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    Live Search and the April Fool’s Day

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    Being April’s fool the Live Search team decided to join the party on their homepage. So if you go (quickly!!!) to the US version of Live Search clicking on the link below, you will find it has on the background the image of a “strange” animal: http:/...
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    X48: Student games now available to download

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    Last week at the University of Derby , we run X48 , a marathon gamecamp where student and indie developers used Microsoft's XNA Game Studio 3.0 to create a game in less than 48 hours on the theme of Evolution. Ed reported on the two days in this blog...
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    Microsoft Surface: real design, development and use in education

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    With all the buzz about Mix 09 last week, many may have missed that we just launched Microsoft Surface here in the UK. Marc Holmes just posted a blog where he talks about the launch of Surface and the the media coverage that the event generated. ...
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    Goblin XNA: A Platform for 3D Augmented and Virtual Reality Research and Education

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    I just came across this project by the Columbia University Computer Graphics & User Interfaces Lab which I think is definitely worth looking at. In their own words, Goblin XNA is a platform for research on 3D user interfaces, including mobile augmented...
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    Windows Azure Session in London

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    You probably heard that we recently launched a Cloud Computing platform called Windows Azure. It is a cloud services operating system that serves as the development, service hosting and service management environment for the Azure Services Platform and...
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    The Microsoft Translator web page widget

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    Among a number of other things (especially the Silverlight 3 beta and the final version of Internet Explorer 8 ) at Mix 09 we announced that yet another very cool tool from Microsoft Research is being made available. It is the Microsoft Translator web...
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    Silverlight 3 Beta 1 now available (plus other stuff)

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    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...
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    Fireworks to XAML exporter

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    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...
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    Windows Marketplace for Mobile: great news especially for students

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    We just announced more details on the plans for the upcoming Windows Marketplace for Mobile. The Marketplace will be a mean to distribute apps developed for the Windows Mobile 6.5 platform which will allow developers to sell their apps at a price they...
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    Details on Silverlight 3 start emerging…

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    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...
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    Installing Windows 7 on a netbook

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    Lately I have been playing a lot with Windows 7 and saw quite a number of posts from people who are installing it in all sorts of hardware and especially on netbooks. The netbook installation can be tricky because… well netbooks don’t come with DVD drives...
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    We need your feedback!

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    At the Academic Team in Microsoft UK, we are working hard on trying to provide Academics and students with information about our technologies, the innovations we are working on and industry trends we see in the marketplace. We now just published a survey...
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    Expression Media 2 Service Pack 2 just released

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    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...
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    Silverlight Insight event for UK Academics

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    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...
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    Whitepaper: Silverlight Migration Guide

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    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...
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    Creating games with Silverlight

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    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...
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    Whitepaper published: How to setup a XNA Lab

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    I have been sitting on this for a while but I think it is worth publishing anyway… Our colleagues in the US published a whitepaper on how to set up a XNA lab called “ Implementation Strategies for Microsoft XNA Game Development in Academic Laboratory...
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    UK Universities on Twitter

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    As those who read this blog probably realised, I am quite addicted to Twitter and think it is a really useful service to connect to interesting people worldwide. Especially those interested in Software and the software industry should really take a look...
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    Silverlight update for developers

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    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...
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    The history of Microsoft

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    Not exactly breaking news here but I find this worth mentioning anyway… The guys at Channel 9 started a series of videos about the History of Microsoft . In their own words “Welcome to The History of Microsoft .  A video series that gives you a rare...
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    New Silverlight stuff

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    Today (as announced by Tim Sneath ) the Silverlight team released an update for the plug in which is available here . The official version number is Silverlight 2 GDR 1 (2.0.40115.0) (and in case you are wondering, GDR stands for General Distribution...
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    PhizzPop Online Design Challenge 3

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    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...
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    A lot of Microsoft technologies at Barack Obama inauguration ceremony

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    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...
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    My Updated Silverlight Demo Links

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    Some time ago, I blogged the list of Silverlight Demo sites I use when I do a demo (especially during my talks at the Inspiration Tour ). It is time to update the list, since I added quite a few cool sites to show, so here is the new list: DEEPZOOM http...
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    Some new Silverlight goodness

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    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...
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