Windows Phone Recipes

Have you been developing applications for Windows Phone 7 and found you could use some help?  Windows Phone Recipes are common patterns of reusable code available as open source projects.  These projects can be used as is, or developers are welcome to adapt them as they see fit for their solutions. These projects will be…


Visual Studio and Silverlight win InfoWorld Technology of the Year Awards

The InfoWorld annual Technology of the Year awards have been announced.  Visual Studio 2010 received the Best IDE Award and Silverlight 4 received the Best Rich Internet Application Platform Award.  SharePoint 2010 also won an award for the best Collaboration Platform. These awards are chosen by InfoWorld reviewers who recognize the best products tested during…


Silverlight Firestarter Series

Windows 7 and Silverlight make for a fantastic platform to build and deploy applications.  Together, you have the power to build smart, visually stunning applications that truly light up.  Want to learn how to take advantage of your desktop OS using Silverlight?  Want to learn some Silverlight programming techniques?  Want to dialog about some Silverlight…


.toolbox Design Tutorials for Windows Phone 7

Are you writing Windows Phone 7 applications and can use some help improving the user experience?  Are you a developer comfortable with Visual Studio but when you step into Expression Blend you find yourself overwhelmed? Then take a look at this new resource from Microsoft.  The .toolbox tutorials provide you with practical techniques, tips, and…


PDC 2010 & Silverlight 5 Firestarter Analysis on Connected Show #39

Peter Laudati & Dmitry Lyalin host the edu-taining Connected Show developer podcast on cloud computing and interoperability. Check out episode #39, “The Battle Of The 5s”.  In this episode, frequent guest & co-host Andrew Brust joins Peter to re-cap the recent Microsoft PDC 2010 conference and Silverlight 5 Firestarter. Andrew and Peter discuss the latest…


The Future of Microsoft Silverlight – Silverlight 5 Announced

Microsoft Silverlight 5 was announced during the Firestarter event.  A Silverlight 5 Beta will be available in the first half of 2011 with the final release shipping in the the second half of 2011.   New features were added for Premium Media Experiences including GPU accelerated video decoding and many new features for application development.  Here…


Come and Learn about The Future of Silverlight and the Silverlight Roadmap

There will be a “Future of Silverlight” Firestarter event, available online and in-person (in Redmond) on Dec 2nd.   This event will answer all your questions regarding the relationship of Silverlight, HTML5 and provide you with direction/future guidance around the Silverlight platform.     I’d encourage all ISVs to attend and/or watch this, especially if you…


Silverlight has a Bright Future

At our PDC conference last month Bob Muglia, President of the Microsoft Server and Tools Division talked about the great work we are doing with Silverlight and discussed it’s future.  Because Bob explained that we support the development of a standard for HTML5 and are actively including it as part of IE9 some members of…


Windows Phone 7 PDC Sessions

  The release of Windows Phone 7 is upon us and the excitement is growing.   If you have not had a chance to explore the platform you are in luck.   There are several Windows Phone 7 sessions on the agenda at PDC10.    All session will be streamed live and available on-demand this year.  Streamed Sessions…


Creating High Performing Silverlight Applications for Windows Phone 7

Compared to a desktop or laptop PC, a Windows Phone 7 device has a more limited amount of CPU and GPU (graphics processing unit) power.   To make Silverlight run well on a Windows Phone 7 device, many changes have been made to the Silverlight graphics…(read more)