• Tim Sneath

    Silverlight RC2 On The Way - We're Getting CLose!

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    As we close down on the release, we're actually pushing out an update to the Silverlight RC build in the next couple of hours. The update is Sunday night's drop - build 20730 (the last release was 20724), and I'm going to informally dub it "RC2" for ease...
  • Tim Sneath

    Updated Silverlight Samples and Yet More RC Bits

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    Now that the API-complete RC releases of Silverlight have been out for a couple of weeks, most developers have moved their Silverlight-based applications over to the new build. Here's an updated list of 50+ samples and applications that run on the Release...
  • Tim Sneath

    Our First WPF End-To-End Reference Sample: Family.Show

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    The first three days of next week are going to be crammed full of announcements as MIX gets under way (click the hyperlink above to view the virtual conference site, where you'll be able to keep up-to-date on everything that's going on). In any big week...
  • Tim Sneath

    Great WPF Applications #15: Microsoft Indexing Service

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    [Update: Happy April Fool's Day, everyone! For the avoidance of doubt, this was a hoax...] At the start of a new month, it's time for me to unveil a stunning example of how WPF can be used not just for dynamic, immersive user experiences, but also...
  • Tim Sneath

    What's New in WPF Beta 2?

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    If you've not noticed that today is a pretty significant day for Microsoft, you've either been offline from the major news sources or we've lost your attention altogether. I can't think of many occasions in my Microsoft career when we've released so many...
  • Tim Sneath

    Windows Vista Secret #5: Running Quick Launch Items

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    Saw this posted on one of the internal forums today, and I thought this was something that was worth sharing. If you're a keyboard junkie, you'll love this. Do you have a few applications that you're always firing up? Would you like a system-wide keyboard...
  • Tim Sneath

    Windows Vista Secret #11: Deleting the Undeletable

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    As many of us move forward from Windows XP or prior beta versions of Windows Vista to the final RTM version, I thought this little tip / secret might be in order. You may be aware that Windows Vista includes a number of different ways to upgrade a computer...
  • Tim Sneath

    Playing Eliza with Encarta

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    I've found a new mindless hobby - playing Eliza with Encarta. The Windows Live Messenger team were first to put me on to the fun new service offered by Encarta, whereby you can add encarta@conversagent.com to your MSN IM list and ask it free-text questions...
  • Tim Sneath

    Video.Show 1.0 Released to Web

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    After three public preview releases, I'm proud to announce the final version of Video.Show , a ready-to-run solution for hosting video content on the web! You might be interested in Video.Show if: Your company or school wants to distribute e-learning...
  • Tim Sneath

    Great WPF Applications #16: Yahoo! Messenger for Windows Vista

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    It's time for me to reboot this series that showcases great applications built on WPF. I left it on hiatus for some months because I felt that the point had been well made, but it's probably time to pick it up again, not least because there's a swathe...
  • Tim Sneath

    Great Silverlight 2 Demo: Healthcare Demonstrator

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    Congratulations to Martin Grayson and team for building one of the smartest Silverlight 2 demonstrations I've seen to date . I saw parts of this demo a month ago when I was in the UK, and I'm delighted it's now released. Whether or not you're involved...
  • Tim Sneath

    What does Windows Vista SP1 Mean for Developers?

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    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...
  • Tim Sneath

    Great WPF Applications #14: Zurich Airport

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    From the beautiful city of Zürich in Switzerland comes this great example of how WPF makes data visualization a snap. In the scenario we're looking at here, the airport wanted a way to be able to track and manage flight operations. I'm sure we've all...
  • Tim Sneath

    Virtual PC Museum 2007

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    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...
  • Tim Sneath

    Windows Vista Secret #10: Open an Elevated Command Prompt in Six Keystrokes

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    User Account Control is, as I mentioned in secret #4 , an important part of the security protection that Windows Vista offers. For any user with administrative credentials, you can always execute a process with full admin rights by right-clicking on the...
  • Tim Sneath

    Speeding up Adobe Acrobat Startup

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    I'm very fond of the concept of Adobe Acrobat - being able to share a single PDF file that contains a non-volatile representation of a document, that you can view on-screen or via a printer without worrying about formatting issues caused by different...
  • Tim Sneath

    Extracting Metadata from Windows Media files

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    In this article, I'll describe how to use the Windows Media Format SDK to access the metadata embedded in Windows Media files for cataloguing purposes. Also included is two managed classes written in C# that vastly simplify the usage of this SDK. Download...
  • Tim Sneath

    Free Vector-based Illustration Tool from Microsoft

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    It's nigh-on impossible to keep track of all the varied products and announcements from Microsoft even as an employee, let alone as a customer! It took someone external (thanks Damir !) to alert me to Microsoft Expression , a vector-based illustration...
  • Tim Sneath

    A Couple of Avalon Express (XBAP) Demos

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    Some technologies are cut, others just get renamed so many times that people think they've been cut! Ever since the first public unveiling of Windows Presentation Foundation, we've supported both standalone and browser-based applications. On the browser...
  • Tim Sneath

    Silverlight Streaming is Now Live

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    Head over to silverlight.live.com to create yourself a Silverlight Streaming account key and begin uploading your Silverlight applications and media. Silverlight Streaming allows you to upload up to 4GB of media content, with videos of up to ten minutes...
  • Tim Sneath

    Off-Topic: Tipping in Las Vegas

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    A confession: I'm really bad at tipping. It's not that I'm deliberately ungenerous, but simply that I never know how much to give. The UK isn't really a nation for tips: outside of restaurants, it's not something that's particularly expected, which means...
  • Tim Sneath

    Announcing Family.Show v3 – Our WPF Reference Application

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    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...
  • Tim Sneath

    A Developer’s Guide to Preparing for Windows 7

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    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...
  • Tim Sneath

    Inside an HTML5 Interactive Experience: Never Mind the Bullets

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    I wrote in my previous post about the approach we took to the IE9 beta launch : partnering with design agencies and interesting customers to build what we believe are some of the most comprehensive HTML5 reference sites on the web today. Over the course...
  • Tim Sneath

    Expression Interactive Designer and Graphic Designer March CTP

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    Psst - don't tell anyone - but the March release of Expression Interactive Designer ("Sparkle") and Expression Graphics Designer ("Acrylic") are now available. These releases are compatible with the February CTP of the WinFX Runtime Components, just to...
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