Mike Swanson's Blog

Moving Along

After 11½ years at one of the greatest companies in the world, I’ve decided to leave...

Author: Michael Swanson Date: 09/27/2011

Ai->Canvas FAQ

Since the launch of the Ai->Canvas plug-in for Adobe Illustrator a few days ago, I’ve...

Author: Michael Swanson Date: 10/15/2010

Adobe Illustrator to HTML5 Canvas Plug-in Released!

I am happy to announce that after nearly four months of work, the secret MIX Online project is no...

Author: Michael Swanson Date: 10/12/2010

HTML5 Demo Sites

In addition to my work on PDC10 and Tech·Ed Europe 2010 (stop me and say “hi” if...

Author: Michael Swanson Date: 09/29/2010

PDC10 is Sold Out! Really?

As you may have heard, PDC10 is sold out! This year, we decided to hold the event at the Microsoft...

Author: Michael Swanson Date: 08/23/2010

IE9’s Stunning Text Rendering Quality

If you follow my blog, you may know that I’m deeply involved in the planning and execution of...

Author: Michael Swanson Date: 07/26/2010

MIX10 Wrap Up

Wow! What a week. The MIX10 event is over, and I hope that everyone made it home safely. It was...

Author: Michael Swanson Date: 03/19/2010

MIX10 Surprise Room Upgrades

When we host a big event, the destination city usually rolls out the proverbial red carpet because...

Author: Michael Swanson Date: 03/09/2010

All About MIX10

Here we are, only three short weeks away from our MIX10 event in Las Vegas. It’s been over 5 months...

Author: Michael Swanson Date: 02/23/2010

Evolving the PDC09 Event Site

Did you know that the PDC is assembled and run by the same group that does MIX? At this year’s MIX09...

Author: Michael Swanson Date: 09/10/2009

PDC09

Are you ready for our 14th Professional Developers Conference!? We’re back at the Los Angeles...

Author: Michael Swanson Date: 06/19/2009

MIX09 Keynote and Session Videos

Whew…what a show! Thanks to everyone who joined us in Las Vegas last week for our fourth MIX...

Author: Michael Swanson Date: 03/26/2009

MIX09 Sessions

Fantastic news! The team that's responsible for the MIX09 site has heard your feedback, and they've...

Author: Michael Swanson Date: 03/22/2009

Getting Ready for MIX09

Our MIX09 conference in Las Vegas is only one week away, and things are heating up! We’ve finalized...

Author: Michael Swanson Date: 03/10/2009

Native Text and Symbol Support Added to My Illustrator to XAML Plug-In

Wow! I can hardly believe that this is the third post on my Illustrator to XAML plug-in in the past...

Author: Michael Swanson Date: 02/24/2009

Test Version of My Illustrator to XAML Plug-In for the Mac

One of the most frequent questions I get related to my Adobe Illustrator to XAML Export Plug-In is:...

Author: Michael Swanson Date: 02/08/2009

My Windows 7 Beta 1 Experience

As mentioned in a recent post about My Windows 7 Theme Pack, I’ve been running Beta 1 (build 7000)...

Author: Michael Swanson Date: 02/03/2009

Updated Adobe Illustrator to XAML Plug-In

It's been five months since I posted an Update on My Illustrator Plug-In and Flash to XAML...

Author: Michael Swanson Date: 01/31/2009

MIX09: Objectified Screening, Scott Guthrie Interview, and More

First, we've coordinated a special screening of Gary Hustwit's new documentary film, Objectified, at...

Author: Michael Swanson Date: 01/29/2009

My Windows 7 Theme Pack

I've been running the Windows 7 beta for awhile now, and I'm in love! If you're relatively technical...

Author: Michael Swanson Date: 01/25/2009

MIX09

Yes, I’m still alive, and no, the rumors about the PDC Hard Hat Challenges melting my brain are...

Author: Michael Swanson Date: 01/23/2009

I've posted a PDC2008 Sessions page that contains a simple list of all keynotes and sessions by...

Author: Michael Swanson Date: 11/03/2008

PDC2008 Sessions

While you can browse sessions by tag on the Channel 9 PDC2008 page, here's a simple list of all...

Author: Michael Swanson Date: 11/03/2008

PDC2008 Session and Keynote Recordings Are Now Published

Recordings of the PDC2008 sessions and keynotes are now available online for free, for anyone (no...

Author: Michael Swanson Date: 11/01/2008

PDC2008 Downloadable Master Session List

Only three more days before PDC2008 kicks off in Los Angeles. It's hard to believe that the big...

Author: Michael Swanson Date: 10/24/2008

Send Me Your PDC Video

In a little over a week, we'll be holding an all-hands meeting for Microsoft employees who are...

Author: Michael Swanson Date: 10/12/2008

PDC2008: A Day in the Life #7

The first full week of PDC2008 dry-runs is complete! If you're not familiar with our dry-run...

Author: Michael Swanson Date: 10/11/2008

PDC2008: A Day in the Life #6

Today was our first day of PDC2008 dry-runs on campus. To present a session at the conference, all...

Author: Michael Swanson Date: 10/07/2008

PDC2008: A Day in the Life #5

I have an internal PDC2008 gadget running in my Windows Sidebar, and it reports that there are only...

Author: Michael Swanson Date: 10/02/2008

More Bits, Windows 7 Sessions, and Keynote Speakers for PDC2008

As promised, we published 17 additional Windows 7 sessions this morning. If you were wondering how...

Author: Michael Swanson Date: 09/24/2008

PDC2008 Hard Drives, Services, Windows 7, and More

It's going to be an awesome PDC2008, baby! Before you read the rest of my post, watch this short 4...

Author: Michael Swanson Date: 09/23/2008

Update on My Illustrator Plug-In and Flash to XAML Conversion Tool

Just over three years ago, in July, 2005, I released the first version of my Adobe Illustrator to...

Author: Michael Swanson Date: 08/29/2008

PDC2008: A Day in the Life #4

So soon after A Day in the Life #3, you ask? Indeed! There are a few questions that I get over and...

Author: Michael Swanson Date: 08/24/2008

PDC2008: A Day in the Life #3

Before I forget, be sure to check out the latest videos on Channel 9 in our weekly Countdown to...

Author: Michael Swanson Date: 08/17/2008

My Decision Matrix

Have you ever had to make a decision with too many options or factors to consider all at once? Or...

Author: Michael Swanson Date: 07/20/2008

New Show: Countdown to PDC2008

Jennifer Ritzinger and I have started a new show called Countdown to PDC2008, and we just published...

Author: Michael Swanson Date: 07/20/2008

Obscure DVD Recommendations

Okay, "obscure" may be exaggerating a bit; perhaps "less well known" is a better way to describe...

Author: Michael Swanson Date: 07/15/2008

PDC2008: A Day in the Life #2

[You can skip to the last two paragraphs if you’d like to offer suggestions] Here we are…one month...

Author: Michael Swanson Date: 06/22/2008

How I Make My Wallpaper Images

I’ve put this one off for way too long. For everyone who has sent me e-mail over the years asking...

Author: Michael Swanson Date: 06/03/2008

How I Make My Wallpaper Images

Almost every week, I receive e-mail asking how I create my wallpaper images; this is an attempt to...

Author: Michael Swanson Date: 06/01/2008

PDC2008 Registration Opens with Preliminary Sessions

The wait is over! The public PDC2008 site just went live, and you can now register for the...

Author: Michael Swanson Date: 05/28/2008

PDC2008: A Day in the Life #1

As the PDC2008 Content Owner and a member of the Core Team, my days are filled with PDC-related...

Author: Michael Swanson Date: 05/20/2008

Being Green at PDC2008

As the Content Owner for PDC2008, I'm now a member of the Tier 1 Events Council at Microsoft. This...

Author: Michael Swanson Date: 05/12/2008

PDC 2008 Conference Scheduling Using a Genetic Algorithm

If you read my What Do I Do post, you'll know that I'm the Content Owner for this year's PDC 2008 in...

Author: Michael Swanson Date: 05/03/2008

Internet Sharing with the Samsung BlackJack and Windows Vista

I was waiting for a flight out of Orange County Airport earlier this week, and after I fired up my...

Author: Michael Swanson Date: 04/18/2008

Over One Million Wallpaper Visitors

I watched the stats for my wallpaper page tick past one million a few days ago. Wow! If you'd have...

Author: Michael Swanson Date: 04/15/2008

Donkey Kong at MIX08: Behind the Scenes

In the two weeks since our MIX08 event in Las Vegas, I've been asked many times about Steve Wiebe's...

Author: Michael Swanson Date: 03/24/2008

MIX08 Show Off Winners

It's hard to believe that MIX08 is over. I was involved in so many aspects of the event that it...

Author: Michael Swanson Date: 03/12/2008

What Does “Sold Out” Actually Mean?

You’ve probably heard that next week’s MIX08 conference in Las Vegas is sold out. But do...

Author: Michael Swanson Date: 03/01/2008

The King of Kong and Show Off at MIX08

We're only one month away from MIX08 in Las Vegas, and I hope you've already registered! In addition...

Author: Michael Swanson Date: 02/08/2008

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