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Ben Riga is Senior Technical Evangelist for Windows Phone in Microsoft's Developer and Platform Evangelism (DPE) group.  In this role he runs around demonstrating the compelling technical and business value of the Windows 8 platform and how partners benefit when publishing apps to the Windows Store.  Ben also supports the Microsoft field by engaging in key projects and recruiting target customers and partners.

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    Windows Treo on Monday?

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    Wow! The Windows Mobile 5 train is really picking up some steam. There are all sorts of things happening. First Orange announced the SPV M5000 (aka HTC Universal). Then Sprint announced the PPC-6700 (aka HTC Apache). Now the rumor is that Palm...
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    Cool and umm... Cool

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    Communication Nation turned me onto a very cool reference tool called ObjectGraph Dictionary . It includes several dictionaries including a classical dictionary, computing dictionary, table of elements and a thesaourus. What’s really neat, though, is...
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    Windows Mobile Pr0n

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    Pocket PC Thoughts has the goods on the upcoming HP 6715. I saw a 6500 at PDC last week and it’s quite nice. A nice form factor with a decent size screen and keyboard. The 6715 turns up the juice on that. It’s got Quad Band GSM/GPRS/EDGE, Bluetooth...
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    Defragging Microsoft

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    Steve Ballmer ran a defrag on the org and it sure looks good. From a customer perspective the three new divisions provide a much clearer picture of the major directions we’re going in. There is nothing but goodness on all three fronts. On the Platform...
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    Geek Out and Celebrate in Silicon Valley

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    I think this is pretty cool. As a thank you from Microsoft to the community on our 30th Anniversary, admission to the Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose is free on Saturday, September 24. The Tech event is being advertised with a half page full color...
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    Hey! I'm on channel 9

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    Whoa! I was catching up on some blog reading and saw on Carter’s blog that Channel 9 posted a video of the heathcare app I’ve been working on for the past while. It wasn’t supposed to be posted until after PDC but I guess Scoble was too excited to hold...
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    .NET Reality Check

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    I'm a Microsoft employee in Silicon Valley so I've gotten used to the slings and arrows of friends at social events. Last Friday was no exception. I joined a few friends for a get-together fund-raiser supporting a Team-in-Training runner . At the event...
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    Microsoft AntiSpyware beta released

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    Well it looks like we held to our promise that we'd make this available very quickly. We've posted this out there. Very cool Stuff. http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/spyware/software/default.mspx
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    Smartphones Rule!

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    I’ve been waiting a long time to get a new phone/PDA. I’ve carried a organiser for as long as I can remember. Going way back to the original Sharp Organiser that was so big and heavy that it eventually tore a hole in some of my suit jackets...
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    T9 is great but it sucks

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    As I explained in my last post, I love my new smartphone, an Audiovox SMT5600 . The only serious problem I’ve had with it is with text input. Admittedly, the device was never meant to replace a keyboard but since I’d like this phone to replace...
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    Spy vs Spy

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    A couple of weeks ago Microsoft acquired GIANT Company . That’s very very cool. As a geek and especially as a Microsoft employee I’ve been called upon quite a few times to help friends and family to clear up problems with their machines. I can almost...
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    Blogging more

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    Since I set up my blog I haven’t posted nearly enough. Not that there’s a lack of things to blog about. I often think of things but never get around to it. I’ve decided that part of the problem is that it’s not that easy to go...
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    Research that Rocks

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    I read an article today about some of the projects that Microsoft Research is working on that got me excited. I have to admit I'm just average when it comes to taking photos. When I first got into photography I was "all in". I bought an expensive 35mm...
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    New Government Services video posted

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    My colleague and team mate, David Weller , has just posted a new video to MSDN. It's a pretty slick lap around an application built by Accela with help from Keyhole and IdentityMine . Using an emergency services worker scenario, the video clearly demonstrates...
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    Deep Shift now open for business

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    Well, I guess I'm yet another Microsoftie to start a blog. I've only just recently joined Microsoft and have been lurking for the past couple of months. Let me start by letting you know what I do at Microsoft. My name is Ben Riga. I'm a Platform Evangelist...
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