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  • 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: Powerpoint, Vista and Epson printers…

    I recently rebuild my laptop and stumbled on a problem which I had from day one with my Epson Photo R200 printer… Every time I closed PowerPoint I would get an application crash and PowerPoint would restart. I remember that some time ago I found out this was due to a problem with the Epson driver and...
  • 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: 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: More free software from Microsoft: Caligari trueSpace 7.6

    Yes, yes, yes, yes!!! I was hoping for this since we acquired Caligari some time ago. We just announced that Caligari trueSpace 7.6 is available for all and for free!!! ( click here to register and download ). Moreover it is now fully integrated with Virtual Earth, which means you can upload the model...
  • Blog Post: Presentation at the Scottish Further Education Unit Event

    On the 26th of June I attended the Scottish Further Education Unit ’s Computing and Information Technology Subject Network Conference - A Qualifications Update . As part of the event, I delivered a speech on the latest Developer Technologies (including Visual Studio, XNA, Silverlight and Expression)...
  • Blog Post: A few cool things (at least I think they are)…

    This week I found a few extremely cool things I wanted to share: DeepEarth With their own words: “DeepEarth is a community project focused on creating a rich interactive mapping control using Silverlight2 Deep Zoom. Concentrating on Microsoft Virtual Earth imagery and data the project offers team members...
  • 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: New Windows Live Writer Technical Preview

    When I started blogging, I looked at a number of tools to help me write and publish my posts and have to say that I became really addicted to Windows Live Writer. The thing I love about it is that it is simple, focused and straight to the point. Very easy to use and configure, provides all the features...
  • 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: XNA presentation at the MSDN roadshow in London

    In a post some time ago I mentioned going to the MSDN Roadshow in London and while there I was interviewed about the XNA demonstration we had over there. I just found out that the video of this interview has been published on http://www.ilivetocode.com/games . (On the same occasion also Paul Foster has...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: New blog: OneNote and Education

    One of the best and least known components of Microsoft Office is OneNote . Released initially as part of Microsoft Office 2003, OneNote is an excellent note-taking application. Some of the guys in the OneNote team just launched a new blog dedicated to the use of OneNote in learning and education: http...
  • Blog Post: More Silverlight Tutorials

    Mike Taulty and Mike Ormond just published a series of Silverlight 2 screencasts. You can access them all at this website: http://www.silverlightscreencasts.com Of course you will need Silverlight 2 Beta 1 to see the screencasts (and to try out the samples also the SDK and tools available there). Among...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Pro Photo Tools just released

    Ok, looks like my blog is turning in an announcement for new software one but… this is too good for me to ignore (and hang on for one possible very cool more later today). We just released the Microsoft Pro Photo Tools , which is an application which allows doing some cool things with your photos and...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Expression Studio 2 has just been released

    We just released Expression Studio 2. The suite includes Expression Web 2, Expression Blend 2, Expression Design 2, Expression Media 2 and Expression Encoder 2 and works seamlessly with both Visual Studio 2005 AND Visual Studio 2008. The team committed to keep short release cycles and just one year after...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Office Labs is live…

    Today I found the nice surprise of seeing Microsoft Office Labs live on the web. As explained on their blog , the Office Labs team has been working on some very interesting ideas in Microsoft and it is very good to see them going live and make some of these available for everyone. One excellent project...
  • Blog Post: Windows Embedded SPARK Your Imagination Program Goes Live

    Today we announced the availability of the Windows Embedded SPARK Your Imagination program. It is basically a low cost bundle of Software (Windows Embedded CE 6.0 R2 and Visual Studio 2005 Professional) and Hardware (one reference board from one of five hardware vendors). This program is aimed principally...
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