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December 2010 Entries

Christmas in the Clouds

I have been spending the last 2 weeks immersing myself in a number of Windows Azure and SQL Azure technologies. And in setting up a new business (I’ll speak more about that in the future), I have also become a customer of Microsoft’s BPOS (Business Productivity Online Services). In short, it has been a fortnight of Microsoft cloud computing. On the Azure side, I’ve looked, of course, at Web Roles and Worker Roles. But I’ve also looked at Azure Storage’s REST API (including coding to it directly), ......

Google TV Gets Bad Reception. Can Media Center Pull in the Signal?

The news hit Monday morning that Google has decided to delay the release of its Google TV platform, and has asked its OEMs to delay any products that embed the software. Coming just about two weeks prior to the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Google’s timing is about the worst imaginable. CES is where the platform should have had its coming out party, especially given all the anticipation that has built up since its initial announcement came 7 months ago. At last year’s CES, it seemed every ......

Silverlight 5 Announced; Conquest by HTML 5 Rebuffed?

Today, at the Silverlight Firestarter event on the Microsoft Campus in Redmond, Scott Guthrie (Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President, .NET Developer Platform) announced Silverlight 5 and introduced us to its features. Among them: 1080p video, GPU-acceleration, "trickplay" (variable speed playback with pitch correction) WS-Trust support, low-latency networking for real time apps Ability to set breakpoints on data binding expressions and debug them Merging into Silverlight of WPF data binding features ......