Quick tip: Player Framework and Smooth Streaming for Windows 8 Metro (BETA)

[Update 13 March: added the Smooth Streaming Client SDK info] The Microsoft Media Platform team has released the beta version of a Player Framework for Windows 8 Metro Style Applications. If you are building media applications for Windows 8 this is for you. What is the Player Framework? The Player Framework is an open source…

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Quick tip: Windows Phone 7 Guidance – patterns & practices release

The patterns&practices team at Microsoft has just released an update to last year’s Windows Phone Developer Guide. With release of Windows Phone 7.5, and the Windows Phone 7.1 SDK, the team has updated the guide to “A Case Study for Building Advanced Windows Phone Applications: Connecting with Cloud Services". This guidance is built for developers…

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Quick tip: SkyDrive APIs for Docs and Photos, Hotmail calendars and more

Last week the Windows Live team announced the availability of the SkyDrive APIs for Docs and Photos, so you can leverage the user’s free cloud storage in your own applications. There are several ways to integrate: REST APIs for usage within any type of application or device such as websites, mobile apps, basically any application…

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Xbox Companion App release for Windows Phone 7 (cross-posting)

Have you seen the Productivity Future Vision video released a few weeks ago? May you think a lot of it is not more than science fiction. I look at it focusing on the overall trends and pieces of technology that are coming together more and more to move towards that vision. Yesterday’s Xobx Companion App…

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Quick tip: Expression Encoder SP2 released

The Expression team has announced Service Pack 2 for Expression Encoder 4. With this Service pack you get over 300 bug fixes and some new features: Encoding features like support for 1 and 2-pass VBR for offline H.264 encodes, support for more AAC audio options (Pro only), … Live features such as Live crop, Support…

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Quick tip: (free) JScript Editor Extensions for Visual Studio

As more and more sites and web applications take advantage of JavaScript, it’s always nice to have better editor support for the language in our Visual Studio tools. There is a free extension for Visual Studio available for a few months already, which I only now found out through a newly released video on Channel9:…

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Quick tip (link): Virtual images for testing different Internet Explorer versions

This question comes up a lot: web devs need a solution for testing websites on different versions of Internet Explorer. One answer to this are the “Internet Explorer Application Compatibility VPC Image” files, made available for download. The whole batch of VHD files has now been refreshed on August 16 2011, meaning you can use…

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Quick tip (link) – Convergence of the three screens

Microsoft NEXT (http://microsoft.com/next/) is one of my favorite blogs to discover amazing inspiration about technology today and in the future. Steve Clayton (@stevecla) delivers content that should not be missed in your RSS reader. This time, again he has done it: in the article “Connecting the dots: Microsoft E3 announcements”, Steve analyses how Microsoft is…

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Quick tip (link): Enterprise Library 5.0 Silverlight Integration Pack released

The Patterns & Practices team has released Silverlight Integration Pack for the Microsoft Enterprise Library. What is it and what’s inside? Enterprise Library application blocks are a very popular download for enterprise developers, providing guidance and reusable components. The Silverlight Integration Pack contains a set of building blocks focusing on Line-of-business (LOB) Silverlight applications, porting…

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Quick tip (link): Windows Azure Toolkit for Windows Phone 7 available

The newly released Windows Azure Toolkit for Windows Phone 7 is designed to make it easier for you to build mobile applications that leverage cloud services running in Windows Azure. The toolkit includes Visual Studio project templates for Windows Phone 7 and Windows Azure, class libraries optimized for use on the phone, sample applications, and…

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