Windows Azure Tookkit for Social Games 1.1 RELEASED

Nathan on the team has just updated the Windows Azure Toolkit for Social Games to version 1.1. This version is a significant step forward and enables developers to more easily and quickly build out their social games on the Windows Azure Platform. The other big change he made in this release was to separate the…

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MIX is open for registration

MIX11 is open for registration!! If you are focused on Client, Web or Phone design or development and what to get access to all the latest experts from Microsoft this is a great event to attend. The added bonus is that this is hosted at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, which is also a fantastic…

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Microsoft Ajax Library ( Preview 6 ) released

We have just released a significant update of the Microsoft Ajax Library (Preview 6).  This provides a set of new capabilities to the client-side AJAX library, and can be used with any version of ASP.NET and ASP.NET MVC projects.  The major new capabilities are:- Better Imperative Syntax: A new, simplified, code syntax for creating client…

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IIS Media Services 3.0, including IIS Live Smooth Streaming, has been released!

We just released IIS Media Services 3.0, a set of extensions for Internet Information Services 7 (IIS) that provide an integrated HTTP-based media delivery platform.  This includes the new IIS Live Smooth Streaming and the separate IIS Advanced Logging package.  So how did we get here? Well over the last 6 months key broadcasters have…

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How to build a great Silverlight Install User Experience

Laurence in the team published a blog this week which provide a lot of great advise for how you can build the best Silverlight installation experience for your website. This is based on quite a bit of research that was carried out during a number of large on-line events, the last one being the US…

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Windows Live Messenger Lets You Add Chat To Your Web Site

One of the cool technologies which did not get a huge mention by the press today at Mix09 today is the new capability to extend the reach of Windows Live Messenger to web sites. Any Website can add a chat feature right into site pages. This is an elegant way to quickly add a social…

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IE8 RC1 is released – Deployment Guidance

Today we launched IE8 RC1. David in the team spoke to Jane Maliouta for EDGE, who is the program manager in charge of deployment and setup of IE8. She talked about what’s new in setup with RC1 and provides inside details on deployment with IE8. David provided details of the interview, with the following summary…

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IE8 Application Compatibility Resources

IE8 is currently in Beta and is also the Microsoft supported browser within Windows 7 (currently in beta) which is seeing dramatic uptake in the community. There are a number of excellent improvements which users will clearly want to adopt once it is released. These including support for the latest web standards, high speed rendering,…

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Silverlight 2.0 Ships

Silverlight 2 shipped today. Silverlight 2 is a cross-platform browser plugin that enables rich media experiences and .NET (Rich Internet Applications) within the browser. Its also pretty small in size ( ~4.6MB) and takes only a few seconds to install on a machine that doesn’t already have it. Finally you do not have to have…

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PDC Attendees get a 160GB USB Drive with all the goodies!!

Personally I am not a big fan of the "Software + Services" PDC theme, but behind the scenes I know that the new software announcements that we are going to make will erase any bitterness I have from my memory 🙂 However, there is some other really cool news that I heard today – at…

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