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Michael Bach and his Web Platform Installer Beta
I was roaming the hallways early today and Michael Bach (Product Manager for Web Platform) was grinning like a he was up to no good. Given we're all working hard on the various efforts required for PDC , Silverlight RC0 etc I was wondering what he could possibly be happy about? I asked him: " wtf...
30 Sep 2008
Silverlight Offline Storage with LINQ.
I get asked a lot about what the .NET folks can bring to RIA, and the first thing I proudly say is the fact is they bring a lot of engineering maturity and given Silverlight compliments a lot of their existing knowledge, it is our bet that this will carry over into the runtime. An example of this, is...
7 Aug 2008
What do you mean all Silverlight.
There are times, when I see great things around Silverlight and this one site for me always seems to capture us at our best. Great video, and from a great site.. http://www.microsoft.com/click/artandtechnology
5 Aug 2008
SEO, Nothing changed.
Gilbert (one of the original guys behind prooving Silverlight + SEO) of had a great write-up outlining some depth thought around this whole SEO buzz that Adobe unleashed early this week. http://bits.samiq.net/2008/07/seo-for-ria-status-few-days-later.html I like this quote: Microsoft has .XAML...
3 Jul 2008
Life on Microsoft Campus
It's been basically a month since I first moved into my office here on Microsoft campus and I both love and hate it here. Geek Celebrities need their own star path Life on campus can be really fun and it's kind of surreal to be sitting here at lunch time and seeing a lot of what I call the "Geek...
23 Jun 2008
What do you want to talk about?
I just had a curious thought, what is it that you'd like me to talk about on this blog. In that, given I have access to various amount of information, people and technology within Microsoft (externally as well) - what is it you'd like me to discuss in depth? In that I still notice a lot of folks hit...
21 Apr 2008
Getting around Microsoft campus in the future.
I stumbled upon this site, which basically sounds like it's a pitch to change the way we Microsoftee's get around Redmond campus. I love it's concept and wish it were being implemented, but I've not heard or seen anything that would indicate this being true. Check out the site http://gettherefast.org...
2 Apr 2008
I’ve finished up at Microsoft and heading to PIXAR.
I mentioned a few weeks ago that I was excited to be promoted to a Product Manager role on the Rich Client Platform Team (Silverlght/WPF). Well, whilst I was at SxSW I bumped into some folks at PIXAR whom I shared a few beers with. Cut a long story short, I jokingly asked if there were any positions...
1 Apr 2008
I am now a Product Manager.
I've managed to worm my way into Microsoft Corp HQ, as a Product Manager (PM) on the Rich Client Platform team ( Silverlight/WPF etc ). This for me is a major step forward in my career, as whilst I've enjoyed being one of the first RIA Evangelist for Microsoft, I feel I can offer more impact via this...
25 Feb 2008
Silverlight, Valve and Microsoft Surface..
What a title, and yes they do have one thing in common. Me... I arrived on campus, a couple of weeks ago and pretty much spent most of my time meeting with lots of people from different teams throughout Microsoft. I mainly focused on the UX story overall, where are we heading and how long are we going...
20 Feb 2008
Something is being built...and I hope you RIA kids are watching...
I've been a busy little Microsoftee and have done a lot of interviews over the past few months with folks from all walks of life. I'm about to go live very soon with a project. What's the project? not telling until it's finished. I will give you a teaser though. It's nothing I've seen done here at Microsoft...
31 Jan 2008
POC #1 - Project Harmony (pt1) (Silverlight & Flash)
I've been enjoying the overall experience of what Silverlight has to offer since I started with Microsoft back in January 07. That being said, I've often been an internal "goto" person at times for some Flash advice on behalf of Microsoft customers around the world. In light of this, recently...
15 Nov 2007
No Planes, No Conferences, No Meetings
I've been traveling quite a lot this year and meet with some amazing folks in the process. Well, my travel is up for this year and I'm looking forward to spending some much needed R&R at home with the family and get back to basics - coding some proof of concepts . I've got a lot of projects I want...
4 Nov 2007
RIA: 10 Questions on Icon Design - I ask our Microsoft Design folks to respond.
I have an Icon fetish that is disturbingly wrong. In that I collect them, horde them and will happily spend Microsoft's good hard earned money on as many of them as I can find - if allowed. Yet, what makes Icon's so special? in that why do they enhance an applications user interface to the point where...
29 Oct 2007
New Silverlight Showcase (redesign).
Finally it's now online. The Silverlight folks have redesigned the showcase section of the site and it's purty. You can get the scoop on the story behind it at blog.lookorfeel.com The previous Showcase had reached its breaking point and wasn’t scaling to keep up with all of the applications being...
19 Oct 2007
Silverlight Masking Demo
I've been playing around with masking and trying to think up new ways to approach the axis in which Silverlight can play. In this demo, my approach was to see how I could put in a fake 3D (2D) room with two walls playing video on them, along with reflections on the smooth glossy floor (it just got waxed...
17 Sep 2007
Adobe vs Microsoft, the comic.
I'm always amused online when I see the usual Adobe vs Microsoft rant, it always ends up in someone fighting with the author or rogue commenter's shooting shots from the side, echoing the same points. There is hope though in this battle royale, as you see there is a company that I'll happily evangelize...
5 Sep 2007
Twitter is changing perception about Microsoft.
I've watched Microsoft like most for many years. I first noticed a change in our behavior when folks within the company would start blogging. It gave us in many ways a focal point of interest around various products and it was how I first stumbled upon Scott Guthrie in the early days (via his blog)....
13 Aug 2007
I left my mark at TechEd AU.
I've been to a lot of conferences in the past, and I'd have to say that TechEd was a lot of fun for me personally. It was after all my first TechEd and one that I'm sure I won't forget in a hurry, especially some of the night-life that went on. I first arrived to meet up with Chuck, to be given a weird...
12 Aug 2007
Clawing our way beyond the browser.
RIA (Rich Interactive Applications) have this approach that's quite unique, in that they kind of want to sit with fingers in both barrels. On one hand, they want to stay within the browser whilst on other hand they want to breach the browser and live on the desktop. It's a hard nut to crack as both have...
4 Aug 2007
Taking on the RIA fight, Adobe, Microsoft and Scoble.
I stumbled upon Scoble's post around how great it was to see Ryan Stewart being agnostic in terms of praising Silverlight via his blog. I guess I didn't really pay attention to this, as Ryan's always been one of these guys that generally has a great pulse when it comes to what I call the "RIA" movement...
18 Jul 2007
It's been a while since I last updated my blog but this is what has happened since I last posted: My Role within Microsoft just became much clearer, in that I have a renewed focus on what I am to achieve in the upcoming fiscal year and ideas on how to do this. This came from an intense 2 weeks of FY08...
17 Jul 2007
Spiderman(Adobe) vs Batman(Microsoft)
If you've attended some of my presentations on Silverlight lately, you would see a main theme arise, it's called "Choice". Ever since starting with Microsoft, I've been deflecting, dodging even fighting with the Adobe brand over Microsoft's offerings, trying while ever so badly at times, to illustrate...
3 Jul 2007
Is Wikipedia biased towards Silverlight?
I'm getting my presentation together for Perth BarCamp tomorrow, and in my assembly of this awesome presentation I stumbled upon the Wikipedia for Silverlight. It has the usual guff around what it is, where it come from and so on, but one thing that stood out was a section titled " Criticism " This has...
29 Jun 2007
Brand, it's deeply seeded.
In my role, I've encountered a lot of interesting behavior associated to the brand. I find it scary in some parts but also interesting in others. I've got friends whom I've known for 5+ years suddenly refer to me "you guys" when talking about Microsoft in general. I walk up to others and they throw questions...
20 Jun 2007
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