IT Evolution 08 @Abu Dhabi

by Shijaz Abdulla on 04.11.2008 at 15:40

The IT Evolution 08 event was held today at the Corniche Sheraton, Abu Dhabi. There were several informative sessions on Microsoft Virtualization technologies in the IT Pro track such as Hyper-V and Application Virtualization with SoftGrid/MDOP. The developer track included presentations on SQL Server 2008, Visual Studio .NET 2008 and Silverlight.

Partner presence included HP, Dell and Citrix. Yusuf Bismilla, Anton Delsink, Shahid Gaglani, and Amr El Garhy of Microsoft presented various topics.

Attendees were also given a chance to have their picture taken with the gaming character Master Chief from the Halo 3 game from Microsoft Game Studios.

Me with Master Chief of Halo 3 (left)

Tafiti: Search with Silverlight!

by Shijaz Abdulla on 27.08.2007 at 13:04
Tafiti is a new project from Microsoft which provides a whole new way to search online. I wouldn’t quite call it a search engine, but its something pretty amazing.

I searched for my hometown ‘Kannur’ on Tafiti, and here’s what I got (click to enlarge):

search the web.

the ‘tree’ view (awesome!)

the image search.

kannur in the news.

feeds from kannur.

Tafiti is powered by Microsoft Silverlight. Silverlight is a cross-browser, cross-platform plug-in for delivering the next generation of Microsoft .NET–based media experiences and rich interactive applications for the Web. I think pretty soon it’s going to compete with Adobe Flash.