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  • Blog Post: Billy Hollis on Getting Smart with WPF

    Thanks to Jonas for sending me a link to this video of Billy Hollis presenting a great WPF business application: Billy Hollis on Getting Smart with WPF The first ~20 minutes of the video walks you through the UI design and talks about how various WPF features have been used to produce some great results...
  • Blog Post: Gamer-influenced Design

    Last year I blogged a little about how we can learn to design for Feedback and Problem Solving by drawing inspiration from games design: http://blogs.msdn.com/shanemo/archive/2007/05/22/discretionary-use-of-mandatory-tools-or.aspx (Shameless plug: Sarah Bloomer and I also talk about this in our "...
  • Blog Post: Aussie Web and UX highlights for Remix - have we missed any?

    Do you have cool Web/UX stuff that should be shown off at Remix? At Remix last year we promised that in 2008 we would turn the stage over to you guys and highlight the great work Aussies are doing with all the new gear. True to our word, we're planning to showcase some great Australian work at Remix...
  • Blog Post: Mark your Calendars! Remix 08 (Melbourne and Sydney) is on

    Ok, Finula has aligned all the necessary ducks, and we are go for Remix 08 in Australia! This year we are sharing the love around and taking Remix to: Sydney - Tuesday May 20th, and Melbourne- Thursday May 22nd For those that weren't at Remix last year, it's where we take all the best bits...
  • Blog Post: WPF, Silverlight and Expression neatly explained in New Zealandish

    The guys at the ZamDes User Group over in Kiwiland have scraped together various info about WPF, Silverlight, XAML and Expression into a good little PowerPoint overview. Follow this link to ZamDes User Group (zamdes.com) and look out for the PowerPoint slidedeck.
  • Blog Post: Bite-sized Silverlight tutorials for designers - a perfect fit for your attention span

    This is big - but small at the same time. Our very own karstenj , Ceslo Gomes (apologies to Celso - I blaim my source) designer to the stars, has launched " Nibbles Tutorials " - bite-sized tutorials for designers on how to use Expression with Silverlight and (soon) WPF . We really needed this - the...
  • Blog Post: Free online Expression training!

    Arturo Toledo, our UX technical product manager back in Redmond has pointed out some free Expression training on from Lynda.com and TotalTraining. The Lynda.com Expression Blend training is presented by Lee Brimelow , who is a guest speaker at Remix later this month in Melbourne. Note that Lee...
  • Blog Post: Surfaces, darling

    "I just want SURFACES, darling. I don't want this, look, I don't want this. I don't want THINGS on PLACES like that." - Eddie, Absolutely Fabulous You know your blog is working when people email you and ask why you haven't blogged about stuff yet. Thanks Scott! MS unveiled its (our?) Surfaces multi...
  • Blog Post: Discretionary use of Mandatory tools, or...

    ... or, "I wonder if Frank would let me expense a joystick for my desk?" Frank noticed this article in the New York Times yesterday: Why Work Is Looking More Like a Video Game http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/20/business/yourmoney/20proto.html The first part of the article discusses making...
  • Blog Post: ReMIX brings the best of MIX downunder

    So I've just returned from MIX and CHI . My tutes seemed to go well at CHI, and MIX was great fun. There were a bunch of Aussies there among the 2,100 developers and designers in Venice Las Vegas learning about the latest MS stuff, as well as hearing industry luminaries like Clement Mok (I shook his...
  • Blog Post: Sydney Morning Herald: Microsoft, Adobe competition heats up

    Thanks to an alert friend who just pointed this out to me. An interesting article in the SMH (and AGE too, I presume): Microsoft, Adobe competition heats up A couple of clarifications: I don't think Expression Studio is really going 'head-to-head' with Photoshop and Illustrator. While...
  • Blog Post: XBAPs for Firefox coming

    I read on Ryan Stewarts blog that XBAP support for Firefox is coming. [Translation: XBAP's are WPF applications delivered in and running in a browser. WPF applications can currently run as a fully-fledged Windows application, or delivered through Internet Explorer on Windows. The article talks about...
  • Blog Post: Custom WPF keyboard on UMPC and four on the floor

    You know, being a Microsoft evangelist isn't all just sitting around in cafes and playing with the latest technology. Sometimes we have to go to car launches too. On Tuesday Dave Glover and I wandered down to the Melbourne Motor Show , where Audi is using a Samsung Q1 UMPC (Ultra Mobile PC) to capture...
  • Blog Post: Your official source for sample WPF apps

    If you're looking for samples of all the good stuff you can do with WPF, then go no further than the official MS WPF WIki's list: Application Portfolio . Kordesy's favourite: OTTO - Online clothing shopping ( APPLICATION ). hmm... My favourite: DominoKen - Artistic 3D XBAP demonstration from...
  • Blog Post: Yahoo Messenger for Windows Vista

    Check out this video preview of Yahoo Messenger for Windows Vista.Uses lots of whizzy WPF and Vista tricks like transparency, scaling and sidebar gadgets. From an interaction design perspective my favourite bit is the voice-level indicator. Gives users good feedback and helps them feel in control . Coincidentally...
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