Can’t wait for the rich user interface in Longhorn? In the meantime, check out SphereXP. I haven’t downloaded it, but the videos and screenshots look interesting.
Check out a photo of our cool new Wireless IntelliMouse Explorer and Wireless Optical mouse “colors:” Immersion, Night Vision, and Groovy. You can see all of the options at our Microsoft Mice & Keyboards site.
Every other blog has already announced the arrival of Channel 9, so I won’t go into much detail. But, think of it as an experiment by Microsoft to foster frank and open discussion with the developer community. You’ll probably learn about the future direction of some of our products, and we hope to get some good feedback and suggestions from you. The first item in the doctrine sums it up:
Channel 9 is all about the conversation. Channel 9 should inspire Microsoft and our customers to talk in an honest and human voice. Channel 9 is not a marketing tool, not a PR tool, not a lead generation tool.
The User Interface Process (UIP) Application Block - Version 2 was recently released to MSDN on April 9th. UIP v2 is the next version of one of the most popular application blocks created by our Patterns & Practices group. This block is a reusable code component that builds on the capabilities of the Microsoft .NET Framework to help you separate your business logic code from the user interface. The UIP Application Block is based on the model-view-controller (MVC) pattern. You can use the block to write complex user interface navigation and workflow processes that can be reused in multiple scenarios and extended as your application evolves. The Application Block includes:
· Support for Smart Client Applications, including state persistence using isolated storage
· New views supported: hosted controls, wizards, and floating windows
· A number of fixes and enhancements to V1.
The C# team and other members of the C# community are answering some Frequently Asked Questions via a blog that rolls up to a page on MSDN. I’ve been asked a number of these questions myself by partners and customers, so this should serve as an excellent resource going forward.