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Want MIX08 in the UK? Then come to ReMix08 in Brighton on 18th and 19th September and save if you book an early bird place now

Thu, 31 Jul 2008 17:03:36 GMT

I love what goes on at these events.  It would be good to see you there.  Here is the little advert: Final chance to save £110. Very limited Early Bird places left - don't say we didn't warn you! 1,000 web developers, designers, development managers and technology evangelists are going to take the media they love to the next level. Why? Because ReMix UK 08 is getting bigger and better.   Scott GuthrieDeveloper Track Bill BuxtonDesign and UX Track   For Designers, Developers, the Community and Beyond Work   Julie Howell, Fortune Cookie • Brendan Dawes, Magnetic North • Paul Foster, Microsoft Evangelist  • Guy Smith-Ferrier, Capella • Tim Regan, Microsoft Research • Mike Taulty, Microsoft Developer Evangelist See the website for the growing list of speakers... What's in the mix • Panel discussions to Interactive Mash Ups • Designers and developers hand-in-hand to • All day VJs to conceptual walls • Open Source project, CodePlex • Backnetwork to Moo cards • Photosynth master classes to Microsoft Surface • Our international act to geek bars • Swag giveaways to inflatable lounges • Designing for compatibility and for the wild • Visualising books to sneak previews • The latest developments in IM, VE and IE8 • Latest developments in RIAs and SSDs • WPF and Silverlight applications at work • • The technology Silverlight | Deep Zoom | Mobile | Expression | ASP.NET/AJAXWindows Live services | XNA | Partnering with Microsoft | PhotosynthRobotics Studio | Data | Microsoft Research | Popfly | Advertising It's a full-on interactive event. Be a part of something special. Don't forget the Early Bird offer and register today at www.microsoft.com/uk/remix08/. Early Bird price £239 (inc.VAT), full price £349 from the 301st ticket.   See you there!   ttfn David Technorati Tags: Silverlight, Deep Zoom, Mobile, Windows Mobile, Expression, ASP.Net, Ajax, Windows Live Services, XNA, Microsoft, Partner, Photosynth, Robotics Studio, Data, Microsoft Research, Popfly, Advertising[...]



Silverlight Adoption Expected to Triple .. especially when you look at what is in V2

Tue, 15 Apr 2008 07:59:01 GMT

Forward looking statements are always risky, but I do see Silverlight popping up all over the place.  Even the next rev of the theme for this website will be based on Silverlight.  in a recent article Evans Data claimed that Silverlight Adoption Expected to Triple.  

Evans Data official says Microsoft's support of its products will drive the growth of the company's alternative to Adobe Flash over the next 18 months.

Despite Adobe Flash's dominance in the world of rich Internet applications, Microsoft's competing offering, Silverlight, is expected to triple its market share, according to a market researcher.

In an interview with eWEEK, John Andrews, president and CEO of Evans Data, said that over the next 12 to 18 months, Silverlight should triple its market share.

"Flash is the incumbent, the leader," Andrews said. "If you look at Flex, AIR [Adobe Integrated Runtime], Silverlight and Eclipse RCP [Rich Client Platform], all of them have smaller market share. But if you look at the next 12 to 18 months, they just about double their current market share. And interesting enough, Silverlight almost triples. Silverlight is very, very popular with this Web 2.0 technology developer."

Andrews based his claims on Evans Data research.

He also said much of the success Silverlight will see will be not only due to Microsoft marketing but to the fact that "Microsoft supports its products very well.”

Moreover, “many people think about Microsoft as not the innovator—which they aren't in many cases—but, boy, they're the fastest follower you can find,” Andrews said. “When you look at developer support and quality of product, and then you look at how those products tie back into the stack so easily, it really facilitates the productivity of these developers."

Of course I differ about the innovator stuff … maybe we just try to bake things a little more before we take the covers off, so that is why were not seen as the 1st to market.  More of this will be seen later this month!!

Now, if you’ve only seen Silverlight V1, then it is worth taking a quick look at the V2 product.  Dr Dobbs has some information on it at http://www.ddj.com/windows/207200289.

 

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If you liked the Deep Zoom (aka Sea Dragon) tool, then you will be blown away by the preview of the Deep Zoom Composer

Thu, 13 Mar 2008 21:55:03 GMT

I created my Star Wars Deep Zoom preview and really liked it, but then contacted the author of the site to see how I could add more pictures and control the layout &/or host it myself.  Normally when I ask these sorts of questions I get a response about "later" and "out of beta", but instead I got pointed to these 3 articles and I have to say Wow!! You can see what someone can do with this technology at The Hard Rock Cafe - http://memorabilia.hardrock.com/ Download the Preview of the Deep Zoom Composer What is the Deep Zoom Composer?Deep Zoom Composer allows you to quickly import your own images, arrange and position them to your liking, and export the final output as either a Deep Zoom Image or Collection that can be fed into Silverlight's MutliScaleImage control. This means that you too can use your own images and display them using our Deep Zoom technology. Download the Deep Zoom Composer   However, having done this I needed a simple user guide.  At this point the blog Expression Blend and Design : Deep Zoom Composer User Guide came to my aid where there is indeed the user guide to download.  The tool is simple, but the guide helps you understand what you are doing.   Finally, I had arranged my pictures, however the output did not have zoom and pan capability.  Then I found the article Expression Blend and Design : Deep Zoom Sample with MouseWheel / Pan / Click-Zoom which basically enabled me to finish the job off.  All quite simple and the output looks fantastic. In your Web Site project, inside your ClientBin folder, you will see a folder called vistaWallpapers. The vistaWallpapers folder contains the images, xml, and bin files Deep Zoom Composer (DZC) output. To reuse this sample for your own projects, delete the vistaWallpapers folder and import your own folder containing the DZC output. Once you have done that, open Page.xaml in your Silverlight project and change the source of your MultiScaleImage control to point to your new folder and its info.bin file in your Web Site project: Once you have replaced your images and changed the path to the images in Page.xaml, build your project and view your DeepZoomOutput.html page in your browser. I'm glad that there are some clever people around who make all this seem so very, very simple!!   ttfn David Technorati Tags: Deep Zoom, SeaDragon, Expression, Blend, Developer, UX, Silverlight[...]



PhotoZoom using Silverlight and DeepZoom (aka SeaDragon) technology - mine is on Star Wars, but we could create a SBSC one

Tue, 11 Mar 2008 14:13:43 GMT

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The above technology is built using Silverlight 2.0 beta that was announced at MIX08.  You can upload photos or import via an RSS feed.  I did the later, bit it occurred to me that we should start something like this for SBSC and ISV partners.

To see the effect, go to http://photozoom.mslivelabs.com/Album.aspx?alias=Doverton&album=1 and then zoom in and out using the +/- in the top left corner or the scroll wheel on your mouse.  It is quite amazing!

Hat tip to Steve for this one

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CES (Computer Electronics Show) is coming and Microsoft will be there. Want to learn more and watch the keynote...

Sat, 05 Jan 2008 21:50:23 GMT

I love CES.  Yes, it is not business oriented, but it is great to see what everyone / anyone is doing in the consumer end of the market.  Microsoft have a little silverlight site for people to find out more:

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This site can be found at http://www.microsoft.com/ces/ :-)  Notice the areas we will be talking about at the bottom of the screen shot - Windows Vista, Xbox 360, Zune, Office, Windows Live, Windows Mobile and Games for Windows... rock on!!

 

You can find links to more information, more ways to view etc at http://www.istartedsomething.com/20080105/bill-gates-ces-2008-keynote/

 

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David (still officially on holiday)

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Silverlight, the UK PR company and Christmas greetings

Mon, 24 Dec 2007 07:25:58 GMT

I'm enjoying the festive spirit at the moment - the home is well lit and I am officially off from work (officially because I still do a bit here and there).  I'm off to the cinema with one of my daughters today and plan to spend some of the afternoon wrapping presents too.  What more could one ask for?

 

Well, how about Mason Zimbler writing their seasons greeting card in Silverlight?  Well, if it was, then another of my Christmas wishes has been granted (image) .  It is quite nice to see a PR company taking the mickey out of themselves a bit, but they are British I suppose!!

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http://mason-zimbler.com/festivegreetings/

 

As always, enjoy the holidays

 

David

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Happy Christmas from Microsoft UK and me (ok, so it says Seasons Greetings, but I think we all can take it to be something about having a nice break if you choose to celebrate it)

Wed, 19 Dec 2007 15:55:00 GMT

The card itself can be found at the site http://www.seasonal-greetings.com/, but since this is a nice little Silverlight card I thought I would try my hand at embedding it too, so below is an embedded version of the card.  If this gives you problems, let me know.

If you feel inclined you can click the NSPCC link and think about how to support them (I do, but so could you)

[updated to change Silverlight embedded card to a link since this is now post Christmas]

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David

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Do you want a Microsoft Architecture Poster?

Sat, 15 Dec 2007 14:17:30 GMT

I saw this at Chris's site and thought I would share:      Chris Bowen's Blog : Got Tech Posters? There are plenty of technology posters and charts for developers available on MSDN.  I didn't realize just how many until I searched for "poster" on MSDN downloads. Here's a list of the more recent ones: [Edited list by David - more on Chris's blog] .NET 3.5 Namespaces PosterThe .NET Framework 3.5 Common Namespaces and Types Poster Exchange Component Architecture PosterThis poster highlights the architecture and feature set of Microsoft Exchange Server 2007. Visual Basic 2008 Keybinding PosterPrintable wall poster containing list of useful keyboard shortcuts for Visual Basic 2008 developers Visual C++ 2008 Keybinding PosterList of keybindings for Visual C++ language within Visual Studio and Visual C++ Express 2008 Visual C# 2008 PosterWall chart showing useful keyboard shortcuts for Visual C# programming language 2007 Office System: Developer PostersDownload these posters to learn more about the new features and enhancement to the 2007 Microsoft Office System. Windows Server 2008 Component PostersWindows Server 2008 Component Posters, originally printed in the July 2007 issue of TechNet Magazine. Microsoft Silverlight 1.1 (Ed: Make that 2.0) Developer Reference PosterMicrosoft Silverlight Developer Reference Poster ttfn David Technorati Tags: Developer, .Net Framework, Visual C#, Visual C++, Office System, Silverlight, Windows Server 2008[...]



More on how to use / develop with Silverlight 1.0 and the fact that users are itching for Silverlight 2.0

Thu, 13 Dec 2007 13:57:48 GMT

I love content produced in Silverlight, in fact, not enough is happening with this technology in my personal opinion inside Microsoft (or at least, inside and coming out), however I have found a few resources worth mentioning.  1st up we have information on Silverlight 1.0 development by Dan Wahlin - My Latest Silverlight Articles - Dan Wahlin's WebLog : My Latest Silverlight Articles Over the past few months I've been writing articles for the .NET Insight insight newsletter covering various ASP.NET AJAX concepts.  You can read those article here.  I've wrapped up that series and have started writing about Silverlight 1.0.  Each week a new article will be published and I'll update them here so check back.  The articles are designed to be focused and concise and get straight to the topic without a lot of fluff.   Getting Started with Silverlight Using Microsoft's Silverlight Control in a Web Site Understanding Silverlight's createObject and createObjectEx Methods Silverlight XAML Primer 1: Exploring Canvases Silverlight XAML Primer 2: Rectangles, Ellipses, Lines and Text Silverlight XAML Primer 3: Working with Image Brushes   and then we have the news that people just can't wait for the next version (was Silverlight 1.1 alpha) Users Itching for Silverlight 2.0By  Darryl K. Taft Microsoft continues to evolve its Silverlight cross-browser, cross-platform plug-in for generating rich Internet applications and Web content, and users are anxiously awaiting the features due in the next release.   The Redmond, Wash., software giant released Silverlight 1.0 in September, along with a 1.1 update. Then on Nov. 29, Microsoft announced that it was renaming Silverlight 1.1 to Silverlight 2.0. And in addition to adding support for .NET, Microsoft is taking the next version of Silverlight further by adding a comprehensive control model, powerful skinning/theming, data binding and over 20 controls in the box, Microsoft said. "Silverlight 2.0 is the version we're excited about," said Scott Stanfield, CEO of Vertigo Software, based in Point Richmond, Calif. "Although we are very active with our customers using Silverlight 1.0 today, you have to program it in JavaScript. Nothing against JavaScript—it's better than Flash's ActionScript; it's just the tools aren't as good as what we're used to with Visual Studio. Silverlight 2.0 gives us three things on our Christmas list: .NET language support, more UI [user interface] controls and hopefully, a larger installed base." The prospect of Silverlight being an alternative to Adobe Systems' technology is attractive to several users. Cynergy, an RIA (Rich Internet Application) development firm based in Washington D.C., has a long history in other RIA technologies, most recently with Adobe's Flex. "But we are incredibly excited by Silverlight," said Dave Wolf, vice president of Cynergy. The company announced the formation of a Silverlight practice last May. "Historically Flex was the technology being used in the Lion's Share of our work, but Silverlight opens up some really interesting angles for us," Wolf said. "First off, there is no question that the Microsoft developer community is huge, passionate and for the most part they 'get' enterprise software development. Really the limiting reagent in growth in the RIA space has been having enough of a pool of RIA developers." Wolf said he believes Adobe has traditionally had a strong design following, but a much more minimal developer pool. ttfn David Technorati Tags: Developer, Silverlight, Training[...]



Microsoft Live Labs Volta Team Blog

Thu, 06 Dec 2007 23:49:34 GMT

I saw this and thought I would share.  Write apps with another simple set of tools.  Between Popfly, this and more it seems that building on Microsoft is getting easier and easier.  Have a look at http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/features/2007/dec07/12-05Volta.mspx for some more info.

Announcing Volta: Web Development Using Only the Materials in the Room

(image) Today, we are announcing the Volta technology preview, a developer toolset for building multi-tier web applications using existing and familiar tools, techniques and patterns. Volta’s declarative tier-splitting enables developers to postpone architectural decisions about distribution until the last possible responsible moment. Also, thanks to a shared programming model across multiple-tiers, Volta enables new end-to-end profiling and testing for higher levels of application performance, robustness, and reliability. Using the declarative tier-splitting, developers can refine architectural decisions based on this profiling data. This saves time and costs associated with manual refactoring. In effect, Volta extends the .NET platform to further enable the development of software+services applications, using existing and familiar tools and techniques.

You architect and build your application as a .NET client application, assigning the portions of the application that run on the server tier and client tier late in the development process. You can target either web browsers or the CLR as clients and Volta handles the complexities of tier-splitting. The compiler creates cross-browser JavaScript for the client tier, web services for the server tier, and all communication, serialization, synchronization, security, and other boilerplate code to tie the tiers together. In effect, Volta offers a best-effort experience in multiple environments without requiring tailoring of the application.

Learn more about Volta and download it to try building applications yourself >

Microsoft Live Labs Volta Team Blog

 

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David

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Partner Perspectives : There's a new breed of Web Solution partners

Mon, 03 Dec 2007 07:32:24 GMT

If you work in the ISV / developer end of the market then there is a chance you will have met Katy already, however here is a person who is passionate about people who design and deliver solutions.  When I first sat down and "worked" with Katy (rather than chatting several times previously) it was when I was new to the ISV team and Katy was a beacon of information.  Once we had the ISV "bit" done we then spent a considerable amount of time looking at what designers and web developers needed in life.  Now, as if by magic she now has a new area of focus... read more at  Partner Perspectives : There's a new breed of Web Solution partners.  Oh, and yes, it is about Silverlight, Expression Web and more!!

There's a new breed of Web Solution partners

Katy Hamilton's got something up her sleeve. It's a new brand of partners - the Web Solution partners. The move towards next-gen web applications such as Silverlight and web tools such as Expressions has opened up a whole load of new opportunities for our partners. We in the MSPP tower recognise this and have updated the MSPP programme by introducing a new partner type. Here's Katy to tell us all:

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So Katy, you’re no longer looking after ISVs. What are you doing now?
Hi Emma, yes that’s  right – I have ‘changed direction’!  My new role is  looking at building the web communities – design and developer. However, my focus on ISV hasn’t completely gone because I am also looking at the ‘Partner’ focus for ‘Next Web’ which ISVs have a major part in! It’s a really exciting time for anyone working in the web space and Microsoft is creating some fantastic support initiatives and benefits – it’s a real ‘watch this space’!

 

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David

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Visual Studio 2008 and .NET 3.5 Released - MSDN members can download the product and the Express and trial versions are available for download now too.

Mon, 19 Nov 2007 19:19:12 GMT

I just saw this as Scott's blog while preparing something on SQL 2008 CTP. This is an amazing set of tools now released!! Visual Studio 2008 and .NET 3.5 Released Today we shipped Visual Studio 2008 and .NET 3.5.  You can download the final release using one of the links below: If you are a MSDN subscriber, you can download your copy from the MSDN subscription site (note: some of the builds are just finishing being uploaded now - so check back later during the day if you don't see it yet). If you are a non-MSDN subscriber, you can download a 90-day free trial edition of Visual Studio 2008 Team Suite here.  A 90-day trial edition of Visual Studio 2008 Professional (which will be a slightly smaller download) will be available next week.  A 90-day free trial edition of Team Foundation Server can also be downloaded here. If you want to use the free Visual Studio 2008 Express editions (which are much smaller and totally free), you can download them here.  If you want to just install the .NET Framework 3.5 runtime, you can download it here. Quick Tour of Some of the New Features VS 2008 Multi-Targeting Support ASP.NET AJAX and JavaScript Support VS 2008 Web Designer and CSS Support Language Improvements and LINQ Data Access Improvements with LINQ to SQL Browsing the .NET Framework Library Source using Visual Studio Lots of other improvements The list above is only a small set of the improvements coming.  For client development VS 2008 includes WPF designer and project support.  ClickOnce and WPF XBAPs now work with FireFox.  WinForms and WPF projects can also now use the ASP.NET Application Services (Membership, Roles, Profile) for roaming user data.  Office development is much richer - including support for integrating with the Office 2007 ribbon, and with Outlook.  Visual Studio Tools for Office support is also now built-into Visual Studio (you no longer need to buy a separate product). New WCF and Workflow projects and designers are now included in VS 2008.  Unit testing support is now much faster and included in VS Professional (and no longer just VSTS).  Continuous Integration support is now built-in with TFS.  AJAX web testing (unit and load) is now supported in the VS Test SKU.  And there is much, much more... Installation Suggestions People often ask me for suggestions on how best to upgrade from previous betas of Visual Studio 2008.  .......... Silverlight Tools and VS Web Deployment Project Add-Ins Two popular add-ins to Visual Studio are not yet available to download for the final VS 2008 release.  These are the Silverlight 1.1 Tools Alpha for Visual Studio and the Web Deployment Project add-in for Visual Studio.  Our hope is to post updates to both of them to work with the final VS 2008 release in the next two weeks.  If you are doing Silverlight 1.1 development using VS 2008 Beta2 you'll want to stick with with VS 2008 Beta2 until this updated Silverlight Tools Add-In is available.  Hope this helps, Scott Visual Studio 2008 and .NET 3.5 Released - ScottGu's Blog   ttfn David Technorati Tags: Developer, VS 2008, Linq, Silverlight, .Net 3.5, Visual Studio, Visual Studio 2008, if you only read one post today[...]



MSDN Events in November (Silverlight dynamic applications, SharePoint, SQL Server 2008, web applications and Smart Client) and not in Reading, but Manchester, Edinburgh, Bradford, Birmingham and Bristol ... and one in Reading

Mon, 19 Nov 2007 08:08:54 GMT

MSDN Events – Free Technical Events for Your Partners

We have the following free MSDN developer events taking place as listed below covering various topics/technologies. It would be great if you could communicate these events with your partners to offer them the opportunity to receive technical 'know-how' demos and insights into our latest technologies.

· 15 November 2007, Manchester MSDN: Building Dynamic Web Applications with Microsoft Silverlight

· 20 November 2007, Edinburgh MSDN: SharePoint for Developers

· 21 November 2007, Edinburgh MSDN: SharePoint for Developers

· 22 November 2007, Bradford MSDN: SQL Server 2008

· 27 November 2007, Reading MSDN: An Introduction to the Microsoft Web Platform (and how do it for zip, nvada, zero cost to you)

· 28 November 2007, Birmingham MSDN: Web, Web, Web: Visual Studio 2008, ASP.NET 3.5 and Silverlight

· 29 November 2007, Bristol MSDN: What’s new in Smart Client Development

Click Here If you wish to view the overall events homepage.

 

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David

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MSDN events around the UK - North, South, Scotland and London! Covers SharePoint, Silverlight, SQL 2008, Visual Studio 2008 and .Net 3.5

Tue, 30 Oct 2007 09:10:17 GMT

I saw this and thought I would pass it on.  If you are interested in SharePoint, Silverlight, SQL 2008, Visual Studio 2008 and .Net 3.5  then you should look at these:

MSDN Southern Events

Developing on the Windows Live Platform

Date: 6 November 2007
Location: Reading

An Introduction to the Microsoft Web Platform (and how to do it for zip, nyada, zero cost to you)

Date: 27 November 2007
Location: Reading

What's New in Smart Client Development

Date: 29 November 2007
Location: Bristol

SQL Server 2008

Date: 4 December 2007
Location: Reading

Find out about all MSDN events


MSDN London Events

Building Dynamic Web Applications with Microsoft Silverlight

Date: 8 November 2007
Location: London

What's New in Visual Studio 2008 and .NET Fx 3.5 for the Web Developer

Date: 6 December 2007
Location: London

Find out about all MSDN events


MSDN Northern Events

Building Dynamic Web Applications with Microsoft Silverlight

Date: 15 November 2007
Location: Manchester

SQL Server 2008

Date: 22 November 2007
Location: Bradford

Web, Web, Web: Visual Studio 2008, ASP.NET 3.5 and Silverlight

Date: 28 November 2007
Location: Birmingham

Find out about all MSDN events


MSDN Scottish Events

SharePoint for Developers

Date: 20 November 2007
Location: Edinburgh

SharePoint for Developers

Date: 21 November 2007
Location: Edinburgh

Find out about all MSDN events

 

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David

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Microsoft lends a tech hand to U.K. startups

Wed, 24 Oct 2007 08:05:19 GMT

I feel very close to this team... they sit just down a bit from me :-)  All good stuff, plus go to the website if you have something you think could be a candidate.

Microsoft lends a tech hand to U.K. startups

Microsoft's Startup Accelerator Program will help startups use software technology such as Silverlight and Live Services

By Jeremy Kirk, IDG News Service
Microsoft will assist U.K. startups in using its software technology under a program launched on Monday by CEO Steve Ballmer.

The Startup Accelerator Program will include technologies such as Silverlight, Microsoft's multimedia browser plug-in, and Live Services, a group of Web-based applications. Microsoft will also offer assistance in business development, marketing, and sales.

Microsoft stands to gain momentum if startup companies are successful in building applications based on its technology. The program could also put Microsoft closer to key startups with technology that Microsoft would rather buy than develop itself.

At least five companies have joined the program so far: Ether Digital, which has a platform for video content over IP; Zebtab, which has a desktop video application; Corebridge, involved in customer relationship management and communication software; ViaPost, which focuses on electronic document delivery; and Miomi, with a Web site that lets people mesh their own content with interactive timelines.

Microsoft already has the U.K. Emerging Business Team, which works with startup companies and venture capital organizations.

Microsoft lends a tech hand to U.K. startups | InfoWorld | News | 2007-10-01 | By Jeremy Kirk, IDG News Service

 

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David

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New Silverlight based search engine from Microsoft (tafiti)

Wed, 29 Aug 2007 22:44:00 GMT

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I like new ways to visualise my web searches and the new tafiti beta from Microsoft is a great example of looking at things.  Not only does it search books, web, rss, images and news sources, but it is also presented really well, you can easily save items and finally you can see a tree of relationships between the items found.

To understand more about what it can do, have a look at http://www.tafiti.com/faq.html.

Below is a sample search and the interface and some searches saved on the shelf that I can come back to at any time.

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Below is a sample tree view of a search.  The amount of details can be controlled by the slider bar at the bottom of the screen

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David

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5 Popfly invites to hand out - let me know why you want it

Tue, 28 Aug 2007 09:26:30 GMT

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OK,

So I now have 5 Popfly invites to hand out.  It you want one, e-mail me via this link (send request).  I'll look at the invites on Monday and send out some invites.

 

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David

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A selection of WPF-based (Silverlight) applications

Sun, 26 Aug 2007 23:24:32 GMT

I saw this blog entry and just had to share it - a number of Silverlight application (don't know how many will work with the updated Silverlight builds) - WPF Cornucopia - A selection of WPF-based applications.  Below are some of my favourites.  There are many more on the blog entry Some cool WPF and Silverlight applications that you can download or play with today. The deployment model has been added so that you know what you are getting into as far as installation goes. Lots are using ClickOnce .application files and .xbaps, so installation is trivial! My Web Pages Starter KitNew with Silverlight Demo(Web Application)New York Times ReaderNext-generation online reading experience for the NY Times(MSI)Microsoft Calendar Printing AssistantGenerate printed calendars from your Outlook schedule(MSI)Microsoft Expression BlendDesigner tool for building WPF experiences(MSI) Microsoft Expression DesignIllustration and graphic design tool(MSI)Microsoft Windows Live for TV3D access to Messenger contacts from Media Center or IE(MSI) Wikipedia Explorer3D exploration of related articles from Wikipedia(Application) iBloksMashup application for creating 3D movies(MSI)RikReaderRSS Reader that integrates with Internet Explorer 7(Application) NostalgiaYahoo! Flickr browser and photo manager(Application)Cine.ViewNetflix movie queue manager(Application) Actipro WizardA control for building wizard dialogs in WPF (XBAP) British Library Turning the PagesBritish Library's 'virtual viewer' for some of their most precious books(XBAP) ITN Hub PlayerVideo clips and news stories from ITN(Application)Evolution Media CenterHTPC Front-end with stunning animations and dynamic XAML-skinning(ZIP) WeatherNewsWeather visualization(XBAP) DOSVComputer Configuration(XBAP)Roxio CentralDVD and CD Burning Software(Application) 90 Degree's RadiusReporting Tool for Business Data(Application) Forbes.com ReaderNews Reader Application from Forbes.com(Application) Seattle Post-Intelligencer PI ReaderNews Reader(Application) Dev ComponentsOffice 2007 Ribbon for WPF(Application) Daily Mail eReaderOnline reading experience for UK Newspaper(Application) The North Face In-Store ExplorerGo to Store to experience(Retail kiosk) Windows Vista MagazineUses same viewer as the British Library app(XBAP) ttfn David Technorati Tags: Silverlight, WPF, Demos[...]



Mix:UK 07 - Want to know more about building solutions using Silverlight, Expression and Live Services in the UK? With UK Early Bird registration until 10th August

Wed, 01 Aug 2007 15:37:57 GMT

I intend to be there - it will be great if you can be there too if this is for you.  I have to say I think it is an incredibly exciting area.  Have a look at Mix:UK 07 for more information. Latest event news: Registration and schedule now live! About Mix:UK 07 Mix:UK 07 is the premier event for web designers and web developers to: Get creative inspiration from design and development gurus, web agencies and innovators Discover how technologies like Silverlight, Expression and Live Services are already being used to create a new generation of rich media experiences and RIAs (Rich Interactive Applications) Connect with others in the industry who, like yourself, have a passion for innovation and creativity and have built personal and business success on that passion. Register now, early-bird rate expires soon! Until the 10th of August 2007 we’re offering a discounted early bird registration price of £199, saving you £100 from the standard price of £299. Speakers Announced to Date. We are proud to announce that Scott Guthrie, General Manager in Microsoft's Developer Division, will deliver the keynote for the event along with George Moore, General Manager for the Windows Live Developer Group. In addition, Scott will be delivering a number of sessions on Silverlight and ASP.NET. Other speakers just announced include: Andy Hood, Creative Development Director, AKQA Beau Ambur, CEO of Metaliq Inc Paul Dawson, Head of Interactive Media, Conchango Danny Thorpe, Senior Software Designer and previously architect of the Gears API at Google, and former Chief Scientist at Borland and Chief Architect of the Delphi compiler Pete Barr-Watson, Interactive design industry veteran and best-selling author Check out the full lineup of speakers here. What others have said about the Microsoft technologies to be presented at Mix:UK 07   Technorati Tags: Silverlight, Expression Web, Expression Suite, Live Services, RIA, Developers, ISVs[...]



How to use Office Outlook 2007 with any internet connection and how to access Outlook Web Access from any web browser - all in a Video presented with Silverlight

Thu, 19 Jul 2007 12:56:30 GMT

The Video I have delivered a number of Vista and Office demos over my time, so I decided to record a number of them for others to borrow, use, learn from or anything else they choose. This video covers the following subjects in enough detail for people to hopefully understand what they need to know on how to use Outlook via a web browser and via an internet connection: Outlook Web Access with recent browser (IE5 or above) Outlook Web Access basic or lite edition for low speed internet connections Configure Outlook to use RPC over HTTP To see the video played using Silverlight (just try it) click here*. I am hoping that in the near future that the WMV file will be available at new bCentral - the UK Small Business Center on MS.com.  At the moment it is not available there, but a copy can be found here * it will take a few moments to open if you have Silverlight installed and require you to download Silverlight if you don't, but it is a 1MB download How I made it I simply ran through part of my normal demo talking as I went.  When presenting to an audience it is easy to correct anything you do without anyone caring, however I tried to fix up the videos so this was not a problem.  This has one drawback which is that the sound is not that good (one of those things I want to fix, but have not yet got round to) due to editing & cutting of the videos. I find it really hard to talk and move the mouse to the right place at the same time without a fluff in either my words or my mouse movements. Having captured the video is was simple to turn them into "Silverlight" Videos that were hosted on the Silverlight Streaming site for your pleasure - if you like them I can do more.  Feel free to re-record the audio and play for your customers of make as a download for them. I have cut 10 videos to date and will release them over the next 2 weeks.  The videos cover: For Vista - How to copy files to a DVD / CD, Use the recycle bin, Use previous versions for files and Use the built in Vista backup to check for Updates in Windows Vista use the new Security features in Vista and Internet Explorer to stop malware (spyware and viruses) from infecting your computer share files using Live Messenger For Office 2007 - How to find and use an Accounting template to use with Office Excel 2007 and then change it from US to UK currency, change the formatting of dates and drag lists (or Excel Tips and Tricks 1) use Conditional Formatting in Office Excel 2007 to make numbers easier to read  (or Excel Tips and Tricks 2) remove hidden information from Office 2007 documents using the document inspector use Office Outlook 2007 with any internet connection and how to access Outlook Web Access from any web browser take an ordinary document and make it look even more professional with cover pages, table of contents, formatting of headings, titles and numbering, changing paragraph spacing, insert pictures and diagrams to have impact and using SmartArt to make processes easier to understand. For Both - How to take your files with you using Vista Offline folders and Office Outlook 2007 and Windows SharePoint Services V3 ttfn David Technorati Tags: Outlook, Outlook Web Access, RPC over HTTP, Outlook Anywhere, Office 2007[...]



How to find and use an Accounting template to use with Office Excel 2007 and then change it from US to UK currency, change the formatting of dates and drag lists (or Excel Tips and Tricks 1) - all in a Video presented with Silverlight

Fri, 13 Jul 2007 22:15:00 GMT

The Video I have delivered a number of Vista and Office demos over my time, so I decided to record a number of them for others to borrow, use, learn from or anything else they choose. This video covers the following subjects in enough detail for people to hopefully understand what they need to know on how to use these features in Excel 2007 and apply them to all of the Office 2007 applications: Find a template and use it - I use an accounting template as it is based on Office 2003 and US based Change the currency cells from dollars to pounds using find and replace for formatting Change the date formatting from US to UK Dragging a list across a range of cells to give column a different month To see the Excel 2007 Video played using Silverlight (just try it) click here*. If you want to download it as a WMV file then head over to the new bCentral - the UK Small Business Center on MS.com - It is on this page as an Excel Accounting sample:   * it will take a few moments to open if you have Silverlight installed and require you to download Silverlight if you don't, but it is a 1MB download How I made it I simply ran through part of my normal demo talking as I went.  When presenting to an audience it is easy to correct anything you do without anyone caring, however I tried to fix up the videos so this was not a problem.  This has one drawback which is that the sound is not that good (one of those things I want to fix, but have not yet got round to) due to editing & cutting of the videos. I find it really hard to talk and move the mouse to the right place at the same time without a fluff in either my words or my mouse movements. Having captured the video is was simple to turn them into "Silverlight" Videos that were hosted on the Silverlight Streaming site for your pleasure - if you like them I can do more.  Feel free to re-record the audio and play for your customers of make as a download for them. I have cut 10 videos to date and will release them over the next 2 weeks.  The videos cover: For Vista - How to copy files to a DVD / CD, Use the recycle bin, Use previous versions for files and Use the built in Vista backup to check for Updates in Windows Vista use the new Security features in Vista and Internet Explorer to stop malware (spyware and viruses) from infecting your computer share files using Live Messenger For Office 2007 - How to find and use an Accounting template to use with Office Excel 2007 and then change it from US to UK currency, change the formatting of dates and drag lists (or Excel Tips and Tricks 1) use Conditional Formatting in Office Excel 2007 to make numbers easier to read  (or Excel Tips and Tricks 2) remove hidden information from Office 2007 documents using the document inspector use Office Outlook 2007 with any internet connection and how to access Outlook Web Access from any web browser take an ordinary document and make it look even more professional with cover pages, table of contents, formatting of headings, titles and numbering, changing paragraph spacing, insert pictures and diagrams to have impact and using SmartArt to make processes easier to understand. For Both - How to take your files with you using Vista Offline folders and Office Outlook 2007 and Windows SharePoint Services V3 ttfn David Technorati Tags: Silverlight, How To, Vista, Excel, Accounting, Office [...]



How to copy files to a DVD / CD, Use the recycle bin, Use previous versions for files and Use the built in Vista backup tools - all in a Video presented with Silverlight

Thu, 12 Jul 2007 19:46:00 GMT

The Video I have delivered a number of Vista and Office demos over my time, so I decided to record a number of them for others to borrow, use, learn from or anything else they choose. This video covers the following subjects in enough detail for people to hopefully understand what they need to know on how to use these tools: Use of the recycle bin Use of shadow copies to undo changes to a document Use of the DVD writing tools to copy and update files on a DVD Use of the built in Vista Backup tools To see the Backup Video played using Silverlight (just try it) click here*. If you want to download it as a WMV file then head over to the new bCentral - the UK Small Business Center on MS.com - It should appear on this page soon.  * it will take a few moments to open if you have Silverlight installed and require you to download Silverlight if you don't, but it is a 1MB download How I made it I simply ran through part of my normal demo talking as I went.  When presenting to an audience it is easy to correct anything you do without anyone caring, however I tried to fix up the videos so this was not a problem.  This has one drawback which is that the sound is not that good (one of those things I want to fix, but have not yet got round to) due to editing & cutting of the videos. I find it really hard to talk and move the mouse to the right place at the same time without a fluff in either my words or my mouse movements. Having captured the video is was simple to turn them into "Silverlight" Videos that were hosted on the Silverlight Streaming site for your pleasure - if you like them I can do more.  Feel free to re-record the audio and play for your customers of make as a download for them. I have cut 10 videos to date and will release them over the next 2 weeks.  The videos cover: For Vista - How to copy files to a DVD / CD, Use the recycle bin, Use previous versions for files and Use the built in Vista backup to check for Updates in Windows Vista use the new Security features in Vista and Internet Explorer to stop malware (spyware and viruses) from infecting your computer share files using Live Messenger For Office 2007 - How to find and use an Accounting template to use with Office Excel 2007 and then change it from US to UK currency, change the formatting of dates and drag lists (or Excel Tips and Tricks 1) use Conditional Formatting in Office Excel 2007 to make numbers easier to read  (or Excel Tips and Tricks 2) remove hidden information from Office 2007 documents using the document inspector use Office Outlook 2007 with any internet connection and how to access Outlook Web Access from any web browser take an ordinary document and make it look even more professional with cover pages, table of contents, formatting of headings, titles and numbering, changing paragraph spacing, insert pictures and diagrams to have impact and using SmartArt to make processes easier to understand. For Both - How to take your files with you using Vista Offline folders and Office Outlook 2007 and Windows SharePoint Services V3 ttfn David Technorati Tags: Silverlight, How To, Vista, Backup, Previous Versions, burning files to DVD, Recycle bin[...]



Virtual Earth and Silverlight enable you to hunt aliens in many places

Mon, 02 Jul 2007 09:03:09 GMT

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This little mashup of Microsoft technologies just shows how things are going to change in the future.  You can shoot aliens at any location that has birds eye view (In the UK that includes (Wembley Stadium, Blackpool Tower, Millennium Dome and Brighton Pier)

http://www.andybeaulieu.com/silverlight/DestroyAll/Default.html?latitude=40.689059&longitude=-74.04455

 

ttfn

David

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