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  • Blog Post: Oh yeah, it’s on: welcome to the party, Windows Phone 7 Series.

        Today marks a sea change in Microsoft’s mobile device strategy and how we are going to market in the smartphone space.  This change is fundamental rather than incremental; we have completely re-written the book on how a Windows Phone looks, behaves and interacts with a user. ...
  • Blog Post: Heralding in the Immersive Online Olympic Experience in Canada

    Today represents a very important day for our country – the start of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games. Over the next 2 weeks, we are going to be witness to some incredible athleticism and stories with the world united through sport. I can remember vividly watching previous Olympic Games in front of...
  • 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: Silverlight 4 Beta Overview

    It was just 5 months ago we shipped Silverlight 3. Last week at PDC , Silverlight 4 Beta was introduced. The rapid release cycle allows the team to act quickly based on developers feedback and to keep pushing Silverlight to be the best platform for delivering rich interactive and media content on the...
  • 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: Check Out the New Silverlight Blog!

      Hard to keep up with what’s new in Silverlight and Expression? Check out the Silverlight blog with it’s new design! I like the graphics design on the blog because it gives me a playful feeling. After all, learning new technology should be playful and fun. :-) Here’s what you can expect from the...
  • 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: MIX09 Debrief at the Next Silverlight User Group Meeting

    We had several Toronto Silverlight User Group members attended MIX09 last month in Vegas. In the next meeting, they are going to share with us what they heard, learnt, and experienced. Check out the agenda below. It’s at 222 Bay St. 12th floor, and don’t forget to register at: http://www.torontosilverlight...
  • Blog Post: Line of Business Silverlight Apps that Rock

    Silverlight , Microsoft’s plug-in for delivering cross-platform Rich Internet Applications (RIA) and experiences has been out for a while now.  The first, JavaScript-only version was released at Microsoft’s MIX07 conference in May of 2007.  Subsequently, Silverlight 2 (the first .NET-enabled...
  • Blog Post: Guest Post: MIX09 Day 1: The “Software” in “Software + Services”

    From now through the end of the MIX09 conference in Las Vegas, Rob Burke will be providing his insights from the conference on a daily basis. Robert Burke is a Toronto-based IT Consultant who’s attending his fourth MIX event this year.  By day he’s knee-deep in Microsoft User Experience technologies...
  • Blog Post: A Brief History of MIX: Feet on Ground, Eyes on Cloud

    From now through the end of the MIX09 conference in Las Vegas, Rob Burke will be providing his insights from the conference on a daily basis. Robert Burke is a Toronto-based IT Consultant who’s attending his fourth MIX event this year.  By day he’s knee-deep in Microsoft User Experience technologies...
  • 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 User Group Meeting Tomorrow

    It’s our first Silverlight user group meeting of the year. Mano and I are going to share our experience with animation and DeepZoom in Silverlight. Hope to see you there! Agenda: Wednesday, Feb. 25 6:30 – 7:30: Creating Animations using Blend and Code Behind, by Mano Kulasingam - Storyboards and...
  • 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: 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: Oct. 22 Silverlight User Group Meeting

    In the last Silverlight user group meeting,  Mano and Chris gave everyone an overview on Expression Blend and demoed the workflow between designers and developers using the new toolset to create Silverlight applications. In the next user group meeting, I'll take a closer look at the latest version...
  • Blog Post: Cozying Up to Silverlight Controls at TechDays

    Now the words are out about TechDays and the first stop at Toronto is just around the corner. I'm really excited about the conference because I took up an exciting challenge for myself as a presenter at the Wed Developer track. The challenge has two favors... First is I have been talking about Silverlight...
  • 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: Sports and Silverlight

    This year is definitely a big year for sports. Euro 2008 just ended over the weekend, Wimbledon 2008 is happening now, and the most splendid sports event of all - summer Olympics is just a little over a month away. It's also a big year for using Silverlight supporting an online rich experience to view...
  • Blog Post: [Mini-Tutorial] Creating a Silverlight Video Gallery

    As I promised in one of my  earlier posts to do a tutorial on how to create a Silverlight Video Gallery, here is the mini-tutorial (about 10 mins). It has two parts: Use Expression Encoder 2 to create a standard Silverlight video gallery Customize your video gallery in Expression Blend and save...
  • Blog Post: If Silverlight is Microsoft's Web RIA Platform, Why Are They Still Using Flash?!?

    I get asked that question a lot. And frankly, it's a valid question that requires a thoughtful answer. At face value, it looks like Microsoft isn't practising what it preaches - if Microsoft doesn't even switch out Flash, why should you as a RIA solutions provider? I can assure you that this is something...
  • Blog Post: Playing with Surface Demos

    During MIX08, I had the chance to experience a variety of surface demo applications and record them. In the video gallery below, you can see 5 different surface usage scenarios: viewing photos, dining, concierge, painting, and water simulation. Photo viewing demo is great to show the collaboration aspect...
  • Blog Post: Developer - Designer Workflow Story from Infusion Development

    Woodgroove Financial online demonstrator has been gaining quite a bit popularity within the financial industry to show what future rich interactive web banking applications could be like. I decided to talk to the architects behind the inspirational demo: Chris Ching (Lead Developer, Infusion Development...
  • Blog Post: Great Read on Silverlight, Flash, and AiR

    One of the first and most common questions I get about Silverlight is "how does Silverlight compare to Adobe Flash and AiR?" Although I wrote a post last year talked about Flash vs. Silverlight, with Silverlight 2 Beta release last month and all the announcements at MIX08, it's time to revisit...
  • Blog Post: [Mini-Tutorial] Share Your Presentation in Deep Zoom

    Over the past several months, I went to many colleges and universities to talk about user experience related topics from Microsoft. After each presentation, students asked me to share my presentation online. I've been using Skydrive to share my large files such as ppt, audio, and video files with the...
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