BALL Watch Silverlight Contest Winners Announced

The judging for the BALL Watch Silverlight Contest is now over and we are proud to announce the winners.  Entrants had 59 days to recreate one of the watches from BALL Watch USA with Silverlight using Microsoft Expression Blend 4 (no images, or video allowed – only XAML vector graphics). Once the entries were submitted,…

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Microsoft Silverlight Analytics Framework Updated for Silverlight 4

We have just updated the Microsoft Silverlight Analytics Framework to synchronize with a number of product and technology releases.  An installer is available today to start using.  Here is what’s new: New Analytics Service Support EQATEC Analytics Omniture, an Adobe Company (Omniture customers can download a separate installer from http://my.omniture.com – details are in the…

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Enter to Win a Ball Watch by Creating One in Silverlight

Ball Watch USA and Microsoft are teaming up to give you a reason to try the new Expression Studio 4 to build one of the Ball watches in Silverlight 4 like this.  You can win one of the watches! Ball Watch Company has a line of beautiful railroad-inspired watches aimed at the adventurers that many…

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Using SketchFlow for Presentations

If any of you caught my Mix presentation on the Microsoft Silverlight Analytics Framework, you may have noticed that I used SketchFlow the prototyping feature in Expression Blend to present the session.  I really like SketchFlow and I thought it would be a great way to demonstrate the technology as well (I’m a big fan…

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New York Times Silverlight Kit Updated for Windows Phone 7 Series

I spent a little time adapting the New York Times Silverlight Kit this weekend to work on the Windows Phone 7 Series and created my first Silverlight application for the Windows Phone 7 Series. It was actually very easy – I just had to add a few #if statements to the code to create the…

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The Microsoft Silverlight Analytics Framework Released at Mix

On Monday I gave an hour long presentation to a standing-room-only room at the Microsoft Mix conference in Las Vegas about the new Microsoft Silverlight Analytics Framework.  I knew there was interest in this but I was overwhelmed by the amount of interest.  I did the presentation in a Microsoft Expression Blend SketchFlow player and…

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The Microsoft Silverlight Analytics Framework at Mix

I’m excited to share with you that I’ll be talking about a new framework for web analytics in Silverlight at our Mix conference in Las Vegas next week.  Seven months ago I blogged about building a new analytics framework for Silverlight and now we’re about to release it next week on CodePlex as free open-source…

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Windows 7 Sensor Trigger for WPF Applications

One of the cool new features of Windows 7 is a sensor platform that unifies the way that Windows 7 applications work with sensors.  For .NET developers, we’ve released a Windows API Code Pack that makes it easy to create .NET applications that use the sensor platform.  The Sensor Platform supports biometric, electrical, environmental, light,…

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New Silverlight 3 Behavior for Toggling DataGrid Row Detail Visibility

I was chatting with a customer last week about how they were using Silverlight for their B2B portal.  They were having some difficulty with showing and hiding the DataGrid component’s Row Detail template programmatically.  I found a WPF-oriented solution to the problem on StackOverflow and adapted it to an Expression Blend Behavior to make the…

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Scrubbing with Thumbnails with the SMF Player

One of the developers from one of my media customers asked me how they would implement the thumbnail preview while scrubbing in a Silverlight video player.  He was turned onto the idea from seeing that feature in the Netflix Watch Instantly Silverlight player.  I thought that would be something that others could use, so I…

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