Giorgio Sardo Blog

Senior Director of Windows, Windows Phone & XBOX Technical Evangelism & Development at Microsoft Corporation

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  • Blog Post: Around the World with a Browser

    From Build to FOWA (Future of Web Apps) in London to TechEd China in Beijing: thank you all for your kind feedbacks! It’s great to see so much interest around HTML5, to meet amazing people and to hear so many great feedbacks about the work we are doing in Redmond . For those of you that couldn’t make...
  • Blog Post: Bing Maps add support for HTML5 Geolocation

    Bing Maps is the first online service that provides geolocation support to all desktop and mobile browsers that support the new HTML5 Geolocation APIs . (*) When you navigate to bing.com/maps , you will notice a new “viewfinder” icon in the top-left corner of the map. As you click it, the map will zoom...
  • Blog Post: 15 Beautiful HTML5 Apps

    Had a great time here at FOWA (Future of Web Applications) today. To those of you that asked – here’s a list of all the demo I showed today in my “Build with HTML5” session. Thanks to all the partners, developers, designers, pop idols that worked with us to make it possible. ...
  • Blog Post: Learning HTML5 from Disney Tron:Legacy Digital Book

    Try at: http://disneydigitalbooks.go.com/tron/ Thanks to the amazing teamwork of Disney and Vectorform, it took just about 1 month to build the new Disney TRON: Legacy Digital Book Site , an immersive HTML5 experience built on top of Internet Explorer 9 Hardware Accelerated HTML5. In this post I’d like...
  • Blog Post: Unlocking the power of HTML5 audio

    Sounds form the background of our life. Today the HTML5 <audio> element enables Web developers to embed sounds in their applications. The flexibility of the control coupled with the integration with the rest of the platform allows several scenarios, from simple sound effects to background audio...
  • Blog Post: Tip: How to encode a video to H.264 (MP4) or VP8 (Webm)

    I don’t know what language you talk today , but if you are looking for a simple and free tool to convert videos to H.264 (.mp4) or VP8 (.webm), here’s a quick tip. Install VLC Media Player On the menu, click “Media->Convert/Save” Under the “File Selection” panel, add your video At the bottom, pick...
  • Blog Post: Pirates Love Daisies: HTML5 Lessons Learned

    As announced on the Windows blog this morning, today Pirates Love Daises - a new HTML5 tower defense game - has been released! Grant Skinner, the leader of the team that built the game, reported his experience on his blog . He shared some interesting thought about the shift of paradigm for an experienced...
  • Blog Post: The battle begins!

    Coming on Friday Dec 17 10AM PST… http://www.pirateslovedaisies.com/
  • Blog Post: HTML5 Snow falling on my blog

    Based on an interesting script of David Flanagan to generate a snow flake using recursive JavaScript and HTML5 <canvas>, I had some fun during the weekend and added some snow to my blog. David’s implementation is based on several canvas elements (one for each snow flake) added to the...
  • Blog Post: Is Chrome 4 the next IE 6?

    “HTML5” is huge . Different specifications are at different status: First Public Working Draft, Working Draft, Candidate Recommendation, Proposed Recommendation, and lastly Recommendation. As we stated many times before, it’s important to make it right . Browser makers have a big responsibility with...
  • Blog Post: Deep Dive into “HTML5”

    How do I develop using Canvas, SVG, CSS3? What’s new in JavaScript? In this deep dive you will learn how to use HTML5 and how new web standards help solve existing challenges on the web. Expect a lot of code, demos, and best practices! Video, Slides, and Links Recorded session: Watch here Slides: Download...
  • Blog Post: “HTML5”: More than Just HTML5

    This 30 minutes session (presented at the Professional Developer Conference ) focuses on the “behind the scenes” aspects of HTML5 and the efforts that Microsoft is engaged in with the W3C Working Groups. Video, Slides and Links Recorded session: Watch here Slides: Download here Links: W3C HTML5 Working...
  • Blog Post: HTML5 and IE9 Presentations

    Back from my European tour : what a great time! I had the pleasure to present in 3 different countries in just 4 days, to meet old friends and to make new one. We talked a lot about HTML5 and Web Standards, we learned about tools or techniques to improve websites performance, we looked at the most...
  • Blog Post: “Deep Dive into HTML5” European Tour

    At PDC we discussed the “ behind the scenes ” of the  HTML5 specification, we talked about the importance of a fast browser to enable richer scenarios and we recommended best practices for cross-browser interoperability . It’s now time to get the hands dirty with some HTML5 code ! In a couple of...
  • Blog Post: What is “HTML5”?

    A short answer could be “the future of the Web”. Enough? No, especially if you are a developer. I answered more in detail this question at PDC  (links below). Here’s just one slide, where I tried to summarize what’s behind the “HTML5” term. HTML5 is not only a marketing message, but also the bread...
  • Blog Post: Announcing HTML5 X-Icon Editor

    Along with all the other announcements, today I’m very happy to announce the X-Icon Editor , an HTML5 application that allows you to create high resolution icons . I’ll be honest: I love this tool. Let me show you why. First of all, what is a high resolution icon? The ICO format supports...
  • Blog Post: Building High Resolution Favicons in HTML5 and IE9

    One of my favorite features of IE9 is the possibility to turn any web site into a Windows application and “pin” it to the Windows 7 Taskbar . To make it beautiful, you can also build high resolution fav icons (e.g. 64x64 pixels). How? Some folk at Avarice just sent me a screenshot of a very promising...
  • Blog Post: HTML5 and bad example of “same markup”

    From the Apple website : Every new Apple mobile device and every new Mac — along with the latest version of Apple’s Safari web browser — supports web standards including HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript. These web standards are open, reliable, highly secure, and efficient . They allow web designers and developers...
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