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  • 0 comments  /  posted by  Silverlight Show  on  Jun 16, 2010 (1 week ago)
    Tags: Windows Phone , Tools , Install Experience , Michael Klucher
    If you have experienced some problems with the installation of the Windows Phone Developer Tools, you may want to check this solution provided by Michael Klucher.

    If you’ve run into some trouble installing the latest version of the Windows Phone Developer Tools from we’re here to help!

    Specifically one issue with installing the Windows Phone Developer Tools with Silverlight already installed on your machine is coming up more and more, luckily Aaron Stebner has provided a great post on working around the issue.

  • 0 comments  /  posted by  Silverlight Show  on  Apr 29, 2010 (1 month ago)
    Adam Kinney has put together a simple step by step guide to installing Silverlight Tools.

    The new Setup tutorial takes full advantage of the Web Platform Installer (Web PI) which acts as a download and install tool for the needed Tools.  This makes writing the tutorial and installing much easier.

    Along with the step by step guide, I’ve also updated the Getting Started series to reflect the new v4 tools and features, specifically CompositionTarget.Rendering (which is like ENTER_FRAME) and CompositeTransform (which makes transforms simpler than before).

  • 0 comments  /  posted by  Silverlight Show  on  Apr 14, 2010 (2 months ago)
    Scott Barnes wants to fix the overall Installation and Preloading Experiences for Silverlight and in this post he shares some ideas how to do that.

    Just like a hooker, your job is to entice the person before you to take faith in the hopeful reality that this will be an experience to remember (ok that analogy just took a nose dive in very bad way). Your job is to firstly convince the end user to install Silverlight should it not be in place and secondly and just as importantly your job is to convince the end user that sticking around is also equally important SHOULD they have the installation in place of Silverlight.

  • Silverlight Installation/Preloader Experience - BarnesStyle

    0 comments  /  posted by  Silverlight Show  on  Apr 06, 2010 (2 months ago)
    In this post Scott Barnes shares some useful and detailed information about the install experience for Silverlight.

    When I was in the Silverlight Product team, I had many visions of where I wanted to take the product beyond where some of my co-team mates were comfortable with (slow painful incremental growth in terms of change).

    One of the main focal areas I wanted to fix, was the overall Installation and Preloading Experiences for Silverlight. In that, i think it’s essentially the like the IRAQ war of software (i.e. meaning, its so far embedded now that fixing it is going to take generations of change).

  • 0 comments  /  posted by  Silverlight Show  on  Jan 26, 2010 (5 months ago)

    In this article Scott Barnes discusses how to control your Silverlight installation experience.

    I’ve been doing plug-in development & design for many years, and often I’ve seen many a battle around this space. It typically starts with ubiquity, once that is overcome it then settles down at abandonment rates and from there the curse of the dreaded plug-in ends.

    The reality however, no matter what plug-in you choose is that in actual fact ubiquity isn’t the sign of displeasure, it typically starts with how the entire package is presented to the end user.

  • An Out-of-browser Install Pattern for Silverlight

    0 comments  /  posted by  Silverlight Show  on  Aug 13, 2009 (10 months ago)

    In this post Tim Heuer explains how to act if you want to force your applications to be run out-of-browser. 

    One thing that I’ve seen is folks asking for a method on how they can force the OOB mode in their app.  One of the security features of OOB is that the Install action must be user initiated.  This means it must be from the end-user action…not automated.  So you can’t just send a URL to someone and have it suddenly install the application OOB.  So how would you go about this?

  • 0 comments  /  posted by  Silverlight Show  on  Apr 27, 2009 (more than a year ago)

    James Bacon tries to explain how to detect what version of Silverlight is installed on a visitor's browser.

    Basically the only documented way to answer this question is to repeatedly call isInstalled with different version numbers until you get the right version.

  • 0 comments  /  posted by  Silverlight Show  on  Apr 16, 2009 (more than a year ago)
    Karl Erickson announces that Silverlight Installation Experience whitepaper and sample code have been released.

    The Silverlight project templates in Visual Studio and other tools (such as Expression Blend) provide a default experience for users who do not have Silverlight installed. However, the current default experience is not very enticing.

  • 0 comments  /  posted by  Silverlight Show  on  Apr 13, 2009 (more than a year ago)
    Barak Cohen announces that the Silverlight Installation Experience White Paper and Sample code are now published on Microsoft’s Download Center.

    This paper provides an insight into the mechanism of authoring and designing a proper installation experience for Silverlight applications on Web pages.  

    The design incorporates feedback we got from focus groups and from our experience with many Web sites that have a sub-optimal installation experience for Silverlight.

    The paper provides templates for Silverlight Web applications and Web media applications.

  • Silverlight installation experience guidance posted

    0 comments  /  posted by  Silverlight Show  on  Apr 13, 2009 (more than a year ago)
    Tim Heuer has published information and code which you may need in order to complete the best possible experience in your site.

    I’ve been promising this for a while and I’ve ranted about creating good installation experiences for Silverlight applications before as well here and here.  Well, our team rallied and created some new guidance and sample code to provide for you to implement the best possible experience. 

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