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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.

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    Silverlight 2 Beta 2 has shipped!

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    Just a few hours ago, I was doing my talk based on Silverlight 2 Beta 2 bits and one of my attendee asked about when Beta 2 will be available. I am happy to annouce that it is now available! Download the bits now on Silverlight.Net ! I have also...
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    Thank you for a great TechEd 2008 - Developer!

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    Now that the TechEd 2008 - Developer is done. I'd like to thank everyone who came by the ASP.Net and Silverlight Booth or attended my very last session of the entire conference. I love talking with everyone, learning about what you've been working on...
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    Silverlight 2 Beta 2 will be available later this week

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    At today's TechEd keynote, BillG announced Silverlight 2 Beta 2 will be available later this week . Silverlight 2 Beta 2 will include: UI Framework : Beta 2 includes improvements in animation support, error handling and reporting, automation and accessibility...
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    Tips, Tricks, and Techniques for Building a Great Microsoft Silverlight Application

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    TechEd just got kick started and I am looking forward to sharing some tips & tricks about building a great Silverlight 2 application. Karen Corby is also doing two talks that is related to Silverlight Controls, but she'll be focusing on how to...
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    See you all @ TechEd '08!

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    Just bought my tickets and booked my hotel to TechEd '08! Can't wait to see everyone in Orlando again this year!! Here is my schedule: Tuesday 6/3: 8:30am to 6:00pm - TLC Booth Dev Area Thursday 6/5: 8:15am to 2:45pm- TLC Booth Dev Area Friday...
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    Silverlight 2 Beta 1 Calendar and DatePicker Starter Guide

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    There are a few controls that was shipped in Silverlight 2 Beta 1 that was not available in WPF. Therefore I decided to write a starter guide to help you get started in using the controls. Here are some highlights of the Silverlight 2 Beta 1 Calendar...
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    MVP Summit 2008

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    The 2008 MVP Summit started today. I hope everyone has been enjoying the sessions so far! I am really looking forward to chatting with all my MVPs tomorrow. The MVP summit has always been one of my favourite conference, because all the MVPs are under...
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    More to Silverlight 2 Beta 1 Controls than *just* controls!

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    Silverlight Controls Unit Test Source Code Expression Blend Cider ToolBox Button RadioButton CheckBox DataGrid Calendar DatePicker ToolTip ListBox...
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    CurrentCulture, CurrentUICulture and DateTime strings

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    There are a lot of blogs out that that tries to explain which is what, and why it is the way it is. To those of you who just want to know what the results are. I wrote a quick little app to show what happens. As you can see, DateTime.ToString() formatting...
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    Silverlight 2 Beta 1 Control Samples

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    My sample and its source is now live on http://silverlight.net ! It show case a variety of controls we have built for the Silverlight 2 Beta 1. We have quite an good set of controls. It shouldn't surprise my readers to know that we have a DatePicker and...
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    Mix '08 - Venetian, Las Vegas!

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    After moths of hardwork, I am sitting here at MIX '08. I've been here a day and I'm absolutely loving the experience. I love the fact that we are not just presenting an array of technology. We are presenting an experience. The "Web" experience. Every...
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    Another preview of the Controls in Silverlight 2!

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    This morning, my VP ScottGu published a blog about Silverlight 2. I haven't blog much, well one because I am not really allowed to reveal anything interesting and two, I have been totally swamped. Anyways, from his blog and his demo, you can see a...
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    What controls do you want in Silverlight v2?

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    Sorry I haven't posted in a while. I have been pretty busy working on the controls! I want to thank everyone who responded to my previous blog on what controls they want. Here are some of the controls left by my readers: - DataGrid - DateTimePicker...
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    Silverlight 2.0 Beta coming soon ... (with Rich Controls)

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    I have been quiet on my blog since my Tech Ed trips and the Acropolis annoucement. Some of you may wonder what I am working on next. As we start rolling some of the core Acropolis ideas into future frameworks, we need to make sure that the future framework...
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    MonthCalendar and Datepicker control for Silverlight

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    DatePicker DateTimePicker Silverlight MonthCalendar Calendar...
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    A new phase for "Acropolis" Project

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    Today, our team gave an update on the "Acropolis" project in the Acropolis team blog here . In response to the "Acropolis" team's plan, Glenn Block , from the Patterns and Practices team, has also posted new plans for the SCSF/CAB here . I am interested...
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    Return from Tech Ed

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    Hello all, It's been two months since I last posted. I have been kept pretty busy during this time. I spoke at Tech Ed Australia, Tech Ed NZ, and Tech Ed South East Asia. When I got back, I got piles of email to get back to! I want to thank everyone...
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    Acropolis August CTP (VS 2008 Beta2 Refresh) Release available now

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    Since VS 2008 Beta2 RTWed, I have gotten quite a few customers asking when we'll be refreshing "Acropolis" to work with VS 2008 Beta2. Today, I am VERY happy to annouce that "Acropolis" August CTP (aka VS 2008 Beta2 Refresh) is available! :) This release...
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    "Acropolis" meet the team on Channel 9

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    Is this the Acropolis video week or what? All the videos our team has done with Virtual TechEd , Channel 9 and so forth are all being posted. I swear.. this was totally not planned. I actually have no control over when these videos get posted. Check...
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    Acropolis on Virtual TechEd

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    Come see me interview David Hill and Scott Morrison on Acropolis here . As the community PM, I interview David and Scott on some of the most frequently asked questions about the "Acropolis" project. This was my first real experience in being an "interviewer...
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    New Acropolis videos...

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    The Acropolis Tech Ed presentation are now available on http://windowsclient.net/Acropolis ! Let me know what you think. I also recorded a new video named "How do I use Layout Panes" as part of the "How do I..." series on WindowsClient.Net . My intern...
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    Tech Ed Australia and Tech Ed NZ! See you there~

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    Now that we have shipped Acropolis July CTP , I am getting ready to go meet all of you down under ! :) Here is my schedule: Tech Ed Australia --> ARC311 Windows Client .NET: Introducing the “Acropolis” Client...
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    "Acropolis" July CTP Available now!

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    I am pleased to announce that Acropolis July CTP release is now available for download at: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=44977885-86B5-4AA0-9F20-DB365BFB9D10&displaylang=en Features available in Acropolis July CTP...
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    Acropolis on .NET Rocks!

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    Come listen to the interview Richard and Carl from . Net Rocks did with me, David and Nathan during TechEd! :) http://www.dotnetrocks.com/default.aspx?showNum=248 It was alot of fun talking to Richard and Carl. They were great. We covered topics...
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    Secret Themes in "Acropolis"

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    I am going to start blogging on http://blogs.msdn.com/Acropolis as soon as TechEd is over and I can dedicate time to post detail code samples and description of our features. For my loyal readers on this blog, I will share with you some of the "not as...
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