Out Of The Box

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

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    You Sniffers: Watchout for the new IE10 User-Agent

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    As announced at MIX last week, we’ve started shipping previews of IE10 ( download ) – just like we did through the IE9 alpha/beta stages. And this shows our continued focus on making IE a top browser choice for Windows users and IT shops. But, after reading...
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    Windows 8, What We Know Today

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    Well, it’s an exciting time to work at Microsoft, with so many cool things unfolding before us. As you could imagine, there are lots of questions around the next generation of Windows, internally code-named “Windows 8”. I look forward to the next disclosure...
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    Preparing for the Windows 8 Opportunity

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    Yes, there’s a new O/S coming from Microsoft. It’s more different than any Windows before. Windows is truly reimagined. It’s also a big opportunity for our customers and our partners, across the whole ecosystem. As my DPE friends and I work with partners...
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    IE6 Countdown–Friends Don’t Let Friends use IE6

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    You know – we want the end of IE6 as much as you do. I don’t know why companies continue to hold out. Whenever I’ve looked into circumstances that keep people from moving on, it’s almost always some silliness – and I need to stay away from expressing...
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    Removing the IE9 Compatibility Button, and HTML1115 warning

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      In IE9, the presence of the compatibility button means that a site is defaulting to IE9 Standards mode , and has not indicated what standards mode to run under. FYI – the compatibility button is the broken page image that appears in the address...
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    IE9 Beta Launch And Pinned Sites

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    Yesterday was another milestone for the IE team. The Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) Beta launch has received some very nice coverage , and the presentation was well done. The launch partners’ work looks great – this can be seen at the Beauty Of...
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    PDC10: Introducing HTML5 Vector Graphics

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    Presenter: Patrick Dengler, Senior Program Manager, IE team Presentation   Agenda intro to Vector Graphics Differences in 2 vector graphics models (Immediate vs. Retained) overview of <canvas> intro to SVG Direction on when to use each What...
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    .NET is going open source?

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    No, not exactly. Today, we are announcing the release of the source code for the .NET Framework libraries under the Microsoft Reference License (sometimes referred to as Ms-RL). This allows for the viewing of the source code by anyone who accepts the...
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    Browsing the List of WP7 Applications

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    I’ve seen several MS folks pointing out this capability, so I just had to share this tidbit. To my knowledge, the only way to see WP7 applications in our WP7 Marketplace was either on the phone or via the Zune software on your PC. Now, Bing Visual Search...
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    Why doesn't this CHM work on Windows Vista?

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    I recently downloaded the Silverlight 1.1 SDK. I wanted to start reading the doc's which come in Compiled HTML Help files - you know those *.CHM files. I drag some out of the downloaded ZIP, confirm to Windows Vista that I really want to open this file...
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    Free Training: Next Generation Testing with Visual Studio 2010

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    Join us for a sneak peek at some of the new capabilities in Microsoft® Visual Studio® 2010 , a landmark release of the premier development and testing toolset for Windows ® , Web and Cloud development.  Microsoft has made significant investments...
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    40 Million Licenses sold of Windows 8

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    Yesterday, Tami Reller brought some enlightenment about Windows 8 at a technology conference in Arizona. You can see the Microsoft post here .  Everyone is talking about the 40M licenses sold, and attempting to correlate to our performance. That...
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    Microsoft and Disney show Tron:Legacy leveraging HTML5

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    Wow! Another cool web experience, that runs better with IE9. Check this out: Disney TRON: Legacy Digital Book Site . Very cool experience. First off, it is HTML5, so any modern browser can run it. Second, just looking at the Behind the Scenes explanation...
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    Where can you find this symbol?

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    The Windows 8 ecosystem provides several ways to discover app’s. First, every Windows 8 machine has the Windows Store application.  One can find an app via promotion on the landing page, via application categories and filtering, and even via the...
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    Interesting Quotes on the Value of Internet Explorer 8

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    As I pointed out a few days ago, recent testing showed that Internet Explorer Officially Becomes World’s Most Used Browser . Lot of folks on the internet dislike these types of announcements, especially the MSFT haters out there. I mean, c’mon, chill...
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    IE8: Building a Web Slice Does Not Guarantee Lighting Up the Button

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    What are IE8 Web Slices? Web Slices are small pieces of syndicated content that enable users to subscribe to pieces of Web sites and notify users when these pieces have been updated. This frees the user from having to periodically check the Web site for...
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    IE8: Fundamentals of Visual Search Providers

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    I’ve blogged a couple of times about Internet Explorer search providers: Create A Simple IE8 Search Provider and Buzztap, sporting news aggregator, leverages IE8 . The browser search experience is excellent in IE8. Yes, we’ve supported search providers...
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    Microsoft Students to Business, and Spring Webcast Series

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    I was recently asked to assist with our S2B program, otherwise known as Microsoft Students to Business . More details on what they do here . If you know of a student, share these links with them. Anyway, S2B has this webcast series, and each episode is...
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    An Expanded View of IE8 Accelerators

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    In most demonstrations of an Internet Explorer 8 accelerator, I see the typical selection based usage. You know? The kind where someone selects some text on a web page, they get the blue accelerator icon, they click it, and there’s that list of accelerators...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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