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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: Great Canadian User Experiences From MIX09

    I was on the road when we held our local MIX09 media event for media on March 17th, so I couldn’t be there. But the good news is that we captured all the highlights on video. Video: Great examples of Canadian UX in action Don’t have time to watch? Here’s the 30-second version: We had CTV on hand to announce...
  • Blog Post: IE History Of The Net Video…"oh, that’s what InPrivate is for…”

    Say what you want about IE, the product team has pulled together this really funny video about the “history of the Net”…..  I particularly like the “developer” chant.  :-) (and for the record, you really should give IE8 a try…. it’s a whole new ballgame for us) Video: IE8 Net History There...
  • Blog Post: In The News: User experience is the driving force of innovation: Microsoft Canada

    Check out Liam Lahey’s article over at echannelline titled “User experience is the driving force of innovation: Microsoft Canada”.  This is another piece coming out of MIX09 with a Canadian focus. “With the kickoff of the MIX09 conference in Las Vegas underway, here at home Microsoft Canada took...
  • Blog Post: In The News: Microsoft releases Expression Blend 3; Canadian-based solution provider uses Expression Blend tool for Canada Post office outlet solution

    Another good Canadian focused article coming out of MIX09 is in the news: Microsoft releases Expression Blend 3 - Canadian-based solution provider uses Expression Blend tool for Canada Post office outlet solution 3/19/2009 10:11:00 AM By: Maxine Cheung “During its MIX09 conference held in Las Vegas yesterday...
  • Blog Post: Bill Buxton’s Keynote @ Mix09 – A must watch.

    Head over to http://live.visitmix.com/ and watch it…. seriously, it’s great.
  • Blog Post: Skydrive & Hotmail storage updates

    Over on Ryan’s blog he details some news about the new 25GB storage for Skydrive (our personal storage in the cloud service) and an update on Hotmail’s storage limits (now gone!) Check it out at his post:  Did you know Skydrive is now 25 GIGABYTES of free online storage and Hotmail is now “ever...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight 2 Announcement

    Microsoft Releases Silverlight 2, Already Reaching One in Four Consumers Worldwide Microsoft announces new rich Internet applications development and streaming media features; company outlines plans for supporting Windows, Mac and Linux tools for developing Silverlight applications. http://www.microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Hey, Canadian Web Developers! Does This Sound Familiar?

    John has more Techdays news over on the Canadian Developer Community Connection Blog : Over the past few weeks, I've been working hard on the content for the Web Developer track of Microsoft Tech•Days Canada 2008 . Looking at the lighter side of this space, I took a break to come up with a few observations...
  • Blog Post: From VisitMIX.com - New in IE8: Web Slices

    this was announced in the keynote this morning.   First Look at IE8 Activities and WebSlices Technorati Tags: MIX08 , Microsoft , Web
  • Blog Post: MIX08: Watch The Keynote Live

    Watch the Live Streaming Keynote: Ray Ozzie, Dean Hachamovitch, and Scott Guthrie   Technorati Tags: MIX08 , Microsoft , Web
  • Blog Post: CDN UX Blog: MIX08 "Canada Represents"

    I have already seen the gents from ConceptShare tonight, so we know the Canucks are in Vegas. Paul has a good post on the UX Blog about everything we are doing at MIX:   "Well, the days have given way to hours with respect to the countdown to this year's edition of MIX, which kicks off on March...
  • Blog Post: Next Up: MIX 2008 in Las Vegas

      The Vancouver stop of the Heroes Happen Here Launch is complete (it was a great success!) and I am en route to Las Vegas for MIX08.  MIX is our big event for web developers, designers and anyone interested in the future of the web.  I was there last year and it was a great event. ...
  • Blog Post: echannelline.com - Microsoft partner finds new opportunities with SaaS

    Quoted From: http://www.echannelline.com/usa/story.cfm?item=22900   Microsoft partner finds new opportunities with SaaS 4 February, 2008 By Patricia Pickett Customer interest in software-as-a-service (SaaS) has been increasing over the past year, opening up new opportunities for channel partners...
  • Blog Post: Yellowpages.ca / Virtual Earth Press Release

    http://www.ypg.com/page.php/en/1/478.html Yellow Pages Group Strengthens Connection Between Buyers and Sellers with Microsoft Virtual Earth Powerful mapping platform provides a richer Web experience Missisauga (Ontario) and Montreal (Quebec), January 22, 2008 – Microsoft Canada Co. and Yellow Pages...
  • Blog Post: Announcement: Tarasoft sets new standard with Microsoft Virtual Earth

    Tarasoft sets new standard with Microsoft Virtual Earth http://www.tarasoft.com/announcements/default.aspx#announcement Tuesday, December 11, 2007 - Tarasoft to incorporate advanced mapping platform, helping 170,000 real estate agents across North America better serve clients MISSISSAUGA, ON - Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: OCCTO Presentation Today

    I had the pleasure to present today at an Ontario Government "Technology Townhall".  This event, which happens regularly to bring together members of the government's IT community and various vendors.  Today's theme was "Web 2.0" and I spoke on a panel along with representatives...
  • Blog Post: EnergizeIT: Designer Content

    Check over at the Canadian UX Community Blog for some details on the Design / UX track at EnergizeIT. "Both Qixing and I will be presenting in the Designer breakout; we hope you can make it! If you can, please feel free to come up and introduce yourself to us - we would be very happy to meet you and...
  • 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: UX Guru & Community Leader David Crow Joins The Team

    The word is out. David Crow is joining our team here at Microsoft Canada. David is well known in Toronto (and elsewhere!) for his UX expertise and his stewardship of the UX community in Toronto. We are very glad lucky happy to have him joining us. He brings a unique set of experiences and passions to...
  • Blog Post: MIX07 - End of Day 2

    Day 2 was a busy day. 2 press events - including one that featured an application that the Hospital For Sick Kids in Toronto build in WPF as a next-generation kiosk and potential web presence. The application is focused on helping to increase the connection between donors and the hospital. It's a great...
  • Blog Post: MIX07 - Best 3rd Party Roundup Of Activities On ZDNET

    MIX076: The remix from day one by ZDNet 's Dan Farber -- In the aftermath of MIX07 day one, with the announcements around Silverlight (see yesterday's ZDNet coverage from Mary Jo Foley, Ryan Stewart and myself), the blogosphere is weighing in with more coverage and analysis. Steve Gillmor has emerged...
  • Blog Post: MIX07: More Day 1 Coverage

    The day just ended. We had a great turnout for the Canadian MIX get-together - almost 60 people turned up to "mix and mingle". Lots of really great feedback on the day today. The event has a really good feel to it - lots of energy, lots of conversation and most importantly I think people are really finding...
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