Building an Optimized, Graphics-Intensive Silverlight Application

Seema Ramchandani works on performance as a Program Manager on the Silverlight team. She gave a fast-paced talk at MIX09 covering the graphics and media that contained some helpful tips for performance profiling, debugging and optimization. Silverlight Rendering Architecture When building a graphics-rich application, it’s first important to be aware of the underlying architecture of…

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Windows 7 Theme Packs: Customize Your Desktop

Just wanted to take a moment to highlight Mike Swanson’s amazing theme pack for Windows 7. Mike is a colleague, friend who works just down the corridor from me. His primary role with the company is as a content owner for our developer conferences (he’s responsible for the MIX09 keynotes). When he’s not focusing on…

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The Bumper List of Windows 7 Secrets

It’s great to see Windows 7 Beta finally released to the world! We’re very proud of what has been accomplished over the last months; in many ways, it sets a new quality bar for a beta operating system release. Building on top of the Windows Vista foundation, Windows 7 adds a great deal of polish…

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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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Optimizing the Silverlight Install Experience

Adam Kinney wrote a good blog entry last week on the importance for site authors of considering the first-time experience of a visitor. I guess most readers of this blog have Silverlight installed today, but at least in these first months as we focus on getting the plug-in broadly deployed, it’s particularly important that site…

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Building a Perfect WPF Developer Workstation

OK, so you’ve just decided that WPF is the strategic technology of choice for your next-generation application, and you’ve taken the opportunity to flatten and reinstall your developer workstation. What should you put on it to create the perfect WPF development environment? There are so many good tools, utilities and samples out there, that I thought…

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