Silverlight for Flash designers and developers

I’ve been spending more time with the web design agencies in Dubai and it’s a whole different world than the SOA work I do with the large enterprises, for one thing their offices tend to be much cooler.  We speak a lot about Sivlerlight and the power of .NET in the browser and one of…

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Gulf Developers: Profile yourself to receive event invites and news from Microsoft Gulf

A lot of people have been asking me what the best way is to recieve invitations to our Microsoft Gulf events for developers and to recieve news from us on new technology.  We have lots of sources for this, but the best way is to profile yourself and let us know what you’re interested in. …

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TBot (Messenger Bot) for translations

Live translator has been around for a while and its quite cool, being able to translate whole pages and see both the original and the translated version side by side.  Unfortunately it is blocked in the UAE by Etisalat (the major ISP) as all translation services can be used as sort of a proxy to…

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Cloud computing explained

I’ve been asked a lot more recently about “Cloud Computing” and especially how Microsoft is playing in this area, I’ll link to the articles when they come out.  In the meantime David Chappell has written a nice summary of the current state of cloud computing platforms and describes some of Microsoft’s work in this area. …

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SOA Day at Microsoft Dubai

I hosted severl of our customers for an “SOA Day” at Microsoft Dubai today.  It was an interesting discussion focused around SOA that also touched on specific areas where Microsoft has great technology enablers of SOA, Biztalk, WCF, … .  I’m posting the session slides here for the attendees and anyone who missed today’s session. …

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How to split a powerpoint slide into 2 – Community Clips

I just uploaded my 1st video on Community Clips 🙂  It came from a discussion we had this morning in a meeting as we were previewing some powerpoint slides.  The slide had gotten quite long with a lot of text and we wanted to split it into 2 slides.  One person suggested to simply copy the…

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Easiest Screen Capture tool I’ve ever used

I’ve been looking for a good, free and easy to use screen capture tool and today I finally found one I like, Community Clips, and it turns out it’s from the Microsoft Office team.  It uses Media Encoder underneath and does a good job of compression with little quality loss.  Saves the files as WMV…

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SaaS concerns and S+S

I was pointed to an article by John Dvorak on the feasibility of SaaS as a business model given concerns around privacy.  It reads as a bit of an alarmist article to me since its main point seems to be that US based SaaS providers are subject to US Government warrants and possible spying could…

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Programming languages

I always get asked by our customers about market share of the major programming languages and what percentage of people are programming in .NET vs. Java or PHP or … .  Technically .NET should be broken into the specific language as the .NET framework supports multiple languages.  There is no perfect way to come up…

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Java and .NET interoperability session at Egypt Java Developers Conference

I had the pleasure of speaking at the 2nd annual Java Developers Conference being held in Cairo (where Microsoft was a gold sponsor) by the Egyptian Java User group.  The session was about interoperability, specifically interoperability at the application layer between Java and .NET and the many ways you can achieve interop, but really the one…

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