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A Microsoft employee translating Microsoft technology into plain English
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    NASA release new Photosynth collection

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    Interesting to see that NASA have released a Photosynth collection covering the preparations of the launch of the space shuttle Endeavour. If you haven't come across Photosynth before it's worth taking a look at it. Produced by our Live Labs team,...
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    Syncing Silverlight video to Virtual Earth map

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    One of the coolest things about the recently released Windows Live quickapps is the demonstration of a silverlight video showing someone riding around London on a bicycle, with the rider's position being plotted on a Virtual Earth map as the video plays...
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    Mix UK Event Registration now live!

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    We have opened registrations for the Mix UK 07 event. Head to www.microsoft.com/uk/mix07 for details. You may notice we're charging an entry fee - it's worth pointing out that we're not going to be making any profit from this. The fee is simply to...
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    Source Code for great Windows Live applications

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    I need to make you aware of a couple of really nice examples of Windows Live applications that we've just released. What do I mean by "Windows Live applications"? These are web apps that are built on top of a whole host of Windows Live services by using...
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    Virtual Earth screensaver

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    My colleague Simon Davies has just pointed me at a cool Virtual Earth (VE) screensaver that uses RSS feeds from a number of sites to show interesting images from VE. Worth taking a look, plus you get access to the source code so you can see how the VE...
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    More Silverlight tutorials

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    I recently posted a couple of entries ( here and here ) with tutorials regarding Silverlight. If you're interested in more video tutorials on Silverlight, take a look at http://silverlight.net/learn/learnvideos.aspx for a whole host including the Silverlight...
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    Nice new Silverlight tutorials

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    These are great: short, snappy Silverlight "how to" tutorials using....Silverlight. Perfect.
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    Virtual Earth in UK websites

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    I've just noticed that the NHS are now using Virtual Earth for their "find a service" feature that lets you find NHS doctors, dentists etc. Also of course Tesco are using it for their store locator , and Rightmove are using it as their mapping service...
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    Mix:UK 07 - register your interest

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    We've getting closer to starting registrations for the Mix:UK 07 event. I've been banned from telling you more about it at the moment :-) as we're holding back most of our cards, but if you're interested in keeping up to date visit the site and add your...
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    Sky News Vista gadget

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    Sky News have just released a gadget for the Windows Vista sidebar - I particularly like the option of "strange news" that you can select. Being a bit strange myself, this appeals to me....
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    Video tutorial on Silverlight Streaming

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    [UPDATE: We have since published a plug in to Expression Encoder that makes it much, much easier to publish your videos to the web. See this post for more details. I have removed the links to the original tutorial below as it is no longer relevant] ...
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    Example of a UK site using Silverlight streaming

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    Take a look at http://www.lovelewisham.tv for an example of Silverlight streaming being used by the London Borough of Lewisham on their website. The thing to bear in mind that the videos being shown here : a) They are not costing Lewisham any bandwidth...
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    Award-winning Developer launch

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    Those of you who watched the webcasts we produced for the UK Developer launch of Windows Vista and Microsoft Office in January may recall that we pushed the boat out a bit in order to make the experience as rich as possible. The keynote was streamed live...
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    Windows Live Writer

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    I'm a big fan of our Windows Live Writer product, and everyone I’ve managed to persuade to talk a look at it has given rave reviews. What is it? In summary: It's a blogging tool that integrates with a whole host of blogging services including Live...
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    What do you need to know about popfly?

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    You may have seen various annoucements last week about Popfly , a new mashup / web creation / social interaction tool that we're developing. I didn't blog it immediately as I wanted the dust to settle a bit before talking about it. If you haven't come...
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    Mix in the UK

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    If you currently subscribe to the UK MSDN Flash newsletter (and why wouldn't you?), you may have noticed that the feature article in the latest edition - written mostly by a certain ianm - mentions a UK ReMix event that "will most likely happen in September...
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    Windowsclient.net launches

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    We've just launched a new site for Windows Client development, focusing on Windows Forms and the Windows Presentation Foundation. Take a look at www.windowsclient.net and see what you think.
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    Free event covering Silverlight and Windows Live for developers in the UK

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    If you want to witness Silverlight development first hand, along with insights into the announcements made at Mix 07 around Windows Live for developers (including Silverlight streaming), sign up for our free event on May 16th: http://msevents.microsoft...
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    How much will it cost me to develop against Windows Live?

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    In my previous blog post I outlined some new commercial terms for Windows Live services that we announced at Mix. These are important because they give developers simple clarity on how they can use our services - and of course because the terms are so...
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    New Windows Live announcements at Mix 07

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    I'm in the Windows Live opening session at day 2 of Mix and Brian Arbogast is providing some great news about where we're going in this area. He has talked about 5 Windows Live APIs that are being made available: 1) Silverlight streaming that I...
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    A new dev.live.com

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    As a part of the announcements at Mix this week we have significantly revamped our Windows Live developer portal. Take a look at http://dev.live.com , I'd be interested in people's opinions as to how accessible and useful this is to you if you're a developer...
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    Mix Day 1

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    The keynote is over for day 1, and it’s been fantastic so far. You may well have seen the various announcements elsewhere (or maybe even watched them via www.visitmix.com ), but I thought it worth providing a summary of my take on what we’ve announced...
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    In Vegas

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    Well I'm here in sunny and very hot - 38 degrees C - Las Vegas, getting ready to enjoy the first day of Mix 07. The journey was kind of fun (24 hours after a series of delays and the closure of Phoenix airport due to a dust storm) but on the positive...
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    Scary video

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    I knew I'd regret agreeing to this: The guy who runs a new designer-focused website - www.screenedit.com - was visiting Microsoft yesterday and asked if he could record a video interview with me for "just 60 seconds". He asked me my opinion of what makes...
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    Office prizes sent (UK developer launch)

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    This may be passé now but just to make sure everyone is aware: the Office prizes did indeed get sent out yesterday. I wanted to get a confirmation from the distribution centre before posting this entry and I now have that, so we’re nearing the end of...
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