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Expression 3 available for pre-order

My buddy Chris let me know that the Microsoft Store in the UK has the Expression 3 suite of designer...

Author: markjohnston Date: 07/26/2009

From about:blank to bing.com

After an amazing week at the annual MGX conference for Microsoft’s sales and marketing ‘field’ –...

Author: markjohnston Date: 07/26/2009

Microsoft Expression offer in UK 40% off

If you are a designer or developer that works with Microsoft technology (ASP.NET, Silverlight, etc)...

Author: markjohnston Date: 05/11/2009

Stumbled across this great site with a tonne of examples built for Flash and Silverlight. It’s from...

Author: markjohnston Date: 03/02/2009

New Media what?

I really enjoyed this video for 2 reasons: I’ve been talking about this ‘stuff’ for a while now in...

Author: markjohnston Date: 02/27/2009

More designer/developer wallpaper – use it and win coffee

Continuing on from my previous post celebrating the launch of the UK Expression Newsletter I have...

Author: markjohnston Date: 02/09/2009

A tidy desk

This blog post is classified under OCD I have a few pet hates in life, and one of them is how messy...

Author: markjohnston Date: 02/09/2009

Dell Social Innovation competition

Dell just announced a competition for students challenging them to come up with innovative ideas to...

Author: markjohnston Date: 02/02/2009

Microsoft Expression Webcasts

My colleagues in the US created a tonne of great video training content for Microsoft Expression...

Author: markjohnston Date: 01/27/2009

MSDN UK events – Silverlight and WPF

The guys in the MSDN team are presenting a load of events on rich client technologies during...

Author: markjohnston Date: 01/11/2009

Silverlight skills are hot!

And my name ain’t Paris either. Nick Langley over at Computer Weekly has a great piece on how...

Author: markjohnston Date: 12/24/2008

My festive geek gift list

Everyone else does one of these, so I couldn’t resist throwing my gadget and geek desires onto...

Author: markjohnston Date: 12/19/2008

CM’s Christmas card in Silverlight Deepzoom

The nice people over at Content Master created their Christmas card with DeepZoom: Check out Merry...

Author: markjohnston Date: 12/17/2008

Photosynth goes Silverlight

Spotted this one on the DeepZoom blog   Kudos to Mark Dawson for this Check it out -...

Author: markjohnston Date: 12/15/2008

Are designers and developers really that different?

I’m still figuring out this space and caught this great article over on Think Vitamin posing 10...

Author: markjohnston Date: 12/01/2008

Expression UK Newsletter launches - and every issue includes a free gift....

I love working on Expression stuff, it gives me the opportunity to work with inspirational designers...

Author: markjohnston Date: 12/01/2008

BMW first car company to implement Microsoft Surface

Phizzpop winners from New York, Vector Form have worked with BMW to create this Microsoft Surface...

Author: markjohnston Date: 12/01/2008

Last.fm hack day event in December

Sponsored by Codeplex (aka Microsoft and all things developer + cool + open sourcey) I love last.fm...

Author: markjohnston Date: 11/27/2008

web platform installer explained

The team over at microsoft.com/web put this short presentation up on SlideShare to explain what the...

Author: markjohnston Date: 11/24/2008

Two very useful “uploader” wizards for Windows Live Photo Gallery for Facebook and YouTube....

Author: markjohnston Date: 11/24/2008

Get your designer/developer wallpaper here...

As part of the launch of the new Expression UK Newsletter (more on that soon!) Ben from Tricky...

Author: markjohnston Date: 11/24/2008

Microsoft Student Technology Day Videos Online - SteveB and more industry/MSFT greats

On 1 October 2008, Microsoft CEO, Steve Ballmer and a host of industry professionals discussed the...

Author: markjohnston Date: 11/21/2008

My Xbox Live Avatar - get yours!

I am loving the new Xbox Live Experience. And the first thing everyone does when they update their...

Author: markjohnston Date: 11/21/2008

The DPE white coats explain Azure

I aspire to wear a white coat, just like these guys: How to explain Azure so that anyone can...

Author: markjohnston Date: 11/20/2008

140+ videos on Expression training

Go grab a coffee...or two... Hat tip to Arturo Videos are here (RSS feed here)

Author: markjohnston Date: 11/20/2008

FREE Designer event in Manchester on 3/12 - Screenedit Sessions

I've teamed up with the chaps from Tricky Business, Splendid and my northern pal Phil Winstanley to...

Author: markjohnston Date: 11/20/2008

Imagine Cup, Competitors at the ready....

The Imagine Cup 2009 is in full swing. And there is no better year to compete - there has been so...

Author: markjohnston Date: 11/20/2008

Design Experience video - Tricky Business session from Silverlight usergroup in UK

A good pal Tricky delivered a cracking presentation on the importance of design in software. Tricky...

Author: markjohnston Date: 11/13/2008

Mix 2009 is now open for registrations

18 – 20 March 2009, Las Vegas. Registration is open now – it rocks! I haven’t been. Yet. This year...

Author: markjohnston Date: 10/22/2008

Remix Expression Studio Subscriptions

It’s only been a month since Remix and we have gotten all the Expression Studio Subscription forms...

Author: markjohnston Date: 10/20/2008

Activating and getting set up with Expression Studio Professional Subscription

Introduction Expression Studio Subscription is the ‘MSDN’ for designers in that provides designers...

Author: markjohnston Date: 10/20/2008

DreamSpark promotional kits available to UK universities and colleges

DreamSpark is a Microsoft programme for getting tools into the hands of students. It includes:...

Author: markjohnston Date: 10/14/2008

Remix videos online

Remix was only a few weeks ago now, and for those that missed out on the experience we have uploaded...

Author: markjohnston Date: 10/07/2008

A website named desire

aka the world of the web professional. Built on Deepzoom :) Am going to see if I can blag a bunch of...

Author: markjohnston Date: 09/21/2008

From Flash to Silverlight - Project Rosetta

Wanted to try out Silverlight? But a Macromedia/Adobe kind of guy/girl? Didn't know where to go?...

Author: markjohnston Date: 09/15/2008

3 (more) reasons you gotta go to Remix UK on 18/19 September

Remix is shaping up to be a great event and I'm excited about going down and hanging out with the...

Author: markjohnston Date: 09/15/2008

H.264 and AAC support coming to Silverlight

A preview of Silverlight was shown at IBC last week which supported the H.264 and AAC. Cool stuff,...

Author: markjohnston Date: 09/15/2008

Paolo on Live Mesh...

Team blogger and twitterer and all things web 2.0 guru presented at the Vista Squad meeting a week...

Author: markjohnston Date: 09/15/2008

Microsoft Student Technology Day - 1 October

Are you a Computer Science, Engineering, Design or a student with a passion for technology? Then we...

Author: markjohnston Date: 09/01/2008

Mojave Experiment, now with added Silverlight

Whenever Microsoft release a site with Flash on it these days, there is a lot of stick both...

Author: markjohnston Date: 08/29/2008

Imagine Cup UK - The winners story

It seems like a lifetime ago that we held the Imagine Cup UK finals in London and over 150 students,...

Author: markjohnston Date: 08/27/2008

Expression Blend tutorial videos on Microsoft.com

Load of great videos on how to use Expression Blend, Design and their siblings in Expression Studio...

Author: markjohnston Date: 08/14/2008

I'll be at Remix UK in Brighton on 18-19 September

I'm going to be at Remix in Brighton on 18-19 September. It is going to be great. Tonnes of great...

Author: markjohnston Date: 08/14/2008

Imagine Cup Short Films online

One of the most exciting parts of the Imagine Cup worldwide finals each year (I've done 3 now) is...

Author: markjohnston Date: 08/14/2008

Silverlight + Deepzoom + Cars = Me Happy

I saw this internally and again on Tim Heuer's blog. Kelley Blue Book looks similar to an AutoTrader...

Author: markjohnston Date: 08/05/2008

Managing a lot of email - PIFEM email management solution

I stumbled across this blog post from Angus Logan about drowning in email and managing that using a...

Author: markjohnston Date: 08/01/2008

Mojave Experiment - the geek's blind taste test

I love this experiment by Windows to see what ordinary consumers think of Windows Vista when they...

Author: markjohnston Date: 07/29/2008

Solving BIG problems with software? Get ready for Imagine Cup 2009

It will not be long before I start talking all about Imagine Cup 2009 and the plans we have locally...

Author: markjohnston Date: 07/23/2008

I'm 5 today...5 years at Microsoft

(Image courtesy of HouseofSims) I've been at Microsoft for exactly 5 years today. Doesn't time fly!...

Author: markjohnston Date: 07/07/2008

Want to see some cool Silverlight sites?

The Microsoft Art & Technology site showcases a load of Silverlight based web sites from Ice...

Author: markjohnston Date: 06/26/2008

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