Event: VS2010 and ALM 17th Dec, London

Microsoft and Black Marble are presenting a day exploring the opportunities and benefits of VS2010 in ALM. You can register for this event by visiting www.blackmarble.com/events Alternatively you can telephone 01274 841305 Venue: Royal College of Physicians, 11 St Andrews Place, London NW1 4LE Thursday 17th December 2009 Registration from 9:30am, Event Starts at 10:00am….


PDC 09 attendees get free Win7 laptop

Steven Sinofsky announced at PDC09 day 2 keynote, that all PDC 09 attendees would receive a MSFT designed, Acer built, Windows 7 laptop free of charge. The laptop has a touch screen, full sensor and location functionality, is 64-bit and fully loaded up with Office 2010 beta and lots more. Designed to enable application developers…


Taking your app forward to Win7

If you are looking for a concise guide to the features you should consider for your application to shine on Windows 7 look here. A simple list of the 7 things you could do to rejuvenate your applications and ensure they work will and correctly in the modern world of Windows 7.


Aspire Ferrari One – rocks. A netbook as netbooks should be

My latest purchase is an Acer Ferrari One netbook. This is a netbook like no other and the way netbooks should be! It is the same size as the current restricted Atom 11.6” screen netbooks, with 1366×768 res – but this one runs the AMD Athlon X2 L310 processor. Yes this is a dual core,…


Software changes the world – be proud to be part of it

One of the joys of working for Microsoft is the real world citizenship. That sounds really corporate, but what I mean is the ability to stand up and do the right thing. Microsoft of course does lots locally and internationally as befits a successful company. But its the ability to do stuff as an individual…


Widget development in Windows Mobile 6.5

I had two sessions to present at Over The Air 09. The first was all about the new Widget runtime included in Windows Mobile 6.5. The runtime brings a Microsoft implementation of W3C Widget support to Windows Mobile for the first time. Our implementation is coupled with the launch of our very own mobile application…


sidebar: Project Mobile AR

As discussed at the recent OTA09 event, I’m working to build out an AR platform on Windows Mobile.  This is a ‘skunk works’ project filling my waking hours between work and the family. Currently, I’m exploring the DirectShow capabilities of the Windows Mobile device. DirectShow allows us to get hold of the device camera and…


Windows 7 application UI enhancements

Heya, how’s it going? If you have Windows applications built using .Net you may be wondering how to add all the cool new Windows 7 taskbar and common dialog features? These are all accessible as native api but we’re in .Net dude – looks like we’re pinvoking! Thankfully, all this work has been done for…


Making your app shine on Windows 7: Tabbed Thumb Nails

This post is one in a series of posts covering the Windows API Code Pack. The code pack provides a managed code framework for using the new native Windows 7 features. In this post we’ll examine how to implement thumbnail previews for a tabbed application UI. We’ll add to each thumbnail preview some buttons to…


XNA 3.1 install onto Windows 7

I nuked my machines to move up to a clean build of Windows 7 RTM. In rebuilding them I hit a snag with the XNA3.1 install. The install would start and then rollback just after the redistributables copy started. To overcome this issue I set the runtime compatibility of the XNA 3.1 install file to…