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  • Blog Post: Are you going to MIX11?

    Sadly this year I wont be there – I didn’t even ask to go (personal reasons) – but I do feel I’m going to miss out on what’s likely to be the most exciting MIX event so far. From a phone perspective, from a web perspective, from a client perspective – there’s just so much going on. Bootcamps If get there...
  • 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 Guides for IT Pros (and Developers)

    I just stumbled across these guides on the download centre and I must say there’s some great information in there for developers as well as IT Pros. Windows Internet Explorer Mobile on Windows Phone 7 Windows Phone 7 and Certificates Windows Phone 7 and Exchange Server Windows Phone 7 Device Update Windows...
  • Blog Post: Displaying HTML Content in Windows Phone 7

    In the run up to the launch of Windows Phone 7, we did a lot of work with customers building early applications to help them bring their app to market for launch and to provide guidance and assistance in terms of application design and compliance with the Application Certification Requirements . Once...
  • 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: PDC10 Round Up

    This week’s MSDN Flash features a PDC10 round up by Andrew Sinclair – a valiant effort given Andrew wasn’t there in person but took advantage of the live streaming of PDC10 as well as the on-demand facility. Below are a few photos I took at the Reading event where we were joined by about 200 developers...
  • Blog Post: IE9 Beta is out

    I’m a bit late to the party with this one but apparently the world changed yesterday when we released the beta of the next version of Internet Explorer. Rather than write a whole bunch of stuff that’s already been written elsewhere, let me point you to what I think are a few great resources: Download...
  • Blog Post: IE9 Platform Preview 4 Available Now

    IE9 Platform Preview 4 is available now at the IE9 test drive site . What's new in preview 4? JavaScript is now natively integrated inside the browser (not bolted on the side) Single shared DOM between IE and JavaScript engine Improved performance improvements across the product Increased support for...
  • Blog Post: IE8 Feature Experience

    Colleagues Mark , Martin and Steve have pulled together a fantastic document that outlines some of the of mechanisms for extending Internet Explorer 8 and showcases work they’ve done with a number of UK customers (eg NHS search provider, Sky News web slice, Play.com accelerator - these are just a few...
  • Blog Post: What if I can’t upgrade to IE8?

    Having spelled out the virtues of IE8 and how I like to configure it , the question remains, what if IE8 isn’t an option. Do not despair! If for some reason you’re not yet able to move off IE6 or IE7 (or, perish the thought, some *other* browser) there is still hope. And no, in case you’re wondering...
  • Blog Post: Make IE8 the best dev browser

    As a developer you spend a fair amount of time in a browser. If you’re a web developer your probably spend more time than is healthy in one. I use IE8 as my primary browser for reasons I’ve covered before . In this post I want to talk about optimising your browser, and specifically IE8 for development...
  • Blog Post: Is IE8 your default web browser?

    If not, why not? I’ve heard them all (actually, I probably haven’t but it feels like I have :)). For the record here’s where I stand: IE8 – Installed on my laptop. Default browser. Used 99% of the time. Firefox 3.6 – Installed on my laptop. Used mainly for testing. Safari – Never (knowingly...
  • Blog Post: MIX10 Day 2 Keynote – ie the Web

    1105 What’s really changing is not the technology, it’s who’s doing what, where, with whom. Mobile is critical and the tools exist to build solidly engineered apps, but can we get the design right? 1059 We’ve gone from musicians to artists and Project Gustav – a very natural way for artists to “paint...
  • Blog Post: The Jeff Stelling Accelerator

    Yes folks, it’s the big one; the one you’ve been waiting for. After months of hard work, I’m very pleased to announce the Jeff Stelling IE8 Accelerator! If you’ve ever wished you had you very own Jeff to act as guide and counsel, this one’s for you. Experience the soothing feeling that comes from knowing...
  • 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: Catching up on some reading

    My blog reader’s bursting at the seams so I thought I’d try and play catch-up this morning – not quite down to a 0 inbox but not a bad effort. Here are a few things that grabbed me: ASP.NET Related WebForms aren’t dead – Dave Sussman has his say on Web Forms vs MVC ASP.NET MVC 2 – A few posts...
  • Blog Post: My Most Popular Posts of 2009

    Inspired by Eric doing this first , I thought I’d dig out my most popular posts of 2009. Most popular by average time on page An Introduction to the IE8 Developer Tools (Posted in April) Dominick Baier on Identity, Geneva and OpenID (Posted in April) ASP.NET MVC and iWantGreatCare.org (Posted in May...
  • 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: Web Application Toolkit for IE8

    Some time back I did a video and some demos on how to create IE8 accelerators, search providers and web slices based around a traffic information site I called Trafficify (I know, it’s not pretty, it was never meant to be published but Ian wanted it up on the IE Add-On Gallery so up it went). Since then...
  • Blog Post: Web Application Toolkits

    Web Application Toolkits provide a packaged set of samples, documentation, templates, controls etc to get up and running quickly with a particular technology. When you just want a bit of help to build an IE8 Accelerator or want to add search to your site, the Web Application Toolkit provides comprehensive...
  • 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: 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: Bluffer’s Guide to Accelerators, Slices and Search Providers

    Interested in entering our IE8 competition but not sure where to start? Looking for some inspiration? Just got 10mins to kill? Want to see another cheesey opening? I’ve got just the video for you! In this Bluffer’s Guide I describe IE8 webslices, accelerators and search providers as well as explaining...
  • Blog Post: An Introduction to the IE8 Developer Tools

    As part of my ongoing roundup of all things IE8 in celebration of its final release, in this video I take a look at the developer tools built into IE8. As well as helping you debug your HTML and CSS layout, they offer interactive editing of the HTML document and CSS, outlining of elements and validation...
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