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  • Blog Post: Silverlight: Lighting up the client

    At PDC last week, Scott Guthrie showed some of the great apps developers have already built for Windows Phone 7 using Silverlight, as well as the rich set of development tools we have just delivered for building applications with it. If you missed PDC, you can view the keynote and other sessions at microsoftpdc...
  • Blog Post: Announcing Windows Phone 7 Developer Tools

    Today, we are announcing the availability of Windows Phone 7 Developer Tools. Windows Phone 7 Developer Tools enable you to design and test your Windows Phone 7 applications in Visual Studio. These free tools provide everything you need to build rich applications with Silverlight and XNA and deploy...
  • Blog Post: Introducing Visual Studio LightSwitch

    I am pleased to announce a new product in the Visual Studio family - Visual Studio LightSwitch. LightSwitch is the simplest way to build business applications for the cloud and the desktop. Today, businesses move at the speed of light even as people balance the responsibility of more than one role...
  • Blog Post: Announcing availability of Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4

    I am very excited to announce the availability of Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 on April 12 th . This represents the biggest tools release from Microsoft in many years. To celebrate this with our customers and partners, we are holding 5 major launch events on April 12 th in Beijing...
  • Blog Post: Introducing Windows Phone 7 Development Tools

    Today at MIX10, we are introducing the Windows Phone 7 Series development story. At the heart of Windows Phone 7 Series development is Silverlight. This enables you to bring your existing development skills in building Windows Phone 7 applications. Windows Phone Developer Tools CTP, Microsoft’s developer...
  • Blog Post: Walking down memory lane...

    Sometimes, we get caught up in what we are currently doing, the day-to-day stuff, the impending deadlines and the like. Once in a while, it is good to take a step back and reflect upon the jounrey - the why, the what, the how and the where. Recently, I got such an opportunity when I got a call to...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight 3

    Yesterday, I announced the availability of Silverlight 3 and the Release Candidate of Expression Blend. Some of Silverlight 3’s new features and improvements include support for running Silverlight applications out of the browser, H.264/AAC/MP4 media playback, GPU support, pixel APIs including...
  • Blog Post: Launching Silverlight 3 and Expression 3!

    I’m happy to announce the availability of Silverlight 3 and the Release Candidate of Expression Blend 3 and SketchFlow today. In addition, the full family of Expression 3 products will be available within thirty days. With version 3, Silverlight rounds out a feature list that delivers innovation...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft BizSpark: Serving 15,000 startups and counting!

    Eight months ago, Microsoft announced the availability of Microsoft BizSpark, a program that helps early-stage startups succeed by providing Microsoft software, support and visibility at no upfront cost. Today, I am pleased to announce that more than 15,000 Startups have joined BizSpark to date...
  • Blog Post: Prototyping with SketchFlow

    Recently, we introduced a new set of tools that add on to Expression Blend 3 that are designed to address the early stages of design. With SketchFlow, you can a) sketch out ideas b) turn those ideas into working prototypes that are as rough or as real as you want them to be c) present...
  • Blog Post: Expression Blend 3 Preview

    Building compelling and usable UI should be easy and fun. We all can point to our favorite products (either the ones we build or the ones we use) and think about how much better it would be if the UI was simple, intuitive and easy to use. Whether you choose to build rich desktop applications using...
  • Blog Post: Delivering ongoing value

    It has been a little over a year since we shipped VS 2008 and .NET FX 3.5. Since then the team has been heads-down focused on the next version of our product line with VS 2010, VSTS 2010 and .NET FX 4.0. In addition, we have been working on a number of interesting technologies that we have updated...
  • Blog Post: MIX '09 - The next big milestone for web developers and designers

    This morning, we kicked off MIX 09 in Las Vegas and announced the release of a number of technologies including Silverlight 3 beta, Expression Blend 3 Preview and the SuperPreview feature in Expression Web. This powerful set of technologies enables developers and designers to create unparalleled...
  • Blog Post: Interoperability - Eclipse Tools for Silverlight

    You have heard us talk about our commitment to interoperability in the past. Today, I’m excited to tell you about new support for Silverlight in Eclipse. Microsoft funded a project by Soyatec , a France-based IT solutions provider and Eclipse Foundation member, to develop an open source plug-in...
  • Blog Post: Reminiscing 2008...

    With the year almost coming to an end, I was looking back at some of the remarkable events this past year. One of the fondest memories I have of this year, although with mixed feelings, is Bill Gate’s keynote and luncheon at TechEd . This keynote marked Bill’s last public speech before he made the switch...
  • Blog Post: Inspiring through Innovation - DevLabs

    I have blogged in the past on my views around innovation , and the effort that needs to go into such efforts. Some innovations take a very long time to get just right before we know that they will truly cause a shift in software development. Today we are launching DevLabs - a site dedicated to...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight Tools support w/Expression Blend 2 SP1

    Yesterday we announced the Silverlight 2 release. I’m excited to also announce the release of the Silverlight 2 platform support that was previously enabled via Expression Blend 2.5 June 2008 Preview. It is now available to all Expression Blend 2 users via a free update, Expression Blend 2 Service Pack...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight 2 released!

    Today, we are announcing the availability of Silverlight 2, the most comprehensive technology for creating and delivering .NET-based rich Web experiences. Silverlight is a game-changing technology in a fast-paced world of the pervasive Web. Many customers and partners already take advantage of...
  • Blog Post: Olympics like you've never seen them before!

    This past week has been a lot of fun to watch some amazing athletes compete in the 2008 Olympics games. I’ve especially enjoyed watching Michael Phelps as he has become the most decorated Olympic athlete of all times. Phelps has six gold medals in six races and if he wins his next two races, will...
  • Blog Post: Win your own Olympic medals with Popfly

    As the 2008 Olympic Games officially kick off today – actually yesterday if you are in China – I am feeling a little jealous of those that are sitting in the front row to watch these amazing athletes do what they do best. However because of technology, I can still have a great experience watching...
  • Blog Post: How vulnerable are software applications?

    In a June 2007 report , the U.S Government Accountability Office (GAO) described cybercrime as “having significant economic impacts and a threat to U.S. national security interests” and referenced a 2005 FBI survey estimating that U.S. businesses lost $67.2 billion because of cyber crime and the estimated...
  • Blog Post: On stage at the TechEd 2008 keynote

    It has been a fun experience for me this morning. I am at TechEd in Orlando, Florida and was able to join Bill Gates on stage during his keynote to talk to the audience about the paradigm shift in client application development and the user experience. It has been a while since I have been the...
  • Blog Post: MSN Toolbar

    Earlier this week, we announced the release of the new MSN Toolbar. The MSN Toolbar aims to give consumers persistent access to valuable content and search options. It allows you to preview headlines without leaving the web page you are on, keep up with breaking news, and easily accessing information...
  • Blog Post: Open and Extensible

    Earlier this year, Microsoft announced a set of broad-reaching changes to Microsoft’s technology and business practices to increase the openness of its products and drive greater interoperability, opportunity and choice. As much as some of us dream of a world where all the computing systems are...
  • Blog Post: Popfly Game Creator

    Watching Microsoft Popfly evolve has been incredibly exciting for me. With its Silverlight-based drag-and-drop capabilities, Popfly has been a fun and easy way to build and share mashups, gadgets, Web pages, and applications. Popfly has won the hearts and minds of many, many people as evidenced by a...
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