Silverlight Christmas Cards

Around the world, people are preparing to gather together to celebrate the holiday season, to give and receive gifts and to sing carols. This year sees the start of a new tradition that our children and our grandchildren will preserve and pass on: the sending of Silverlight-enhanced Christmas cards! I’ve received some fun ones –…

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Great WPF Applications #17: HP Interactive Canvas

Kapow! Shazam! Zing! Mary Jo Foley from ZDNet drove in hard with a right hook last week, referencing my recently-returned-from-hiatus series of great WPF applications and asking why Windows Vista didn’t have more killer applications. As one of her correspondents notes, and even Wikipedia highlights, the notion of a killer application is both rare and…

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Watch Jackass 2.5 – Free and Exclusive on Silverlight!

Although we’re all too proud to admit it, I doubt there’s anyone reading this who doesn’t love to while away the odd bit of free time perusing sites like YouTube and break.com for funny videos of stupid people doing dangerous things. However, there are few individuals who have been more successful at combining funny, stupid…

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Why Can’t I "Go Live" with Silverlight 1.1 Alpha?

I just wanted to clarify something that is hopefully already pretty well understood. As folk know, we released an alpha of Silverlight 1.1 at MIX, and there are lots of people who would love to use it even in its current form. It’s great to see the excitement around using .NET for web development, of…

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Share Your Christmas Wishlist / Hatelist with Silverlight

Here’s a cool little Silverlight 1.0 application that our team (specifically Adam) assisted with over the last week. In the run-up to Christmas, I’m sure a lot of us are told that we’re "hard to buy for". Wouldn’t it be nice if there was some way to give our friends and family a few gentle…

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The New Iteration: A Whitepaper on the XAML Revolution

Whenever we run a WPF or Silverlight training event or lab, the one question that is guaranteed to come up relates to the designer / developer workflow on a project team. In the old days of Win32 or Windows Forms, the workflow was straightforward (albeit extremely limiting). A lot of desktop application development teams I’ve…

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Great WPF Applications #16: Yahoo! Messenger for Windows Vista

It’s time for me to reboot this series that showcases great applications built on WPF. I left it on hiatus for some months because I felt that the point had been well made, but it’s probably time to pick it up again, not least because there’s a swathe of cool WPF applications out there that…

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WPF and Silverlight Contest Season Is Here!

The snow has arrived (here in Redmond, at least), and people are starting to wind down for the holidays. No doubt you’re dreading the arrival of Aunt Mabel for an extended stay and are planning an opportunity to escape to a remote hideaway cave and finally get a chance to explore some new technologies! Two…

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Video.Show Update: 1.0 Release Candidate Now LIve

You may be pleased to know that we’ve just updated Video.Show with a bunch of changes. The 1.0 Release Candidate build is now available for your downloading pleasure from Codeplex. If you haven’t seen Video.Show before, I’d encourage you to check it out. Vertigo (the company who we commissioned to build this) have a great…

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Silverlight 1.1 is Now Silverlight 2.0

It’s been gratifying to see how much excitement there is out there about Silverlight. We’ve barely started the engines yet, but we’ve already had a number of big sites launch their first Silverlight experiences, and of course plenty of stuff underway that we’ll be revealing over the coming months. Many .NET developers are naturally interested…

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