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  • Blog Post: Kate Gregory on Channel 9!

    Kate Gregory ( @gregcons ) is a developer’s developer. (And, she’s Canadian too!) She’s smart, funny and incredibly talented. So, it’s no surprise to me when she’s featured on Channel 9 . Recently, she was interviewed by Charles Torre about C++:   You may remember that last year, she and Richard...
  • Blog Post: Native Extensions for Microsoft Silverlight (NESL)

    If you’re building an application for the Windows platform, you’re probably aware of the new capabilities of Windows 7 . Features like the new Windows Taskbar with Jump Lists , the Windows Sensor and Location platform , and, of course, support for rich user interactions through touch – these are just...
  • Blog Post: Q&A with Kenny Kerr on C++, Window Clippings and Micro-ISVs

    Kenny Kerr is a software developer and entrepreneur. He is passionate about software and getting it done right. His new company recently launched Window Clippings 3 , a screen capture tool designed to produce the highest quality screenshots. You can follow Kenny on Twitter at @kennykerr . 1. Who are...
  • Blog Post: “The new C++ for the new Windows / Part 0 / Putting bugs into buckets” by Kenny Kerr

    Kenny Kerr is a software developer and entrepreneur. He is passionate about software and getting it done right. His new company recently launched Window Clippings 3 , a screen capture tool designed to produce the highest quality screenshots. This is the first article in a new series about C++ for Windows...
  • Blog Post: “The new C++ for the new Windows” by Kenny Kerr

    Kenny Kerr is a software developer and entrepreneur. He is passionate about software and getting it done right. His new company recently launched Window Clippings 3 , a screen capture tool designed to produce the highest quality screenshots. This is the start of a new series of articles that I’m writing...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Application Quality Cookbook

    When developers target a new platform, they often face the challenge of targeting the “what’s new” or “what’s different” when building applications. The reason for this is simple: things change. Often, features are added or improved and – in some cases –...
  • Blog Post: Building Awesome Apps for Windows 7 Simulcast with Kate Gregory

    Are you building applications for Windows 7? And, more importantly, are they awesome ? If you’re looking to improve your Windows 7 application development skills or you’re looking to get the latest information on building applications for Windows 7 in managed code then I would strongly urge you to REGISTER...
  • Blog Post: Building Awesome Apps for Windows 7 Community Tour

    As a developer, I’ll admit that I have built a number of applications that didn’t integrate as well as they could have with Windows. In these scenarios, the user’s experience was non-optimal because they would be left wanting for particular capabilities or features. For example, integration with the...
  • Blog Post: Mark Relph on Windows Development for .NET Rocks!

    Over the past number of years, I’ve listened to quite a number of podcasts. As I’ve said many times before , in terms of “learning on-the-go”, podcasts provide one of the best means of exercising your brain. Got a 45-minute commute? Why not educate yourself at the same time? On...
  • Blog Post: Windows API Code Pack v1.1

    Many years ago, as a .NET developer, I would often find myself frustrated whenever I wanted to target a particular aspect of Windows, only to discover that no corresponding API in managed code existed. (Yes, I leaned somewhat towards being one of the “.NET purists” that Scott Hanselman warned you about...
  • Blog Post: A Touchy Subject

    I think that we – and by we, I mean we developers and developer evangelist types at Microsoft – get touch and tablets, or slates, or pads, or whatever you’d like to call them, better than the Ars Technica article Ballmer (and Microsoft) still doesn't get the iPad (written by Peter Bright and posted in...
  • Blog Post: Windows Summit 2010 Software Track Launched

    At the risk of sounding like a fanboy , I love Windows 7 . Simply put, it is the best operating system I've used. (And, believe me; I've used my fair share.) Windows 7 is fast; Windows 7 is simple; Windows 7 is exactly what I want on my PC. Now, putting my experience as a user aside, there's another...
  • Blog Post: “Where ya to ‘der b’y?” EnergizeIT East Coast Update

    (Note: this article was originally posted on the Canadian IT Pro Connection ) People I chat with wonder what it is we do when we’re on the road with a series of activities that encompass a number of events like EnergizeIT. I’ve been peckin’ away at this post while were were on the road a week or so ago...
  • Blog Post: End of support for Windows 2000, XP SP2 and Windows Vista RTM

    As we announced in 2008, support for Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) will end on July 13, 2010. Support for Windows 2000 will end on the same date. Support for Windows Vista Release to Manufacturing (RTM) will end on April 13, 2010. NOTE: There is no Service Pack 3 for the 64-bit version of Windows XP...
  • Blog Post: 27 Takes on Windows 7

    If you’ve got customers wondering if they should upgrade from Windows XP or Vista to Windows 7 and are looking for testimonials, go to Gizmodo’s article, 27 Takes on Windows 7 . It features quotes from 27 reviews of Windows 7, which include the following seven: CNET "Windows 7 presents a stable...
  • Blog Post: Burger King’s Windows 7 Whopper

    To celebrate the release of Windows 7 , Japanese Burger King franchises are offering a Windows 7 Whopper with 7 patties , selling for 777 Yen (CAD$8.92 as of this writing), available only for the next 7 days. I have no idea why they’re not doing this on this side of the Pacific; I’m sure it would be...
  • Blog Post: Reporting From the Canadian Windows 7 Event

    The official launch of Windows 7 doesn’t happen until tomorrow, but we’re having a big launch event with Steve Ballmer today in Toronto! I’ll be blogging and tweeting all day from the launch venue – Toronto’s Harbour Castle Westin Convention Centre. For the full skinny on the event, follow the #cdnwin7...
  • Blog Post: 24 Years of Windows Packaging and Boot Screens

    TechRadar UK is publishing a series of “Windows 7 Week” articles, some of which take a look back at the history of Windows. One of the articles presents a timeline of Windows packaging, from version 1.0 to 7 : …and another is a chronology of Windows’ boot screens : [ This article also appears in Global...
  • Blog Post: Walter Mossberg’s Review of Windows 7

    In case you hadn’t yet heard, Walter Mossberg, head tech journo for the Wall Street Journal gave Windows 7 a positive review. His bottom line: Windows 7 is a very good, versatile operating system that should help Microsoft bury the memory of Vista and make PC users happy. You can either read his article...
  • Blog Post: Scenes from the Windows 7 Hardware Media Event / Appearing Tonight on InnerSPACE

    Here are some photos I took at Monday's Windows 7 media event showing off the latest Windows 7-compatible computers from six vendors: The participating vendors were: Dell Hewlett-Packard Lenovo LG Sony Toshiba The whole day was a non-stop demo from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., with journalists both mainstream and...
  • Blog Post: TechDays: Anthony Vranic on Optimizing Your Application for the Windows 7 User Experience

    My photos from Anthony Vranic’s session at TechDays , Optimizing Your Application for the Windows 7 User Experience , are a bit dark because I used a different camera; my main camera was on video recording duty. I’m including them anyway, because I’m trying to keep a complete record of TechDays. The...
  • Blog Post: Get Windows 7

    Last week, in a special edition of the MSDN Flash , I wrote about how you can get Windows 7 before the General Availability date by registering for TechDays 2009 before August 19th .  If you do so, or have already registered, we will activate your TechNet Plus Direct subscription within a couple...
  • Blog Post: Are You Ready For Windows 7? User Group Tour (Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg)

    Are you ready for Windows 7 ? It is a common question now that Windows 7 is released to manufacturing. This 2-hour, 4-part session will cover all the key aspects, guidance, tools and resources to help prepare you and company for Windows 7 . For anyone looking how to Discover, Explore, Pilot, Deploy or...
  • Blog Post: Developer Resources for Getting Started with Windows 7 RTM

    Earlier today, the Internet nearly melted as news spread that Windows 7 RTM had been made available to MSDN and TechNet Plus subscribers. Now that the download frenzy has subsided a little, I suspect that many developers are asking themselves an important question: How can I start building applications...
  • Blog Post: The Windows 7 Early Bird Discount

    If you told me a year ago that I'd be running a beta version of Windows on my main production machines, I'd have checked you into the nearest psychiatric institution. But here we are, more than half a year later, and I've been productive and happy with both the beta and release candidates of Windows...
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