Out Of The Box

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

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    Windows Phone Design Day Recordings

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    I looked forward to seeing what Jaime Rodriguez has posted: Windows Phone Design Day Recordings . This comes from 1.5 days of a deep-dive for design agencies on WP7.
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    Announcement: Microsoft Visual Studio LightSwitch, a new product for non-programmers

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    Announced today at VS Live. From the LightSwitch site : Want to create custom business applications—without breaking a sweat? Microsoft Visual Studio LightSwitch is your answer. Get to know the newest member of the Visual Studio family… The targeted architectures...
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    KT Video on WP7

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    In our inside world at Microsoft, we respectfully refer to Kevin Turner as KT – and when KT talks, people listen.  And when he’s giving launch facts that I don’t have, I definitely take a listen. Engadget posted a video this morning of KT talking...
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    Windows Phone 7 Bootcamp - Silverlight, XNA, and Windows Phone 7

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    As I’m posting this, I’m in Seattle at a week of internal MS training. And there’s an emphasis on several products – and one of the top ones is Windows Phone 7 (or WP7). They are showing 3 different phone devices here, and all the employees are going...
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    Tools + Apps + Ambition = $$$

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    Mobile App Match   is bringing the people who build Windows phone apps together with the people who seek them for personal use—to start conversations, exchange ideas, and see what develops. Your activity will help guide starter ideas from first blush...
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    Windows Phone 7 hits Technical Preview status

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      http://windowsteamblog.com/windows_phone/b/windowsphone/archive/2010/07/18/a-windows-phone-7-milestone.aspx Before release of this milestone, the software has undergone extensive testing – in daily use by more than 1000 people at Microsoft who...
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    What is the Windows Azure platform appliance ?

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    On Monday, July 12th, I was at our Nashville office presenting to an internal Cloud training initiative, and this announcement comes out between two of my talks. This is really interesting play that I didn’t see coming. Take a look and see what you think...
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    Assistance to Design a Windows Phone 7 Application UI

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    Thanks to a tip from Rob Cameron , a fellow Architect Evangelist at Microsoft and who has a nice list of WP7 blog posts , I see there’s an interesting resource for those designing for WP7. Properly named Design Resources for Windows Phone , this MSDN...
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    Microsoft by the numbers

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    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...
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    Colt Ford, New Video on CMT, and a new Web Slice

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    Colt Ford is a fresh twist on country music. He’s got a unique sound. And my family just loves this new album, titled Chicken and Biscuits . There are several songs that are funny, have a good sound, and are just enjoyable. Can’t wait to see these live...
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    Check Out the new Windows Live Essentials beta

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    The Windows Live Essentials beta (part of our Wave 4 set of Windows Live releases)  is a big set of enhancements. Every product has been touched, and there are some new products in here. Here’s a summary of what’s new. My favorites so far: All the...
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    Internet Explorer 9, Platform Preview 3 hits the street

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    This week, the IE team continued to act on it’s commitment of releasing a technology preview every 8 weeks. Welcome “Platform Preview 3”, the 3rd preview of IE9 (sometimes called IE9 PP3). This is not the full blown browser, but a peek at the rendering...
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    Sending Birthday Wishes on Facebook

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    I’ve been talking about IE add-on’s and specifically web slices for over a year now. Our team has seen a bunch of new ones hit the gallery in the last 12 months (65 from our team alone).  However, for the last week, my morning routine involves clicking...
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    IE8: Considering Web Slice Analytics

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    When talking to customers about web slices, we touch on several important topics. Naturally, we always talk about adoption, discoverability, content relevance, making the button light up, and analytics. Yes, you want to leverage our gallery, which has...
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    June Events in TN, OH

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    HEARTLAND – MI, OH, KY, TN TechNet Events Presents: Launch 2010 Highlights [IT Professional] Join a select group of IT professionals for a launch event near you, and find out about all the great new and enhanced features coming your way with Microsoft...
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    Online talk: What’s With All the Cloud Talk?

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    June 4, 2010 at 2:00pm – 3:00pm Central Title:  What’s with all the Cloud talk? Abstract What’s the topic of today?  Cloud computing.  Everyone’s talking about it and showing that that thing they did last year or are announcing today is...
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    Teachers: A New Way to Engage Your Students, with Mouse Mischief

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    Microsoft Mouse Mischief is something the REAL teachers can use. If you already have a projector and are using PowerPoint, then this really makes sense to take a look at. Imagine paying ZERO for software that lets you have an interactive question during...
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    More Lessons on Web Slices – opportunities with The Button

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    Well, I’m on a family trip today, but I had time to check out my teammate Taylor Cowan’s post on IE8 Webslices: Frequent Title Text Updates . It’s an excellent post that talks about a capability that we web slice developers sometimes forget - changing...
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    Silverlight for Symbian Devices

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    You might think that this is a type-o, but it is not.  Microsoft has released a beta version of Silverlight, available for Nokia S60 5th Edition devices such as Nokia 5800 XpressMusic, Nokia N97 and Nokia N97 Mini. Be sure to check out the Silverlight...
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    VS Team Executive Speaking in Memphis, Register Now

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    Cameron Skinner and Visual Studio 2010 ( Friday , April 30, 2010 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM) Event Details Have you ever had to work with a legacy codebase? Designing new functionality on existing applications can be daunting. There are always differences between...
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    Silverlight 4 Hits the Web Today

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    Been a busy week of announcements and releases at Microsoft this week – like Visual Studio 2010 and .NET 4 Released . Here’s another biggie: Silverlight 4 offers powerful, innovative media and business application capabilities that enable developers to...
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    Announcements: VS 2010 and .NET 4 Availability Today, and Silverlight 4 Later This Week

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    REDMOND, Wash. — April 11, 2010 — Kicking off a global launch consisting of more than 150 developer-focused events, Microsoft Corp. announced the general availability of Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4. The company also announced that Silverlight...
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    TobyMac Has A IE8 Web Slice

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    As I type this one, pulling up one of my favorite albums, Welcome To The Freak Show . If you’re old DC Talk fan like me, this should get your attention. tobyMac (one of the DC Talk trio) has a web slice, titled tobyMac Webslice . It was built by MetaBlocks...
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    Windows Azure Platform Expands Global Availability to 41 Countries

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    Starting April 9, 2010, the Microsoft Windows Azure platform, including Windows Azure, Microsoft SQL Azure, and Windows Azure platform AppFabric will be generally available in an additional 20 countries, making our flexible cloud services platform available...
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    Multiple Modes with Preview in the Same IE8 Accelerator

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    As a test, I wrote a simple page that would leverage preview and execute across multiple modes in the same accelerator. UPDATE : Thanks to some helpful folks, I have found that accelerator preview blocks the passing of documentUrl as a safety precaution...
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