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  • Blog Post: Popfly Game Downloader Available

    While it’s sad that Popfly is going away, it’s cool that the Popfly team put out (an unsupported) tool, Popfly Game Downloader, that enables you to download and run Popfly games offline. - Step-by-Step instructions on Coding4Fun - Project on MSDN Code Gallery   You can download any shared games...
  • Blog Post: Popfly Game Creator Goes Beta

    Congrats to the Popfly team for moving Popfly Game Creator from alpha to Beta and adding a bunch of handy features. For the full rundown, check out the Popfly Team Blog . Here's a few of my favorite features Inserting images into a game Alpha (before) : You had to manually build XAML and manually upload...
  • Blog Post: We want to hear your stories

    Hey folks, if you've built some cool project, the Non-Pro team wants to hear from you! Send them an email !    
  • Blog Post: Fun Silverlight Game: Crayon Cannon

    Kudos to the Popfly team for adding new features in their July update. My favorite features are the pre-loading of assets which will pre-load images, audio, video before a game starts so it doesn't lag out and the High Score service. The full list of features can be found on the Popfly Team blog.  ...
  • Blog Post: New Popfly Game Creator Features

    Adam Nathan recently blogged about some of the new features they've added to Popfly Game Creator including the color swapper for skinning actors, guidelines and snapping for aligning characters, actor stamping for easier tiling, new events, and the ability to clone a level! All-in-all, this should make...
  • Blog Post: Popfly Game Creator Alpha Launches!

    Popfly Game Creator Alpha launches today and It's amazing. Kudos to Adam Nathan as he's really shown how Silverlight can build incredibly rich applications. I can only imagine what he'll do when Popfly moves to Silverlight 2! Here's the Channel 9 interview with Adam building three Popfly games from scratch...
  • Blog Post: Popfly Nominated for C|Net WebWare 100!

    Kudos to the Popfly team for being nominated to C|Net's Webware 100 ! If you like Popfly, as John mentions , go out and vote for them
  • Blog Post: This Week on Channel 9: Feb 8th Episode

    This is Episode #2 of This Week on Channel 9 a weekly recap show of our favorite things for developers including Channel9 videos, samples, bloggers, news, and much more. This week we cover: 0. Changes to the show based on feedback, our name courtesy of Ian and ChadK , and Benny Hill style...
  • Blog Post: Popfly makes PC World's Top 25 Most Innovative Products!

    I'm late on this, but BIG kudos to the Popfly team for having the sole Microsoft entry in PC World's Top 25 Most Innovative products ! Here's a snippet from the article: Microsoft Popfly Innovation: Lets you use Microsoft's Silverlight platform to create Web mashups. Benefit: Though Popfly...
  • Blog Post: Top 15 Things to love about Visual Studio 2008 Express

    Visual Studio Express 2008 is now available for download !!   Our new Web site is http://www.microsoft.com/express !   Below are my top 15 things to love about Visual Studio Express 15. Free hosting for client-based Web sites with Popfly Explorer Using the Popfly Explorer Add-On , you can now...
  • Blog Post: Build and Publish Web Sites with Popfly Explorer Beta

    I'm back in Seattle after attending TechEd Europe earlier in the week. It was an absolute blast and thanks to everyone who came to the overflowed Popfly session! Tony Goodhew and I did demos in Soma's keynote, check out Patrik and Andrew's blogs for a recap on the keynote: Patrik Löwendahl's: ...
  • Blog Post: Popfly Goes Public!

    What an exciting time, the whole Popfly team has been working on towards our open beta announcement at the Web 2.0 Summit just a few hours ago and I was lucky enough to demo Popfly in action with John Battelle and Steve Ballmer on stage (see Barron's blog for a full write-up ). Want to pimp your blog...
  • Blog Post: Not all Facebook data is in a "Walled Garden"

    The Facebook is a "Walled Garden" meme continues today with a post from pal Robert Scoble that continues the assumption that all Facebook data is somehow "locked" into Facebook. Here's a quick snippet: First, let’s go back to Facebook. Why does everyone say it’s a “walled garden?” Because you can’t get...
  • Blog Post: Rubber Ducks Everywhere

    First it was John's story about a fleet of 29,000 rubber ducks that are " invading" the UK after being at sea for 15 year's and traveling over 17,000 miles. Then Tim Heuer made me a Simpson's Popfly avatar with the very cool online Simpson's Avatar creator tool as part of their promotion for the Simpson...
  • Blog Post: Facebook F8 Event Photos

    Mark Zuckerberg kicking things off Some insane stats, 12MM people return daily, 24+ million users, 40 billion page views Facebook provides you a Canvas that you can do anything with including full ASP.NET or Popfly applications Dan'l Lewin, Microsoft Corporate Vice President talking about Popfly and...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft + Facebook Partnership

    Today at Facebook F8, Corporate Vice President Dan'l Lewin announced a new partnership between Microsoft and Facebook. Popfly Facebook Block : Available immediately, we've added the Facebook block which prodices access to Facebook data including the User Profile, Friends, Photos, Photo Albums, and Events...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Launches Popfly

    A lot of long hours and hard work later, we officially launched Popfly as a private alpha!! What the heck is it? Popfly is the fun, easy way for anyone to build and share mashups, gadgets, Web pages, and applications. Popfly consists of two parts: 1. Popfly Creator is a set of online visual...
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