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  • Blog Post: Silverlight 5 RC with a touch of Mike Taulty

    The release candidate for Silverlight 5 is now available for download over on the Silverlight.NET site.  Check out the new features and then head over to http://www.silverlight.net/downloads where you will find: Silverlight 5 RC Developer Runtime for Windows Silverlight 5 RC Developer Runtime (x64...
  • Blog Post: Best of TechDays 2011: MVVM Powers Silverlight Development

    My series of posts highlighting the Best of TechDays 2011 continues with a look at MVVM and Silverlight …. from scratch. View this video as a WMV Related Links: All On-Demand recordings of the Windows Azure Platform sessions at Microsoft UK TechDays 2011
  • Blog Post: Best of TechDays 2011: Expression Blend for Silverlight Developers

    My series of posts highlighting the Best of TechDays 2011 continues with a look at Expression Blend. Using Silverlight? Then you should be using Expression Blend… The session is split into: Workflow Quick fire tips on Blend Building an app View this video as a WMV Related Links: All On-Demand recordings...
  • Blog Post: Details of Silverlight 5 beta

    Many of our ISVs are developing Line of Business applications using Silverlight – which means they will no doubt be interested in understanding exactly what we are up to with version 5 announced at MIX 11 this week by Scott Guthrie . Tim Heuer has all the details beautifully covered on his blog – from...
  • Blog Post: Is your product browser based? Then you need to check out the IE 9 Compatibility Cookbook

    The Internet Explorer 9 Compatibility Cookbook is designed to help you understand changes in Windows Internet Explorer 9 that might impact applications that you developed for earlier versions of Internet Explorer. Many changes help Internet Explorer comply with broader industry standards, and other changes...
  • Blog Post: Internet Explorer 9 Readiness Live Meeting on March 10th at 11am for UK ISVs

    My team has seen a rise in requests from UK ISVs to understand the impact and opportunities of IE 9 in more detail. Hence we decided to call upon our colleague Martin Beeby to deliver a Live Meeting to help companies dig into our latest release of the browser. There will be plenty of opportunity to ask...
  • Blog Post: Save the dates – Tech.Days 2011 23rd to 25th of May in London

    In May Microsoft UK (and specifically my group) will be delivering Tech.Days – a week of day long technical events plus evening activities. We will be covering Windows Phone 7, Silverlight, IE 9, Windows Azure Platform and more. I’m working right now on the details of what we will be covering around...
  • Blog Post: Researching runtime technologies (Xmas fun with HTML5)

    The Internet Explorer 9.0 team just posted about Pirates love Daises . This is a showcase game for the power of HTML 5 running inside IE 9.0 – and the author has done a fantastic job (you can get more details from Grant’s blog post ). A game developer is an ISV (Independent Software Vendor) – a B2C ...
  • Blog Post: Register now for the FREE Tech Days Online Conference January 20th

    The perfect solution to the “January blues” is a good solid few hours learning about great technology. The 'Build an app for that' Online Conference is exactly that, featuring demo-rich sessions on building applications for the browser, Windows 7, and Windows Phone 7. There are three tracks letting you...
  • Blog Post: Can a Silverlight 4 UI access Windows 7 platform features? Yes–thanks to Native Extensions

    At the start of December (2010) we released the Native Extensions for Silverlight (NESL), version 1.0. NESL allows developers to build incremental user experiences that can be run cross platform but will light up with additional features when run on Windows 7. You can download from: http://code.msdn...
  • Blog Post: Wondering about which UI technology to go with? Then attend the Silverlight FireStarter online event on December 2nd

    ISVs looking to build great use interfaces need to decide which technology to implement them in. Should it be HTML4, HTML5, Silverlight, WPF, Windows Forms or some combination? Each has strengths and weaknesses but certainly one of the strong contenders is Silverlight. Silverlight is Microsoft’s strategic...
  • Blog Post: Slides and links from the UK ISV Community Day on the 25th of November 2010

    [This is a placeholder – it will be updated after the 25th with all the presentations etc] A big thanks to everyone who attended on the 25th and to my fellow speakers for doing a great job. Ok – they haven't presented yet but I know they will :-) Microsoft Technology Roadmap – Eric Nelson ( blog | twitter...
  • Blog Post: FREE Cloud, Phone and App Development event on the 5th of Oct in London – with added Steve Ballmer

    This is an afternoon session at the ICC in London's Docklands aimed at developers and architects. It will cover the Windows Azure Platform , Windows 7, IE9 and the soon-to-be-released Windows Phone. We will be showing how multiple screens and a cloud will change the way you think about development (I...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight Training

    We've recently finished up on a 2-day Silverlight lab session for 20 partners who are currently on our Silverlight Early Adopter programme. It's great to see some of the cool things that ISVs are doing with Silverlight - especially around the media and IPTV spaces. There were, generally, three types...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight - it's not just for Tetris

    Browsing the Silverlight 2.0 Showcase on this gray Monday morning, I was cheered up to find yet another fun little Silverlight game (even if it is strongly reminiscent of Pipe Dream for the Amiga) to add to my bookmarks folder named 'Procrastination'. I hope my manager's not reading this. There...
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