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About Kathy Kam

Kathy is a Senior Program Manager on the Windows Developer Ecosystem team responsible for developer outreach. She has extensive experience with designing and implementing UI Platforms and has a huge passion for connecting with the developer community.

She has been with Microsoft since 2001. She began her career in Microsoft as a UI developer for Microsoft Office Outlook, and shipped Outlook 2003 and Outlook 2007. She joined the .NET Framework team in October 2005, and worked on the Base Class Library team shipping .Net Frameworks 3.5. She moved on to joined the Silverlight team and was the PM Lead responsible for Silverlight controls. She shipped the control set for Silverlight 2 and Silverlight 3. In Windows 8, she joined the Windows HTML platform team to work on HTML/CSS layout and styling technologies and contributed to the W3C spec for CSS Grid Layout.

She went to high school in Sydney, Australia and graduated from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, with a Bachelor of Science in Enginneering (Computer Engineering) and Bacheor of Science (Mathematics) in 2001. She is also a member of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Honor Society - HKN.

In her free time, she enjoys writing apps, watching SciFi and spending time with her family.

  • Kathy Kam

    Check out my recent post on Windows 8

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    Here is a new post I made: http://blogs.windows.com/windows/b/appbuilder/archive/2013/08/23/creating-a-unique-listview-layout-using-cell-spanning.aspx
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    Copying folder (and subfolders) from install location to local storage with WinJS

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    The other day, I wanted to copy content of a folder (including all of its subfolder) that was packaged with my AppX to my local storage. Before calling CopyFolder, I’d recommend checking to make sure the folder you want to copy is not already there. You...
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    My post on Windows 8 app developer blog

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    Check out my new blog post on the Windows 8 app developer blog: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/windowsappdev/archive/2012/07/26/using-html-controls-to-create-great-metro-style-apps.aspx
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    Getting started with Windows 8 Consumer Preview

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    On Wednesday, Microsoft launched the Windows 8 Consumer Preview. So where do you start? Download and install the following: Windows 8 Consumer Preview Microsoft Visual Studio 11 Express Beta for Windows 8 Learn from the following sites: Tools and SDKs...
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    MVP Summit in Redmond

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    So last night, I got to meet up with many of the MVPs who came out to Redmond, WA for the annual MVP summit. Having been in Windows since 2009, I haven’t been involved as closely with the MVP Summit as I have been in my previous roles. I had such a great...
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    Windows 8 App Developer Blog

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    On leap day 2012, we (the Windows Engineering) team launched the Windows 8 App Developer Blog! http://blogs.msdn.com/b/windowsappdev/ Post from this blog are all written by the individual engineers who worked on these features. The blog will let you connect...
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    Grid Alignment is published on W3.org!

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    Yesterday, the W3C accepted our Grid proposal and it is now published under w3.org! http://dev.w3.org/csswg/css3-grid-align/ This is start of the long road! If you have any feedback on the spec, I’d still love to hear it.
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    New direction for me and the blog

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    It’s been over a year since I last blogged. A lot of things has changed for me both personally and professionally this past year. So... what exactly has changed? First off, I have to say… I love the Silverlight technology! It was a lot...
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    Silverlight Oct 2009 Toolkit is Live!

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    Download it today from here: http://www.codeplex.com/Silverlight Yesterday, the Silverlight Oct 2009 Toolkit was published. Here are some of the most important updates: Visual Studio 2010 support All Toolkit controls now works on the new fully intereactive...
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    My new role... Silverlight Community PM

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    I haven't blogged in a while and like always.. I have plenty of excuses but I won't bore you with them. :) So what have I been up to? Well, like all products, once you've shipped there is a standard amount of churn in the organization. Anyways, the...
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    How to customize holiday appearance in the Silverlight Calendar [Jason Cooke]

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    Jason Cooke works as a software tester for the AppFx group at Microsoft, where he's has been responsible for testing the Calendar and DatePicker controls. When started learning about the Silverlight SDK Calendar control, I was convinced that it needed...
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    Silverlight 3 Beta 1 announced!

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    Finally... after months of working out Silverlight 3 Beta 1 , it is announced!! Now I can freely blog about the features I work on! :) So what exactly have I been working on? Since Silverlight 2 ships, I became one of the lead PMs on a new team of...
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    Announcing the new "Silverlight" Expertise for the MVP Program

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    At the MVP summit on Monday 3/2, ScottGu announced the new "Silverlight" Expertise for the MVP program. I am very excited about having this dedicated expertise for Silverlight. This will allow the Silverlight Product Groups (the runtime teams, VS, and...
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    What is your fav blog post?

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    Since I can't post much until MIX '09 is here.. I thought I'll do an off topic post. :) I started blogging when I first become a PM back in September 2005. Here are my top 3 posts for the past 4 years: #3 -With 12,154 views is Watermarked TextBox for...
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    How to "template" the Silverlight Calendar to behave like the Vista system calendar [Jason Cooke]

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    Jason Cooke works as a software tester for the AppFx group at Microsoft, where he's has been responsible for testing the Calendar and DatePicker controls. One feature that I wanted in the Calendar control for Silverlight 2 was cool transition effects...
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    Silverlight 2 Controls Source & Unit Test available!

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    Many of you have been asking us where you can get the source and unit test of all the Silverlight 2 controls. It is now available on Microsoft Download. Enjoy! http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=EB83ED4C-AC85-4DE9-8395-285628EE2254&displaylang...
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    Silverlight Movies (Silverlight + Live Search)

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    In my last post , I said I have been working on a demo project that I had to wait to till PubCon's announcement of Live Search 2.0 API ! So without further ado... here is a preview of Silverlight Movies . This is a movie showtime search driven by Windows...
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    WUX 203: Introduction to the Silverlight Controls Framework

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    Sorry it took me a little longer to post everything, but here is my deck and my demo .  Please note that the demo is provided under the Microsoft Public License , and I provide it "as is" without warranty of any kind, either expressed or...
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    WUX 202: Building Rich Internet Applications Using Microsoft Silverlight 2

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    Thank you to all who attended my session. As promised, here is my deck and my demo .  You can also view the demo directly here . Please note that the demo is provided under the Microsoft Public License , and I provide it "as is" without...
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    Looking forward to TechEd EMEA

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    I've never been to Barcelona, actually, I have never been to Spain! So I'm really looking forward to this trip. In addition to Spain, I'm also spending 2 days in Istanbul for an event with a set of Finance Architects. I'm looking forward to seeing everyone...
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    Silverlight 2 has RTW! (a week ago)

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    Yes, I know. I'm a little late to the party. This past few weeks has been crazy, with Silverlight 2 RTW, PDC coming up and I'm going to TechEd EMEA, my blogging has fallen behind. :( But even tho I'm a week behind, I'd like to use this time to thank everyone...
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    Recruiting at U of Michigan - Go Blue!

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    This past week, I flew back to Ann Arbor, MI to participate in recruiting event at University of Michigan, my alma mater. It's been a lot of fun meeting the students and chatting about what it's like being a PM in Microsoft. I hope I gave everyone there...
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    Templating the Silverlight Calendar [Jason Cooke]

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    <Editorial Note> I am delighted to have Jason to write this awesome blog showing everyone how to retemplate the Calendar using Silverlight Beta 2. Let us know what you think! </Editorial Note> My name is Jason Cooke. I work as tester for...
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    A day at TechEd North America 2008

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    There has been quite a few write ups on TechEd North America and I have yet to see a photoblog of it. Since PhotoBlogs are quite a hit lately, I decided to do my first photoblog on TechEd! If you didn't make it to TechEd, hopefully this will give you...
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    WatermarkedTextBox for Silverlight 2 Beta 2

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    One breaking change you may have noticed between Silverlight 2 Beta 1 and Beta 2 is that WatermarkedTextBox is no longer available in the Silverlight SDK (System.Windows.Controls.Extended.dll). We decided to remove the control because in a future version...
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