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  • Blog Post: Last Call Working Drafts in the W3C

    Paul Cotton, one of the three chairs of the HTML Working Group at the W3C, recently sent out mail reminding the HTML WG that there were a number of specifications written within other working groups that were issued as Last Call Working Drafts (LCWD). The specs getting to this stage (and the working...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 Developer Blog

    Ooh, another blog! But wait, this one's different. The Windows 7 Blog for Developers . Sounds so, well developer-oriented. And about Windows 7. "Uh, Duh," you may very well say. This one's got at least one member of the ISV Evangelism team in Windows participating in this one. And there may...
  • Blog Post: Anyone Going to PDC?

    With PDC just a few weeks away, I figure I would toss this out there and see if anyone responds. I'll be at PDC the the afternoon of the 27th, and then all day on the 28th, 29th, and 30th. I'll mostly be spending time in the Windows pavillion and proctoring some hands-on labs from the Tablet and Touch...
  • Blog Post: Pen Attention - Highlights Your Pen Cursor for Presentations

    Kenrick, an Associate Professor of Computer Science at the University of Alaska Anchorage, posted a blog entry in which he highlights something he calls "PenAttention." It's a little add-in he created that creates a sort of halo around the pen cursor. Usually, the cursor looks like the tip of a pen....
  • Blog Post: Still Time to Enter the Imagine Cup

    Do you know a student who is creating great UI? Or who has a passion for Accessibility UI? Or someone who can tell a great story through photography? If so, there are still four categories in the Imagine Cup that are open for submissions. Photography (closes May 2) Interface Design Accessible Technology...
  • Blog Post: Sales Are Looking Good--if you're stocking laptops

    Last week I published an article in the Mobile PC Newsletter (brash and brazen plug, go subscribe through https://profile.microsoft.com/ . You just need a Windows Live Passport.) that Mobile PC Growth in India Is Almost 20 Percent in 2007 . And then today I saw an article in Ireland's Silicon Republic...
  • Blog Post: Power Management in Windows Vista

    Stephen, a program manager on the Windows Kernal team, posted a response to a question in the General Windows Vista Development Issues forum, and I thought it could bear repeating here. The original question was about how to control the processor throttle in Windows Vista. Apparently, some of the calls...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Continues More Openness for Developers

    Well, just as I was finishing the last entry, mail comes screaming in from Steve Ballmer. I general take a gander at the CEO's mail, and I was glad I did this morning. There has been an announcement about how Microsoft will continue to drive to make our platforms more open to interoperability and innovation...
  • Blog Post: TechEd is Around the Corner

    Seriousy, is it June already? Is it time to plant the tomatoes? Are the kids getting ready for summer break? Of course not, but it is now the time to register for TechEd . Do it today and save yourself $200 (US) with an early bird discount. Speaking of birds (I so rarely get to use a good segue),...
  • Blog Post: Have I Mentioned MIX?

    If you don't know about it by now, it's probably too late to get a ticket, but MIX08 takes place March 5-7 in Las Vegas. But if you're a web developer, you probably already knew that, too. Although it may be too late to attend in person, MIX08 will have tons of content up on its main website and also...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista Developer Center Updates

    I just want to get more details in about how the Windows Vista Developer Center has a fresh look and lots of new content. Since becoming the content manager for the site in December, I've been working with members of the Windows Partners Program team, Windows Product Planning, Developer Platform Evangelism...
  • Blog Post: Developer Security Enhancements in Windows Vista SP1

    This comes via Michael Howard's Web Log . Take a look at the full post, but here are some salient bits. New NX APIs added to Windows Vista SP1, Windows XP SP3 and Windows Server 2008 In the interests of helping secure the platform, we want more people to opt-in to using Data Execution Prevention...
  • Blog Post: Ink-Enabled WinForms controls for applications

    Looking for Tablet PC controls to add to your application? Of course, the Mobile PC Developer Center has the InkListBox Control – English , InkShortcut Control Code Sample , InkNumber Sample , InkSecureSignature Sample , and the ScalableInkPicture Sample . Beyond that, the Microsoft Health Common User...
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