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  • Blog Post: A Modern Browser

    This morning, Mozilla shared their feelings on IE9 with a post that claims to answer the question, “Is IE9 a modern browser?” While they grudgingly concede that IE9 is “a step in the right direction”, they seem to be operating under a very narrow definition of what “modern” means, that I don’t think...
  • Blog Post: PDC10: Mysteries of Windows Memory Management Revealed: Part One

    Fundamentals of Memory Management Windows has both physical and virtual memory. Memory is managed in pages, with processes demanding it as necessary. Memory pages are 4KB in size (both for physical and virtual memory); but you can also allocate memory in large (2-4MB, depending on architecture) pages...
  • Blog Post: A Developer’s Guide to Preparing for Windows 7

    As everyone must know by now, the Windows 7 Release Candidate is broadly released and available for download from the Windows site . The RC build is essentially our dress rehearsal: we’ve hit feature complete, stabilized the release, followed the active bug glide path down to zero, and the build is essentially...
  • 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: 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: Announcing Family.Show v3 – Our WPF Reference Application

    It’s been a little while in coming, but I’m delighted to announce that we’ve shipped the latest release of Family.Show , our reference application for WPF development. Family.Show started a couple of years ago, when WPF was in its infancy and a few of us were looking for ways to showcase the power of...
  • Blog Post: WPF Developers: PDC Wrap-Up and Visual Studio Tooling Update

    Over the next week or so, I want to put a bit of context behind some of the announcements from PDC, particularly the ones that got glossed over amidst the excitement over Windows 7 and Windows Azure. I’m going to start with highlighting some of the work we’ve done around WPF over the last couple of months...
  • Blog Post: What You’ll Hear at PDC2008

    My favorite conference is almost upon us. If I’ve been quiet for a little while on my blog, it’s because this has been a crazy busy season for me and my team, as we put all the pieces in place for PDC2008. PDC is Microsoft’s flagship conference, both because of the scale and depth of content, but also...
  • Blog Post: Why You Want To Book Your PDC2008 Ticket NOW...

    If you're into any of the technologies that this blog covers, you'll be mad if you miss the Professional Developers Conference this year. It's actually been three years since our last PDC, so we're overdue! I'm really excited about all the things we're going to be covering at the PDC this year: those...
  • Blog Post: Introducing the Third Major Release of Windows Presentation Foundation

    Today I'm excited to announce the public beta availability of a major new release of WPF. Since we shipped .NET Framework 3.5 late last year, the team has been hard at work at a new release that adds many supplemental features, fixes a good number of bugs, offers many performance optimizations, and includes...
  • Blog Post: What does Windows Vista SP1 Mean for Developers?

    As many people will have noticed, we released Windows Vista Service Pack 1 this week ( read about the notable changes here ). Aside from the inevitable bug fixes and enhancements to support new hardware types, one of the underlying changes is that SP1 brings the Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008...
  • Blog Post: Configuring a Web Server to Host Silverlight Content

    Deploying Silverlight content to a production web server is a pretty easy process. Despite occasional misconception, Silverlight doesn't require a Microsoft-based web server: Apache can host up Silverlight content just as happily as IIS. But there's one little gotcha: web servers are typically configured...
  • Blog Post: Have YOU Updated Your Windows SDK Recently?

    It can be pretty hard to keep everything up-to-date on a developer workstation these days. With so many CTP releases, betas, and service packs, I know I often realize that my own machine is behind in one area or another. One particularly worthwhile update that might have missed your attention over the...
  • Blog Post: MIX08 Day 2 Keynote Live Blog

    I'm going to be "live blogging" the Steve Ballmer keynote this afternoon at this URL. Keep this blog post bookmarked and start hitting "refresh" shortly after the keynote starts at 1pm Pacific / 9pm GMT. Or simply tune in to the webcast ( 750kbps , 300kbps , 100kbps ) and watch it...
  • Blog Post: Windows '7' Technical Evangelist: Are YOU The Person We're Looking For?

    It's not a state secret that we're in the early stages of development for the next version of Windows (given the internal name of Windows '7'). The specifics of what comes next are always the subject of fevered and sometimes inaccurate speculation, but you can be sure that we're not resting on our laurels...
  • Blog Post: Windows Survey on Deploying and Configuring Applications

    As we plan the next release of Windows (turns out that Windows Vista wasn't the last release of Windows as we know it !), we're trying to better understand how folk are using our deployment and configuration technologies. If you've got twenty minutes to spare and are interested in helping the Windows...
  • Blog Post: Virtual PC Museum 2007

    As Mike Swanson mentions in his blog, Virtual PC 2007 was released this week as a free download. This isn't a revolutionary release, but it's notable for its support for Windows Vista as both a guest and host OS, as well as x64 architecture host support. Some of you know that I have a side-interest in...
  • Blog Post: WPF - State of the Nation, January 2007

    In celebration of the launch of Windows Vista (and of course, Windows Presentation Foundation), I sat down with Ian Ellison-Taylor yesterday to chat about what's next for WPF. We touch briefly on the inception of the project and the surprises and the challenges encountered along the way, before drilling...
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