Blogs & Comments.

I typically get a mixed reaction to this blog, and despite the visible negative comments on full display, the blog continues to grow in visits and RSS subscriptions. I often ask myself "why the hell would anyone want to read my rants" and after speaking with customers in both Microsoft and Adobe space, it’s clear…


The twists and turns this industry takes.

It’s been an extremely interesting past week. I and a few of my colleagues decided to check out the Adobe MAX 2008 conference to see what the other side has to say about the future of the web (much like their folks come to MIX conferences). I’ve got a bunch of notes and a lot…


Being a generalist is not a bad thing.

I was having a conversation with a friend tonight over IM and he asked me: "So what’s up with you and 3D Modeling? you about to make a career change?" I explained to him that no, no need for career change and that 3D art can be applied to produce better experiences within software. The…


Adobe’s CEO using FUD, but got caught out.

I often read various press releases regarding Silverlight, namely it’s always curious to read what our “competitors” often say about us. In a recent interview with The Guardian, Adobe’s CEO was quoted saying: “If you look at the number of partners who are signing up [to use Flash] despite the fact that Redmond opens its…


Calling all Silverlight/WPF Developers & Designers.

I’ve put together a proposal to shake things up in the Silverlight/WPF ecosystem. I need your help, in that part of this proposal I’m working on requires also some of your feedback and evidence to support this cause. I’ve put together a simple 11 Questions (Very short, no typing required) and the answers will have…


Silverlight Toolkit Released.

We’ve just released the Silverlight Toolkit via Codeplex. The release will include the following additions to our toolkit story: TreeView AutoCompleteBox DockPanel WraPanel Label Expander HeaderedItemControl HeaderedContentControl NumericUpDown ViewBox ButtonSpinner ImplicitStyleManager Chart PieSeries BarSeries CoulmnSeries ScatterSeries LineSeries Theming ExpressionDarkTheme ExpressionLightTheme ShinyRedTheme ShinyBlueTheme RainierPurpleTheme RainierOrangeTheme I’ve got a copy of Visual Studio 2008 + Zune4 on…


The Olympic Numbers are in..

Ben just posted some interesting stats on our efforts with the NBC Olympics site: During the 17 days of the games, the site had 51.9 million unique visitors (106% more than Athens and Torino combined) 1.3 billion page views 75.5 million video streams initiated (601% more than Athens and Torino combined) 9.9 million hours of…


SmoothHD just ownz.

We’ve got IIS7 Smooth Streaming in play and Akamai have put together a demo site called All I can say is "wow" in terms of quality. I always knew Silverlight could pull itself together for HD video online, but it’s truly amazing to see IIS7 handling the workload here. Check it out.


Embrace the new .NET Logo!

Our team decided a while back to bring a fresh new look to the .NET logo, given the old was in need of a refresh to suit our future product positioning (I’ve been staring at this for a few weeks now and it’s totally grown on me). Why did we do it? We needed a…


UX lessons from game design

I just attended the Seattle Chapter of Interaction Design Association (IxDA). Tonight the topic was "UX lessons from game design". It was an awesome event and you can catch the video later this week. What struck me as really great about this, was the discussion of how to map some of the lessons in Game…