East Coast Roadshow Series

Thanks to my New York Metro colleague, Peter Laudati, for pulling all of these events together in one place.  While Chris and I are rather partial to the Northeast Roadshow :), we realize a number of you prefer the warmer climes this time of year, and so we wanted you to be aware of all…

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7 on 7: The Index

Here’s a one-stop shopping spot for the 7 on 7 blog series from the past week (each image leads to a post on a specific technology).  Hopefully, the series has given you great ideas on how to start leveraging the new Windows 7 features in your own applications.  And if you’re doing something especially cool…

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7 on 7: Windows Multitouch

Windows Multitouch, in my opinion, is the most emotive new feature of Windows 7.  From the kids at home to the audiences to whom I’m demoed Windows 7, there’s something fresh and fun about being able to manipulate an application with simple hand gestures.  We’ve all used touch screens in some form before, whether it…

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7 on 7: Sensor and Location API

You just arrived in LA from Boston, and when you get to your hotel and pop open your laptop, the weather widget on your desktop notes the local temperature on this bright sunny day, and when you search for a coffee shop in Santa Monica the nearest one 10 miles away, not 3000.  Once you…

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On the Fence? PDC Offer Good Until Friday!

Microsoft PDC is just a few weeks away, and you’ve probably already heard some of the buzz.   Windows Azure will go live, and of course, we’ve just released Windows 7 and Beta 2 of Visual Studio 2010 and the .NET Framework 4 (by the way, not 4.0 as the marketing folks have told me). It’s…

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7 on 7: Direct2D and DirectWrite

I’m a technical introvert; I love dealing with data, services, interoperability… the plumbing.  So I have to admit, the new graphics stack that Windows 7 introduces – with Direct3D 11, Direct2D, and DirectWrite – didn’t resonate that much with me.  Sure I can appreciate the cool spinny demos as much at the other guy, but…

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7 on 7: Extended Linguistic Services

Extended Linguistic Services (ELS): another cryptic name for some pretty powerful capabilities.  ELS is a platform supporting language processing with a consistent service-based API for language detection and transliteration. So what’s in it for you?  Today, many of us are working in a very diverse and global economy, and assuming all the work you do…

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7 on 7: Federated Search

It’s a stuffy-sounding name, but I’m finding the Federated Search capability in Windows 7 rather cool, and starting the see all kinds of uses of it to improve my own productivity. Federated Search leverages the OpenSearch API and the common syndication formats of RSS and Atom to enable searching of enterprise and internet sources directly…

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7 on 7: Taskbar

One of the more noticeable changes in the Windows 7 experience is the refinement of the taskbar.  Whoa! This looks like lots of reading; is there a movie? Taskbar Geography In Windows 7, the taskbar has three distinct areas: the Start menu button, the taskband, and the notification area. The Start menu has been enhanced…

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7 on 7: Windows XP Mode

The first Windows 7 feature I’m going to talk about is – of all things  – Windows XP, well, more exactly, Windows XP Mode.  In a nutshell, XP Mode allows you to run legacy applications in an XP virtual machine right on Windows 7.  It may seem a bit counterintuitive to perpetuate an operating system…

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