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  • Blog Post: Download the Expression 3 Starter Kits

    Getting started with Expression Studio 3? Here are 4 great learning kits to help you get things started. Introduction to Prototyping with Sketchflow in Expression Blend 3 : Assets, Guide and Video Package Discover Sketchflow, a new feature set in Expression Blend 3 that helps you define the concept for...
  • Blog Post: [Mini-Tutorial] Blend 3: Rich Interactivity with No Code

    The idea of creating rich interactivity without code should sound very appearing to designers, because we want to turn static UI into interactive prototypes and test out our design ideas quickly. In Blend 3, “Behaviors” are packaged, re-usable building blocks of interactivity. They can be visually applied...
  • Blog Post: [Mini-Tutorial] Blend 3: Visual Data Binding

    As your project evolves from simple sketches to prototypes, you may want to add some real interactivity to it. There are two useful tools in Blend make this really easy: Sample Data and Behaviors. This tutorial will focus on Sample Data and how designers can bind data visually in Blend. The next tutorial...
  • Blog Post: [Mini-Tutorial] Blend 3: SketchFlow Part II

    Bill Buxton talks about the difference between “Sketch” and “Prototype” in this his Sketching User Experiences . (see the summary below) I agree sketching is an important part of the design process, but often times it’s hard to share our paper and pen sketches and get feedback from others. Following...
  • Blog Post: [Mini-Tutorial] Blend 3: SketchFlow Part I

    Two years and an half ago, when I first joined Microsoft, we were getting ready to release Expression Studio 1. Expression Blend is a key product in the studio and works closely with Visual Studio. It was a great first step to support designers with visual tools to help them build rich interactive web...
  • Blog Post: Investing in Your Skills – A Collection of Courses

    Hi! My name is Rini Gahir. I’m the Senior Product Manager for Developer Tools (which includes Visual Studio and Expression Studio) here at Microsoft Canada. It’s an honour to be granted a regular blog spot on the Canadian User Experience blogosphere alongside Paul and Qixing. My goal is to add value...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight Training in French

    One of our great partners out of Quebec, RunAtServer Consulting , has just created a great, three-day course on Silverlight 2 and they will be conducting it in various cities in Quebec. The details of the course can be found here and here , but it is a very in-depth course for those of you interested...
  • Blog Post: Hook up with Parallels

    Paul and Qixing have been talking about Expression 2 and the Expression Professional Subscription . I have been running Expression on my MacBook Pro since I arrived at Microsoft Canada in Parallels or with Bootcamp . It's been great having access to both platform, particularly for testing CSS and cross...
  • Blog Post: Expression Studio 2 Shipped Today!

    Less then 2 months we announced the Expression Studio 2 Beta at MIX, today we shipped Studio 2. The Expression homepage also got a new look: softer and lighter compared to the dark theme for Studio 1. Check out the key features in Expression Studio 2. Technorati Tags: Expression Studio 2
  • Blog Post: DreamSpark - No-Cost Software Access Program for Students

    This is super exciting news! I've been telling students about Channel8 and today on Channel8, we launched an unprecedented No-Cost Software Access Program called " DreamSpark ." Microsoft DreamSpark ™ is a program that provides no-cost access to Microsoft designer and development tools for verified students...
  • Blog Post: Sharing Designer-Developer Workflow Story from eMedia

    Last month Tudor Whiteley (in black, Designer ) and Chris Asselin (in white, Developer) from eMedia participated in the Artists in Residency training for Silverlight and Expression Studio at our headquarter - Redmond. It's an intense 10-day training program with first 2 days in a lecture style learning...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight Briefing Summary

    Over the past 3 weeks, I have been touring across Canada giving a half-day briefing on Silverlight. It was an incredible experience as it certainly opened my eyes to what types of things are being done with Silverlight today and the buzz it has generated among web designers and developers. In those...
  • Blog Post: Morten Rand-Hendriksen brings an Expression site to life!

    For those of you following this blog, you may know that Morten Rand-Hendriksen is blogging about his experiences using Expression Studio to create a real, live site for a product called Zufall . His commentary around his experience has been candid, providing insight as to what works, what annoys him...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2008 has an official launch date...and why it might be important info for you

    Microsoft is officially launching three major products on February 27th, 2008, namely Visual Studio 2008 (formerly codenamed "Orcas"), Windows Server 2008 (formerly codenamed "Longhorn") and SQL Server 2008 (formerly codenamed "Katmai"). This is likely going to be the largest launch event in Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight Tutorials

    There's a great new website out now that provides you with "snack-sized" tutorials on how to build rich web experiences and applications using Silverlight and Blend. The website is called http://www.nibblestutorials.net/ and it's the brainchild of Celso Gomes, one of our top design engineers in Redmond...
  • Blog Post: Web 2.0 Innovation Briefings - Slides and Webcast

    A while back , I posted the slides from the Web 2.0 Innovation Briefing we presented in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Montreal. You can find the slides here . Also, I presented a shorter, webcasted version of the Briefing last week. The recording of this briefing can be found here . The webcast...
  • Blog Post: Notes from the field - interesting points from MIX07 breakouts

    It's been an eventful day-and-a-half of breakout sessions at MIX with a lot of great info. I encourage you to visit the MIX site to see if you can catch a few of the sessions - they will be worth your while! Two sessions this morning, "Building Silverlight Applications in .NET (Parts 1 & 2)" were...
  • Blog Post: Keynote Messages

    We just finished listening to the opening keynote. The keynote is full of excitements with the following key announcements and messages. Silverlight Messages: Compelling cross-platform user experiences Flexible programming model with collaborative tools High quality media with low cost Connected to web...
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