July, 2007

  • DaveDev

    Silverlight 1.0 RC1 bits are live!

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    First Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2 bits go live and now Silverlight (both 1.0 RC1 and a 1.1 refresh).  Looks like I will be having some fun this weekend.  =)

    Download them here (both Windows and Mac).

    Great info via Tim Sneath's blog post, check it out!

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  • DaveDev

    Digg.com chooses Microsoft over Google for Ads!

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    Digg Inc., a reader-powered news site, fired Google Inc. as its online advertising partner Wednesday in favor of a company Digg's top executive described as young and willing to take risks: Microsoft Corp.

    "We at Digg couldn't think of a better partner to get to where we need to go," said Jay Adelson, the company's chief executive officer. "They're a young ad service, they're innovative, they're willing to work with us on the cutting edge."

    Read the full article here.

    First Facebook, now Digg.  The list is only going to grow.   The old hyperlink and image based advertising we have seen for the past ten years is obsolete.  Rich Interactive Ads does not mean popups and flash!  It is time to let users interact in a natural, rich, noninvasive way.  I have seen some of the stuff coming from this group and I think people are going to be blown away.   Silverlight and Seadragon anyone?  ;-)

  • DaveDev

    Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2 available now on MSDN!

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    Get the Standard, Professional, and Team Editions here

    Express editions available here!

    The team has been listening to all of your feedback and this update is feature packed.  Visual LINQ to SQL debuggers... Updated Cider engine... even Firefox XBAP support!  This release also includes a GoLive License bringing you full Microsoft support, including in production.  Check it out today and let the team know what you think!

    Interview with Soma and Guthrie discussing the update can also be found via Channel9 here.

  • DaveDev

    What's in a Name?

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    One topic that seems to always come up during my Silverlight presentations is the name.  People like it!  The move from WPF/E to Silverlight was well received and people have asked will this continue into the future?  The good news is - YES!  There has been a conscious effort at Microsoft to simplify the names of our products.  In the future, say goodbye to names like Microsoft's Extensible Rich Interactive Application Framework for Developers.NET 3.5 and hello to Silverlight, Popfly and Surface.  =)  CNet.com is running an article about it here.

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