MSR Cambridge – Chat with XBOX AI Developers…


Here’s the first of the MSDN Channel9 videos – a chat with a couple of the MS Research guys working on AI for XBOX games – turns out to be quite an interesting video – it’s a pity they didn’t have any demo’s to show, but the Elf Bowmen were out at lunch when we shot the video… Click here to get the video

There are a bunch of other videos coming from MS Research – I will post links when they get posted to Channel 9

BTW – Let me know if you have any ideas for subjects or teams to interview for Channel 9 in the Windows CE, XP Embedded, or App-Dev teams… – I’m planning a visit to the Windows CE Documentation team next week, let me know if you have any burning questions

– Mike


Comments (6)

  1. Snorrk says:

    How about talking to the GotDotnet team?

    Where did the idea come from? What are the future plans? How are they solving the load/slowness problems? What resources is Microsoft willing to put into a hobby developer community site? Are there any plans for better integration with GotDotnet and VS2005? Do they consider SourceForge as an competitor? Why do some dotnet project maintainers feel that SourceForge is a better place for them? Is there anything being done to address the issues? (http://weblogs.asp.net/jeff/archive/2004/03/24/95442.aspx)

  2. Mike says:

    good idea – I will see if we can set this up.

    – Mike

  3. WebClerk says:

    I have the URL of .Net Compact Framework Team Blog.

    That is :http://blogs.msdn.com/netcfteam/

    BTW, they always farthing publish their imformation to us.

    I think SourceForge is a good place,and I don’t think that is an competitor. Do you know the WTL project is a open source project in sourceforge now?

    I think open source can make help to Microsoft.

  4. Bálint Kátay says:

    I think a Web Services demo could rock. (The simplicity of building Web Services, as you presented in one of the hands on labs, was amazed me.)

    Other interesting topic for me is using CE for "traditional embedded systems". My problem here is at our university the win CE is nearly overlooked, because it’s too large footprint and hardware needs. The only thing they admit is "it could be a good choice, if the device will be used in a heavy Windows-tied enviroment". My question how would you convince them to use CE? (Why is it worth to use it – beyond the "Windows-tied enviroment" thing?) I think the time spent on development can be reduced significantly, and the hardwares go cheaper and so on… But I really curious about your arguments.

    I think an other interesting topic is CE’s real time capabilities. (Someone said on Channel9, that he will be proud, if the NASA’s next satellite’s operating system is CE – I hope that was on C9 and not elsewhere…;))

  5. Mike says:

    There are a number of reasons to consider using Windows CE in the Academic space, and also for commercial devices – you don’t need to be tied to a pure Microsoft network for the devices to be used…

    Here’s some areas for consideration…

    1. Rapid O/S development – all the tools you need are shipped with the product – you don’t need to build your own tool chain

    2. O/S technologies – pretty much all the O/S technologoes you need are included in the product, ranging from hard real-time support, networking and communications, web server, web browser, security, crypto, application development support etc…

    3. Low cost hardware – some vendors are shipping < $100 reference boards – you can also boot and run Windows CE on an old desktop PC

    4. 2.5 Million lines of source shipping with the product

    5. low cost tools – the tools are FREE to download from the Microsoft web site (evaluation kits) – and [I believe] also ship as part of the MSDN Academic toolkit (MSDN-AA)

    6. "Real" development experience – have skills that are immediately useful when you leave college – just look at some of the companies building devices using Windows CE, I’m sure they need to hire engineers at some point!

    These are some of the reasons to consider using Windows CE – make sense ?

    – Mike

  6. Balint Katay says:

    Thanks for your points.

    "[I believe] also ship as part of the MSDN

    Academic toolkit (MSDN-AA)"

    Yes, it is part of the MSDNAA.

    I think the hard real-time topic is interesting, because it is opens exceptional, new opportunities. I think it is worth to talk about on C9…

    B.