When Silverlight 2 Releases, Will You be Ready?

Silverlight 2 Beta 2 has been out since June 6th and the number of sites that have taken advantage of the go-live license has taken off.  In addition there are probably hundreds of sites that have been thrown together as little samples or test sites that would not be considered production, but are built for…

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Wow! Olympic Swimming

Okay, I work for Microsoft on Silverlight and specifically run the http://www.microsoft.com/silverlight site among other things.  This was a big weekend for us since NBC decided to use Silverlight to do their US coverage of the Olympics online.  But with a big 500 person campout with the Rainbow Girls that I helped organize this weekend and mostly…

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Want to learn what this Silverlight thing is all about?

I’ve had the opportunity to talk to quite a few Web developers at conferences and so forth, and the good news is pretty much everyone has heard of Silverlight.  The bad news is that quite a few haven’t reached the point of actually playing with it yet.  I can certainly relate since as busy Web…

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Washing Machine Fun

I just got back from vacation and right before I left my washing machine broke down.  It wouldn’t pump the water out of the tub (it was doing a constant beeping…and then when I unplugged it, let it set for 90 seconds and then plugged it back in, the pump would try to pump but…

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Silverlight 1.1 Developer Reference Poster

I had the opportunity during Mix07 to hand out posters that map out the capabilities and classes that are available in Silverlight 1.1.  They were pretty popular so I think I handed out about 1200 to the audience of 2200 at Mix.  A number of people asked if there was an electronic copy, since 24×14…

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"WPF/E" is now Silverlight!

Tonight we announced the official name of wpfe….Microsoft Silverlight!  This is the beginning of a bunch of work my team has been doing which begins tonight at NAB 2007 and culminates with a plethora of announcements and technical information that will be available at Mix07.  Both happen to be in Las Vegas.  But one has about…

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Ode to the Progress Bar

I’m building the Virtual Machines for a number of the Hands On Labs that will be available at MIX and at TechEd. I had not worked much with Virtual PC before and obviously when you are running two copies of Vista on your machine simultaneously (and VStudio and IIS, etc.) it can slow things down…

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Microsoft and the AJAX Community

Scott announced that Microsoft joined the OpenAJAX Alliance today.  I think this does a lot for Microsoft and for the AJAX community.  We are certainly striving to be a big player in making AJAX an easy to use platform both for developers and end users, but it definitely needs to be done in a way…

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How to test your Web site w/ IE6 while running IE7

Pete put a VPC up awhile back, but the image does have a timebomb.  The first timebomb was set to go off on 4/1/07 so an update has been put up so that you can test your Web apps w/ IE6. Pete deserves all the credit in the world for getting this up for everyone. Thanks…

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MIX 07 – It’s coming!

One of the cooler things about my relatively new position here on the Web Platform and Tools Marketing Team is that I’m deeply involved in the planning for a number of upcoming conferences.  One of these, that I had not been previously involved in is Mix07 in Las Vegas, April 30 to May 2nd. We…

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