression Professional Subscription, starting in June 2008.  If you are a designer, developer or wear both hats, this might be an option you…

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MIX08 – Canada Represents!

Well, the days have given way to hours with respect to the countdown to this year’s edition of MIX, which kicks off on March 5 in Las Vegas.  If you’re not familiar with the MIX conference, it’s an annual event that Microsoft has hosted to celebrate web development, design and user experience as well as…

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