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  • 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]: 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: 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: Silverlight 4 named Best Rich Internet Application (RIA) Platform by InfoWorld

    Some great news to share. Yesterday InfoWorld published “ InfoWorld’s 2011 Technology of the Year Awards ” in which Silverlight 4 has been named as the “Best Rich Internet Application (RIA) Platform”. As InfoWorld writes (excerpt), see full slide here : “… Right now, we favor Silverlight . In the two...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight 5 features, firestarter keynote and sessions resources

    Last week folks from all around the world attended the online or in-person keynote during the Silverlight Firestarter event in Redmond. Scott Guthrie did the opening keynote in which Silverlight 5 was shown to the public for the first time. The rest of the Firestarter event were in-depth sessions about...
  • Blog Post: See the next version of Silverlight – live streaming event on December 2, 2010

    During the Silverlight Firestarter event on December 2 nd 2010, Scott Guthrie is set to deliver the opening keynote and show you the future of Siverlight . That’s right, the next version of Silverlight! For Belgium, book your time to watch the keynote on December 2 nd at 6PM. Register online...
  • Blog Post: IIS Media Services 4.0 released, support for multiple devices

    Earlier this week, the media team released Internet Information Services (IIS) Media Services 4.0. As Chris Knowlton blogs , this latest release brings quite a number of new features, including low-latency delivery and support for multiple devices. Quoting from Chris’ post: One Encoding Format, One Server...
  • Blog Post: Quick tip [link]: WCF RIA Services SP1 and WCF RIA Services Toolkit October 2010

    Yesterday WCF RIA Services V1.0 SP1 Beta along with WCF RIA Services October toolkit were released. Notable updates, read the details on the blog post below: Improved Business Application Template Support for Complex Objects Shared Entities across multiple DomainServices Localization in 10 languages...
  • Blog Post: Quick tip [link]: the PerformanceProgressBar (Windows Phone 7)

    The ProgressBar control available in Windows Phone 7 has a poor performance when in ‘indeterminate’ state. Jeff Wilcox , a developer on the Silverlight team has created a new template you can apply to the built-in control: the PerformanceProgressBar . This new template does not change the control’s usage...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight Media Framework 2.2 released with Windows Phone 7 Support

    Silverlight Media Framework (SMF) is an open source framework that allows developers to build great custom media players for IIS Smooth Streaming delivery. SMF has been around for some time and now with version 2.2 the download provides full support implementing high-end video experiences for Windows...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone 7 Developer Tools released (RTM)

    Today developers can start with the final migration of their Beta Windows Phone 7 code to RTM, as today the developer tools hit RTM version. This means that as of now code can be developed against the RTM version, with the final step before submitting your app to the Marketplace. The Windows Phone 7...
  • Blog Post: IIS Media Services 4.0 Beta is out

    The IIS Media team is moving fast. Last week the team announced the beta availability of the IIS Media Services 4.0. Media Services are an out-of-band release for IIS meaning you can install this as extensions to IIS without having to wait for a full OS upgrade. I recommend you check out the blog...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone 7 Developer Hub event confirmed speakers (31 May)

    Next week on May 31st 2010 we'll be holding the first Belgian Windows Phone 7 Developer Hub. If you are looking for more information and kick-start your development of Windows Phone 7 apps this is a perfect place to get all the info. We are happy to welcome Ben Riga and Yochay Kiriaty as our speakers...
  • Blog Post: MSDN Meeting recording & links – MIX 2010 update (Silverlight 4, IE9, Windows Phone 7 dev)

    Last week Gill Cleeren and I presented the MSDN live meeting “MIX 2010 Announcements Update”, where we talked about the main MIX announcements and shared resources. You can find the session video recording as well as the slides below. To make it easy I’m listing the main resources discussed in the session...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight Analytics Framework

    If you have been building Silverlight applications for public facing sites, chances are you need to measure its usage and in that way maybe monetize. Until now if you wanted to integrate analytics into Silverlight you were left to extra development effort or integration with JavaScript calls to the host...
  • Blog Post: BeLux Silverlight Contest winners

    Our BeLux Silverlight contest ended on December 12th 2009, and we are now happy to announce the winners. As you will see, these are quite different types of applications but they shows some interesting facets of Silverlight. 1st Prize: Jobs Application submitted by DigiPoint. We love the full application...
  • Blog Post: Scott Guthrie in Belgium – event write up and links

    Last Friday December 4th we had the pleasure to have Scott Guthrie visit Belgium after a few other European countries. For this visit we setup a full afternoon event together with the Visual Studio User Group (VISUG) at a Brussels movie theater. In this post I’m giving you an overview of the events and...
  • Blog Post: UX@Vitra November edition – Slides and links from “Experience Continuum” talk

    On November 25th we organized another User Experience at Vitra event. ( See all the pictures - by Pieter Baert) This time there were two different events: afternoon sessions of 45 minutes around Silverlight 4, SketchFlow, SharePoint and Experience Continuum; in the evening the more typical Vitra showroom...
  • Blog Post: Come see Scott Guthrie talk on Visual Studio 2010, web development and Silverlight 4

    On December 4th we have a top speaker and .NET guru visiting Belgium: Scott Guthrie is doing a full afternoon at Kinepolis. This is your chance to attend a live session, be quick to register before all places are taken. The event is filling up really fast. What will Scott Guthrie talk about? Bringing...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight 4 Beta – Overview of the new features

    Yesterday, during the keynote at the Professional Developers Conference the new Silverlight 4 beta was announced. To tell you the truth I’m really impressed with the number of new features that the team has been able to deliver in beta form just a good 3 months after the release of Silverlight 3 last...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft PDC 2009 – the announcements at the keynotes

    This year I did not have the opportunity to join the Microsoft PDC event personally but I did manage to follow most part of the keynotes. Keynotes were streamed live both on November 17th and November 18th. If you would like to watch them on-demand they are being made available on the www.microsoftpdc...
  • Blog Post: Celebrate the 1st anniversary of Belgian Silverlight User Group

    On November 5th the Belgian Silverlight User Group (BESUG) is already celebrating its 1st year anniversary. Congratulations are in order! After a successful startup year with workshops organized by the founders Frederik Duchi and Kevin DeRudder , as well as some sessions with top speakers like Laurent...
  • Blog Post: Sistr – Free open source rich typography tool for Silverlight

    Last week during the ReMix 09 keynote in Belgium, two companies, These Days and Ventigrate officially announced the first alpha release of Sistr. Sistr is a component that makes use of jQuery and Silverlight 3 to render richer fonts in web applications. It’s implemented in such a way that it’s very SEO...
  • Blog Post: REMIX 2009 – all recorded sessions now online

    ReMix Brussels 2009 was held at the end of September 2009. We had a great day with a general opening keynote and eight technical sessions on Silverlight, ASP.NET MVC, Expression Blend and general UX around Surface. Four speakers from Microsoft corp joined us in Brussels and continued on to Helsinki ...
  • Blog Post: Start to Silverlight – jumpstart your first project with coaching and training event

    Something I thought may be worth a short blog post: the Partner department is organizing a Start to Silverlight training next week. The event is called Start to Silverlight , taking place on 29th and 30th of October 2009 at the Microsoft Innovation Center in Mons. Why is this more than a training? To...
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