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  • Blog Post: Extending Your Brand to the Desktop with Windows 7

    What is Windows 7 doing at a web conference like MIX09 ? Last week I went along to the above titled session, in which Yochay Kiriaty , an irrepressible evangelist on my team, presented the case for a desktop application in an increasingly web-orientated world. He talked about how local desktop applications...
  • Blog Post: Overview of Windows Azure

    Windows Azure isn’t particularly “on-topic” for this blog, but hey, just because I’m a client guy doesn’t mean that I can’t show any interest in other technologies, right? Manuvir Das presented a session on the subject at MIX09, and since I’m sat at home with a heavy cold feeling sorry for myself, I...
  • Blog Post: Building an Optimized, Graphics-Intensive Silverlight Application

    Seema Ramchandani works on performance as a Program Manager on the Silverlight team. She gave a fast-paced talk at MIX09 covering the graphics and media that contained some helpful tips for performance profiling, debugging and optimization. Silverlight Rendering Architecture When building a graphics...
  • Blog Post: Exploring the CoreCLR Inside Silverlight

    Brandon Bray gave an interesting presentation at MIX09 on how the CLR (the execution engine that underlies the .NET Framework) was refactored to support for Silverlight; I thought I’d share my distilled notes from the session. Bringing .NET to the Silverlight world was an obvious choice. Not only does...
  • Blog Post: MIX09 Day 2 Keynote Pt 2: Deborah Adler on Changing Behavior by Design

    Deborah Adler presented a fascinating case study of how user experience design can really have a positive impact on the lives of those who touch our products. She was the principal designer behind Target’s ClearRx drug prescription packaging , which has had a big impact in avoiding drug prescription...
  • Blog Post: MIX09 Day 2 Keynote Pt 1: Dean Hachamovitch on Internet Explorer 8

    Dean Hachamovitch is the General Manager for the Internet Explorer team. Amazingly, he managed to blog about IE8 at the same time as he was delivering his keynote – he must have been typing with his feet :-) Dean started with a humorous video on the “history of the web”. Last year at MIX, we made eight...
  • Blog Post: Eight Reasons to Fall in Love with Internet Explorer 8

    As announced at the MIX09 conference today, we just shipped the final version of Internet Explorer 8 . If you haven’t yet given it a try, here are eight reasons that might persuade you to check it out: You want a web that moves as fast as you do: Highlight an address, click the blue "Accelerator"...
  • Blog Post: About to Start Live Blogging the Day 2 MIX09 Keynotes

    At 9am Pacific (GMT-7), I’ll start live blogging the second day of MIX09 keynotes. As with yesterday, I’ll post the live version at this location on the visitmix site , and then within a couple of hours of the end, I’ll post a better edited, linked version here. If you missed out on yesterday’s keynote...
  • Blog Post: MIX09 Day 1 Keynote Pt 2: Scott Guthrie on Advancing User Experiences

    Bill Buxton talked about why user-centered design is so important; now we’re going to talk about the “ how ”. We’re going to be talking about three key categories today: web , media and RIA . One of the things we’re trying to do is to provide a single platform – the .NET Framework – that can be used...
  • Blog Post: MIX09 Day 1 Keynote Pt 1: Bill Buxton on Experience Design

    Earlier today on the visitmix site, I posted a “live blog” of the first two MIX09 keynotes here in Las Vegas. Now that the dust has settled a little, I wanted to provide an edited version for broader consumption. If you’re looking for a comprehensive, blow-by-blow account of what went down today, read...
  • Blog Post: Tracking MIX09

    In previous years , I’ve posted a live blog here of the major announcements at our flagship developer conferences. This year I’m going to try and do the same over on the MIX09 site , with “raw” regular updates of the key announcements; I’ll then wrap-up with a slightly more polished, detailed version...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight is FIZZING, Not Fizzling

    Any good politician, regardless of leaning, knows that the language you use to frame a topic is key to how it is perceived. By repeatedly using pejorative terms to describe your own position and that of your opponents, you start to move a debate onto your own terms. Of course, those with a little more...
  • Blog Post: What Can YOU Do with 10K of Silverlight or WPF Code?

    A lot, it turns out. Some long-time readers may remember my post of a year or two back where I set a fun little challenge to test what could be accomplished with just a single element of XAML . In the preparation for MIX09 , the team created a competition that offered slightly more room for creativity...
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