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  • Blog Post: Windows 7 is Here!

    Today is the day! As I’m waking up on the west cost this morning, the celebration of the worldwide availability of Windows 7 has long started from Tokyo, Munich, London, Beijing, Paris, Dubai, New York, and our own Toronto office. I thought to gather some Windows 7 launch related facts and resources...
  • Blog Post: Introducing WebsiteSpark

    Crosspost from Developer Connections blog… What is WebsiteSpark? If you run or work at a small web design or development firm, WebsiteSpark might be for you! WebsiteSpark is Microsoft’s new global program who goal is to help small web companies succeed . What do you get with WebsiteSpark? I put together...
  • Blog Post: Windows UX Interaction Guidelines

    Windows 7 has been getting very positive feedback for its improved user experience. Many of our partners are eager to build applications on this new windows platform. In order to establish a high quality and consistency basedline for Windows-based applications, answer your UX design questions, and make...
  • Blog Post: Ready to Ignite Your Career?

    Along with TechDays starting in September, the popular Ignite Your Career Webcast series also returns next month. As a professional working in IT, it’s so easy to get caught up in your day-to-day work that you find little time to grow your professional skills, learn about industry trends, and think about...
  • 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: Good Design Enables, Bad Design Disables

    This is a post for busy designers and developers who would like to get an overview of Accessibility design and some quick tips. Last month, two of my colleagues and I conducted an accessibility workshop to developers and designers who work on Canadian government sites. I presented on Designing for Accessibility...
  • Blog Post: Plenty of Color Resource for Expression

    Thinking about a color palette for your new website or application project? I’ve been using the site Colourlovers.com to get color inspirations. It’s a virtual color library where you can find thousands of color palettes, articles on color design, and follow color trends from magazine and websites. What...
  • Blog Post: Expression Resource for Designers

    In the last Silverlight User Group meeting, someone asked me about Expression and Silverlight resources for designers. Here’s a list of resources that my friend Arturo Toledo at Expression marketing team provided. expression.microsoft.com – Expression Community Site with all sorts of resources ...
  • Blog Post: Understanding the Microsoft Web Platform

    A common complaint that I hear from people who build web solutions is that when they try to start building web solutions on the Microsoft Platform, they hit a wall because of 2 things: There is so much information they don’t even know where to start. There is no consolidated set of resources that give...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Surface Blog by Infusion

    Last year during Explore Design conference, our friends at Infusion showcased the various Surface apps they worked on to hundreds of young minds who were interested to design. As Natural User Interface is becoming a hot topic in the Interaction Design field and many businesses are looking to have innovations...
  • Blog Post: Do you know about these programs?

    The past two days, our team came together and did the EnergizeIT dryrun. After a month of hard work, it was very exciting to see all the presentations and demos came to live. As I was preparing for the Student Connection presentation, I collected a list of programs that you as students can benefit from...
  • 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: Ignite Your Career Women in IT Webcast

    Aside from EnergizeIT , we also have an exciting webcast series coming up in March called Ignite Your Career Webcast Series . They are non-technical webcasts, designed to support Canadian technical professionals in their career development. The webcasts are intended to be very interactive to connect...
  • Blog Post: Community Silverlight Site

    I came across SilverlightShow this morning. It's an independent Silverlight community, and the goal of the site is to "help Silverlight developers to find solutions to common problems, to stay up-to-date with the latest news , to learn the best practices by providing quality articles , tips , examples...
  • Blog Post: Morten's Expression Web 2 Learning Resource

    We've introduced Morten Rand-Hendriksen couple of times in this blog and followed his amazing journey from learning Expression Web to a Expression Web expert. Recently, he published his first book titled " Sams Teach Yourself Microsoft Expression Web 2 in 24 Hours " and his article on " How to create...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight for Flash Experts

    Flash, Silverlight. Silverlight, Flash. The debate started a little over a year ago when Silverlight was introduced and as time has passed, the debate continues stronger than ever. While some people are attached to a specific RIA toolset and platform due to a strong preference or sense of loyalty...
  • Blog Post: Expression Resource

    Lately, I received several requests from both designers and UX professors about training on Expression Studio, which can help them jump start with the tools. There are so many different online training out there, so it's hard to figure out where to get started. I've looked through the training focusing...
  • Blog Post: Where do you get your inspiration?

    Lately I ran into different blogs and articles that talk about inspiration. So, where do you get your inspiration? Here are some tools and resource for inspiration. Inspired by Mood Moodstream: Getty’s Streaming Inspiration “The site cycles through photos, videos and music using their huge...
  • Blog Post: A solution to hard drive space problems

    As the proliferation of media (music, video, etc.), project files and programs continues to grow, so does the headache of managing your hard disk drive space. If you're anything like me, you're probably frustrated in always archiving data just to make space on your hard drive without knowing where exactly...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight 2 Resource

    It has been three weeks since we annouced Silverlight 2 at MIX08. Many of you are excited to getting started with Silverlight 2, so I've done some research around and created the following list. I want to give special credits to Adam Kinney , Tim Sneath , Laurence Moroney , and Joshua Allen for creating...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight Training on Lynda.com

    Five hours of free Silverlight 1.0 training is now available on Lynda.com. Arturo Toledo , a program manager at Microsoft who leads a lot of Silverlight and Expression training effort, has more background information on the training here . Besides the Silverlight training, you can also find Expression...
  • 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: Looking for Silverlight Applications?

    Here is a nice list of 50 Silverlight Applications gathered by Tim Sneath. Try them out at your coffee break. Have Fun! Qixing
  • Blog Post: EnergizeIT07 - Designer Track

    It was my first EnergizeIT experience yesterday. What a fun day it was! I like how the event unite all sorts of people who have passion in IT under one roof in one day. It does't matter if you are a IT professional, developer, designer, or a student, it's a big community event where you can have fun...
  • Blog Post: WPF/Silverlight and Expression Resource Part II

    There are so many great resources on WPF/Silverlight and Expression Studio available after MIX. It's time to do a part II of the resource listing continuing on the previous WPF and Expression Resource post. Getting Started Microsoft Silverlight Homepage Silverlight.net : a more community-oriented site...
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