The Week Ahead: April 15, 2013

Kudos to Lance McCarthy and the combined efforts of Telerik and Nokia on a wildly successful Boston Hackathon this past weekend. And congratulations not only to the six named winners but also to all the seasoned as well as brand-new Windows Phone developers who demoed THIRTY-FIVE applications produced during the weekend!  Each one of those…

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Firestarter: Silverlight for Windows 7

Here’s another free series of events brought to you in early 2011 by my East Coast colleagues: Dave Isbitski, Dani Diaz, Joe Healy, and Glen Gordon. 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. …

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Showcase Your Windows 7 Application on CNET

One year after its release, adoption to the [Windows 7] desktop operating system is exceeding expectations Only 7 percent of those surveyed by Forrester a year ago said they planned to deploy Windows 7 this year, yet 46 percent actually said they have begun or will begin deployments. "Ninety percent of customers have plans in…

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Still On Windows 7 Release Candidate?

If you’re running the release version of Windows 7 now, thank you, and you can move right along… nothing to see here. Now, for those of you that downloaded the Windows 7 Release Candidate (RC) or perhaps got a copy of it at an event last year… Starting on March 1, 2010 your PC will…

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WIN (an HP TouchSmart) with Windows 7

Did Santa forget to leave that multi-touch notebook computer you’d been asking for?  Well, with the Windows @ Work contest, you have a chance to WIN one of three HP TouchSmart tx2z Notebooks, valued at over $2600 – for the fully-loaded grand prize version! What do you need to do?  Build a cool Windows 7…

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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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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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