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  • Blog Post: 50 Interactive Web Applications in Silverlight

    There are many ways to embrace Silverlight’s rich interactive features on the web such as in online advertising, interactive e-learning, data visualization, gaming, etc. Recently, blog “ Noupe ” listed 50 Interactive Silverlight Applications to showcase the interactive experience can be accomplished...
  • Blog Post: Cool Natural User Interface Demo from MSR

    During this year’s college tour , our chief Research and Strategy Office, Craig Mundie, demonstrated how technology can help solve the world’s toughest problems. One of the demos is on Natural User Interface (NUI) in a search scenario (see the video below). I was very excited to see the demo because...
  • Blog Post: Berlin Wall Photo Mosaic in Silverlight

    As the World is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall today, a digital project is also underway to remember the historical moment. Thousands of pictures are posted by people in the community to create their impression of the fall of the wall. Check out the photo mosaic in Silverlight...
  • Blog Post: Blending Physical and Virtual Reality

    If you haven’t seen the video below, you have to check it out! It’s one of the coolest Surface demos I’ve seen. Adding physics engine to virtual objects really blurs the line between physical and virtual objects. It’s quite magical that you can draw a simple circle and turn it into a magnetic field where...
  • Blog Post: Software + Service in Plain English

    As I was searching around earlier this week for a good way of explaining “Software + Service,” the following video comes to the perfect rescue. This video is a great example of using simple drawing to tell an interesting story and explaining a hard concept. It not only explains what is S+S but also talks...
  • Blog Post: Quince: Explore UX Patterns in Silverlight

    Infragistics , one of the top UI controls vendors, has recently launched Quince – a UX Patterns Explorer in Silverlight. You can explore various UX Patterns by User Tasks, Tag Relations, and Wireframe (i.e. arranged by their UI positions). Of course you can also search for a UX Pattern. Once you find...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Innovation News

    Here is a list of innovative projects from various Microsoft labs. Many of these projects are handy tools that you can try out today. From Live Labs Thumbtack lets users collect snippets of information from Web sites and share the collections with others. " Social Streams is a Live Labs project...
  • Blog Post: Now Everyone Can Play with Photosynth!

    Another great thing happened during my vacation last month is the public launch of Photosynth. Now everyone can play with Photosynth and create their own synths. It's one of the Microsoft innovations really caught my attention when I first saw it earlier last year. I've been showing demos to different...
  • Blog Post: The Mojave Experiment

    I'm back from my vacation in China now. In addition to watch Olympics with my family and friends, I did quite a few things I haven't done before like climbing water falls with metal chain, ride on the those bamboo rafts that I saw so many times in Chinese Kungfu shows, flying on top of forest though...
  • Blog Post: Enterprise 2.0 – Midori + SharePoint

    My good friends Gene , Jess and team at nForm have finally demonstrated their awesome new project management applicaiton Midori . Midori is built on top of Sharepoint. And uses a completely custom layout engine. Part of Midori is an engine that gives us complete control over SharePoint's interface and...
  • Blog Post: Green Tagging - Sustainability for Small Business Owners

    Back in April, I had the opportunity to judge an in-class user interface design competition at UofT. The projects presented at the competition all based on this year's Imagine Cup theme: imagine a world where technology enables a sustainable environment. It was very interesting to see the various software...
  • Blog Post: Office Labs is Live!

    Similar to Live Labs , Office Labs is another home for prototypes and proofs-of-concept with focus on productivity, which will allow community to test drive our new ideas and provide feedback. From their own words: "We're a group of designers and developers that collect ideas from all over Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: The Worldwide Telescope - Have a Dialog with the Universe!

    Imagine you are not just gazing up the night sky, but can tour the whole universe and see what a Hubble Space Telescope can see... Imagine you are accompanied by astronomers and people want to share their enthusiasm about the universe with you... Imagine you can explore the universe the way you want...
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