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  • Blog Post: Silverlight on Windows Mobile

    Love it, love it, love it!!! Now, from Steve's reports with the HTC Touch the serious drawback is the lack of keyboard so texting or writing email is a right royal pain in the backside ( as I predicted ). If there was going to be a killer Silverlight app for Windows Mobile and HTC Touch, it would have...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Healthcare Silverlight Demo

    Loving the work from the team in the UK on this demo app to show off Microsoft's Common User Interface for healthcare applications based in Silverlight 2.  Follow the demo guides and it'll take you through all the key aspects of the app. Check it out here . Congrats to Martin Grayson and the team...
  • Blog Post: NBA.com gets the Silverlight treatment

    Now those who know me well will be familiar with my love for three sports; Golf, Basketball and Football (the beautiful game that is, not American Football). My days of jumpers for goal posts and kicking a ball round a park are long since gone, but I do play basketball and golf very regularly. I was...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Crazy Olympic Silverlight Stats

    Came across this cool article on eWeek about the online coverage by NBC of the Olympics powered by Microsoft Silverlight , there are some pretty mind-boggling statistics about the use throughput of data and the number of downloads of the plugin.  Here are some numbers from the first four days that...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight, Mediaroom partnerships, Interactive Media Manager at IBC 2007

    Jon Harris (Expression demigod), following the announcement about Silverlight 1.0 Release is demoing Silverlight and Expression at IBC 2007 this year and as well as showing off Silverlight, Microsoft made some other announcements that are very interesting if you are in the internet/rich media side of...
  • Blog Post: Grand Canyon and Deep Zoom

    One of the technologies announced at Mix 08 this year was Deep Zoom as part of Silverlight 2.  It allows you to zoom into incredible amounts of detail in high resolution photos and cleverly only brings back the amount of data you need based on your current view and zoom level.  This allows...
  • Blog Post: Learn Silverlight at Microsoft HQ this summer

    Want to learn about Silverlight from the experts in Redmond? Tim Sneath has posted about a unique experience open to the public and is worth checking out! Hat tip to Mark for this! Technorati Tags: Silverlight
  • Blog Post: Silverlight and WPF Workshop in NYC next week

    Cool workshops event in NYC being run by my colleagues state side in New York: Overview of Silverlight & WPF Designer developer workflow using XAML Expression Studio to craft Silverlight and WPF User Experiences Styling and Skinning Data Binding Using Visual Studio to hook up Silverlight on the front...
  • Blog Post: Brazil rocking Windows 1.01

    Well their website for their IT Pro/Developer event is anyway! Check it out here!  Way retro! Nice work guys. http://www.puertadeenlace.net/run09/ Oh and check out the Silverlight version of Windows 7 too…
  • Blog Post: T5M - possibly the coolest Silverlight app to date

    T5M (The 5th Medium) is an online magazine that merges the worlds of print and video in a very rich way.  It's a good example of how we see Silverlight being used in the future too with a combination of Ajax being used for some parts of the UI and Silverlight for others.  It's the video experience...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight 1.0 Released - and Linux support coming

    Scott Guthrie just announced the release of Silverlight 1.0! He's written an excellent post on his blog about exactly what Silverlight is so I'll just link to that rather than spilling my guts out again. The other key think to note is the announcement about Linux and that we are releasing a version of...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight in the enterprise

    By "enterprise" I of course mean "business".  Many partners have asked me over the past couple of months about best tactics to manage the deployment of Silverlight effectively within their businesses.  Tim Sneath has posted a nice article about to do this in the best way...
  • Blog Post: From Flash to Silverlight

    One of the most common things we get asked about is how designers and developers can take their Flash skills and apply them to Silverlight.  We’ve been listening to you and have come out with “Project Rosetta” – a website and set of tutorials that shows you how you can take advantage of their existing...
  • Blog Post: Partner TV goes Silverlight

    I promised some changes to Partner TV , the first of which (if you don't count a bit more text explaining the videos) I published last night which is a Silverlight player. This new enhancement brings cross-browser, cross-platform capability to Partner TV making it more inline with other video sharing...
  • Blog Post: Moonlight Available (that's Silverlight for Linux)

    The interop momentum is growing now with news of the release of Moonlight which is in a nutshell Silverlight for Linux allowing designers and developers to create rich experiences and applications once and land them on Windows and now Linux.  Moonlight is being developed by the guys behind Project...
  • Blog Post: Obama

    They were saying at Web 2.0 that Obama won the election because of the web.   Well, there was probably a bit more to it than that but it certainly helped.  Being in San Fran on election nice was quite special and walking around at 8pm PST when it was announced he had it in the bag, I witnessed...
  • Blog Post: Quake 2 in Silverlight – sweet!

    One of the last PC games I remember playing was Quake 2 – I know I know, it’s been a while.  The wizards over at http://www.innoveware.com/ have converted this classic into Silverlight – amazing! Oh yeah and now they want to know what you want them to work on next!
  • Blog Post: Rendering XPS in Silverlight

    A partner I know is currently looking to render XPS and now a very clever chap inside Microsoft ( via Mike Taulty ) has been playing around with doing it in Silverlight . The app is very cool and has nice controls to boot. Bear in mind it's just a proof of concept but you've got to admire the possibilities...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight Streaming SDK has new home

    Just wanted to let you know that the Silverlight Streaming SDK has up-sticks and wandered on over to the MSDN under the Windows Live node . The SDK includes a nice primer as to what Silverlight Streaming really is and also the architecture. Part of this features information about the content delivery...
  • Blog Post: Windows Live PhotoZoom

    Via the LiveSide guys , I came across this neat video of software that allows users to zoom smoothly around photos and get more detail in a really rich way. This technology is based upon Silverlight and uses a technology called Seadragon which we first saw in Photosynth . This is going to provide a completely...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight 2 Beta 2 shipping this week and other tidbits

    Announcements aplenty at TechEd 2008 in Orlando today.  Somasegar's been writing about his keynote with Bill Gates and Silverlight 2 Beta 2 is shipping this week with a go-live license for production! This means you can legally land apps in production even though it's beta code - I guess this helps...
  • Blog Post: Hard Rock still rocking in Silverlight

    The Hard Rock site just got a revamp with more items – there are now 500 items!  There’s also a nice widget to embed that you can embed in your own site!  Check the bad boy out for yourself: Hard Rock Memorabilia site If you’re a flash guru and want to use your skills in Silverlight find out...
  • Blog Post: Nibble on this: Blend & Silverlight Tutorials

    I rather like this site . Firstly, it shows a rather nice design that uses Silverlight and secondly the tutorials are bloody good. I like the way that the screenshots scale smoothly and also have nice transparencies - very sexy. I've no idea who has created this site by the way - if you know - drop me...