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  • 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 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: 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: Gadget vs Gadget Competition Extended

    I have exciting news: the Gadget Vs. Gadget Competition has been EXTENDED to August 15, 2007 to allow more submissions. We’ve received a great response however, in order for submissions to be valid all gadgets must be posted on the Windows Live Gallery as indicated in the contest rules (the gadget submission...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista 30-Day Evaluation VPC

    On Wednesday, my colleague Christian Beauclair posted about the expiry of the Betas and Release Candidates of Windows Vista . Last night, I attended Kate Gregory's talk on " Programming for Windows Vista " for the Toronto .NET User Group and a lot of people in the community wanted to know if there was...
  • Blog Post: The Gadget VS Gadget Competition Is Now On!

    On April 18th, I hinted about a "special offer". On May 1st, John Bristowe posted resources and guidance on how to build a gadget. Now the cat's out of the bag - the Gadget VS Gadget competition has now launched and gives you both the opportunity to build Windows Vista gadgets and win great prizes such...
  • Blog Post: EnergizeIT 2007 - Pre-register Now!

    EnergizeIT 2007 is coming on June 16th and it's shaping up to be a very exciting free Summer event! It's going to happen on a Saturday in downtown Toronto and it's a perfect opportunity for Developers and IT Pros to let loose and "Get Your Geek On!". If you are interested in Microsoft Silverlight , ASP...
  • Blog Post: [Windows Live; Windows Vista] Resources & Design Practices for Gadget Developers

    Last week, Jean-Luc hinted at an "offer" in his blog post on Windows Live and Vista gadgets . A deeper explanation on what Jean-Luc was referring to is coming soon! (Stay tuned to this blog for more information.) As part of his post, he also provided some links for you to reference when building these...
  • Blog Post: .NET Framework 3.0 Webcasts Still Available

    If you visit our Ignite Your Coding webpage ( ), you'll notice that we are in the midst of running a webcast series on Office and SharePoint 2007 development - I highly encourage you to sign up, it will be a good series. But what about the content we previously...
  • Blog Post: Windows Live and Vista Gadgets

    Are you interested in developing gadgets for Windows Live and Windows Vista ? If so - we have an offer coming up that will definitely interest you in a big way! Gadgets are mini-applications which allow users quick access to information from applications, the Internet, and utilities. Windows Vista gadgets...
  • Blog Post: .NET Framework 3.0 Webcasts Now Available

    In case you missed it, we posted all the .NET Framework 3.0 webcasts (including the .NET Framework 3.0 overview presentation with Christian Beauclair) on our Ignite Your Code website . If you are interested in Windows Presentation Foundation, Windows Communication Foundation, Windows Workflow Foundation...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Digital Ice House Video

    My IT Pro counterpart Rod Buike recently posted a video of the Microsoft Digital Ice House . In case you weren't able to visit it, or you want to experience it again, I've added it here: Video: Microsoft Canada’s Digital Ice House Enjoy!
  • Blog Post: [Events] Microsoft Digital Ice House

    To celebrate the consumer launch of Windows Vista on January 30 2007, Microsoft Canada built a Digital Ice House at the corner of Dundas and Yonge Street in Toronto, in the middle of Dundas Square. Here are some photos with highlights from the event which will run until February 3rd:
  • Blog Post: 2007 Launch Tour Statistics

    My colleague Rodney Buike (IT Pro Advisor) just posted some interesting stats for our 2007 Launch Tour including: 21 Events 68 Partners 250 Demos 136 Booths On top of that, we've had over 12229 attendees come out to our events. Thanks to everyone who was able to participate! If you want to read more...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista RTM

    The news you have heard is correct - Vista has RTM-ed (Release(d) To Manufacturing - essentially meaning it has shipped)! I was sitting in a classroom at the Microsoft Campus in Redmond when the news came in. The entire group I was with just spontaneously applauded - it was a great (and historic) moment...
  • Blog Post: E-Learning Resources on the .NET Framework 3.0, the 2007 Office System, and Windows Vista

    Microsoft | Learning has published learning portals for developers wanting to know more about building next generation applications on the .NET Framework 3.0 , the 2007 Office System , and Windows Vista : Windows Vista and the .NET Framework 3.0 - Learning Portal for Developers 2007 Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: [Announcements] Register now for the 2007 Microsoft Office System and Windows Vista Business Value Launch!

    The launch of Windows Vista and the 2007 Microsoft Office System is just around the corner! Our Developer Advisor team will be coming across Canada to present on the latest developer innovations in the .NET Framework 3.0, the Office 2007 APIs and Windows SharePoint 2007. The day will start with a...
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