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  • new info around Midori team

    well, yet another team member has left

    Magnus Hiie, went to Teleport

    https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/teleport-magnus-hiie

    December 29 was the official last day of my employment at Skype/Microsoft. Having joined Skype in 2006, I worked at the various Skype offices (Tallinn, Estonia; Tartu, Estonia; Brisbane, California; Palo Alto, California) over 6 years, and finally ended up moving from the Microsoft Skype division to the Microsoft Technical Strategy Incubation Group where I developed parts of a yet unreleased managed operating system for 2 years in Mountain View, California. This makes it almost 9 years I have stayed in an organization, which has been the longest so far for me.

    I saw Skype grow from a startup (it had been acquired by eBay, but still had the startup culture) to a division of one of the largest companies in the world. During the startup era, I saw passion which I hope I can see more of in the future years.

    During the last two years I was part of an amazing team that built what I thought would categorically change the landscape of operating systems. I learned from this very experienced team in almost all areas of software engineering. From this team I will miss most the meticulous focus on quality and the open communication of merits of both software design choices and implementation details.

  • C# 7.0 may bring some M# goodness

    M# = "C# for Systems Programming", its the language for Midori operating system

  • C# 7.0 may bring some M# goodness

    (I've reported this in the Midori thread, but I feel this news deserves its own thread, so .....)

    former M# developer Jared Parsonswrote a blog post about his new job in C# team, including bring some M# goodness into C# 7
    http://blog.paranoidcoding.com/2015/01/09/moving-teams.html

    For the last four years I've been a part of a research team exploring extensions to the C# language. The effort focussed on adding features that improved the reliability, performance and overall correctness of the language. Like any good research project we had some features that were incredibly successful, some which were so-so and others that ... well ... they failed spectacularly!

    The project was amazing to work on but like all good things eventually it must come to an end. Research is great fun but a part of me always missed being a part of a shipping product: engaging with customers, the joys (and horrors) of shipping code, etc ...

    As such I recently decided to accept a position back on C# Language team. Besides normal language work a part of my job will be trying to integrate some of the goodness that came out of our research back into the language.

    I do want to emphasize trying above. Certainly not all of our work, or even most of it, will make it into the shipping language. There were plenty of successful features specific to our projects that just don't make sense in the general context of C#. Even the features I hope to bring back will inevitably need to change a bit to be ship ready.

    For the moment though I'm heads down with the rest of the team trying to get Roslyn and Visual Studio 2015 out the door. In the near future the design for C# 7.0 will begin and I will begin working on prototyping these features.

    takeaways: 1, C# 7 is cool, 2, M# is dead. right ?

  • Google Surface

    is it april 1st slready ??? :|

  • new info around Midori team

    OK, some more departure news

    Shaun Cox, moved to Skype Media team https://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=27358241&authType=name&authToken=0BhR

    Harrry Pierson moved to SmartGlass team https://twitter.com/DevHawk/status/552151630586454016

    Dzmitry Huba went to Google https://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=20177767&authType=name&authToken=BCjF

    heck, even Chris Brumme has left OSG ! https://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=184465800&authToken=_KZN&authType=name

    December 2014 - Present: Working on intelligent services in the Technology and Research group. The intelligent part is based on deep learning at scale, with a focus on vision and speech.

    well, Chris Brumme is going back to "Technology and Research" or TnR (T&R) group, which is kinda similiar to the original TSI (Technical Strategy & Incubation)/SBG (Startup Business Group)/CRD (Corporate Reseach & Development) organizations, it looks like Chris is going to start some new adventures. 

  • new info around Midori team

    Jared Parsons just wrote a blog post about his new job in C# team, including bring some M# goodness into C# 7
    http://blog.paranoidcoding.com/2015/01/09/moving-teams.html

    For the last four years I've been a part of a research team exploring extensions to the C# language. The effort focussed on adding features that improved the reliability, performance and overall correctness of the language. Like any good research project we had some features that were incredibly successful, some which were so-so and others that ... well ... they failed spectacularly!

    The project was amazing to work on but like all good things eventually it must come to an end. Research is great fun but a part of me always missed being a part of a shipping product: engaging with customers, the joys (and horrors) of shipping code, etc ...

    As such I recently decided to accept a position back on C# Language team. Besides normal language work a part of my job will be trying to integrate some of the goodness that came out of our research back into the language.

    I do want to emphasize trying above. Certainly not all of our work, or even most of it, will make it into the shipping language. There were plenty of successful features specific to our projects that just don't make sense in the general context of C#. Even the features I hope to bring back will inevitably need to change a bit to be ship ready.

    For the moment though I'm heads down with the rest of the team trying to get Roslyn and Visual Studio 2015 out the door. In the near future the design for C# 7.0 will begin and I will begin working on prototyping these features.

  • Microsoft working on new Chrome-like browser

    some observations by poke with the leaked builds of Windows 10:

    1, yes, they are splitting the Trident engine into "edgehtml.dll" which only support the new stuff and "mshtml.dll" which support the legacy stuff. also similiarily it seems like the JS engine is spliited into Chakra.dll and jscript9.dll.

    2, no, Spartan is not "edge-only", both IE and Spartan will support both "edge" and "legacy" content rendering. so you dont have to choose one beforehand by content type.

  • Windows 10 mystery: World, Human, and Stereo Head Mounted Display

    rumors incoming:

    http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20141218PD210.html

    http://vrfocus.com/archives/9782/developers-confirm-work-xbox-one-vr-kit/

    http://www.techradar.com/news/gaming/microsoft-s-xbox-vr-headset-is-alive-and-it-s-already-in-the-hands-of-developers-1277879

    http://www.winbeta.org/news/rumor-mill-microsoft-said-be-developing-vr-headset-reveal-e3-next-june

  • Windows 10 mystery: World, Human, and Stereo Head Mounted Display

    hmmm..... OK, there is a possibility, if its not a general AR device, but a dedicated indoor AR gaming device, then its OK to bound it to a PC or XBox. that is actually plausible. since there is the API mentioned "Room".

  • Windows 10 mystery: World, Human, and Stereo Head Mounted Display

    well, here are some more interesting tidbits

    public class Windows.Devices.Input.PointerDevice {
          public uint MaxPointersWithZDistance { get; }
    }
    public class Windows.UI.Input.PointerPointProperties {
          public IReference<float> ZDistance { get; }
    }

    sounds like Goldfinger 3D Touch ?