WPF Developers: PDC Wrap-Up and Visual Studio Tooling Update

Over the next week or so, I want to put a bit of context behind some of the announcements from PDC, particularly the ones that got glossed over amidst the excitement over Windows 7 and Windows Azure. I’m going to start with highlighting some of the work we’ve done around WPF over the last couple…

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PDC Proceedings: The Book of the Conference

It’s Sunday morning, and I’m sitting back-stage in the huge keynote room here at the PDC in Los Angeles. Watching some great demo rehearsals; things are shaping up well for the “software experiences” keynote which is my area of responsibility, and it’s going to be an exciting week. I wanted to take a moment to…

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Silverlight 2 – Today is the Day!

A gloomy, rainy Monday morning is rarely a pleasure to be savored, but today is a great day! We’ve signed-off on the final release of Silverlight 2 – every control has been added, the last few bug fixes have made it into the release, and it’s finally ready to relinquish the “beta” mantle. Download links…

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What You’ll Hear at PDC2008

My favorite conference is almost upon us. If I’ve been quiet for a little while on my blog, it’s because this has been a crazy busy season for me and my team, as we put all the pieces in place for PDC2008. PDC is Microsoft’s flagship conference, both because of the scale and depth of…

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Silverlight 2 Beta 2 Is Here!

Get it from http://silverlight.net/GetStarted, along with the developer tools, documentation and the June update to Blend 2.5. Lots of new goodies – as ever, Scott Guthrie’s blog has a comprehensive guide. I’m not going to try and compete with him today: my family tell me it’s time for the weekend to start! If you’re looking…

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Why You Want To Book Your PDC2008 Ticket NOW…

If you’re into any of the technologies that this blog covers, you’ll be mad if you miss the Professional Developers Conference this year. It’s actually been three years since our last PDC, so we’re overdue! I’m really excited about all the things we’re going to be covering at the PDC this year: those of you…

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50 New Silverlight Screencasts – Short and Snappy

I haven’t seen these training videos receive nearly the coverage they deserve, so I wanted to try and “bump” them onto the radar. My erstwhile UK colleagues Mike Taulty and Mike Ormond have been hard at work over the last few weeks recording an amazing series of Silverlight 2 training screencasts. All free for the…

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Introducing the Third Major Release of Windows Presentation Foundation

Today I’m excited to announce the public beta availability of a major new release of WPF. Since we shipped .NET Framework 3.5 late last year, the team has been hard at work at a new release that adds many supplemental features, fixes a good number of bugs, offers many performance optimizations, and includes a new…

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Great Silverlight 2 Demo: Healthcare Demonstrator

Congratulations to Martin Grayson and team for building one of the smartest Silverlight 2 demonstrations I’ve seen to date. I saw parts of this demo a month ago when I was in the UK, and I’m delighted it’s now released. Whether or not you’re involved in the healthcare sector, this demo does a great job…

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Controlling the Distribution of Silverlight Updates in the Enterprise

I’ve posted a few times about issues relating to enterprise distribution of Silverlight, and I thought I’d mention one additional topic that came up during a customer tour that I’ve been on for the last ten days. If you’re a systems administrator, one of the aspects of Silverlight that concerns you is probably controlling the…

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