MIX09 Day 1 Keynote Pt 2: Scott Guthrie on Advancing User Experiences

Bill Buxton talked about why user-centered design is so important; now we’re going to talk about the “how”. We’re going to be talking about three key categories today: web, media and RIA. One of the things we’re trying to do is to provide a single platform – the .NET Framework – that can be used…


Download Links for MIX08 Announcements

Here’s a consolidated list of all the key downloads you’ll need to update your developer workstation to the latest and greatest technologies announced this morning: Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1 Windows Vista / Windows Server 2008 (x86) Windows Vista / Windows Server 2008 (x64) Windows XP (x86) Windows Server 2003 SP2 (x86) Windows Server 2003…


MIX08 for Non-Attendees

At last, the mad rush is over. The run-up to a conference like MIX is always frantic: for me, the first three weeks in February involved a constant juggle of competing priorities. With the exception of one last-minute firedrill, the worst was over by late Friday afternoon. Now it’s the calm before the storm; it’s…


Introducing Video.Show: A Silverlight Reference-quality Sample

One of the favorite things about my job is being able to share really cool new content with you all, and so today is a good day to end the week on! Since we completed the Family.Show WPF reference sample, we’ve been working away in partnership with a great developer team from Vertigo Software on…


Silverlight 1.0 RC1 is Here!

As indicated in a previous post, we’re homing in on the launch of Silverlight 1.0, and today marks another milestone with the launch of the first release candidate. Since the beta we released at MIX, we’ve fixed approximately 2000 bugs and work items and we’re now feature complete with the final JavaScript-based API. This version…


Announcing Family.Show 2.0

Three months ago, we launched Family.Show, our first end-to-end reference sample for WPF. Family.Show is a genealogy program that demonstrates the usage of WPF for a complex, realistic scenario. If you’re a fledgling WPF developer who wants to pore over some code that demonstrates best practices for application construction, there’s nothing better out there today….


Snack Tutorials for Hungry Designers

Celso Gomes is an amazing interactive designer working at Microsoft who is responsible for the beautiful sample applications that ship with Expression Blend and did some of the earliest design explorations for Silverlight. Now he’s come up with Nibbles: a series of “snack tutorials for hungry designers” that cover the use of Expression Blend to build…


Hours of Free Training on Expression Blend and Design

Arturo Toledo (one of our ace designers) posted a reminder on an internal email list that lynda.com have heaps of free training on Expression Blend and Expression Design available as screencasts. The Expression Blend material is presented by Lee Brimelow (author of the well known blog thewpfblog.com) and progresses through from a basic overview of…


Expression Media Encoder

Download a free trial version here…


Our First WPF End-To-End Reference Sample: Family.Show

The first three days of next week are going to be crammed full of announcements as MIX gets under way (click the hyperlink above to view the virtual conference site, where you’ll be able to keep up-to-date on everything that’s going on). In any big week like this, it’s easy for some of the smaller announcements to slip out…