Out Of The Box

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

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    Chicago: Empowering Women’s Brilliance

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    Directions Training recognized the need for technology and training resources in the small business community and in response has launched Empowering Women’s Brilliance, a local initiative aimed to accelerate the growth of local women owned technology...
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    Windows 7 Features That Your Mother Should Know About

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    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...
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    Dolly Parton talks IE8, Web Slices, and Microsoft

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    The Story One of the most-honored female country performers of all time, the ageless Dolly Parton is an international music icon.  In conjunction with this week’s international release of Dolly’s new CD/DVD set, Live From London, Dolly has added...
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    buzztap, sporting news aggregator, leverages IE8

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    I recently mentioned buzztap (note the lowercase spelling) in my post on web slice discoverability , and said that I would talk in more detail. It’s time. I describe buzztap as a sporting news aggregator. During these days, I don’t have time to watch...
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    Using WPF in a Truck

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    U.S. Xpress is a Tennessee-based truckload carrier with a reputation for delivering excellent customer service and using innovative technology to do so. In the mid-2000s, the company deployed an in-cab solution that automates engine diagnostics and provides...
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    IE8 Web Slices and Discoverability

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    As my teammates know, I’m a fan of web slices , a capability of Internet Explorer 8. For anyone with a web site, it’s hard to imagine how these don’t have value. But that story is well documented, so I’m not going to jump into the business value conversation...
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    Windows 7 Launches Today

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      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...
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    The Ultimate Offer

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        Here’s the deal The Visual Studio product line-up is evolving in 2010. During this transition time, you have an opportunity to activate a MSDN Premium subscription, which will convert to a more advanced edition of Visual Studio 2010 with...
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    Sweeping Changes in Visual Studio 2010 and MSDN?

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    Sweeping Changes in Visual Studio 2010 and MSDN? 60 Minute Webcast Series Visual Studio 2010 and MSDN are BIG – and they are getting bigger! In this session, we’ll explore all the changes to the Visual Studio family of products, including Team Foundation...
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    What a week!

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    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...
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    Interknowlogy’s Multi-Touch Remote Object Manipulation

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    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.  
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    New Photosynth based on Morgan Cox and a Visit to Neyland Stadium

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    This past weekend, my wife and I took our son Taylor on a visit to the University of Tennessee and Mississippi State University. On Saturday, we were blessed to attend a UT game with some friends of ours, whose son is the long snapper in Knoxville. Morgan...
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    More Press on Windows 7, and a related cool Wikipedia page

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    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...
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    Windows Phones, and Windows Mobile 6.5

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    This is an interesting day for Windows Mobile fans. Microsoft has this new branding, Windows Phones. We have a new O/S, Windows Mobile 6.5. Phone companies around the world have announced new Windows phones. Why all of the excitement? It’s just a minor...
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    Windows Marketplace for Mobile has launched!

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    Are you a developer, wanting to get an app into the store? Click here. Wanting to win a Surface table? Click here . Are you wanting to purchase and/or download an application? On your Windows Mobile 6.5 device, click on MarketPlace icon (under the Start...
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    FIRESTARTER – on-demand and live events

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    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...
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    A Thin Windows 6.5 Widget

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    To prepare for a talk on widgets, my learning process started with: an MSDN article, Developing Widgets for Windows Mobile 6.5 looking at the Live Search widget included in the emulators building a thin / lite widget, i.e not a lot of code or UI Why widgets...
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    Free real-time anti-virus software, Microsoft Security Essentials

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    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...
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    Race To Market Challenge, and Windows Marketplace for Mobile

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    In preparation for tonight’s talk, wanted to record these additional links: Windows Marketplace for Mobile helps developers transform their ideas into profitable new business opportunities . Using familiar skills and comprehensive support resources, you...
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    Bryan Huddleston presenting “cloud” in Nashville

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    My Microsoft teammate, Bryan Huddleston, is presenting Taking “IT” to the Clouds at the upcoming Nasvhille Barcamp on OCT 17th. The session list looks fairly interesting.
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    Live Virtual Presentation: Real World Azure

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    MSDN Events Present:  Real World Azure Come spend an afternoon with us on September 29th to explore Windows Azure™ – Microsoft’s platform for building and deploying cloud based applications – from a real world point of view!  During this event...
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    In Office Web Application video, Jon Box gets a mention

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    In a recent video interview of Chris Bryant on Channel 9, he was showing off his new baby, the Office Web application Technical Preview. Around the 3:30 minute mark, some of my recent uploads to my SkyDrive happen to be timed correctly to get me a mention...
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    Work for a small web firm?

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    WebsiteSpark is a new global program, designed by Microsoft to help small professional Web development and design service companies succeed, by providing new business opportunities through connections with global partners and customers, support and training...
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    Know someone wanting to learn web development?

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    Or someone wanting to see if they’d like Visual Studio or even ASP.NET? Here’s an easy way, and you can’t beat the price! Check out Visual Web Developer Express , a free Visual Studio Web development environment for building and testing next generation...
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    Zune, continues to raise the bar

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    Lots of happenings and announcements this week in the Zune world. New Zune HD The new device multi-touch navigation (touchscreen), HD radio, HD video out, wi-fi, web browser, and two storage sizes to choose from.   New Zune 4.0 software The new software...
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