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  • Blog Post: Web hosting and a domain name for £1 per month

    I am really pleased to announce that in collaboration with 123-reg we just launched an offer open to all students in the UK. A year's web hosting for only a quid a month… and they will even chuck in a FREE .info DOMAIN NAME for that personal touch Yup that is right, get one year of hosting on Windows...
  • Blog Post: Expression Media 2 Service Pack 2 just released

    Expression Media is one of the components of the Expression Suite and allows you to manage all kind of media files, organise and share them. We just released the Service Pack 2 which is available via Windows Update and Mac Autoupdate and also at the following KB on the Microsoft Support site: http:/...
  • Blog Post: Some new Silverlight goodness

    With the new year a few new things are happening in the Silverlight world. Silverlight Controls Source Code As Seema Ramchandani (a PM on the Silverlight team) blogged, we released source code for the Silverlight 2 controls. This means you can download the code and modify the controls as you wish. Click...
  • Blog Post: Windows Embedded Standard 2009 Academic SKU!

    The Windows Embedded team just announced the availability of the Windows Embedded Standard 2009 Academic SKU, which is basically the full version with a timebomb of 1 year. “With the exception of the changes required to adjust the timebomb, this version is binary identical to the rest of the Windows...
  • Blog Post: XNA Game Studio 3.0 Beta released

    Today the XNA team released the 3.0 Beta version of the XNA Game Studio . This new version includes a number of important new features and works with Visual Studio 2008 (it will NOT work with Visual Studio 2005 so you will need to install Visual Studio 2008 Standard Edition and higher with C# language...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Student Technology Day (AKA me on stage right after Steve Ballmer)

    On Wednesday 1st of October, join us at the Royal Festival Hall in London for the Microsoft Student Technology Day an event organised to discuss the next generation of computer science innovation with students and lecturers from across the UK. We lined up a number of very cool sessions...
  • Blog Post: Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 Now Available

    It was announced some time ago and right on time the IE team released the second beta of Internet Explorer 8 . You can read the details in the official team post , but I would like to highlight what I think are the most significant features of this beta. 1. Compatibility View There has been a lot of...
  • Blog Post: Amazing: Photosynth is now available for everyone

    I was really waiting for this and since last night Photosynth is finally available for everyone. In case you have never heard about it, it is a software technology that allows uploading digital photographs (of an object, a building, a place, whatever), analyses them and builds a three dimensional panorama...
  • Blog Post: Want to learn .NET 3.5 Enhancement features?

    Right after the release of .NET 3.5 SP1 , here comes the .NET Framework 3.5 Enhancements Training Kit which includes presentations, hands on labs and other material covering .NET 3.5 Enhancement features including: ASP.NET MVC ASP.NET Dynamic Data ASP.NET AJAX History ASP.NET Routing ADO.NET Data Services...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2008 SP1 and .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 released

    Today Visual Studio 2008 SP1 and the .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 have been released to web and are available from the download centre: Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Service Pack 1 Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1 The .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 includes a lot of improvements and especially...
  • Blog Post: A new DeepZoom composer preview…

    The DeepZoom Composer preview has just been updated as reported by the team here (this is actually the second release that fixes a small bug in the original one announced and documented here ). On top of normal bug fixes and performance enhancements, the most notable new features are: PhotoZoom upload...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft participation and contribution to Open Source steps up

    Sam Ramji, Senior Director of Platform Strategy, just announced in his blog (from the OSCON conference in Portland, Oregon) that we are stepping up our participation and contribution to Open Source. First of all we are going to provide monetary sponsorship to the Apache Software Foundation “ This sponsorship...
  • Blog Post: Dream Build Play 2008 Challenge

    We just launched the 2008 Dream Build Play challenge! Participants can build their dream game to compete with other game developers around the world.  This year’s contest will feature Xbox360 development only and to ensure that everyone has access we will be giving away one free 12-Month XNA Creators...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight 2 Beta2 Released

    As announced earlier this week at the Microsoft Tech·Ed North America 2008 Developers conference (see my earlier blog post for more details), Silverlight 2 Beta 2 has just been released. You can download both Silverlight 2 Beta2 and the Visual Studio and Expression Blend tools support to target it here...
  • Blog Post: Windows SideShow for Windows Mobile Developer Preview Released

    One of the features introduced with Windows Vista which is rarely spoken about is Sideshow. In case you are not familiar with it, SideShow is a technology that enables Windows PCs to drive a variety of external display devices connected to the main PC. These devices can be integrated in the main PC ...
  • Blog Post: More interesting announcements

    On top of Bill Gates announcements at the Microsoft Tech·Ed North America 2008 Developers conference, we just announced a few more technologies and releases that are important in the Academic world: Parallel Extensions to the .NET Framework 3.5 Parallel Extensions simplifies development by providing...
  • Blog Post: Bill Gates’ last keynote at Tech·Ed: announcing Silverlight 2 Beta 2

    Today was Bill Gates’ last public keynote as Microsoft Chief Software Architect. He spoke at the Microsoft Tech·Ed North America 2008 Developers conference and you can see a streaming version of the keynote here . While Bill is probably not the most exciting presenter on earth, I have always been impressed...
  • Blog Post: Expression 2 now available on MSDN

    After my post on the release of Microsoft Expression Studio 2 , I received a few questions asking about its availability on MSDN…. I can now confirm that it is available there for download. I definitely recommend anyone interested in We, Silverlight and WPF development to download them as this new version...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Office 2007 SP2 will support more file formats

    Listening to a lot of customer feedback, the Office decided to add additional file formats to the current 20 in Microsoft Office 2007. So from the first half of 2009 the following formats will be available: XML Paper Specification (XPS) Portable Document Format (PDF) 1.5 PDF/A Open Document Format (ODF...
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