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  • Blog Post: SketchFlow Templates for Windows Phone

    Yes, you can now get SketchFlow templates for Windows Phone (or sketchy styles as they’re known) and I thought I’d have a play. (You must have a version of Blend 4 with SketchFlow enabled for this to work eg it wont work with the free version of Expression Blend for Windows Phone) First thing to do is...
  • Blog Post: Mango Developer Tools

    On the off chance you haven’t heard, we shipped the first beta of the next release of the Windows Phone Developer Tools last week . The Windows Phone Developer Tools 7.1 Beta allows you to target both the next version of Windows Phone (Mango) as well as the current version (WP7). There’s also a “Go Live...
  • Blog Post: Prototyping Windows Phone Apps with SketchFlow

    If you’ve been itching to use SketchFlow to create your WP7 prototypes but had a reality check when you realised that there’s no template in Expression Blend for this (only Silverlight and WPF) then help is at hand in the form of Martin Tirion . Martin’s a User Experience Evangelist at Microsoft in the...
  • Blog Post: Tech.Days 2011: Save the Date

    It’s that that time of year again when the big one approaches – the big event that gives us an opportunity to get out and about and tell the story of the platform, current and future. This year Tech.Days will run from 23-25 May at a venue in London. It’s an event for both developer and IT professionals...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone 7 Content on Demand Pt 3

    Here are sessions 5, 6, 7 and 8 from the DDD WP7 event in Manchester. All the sessions  are available on Channel 9 (including high-quality versions and downloads). "Games Programming on Windows Phone 7 with Silverlight and XNA" with Rob Miles "How to sell Apps through Marketplace"...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone 7 Content on Demand Pt 2

    Here are sessions 1, 2, 3 and 4 from the DDD WP7 event in Manchester. All the sessions  are available on Channel 9 (including high-quality versions and downloads). "Understanding the Windows Phone 7 Development Tools and Getting Started" with Maarten Struys "Silverlight App Development...
  • Blog Post: Tech Days Online Conference in January

    Looks like I’ll be presenting on the Tech Days Online Conference “Build an app for that” on 20th January 2011. It’s an online conference featuring demo-rich sessions on building applications for the browser, Windows 7, and Windows Phone 7. The online day will offer three tracks, letting you choose which...
  • Blog Post: PDC 10 Sessions - The Pick of the Bunch

    I’ve created a list of my favourite PDC10 videos for next week’s MSDN Flash and thought I’d share it here first so you get early access. The Future of C# and Visual Basic The Future of F# Lambdas, Lambdas Everywhere LINQ, Take Two – Realizing the LINQ to Everything Dream Inside Internet Explorer 9 Performance...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone 7 Screen Capture

    I’ve done a fair amount of Windows Phone 7 screen capture over the last few weeks so I thought it might be worth sharing my approach both for video and stills. In particular, when you submit your application to MarketPlace you must include a screenshot in PNG format with dimensions 480x800 pixels. The...
  • Blog Post: Readying myself for Windows Phone 7 "Hello, Operator?"

    In wondering where to start talking about Windows Phone 7 (#wp7) development I thought maybe it’d be best if I started right at the very beginning. A very logical place to start. Whether I can go on till I get to the end ala The King’s advice in Alice in Wonderland remains to be seen. I’ve...
  • Blog Post: MIX10 Day 1 Keynote – Don’t call me…

    1105 And we’re done. Phew – that was a lot of ground to cover in a short time. One or two glitches but overall an almost flawless showing of jaw-dropping opportunity with Silverlight and the Windows Phone. Let’s go play. I have an idea for a Twitter app…. 1104 Announcement: Windows Phone Developer Tools...
  • Blog Post: UK Tech Days – Registration Open!

    A full week of activities for both Developers and ITPros from 12-16th April. From the dev perspective, days are themed as: VS2010 Launch VS2010 and .NET 4 The Essential MIX Windows 7 Applications Windows Phone All the Microsoft events take place in London at either the Vue Cinema...
  • Blog Post: Last chance for your MIX10 discount

    I’m very much looking forward to MIX10 (yes, I’m going this year) and I see a host of Windows Phone sessions have just been announced. “Announced” is perhaps too strong a word (there’s no detail on any of the sessions) but at least we know there’s going to be plenty of opportunity to hear about the next...
  • Blog Post: MIX10 Registration Open

    Yes, it’s that time of year again when March (and MIX) seem to be both in the distant future and almost upon us at the same time. The conference is billed as: “A 3 day conference for web designers and developers building the world's most innovative web sites.” But it’s even broader than that. If I understood...
  • Blog Post: Deliver better video with IIS Smooth Streaming

    IIS Smooth Streaming is one of those “wow” technologies – watch the video and you get a real sense of just how dramatic a difference it can make to the user experience for media delivered over the web. I’ve put together a short video showing how easy it is to get started creating and delivering content...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight 4 resources – a top 10 list

    With the announcement and release of Silverlight 4 Beta, I thought it might be useful to bring together a shortlist of some useful resources to get to grips with what’s new. Silverlight’s momentum is incredible, overwhelming almost. It seems like only a few months ago we shipped Silverlight 3 (oh yeah...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight 3 Firestarter Event - Download the Videos

    Via Mithun Dhar Kickoff | Mithun Dhar & Mark Hindsbo | Download Keynote | Scott Guthrie | Download Silverlight Key Scenarios & Features | Tim Heuer | Download Expression 3 Overview | Adam Kinney | Download Sketch Flow | Janete Perez | Download Toolkit & Controls | Marco Matos | Download RIA...
  • Blog Post: dezineforce Proof of Concept Interview

    Following on from my post yesterday about the dezineforce proof of concept, I spent a little more time with Peter Williams (dezineforce), Neil Kidd (Microsoft) and Josh Twist (Microsoft) quizzing them on various aspects of the project… 1. Tell me a little about dezineforce and the sorts of problems...
  • Blog Post: A User Experience Overhaul with Silverlight and MVVM

    I recently had the opportunity to spend some time in the Microsoft Technology Centre (MTC) with a company called dezineforce who offer a unique capability – a cloud-based engineering design service . Coming from an engineering background myself, I found both the problem domain and their application fascinating...
  • Blog Post: Simplifying Cross Browser Compatibility Testing

    Microsoft Expression Web includes the capability to render web pages using a variety of different rendering engines. Importantly it includes the IE6 rendering engine so you can render pages in both IE6 and IE7 or IE8 on the same machine. We’ve now made available a free version of Expression Web SuperPreview...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight 3 Firestarter Event Streamed Live

    On 17th September there’s a full day of Silverlight 3 / Expression 3 goodness coming live from Seattle. The Firestarter event being held in the Microsoft Conference Centre will also be streamed live so as many people as possible can attend. There’s a terrific line up: Kick off is 8.45am local time in...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight / Expression UK Launch Videos

    MikeT and I were both at the recent UK Launch of Silverlight 3 and Expression 3 and, amongst other things, were filming like it was going out of fashion. My job was simple – capture the screen. Only trouble was tapes last 60mins for a 3+ hour event so I had to remember change them! Mike, on the other...
  • Blog Post: Expression 3 Launched

    Yesterday I was at the UK Silverlight 3 / Expression 3 launch event where we had the official launch announcement for Expression 3. You can find out more on the Expression blog and read about the product details and download trials at the Expression home page . I did a brief demo of Expression Web 3...
  • Blog Post: Expression Design Resources

    Following on from my post about the Expression family , I said I’d follow up with some more details on Expression Design. Someone commented on my other post that Expression Design is “too basic” and I suppose for many people that will be a fair criticism. For someone like me, who’s not a graphic designer...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Expression 1..2..3

    Blend, Encoder, Web, Design, Media, Studio – it’s easy to get confused by the plethora of Expression family products but given we’re nearing another release I thought it might be worth a few posts to try and to try and simplify things as well as provide a “jump-start” for some of the individual tools...
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