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    Working Together Against Blog Spam

    Our job is to provide the most relevant and useful results to a user’s search query. Sounds easy. But, unfortunately there’s a powerful financial incentive for a small subset of people to try to manipulate the results so their sites come up to the top...
  • Building Windows 8

    The Windows 8 Task Manager

    As we mentioned during the Windows 8 keynote at //build/, every 15 years or so we choose to update Task Manager. Of course that was said in jest as we have incrementally improved the utility in just about every release of Windows. For Windows 8, we took...
  • .NET Blog

    The Roadmap for WPF

    When we introduced WPF back in 2006 (.NET 3.0), the response was absolutely phenomenal. Enterprises, ISV’s, and Microsoft Partners have made the technology central to their business, building amazing vertical solutions and mission critical applications...
  • What's in Store

    WinFS Update

    It's been nearly a year since I wrote my entry about WinFS Beta1, but rest assured, we have been working furiously since then. Today I have an update about how we are delivering some of the WinFS technologies. It represents a change to our original delivery...
  • IEBlog

    Beta 3 UX Improvements

    Hi everybody, Max here. I posted before about " A New Look for IE ” back when we released the beta 2 preview, and with the launch of beta 3, I wanted to take a moment to tell you about some of the new functionality we have added and changes we have made...
  • Andy Simonds Blog

    XPS Five Points of Light – Part 3: High Fidelity Graphics

    One part of our goal with XPS was to ensure that documents can be viewed and printed with high quality, great fidelity and superb performance. The seeds of XPS delivering an amazing graphics experience began with the new Windows Presentation Foundation...
  • Building Windows 8

    Evolving the Start menu

    This post kicks off a series of posts on the design of the Start screen and the evolution of the core activity of launching and switching programs. Some folks are calling the Start screen the "Metro shell" for Windows 8, but for us it is the evolution...
  • Dan Fernandez's Blog

    Visual Studio Express and TestDriven.NET

    * Updated with follow up post on technical information in response to the comments. While I’m not a lawyer, my team owns Visual Studio Express and I wanted to respond to the concerns expressed by some over our recent communications with Jamie Cansdale...
  • Microsoft Press

    Free ebooks: Great content from Microsoft Press that won’t cost you a penny

    Last updated Feb 26, 2016 2016 Releases   Desktop & tablet PDF (5.22 MB)   Mobile PDF (2.13 MB) EPUB file (6.75 MB) Mobi for Kindle file (15.8 MB)   PDF (19.2 MB) EPUB file (15.7 MB) Mobi for Kindle file (38.7 MB)   Desktop &...
  • ADO.NET Blog

    LINQ - XElement and Entities

    With LINQ we get a common data programming experience across multiple data sources. We can query in-memory collections, relational tables and XML. The other day I was looking at the various LINQ-XML examples and thought to myself that I would like to...
  • Engineering Windows 7

    Welcome to Engineering Windows 7

    Welcome to our first post on a new blog from Microsoft—the Engineering Windows 7 blog, or E7 for short. E7 is hosted by the two senior engineering managers for the Windows 7 product, Jon DeVaan and Steven Sinofsky . Jon and Steven, along with members...
  • IEBlog

    Native HTML5: First IE10 Platform Preview Available for Download

    IE10 Platform Preview 1, available for download today is the first step in delivering the next wave of progress in native HTML5 support. Web sites and HTML5 run best when they run natively, on a browser optimized for the operating system on your device...
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