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Mark Relph - Senior Director - Startup and VC Team

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  • Blog Post: Announcing – The Muchmusic Video Awards & Silverlight

    The team has been hard at work to get this surprise ready and now we can let it out of the bag! We are happy to announce that MuchMusic will broadcast the MuchMusic Video Awards online in High Definition powered by Silverlight and SmoothHD technology!!! This is one of the biggest shows in Canada (Jonas...
  • Blog Post: CTV first Canadian network to offer high definition video online (done in Silverlight!)

    http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/show/CTVShows/20090317/hd_beta_announced_090317/20090317/ High definition streaming video is now just a click away for online viewers across Canada. CTV.ca, Canada's online destination for news, sports and entertainment, is bringing high definition video to the computer...
  • Blog Post: MSFT Gen 4 Data Center Vision – Just cool.

    Video: Microsoft Generation 4.0 Data Center Vision   http://loosebolts.wordpress.com/2008/12/02/our-vision-for-generation-4-modular-data-centers-one-way-of-getting-it-just-right/   “At Microsoft, we have focused a lot of thought and research around how to best operate and maintain our global...
  • Blog Post: MSR Releases The Microsoft Image Composite Editor (ICE)

    I’ve been using ICE for a while.  It rocks – the best way to build panoramic or composite images from a group of photos.  Try it out . From the site: “Microsoft Image Composite Editor is an advanced panoramic image stitcher. You shoot a set of overlapping photographs of a scene from a single...
  • Blog Post: Maps.ca quietly appears…and I’m impressed.

    Our friends at Yellowpages launched a new site quietly called Maps.ca – now we will talk more about this site in the future (especially the great traffic data I hope)….. but for now head over and check it out.   So, if I count right the number of sites using our mapping technology is growing: Canada411...
  • Blog Post: RE/MAX No Longer Using Google Maps

    RE/MAX has switched to Virtual Earth on their site.  It’s a really great implementation with custom controls and pushpins for the MLS listings. Congrats to RE/MAX.
  • Blog Post: Public Launch Of The Worldwide Telescope – Seriously Cool

    The Worldwide Telescope project from Microsoft Research is now available.  It is simply incredible.  If you are into astronomy or not you should check this out.  The guided tours are a particular highlight.  This is an amazing project from the Research crew.
  • Blog Post: Toronto Photobloggers @ The Halo 3 Launch

    The Daily Dose Of Imagery ( http://wvs.topleftpixel.com/07/09/25/ ) has some great photos from the midnight madness event at Dundas Square. I was going to paste in the photos, but I can't figure out if that will violate the usage rights......
  • Blog Post: X07 Summary!

    Today was X07!  It was a blast as usual.  As in previous years we were on hand to talk about the developer side of things.  For the second year in a row we focused on XNA.  Unlike last year (when XNA was very new), we had some excellent examples and demos on hand that had been built...
  • Blog Post: Sonos and Best Buy - Best Buddies

    My friends at Sonos (disclaimer: I LOVE MY SONOS) have partnered with Best Buy in the US to make their devices available to an even wider audience. This comes a few weeks after their Pandora announcement (and firmware update - which has dramatically improved the Internet radio performance) Too bad there...
  • Blog Post: Windows Home Server RC is released! (I love this product)

    Head over to the Windows Home Server blog to see the details of the public release candidate. There is also a great WHS blog from the UK called " We Got Served ". There you will find a cool list of add-ins . The public Home Server site is here . There is also the " Stop Digital Amnesia " site. I have...
  • Blog Post: Popfly and Facebook. Mashup Love.....

    Microsoft has announced that we are jumping on the Facebook Platform train big time. Support in Popfly and Visual Studio Express . Check out coverage here , here and here . Technorati tags: Popfly , Microsoft , Facebook , Mashups , Developers
  • Blog Post: OurFaves makes it to TechCrunch.

    Congrats to imason and TorStar for making it to the defacto "you are cool" news site TechCrunch . If you haven't gone to check it out - head over to OurFaves . Our friends at imason have done some amazing work on our platform lately, enabling sites like Workopolis and OurFaves . Interesting note....Canadian...
  • Blog Post: SharedView Beta

    ok.... this is a cool new Live service for collaboration / screen sharing. Works well - falls somewhere between Meeting Space and LiveMeeting. It's ad supported (at least in this beta) and integrates well with Messenger. Works well over long distances and across firewalls. Check it out. Technorati tags...
  • Blog Post: Star Wars - Adult Swim / Robot Chicken Video

    Ok. This is just funny. http://www.starwars.com/community/news/media/chickentrailer.html
  • Blog Post: The Summits Of Canada - Mount Logan Expedition & Windows Live

    CanTREK is an expedition team that will be climbing Mount Logan, Canada’s highest peak. The climb takes place in May and will involve 12 climbers. Throughout the trek, they will be focused on geological study, education, fitness, health and the environment. They will be linked to the students in their...
  • Blog Post: Messenger Bot - NHL Stats - Just In Time For The Playoffs

    A little know technology call Messenger Bots . These are "contacts" that you add into Windows Live Messenger and you can interact with. There is already one for Encarta (try adding encarta@conversagent.com to your contact list). But now, there is one for the NHL Playoffs! Just add: nhlstats@hotmail.com...
  • Blog Post: MSDN Code Awards - Nominate Now!

    The team here at MSDN Canada is running a very cool contest called the Code Awards. We've never done anything like this before and I think it is a great idea for the Canadian Developer Community. Check out the details here: http://msdn.microsoft.com/canada/codeawards/ So - why is it cool? #1 It's community...
  • Blog Post: Sonos - My Latest Addition To The Home Network

    The latest addition to our home network and the media system in particular is the Sonos Digital Music System . ( www.sonos.com ) The system is absolutely amazing. It is a high-end piece of equipment and is somewhat more expensive than other systems like the Slim Devices gear, but you absolutely get what...
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