September, 2007

  • DaveDev

    The new look of Microsoft Live Search


    Check it out the new look of Live Search at

    Updates include:

    • Streamlined look and feel (I like it! No more blue/cyan!)
    • Enhanced Relevance using enhanced ranking algorithms, larger index sizes and autospell correction.
    • Speed - pages will load much faster.
    • Content Specific Searches (Images, Video, News, Maps, etc).  I did a search for "Halo 3" and got a bucket full of videos.  You can mouse over each video to get a preview!
    • Lots of other improvements as well... of interesting note (via E-Week article)
      • "The update also brings a new machine translation feature where, if a foreign language result is returned, the user can click to translate the page, and both the original and translated view are returned. Also, as the user moves his mouse over the original text, it is translated line by line."

    E-Week is running an article with more details here

    Check out the Live Search team blog here.

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  • DaveDev

    Halo 3 Launch Day!


    The wait is finally over, time to finish the fight!  Game will hit at midnight tonight...

    For those that cannot wait, here is an online interactive manual.  And, by interactive I mean a full blown Silverlight Application that uses animation, video, etc.. 

    Do not forget to check out the Halo3 HD videos if you have not already.  They just added a few new ones!  Very cool seeing the retired marines holding some real life Covenant weapons.


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  • DaveDev

    Halo 3 Pre-Launch party in NYC!



    This is an invite only event, and I have tickets

    If you are interested leave me feedback and I will get you an RSVP code.  Event is almost sold out, time to finish the fight (and get some Halo swag too)!

  • DaveDev

    Expression Blend 2 September Preview is out!


    A must download for anyone doing Silverlight development.  Get the bits here.

    Here are just a few of the new features...

    • Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2 Support
    • Making Controls from Existing Objects
    • Split View and XAML Editor Improvements
    • Storyboard Picker
    • Storyboard and Keyframe Properties
    • Vertex Animation
    • Breadcrumb Bar
    • Font Embedding and Subsetting
    • Build Options
    • Object Manipulation

    More information available at the Expression Team's blog here.

    Jaime Rodriguez, Client Technologies Guru, has posted more information and his thoughts here.

    Check it out!

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