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Synergist is about Michael Scherotter's passion: combining technology in interesting ways and about the convergence of technologies. 

Michael S. Scherotter is a Media Experience Evangelist at Microsoft

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    Chic Meets Geek in San Francisco

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    Last night I had the opportunity to go to a very fun event in San Francisco, Chic Meets Geek .  As the name of the event implies, it was about the intersection of Chic Style with Geek Culture and the people who are trying to bridge that divide. ...
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    Microsoft Silverlight Analytics Framework Virtual Event

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    Since we released it this past March, we have had very enthusiastic interest around the globe for the Microsoft Silverlight Analytics Framework .  On June 17, 2010 I will be running a virtual event on the Microsoft Silverlight Analytics Framework...
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    Analytics for the Bing Maps Silverlight Control?

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    We are considering adding analytics tracking for the Bing Maps Silverlight Control in the Microsoft Silverlight Analytics Framework .  To make this useful, we are asking for your input.  Since the analytics framework is event-based, what are...
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    Next San Francisco Silverlight User Group 5/13/2010

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    After a hiatus, the San Francisco Silverlight User Group is starting up again.  If you are a designer or developer in the San Francisco Bay Area and you are interested in Silverlight, please come to the next meeting of the San Francisco Silverlight...
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    Four Great Online Resources for Learning Silverlight

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    I wanted to share some great free resources for developers and designers to learn how to create experiences in Silverlight: Silverlight.net : This is the main page for getting started with Silverlight development – including a community, tons of tutorials...
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    Cinnafilm: GPU-Powered Image Processing for Video

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    At NAB, I was able to chat with Chris Gorman and Don Levy from Cinnafilm about their very cool GPU-based imaging processing applications. Take a look at the interview on Channel 9 .  
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    New Free Silverlight 4 Training Course Available

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    A new free Silverlight 4 training course is available for download on Channel 9 .  The number of people asking my colleagues and me about getting started with Silverlight is steadily increasing and this is a great resource to learn at your own pace...
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    Silverlytics: Microsoft Silverlight Analytics Framework + Windows Azure + Live Labs Pivot

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    Since we announced the Microsoft Silverlight Analytics Framework last month, we’ve been getting interest from all over the globe.  One segment of interest has been coming from the Service Oriented Analytics behavior that comes with the framework...
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    Omniture AppMeasurement will be in the Microsoft Silverlight Analytics Framework

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    As you may have noticed from today’s press release , Omniture, an Adobe company, is now one of the analytics vendors that will be in the Microsoft Silverlight Analytics Framework .  Microsoft also announced partner support for Silverlight Analytics...
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    Using SketchFlow for Presentations

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    If any of you caught my Mix presentation on the Microsoft Silverlight Analytics Framework , you may have noticed that I used SketchFlow the prototyping feature in Expression Blend to present the session.  I really like SketchFlow and I thought it...
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    PreEmptive Solutions Runtime Intelligence for the Microsoft Silverlight Analytics Framework

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    Sebastian Holst at PreEmptive Solutions just posted a walkthrough video of their Runtime Intelligence analytics component for the Microsoft Silverlight Analytics Framework . PreEmptive was one of the launch partners for the framework and has done a great...
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    New York Times Silverlight Kit Updated for Windows Phone 7 Series

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    I spent a little time adapting the New York Times Silverlight Kit this weekend to work on the Windows Phone 7 Series and created my first Silverlight application for the Windows Phone 7 Series. It was actually very easy – I just had to add a few #if...
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    The Microsoft Silverlight Analytics Framework Released at Mix

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    On Monday I gave an hour long presentation to a standing-room-only room at the Microsoft Mix conference in Las Vegas about the new Microsoft Silverlight Analytics Framework .  I knew there was interest in this but I was overwhelmed by the amount...
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    The Microsoft Silverlight Analytics Framework at Mix

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    I’m excited to share with you that I’ll be talking about a new framework for web analytics in Silverlight at our Mix conference in Las Vegas next week.  Seven months ago I blogged about building a new analytics framework for Silverlight and now we...
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    Windows Phone Development

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    Take a look at Chralie Kindel’s post today to see why I’m so excited about the Windows Phone 7 Series developer experience.  If you know what I’ve been working on lately or what I’ve been working with for the past three years, this is very exciting...
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    Windows Phone 7 Series at Mix

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      You’re hearing all about Windows Phone 7 Series—now learn all about it at MIX10.   Everything you could ever want to know about Windows Phone 7 Series is at MIX10 . You’ll preview the new development platform, show you how to work with the...
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    Dungeons and Dragons

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    I have Zune Pass – and I love it.  I just found a song that made me smile.  With the Zune Pass, I can select an artist and have it download an entire playlist of music from the Zune Marketplace that is related to that artist.  The features...
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    Windows 7 Sensor Trigger for WPF Applications

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    One of the cool new features of Windows 7 is a sensor platform that unifies the way that Windows 7 applications work with sensors. For .NET developers, we’ve released a Windows API Code Pack that makes it easy to create .NET applications that use the...
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    Architect Innovation Cafe Webcast-How To Architect Killer Apps with Windows 7

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    February 26, 2010 at 1:00pm – 2:00pm EST Title: How to Architect a Killer App for Windows 7 Abstract: Ever since its recent launch, Windows 7 has been enjoying rapid consumer adoption and glowing press reviews. This makes it a great platform to launch...
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    New Silverlight 3 Behavior for Toggling DataGrid Row Detail Visibility

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    I was chatting with a customer last week about how they were using Silverlight for their B2B portal.  They were having some difficulty with showing and hiding the DataGrid component’s Row Detail template programmatically.  I found a WPF-oriented...
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    New York Times Silverlight Kit Updated

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    I just pushed out an update to the New York Times Silverlight Kit to make some minor fixes and keep up with the innovation that’s happening at the New York Times Developer Network .  See the release notes here .
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    Scrubbing with Thumbnails with the SMF Player

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    One of the developers from one of my media customers asked me how they would implement the thumbnail preview while scrubbing in a Silverlight video player. He was turned onto the idea from seeing that feature in the Netflix Watch Instantly Silverlight...
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    Silverlight Design Days – Free Blend Training on Tour

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    My colleague Adam Kinney will be taking a road trip over the next few months to spread the word about Silverlight and Blend with free training.  Take a look at his post about his tour to see the dates and locations. Start the year out by Sharpening...
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    Windows 7 Tip: Creating A Help Toolbar

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    When I used to run Windows Vista, I had some commonly used CHM help files as links in my task bar.  Now in Windows 7 you can’t put CHM files into the Task bar but I found a better solution: create a Help Toolbar for all of the compiled help files...
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    Maximum.TV Launches Spanish Language Silverlight TV Site

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    Maximum TV just launched an amazing Silverlight site for US-based Spanish language speakers as their prime audience.  This is an amazing ad-supported experience that uses IIS Smooth Streaming.  One thing that I really like is the live video...
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