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Verizon Wireless Goodness
Just got this email from a coworker. Had no idea this was available, I’ll certainly leverage the Friends and Family feature, especially for the conference calling number that we use within Microsoft… that will save me some minutes per month, absolutely. I don’t know if anyone else has discovered...
11 Mar 2009
The ROI of Software Made Simple
Josh Holmes has a great post about going the the mattresses to prove ROI for your application. His post, “ Moving From Cost center to Strategic Partner ”, is well-written and is dead on the money. During my interview process at Microsoft, my interviews focused predominantly on two themes: how do...
16 Feb 2009
I Need Your Help Planning for SharePoint Training
It's time to submit our FY09 plans, and I am looking for your help. I've got a lot of really cool stuff to share with you around SharePoint this year (Enterprise Social Computing, integrating .NET 3.5 and Silverlight, creating solutions with SharePoint and Office 2007, integrating SharePoint and BI,...
2 Jul 2008
Webcast - Visual Studio for C++ Developers
Making sure everyone is aware that my colleague, Rob Cameron , is hosting a webcast on Friday, June 20th from 11:00am - 12:30 pm PST: Visual Studio for C++ Developers Visual C++ provides a powerful and flexible development environment for creating Microsoft Windows-based and Microsoft .NET-based applications...
19 Jun 2008
TIBCO Announces Interoperability with WCF and Adoption of Silvlierlight
As I work with various telcos, I have run across opportunities to integrate .NET solutions with Tibco infrastructures on a number of occasions. Particularly, this crops up around OSS/BSS in the telcos. I was very happy to hear that Tibco has announced a WCF channel that enables .NET applications to communicate...
15 May 2008
What You Need To Know: WCF, WCF, ADO.NET SyncServices, and ClickOnce
I had a great time visiting with a great team at Verizon this week. I was able to present on a number of technologies, including ADO.NET Sync Services, WCF, WF, and ClickOnce. I was going to send this in an email, then I realized that there are some great bits in here that would appeal to a broader audience...
23 Apr 2008
Watch the Masters Live... Using Silverlight
Very cool... AT&T is broadcasting the Masters via Silverlight! The site includes a player that provides viewers with a mosaic type interface that allows for multiple live video feeds of different content simultaneously. You can choose how live and on-demand video feeds are seen by utilizing a...
12 Apr 2008
AT&amp;T Announced the Surface in their Experience Stores
Getting the Surface into the AT&T Experience Stores is something that I have gotten to be a part of, and I have to say that it's great that the cat is finally out of the bag. Imagine if you are able to actually experience the device you are about to buy, see a bunch of the cool things that it is...
2 Apr 2008
AT&T to Offer Mobile Television - Are Commuters the Only Ones Who Will Care?
NEW YORK - AT&T Inc. said on Thursday it would launch mobile television services in May from MediaFlo USA, a unit of Qualcomm Inc., in an effort to bolster revenue from services other than phone calls. AT&T, the biggest U.S. mobile service, said it would offer MediaFlo to users of the Vu phone...
30 Mar 2008
Digital Asset Management and IMM
My wife says I have the humor of a 13-year old at times. Maybe she's right. I was able to interview Mark Kashman, Product Manager for Interactive Media Manager, on IMM as a Digital Asset Management (DAM) solution . I can't help but picture Beavis and Butthead, "Huh huh huh... he said DAM." Jokes aside...
30 Mar 2008
Doin' The Hulu Dance
I am in love with Hulu.com . It's slick. The video is crisp, the site is incredibly easy to navigate, their player is very well done. I'd gush some more, but a blog post at TMForum.org sums it up: But Hulu's strong suit isn't their access to content – you can get everything they have from several other...
27 Mar 2008
Microsoft and TMForum
I love this post by Martin Creaner, " The 'Static Value Chain' is dead......long live the 'Dynamic Value Network' ", in which he writes: As ever, I never leave Team Action Week without an epiphany of some sort, and last week was no exception. Just when I think I understand our rapidly changing...
10 Mar 2008
I Want My MTV. For Free.
I have been working with the Communications Sector at Microsoft for about 4 years. My role has traditionally been somewhat of a demo show-off... show our customers in some interesting way how to use our technology. It wasn't until recently that I got where all the shift in business has gone to. Advertising...
6 Mar 2008
Joe on Communications as a Service (CaaS)
A great article by my teammate, Joseph Hofstader, was posted to the MSDN Architecture Center called " Communications as a Service ." He details how the concept of CaaS builds upon the architectural issues that arise when dealing with SaaS, and details how the communications concept compounds the multi...
3 Mar 2008
Creating a Silverlight Carousel and Gel Buttons Through Live Search
One of my coworkers, Rob Wilson, did a fantastic interview with me that will be appearing on our new Channel9 show, "Communicating" , as soon as I can get it edited, encoded, and uploaded. In exchange, he asked for some Silverlight help. I learned a few hard lessons along the way and thought I would...
22 Feb 2008
Silverlight for Web Hosting Companies
With all the buzz around Silverlight and developing games and cool media demos, you don't hear much about what it takes to host Silverlight apps. And for good reason: that's because it's a client-side technology. Since Silverlight is a browser technology, it is server-agnostic and can be hosted on a...
11 Sep 2007
The Third Pipe
The FCC is auctioning off the 700 MHz spectrum, which is currently being used to offer phone service on airplanes. This spectrum could be used to bring broadband to airplanes (yeah! finally!), but the auction has a lot of eyebrows raised because Google threw their hat in the ring. It turns out that this...
6 Sep 2007
Telco 2.0 Meets Web 2.0: Network Mashups
There's a great report posted on NetworkMashups.com called " Telco Web 2.0 Mashups: A New Blueprint for Service Creation ." There are some pretty choice pull-quotes from this paper. "As Microsoft has long maintained, if an operator wants to play in a world of composite services, it will need to expose...
12 Jun 2007
Web Experiences Events in NYC, LA, and Denver
Come to the Web Experiences events in New York City (May 31st), Los Angeles (June 8th), or Denver (June 15th). At the Web Experiences Events we will demonstrate Microsoft’s next generation of technologies such as Silverlight, Windows Presentation Foundation, Windows Communication Foundation, Windows...
9 May 2007
CSNA .NET Developer Day - May 29th, Microsoft Alpharetta Office
Please join us for a special event, CSNA .NET Developer Days, on May 29th at the Microsoft Alpharetta Office. This is a great opportunity to hear from Microsoft’s Evangelism team about some of the technologies that matter most to customers in the communications and media & entertainment industries...
8 May 2007
Silverlight, Expression Media Encoder, and More Announced at NAB
You've heard snippets of details about what this thing code-named "WPF/e" could do, maybe even downloaded the CTP. At the National Association of Broadcasters event, Microsoft announced the official name Silverlight . This announcement is more than just a name change. More details, including pricing...
16 Apr 2007
AT&T Nears Deal to Buy BellSouth for $64 Billion
I have been speculating about SBC buying BellSouth for awhile and in various audiences. It was evident that BellSouth was going to be an eventual casualty in the telecom war between SBC and Verizon. BellSouth isn't in expansion mode, and is not currently large enough to be able to wage war head on with...
5 Mar 2006
The Service Providers site is live!
We have been working towards the updated Service Providers site for quite some time now. Congrats to Carlos, Hans, Jit, Wolf, Jono, Ted, and especially Stephen Jendro for the hard work in getting this site live.
16 Nov 2005
Free as in VOIP?
Even before VOIP makes 100% of telephone calls in the world completely free (which may take many years), it utterly ruins the pricing models of the telecoms industry. Factors such as the distance between the callers or the duration of a call, the key determinants of cost today, are simply irrelevant...
21 Sep 2005
Verizon Fights Back Against Mobile Phone Spam
Verizon Wireless is taking legal action against two US companies for allegedly bombarding its customers with automated telemarketing calls. In two separate lawsuits filed earlier this week, Verizon Wireless is seeking injunctions against Intelligent Alternatives of San Diego, California, and Resort Marketing...
5 Sep 2005
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