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A Modern Browser

This morning, Mozilla shared their feelings on IE9 with a post that claims to answer the question,...

Author: Tim Sneath Date: 02/15/2011

An Open Letter from the President of the United States of Google

The world’s ability to communicate with one another is a key factor in its rapid evolution and...

Author: Tim Sneath Date: 01/11/2011

Top 10 Tips for the Effective Use of Social Media

While my job here at Microsoft consumes much of my waking life, I spend a little of my spare time...

Author: Tim Sneath Date: 11/29/2010

PDC10: The Future of C# and Visual Basic

At PDC 2000, we rolled out the .NET platform, including a new language called C#. A lot has happened...

Author: Tim Sneath Date: 11/09/2010

PDC10: Introducing HTML5 Vector Graphics

The HTML5 family of specifications provide two different models for vector graphics: canvas and SVG....

Author: Tim Sneath Date: 11/02/2010

PDC10: Kung Fu Silverlight – Architectural Patterns and Practices with MVVM and RIA Services

MVVM (Model/View/ViewModel) is an architectural pattern that is well-suited for Silverlight and WPF...

Author: Tim Sneath Date: 11/02/2010

PDC10: Unlocking the JavaScript Opportunity with IE9

Websites are exploding in the quantity of interactivity they contain: over the last few years, they...

Author: Tim Sneath Date: 11/01/2010

PDC10: Inside Internet Explorer Performance

Browser performance is a multi-dimensional topic: there are eleven different subsystems that taken...

Author: Tim Sneath Date: 11/01/2010

PDC10: Mysteries of Windows Memory Management Revealed: Part Two

In the last session, focusing on virtual memory, it was noted that there was almost no connection...

Author: Tim Sneath Date: 10/29/2010

PDC10: Mysteries of Windows Memory Management Revealed: Part One

Fundamentals of Memory Management Windows has both physical and virtual memory. Memory is managed in...

Author: Tim Sneath Date: 10/28/2010

PDC10: Session Time!

Now that the keynote is over, my formal duties for the event are mostly complete. Lots going on...

Author: Tim Sneath Date: 10/28/2010

Demo Failure: The Answer to the Puzzle

Yesterday I shared the story of the Steve Ballmer keynote demo that was breaking and the urgent call...

Author: Tim Sneath Date: 10/28/2010

Demo Failure: A Puzzle with an Amusing Ending

Tomorrow is the start of the PDC, and while I have a quiet moment before the final keynote...

Author: Tim Sneath Date: 10/27/2010

Presenting IE6 with the Lifetime Achievement Award

I want to take you on a journey. A journey to a land that is at once both familiar and strange. Step...

Author: Tim Sneath Date: 10/22/2010

Silverlight Hallowe’en Card

Love this Hallowe’en card creator from Archetype: Built using Silverlight, it enables you to carve...

Author: Tim Sneath Date: 10/19/2010

Pushing the Boundaries of HTML5 Gaming: Jitterbugs

For many developers, the acid test of whether HTML5 is ready for primetime is gaming. Few other...

Author: Tim Sneath Date: 10/11/2010

Never Mind the Bullets: The “Making Of” Video…

This is really nicely done – a behind-the-scenes video for the Never Mind the Bullets project I...

Author: Tim Sneath Date: 10/07/2010

The Best Job in the Company…

I’m serious. I genuinely think this is the single most exciting open position in Microsoft today....

Author: Tim Sneath Date: 10/06/2010

Real-World Implementations of Pinned Sites with IE9

Beyond the work we’ve done to support HTML5 and other standards in Internet Explorer 9, the...

Author: Tim Sneath Date: 10/04/2010

HTML5: A Specification or a Platform?

An interesting discussion broke out in the comments to the blog post on Never Mind the Bullets...

Author: Tim Sneath Date: 10/03/2010

Inside an HTML5 Interactive Experience: Never Mind the Bullets

I wrote in my previous post about the approach we took to the IE9 beta launch: partnering with...

Author: Tim Sneath Date: 10/01/2010

HTML5 Grows Up: The Genesis of Beauty of the Web

About four months before the beta launch of Internet Explorer 9, we sat down to start planning how...

Author: Tim Sneath Date: 09/30/2010

Rebooting the Client Platform Blog

It’s been a while – almost exactly a year – since I last wrote an entry for the blog. To tell the...

Author: Tim Sneath Date: 09/29/2010

Live from LA, It’s the FREE Windows 7 Developer Bootcamp!

The PDC is the pinnacle of the Microsoft events calendar as far as I’m concerned: it’s the flagship...

Author: Tim Sneath Date: 09/23/2009

A Developer’s Guide to Preparing for Windows 7

As everyone must know by now, the Windows 7 Release Candidate is broadly released and available for...

Author: Tim Sneath Date: 05/06/2009

Extending Your Brand to the Desktop with Windows 7

What is Windows 7 doing at a web conference like MIX09? Last week I went along to the above titled...

Author: Tim Sneath Date: 03/24/2009

Overview of Windows Azure

Windows Azure isn’t particularly “on-topic” for this blog, but hey, just because I’m a client guy...

Author: Tim Sneath Date: 03/24/2009

Building an Optimized, Graphics-Intensive Silverlight Application

Seema Ramchandani works on performance as a Program Manager on the Silverlight team. She gave a...

Author: Tim Sneath Date: 03/24/2009

Exploring the CoreCLR Inside Silverlight

Brandon Bray gave an interesting presentation at MIX09 on how the CLR (the execution engine that...

Author: Tim Sneath Date: 03/23/2009

MIX09 Day 2 Keynote Pt 2: Deborah Adler on Changing Behavior by Design

Deborah Adler presented a fascinating case study of how user experience design can really have a...

Author: Tim Sneath Date: 03/19/2009

MIX09 Day 2 Keynote Pt 1: Dean Hachamovitch on Internet Explorer 8

Dean Hachamovitch is the General Manager for the Internet Explorer team. Amazingly, he managed to...

Author: Tim Sneath Date: 03/19/2009

Eight Reasons to Fall in Love with Internet Explorer 8

As announced at the MIX09 conference today, we just shipped the final version of Internet Explorer...

Author: Tim Sneath Date: 03/19/2009

About to Start Live Blogging the Day 2 MIX09 Keynotes

At 9am Pacific (GMT-7), I’ll start live blogging the second day of MIX09 keynotes. As with...

Author: Tim Sneath Date: 03/19/2009

MIX09 Day 1 Keynote Pt 2: Scott Guthrie on Advancing User Experiences

Bill Buxton talked about why user-centered design is so important; now we’re going to talk about the...

Author: Tim Sneath Date: 03/18/2009

MIX09 Day 1 Keynote Pt 1: Bill Buxton on Experience Design

Earlier today on the visitmix site, I posted a “live blog” of the first two MIX09 keynotes here in...

Author: Tim Sneath Date: 03/18/2009

Tracking MIX09

In previous years, I’ve posted a live blog here of the major announcements at our flagship developer...

Author: Tim Sneath Date: 03/17/2009

Announcing Family.Show v3 – Our WPF Reference Application

It’s been a little while in coming, but I’m delighted to announce that we’ve shipped the latest...

Author: Tim Sneath Date: 02/23/2009

Silverlight 2 GDR1 Now Available...

Not a huge release this one, but we've just shipped an update for Silverlight 2 that fixes a number...

Author: Tim Sneath Date: 02/19/2009

Silverlight is FIZZING, Not Fizzling

Any good politician, regardless of leaning, knows that the language you use to frame a topic is key...

Author: Tim Sneath Date: 02/11/2009

What Can YOU Do with 10K of Silverlight or WPF Code?

A lot, it turns out. Some long-time readers may remember my post of a year or two back where I set a...

Author: Tim Sneath Date: 01/29/2009

Windows 7 Theme Packs: Customize Your Desktop

Just wanted to take a moment to highlight Mike Swanson’s amazing theme pack for Windows 7. Mike is a...

Author: Tim Sneath Date: 01/25/2009

The Bumper List of Windows 7 Secrets

It’s great to see Windows 7 Beta finally released to the world! We're very proud of what has been...

Author: Tim Sneath Date: 01/13/2009

WPF Developers: PDC Wrap-Up and Visual Studio Tooling Update

Over the next week or so, I want to put a bit of context behind some of the announcements from PDC,...

Author: Tim Sneath Date: 11/03/2008

PDC Proceedings: The Book of the Conference

It’s Sunday morning, and I’m sitting back-stage in the huge keynote room here at the PDC in Los...

Author: Tim Sneath Date: 10/26/2008

Silverlight 2 – Today is the Day!

A gloomy, rainy Monday morning is rarely a pleasure to be savored, but today is a great day! We’ve...

Author: Tim Sneath Date: 10/13/2008

What You’ll Hear at PDC2008

My favorite conference is almost upon us. If I’ve been quiet for a little while on my blog, it’s...

Author: Tim Sneath Date: 09/23/2008

Silverlight 2 Beta 2 Is Here!

Get it from http://silverlight.net/GetStarted, along with the developer tools, documentation and the...

Author: Tim Sneath Date: 06/06/2008

Why You Want To Book Your PDC2008 Ticket NOW...

If you're into any of the technologies that this blog covers, you'll be mad if you miss the...

Author: Tim Sneath Date: 05/30/2008

50 New Silverlight Screencasts - Short and Snappy

I haven't seen these training videos receive nearly the coverage they deserve, so I wanted to try...

Author: Tim Sneath Date: 05/20/2008

Introducing the Third Major Release of Windows Presentation Foundation

Today I'm excited to announce the public beta availability of a major new release of WPF. Since we...

Author: Tim Sneath Date: 05/12/2008

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