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  • Blog Post: Quick tip: Player Framework and Smooth Streaming for Windows 8 Metro (BETA)

    [Update 13 March: added the Smooth Streaming Client SDK info] The Microsoft Media Platform team has released the beta version of a Player Framework for Windows 8 Metro Style Applications . If you are building media applications for Windows 8 this is for you. What is the Player Framework? The Player Framework...
  • Blog Post: Quick tip: Windows Phone 7 Guidance - patterns & practices release

    The patterns&practices team at Microsoft has just released an update to last year’s Windows Phone Developer Guide. With release of Windows Phone 7.5, and the Windows Phone 7.1 SDK, the team has updated the guide to “A Case Study for Building Advanced Windows Phone Applications: Connecting with Cloud...
  • Blog Post: Quick tip: SkyDrive APIs for Docs and Photos, Hotmail calendars and more

    Last week the Windows Live team announced the availability of the SkyDrive APIs for Docs and Photos, so you can leverage the user’s free cloud storage in your own applications. There are several ways to integrate: REST APIs for usage within any type of application or device such as websites, mobile apps...
  • Blog Post: Xbox Companion App release for Windows Phone 7 (cross-posting)

    Have you seen the Productivity Future Vision video released a few weeks ago? May you think a lot of it is not more than science fiction. I look at it focusing on the overall trends and pieces of technology that are coming together more and more to move towards that vision. Yesterday’s Xobx Companion...
  • Blog Post: Quick tip: Expression Encoder SP2 released

    The Expression team has announced Service Pack 2 for Expression Encoder 4. With this Service pack you get over 300 bug fixes and some new features: Encoding features like support for 1 and 2-pass VBR for offline H.264 encodes, support for more AAC audio options (Pro only), ... Live features such as Live...
  • Blog Post: Quick tip: (free) JScript Editor Extensions for Visual Studio

    As more and more sites and web applications take advantage of JavaScript, it’s always nice to have better editor support for the language in our Visual Studio tools. There is a free extension for Visual Studio available for a few months already, which I only now found out through a newly released video...
  • Blog Post: Quick tip (link): Virtual images for testing different Internet Explorer versions

    This question comes up a lot: web devs need a solution for testing websites on different versions of Internet Explorer. One answer to this are the “Internet Explorer Application Compatibility VPC Image” files, made available for download. The whole batch of VHD files has now been refreshed on August...
  • Blog Post: Quick tip (link) – Convergence of the three screens

    Microsoft NEXT ( http://microsoft.com/next/ ) is one of my favorite blogs to discover amazing inspiration about technology today and in the future. Steve Clayton ( @stevecla ) delivers content that should not be missed in your RSS reader. This time, again he has done it: in the article “ Connecting the...
  • Blog Post: Quick tip (link): Enterprise Library 5.0 Silverlight Integration Pack released

    The Patterns & Practices team has released Silverlight Integration Pack for the Microsoft Enterprise Library . What is it and what’s inside? Enterprise Library application blocks are a very popular download for enterprise developers, providing guidance and reusable components. The Silverlight Integration...
  • Blog Post: Quick tip (link): Windows Azure Toolkit for Windows Phone 7 available

    The newly released Windows Azure Toolkit for Windows Phone 7 is designed to make it easier for you to build mobile applications that leverage cloud services running in Windows Azure. The toolkit includes Visual Studio project templates for Windows Phone 7 and Windows Azure, class libraries optimized...
  • Blog Post: Quick tip (link): Microsoft opens European Cloud and Interoperability Center & second Microsoft Innovation Center in Brussels

    Earlier this week, Microsoft opened a new Microsoft Cloud and Interoperability Center in Brussels. Here’s a short overview and a link to the full post of Luc Van de Velde below. On March 22th the first Microsoft Cloud and Interoperability Center (CIC) was inaugurated in Brussels. The goal of the Center...
  • Blog Post: Quick tip: Microsoft Expression Web 4 SP1 available, new SuperPreview online service for Safari

    The Expression team has just announced the availability of Service Pack 1 of Expression Web 4. This service pack adds quite a few interesting features to the product: HTML5 and CSS3 : HTML5 support with IntelliSense in the code editor Support for CSS3 draft spec properties PHP : IntelliSense support...
  • Blog Post: Quick tip (link): ‘Build a Better App’ brings content, labs and videos on Microsoft SharePoint 2010

    Looking for good content around Microsoft SharePoint 2010? This new Build a Better App site by Microsoft brings a set of scenarios with screencasts, presentations and tutorials. Scenarios include Content Management, Business Connectivity Services, Visual Studio 2010 Project structure and more. New content...
  • Blog Post: Quick tip [link]: Visual Studio 2010 Service Pack 1 available for download

    Last week Service Pack 1 for Visual Studio 2010 was officially released. Make sure you go ahead and download SP1 to benefit from new features and fixes such as IntelliTrace on 64bit systems, unit testing, built-in Silverlight 4 profiling, HTML5 schema support and more. Link : read the official post announcing...
  • Blog Post: Quick tip: Vote Microsoft for DataNews Awards for Excellence

    As Luc Van de Velde writes, Microsoft is nominated in the 2011 Data News Awards for Excellence. We are in the running for two categories: Software company of the year (in 2010, we offer you the broadest set of software solutions, Windows Azure Platform, Office 365, Dynamics CRM Online, and Windows Intune...
  • Blog Post: Quick tip [link]: Windows Phone 7 MUST HAVE Toolkits

    Just came across this nice overview by Rudi Grobler , a developer and community guy from South Africa I had the chance to meet last year. Rudi lists five very good toolkits including WP7 Contrib and the not to miss Silverlight for Windows Phone Toolkit. I’d like to add MVVM Light Toolkit and ReactiveUI...
  • Blog Post: Quick tip [link]: Expression Encoder 4 SP1 released

    Expression Encoder team has released a service pack to Expression Encoder 4 Pro . One feature that stands out is the support for NVIDIA CUDA-accelerated GPUs. This accelerates the encoding process and increases the number of live streams your PC can handle and allows you to get more streams into your...
  • Blog Post: Announcing Windows Azure Jump Start Training Videos

    Microsoft Learning hosted the second new and exclusive “Jump Start” virtual training event on December 15-17, 2010. The course was titled “Building Cloud Applications using the Windows Azure Platform” and included 12 hours of expert-led training tailored for application architects and developers interested...
  • Blog Post: Quick tip [link]: Native Extensions 1.0 for Microsoft Silverlight

    As has just been announced on the official Silverlight Team Blog , Native Extensions 1.0 for Microsoft Silverlight (NESL) have just been released. What are the native extensions? Native Extensions for Silverlight is a toolkit that contains a set of Silverlight libraries that enable Silverlight 4 out...
  • Blog Post: ASP.NET MVC 3, NuGet, IIS Express, SQL CE 4, Web Farm Framework, Orchard, WebMatrix released

    Last week, Microsoft released more than six new or upgraded products! All these products enhance developing for the Web, from professional developers with ASP.NET MVC3 and NuGet to novice users with WebMatrix. And the best news: they are all free. ASP.NET MVC 3 (now with Razor support, amongst other...
  • Blog Post: Quick tip [link]: Windows Phone 7 Developer Guide now available

    Last week the Patterns & Practices team announced the availability of the Windows Phone 7 Developer Guide. The guide describes a scenario around a fictitious company named Tailspin that has decided to include Windows Phone 7 as a client device for their existing cloud-based application. The book...
  • Blog Post: Quick tip [link]: Visual Studio 2010 SP1 Beta has been announced

    Visual Studio 2010 Service Pack 1 Beta has been announced by Jason Zander and S. Somasegar . SP1 becomes available to the public in two phases: MSDN Subscribers can get the download as of now General public will be able to download the Service Pack as of December 9th 2010 Improvements include IntelliTrace...
  • Blog Post: Quick tip [link]: Azure Accelerator for Umbraco

    Umbraco is an open source ASP.NET CMS framework, becoming very popular since it’s creation a few years ago. Last month, Microsoft together with Umbraco has announced the availability of an accelerator to help you move your Umbraco application to Azure. The accelerator is, as the name says, accelerating...
  • Blog Post: Quick tip [link]: Visual Basic for Windows Phone Developers tools now available

    Today the Windows Phone team launched the Visual Basic add-on for Windows Phone tools. Visual Basic can now be used to develop Silverlight application for Windows Phone. Do note that in this release Visual Studio 2010 Express for Windows Phone is currently not supported. Check out new code samples on...
  • Blog Post: Quick tip [link]: Enabling IE9 Beta UI features in Platform Preview 6

    As I blogged earlier, Internet Explorer 9 Platform Preview 6 is out. As with previous editions, the Platform Preview does not give you any UI like you get with the beta. However, there is a ‘secret’ switch you can use to give the Platform Preview the same UI features as the Beta. Ars Technica has a post...
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