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Reactive Computing at the Heart of Cortana

In my QCon talk last year I talked, amongst many other things, about the need to react to the world’s information streams in near-realtime. The Bing Platform that powers Cortana and the Windows Phone OS were designed and implemented to support that vision. At the very core of each Windows …

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My Cortana Interests on Bing.com

Isn’t this beautiful? I am not talking about the photo, which is gorgeous. I am referring to my Cortana interests (weather, stocks, news) that appear at the bottom of the bing.com homepage. We know what the user cares about so we surface it to their screen. Of course users have …

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Cortana

You might have heard the news about Cortana, Microsoft’s entry in the personal assistant space. I am very excited to see Cortana …

Please raise your voice against fascism

Mpampis, my great childhood friend, recently posted on his Facebook timeline a variant of Martin Niemöller’s “First they came” poem. It’s been …

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Honesty in user interface design

I liked the “Dark Patterns: inside interfaces designed to trick you” article by Harry Brignull. Honesty in how we interact with our …

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Glastonbury 2013

Another year, another great Glastonbury. It’s already been a month since our trip to the UK for the annual Glastonbury festival, so …

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Convergence of User Experiences

Disclaimer: These thoughts do NOT represent strategy or plans by my team or company. They are just that… thoughts. The way we …

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Let’s teach kids how to code

What a great initiative from the leaders of our field: “code.org is a non-profit foundation dedicated to growing computer programming education.” Programming …

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Facebook’s Search Graph

I’ve been working on Graph Store-related technologies for 5-6years now. I got fascinated by the idea of representing the world’s information as …

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cvoya – the company

History If you follow my tweets, you might have noticed that I make a reference from time-to-time to an illusive “side project” …