No compromise: From Sinofsky’s blog to your device

I’ve been absent from the old Learning Curve blog for a few weeks, because we’ve been very busy landing the Windows 8 Developer Preview. But the //build/Windows conference is almost here, and lots of stuff that we’ve been working on for the last two years will be revealed. Gotta say it’s pretty exciting – this…

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How I destroyed my HTC Trophy trying to save it

[Update: Before you read this tale of woe, here’s the correct way to replace your Trophy’s digitizer: HTC Trophy Screen Repair Take Apart Guide. h/t John Haug.] So my new HTC Trophy fell off of my thigh to the curb as I climbed out of my car. The vaunted Gorilla Glass gave up the ghost,…

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Kinect For Windows SDK beta is posted

Download Kinect for Windows SDK beta. NUI geeks rejoice! The noncommercial Kinect SDK beta is available from Microsoft Research.  Skeleton-tracking provided by the Kinect For Windows SDK beta. Get documentation here. Here are the code samples that you get: Sample code files are included in the Kinect for Windows SDK beta download and are installed…

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Building "Windows 8" – Video #1

A first look at the new "Windows 8" user interface. Read more at http://bit.ly/iCTxY6. By Julie Larson-Green Corporate Vice President, Windows Experience REDMOND, Wash. – June 1, 2011 – Today, at the D9 Conference, we demonstrated the next generation of Windows, internally code-named “Windows 8,” for the first time. Windows 8 is a reimagining of…

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Kinect and WorldWide Telescope at MIX ‘11

Everybody knows that WorldWide Telescope is pretty cool. But when you drive its UI with Kinect, it’s a whole different experience:     I am so looking forward to the Kinect SDK beta, reportedly coming later this spring. WorldWide Telescope Kinect Control Technorati Tags: Kinect,WorldWide Telescope

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Windows Phone platform updates announced at MIX ‘11

Great new stuff coming in Mango. Here’s what you’ll see demonstrated at MIX ‘11: Multitasking: The fast app switching (FAS) and Windows Phone background agent features provide a rich multi-tasking experience for apps. IE9 for Windows Phone: Additional details of the HTML5 story within the context of Windows Phone. Additional sensor and runtime access: New…

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Live stream from Mix ‘11

  Mix ‘11 Live Technorati Tags: Microsoft,Azure,Silverlight,HTML5,Internet Explorer,Windows Phone

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Microsoft, Toyota to partner on cloud-powered auto advances

As a Prius owner and Microsoft developer, I find this announcement to be really exciting. There’s a live webcast today (6 April 2011): Watch at 1 p.m. PDT Here are the official talking points: Microsoft Corp. and Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) today announced that they have forged a partnership to build a global platform for…

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NYC Kinect event: How to get your Kinect app on Microsoft platforms with Dave Drach

Kinect devs in New York City may want to attend: Map to Microsoft Offices at 1290 Avenue of the Americas New York, NY How to get your Kinect app on Microsoft platforms with Dave Drach Thursday, March 31, 2011, 7:00 PM Microsoft Offices, 6th floor 1290 Avenue of the Americas New York, NY Selected By:…

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MIX 11 – April 12-14, 2011, Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas

Register. Oh, to be able to go this year. So many interesting sessions, I’d be a kid in a candy store. If any of you go and blog, please send me links. In addition to the obligatory boot-camp sessions for HTML5 Canvas, jQuery, and the like, these are the MIX 11 sessions that I’d love…

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