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The magic of touch

Tell me something. Why do people love the iPad but fail to recognize Microsoft was the first one out there with a touch device? Why do people stand in line for an iPhone while there are other better offerings out there? Why do people spend an enormous amount of money on stuff when there are other, better and cheaper solutions available? The answer is: because it makes them feel good. It's as simple as that. It makes them feel good. The product they're using gives them something that goes beyond the ......

Everythings changes, except that it doesn’t

You may have noticed this. Microsoft launched a new product this week. Well, launched is a strong word, they announced it. They call it.. The Surface! What is it? Well, it’s a cool looking family of tablets designed for Windows 8. And I have to say: they look stunning and I can’t wait to have one. There’s just one thing.. The name..Where have I heard that before? Why, indeed! Yes, it is also the name of a new paradigm in computing: Surface Computing. You may have read something about that, here on ......

More on Metro

You must have heard about it. Windows 8 will all about Metro. Sure, you can run ‘old-school’ applications on the platform, but most attention these days is about the new user interface. The UI is based on the design language Metro, a design philosophy we first saw in Windows Phone. Nowadays you see more and more of Metro. The Microsoft website is loosely based on it, the Zune mediaplayer uses it and so on. So it wasn’t a surprise to see that Windows 8 is all about Metro. In this screenshot you see ......

Changes… for the better!

For years I’ve been a Visual C# MVP. It was always a title I was very proud of, since it meant that the work I do for the community didn’t go by unnoticed. Still, every year when renewal time came around I got more and more nervous. Would I be an MVP again this year? Today was renewal day so I was anxiously waiting for that email (or not getting it…). And just after 4 pm I got that email: congratulations, you’ve become an MVP awardee! I was very happy of course. But then I took a better look at that ......

Microsoft Surface SDK on 64 bit Windows 7

Let me start with this disclaimer: this is not a supported environment. You may/will run into problems and then you’re on your own. Microsoft will not help you here. If you want to develop for Surface (v1, that is, since that’s the only one available at this time of writing) you will have to use Windows Vista 32bit and Visual Studio 2008 Pro or higher. So, that’s out of the way. Let’s return to the real world. I am, of course, running Windows 7 Ultimate (64bit) and Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate. After ......

Sevensteps and I are joining forces

As of today, I will be partnering with Sevensteps when it comes to developing great Surface, Windows Phone 7 and Windows 7 Touch applications. Below you’ll find the press release we sent out today. I am looking forward to this partnership and expect great things coming from us both in the future! Dennis Vroegop, Microsoft MVP, joins Sevensteps partner network 1 March 2011, Seattle / Amersfoort Today Dennis Vroegop and Bart Roozendaal, both Microsoft Most Valuable Professional for Microsoft Surface, ......

Podcast on Surface with Erik Havir (Microsoft) and Dennis Vroegop

A couple of months ago Devnology recorded a podcast where Erik Havir from the Microsoft Surface team and myself were interviewed about all things Surface. You can listen / download it here. If you’re new to Surface, this is definitely worth a listen! Technorati Tags: surface,wpf,mvp ......

Speaking at Mix11

In April Microsoft will hold the next MIX event. MIX was usually targeted at web designers and developers but has grown over the years to be more a general conference focused on the web and devices. In other words: everything the normal consumer might encounter. It’s not your typical developers conference, although you’ll find many developers there as well. But next to the developers you’ll probably run into designers and user experience specialists as well. This year I am proud to say that I will ......

Dr. Neil to present for the Dutch Surface UG

With pride we announce that the next meeting of the Dutch Surface User Group will have Dr. Neil Roodyn as a speaker! This is the abstract of his talk: Surface has sex appeal, people are attracted to Surface as a sexy new technology. The development tools make it easy to build Surface applications and yet so many Surface applications fail to deliver the true value of Surface. In this session Dr. Neil will explore some of the things you can do to enable your Surface applications to deliver more than ......

Surface V2.0

It’s been quiet around here. And the reason for that is that it’s been quiet around Surface for a while. Now, a lot of people assume that when a product team isn’t making too much noise that must mean they stopped working on their product. Remember the PDC keynote in 2010? Just because they didn’t mention WPF there a lot of people had the idea that WPF was dead and abandoned for Silverlight. Of course, this couldn’t be farther from the truth. The same applies to Surface. While we didn’t hear much ......

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