Free Architect for Windows 7 (9/15 – 9/18)

Windows 7 is important to all of us in the PC ecosystem, and my team is striving to provide you with every resource we can to help you be confident supporting the platform. With that in mind, I’ve asked our Windows 7 specialist team fly into Dallas and be available 9/15 through 9/18. These architects…

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Windows 7 Compatibility – We’re Here to Help

Did you know Windows 7 was released to manufacturing on July 22nd and is already available for download on MSDN and TechNet? Did you know computer manufacturers could begin shipping Windows 7 PCs as early as this month? Many large IT departments have been saving their upgrade budgets for Windows 7, and we want to…

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Application Skinning in WPF and Silverlight

Over the past two years we’ve seen some incredible applications built on WPF and Silverlight. But application style doesn’t happen on its own, and many of the questions I’m asked these days are centered around application styling and custom controls. As our fiscal year comes to an end, and with Silverlight 3 and WPF 4…

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Clean Prototyping with Compositions

By now you’ve hopefully seen SketchFlow and how it can help you conceptualize your projects before turning them into reality. If not, I highly recommend you check out the Mix ‘09 session Sketch Flow: From Concept to Production. One of the tasks common to prototyping and actual development is planning navigation between pages (or screens)….

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The Role of Sketching in Software Development

It only been since 2006 that we seriously started to drive WPF adoption, and Silverlight 2 hit the web just a scant 11 months ago. Still, in such short time ISVs have created some amazing things with these platforms. Unfortunately, though the platforms themselves have seen some serious adoption, inclusion of design in the software…

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Silverlight and WPF Controls

WPF and Silverlight have been out for a while now, and the number of controls available for these platforms is surprising. Consider this rather comprehensive list of Silverlight controls by Tim Heuer with at least 17 vendors and over 160 controls. Or this list of around 30 tools and libraries for WPF. If you need…

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XAMLfest Going Online

Several of you joined us last October for the pilot XAMLfest in Houston Texas. The tour has grown up quite a bit since then, and we’re now starting to cover Silverlight 3 and Blend 3. Even better, we’re taking the tour online so you don’t have to leave the office to attend or get a…

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Blend Tips and Tricks

I’ll be presenting Blend Tips and Tricks for application designers in a few venues over the next two months. The first session is tomorrow night at the D2Sig user group here in Houston. As usual, I’m ‘borrowing’ from other excellent resources created by excellent people within Microsoft to do this presentation. I’d like to give…

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Always-Available Social Applications

There are several challenges that need to be solved when building social applications. The ability for users to invite friends and share data amongst themselves is one example. If you want to add support for loosely-connected portable devices, synchronization and conflict resolution add significant complexity on top of an already difficult problem. The Live Framework…

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Houston TechFest Tomorrow

It’s a rare occasion that I get out of bed before 10 AM on a Saturday. Even less common is that I’m doing it to present. But the good news is I’m really looking forward to my sessions tomorrow at Houston TechFest. I hope to meet cool people that have interesting questions. Though maybe a…

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