• 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

    Introducing Expression Media Encoder

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    It's been a busy day of announcements! Amidst the hubbub of the introduction of Silverlight, complete with industry pundits drooling with glee at the thought of a titanic clash between Adobe and Microsoft, we also announced a key new media utility as...
  • Tim Sneath

    Introducing Microsoft Silverlight

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    It is with tremendous pleasure that I can reveal Microsoft Silverlight : our next-generation, cross-platform, cross-browser web client runtime. Silverlight (previously codenamed "WPF/E") is a lightweight subset of XAML for building rich media experiences...
  • 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

    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

    Great WPF Applications #13: Pass

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    Let's say for a moment that you're a small business trader that needs to be able to receive payments both over the Internet and as point-of-sale transactions. You need a way to be able to handle expenses, manage accounts receivable and generally keep...
  • Tim Sneath

    Visual Studio 2005 Update for Windows Vista Released...

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    The final release of the VS 2005 update for Windows Vista is now available . This update fixes most of the issues that you may have faced with running Visual Studio 2005 on Windows Vista. Install Visual Studio 2005, the Service Pack 1 update, and then...
  • Tim Sneath

    Highlights of Windows Vista Week

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    Over the last week or so, our two "TV stations" - Channel 9 (for developers) and Channel 10 (for power users) - have been running a series of videos around Windows Vista. I thought I'd quickly highlight some of my favorite ones: Robert Fripp and the Windows...
  • Tim Sneath

    Great WPF Applications #12: Roxio Central

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    I'm hoping that by now, you're starting to get a sense for the range and breadth of real-world WPF development that is going on in all parts of the industry. We've just scratched the surface here: there are many hundreds of WPF development projects underway...
  • Tim Sneath

    Windows Vista Light-Up is Just a Recompile Away for Your MFC Application...

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    Yesterday's post on the release of the Visual Studio "Orcas" March CTP triggered a great question from one reader with a large MFC-based application, asking for greater detail on the following new feature: Easily add the Windows Vista "Look and Feel"...
  • Tim Sneath

    WPF and Orcas

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    (No, that's not a whale reference...) Today we released a fresh CTP of the next release of Visual Studio (codenamed "Orcas" - it's one of the San Juan islands that are a bit further out from Redmond than Whidbey Island...). I wouldn't normally take the...
  • Tim Sneath

    WPF Chat Transcript #2 Now Available

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    Thanks to the 120+ of you who showed up for the second technical chat with the WPF and Expression Blend teams. We really enjoyed hosting you all; the chat transcript is now available here .
  • Tim Sneath

    Great WPF Applications #11: Areva e-terravision

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    I've been trying with this series to satisfy the desire we all have for instant gratification by including plenty of applications that you can download and try out with just a couple of clicks. But of course, not every application fits into that category...
  • Tim Sneath

    Great WPF Applications #10: Daily Mail, Seattle P-I, forbes.com, New York Times

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    I've been holding off from highlighting the New York Times Reader as one of the applications in my portfolio for a few weeks, even though it clearly is a polished example of how WPF can transform user experience. Today, we can finally reveal one more...
  • 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

    Digg for WPF

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    What would Digg look like if it focused exclusively on WPF? Probably this ...
  • Tim Sneath

    Great WPF Applications #9: Scripps Institute Cancer Research

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    I'm behind on my write-ups of great WPF applications, and they're stacking up. Sorry! The next application I want to feature is one that has real purpose, in that it's being used by medical researchers at the Scripps Institute who are working on potential...
  • Tim Sneath

    Great WPF Applications #8: NoteScraps

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    I love this little application: it's a joyous example of how the subtle use of WPF can add greatly to an application experience. NoteScraps is a handy little tool for jotting down little nuggets of unstructured information - when you're on the phone and...
  • Tim Sneath

    Great WPF Applications #7: Skandia Cowes Week CourseSetter

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    I wanted to draw attention to this one, because it's such a fun usage of WPF. Each summer, the Solent waters (between the British mainland and the Isle of Wight) are host to a world-class sailing regatta with a thousand boats racing in forty different...
  • Tim Sneath

    WPF / Expression Technical Chat: February 21st

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    We had a pretty successful online technical chat in December , where we brought about twenty members of the WPF team together to answer your technical questions and listen to your feedback. Based on the response, we're going to host a similar event at...
  • Tim Sneath

    New Screencast Show on WPF and Expression

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    The first show of a potentially great new series on WPF and Expression has just hit the wires . Andrew and Dax are going to do a series of screencasts covering the use of .NET Framework 3.0 presentation technologies over the next few months. In this first...
  • Tim Sneath

    Great WPF Applications #6: fnac.com

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    If you want to see a contrasting online shopping experience to Otto , you could do worse than look at fnac.com. FNAC are in many ways the French equivalent of Best Buy, selling all things electronic: cameras, MP3 players, televisions, PCs. To coincide...
  • 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

    Great WPF Applications #5: TF1

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    I'm slightly accelerating the pace of these articles from the planned daily push, simply because there are just so many to cover. From the moment I pushed out the first entry in this series, I started to receive emails from people around the company and...
  • 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...
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