Announcing – The Muchmusic Video Awards & Silverlight

The team has been hard at work to get this surprise ready and now we can let it out of the bag! We are happy to announce that MuchMusic will broadcast the MuchMusic Video Awards online in High Definition powered by Silverlight and SmoothHD technology!!! This is one of the biggest shows in Canada (Jonas…



I love my job.  I really do.  Not everyone gets to say that with as much passion as I can, so it’s a special privilege to be in this position (particularly in this economy). I believe that my role here at Microsoft Ca nada is one of the best in all of Microsoft.  The mission…


More On OCAD & MSFT Canada – article

This appeared in the press today – Touching donation – Ontario college gets Microsoft Surface unit Microsoft is donating its much-publicized Surface hardware to the Ontario School of Art & Design so students can develop innovative software for the device. 4/15/2009 4:00:00 AM By: Brian Jackson read the article here.


Great Canadian User Experiences From MIX09

I was on the road when we held our local MIX09 media event for media on March 17th, so I couldn’t be there. But the good news is that we captured all the highlights on video. Video: Great examples of Canadian UX in action Don’t have time to watch? Here’s the 30-second version: We had…


Microsoft Canada & OCAD – Igniting the next generation of software design & user experience

Did you know that Toronto has the third-largest design workforce in North America, behind only New York and Boston? That’s good news for the GTA, especially given the current economy. Design is a growing, dynamic and increasingly important industry. As we heard at MIX09, the future of software and device innovation will depend on truly…


DreamSpark: Preparing the next-gen workforce

I have been thinking a lot lately about the IT skills shortage. According to the Information and Communications Technology Council, from 2008 to 2015, Canadian employers will need to recruit as many as 178,800 technology workers. But based on their projections we’ll likely fall short of hiring requirements in a number of areas. This is…


In The News: User experience is the driving force of innovation: Microsoft Canada

Check out Liam Lahey’s article over at echannelline titled “User experience is the driving force of innovation: Microsoft Canada”.  This is another piece coming out of MIX09 with a Canadian focus. “With the kickoff of the MIX09 conference in Las Vegas underway, here at home Microsoft Canada took the opportunity to trot out a couple…


In The News: Microsoft releases Expression Blend 3; Canadian-based solution provider uses Expression Blend tool for Canada Post office outlet solution

Another good Canadian focused article coming out of MIX09 is in the news: Microsoft releases Expression Blend 3 – Canadian-based solution provider uses Expression Blend tool for Canada Post office outlet solution 3/19/2009 10:11:00 AM By: Maxine Cheung “During its MIX09 conference held in Las Vegas yesterday, Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MFST) announced its Expression Blend…


In The News: “Welcome to the global cloud”

I had the chance to chat with Briony Smith at itWorldCanada.  She was doing an article on Cloud computing and the article appears here. We discussed how the Cloud is evolving, Microsoft’s views on how software will be built in the future, our Software + Services Strategy, Azure, Office Live, Interoperability and the downside of…