Out Of The Box

The blog of Jon Box, an Architect Evangelist in Developer & Platform Evangelism, based in Tennessee

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  • Blog Post: Free Developer Bootcamp coming to Nashville and Region

      MSDN Events Presents: For the Win: Windows 7 Development Boot Camp Web and cloud may be all the rage, but many developers are still doing hardcore client development. If you are among them, this Boot Camp is for you! In this full-day event, we will explore how to maximize your impact on the Windows...
  • Blog Post: Ballmer Keynote at CES

    CES Keynote Video (58 minutes) and Keynote Transcript Interesting things from my view: Kinect sold 8M Kinects… integration with Zune, Hulu, Netflix ESPN Avatar Kinect WP7 9 phones across 60 mobile operators in 30 countries 100 new applications every 24 hours Updates coming through the year Games for...
  • Blog Post: Family Photo TV Commercial

    I’m sitting here watching the Rams and Seahawks play for their life on NBC Sunday Night Football, and we’ve seen this commercial a couple of times. I wanted to point it out as I’m not sure that the commercial communicates enough details about this feature. First, yes, it’s a very real, to be able to...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft by the numbers

    Ok, I need to vent for a moment. As a Microsoft evangelist, you have to develop “thick skin”. And with all the competitive loving going on, and all the news going on, people come to the conclusion that Microsoft is not doing well. At a local university As an example, I was down at Mississippi State this...
  • Blog Post: Update your PC and run IE8, for Newest Security Vulnerability

    As you’re aware, there are new internet vulnerabilities out there that target IE6 and Gmail accounts. I recommend the following steps to avoid these issues: Turn on Automatic Updates. Run IE8, for the latest in browser security. Run Windows 7, for the best PC defense. Download our Microsoft Security...
  • Blog Post: Run Windows 7 on your Mac

    Just ran across this CNET TV video, Run Windows 7 on your Mac . This goes well with PC Advisor’s announcement that it’s Product of the Year for 2009 is Windows 7.
  • Blog Post: PDC Event in Nashville featuring Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft

    Mr. Ballmer is a big deal in my world, since he is THE boss. He’s coming to Nashville on January 20th and you can catch him in a couple of places. The Nashville Technology Council is having breakfast with him. And then he’s over to Vanderbilt to kick off a special event that our extended DPE team is...
  • Blog Post: Just in time for Thanksgiving, Betty Crocker creates the Kitchen Assistant

    It’s Like a Cookbook, Only Better The Betty Crocker® Kitchen Assistant application has everything you need to make cooking and baking a breeze, and it’s all in one place – your computer. From your desktop access thousands of kitchen-tested recipes, discover expert tips, plus add notes and sort recipes...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 Features That Your Mother Should Know About

    After working several event booths doing demo’s and hosting a launch party at my house, it’s always interesting to me to see the different reactions to Windows 7. There’s the user who still is a Windows XP user, and there’s the user who’s running Windows Vista. And there are a lot of people running Windows...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 Launches Today

      Windows 7 Virtual Presskit Remarks by Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft, at the launch of Windows 7 , New York, Oct. 22, 2009 Remarks by Steven Sinofsky, president, Windows and Windows Live Division, at the launch of Windows 7 , Tokyo, Oct. 22 2009 Video Gallery Image Gallery – pictures from launch...
  • Blog Post: What a week!

    Lots of stuff happening this week… Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 was announced. There are multiple announcements inside this effort: New lineup of SKU’s Go Live license New logo / new look Beta 2 of .NET 4 Windows 7 Windows 7 launches this week. PowerPivot for Excel 2010 (formerly known as "Gemini"...
  • Blog Post: Interknowlogy’s Multi-Touch Remote Object Manipulation

    Tim (IK’s CEO) shows a .NET 4 WPF app running on Windows 7 and Microsoft Surface, and shows a Healthcare / Life Sciences Version. The machines are using WCF for intercommunication.  
  • Blog Post: More Press on Windows 7, and a related cool Wikipedia page

    From the Great Lakes IT Report , a couple of Detroit office folks were interviewed about Windows 7 in Matt Checks Out Windows 7; He’s Converting Soon . Here are some impressive quotes: I got a good long look at Windows 7 Monday morning, and it looks like a nice improvement over Windows Vista. Perhaps...
  • Blog Post: FIRESTARTER – on-demand and live events

    Free events to ignite your skills Heat up your skills with the all-new Firestarter event series. Each day tackles a single Microsoft technology, including free sessions presented live by Microsoft developer and IT pro evangelists and technology specialists - with special appearances from community luminaries...
  • Blog Post: Free real-time anti-virus software, Microsoft Security Essentials

    I’ve got several friends that will run no anti-virus software, or a non-name brand. They sometimes have loaded one of the bad ones, that just load more bad stuff. And I keep telling folks, a solution is on the way. Finally, the time is here. Microsoft Security Essentials provides real-time protection...
  • Blog Post: IE6 No More

    Ran across an interesting AUG 4th 2009 article, Startups unite to drive nail into the coffin of Internet Explorer 6 . It talks about the growing angst of developers against IE6, and that a group of companies have joined together to tell IE6 users to upgrade to a modern browser. This group has created...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 Release Candidate Timing

    From The Windows Blog, Brandon LeBlanc reports : “ pleased to share that the RC is on track for April 30th for  download by MSDN and TechNet subscribers. Broader, public availability will begin on May 5th. ” Also changes to Beta 1 here and here .
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 Features by Version

      Windows 7 Home site Windows 7 Home Premium In addition to the features of Windows 7 Starter and Windows 7 Home Basic, this edition includes: Aero Glass & advanced Window navigation Windows Touch (Multi-touch and handwriting support) Video demo , More here Windows Media Center Internet Explorer...
  • Blog Post: ESPN’s usage of IE8 is WOW

    After the IE8 release and ESPN’s immediate usage, I’ve had the ESPN Headlines web slice on my browser. Most of my friends know that I’m a Cardinals fan, and that I usually have a Cardinals sidebar gadget on my desktop. But, now I have the ESPN’s Cardinal’s web slice loaded – and I’m ecstatic. It’s exactly...
  • Blog Post: MIX: Designing the Windows 7 Desktop Experience

    This was an interesting presentation at MIX about how some of the Windows 7 features came about. Very cool stuff. Great way to see one of my favorite areas in Windows 7. Title: Designing the Windows 7 Desktop Experience, (C26f, video ) Presenter: Stephan Hoefnagels, Senior UX Designer How...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phones: A New Name, and Raising The Game

    Yesterday, Microsoft presented at Mobile World Congress 2009, in Barcelona. Steve Ballmer and Andy Lees presented our strategy for our mobile strategy. One of the early points is that we are calling our devices Windows Phones. We also announced officially Windows Mobile 6.5, Microsoft Marketplace, and...
  • Blog Post: Announcements on Windows 7

    As I’ve mentioned previously, I’m running Windows 7 on my Dell Latitude D820 and the experience is excellent. And yesterday (while I was stuck in the snowy evening traffic of Cincinnati), Microsoft released several announcements on Windows 7. Here’s a list of points that I found interesting: There will...
  • Blog Post: Nice Windows 7 Feature – IE8 Download Progress

    I’m running Windows 7 on my Dell Latitude D820 and attempting to find out my position on this product. It certainly installs easier, boots faster, seems faster, etc. I also hope to point out a few features that I like, that might not be so mainstream. There are many little nice additions/enhancements...
  • Blog Post: Probably no more important MIX than this year’s

    Well, it’s that time again. MIX is an important event where we show our thinking and direction for the web. Again targeted at designers and web developers, this event continues to bring in voices from the online companies – like frog design, Yahoo!, MySpace, Baidu, ESPN.com, Adobe, Digg, Facebook, schematic...
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