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  • Blog Post: Miracast in Enterprise Environments - FAQ

    Intro This blog is intended to document our learning's about Miracast technology and explain things to consider when implementing a solution using Miracast. It is primarily about Windows 8.1 tablets and Windows Phone 8.1 as the authors work for Microsoft in the Worldwide Modern Devices Centre of Excellence...
  • Blog Post: Miracast in Enterprise Environments

    Miracast in Enterprise Environments This blog is intended to document our learning's about Miracast technology and explain things to consider when implementing a solution using Miracast. It is primarily about Windows 8.1 tablets and Windows Phone 8.1 as the authors work for Microsoft in the Worldwide...
  • Blog Post: Video Streaming with a custom IRandomAccessStream on Windows and Windows Phone (Universal App)

    Overview We encountered a challenge on our project where we wanted to play videos in MediaElement but the MP4 file was stored in Sharepoint which required user credentials for authentication. If you pass a URL to the MediaElement on Windows Phone 8.1 then it just tried to access the file without...
  • Blog Post: MIX11 In Pictures

    There were a lot of announcements at MIX this year! I’d really encourage you to watch the day 1 keynote and day 2 keynote videos, but if you don’t have time here’s a visual summary of the key headlines… Day 1 Keynote , Dean Hachamovitch, Scott Guthrie The MIX 11 conference kicked off with a review of...
  • Blog Post: Animated Panel layout transitions in WPF and Silverlight using Blend Behaviors

    I wrote a blog article a few weeks ago about how to write animated panels. Another way of doing this was introduced to me by Stuart Richardson using Blend Behaviors which I like a lot. It’s fairly simple so this is going to be a short post. Suppose you have a panel, say a StackPanel that knows nothing...
  • Blog Post: An Animated Custom Panel base class for WPF and Silverlight

    The full code base for this posting can be located here . If you have used XAML at all, you will have used some of the built in layout panels such as Grid and StackPanel and if you are a developer you have probably developed a custom panel that implements your own layout logic. In case you haven’t...
  • Blog Post: DesignData MVVM support in Blend, VS2010 and WPF/Silverlight

    When developing a solution using WPF or Silverlight, there are normally designers working in Blend and developers working with them in Visual Studio 2010. Often it is impractical for designers to use data from live systems (e.g. they don’t want to install SQL etc.) but they need data to flesh out the...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone ApplicationBarIconButton not displaying icons

    So you’ve added an ApplicationBarIconButton to your Windows Phone 7 Silverlight page and you can’t get the icons to display. You’ve tried every path under the sun, pack uri’s, relative uri’s, checked the case everything – still no dice. You’ve put an image control on the page and the image displays fine...
  • Blog Post: Performance characteristics of the Silverlight DataGrid

    Overview This article will discuss the performance characteristics of the Silverlight DataGrid both standalone and in comparison with an HTML DataGrid with similar functionality. The project I was working on had a large ASP.NET DataGrid that was performing very badly, and we were asked to rewrite...
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