How and why to rate apps in Windows 8

I’m willing to bet that the average user doesn’t think much about rating an app.  I know that I usually don’t… unless I have an exceptionally good experience – then I might consider it… or if I have an exceptionally BAD experience – then I almost always consider it.  I don’t think I’m too far…

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Some GREAT social networking apps for Windows 8

I’m seeing some fantastic momentum in the Windows 8 Marketplace – with some very compelling solutions coming out every day. Two solutions that just came into the store are particularly interesting:   SocialRadar – This is a REALLY REALLY cool app that allows you to get a geographic view of all your connections in social…

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Some cool Education Windows 8 Apps for Kids… and How to Rate Apps in Windows 8

From the looks at the lines at BestBuy and the Microsoft Store… and the sold-out status of just about all of the Surfaces (Surface/Surface 2/Surface Pro/Surface Pro 2)… and the number of Dell Venue 8 Pros I’ve seen purchased (including mine… which I LOVE… and would use more if I could ever get it away…

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Hour of Code – Why Computer Science Education Matters

This week we celebrate Computer Science Education Week, and many people will also be participating in Code.org’s “Hour of Code.”  I’ve been an advocate of Computer Science education for years as a Technology Evangelist for Microsoft, as a volunteer in an AP Computer Science class, and as a parent of three children.  Despite all of…

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My time in the High School Computer Science

I had the opportunity to support one of the local Loudoun County High Schools this year by volunteering to assist in AP Computer Science as part of the TEALS program (www.tealsk12.org).  TEALS provides volunteers who can teach an entire computer science class for schools that do not have access to trained educators, and also provides…

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Thoughts on the TEALS High School Computer Science Field Trip

I had the good fortune on Friday to kick off the TEALS Computer Science Field Trip at AOL’s Northern Virginia campus, which hosted 200 students from seven local high schools.  It was a great day, led by remarks from James LaPlaine, AOL’s VP of Technology Operations (and me).  The event consisted of several sessions where…

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With Gov 2.0 at a crossroads, context, incentive, and value is King

(cross posted from my FutureFed article) Back in April it was announced that the FY2011 budget reduced the Obama Administration’s Electronic Government Fund from $35 million to only $8 million, including cuts to landmark transparency initiatives like the Federal IT Dashboard and USASpending.gov. Yesterday we received additional details on how specific programs would be impacted,…

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The eagle has landed: I have cut and paste!

Just got the latest Windows Phone 7 update for my HTC HD7 – the one we’ve all been waiting for: official cut-and-paste support!! Oddly enough, this actually makes one of my favorite unique capabilities for Windows Phone even easier – connecting to SharePoint from the Office hub… since the URLs are usually fairly long and…

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Some info on that first Windows Phone 7 Update…

Finally got my first Windows Phone 7 update – everything went smoothly.  Only a few things that would have been helpful to know: The update backs up your phone first… so it can take some time, and it requires the equivalent amount of disk space on your PC as you have loaded on your phone…

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March Madness – for the Imagine Cup!!

The People’s Choice Awards for Imagine Cup 2011 have formally kicked off – and I urge everyone and anyone to head to the site to check out the AMAZING finalists. Here’s the link: http://www.facebook.com/MicrosoftTechStudent?sk=app_188514771167996  Looking at the projects and teams (several of whom I’ve gotten to meet personally from previous Imagine Cup competitions), I can’t…

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