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The BBC and Microsoft are running a developer event in London called Mashed 08 . It's a free gig and Microsoft has just released its tickets so make sure you register for them soon if you are interested in attending. The synopsis looks fun: Mashed - it's Hack Day time again and this year...
28 May 2008
Web Harmony - where designers and developers kiss and make up
I had the pleasure to visit the set of a filming session for a Microsoft advert last month - even got a bit of behind the scene filming done on the making of the advert! Anyway this week the advert got published and I think the end result is pretty good! Take a look at the "Web Harmony"...
6 Mar 2008
DreamSpark - Free software for students
Bill Gates has just announced free developer, designer and server products for Students. DreamSpark allows students to download Visual Studio, Expression, XNA Game Studio and Windows Server for free. Here's the Channel 8 interview with Bill. Bill Gates talks about Free Software, Students...
19 Feb 2008
IMM Core Ontology 1.0
I've talked about IMM (Interactive Media Manager) before - it's software based on SharePoint that helps you manage your digital assets (think companies like the BBC or Sky for example). If you are developing software that works with IMM you might be interested in the IMM Core Ontology. This...
14 Jan 2008
Mix UK Videos Up
Woah been a busy past couple of weeks. Been doing Windows Server 2008 events up and down the country and moved apartment so been up to my eyeballs! Although I didn't move far it was fairly stressful and I'm now left with a weekend of unpacking. Oh and joy, there was no BT phone line...
30 Nov 2007
Getting started with Live Services and Virtual Earth
I just finished putting together some info for a partner who was interested in learning how and why to develop their applications incorporating Live Services and Virtual Earth etc. I thought you might be interested, so here it is: Virtual Earth Interactive SDK http://dev.live.com/virtualearth/sdk/ Silverlight...
12 Nov 2007
Windows Live Quick Apps - Mashup apps with source code
Steve Ballmer announced today two example apps that show off how to put the Live Services we have on offer to use. The apps "Contoso Bicycle Club" and "Contoso University" were developed by two UK Parters, AWS and Conchango in association with Microsoft UK. They incorporate many Live Services some of...
11 Jul 2007
"We all do agree the world is not flat, right?"
At the recent BI conference that my colleague Ben has been shouting about recently , one of the Keynotes featured SQL Server 2008 and Virtual Earth. Why these two products? Well, because SQL Server 2008 will be featuring new types of data - in particular geographic data. Ted Kummert, VP of Data Platforms...
19 Jun 2007
Family.Show app shows of WPF, source code is available
Saving the best to last :-) The Vertigo crew were commissioned by Microsoft to create an app in WPF that showed off some of the technology. What they came up with was a an app that helps build and visualise family trees. Apparently genealogy is the fastest growing hobby in North America! Anyway, they...
23 May 2007
Expression on MSDN
To all those who asked and provided feedback, thank you. Your voice has swayed the vote and Expression Web is now available on MSDN Premium subscription. It's a start - Expression Design and Media aren't on there because they aren't related to developer tools. But what about developers who do their own...
4 Apr 2007
Office Live Web Services - make it want you want
Extending Office Live has recently been made easier through the introduction of this web service which provides specific API access to core parts of the platform. There are also many Sharepoint Services APIs to play with via web services but some of these are blocked because of how Office Live works...
27 Mar 2007
Rightmove.co.uk using Virtual Earth
I used Rightmove.co.uk to find my current appartment in Reading and it does a brilliant job of bringing together properties from various estate and letting agents from across the UK. I was pleased to find out ( via Mike Taulty's blog ) that they have started incorporating Virtual Earth into their website...
22 Feb 2007
Web 2.0 Mashup Competition
The Connected Services Sandbox contest was launched by Microsoft and BT at the 3GSM conference in Barcelona and gives developers a chance to win $25,000 for creating a 2.0 mashup. According to Computer World Usage scenarios can include a combination of e-mail, instant messaging and document collaboration...
13 Feb 2007
IIS7: a whole load of hosting goodness
The IIS website over at www.iis.net has had a revamp in the wake of the Vista launch which of course comes with IIS7; the latest and greatest version of Internet Information Server. One of the things that I like about IIS7, apart from the new management console, is the fact that as an application developer...
7 Feb 2007
XAML, it sounds like "camel"
Robby Ingebretsen from Identity Mine presented at the Microsoft Designer Utopia event today in London and showed off an application they had created - Roxio Studio 9.5 - that shows off the WPF framework and significantly improves the user experience over the previous version of the Roxio app. I like...
1 Feb 2007
NxgGen UG WPF/E Style
Matt and I travelled up to Birmingham on Monday night to talk Vista, Office and .NET 3.0 to the Next Generation User Group . One of the things I covered was WPF/E and it got attracted alot of interest from the guys. WPF/E is the little brother of WPF and allows the rendering of XAML directly in the web...
25 Jan 2007
Searching for the next-gen ISVs
Mr Rob Morley who works on the Empower programme at Microsoft has a rather informative blog over at http://blogs.technet.com/empower/ . So what is the Empower programme and why do you care? Well in Rob's own words: "The Microsoft Empower Programme is a 12 month initiative (with the option to renew for...
12 Jan 2007
Access New Windows Vista Native APIs
Windows Vista offers a fantastic platform for managed development, namely .NET Framework v3.0 (formerly WinFX). However, there are many new native APIs (not part of .NET 3.0) in Windows Vista. Discover how you (a C# or Visual Basic developer using VS2005) can take advantage of this new functionality...
1 Dec 2006
What the... WPF/E?
I've had a few questions recently about WPF/E and what exactly it is. WPF/E stands for Windows Presentation Foundation Everywhere and is a rather exciting development because it sees the extension of WPF which is desktop based in .NET 3.0 onto the internet in a cross-browser, cross-platform and small...
24 Nov 2006
Screencast: Next Generation Applications on Vista
Software vendors are already busy developing their range of next generation applications based upon beta versions of Vista so that they are ready to launch them at the same time as Vista. So what new stuff will you see with Vista based applications? Well we've got a new version of the .NET Framework...
24 Oct 2006
Software Developers Innovate on Office 2007 System
Are your apps ready to take advantage of the Office 2007 System? If not then you need to get started, because the last thing you want is to be left behind. We've put together a website so that you can better understand the opportunity and leverage the huge investment we've made with the new Office platform...
20 Oct 2006
Windows Communication Foundation
Mike has listed a huge number of videos to watch on communications foundation which is another branch of .NET 3.0 which is included in Vista. It's just another example of the fantastic opportunity available for ISVs to develop new applications on the plaform. Check out the NetFx3 site and also Mike's...
15 Sep 2006
Coding with Presentation Mode in mind
Following on from my post the other day on Presentation Settings, I wanted to give you some technical details on how to code your applications so users have a good experience when they are making presentations. Firstly, it's worth checking out the UX (User Experience) guide on Notifications in Vista...
13 Sep 2006
ISVs - Get Ready for Windows Vista
UPDATE: The portal is still in pilot mode so full benefits are not quite available yet - however you can still get 10 free hours of email support!! Help your customers understand that your software is high quality and certified for use with Vista with the “Certified for Windows Vista” Logo. ...
13 Sep 2006
Getting started with Windows Presentation Foundation
I was recently asked where the best place to get started with WPF is. I automatically directed the person who asked me to the official .NET 3.0 website over here: http://wpf.netfx3.com/ . It's a great resource that will help you understand about the foundation and the possibilities it gives developers...
30 Aug 2006
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