Extending Your Brand to the Desktop with Windows 7

What is Windows 7 doing at a web conference like MIX09? Last week I went along to the above titled session, in which Yochay Kiriaty, an irrepressible evangelist on my team, presented the case for a desktop application in an increasingly web-orientated world. He talked about how local desktop applications remain just as relevant as…

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Exploring the CoreCLR Inside Silverlight

Brandon Bray gave an interesting presentation at MIX09 on how the CLR (the execution engine that underlies the .NET Framework) was refactored to support for Silverlight; I thought I’d share my distilled notes from the session. Bringing .NET to the Silverlight world was an obvious choice. Not only does it have a broad community and…

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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…

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Silverlight is FIZZING, Not Fizzling

Any good politician, regardless of leaning, knows that the language you use to frame a topic is key to how it is perceived. By repeatedly using pejorative terms to describe your own position and that of your opponents, you start to move a debate onto your own terms. Of course, those with a little more…

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What Can YOU Do with 10K of Silverlight or WPF Code?

A lot, it turns out. Some long-time readers may remember my post of a year or two back where I set a fun little challenge to test what could be accomplished with just a single element of XAML. In the preparation for MIX09, the team created a competition that offered slightly more room for creativity,…

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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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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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Registering for the AOL Mail Client

I mentioned yesterday that the Hard Rock memorabilia application was live already at http://memorabilia.hardrock.com. The AOL Silverlight-based mail client is not live yet, but they’ve just opened up their pre-registration site for testers who want to be the first to try out the new application, in just a few weeks’ time. You can sign up…

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Video.Show 1.0 Released to Web

After three public preview releases, I’m proud to announce the final version of Video.Show, a ready-to-run solution for hosting video content on the web! You might be interested in Video.Show if: Your company or school wants to distribute e-learning or educational content over the web for internal or external access; You’re creating the next YouTube-style…

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Flotzam: Mashing up the Web

Have you seen Flotzam? It’s a fun mash-up that Karsten and Tim put together that aggregates a bunch of different data sources: Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, Digg, YouTube and indeed any general RSS feed. You can install it either as an application or a screen saver, and it’s a nice way to see what’s going on…

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