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  • Blog Post: Expression Studio tutorials now available

    If you follow this blog and/or me on Twitter , you should know that I have been travelling up and down the UK delivering a series of talks in colleges and Universities. During the talk, I show a very cool demo of how to use Expression Blend to transform a simple Flickr application written in Silverlight...
  • Blog Post: Interested in teaching Silverlight? We have news for you!

    With the release of version 3, Silverlight has hit the maturity sweet spot with more and more organisations realising the its benefits and adopting it as a platform to develop rich internet apps and media based application. As such we start seeing a significant increase on the number of jobs that require...
  • Blog Post: DeepZoomPix: bringing together Silverlight and Azure

    Have you ever wondered how Silverlight could take advantage of the Azure platform? Well, we just released DeepZoomPix a fantastic photo sharing site that takes advantage of both these technologies to provide a truly innovative way of sharing your photos. It uses DeepZoom to compose your photos into compositions...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight 3 Beta 1 now available (plus other stuff)

    Today at the MIX 09 conference we announced the immediate availability of the Silverlight 3 Beta 1 SDK . First of all here are the all important URLs: Developers Runtime: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=143433 Silverlight 3 Tools Beta 1 for Visual Studio 2008 SP1: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads...
  • Blog Post: Fireworks to XAML exporter

    I used to use a lot Adobe Fireworks for web design work and actually always preferred it to Photoshop to create application mockups and page layouts (I am a big fan of vector graphics and grew up using Corel Draw A LOT). Now for the joy of all Fireworks fans, Infragistics released a plug in that allows...
  • Blog Post: Details on Silverlight 3 start emerging…

    With the MIX 09 conference approaching soon, some details on Silverlight 3.0 start emerging after Scott Guthrie’s mention of what’s coming in the post he published back in November 2008 : “Silverlight 3 will include major media enhancements (including H.264 video support), major graphics improvements...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight Insight event for UK Academics

    We (the Microsoft Academic Team in the UK) are arranging an event targeted to Academics in Universities and Design Schools in the UK. Silverlight Insight is a one-day event designed to give attendees a solid understanding of the Silverlight 2 platform and of the Microsoft Expression Studio toolset...
  • Blog Post: Whitepaper: Silverlight Migration Guide

    Windows Media technologies have been used for a long time to deliver audio and video content over the Internet and in private Intranet because of several factors such as low infrastructure costs, high scalability, digital rights management and very high quality. This means that a lot of sites used the...
  • Blog Post: Creating games with Silverlight

    Nikola Mihaylov, a Software Design Engineer in Test at Microsoft working on the WPF/Silverlight tools for Visual Studio, just published a document called “ Anatomy of a Silverlight Game ” on how to create games in Silverlight . Here is how Nikola describes why he created it: “Last week I created a document...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight update for developers

    As posted earlier , we just released an update for Silverlight . Anyway the update available on the most publicized resource, only works for the standard player and not for the developers version that gets installed with the Silverlight tools for Visual Studio. I already posted an update on how to get...
  • Blog Post: PhizzPop Online Design Challenge 3

    For those who don’t know, Phizzpop is an international web design and development competition run by Microsoft. Round three of the competition just kicked off and the challenge is to “Help Global Electronics raise awareness for its annual Run4Power 5K race, a community-based fundraiser, by creating an...
  • Blog Post: A lot of Microsoft technologies at Barack Obama inauguration ceremony

    Microsoft Silverlight has been selected by the Presidential Inaugural Committee as the technology to be used to stream the Barack Obama inauguration ceremony, as reported on their official website . And the CNN is launching a site called “ The Moment ” which will use Photosynth to collect photos from...
  • 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: Inspiration Tour: Silverlight Slides

    As you are probably aware, myself and Ed Dunhill have been travelling up and down the UK delivering the Inspiration Tour , a series of talks on Silverlight and XNA to University students. I finally found some time to upload the Powerpoint we use in the Silverlight session on SlideShare . NOTE: Unfortunately...
  • Blog Post: My Silverlight Demo Links

    I (and my colleague Ed Dunhill ) are currently visiting a number of Universities in the UK delivering technology talks as part of the Inspiration Tour (more info on the planned date are available on Ed’s blog ). During the Silverlight session we show a number of really cool Silverlight sites (when we...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight 2 is a go

    Last night the Silverlight team released the final version of Silverlight 2.0 (if you are interested, the official press release is here ). While I recommend you go to Tim Heuer’s post for full details about the new release, there are a few things I would like to point out: You will need to install Service...
  • Blog Post: US Elections Democratic Convention: Powered by Silverlight

    After the big success by NBC in using Silverlight for their online coverage of the Beijing Olympcs , now the US Democratic Party is using it to power their online presence. If you go to the official website of the convention http://www.demconvention.com/ and open the Video Player you will be able to...
  • Blog Post: Mike ormond on Silverlight and the Mandelbrot Set

    Mike delivered a demo on Silverlight 2 Beta 2 to the Vista Squad user group in London this week (where I spoke about Live Mesh ) and now he just published the code he used during his demo. He described how to produce programmatically the tiles used by DeepZoom to allow the very smooth experience of zooming...
  • Blog Post: First press release about nbcolympics.com

    NBC just published their first press release about the usage of nbcolympics.com . Some quite impressive numbers: NBCOlympics.com on MSN attracts over 6 million users daily, who have already watched nearly 3.5 million hours of video content. On average, users are staying close to 15 minutes per visit...
  • 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: ReMix UK 08 is just around the corner

    Who cares the Mix conference is gone already (the next one will be in March 2009)? ReMix UK 08 is coming and promises to be a very exciting “48 hours conversation all about the ‘Next Web’, what it means today and the potential impact of technologies, tools and techniques for the future. Inspiring designers...
  • Blog Post: Really cool Olympics Popfly Games

    The Popfly team just released a series of 10 Olympics-themed Popfly Games. To access them just go to one of the following links: Torch Lighting (Soccer) Football (will our American friends ever learn? :) ) Track and Field Archery Long Jump Weightlifting Boxing Gymnastics Diving Synchronized Swimming...
  • Blog Post: Seema Ramchandani: From Brain Science to Silverlight

    If you wonder about this title… I did not create it myself :) I stole it from Channel 9 where Charles and Ritzy just interviewed Seema Ramchandani the performance and controls PM on the Silverlight team. Why am I posting this? Because I saw Seema presenting at the Techready conference last week (she...
  • 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: New Silverlight sites keep showing up

    As we progress toward launch of Silverlight 2, we see more and more sites adopting it to create extremely cool apps. Here are a few examples: http://linerider.com/ Line Rider is a casual game developed by Boštjan Čadež (also known as fšk on the internet), a Slovenian university student which got significant...
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