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  • Blog Post: The Week Ahead: April 15, 2013

    Kudos to Lance McCarthy and the combined efforts of Telerik and Nokia on a wildly successful Boston Hackathon this past weekend. And congratulations not only to the six named winners but also to all the seasoned as well as brand-new Windows Phone developers who demoed THIRTY-FIVE applications produced...
  • Blog Post: Firestarter: Silverlight for Windows 7

    Here’s another free series of events brought to you in early 2011 by my East Coast colleagues: Dave Isbitski , Dani Diaz , Joe Healy , and Glen Gordon . Windows 7 and Silverlight make for a fantastic platform to build and deploy applications.  Together, you have the power to build smart, visually...
  • Blog Post: Showcase Your Windows 7 Application on CNET

    One year after its release, adoption to the [Windows 7] desktop operating system is exceeding expectations Only 7 percent of those surveyed by Forrester a year ago said they planned to deploy Windows 7 this year, yet 46 percent actually said they have begun or will begin deployments. "Ninety percent...
  • Blog Post: Still On Windows 7 Release Candidate?

    If you’re running the release version of Windows 7 now, thank you, and you can move right along… nothing to see here. Now , for those of you that downloaded the Windows 7 Release Candidate (RC) or perhaps got a copy of it at an event last year… Starting on March 1, 2010 your PC will begin shutting down...
  • Blog Post: WIN (an HP TouchSmart) with Windows 7

    Did Santa forget to leave that multi-touch notebook computer you’d been asking for?  Well, with the Windows @ Work contest, you have a chance to WIN one of three HP TouchSmart tx2z Notebooks , valued at over $2600 - for the fully-loaded grand prize version! What do you need to do?   Build a...
  • Blog Post: 7 on 7: The Index

    Here’s a one-stop shopping spot for the 7 on 7 blog series from the past week (each image leads to a post on a specific technology).  Hopefully, the series has given you great ideas on how to start leveraging the new Windows 7 features in your own applications.  And if you’re doing something...
  • Blog Post: 7 on 7: Windows Multitouch

    Windows Multitouch , in my opinion, is the most emotive new feature of Windows 7. From the kids at home to the audiences to whom I’m demoed Windows 7, there’s something fresh and fun about being able to manipulate an application with simple hand gestures. We’ve all used touch screens in some form...
  • Blog Post: 7 on 7: Sensor and Location API

    You just arrived in LA from Boston, and when you get to your hotel and pop open your laptop, the weather widget on your desktop notes the local temperature on this bright sunny day, and when you search for a coffee shop in Santa Monica the nearest one 10 miles away, not 3000.  Once you get to the...
  • Blog Post: 7 on 7: Direct2D and DirectWrite

    I’m a technical introvert; I love dealing with data, services, interoperability… the plumbing.  So I have to admit, the new graphics stack that Windows 7 introduces – with Direct3D 11 , Direct2D , and DirectWrite – didn’t resonate that much with me.  Sure I can appreciate the cool spinny demos...
  • Blog Post: 7 on 7: Extended Linguistic Services

    Extended Linguistic Services (ELS): another cryptic name for some pretty powerful capabilities.  ELS is a platform supporting language processing with a consistent service-based API for language detection and transliteration. So what’s in it for you?  Today, many of us are working in a very...
  • Blog Post: 7 on 7: Federated Search

    It’s a stuffy-sounding name, but I’m finding the Federated Search capability in Windows 7 rather cool, and starting the see all kinds of uses of it to improve my own productivity. Federated Search leverages the OpenSearch API and the common syndication formats of RSS and Atom to enable searching of...
  • Blog Post: 7 on 7: Taskbar

    One of the more noticeable changes in the Windows 7 experience is the refinement of the taskbar.  Whoa! This looks like lots of reading; is there a movie ? Taskbar Geography In Windows 7, the taskbar has three distinct areas: the Start menu button, the taskband, and the notification area. The Start...
  • Blog Post: 7 on 7: Windows XP Mode

    The first Windows 7 feature I’m going to talk about is - of all things - Windows XP, well, more exactly, Windows XP Mode . In a nutshell, XP Mode allows you to run legacy applications in an XP virtual machine right on Windows 7. It may seem a bit counterintuitive to perpetuate an operating system that...
  • Blog Post: 7 on 7

    Given that Windows 7 is now mainstream, I thought I’d spend some time highlighting some of the main features that developers can leverage. Beginning tomorrow and over the next week, I’ll have a post a day on one of the new APIs or capabilities enabled by Windows 7. [For those of you at Boston Code Camp...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 is Here: Be Ready!

    Today marks the official general availability of Windows 7.  I’m heading out later today to the Best Buy in the CambridgeSide Galleria ; I and my Evangelist colleagues will be on hand at stores across the country to answer questions and show off a bit of the coolness of Windows 7. For many of us...
  • Blog Post: 7 Ways to Change the World

      As you’ve probably heard there’s a lot of anticipation about the official Windows 7 launch tomorrow.   What you might not know is that internally Microsoft has a rather impressive contribution matching program and sets aside October to run an annual “Giving Campaign.”  It’s fitting...
  • Blog Post: Code Camp 12: 7 on 7 Resources

    Thanks to all of you that made it out for Code Camp 12 in Waltham today and special thanks to the team of Chris Bowen and Chris Pels, who make it all happen twice a year. I had fun doing the “7 on 7” session (though failed miserably at my 7-minute per topic goal!); there were lots of great questions...
  • Blog Post: “The New Efficiency” Resources

    Thanks to all that showed up for the Windows 7 launch event today in Boston to see Chris , Bob , and me present on the new features of Windows 7.  Presenting in a movie theater comes with its own set of challenges, but hopefully you were able to get a good overview of what opportunities and user...
  • Blog Post: Come on Baby, Light Your Fire

    …for ASP.NET MVC and Windows 7, that is.  The Firestarter event series is dedicated to providing a day-long, free set of technical sessions all focused on getting you up to speed on using a specific technology.  It’s an opportunity to immerse yourself in the topic at hand and get the relevant...
  • Blog Post: Got 7?

    The RTM (Release to Manufacturing) version of Windows 7 is now available for download to MSDN and TechNet subscribers!  I know I’ll be spending the weekend refreshing my machines. Also available as of yesterday is the RC version of Windows XP Mode .  XP Mode is a Virtual PC image of XP Service...
  • Blog Post: Code 7 and Say Hello to LA and PDC

    “…there must be 7 ways to get to PDC”  (apologies to Paul Simon ) Just announced, yet another way to earn bucks by geeking out with the latest Microsoft technologies!  Once you’ve put your finishing touches on your entries to Component Art’s Silverlight Coding Competition and Telerik’s Silverlight...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 Pricing Announced

    Talk about timing! We just finished up our Summer 2009 Northeast Roadshow Series yesterday at Farmington (thanks for all that came out!), and today there’s a huge announcement relevant to my Windows 7 presentation.  Pricing for the retail Windows 7 versions was just announced, and here’s the estimated...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 Beta Expires July 1st

    Well, it’s really August 1st, but if you’re still running Windows 7 Beta, you’ll see your machine spontaneously rebooting every two hours beginning next week.   While that may be a great way to rest your eyes and carpals, you’ll probably find it a bit less intrusive to install the Release Candidate...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 RC Training Kit for Developers

    Looking to dive into coding with Windows 7?  The RC Training Kit is a great resource for developers, with hands-on labs and presentation materials covering many of the Windows 7 features, including: Taskbar Libraries and Federated Search Multi-touch Sensor and Location APIs Ribbon Background Services...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 Available October 22nd

    In case you hadn’t heard yet, today (or yesterday depending on your timezone), Steve Guggenheimer , Corporate VP of the OEM Division, announced at Computex in Taipei that Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 will be available on store shelves on October 22nd! We’ll be covering Windows 7 as part of our...
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