Silverlight to Support H.264 and AAC

Today’s big news from the IBC2008 conference in Amsterdam was that we will be demonstrating a technology preview of H.264 and AAC support in Silverlight.  I know that I can’t take all the credit for this announcement but in my role as an evangelist I’d like to claim just a little credit:  over the past…


Posted SilverlightMap code to SkyDrive and Popfly

I’ve decided to share the source code for my SilverlightMap project that converts Mindjet MindManager maps to Silverlight application in two venues: Windows Live SkyDrive and Popfly. Windows Live SkyDrive Microsoft Popfly If you want to contribute and participate in the project you can try the new Popfly service.  Download the Popfly Explorer for Visual…


Should I put the Silverlight Map code on CodePlex or SkyDrive?

One of the first things that I created at Microsoft built on my previous experience at Mindjet, the creators of MindManager, a mind mapping software.  I built a small converter application that transformed a MindManager map into a Silverlight application.  I posted examples of it on my blog as well and I created a Groove…


Mindjet Should Hire These Guys!

Four guys out of Bulgaria just built this .Net application for mind mapping.  It looks really cool with a very fresh look!  It was built with WPF and all our latest technology like Silverlight.   I can’t wait to try it out when it goes beta on November 1st.  What amazing things could happen if Mindjet…


Using LINQ to Query Data in a Mindjet MindManager Map

As most of you may know by now, earlier this year I left Mindjet to join Microsoft.  Mindjet is a Microsoft Gold Certified partner who makes the mind mapping software MindManager.  Since I have been at Microsoft, I’ve been “drinking from the fire hose” and learning about many cool technologies; my challenge is to explain…


My Open XML Talk at Mindjet

As many of you might know, before I joined Microsoft this past Spring, I worked for Mindjet as an technical evangelist (one of my many titles) where I demonstrated the power of the MindManager Solution Platform through the Mindjet Labs.  One of the coolest demonstrations that I built (with the help of Vivek Vishist, a…


Updated Silverlight Applications to Release Candidate

For those of you have heard, a Release Candidate for Silverlight 1.0 was released yesterday.  I had written a few applications using the Silverlight 1.0 Beta and 1.1 Alpha.  Because of some breaking changes, I had to update those applications.  The process was fairly painless; here’s what I had to do: Update to the final Silverlight.js…


Using Silverlight in a Groove Space

A few months ago, I create a Microsoft Office Groove 2007 to share the source code for my SilverlightMap project: code to transform a Mindjet MindManager Map into a Silverlight Streaming Application hosted on silverlight.live.com.  For those of you who don’t know Groove is Microsoft’s Peer-to-Peer workspace solution.  I find it very useful for putting…


OneNote XML uses CDATA for HTML

If you look at the XML generated by the OneNote 2007 API, you will notice that the text outline sections are all escaped with CDATA[] elements.  This, in my opinion, is bad form.  I am working on transforming the OneNote XML to Silverlight XAML using XSLT and having that portion of the XML escaped makes…