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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

    Quiz of the month: Type.FullName

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    I once had a dev manager who loves puzzles and quizes. During our team meetings, he will write some code on the board and the team would have a competition to see who can spot the mistake first or who can answer a question about the code first. I always...
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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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    Annoucing "Acropolis" for building composite client application!

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    After months of blogging silence, I am happy to be able to blog again. As I have mentioned before, in the past 6 months, I have been working on an unannouced project. Today, I'm proud to annouce that the project is finally public for the world to use...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    WinForms learning...

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    So a few posts ago, I said I'll teach myself WinForms. It's been about a month since then... and I want to share some of my learning experience. First off, having been a developer in Outlook, I thought I'll re-write the Outlook client using WinForms...
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    Haven't posted in a while

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    Sorry I haven't posted in a while. It has mainly been two reasons.The site hosting MSDN blogs was down alot during mid-Oct to late Oct. I was sick of my post getting "lost". Secondly, I've been pretty busy with a new project that haven't been annouced...
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    Compiler Lab 2006

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    Recently, I have also been working on putting together a Compiler Lab for 2006. If any of you are interested in attending, please let me know. Our exciting agenda includes talks on LINQ and IronPython (by Jim Hugunin himself!). Here is the official...
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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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    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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    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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    "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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    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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    eLearning clinics for .NET FX 3.0 are FREE for a limited time!

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    With all the discussion surrounding TimeZone2, I haven't gotten a chance to blog about my WinForms and WPF learning at all! Anyways, the WPF and MS Learning team has rolled out this new "eLearning Clinic" for free until .NET Fraework 3.0 Launch...
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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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    What are your Line of Business (LOB) Applications?

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    Aside from my DateTime/TimeZone projects, I want to study what are the essential controls in everyday Line of Business (LOB) Applications. A LOB Applications are applications that forms the backbone of running a business/enterprise. E.g. accounting applications...
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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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    API Naming - Most debated name on the BCL are...

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    So.. in my previous post , I asked "which two names wa the most debated names on the BCL". Well, the types that got the most debate for its name are: Nullable<T> Collection<T> Surprised? Not suprised? Do you think they are named appropriately...
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    Blogging: Tips for a successful post

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    As a relatively new blogger, I am still learning what are good topics to blog. One of the metric I used to see how I do is the data http://blogs.msdn.com provides about how many people read my post (Aggregated and normal). Krzysztof and I had a nice...
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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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    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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    Feature Requests... why don't we just do them all?

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    Today, I learned an intersting (and very important) lesson about building a framework. I was in a meeting where another team wants the BCL's support to add some APIs to WinFX. The APIs they want to add are valuable. It gives power to .NET developers to...
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    MVP Global Summit

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    Tonight, I got to meet many MVP at the MVP Global Summit . Thanks for all your great feedback and discussions about the CLR! Here are some of the key takeaways I have: - Developers want improvement in performance for Reflection (Has anyone read...
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