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  • Blog Post: Dolly Parton and IE8 Web Slices

    Yes, it really is Dolly Parton, one of the most honored country performers of all time! In conjunction with the international release of her new CD/DVD set, Live From London, Dolly has added a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website ...read more
  • Blog Post: Netflix uses Silverlight & Smooth Streaming to stream the Wizard of Oz to America

    Celebrating the 70th Anniversary of The Wizard of Oz, and the re-release by Warner Brothers of an HD version of the movie, Netflix has launched a website to stream the movie for FREE to anyone in America on October 3rd. Netflix also hosted a free, live concert and outdoor movie screening on Tuesday,...
  • Blog Post: ARCast – Interview with Ward Bell on Silverlight for RIA at UFC Gyms

    I interviewed Ward Bell recently and we discussed using Silverlight for building Rich Internet Applications (RIA’s) for UFC Gyms and New Evolution Fitness. Read the full post on John Stame’s blog at http://jcstame.wordpress.com/2009/09/02/arcast-interview-with-ward-bell-on-silverlight-for-ria-at-ufc...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight and Photosynth at Stargate Universe

    MGM and Microsoft partnered to build an application intended to give old and new fans of Stargate a first look at the main location of the new Stargate Universe show, an ancient starship called the Destiny. The sets for the Destiny are amongst the most sophisticated ever built for a TV show, accurately...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight and Live Messenger at Photobucket

    Photobucket has collaborated with Microsoft to build Photobucket Visual Search ( http://photobucket.com/visualsearch ), making use of Silverlight, Windows Live Services and Photobucket's Open API platform. Photobucket Visual Search uses Silverlight to provide a rich and entertaining search experience...
  • Blog Post: Embedded Database Engine for Silverlight Applications

    So far, rich Internet applications (RIA) don’t have to be concerned with data management on the client side, as most connected implementations are designed to be simply a visualization and interaction layer to data and services on the server side. In these cases, data is retrieved from the server as...
  • Blog Post: Photobucket Visual Search Launches!

    One of the reasons why I love being an evangelist is figuring out how we get great projects done on our platform – this one has me particularly excited.  I’ve been leading the project for the last 6 or so months, coordinating between our great clients at Photobucket and our fantastic design partner...
  • Blog Post: MGM Studios – Silverlight enables fans to explore the Stargate Universe and generates incremental Ad revenue for the Studio

    Stargate.MGM.com is the official site for the Stargate TV and Movie franchise.  The Stargate franchise includes the TV Show ‘Stargate SG-1’, the longest running science-fiction series in US TV history.  On July 8th, the site will re-launch to promote its new TV show, ‘Stargate Universe’ (coming...
  • Blog Post: Linerider.com – physics-engine powered game on Silverlight and Windows Live Services

    InXile Entertainment has collaborated with Microsoft to build a new version of the Line Rider game, making use of Microsoft's Silverlight technology and Windows Live Services. The new Line Rider uses Silverlight to provide a robust and intuitive game editing environment, and integrated Live Messenger...
  • Blog Post: Over 30 Million Pages a day on ASP.NET, Windows, and SQL – Break.com

    As a popular entertainment site with an advertising-based revenue model, Break.com must support high traffic volumes while enticing Web site visitors to spend time on the site. The company handles up to 35 million page views per day with only two Web server computers. "That's the thing that I don...
  • Blog Post: Kelley Blue Book embraces Software plus Services

    Kelley Blue Book leveraged .NET 3.5 SP1 to cut the head off their .NET Web Solution. They now leverage a mode-view-controller architecture so that they can get direct access to the necessary logic. This enables them to serve new experiences on mobile devices and through Silverlight 2.  With the...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight 2 DeepZoom Technical Preview by Newegg.com

    Newegg built a DeepZoom catalog built on Silverlight 2.  A power search function was added, so when a customer is browsing they just need to enter a keyword, select “Go” and the results are presented in a much richer way.  The application has a slider bar that adjusts the search results by...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight and Bing Maps Used at Grubb & Ellis

    Today is a time in history where there are more economic factors disrupting the real estate market and operations than ever before. To mitigate this trend and ensure real estate and financial professionals have all the information necessary to make critical decisions, more and more data is being provided...
  • Blog Post: Ancestry.com Uses Silverlight for Genealogy Browser

    The Generations Network runs one of the most popular genealogy websites in the world – ancestry.com .  One of the things they wanted to provide their users was a simplified way to browse and edit their family tree.  Even smaller trees can become a bit unwieldy and very large trees can become...
  • Blog Post: Digg Accelerator for Internet Explorer 8

    I have blogged a bit about Internet Explorer 8 (previous posts are here ) and some of the really cool features that it comes, making your web discovery and usability experience really great.  Specifically, accelerators and web slices bring a whole new set of IE tools to some great web services. ...
  • Blog Post: PING Uses Visualization Technologies to Help Golfers

    Almost everyone in the golf world is familiar with Karsten Solheim, the founder of PING Golf.  Karsten and PING pioneered many of the innovations in club fitting and has long been the key player in the market for custom clubs.  Recently, PING embarked on an ambitious effort to radically improve...
  • Blog Post: ebaY sidebar for Internet Explorer 8

    eBay has just launched a new sidebar offering in beta. I have been collaborating with eBay on this wonderful Internet Explorer 8 sidebar. What is unique is that they are the first Internet Explorer sidebar that utilizes Silverlight™ as part of the presentation layer opening up specific UI features to...
  • Blog Post: Esurance Delivers Key Services to Mobile Channel via Microsoft Platform

    Esurance, the direct-to-consumer auto insurance company, has been offering policies online since 1999. And today, most Esurance customers still purchase their policies through the company’s user-friendly Web site. At esurance.com, customers can get free quotes and compare prices instantly, making auto...
  • Blog Post: Yahoo! optimized IE8 Web Slice

    If you are a Yahoo! Mail user and your currently using IE8 you will love the feature called the Mail Web slice that is available as part of Internet Explorer 8 optimized for Yahoo! . The Web slice gives signed-in users quick previews of their Mail right from a drop-down page within browser, so no matter...
  • Blog Post: MyProcess Prefers Silverlight over Flash for their SnapFlow Tool

    As far back as 2001 Samad Wahedi began to notice the gradual migration of work to the Web. He saw that people were doing more activities online, from banking to social networking, and people needed tools for performing certain tasks.  Wahedi and his business partner Gopinath Dhanakodi knew that...
  • Blog Post: Eduify Innovates to the Edge – BizSpark, Azure..

    Eduify is a web application and its mission is to give every student the tools and services they so critically need to become better writers and more importantly deliver to President Obama’s impetus to re-invigorate education in America. So before we talk about Eduify capabilities here is a real life...
  • Blog Post: John L Scott Real Estate Looks to WPF and Software + Services

    Microsoft uses the term " Software+Services " to describe a vision of computing that harmonizes client and server software with cloud services [ S+S Strategy ].  Rich software components that either exist on client machines or installed on-premise within a datacenter can leverage building...
  • Blog Post: Internet Explore 8 Optimized for eBay

    Following the launch of IE8 at MIX09 eBay has their Accelerator, Visual Search and Web Slice available at eBay . If you haven’t yet given it a try, as Tim Sneath has very nicely captured the eight good reasons that might persuade you to check out IE8. Read the full article on Raj Ramabadran’s blog at...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Surface used for Super Bowl Security

    During the Super Bowl on Sunday, it looks like Microsoft Surface will be a big part of Super Bowl security: it’s being used to coordinate security forces around the site. It’s very cool  — maps are integrated with planning and voice communications software so the field commanders can immediately...
  • Blog Post: Pandora arrives on Windows Mobile

    My favorite, and the most popular music streaming service on the web, Pandora , has finally arrived on Windows Mobile! Read the full article on John Stame’s blog at http://jcstame.wordpress.com/2008/12/18/pandora-arrives-on-windows-mobile/
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