Monthly archives: June, 2011

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Please welcome the XAML platform team to Windows!

I got word of a leaked email early yesterday that confirmed what I had been told in passing gossip – the XAML team being disbanded. This morning I awoke to not just one email but five of them from my various sources all attached with mixed opinions on what it means. Here is my famous…




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UXCAST: DataGrid or should it be Data Visualization.

I am working on a secret squirrel application. Can’t say much suffice to say I had a situation where a bunch of clients connect to a network – like most apps I guess. In this situation, I needed to inject a listening app to the overall network in that it needed to keep a pulse…


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Is Adobe’s new HTML5 Edge tool Expression Blends replacement?

In October 2010, Steve Ballmer met with the CEO of Adobe the apparent discussion was around how to compete with Apple head-on. Having been an internal lead on Adobe competes within Microsoft, it got my wheels turning and I tried as much as I could to get some insight into what that meeting was actually…




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The mission to land a .NET developer on Jupiter.

Ask not what Microsoft can do for you but what you can do for Microsoft. That’s really the inspiring quote that President of the new colonization group – aka Windows  – needs to say to the unwashed masses of tomorrow. Microsoft is taking on a mission that looks to go beyond the moon, they want…




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Windows Phone 7 – Can we get 200k signatures to highlight the marketing teams’ fail?

Frustrating point needs to be made. I personally love the fact that a fan – yes there is one or two out there – of Windows Phone 7 took the time to create what I would call a fresh perspective on what the phone has to offer via  what I call a delicious amount of…




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Mad Product Management.

I almost always am asked "What does a Product Manager do?" whenever people read my previous title.  It is one of these titles within the industry that depending on which brand you belong to has different meanings. The industry way. Inside Microsoft it varies, you could be the source of power or you could simply…




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How much would you invest in a pixel?

I am a massive fan of World of Warcraft again; yes, it is sad isn’t it? Last night I was playing my usual allotment of time watching pixels update on a screen vs. interacting with real humans and something I witnessed struck a chord with me. The ‘flash of genius’ for me was when I…




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Windows 8 : Making new friends, Ratcheting Momentum and influencing anger.

After just having a discussion with a journalist today, a question was put to me that I felt I should share some more information around – Why do you think the developers appear to be angry with Windows 8? It is not that I think developers are angry about code name "Windows 8" being well…




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Understanding “Why would Microsoft do that?”

There is a consistent theme that I often see when I have been invited into conversation(s) regarding Windows 8 and the whole HTML5 saga. The main undercurrent is "Why would they do that?" and it is a perfectly valid question that often gets lost in the whole opinion / news pieces that are floating around….




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HTML5? Ok, so let’s also deploy Microsoft Silverlight onto Android then…

After finishing a podcast discussing  Microsoft fumbled future developer story, has sparked a few threads in my warped perception of all things developer platforms.  Please go out on a limb with me here and let this one swirl around in the ol noggin for a moment or two (it’s Friday). Let’s for arguments sake state…