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Microsoft releases details of the upcoming Silverlight 5

Speaking at the Silverlight Firestarter conference yesterday, Scott Guthrie, the vice president of Microsoft's Developer Division, reassured the masses of Silverlight's future by detailing the exciting new features in Silverlight in 2011. On the application-development front, there's a ton of exciting new features. Font rendering has been improved (which is no surprise, given Silverlight's new...

Bend is a slick-looking text editor (in Alpha)

Bend is a Windows text editor that is currently under development. It's far from ready (it doesn't really have a proper homepage, and its status is listed as Alpha on CodePlex), but it shows great promise. The whole thing is based on WPF and XAML, which are two hot, new Microsoft technologies that are used for making interfaces look nice. The screenshot shows the basic interface, which is...

Writespace converts Word into a full-screen, minimalistic editor

Writespace is like WriteMonkey -- but for Microsoft Word. In other words, it's a full-screen, minimalistic text editor, which runs right inside Word. It's not some half-assed macro which makes the background dark and changes font color; it was developer using Windows Presentation Foundation as a Word add-in, and is available as an installer for Word 2007 and 2003. It's comprehensive. Writespace...

Feedling puts RSS headlines on your desktop, WPF style

Feedling is a fledgling desktop RSS reader. Well, I'm not sure if "reader" is quite the term for it. It's really more of a single-purpose widget. As you can see above, it takes one or more feeds and just overlays a list of headlines on top of your desktop. If you're looking for a serious RSS reader, this isn't it. In fact, this thing seems rather half-baked; I could not left-align the headlines,...

Dear Microsoft, please keep your lousy mitts off my Firefox install

This isn't the first time Microsoft has taken liberties with Firefox users. There's that whole .Net thing that happened back in May of this year. So what gives, Redmond? Why - especially after the fallout from the last incident - would you go and push a Windows Presentation Foundation plugin on my Firefox install? I didn't ask for it, and I don't really want it. Plenty of people consider...

Open source MahTweets is a solid, extensible Twitter client for Windows

Want a good Twitter client for your Windows system that doesn't necessitate installing Adobe Air? Check out MahTweets. If you're willing to overlook the...er...interesting interface, MahTweets is loaded with features. It's built on .Net 3.5 and the Windows Presentation Foundation and is available as a ClickOnce installer. CPU and memory usage are very respectable, and updates are sent and...

Dev Chair : The Vista Tax

As regular computer user, I don't have much interest in migrating to Vista in the immediate future. I don't think it offers any great leap in usability or functionality over XP. UAC (User Access Control) is definitely much needed and will improve security overall but it can be annoying as hell for average users. Aero Glass UI is nice to look at but does nothing to actually let you work more...

Microsoft to release CTP of Expression Web Designer

The million-dollar question: will Microsoft's Expression package (which includes Graphic, Interactive, and Web Designer flavors) dethrone Adobe as king of multimedia creation? Today, according to Techworld, Microsoft's Expression Web Designer will be released as a Community Technology Preview today. The big difference between this tool and Adobe's Dreamweaver? According to the one guy quoted in...