Matt Powell

Web Platform and Tools

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    When Silverlight 2 Releases, Will You be Ready?

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    Silverlight 2 Beta 2 has been out since June 6th and the number of sites that have taken advantage of the go-live license has taken off. In addition there are probably hundreds of sites that have been thrown together as little samples or test sites that...
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    Wow! Olympic Swimming

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    Okay, I work for Microsoft on Silverlight and specifically run the http://www.microsoft.com/silverlight site among other things. This was a big weekend for us since NBC decided to use Silverlight to do their US coverage of the Olympics online. But with...
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    Want to learn what this Silverlight thing is all about?

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    I've had the opportunity to talk to quite a few Web developers at conferences and so forth, and the good news is pretty much everyone has heard of Silverlight. The bad news is that quite a few haven't reached the point of actually playing with it yet...
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    Washing Machine Fun

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    I just got back from vacation and right before I left my washing machine broke down. It wouldn't pump the water out of the tub (it was doing a constant beeping...and then when I unplugged it, let it set for 90 seconds and then plugged it back in, the...
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    Silverlight 1.1 Developer Reference Poster

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    I had the opportunity during Mix07 to hand out posters that map out the capabilities and classes that are available in Silverlight 1.1 . They were pretty popular so I think I handed out about 1200 to the audience of 2200 at Mix. A number of people asked...
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    "WPF/E" is now Silverlight!

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    Tonight we announced the official name of wpfe....Microsoft Silverlight! This is the beginning of a bunch of work my team has been doing which begins tonight at NAB 2007 and culminates with a plethora of announcements and technical information that will...
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    Ode to the Progress Bar

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    I'm building the Virtual Machines for a number of the Hands On Labs that will be available at MIX and at TechEd. I had not worked much with Virtual PC before and obviously when you are running two copies of Vista on your machine simultaneously (and...
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    Microsoft and the AJAX Community

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    Scott announced that Microsoft joined the OpenAJAX Alliance today. I think this does a lot for Microsoft and for the AJAX community. We are certainly striving to be a big player in making AJAX an easy to use platform both for developers and end users...
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    How to test your Web site w/ IE6 while running IE7

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    Pete put a VPC up awhile back, but the image does have a timebomb. The first timebomb was set to go off on 4/1/07 so an update has been put up so that you can test your Web apps w/ IE6 . Pete deserves all the credit in the world for getting this up...
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    MIX 07 - It's coming!

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    One of the cooler things about my relatively new position here on the Web Platform and Tools Marketing Team is that I'm deeply involved in the planning for a number of upcoming conferences. One of these, that I had not been previously involved in is Mix07...
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    Is it just me?

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    Is it just me or has this year's daylight savings seemed to effect people more than others? Maybe because of a combination of some recent travel, some late nights/early mornings working on some big events, a number of extended family members experiencing...
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    Emerson College Musical Theatre Audition

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    Audition #2 in the ongoing effort for my daughter Katie to get into a top notch Musical Theatre program. Last weekend it was Emerson College in Boston. This has always been at the top of my daughter's list, partially because last summer she met someone...
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    Carnegie Mellon Musical Theatre

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    My oldest daughter, Katie, is a senior in high school and therefore is applying to various colleges across the country. She is a pretty talented actor, singer and dancer so she is trying to get into a first rate theatre program, and in particular is trying...
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    Air bags + basketballs

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    My wife was in an accident last night. Someone turned left on a two lane road right in front of her. She hit the back end of their car at a high enough speed that the air bags deployed. She was in the car with three kids (two of ours and one carpooler...
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    Photosynth

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    This is very cool. If for some reason you haven't heard of Photosynth yet, you have to check it out . There was a James Bond movie many years ago where in the movie they had a picture of a freighter of some sort that was linked to the evil doings of...
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    A few Commercial Real Estate Terms

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    I mentioned in my earlier post that I have been learning about the Commercial Real Estate business due to my involvement in trying to get a Masonic Lodge built. I am by no means an expert but here are a few terms I have learned in trying to get a grasp...
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    Commercial Real Estate

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    I'm a member of a Masonic Lodge that meets in a lodge building in Edmonds, WA. We don't own the building, another lodge does and we rent their lodge to hold our meetings in their building twice a month. Our lodge has existed like that for more than...
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    IE7 Ships!

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    Internet Explorer 7 for Windows XP shipped tonight! Get the download and check out all the details at the IE developer center on MSDN ( http://msdn.microsoft.com/ie/ ). In my birthday post yesterday, this was the cool thing that I was referring...
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    Birthdays

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    One of my sons was born on Christmas. There was an abruption (this isn't good) and so it kind of put a damper on opening presents when instead we rushed Cindy to the hospital as fast as we could. We named him Nole, since he was born on Christmas. Get...
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    Sign-up for ASP.NET Connections in Las Vegas

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    Time is getting short for folks to sign-up for ASP.NET Connections from Nov. 6 - 9th in Las Vegas. Microsoft is promising some exciting announcements at the show and you will be able to attend the sessions at the simultaneous Visual Studio, SQL Server...
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    Ajax, Ajax, Ajax

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    Scott announced today the future of our Ajax product plans. The stuff that has been code named "Atlas" in the previous CTPs is now solidifying into a real product with a real standard Microsoft name. In particular the "Microsoft AJAX Library" (client...
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    Is your web site ready for Internet Explorer 7?

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    Millions of people will be hitting web sites with a new browser in the next few months. Internet Explorer 7 is on its way and if you haven't already been testing for it, you might want to make sure your web site or your other aplication is ready. Fortunately...
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    New Refresh of the Internet Explorer Developer Center on MSDN

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    The MSDN Internet Explorer Developer Center has finally come up to speed! As part of the Web Platform and Tools Marketing Team, one of the pieces of information we are trying to make sure people know about is all the great new features of IE 7: better...
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    Web Development

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    It has been awhile since I've done much Web development. My technical focus for the last few years has been on Web services, which certainly qualifies as Web development, but is only a part of the mix. So I've been given the task of a) coming up to...
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    New Team - New Role

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    After about six years at MSDN, I've moved to a new position on the Web Platform and Tools Marketing Team at Microsoft. But although I am working in a different group, many of the things we are delving into are the same. For instance I am still working...
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