• Tim Sneath

    WPF Hands-on-Lab: Build an Outlook 2007 UI Clone

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    I got wind today of a great hands-on lab that demonstrates the steps needed to create a high-quality user interface for business applications using WPF and Expression Blend. Two engineers from Microsoft Switzerland, Ronnie Saurenmann and Ruihua Jin, have...
  • Tim Sneath

    Windows Vista Secret #4: Disabling UAC

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    If you're a reader of this blog, I'm going to take a low-risk gamble and assert that you probably consider yourself a power user. You pride yourself in the responsibility of having full and absolute control over your machine environment and anything that...
  • Tim Sneath

    Introducing Video.Show: A Silverlight Reference-quality Sample

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    One of the favorite things about my job is being able to share really cool new content with you all, and so today is a good day to end the week on! Since we completed the Family.Show WPF reference sample, we've been working away in partnership with a...
  • Tim Sneath

    The Inside Scoop on Interviewing at Microsoft

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    (or at least, my personal take on it!) Over the last couple of months, I've been interviewing candidates for a couple of different roles at Microsoft at a rate of almost one a week. Interviewing is definitely something of a skill, both for the interviewee...
  • Tim Sneath

    How to Embed Silverlight Content in Almost Any Web Page

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    Catherine Heller has written up a great post that describes a new feature in Silverlight Streaming. Having uploaded a Silverlight application to the Silverlight Streaming service, you can now embed it in any web page as an <iframe>. If you want...
  • Tim Sneath

    Great WPF Applications #1: British Library Turning the Pages

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    I'm going to start off this series with a real blockbuster that was announced just this morning. I've been looking forward to the moment when we could reveal this application for months, as I think it's one of the most exciting applications I've ever...
  • Tim Sneath

    Deploying Silverlight in the Enterprise

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    As more and more Silverlight sites become available, enterprise administrators are starting to ask for guidance on how Silverlight should be deployed in a corporate environment. Obviously, at one level it's as straightforward as executing the installer...
  • Tim Sneath

    Download Links for MIX08 Announcements

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    Here's a consolidated list of all the key downloads you'll need to update your developer workstation to the latest and greatest technologies announced this morning: Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1 Windows Vista / Windows Server 2008 (x86) Windows Vista / Windows...
  • Tim Sneath

    So You've Installed Silverlight 2 Beta 1: What Next?

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    OK, so you've got all the bits downloaded and installed on your machine. What's the best way to start to get familiar with everything we've added to Silverlight 2? Well, you could do worse than start with the thirty page hands-on lab that I spent part...
  • Tim Sneath

    MIX08 Keynote Live Blog

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    I'm going to try to keep up a live blog this morning through the keynote to provide folk with an Engadget-style blow-by-blow account of proceedings. Keep hitting refresh on this entry to see the latest news as it comes. 9:30am - Ray Ozzie is on stage...
  • Tim Sneath

    Silverlight Redux: Listening to Feedback...

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    Although it was great to see that my post on Silverlight got picked up in a few places (in particular, Digg and TechMeme ), it certainly generated a lot of feedback in the comments section! I hope that after reading the comments, you'll at least give...
  • Tim Sneath

    ASP.NET, Atlas, Windows Forms and WPF

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    One of the challenges of trying to write a blog like this is getting the level right. I'm conscious that some of my readers are expert "Avalonians" who have been working with the technology since PDC 2003, whilst others are just coming across this technology...
  • Tim Sneath

    Microsoft Expression Interactive Designer ("Sparkle") Is Here!!!

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    It's gone midnight Pacific time, so it's safe for me to write a post that I've been wanting to write for many months. Microsoft Expression Interactive Designer (the product formerly known as "Sparkle") is finally available in the form of its first...
  • Tim Sneath

    The Power of the One Line Demo

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    Sometimes the simplest demos can be the best. Catherine Heller is our team expert on the myriad of new Windows Vista unmanaged APIs, but she also knows how to get people excited about WPF with less than 100 bytes of code. This is what she typed into a...
  • Tim Sneath

    Windows '7' Technical Evangelist: Are YOU The Person We're Looking For?

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    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...
  • Tim Sneath

    Attend the WPF Virtual Bootcamp - no need to register!

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    People frequently ask me how they can learn WPF quickly. Now the technology has been on the market for a while, there are a number of different choices: books from the likes of Petzold , Moroney , Nathan , MacDonald , Anderson and Sells/Griffiths , classroom...
  • Tim Sneath

    Optimizing the Silverlight Install Experience

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    Adam Kinney wrote a good blog entry last week on the importance for site authors of considering the first-time experience of a visitor. I guess most readers of this blog have Silverlight installed today, but at least in these first months as we focus...
  • Tim Sneath

    Watch Jackass 2.5 - Free and Exclusive on Silverlight!

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    Although we're all too proud to admit it, I doubt there's anyone reading this who doesn't love to while away the odd bit of free time perusing sites like YouTube and break.com for funny videos of stupid people doing dangerous things. However, there are...
  • Tim Sneath

    Great WPF Applications #4: Otto

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    Although you may not have heard of them by name, Otto Group are a huge retail conglomerate with €9b of revenues in 2005/6; they own retail outlets like Crate and Barrel in the US as well as catalog companies like Grattan and Freemans in the UK and the...
  • Tim Sneath

    Comparing WPF on Windows Vista v. Windows XP

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    A question I'm often asked is, "what's different about WPF in Windows Vista compared to the version that ships for Windows XP?" In the interests of transparency (which is what blogs are for, right?) I thought I'd address this here. I think it’s important...
  • Tim Sneath

    Google, Share Prices and Ads

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    Seeing Google announce quarterly earnings nearly triple their results for the same quarter of last year (they now have an annual revenue of $10 billion, almost entirely from selling ads), it suddenly occurred to me that I have never once deliberately...
  • Tim Sneath

    I'm Leaving Microsoft...

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    This job has been the most enjoyable I've had in my professional career so far, but after four years of great fun, working with some great people and learning a huge amount, I've reluctantly decided it's time for a new challenge. I've therefore handed...
  • Tim Sneath

    A New Arrival!

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    We're delighted to announce the arrival of Esther Alice Sneath, born at 9:50pm BST, 9th May 2004 by Caesarean section. She weighs 8lb 7.5ozs, and is beautiful! Louise and Esther are doing very well and all of us are very thankful to God for the second...
  • Tim Sneath

    Details of Changes in Windows XP Service Pack 2

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    There's been alarm expressed in certain quarters following reports like this one suggesting that Windows XP Service Pack 2 could break some existing applications. I wanted to counter this somewhat, or at least provide some potential remedies for those...
  • Tim Sneath

    Letter from America - Part II

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    One of the many things that continues to mystify me about American life is the garbage disposal unit. The kitchen sink in our apartment has no plughole: instead, it has a large round drainage hole obscured by a number of rubber flaps that come out from...
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