Jerry Nixon

Microsoft Developer Evangelist

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  • Blog Post: 15 Easy Ways to Screw Up Your Next User Group Talk. And, a little advice.

    In college, a millennia ago, I spent a summer serving Philadelphia’s inner city children with Bart Campolo. As a leader, he was an effervescent, tireless motivator; an excellent writer as much a speaker. As he verbalized his process he forever transformed my approach to public communication. He explained...
  • Blog Post: 3 inevitable things; a glimpse into the future of our industry

    In our industry, the future is uncertain. As technology gets more complex, employment seems assured. But as technology gets more complex, perhaps a unified theory of technology will emerge, wiping away the need for keyboard monkeys pounding out apps. It’s just uncertain. But in the short-term, there...
  • Blog Post: Do you know Microsoft’s brands?

    Now, this is just for fun. Over the years, Microsoft has commissioned hundreds of logos to brand their products and properties. Sometimes they are good. Sometimes they are great. But a great logo doesn’t mean the brand will survive. Take a look at this image. Can you identify them all? Get them all correct...
  • Blog Post: 5 things you must do BEFORE you publish your app.

    You have your idea. You are developing your app. It’s coming along great. You can see the finish line. But do you need to do more than just develop your app? Here are 10 things you should do before you publish. 1. Include platforms Don’t mistakenly forget there are several app stores in the marketplace...
  • Blog Post: At last! A replacement to the Microsoft 7000. Thank you!

    About 80 years ago (more like 10) Microsoft released the Natural Ergonomic Desktop 7000 . The keyboard, mouse combo was unparalleled in ergonomic value. A culmination in ergonomic research, the 7000 was superior for several reasons! The best features of the old Desktop 7000 keyboard: I have been using...
  • Blog Post: Holy Smokes. Windows Phone on a Flexible Display? Awesome!

    At the CES Keynote, some amazing things happened. For not being part of CES, Microsoft was all over it! “It should be clear that there is no rule that says displays or computers need to be flat, opaque or rigid.“ “Microsoft vision is that sensors like Kinect combined with flexible, transparent and projected...
  • Blog Post: With Steven Sinofsky leaving Microsoft, Windows 8 will have to stand on its own!

    It’s amazing what Steven has accomplished as the head of the Microsoft Windows Division. I am sure he is exhausted after the past years of miracle-working. I will miss his tenacity to do what everyone else didn’t think could be done! With Steven gone, Windows 8 will have to stand on its own. Steven has...
  • Blog Post: It’s official. Goodbye Windows live Messenger. Hello Skype.

    Think Microsoft has too many messaging engines (Messenger, Lync, Skype)? Honestly, can you really have too many messaging engines? Well, it turns out “yes, you can”. All it took was the inevitable integration of the Microsoft Account into the Skype world. And so, the transition of Messenger users to...
  • Blog Post: We did it! Office 2013 RTMs today!

    This is truly our season of launch. With the release of Windows and everything else all aligned to a single schedule (you may never see such a feat accomplished again) it is awesome that Office is on that list. What’s new? Well, the new Office means new Office 365 service, Office 2013 clients, SharePoint...
  • Blog Post: Best show this season? Forward Unto Dawn. Made by, wait for it, Microsoft!

    Battlestar Galactica meets Space Above and Beyond meets Halo! The production quality of this live-action series is better than anything on “television” right now. Period. Corbulo is the academy for poor cadet Lasky (the star of at least this episode), he is suffering from family troubles and cryogenic...
  • Blog Post: The HealthVault Windows 8 SDK is now available!

    What is HealthVault? HealthVault is the single repository of your entire medical life – across doctors, clinics, and years. HealthVault is a secure repository for you and your family’s medical and fitness data. It can be, at your control, shared with health providers or anyone you trust – but only if...
  • Blog Post: StackOverflow launches Aptivate!

    The site simple says this: October 26 is coming fast. This is your chance to be one of the first Windows 8 Apps in the new Windows Store. Submit your app and get feedback from developers like you. Review other apps and ask and answer questions on Stack Overflow. Unlock achievements for participating...
  • Blog Post: W3C publishes Microsoft’s – how to support multiple pointer types in web sites! More standards leadership.

    Today the W3C has accepted and published Microsoft’s submission of a new  way for Web sites and app developers to support multiple pointing devices, such as mouse, pen and multi-touch. Microsoft : Today, most web content is used with and/or designed for mouse input. Those that handle input in a...
  • Blog Post: Let’s compare SkyDrive to Apple, Google, and Dropbox.

    SkyDrive has been around forever. Of course, not everyone knew about SkyDrive, so many people think Google’s g-drive or Apple’s i-cloud or Dropbox invented online storage. Nope. The heritage of SkyDrive is not important now. It is what it is. And this would not be the first MS marketing blunder. What...
  • Blog Post: Internet Explorer continues its Reign over Firefox, Chrome, and Safari According to 2012 Q1 Data

    An amazing thing happened last month. I was at DrupalCon in Denver. It’s a Woodstock of open source-oriented developers who reliably asked me, “What’s Microsoft doing here?” My answer was easy: Microsoft wants open source developers to know that open software like Drupal can leverage Windows and SQL...
  • Blog Post: Mac Security Situation is Getting Worse

    In a recent ZDNet article by Emil Protalinski ( Apple ‘10 years behind Microsoft in terms of security’ ), he talks about history repeating. “Apple is now entering the same world as Microsoft has been in for more than 10 years: updates, security patches and so on,” Kaspersky said. “We now expect to see...
  • Blog Post: #MVA: Finally something Free! from Microsoft

    What’s Microsoft Virtual Academy? MVA is a fully cloud-based learning experience focusing on Microsoft Cloud Technologies. You can access a variety of training content online and become one of the renowned experts in the IT Pro community around the world. MVA provides its users with a virtual university...
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