• Tim Sneath

    Silverlight 1.0 Beta to RC: It's Time To Move...

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    Hopefully many of you have now upgraded to the Silverlight 1.0 RC (or 1.1 Alpha Refresh bits). Just as a reminder, the beta release is due to expire tomorrow (August 1st). If you have the beta release installed on your machine, you'll see a dialog box...
  • Tim Sneath

    What's New in WPF 3.5? Here's Fifteen Cool Features...

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    A lot of WPF developers know that Visual Studio 2008 will include much better baked-in support for WPF - the "Cider" team have delivered a WPF forms designer, high-quality XAML Intellisense built on top of a XAML language service rather than an XSD, a...
  • Tim Sneath

    Silverlight 1.0 RC1 is Here!

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    As indicated in a previous post , we're homing in on the launch of Silverlight 1.0, and today marks another milestone with the launch of the first release candidate. Since the beta we released at MIX, we've fixed approximately 2000 bugs and work items...
  • Tim Sneath

    Announcing Family.Show 2.0

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    Three months ago, we launched Family.Show, our first end-to-end reference sample for WPF. Family.Show is a genealogy program that demonstrates the usage of WPF for a complex, realistic scenario. If you're a fledgling WPF developer who wants to pore over...
  • Tim Sneath

    Preparing for Silverlight 1.0 RC and Beyond

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    In just a couple of weeks, we'll be ready to publish the Release Candidate of Silverlight 1.0 to the web. We're in the final stages of stabilization as we close in on launch; fixing the last few bugs, doing detailed security penetration testing work,...
  • Tim Sneath

    From A to Z... 50 Silverlight Applications

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    It's great to see so many Silverlight-based widgets, samples, demos and applications appearing out there. I spent a happy hour this morning searching around the Internet for examples and samples, and thought I'd aggregate the fruits of my research below...
  • Tim Sneath

    Come to a Silverlight Lab in Redmond

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    From time to time, we run development labs in Redmond where folk can bring their applications in and work on them in a secure lab environment, with hands-on support from ourselves and other members of the product group. The next one is taking place on...
  • Tim Sneath

    So You Want to Give a Silverlight Presentation?

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    It's my hope that you're somewhat excited by this Silverlight stuff, and if so, perhaps you're wanting to spread the word amongst your fellow colleagues. To that end, I thought I'd share a couple of presentations that I've given often over the last couple...
  • Tim Sneath

    A Summer of WPF and Silverlight Training

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    Summer's here, and that usually means a bit of a slow-down in the office as folk take off on vacation. It's also a great time for some new skills development and training, and as there's a smorgasbord of WPF and Silverlight-related courses taking place...
  • Tim Sneath

    Some Great Silverlight Controls

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    The Silverlight 1.1 alpha bits don't currently have much in the way of controls. The infrastructure is there (you can derive from System.Windows.Control, for instance), and we include a few early sample controls (button, slider and so on, including source...
  • Tim Sneath

    Snack Tutorials for Hungry Designers

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    Celso Gomes is an amazing interactive designer working at Microsoft who is responsible for the beautiful sample applications that ship with Expression Blend and did some of the earliest design explorations for Silverlight. Now he's come up with Nibbles...
  • Tim Sneath

    More Fun with Silverlight Video: Ad Overlays

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    Viral video sites are everywhere: it seems that everyone has an embarrassing moment or unusual performance that they want to share with the world at large in the hope of becoming the next internet celebrity. All those videos eat up a huge amount of bandwidth...
  • Tim Sneath

    Demo: The Power of Silverlight Video

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    As we were pretty explicit in declaring at the MIX conference last month, one of the key scenarios for Silverlight 1.0 is delivering rich video experiences. But since the word "rich" is something of a cliché in the web world, I wanted to give a small...
  • 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

    Programming HTML with C#

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    In my last post , I promised to provide a more detailed technical explanation of how you can use the .NET capabilities of Silverlight with HTML, allowing full access to the HTML DOM from managed code as well as providing a means for client-side JavaScript...
  • Tim Sneath

    Silverlight Isn't Just about Presentation...

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    I wanted to highlight a Silverlight feature that is often overlooked, relating to the way that Silverlight interacts with HTML. Although most people think about Silverlight as a technology for building web-based user interfaces through XAML, it also offers...
  • Tim Sneath

    Hours of Free Training on Expression Blend and Design

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    Arturo Toledo (one of our ace designers) posted a reminder on an internal email list that lynda.com have heaps of free training on Expression Blend and Expression Design available as screencasts. The Expression Blend material is presented by Lee Brimelow...
  • Tim Sneath

    Silverlight in the UK and Ireland...

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    Sorry - I temporarily fell off the blogging wagon. It's tough to keep it going - there's always new stuff to blog about, but finding the time to write and polish is more challenging. It's been a busy month with all the follow-up from MIX, a brief vacation...
  • 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

    Expression Media Encoder

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    Download a free trial version here ...
  • Tim Sneath

    WPF Momentum Video

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    For the last few months, I've been featuring a portfolio of great WPF applications that have shipped since we launched WPF. We turned some of those, plus a bunch of new ones, into a keynote "anthem" video that Ray Ozzie just showed. I thought I'd upload...
  • Tim Sneath

    Silverlight Screencasts

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    To coincide with the launch of the Silverlight 1.0 Beta, my team has been working hard on a great series of intermediate-level screencasts on Silverlight that are just hitting the wires now. Each video is about five minutes in length, and covers a "how...
  • Tim Sneath

    Keeping Track of MIX

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    Our flagship conference for web designers and developers, MIX , starts today in Las Vegas. This event is unlike any other Microsoft conference, with a fascinating mix of internal and external speakers even including a few that are openly hostile towards...
  • 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

    How Did We Come Up With Silverlight?

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    I'm sure some readers will be interested in the decision making process that we went through to arrive at the name of Silverlight for our new web runtime platform. It was a tough choice; we know that WPF/E was much loved by the community and that acronyms...
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