I know our friends at Google seem to take credit for everything on the Internet these days, but here at Microsoft we have some amazing technologies coming out of our Online Services Group / MSN. The Windows Live services are becoming a platform for innovation. Developers and ISVs can now take advantage of things like Virtual Earth, Live Local, Messenger, etc.
To help you out, the team is holding a series of Webcasts for developers. They are unique to Canada, so I highly recommend any interested developer to participate.
Check out the video from our co-op:
Video: X06 Toronto
There is also a one of the media clips from the big day featuring a good chat about XNA:
Check out my father's blog over at The Launch Factory. He's the former CIO of General Electric Canada, so he has a few good stories to share.
He's talking in this entry about selling to the new-generation CIO who focused on "finding new and innovative ways of bringing the power of IT to bear on structural and process changes that improve the competitiveness of the enterprise"
A few articles and blog posts about X06.
From The Toronto Star:
From CTV: http://krisabel.ctv.ca/blog/_archives/2006/10/19/2430213.html
From the new GameON Blog: http://cdngameon.spaces.live.com/PersonalSpace.aspx?_c02_owner=1
On Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bitporters/sets/72157594335008306/
The team and I had a chance to spend the day talking about XNA at X06 - the Xbox team's yearly pre-holiday press extravaganza.
We were showing off XNA Game Studio Express in particular. It's going to do for games what Soapbox is doing for video. Think -> CREATIVE EXPLOSION.
We're even doing a full day event to teach all of you up-and-coming game designers how to get started. It's called GameCamp.
I was quoted in an article in the Globe & Mail which was investigating trends in Enterprise Search (in particular from Google).
It's all about the platform!
Let's see if the video will embed! (it's one of my current favorite bands OK GO)
Revenge for ruining my opening night bliss.
I had a chance to talk to ITbusiness about how Microsoft takes user feedback in our beta testing programs.
Are you attending any of the .NET User Group meetings across Canada? No!?!? How else can you hang with some of the best developers in the world? To top it off, we have completely rebuilt our approach to reaching out to these groups and we now call it - Developer Night In Canada. On the eve of a new NHL season, it seems somehow appropriate to blog about this.
Check out the action - http://dnic.ca/default.aspx (posts, audio, links)
A new fiscal year, a new set of challenges.
There are stories to tell that have not been told in the past.
>> More To Come <<