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    Inspiration Tour: Silverlight Slides

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    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...
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    Windows Embedded Standard 2009 Academic SKU!

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    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...
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    My Silverlight Demo Links

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    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...
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    The Windows 7 Blog for Developers

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    If you are interested in IT, computing, etc. you should have heard by now that the next version of Windows will be called Windows 7   and that participants to the PDC 2008 conference this year will get their hands on a pre-beta version of the new...
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    Ferrari is using Windows HPC Server 2008

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      Being Italian, a Ferrari fan and working for Microsoft… I could not be happier!!! Read the Computerworld article to find out more about this.
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    My visit to the University of Sunderland

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    I’m back from a trip to Sunderland where I met about 120 students yesterday as part of the Inspiration Tour 2008/2009 . I was really impressed by the campus, not just because of the quality of the building but also because of the openness of it… The Informatics...
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    Dare to Dream Different

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    Do you have any cool idea that uses software and hardware to create your dream device? You will find this very interesting!!! We just launched the Dare to Dream Different Challenge in which we invite you to show us what your dream device is all about...
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    Silverlight 2 is a go

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    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...
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    And the winner is… Windows 7

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    Mike Nash just announced on the Windows Vista Team Blog that the next version of Windows will be called Windows 7 . His post is an interesting read if you are interested in why this name has been chosen and why we decided to move away from a moniker like...
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    I am a PC… take two

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    As published in my previous post , we just launched an ad campaign called Life without Walls featuring a lot of user generated content where people basically say “I am a PC”. The main page for the campaign is http://www.windows.com I find this campaign...
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    I have proof: I’m a PC

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    As Steve Clayton reports today on his blog , looks like starting tomorrow we’ll roll out some more ads called “I’m a PC” to celebrate all the different people who use Windows in their work and life and are quite happy and successful (and you can read...
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    CPU vs GPU Mythbusters Style (yes, they shoot stuff)

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    Have you ever wondered what the difference is between a CPU and a GPU? And why you should consider using the GPU for complex calculations? Well the guys at NVidia wanted to find a good way of explaining that and they asked Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage...
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    XNA Game Studio 3.0 Beta released

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    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...
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    CodePlex launches support for TortoiseSVN

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    Do you use TortoiseSVN or the SVNBridge (or any of the Subversion client tools) for source control? Do you use codeplex and want to contribute to projects there? You will be delighted that starting today, TortoiseSVN will just work as illustrated below...
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    My LIve Mesh session at the Vista Squad user group

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    A few weeks ago I did a Live Mesh Session for the Vista Squad user group which the guys recorded. The recording is now available here in HD quality or using the embedded player below. Live Mesh By Vista Squad View in HD Download 720p HD...
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    Microsoft Student Technology Day (AKA me on stage right after Steve Ballmer)

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    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. ...
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    Microspotting: what Microsofties are all about…

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    I just stumbled on the microspotting site which is a blog run by Ariel Meadow Stallings who basically… goes around the Microsoft Campus, meets cool people, takes pictures of them and blogs about it!! Definitely worth checking it out to learn about the...
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    Help us making IE8 better

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    Ok, you should know that we just released Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 and that is is awesome (check my mini-mini-mini review here). I’m sure you downloaded and installed it and started experiencing all the cool features. But… did you find sites that do...
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    Windows 7 and Vista performance

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    Today Steven Sinofsky published a very interesting Windows 7 -- Approach to System Performance in the Engineering Windows 7 blog. This is a very interesting entry for anybody who is interested in software development and in the trade offs that need to...
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    Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 Now Available

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    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...
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    Yet more new (cool) stuff on live.com

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    Now that the Olympic Games are over, the team at live.com rolled out a new home page experience (after the beautiful collection of Olympic photos ). Now, look how the new live.com page looks like… a beautiful photo of Montepulciano, Italy: Ok but… other...
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    Olympic Stadiums Designs

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    I’m moving away from software on this post, but as I am interested in all around design anyway, I found this very interesting and worth publishing. Mark Hurst at the Good Experience blog (by the way, an excellent read if you are interested in thoughts...
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    More on the Live.com Olympic photos

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    Sometime ago I posted about the beautiful Olympic photos being used on live.com as a page background and then published the link to a skydrive I created to collect them. Today the guys at Liveside.net shared in a post that livesino.net collected every...
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    US Elections Democratic Convention: Powered by Silverlight

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    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...
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    Mike ormond on Silverlight and the Mandelbrot Set

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    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...
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