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opinion Joshua Allen

Oxite: Putting Your Design Front and Center18

by Joshua Allen on Dec 16, 2008 in Web Culture

If you’re a professional front end web developer, you care deeply about web standards and professional best practices like semantic markup, unobtrusive JavaScript, and CSS. And you’re used to seeing Microsoft’s web products painted in a not very flattering light regarding these best practices. It’s practically cliche to see a litany of standards validation errors Read More…


Call for Content: Be a Speaker at MIX09!0

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Do you have an idea for a session that you’d like to present at MIX09?  Would the content be interesting to our web developer and designer audience? If so, we invite you to submit your session idea for consideration by 5:00 PM PST on Friday January 23, 2009. Send your idea to, and be Read More…


Countdown to MIX09: MIX 10K Challenge0

by on Dec 15, 2008

Tune in and get your pressing questions answered about the MIX 10K Challenge.  Adam and Amy (co-owners of the MIX 10K) join the Countdown to MIX09 show to talk about the why and how behind the new MIX contest.  Do you have questions about what’s included in the 10 kilobyte requirement?   Wondering why you should Read More…


Countdown to MIX09: Design Matters!4

by on Dec 12, 2008 in Design

This week we invite Tim Aidlin, the creative director of MIX09, to tell us about the design philosophy behind the MIX creative.  We know if we’re going to hold a conference for some of the best web designers out there, then we had better make sure we show we know our stuff.  In other words, Read More…


Countdown to MIX09: Who, what, where, when, why, and how0

by on Dec 10, 2008

Welcome to the inaugural edition of our MIX09 series, the 10 minute show (according to the chicken) that will give you a behind the scenes peek into the planning and preparation for our premier consumer web conference, MIX, happening March 18-20, 2009 at the Venetian hotel in Las Vegas. Over the up-coming weeks Mike Swanson Read More…

article Molly Holzschlag

Web Standards: Where the ROI is62

by Molly Holzschlag on Dec 5, 2008 in Web Culture

Editor's Note: Web designers and developers seem to talk a lot about "Web Standards", but what about the people who sign the contracts and pay the bills? Are Web Standards just another tax that businesspeople are being asked to pay, or is there truly sustainable business value in adopting Web Standards? Why is Microsoft investing so heavily in improving Web Standards support in our line of products. We asked Molly to write this article to succinctly explain the business value of Web Standards to business decision makers Read More…

article Nishant Kothary

Web Design from the Gut80

by Nishant Kothary on in Design

Scour the Web searching for some permutation of the keywords "web", "design", "workflow", "process", "aneurism" - OK, not so much the last one - and, you'll probably find a plethora of literature that delves into five-phase processes that usually start and end with phases "Concept" and "Launch" respectively. Not that there's anything wrong them; in fact, they're generally quite accurate and most of those phases do, in fact, occur. But in my experience, it's far from linear; to the contrary, the process is usually pretty iterative, often random, and frequently characterized by all kinds of obstacles - from ridiculous deadlines to equally ridiculous stakeholders. In this article, we will reflect on the web design process - the real-world process - through the lens of the making of MIX Online. The goal is not to be prescriptive, but to attempt to extrapolate some practical lessons through this experience by explaining it in bold and honest detail Read More…


Advanced Tools & Practices Workshop Track Announced0

by on Dec 4, 2008

MIX09 will feature a third pre-event workshop track: Advanced Tools & Practices.  The first workshop in this track is called “Shio O Totte: Using What You Know” and will be lead by Adam Kinney, one of Microsoft’s resident UI experts.  The second workshop is called “Hiking Mt Avalon”, and will be jointly led by Robby Read More…

opinion Joshua Allen

A Bright Future for Software14

by Joshua Allen on Dec 3, 2008 in Web Culture

It seems like everywhere you turn these days, there is more bad news about the global economy. Bankruptcies, layoffs, and bailouts continue to mount. We are hearing the words "recession" and "depression" more frequently than ever before in our lifetimes. The truth is, the world is in the midst of a severe economic crisis, and Read More…

opinion Thomas Lewis

Embrace Smallness2

by Thomas Lewis on Nov 24, 2008 in Web Culture

In a world of super-sizing and "Go Big or Go Home!’ tag-lines, it is sometimes hard to go against convention and embrace your smallness. Success appears to be made of quantity more than quality. I tend to believe that you can be successful by embracing your smallness. Smallness requires you to focus on what is Read More…