Posts by James

Changing corporate culture

Much has been written about the changes afoot at Microsoft. The reorganization of the company, inclusive of the CEO change, will be the subject of business case studies and MBA courseware well into the future. With that backdrop, I found McKinsey & Company’s interview of Alan Mulally from November 2013 fascinating reading. Mulally is of course one of […]

Unity support for Windows 8

Big news for game publishers today from the Unite conference, Unity announced support for Windows 8 & Windows Phone 8. “Our mission at Unity has always been to provide solutions for developers to effortlessly bring their work to as many different platforms as possible,” said David Helgason, CEO of Unity Technologies, “The Unity community has […]

Modeling User Satisfaction for in-flight wifi

I’m a frequent flier. When in-flight wifi first emerged about 18 months ago on airlines like Alaska and Delta, I was in heaven. I could be productive and stay in touch with colleagues, partners and friends whilst in the air. Fast forward to present day and the experience is unreliable, slow and almost impossible to use. I […]

Adobe: Omniture support for Windows 8 coming soon

Good news for app publishers given that measurement is so important, especially on new platforms where developers & designers are beginning to master the UX Guidelines. Since the pub­lic announce­ment of Microsoft’s Sur­face tablet, my inbox has been flooded with ques­tions on when our Win­dows 8 app mea­sure­ment library will be avail­able.  I’m hop­ing this […]

Being emotional about London

I couldn’t help get a bit teary eyed on my flight from Austin to San Francisco today. United (whom I don’t fly with often, but enjoyed their service) and their Hemispheres magazine had a lovely piece on London, positioned as a city steeped in history, culture, art… yes I’m still talking about London, dear reader. […]

Windows 8 UX Fundamentals–Free Virtual Training

Metro style apps are the focal point of the user experience on Windows 8 Release Preview, and great Metro style apps share an important set of traits that provide a consistent, elegant, and compelling user experience. With the first apps in the Windows Store, it’s exciting to see the designers begin to push the boundaries […]

Web Camps–30 new events in the calendar, seats going fast!

   The Web Camps team has been busy working on organizing new events around the world and we’ve got a bunch of new events to share with you!  We’ve also been getting reports in on the first Web Camps where developers have been getting free training on how to build web applications using cutting edge […]

New PayPal Helper for WebMatrix

This week I’ve been at the PayPal Innovate Conference in San Francisco where Microsoft and PayPal have been talking to thousands of developers about the work we have been doing to create the easiest way to build apps that use PayPal for payments.  Today we are releasing the PayPal Helper for WebMatrix (in beta) which […]

New Facebook Helpers in WebMatrix Beta 2

Today we launched WebMatrix Beta 2 with a bunch of new features.  Here are my favorites: Themes – quickly switch between different themes on your website New HTML5 Templates in the box – rounded corners, transitions, sexy HTML5 templates. yum. NuPack Package Management – get the bits you need, when you need em New @Helper […]

Top Links to get started with WebMatrix

WebMatrix is everything you need to build Web sites using Windows. It streamlines Web site development and makes it easy to start Web sites from popular open-source apps. Getting Started Download WebMatrix Top 10 features for Web Matrix Twitter Archive of everything WebMatrix Scott Gu’s Blog Post on WebMatrix API Reference Guide ASP.NET Web Pages […]