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About Alain's globosphere

Well, it seems that blogging has become a must in our industry nowadays so I'll not escape. Of course, I must admit that I spend easily 30 minutes to 1 hour of my time every single day reading the blog entries I bookmarked in some of my blog reader tools.

This blog, even though it's hosted on MSDN.com, will partly talk about my life at Microsoft but also about the industry as a whole and, why not, about me! :-)

Pour ceux que cela peut intéresser, je parle aussi le français et je serai très heureux de recevoir des commentaires dans ma langue maternelle!

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    Of course there is Skype, but there's also Windows Live Messenger to place phone calls

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    I had been a Skype user for many months. Recently, Microsoft came up with an alternate solution. This solution is quite youg and lacks some features but hey, one has to crawl before running! ;-) With Windows Live Messenger 8.0 (which is released now...
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    Make a folder available as a toolbar on your desktop

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    I've been using Windows from many many years and I came across a feature that I had never heard of (this was explained in a family magazine as a hint for using Windows! :-S) Try it for yourself : Take any folder on your machine, drag it and drop it...
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    Get location services in Outlook in order NOT to miss any meeting anymore

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    Ludo, our Enterprise Commercial Director, recently shown me the use of Windows Live Local inside of Outlook. This is simply stunning! Imagine organizing a meeting with a customer, Windows Local Live can actually find the driving directions for you...
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    LIMITED OFFER for the Microsoft Certified Architect Program

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    Many of you heard about it. I talked about it with my Architects more than one year ago. The Microsoft Certified Architect Program is now available. Applications for the Microsoft Certified Architect Program are currently being accepted. Visit Thomson...
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    CAB: Composite UI Application Block - New Release on June 1st!

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    Are you considering a Smart Client approach to address the challenges of building Line of Business solutions that interact with many backend systems? Ever wondered what would the architecture and design of a complex UI would look like? Do you need...
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    Try 2007 Office System tools without installing it

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    I've been using 2007 Office System for quite some time now as explained in my recent post . In there, I also explained that I installed it on my Vista machine. In order to allow seeing and feeling the 2007 Office Sytem tools without installing them...
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    Bye, bye Vic ...

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    Vic Gundotra , GM of Platform Evangelism, is leaving Microsoft. CNN announced it yesterday. It's also being talked about in Robert Scobble blog post . Should we consider Microsoft is undergoing a brain drain as is being said in CNN's article? ...
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    Custom Domains has come to life/live ...

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    That's it! Windows Live Custom Domains has been released. This service is part of the Microsoft Windows Live Services . In a nutshell, by using custom domains, you can add as many e-mail addresses as you want to a domain name you own. In other words...
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    To ODF or not to ODF?

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    Before saying anything, let me remind my blog-post standard disclaimer: The opinion expressed herein are strictly my own and certainly does not represent my employer's opinion. A few days ago, Belgium fedreal government has decided to standardize on...
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    Let's define what an IT Architect is

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    Hans Hantson , a friend of mine, recently expressed his vision and understanding about what an IT Architect really is. This is indeed subject to very many discussions and, in order to address that, Microsoft has tried to consolidate this understanding...
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    Guidance Automation Extensions - June 2006 CTP released

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    The June 2006 CTP of the Guidance Automation Toolkit and Guidance Automation Extensions is a minor update to the previous December 2005 CTP, and includes the following fixes and improvements: · Support for international editions of Visual Studio 2005...
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    WinFS API is not in .NET 3.0!!! Where is it gone then?

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    Many of you have followed the progress of WinFS over the years and the team’s work to make integrated storage a reality. We will include several WinFS technologies in the next version of SQL Server, code-named “Katmai. ” The inclusion will provide these...
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    See Windows Vista ...

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    Yes, Windows Vista Beta has been made available to us for test purposes. Vista Beta 2 is thus downloadable from here for our French Speaking colleagues and there for our Dutch speaking ones . Actually, I've installed it on my production machine and...
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    Why is it called .NET 3.0?

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    Why is it called .NET 3.0 ? Actually, when I first saw the annoucement of .NET 3.0 I had mixed feelings. Here's what I thought: The good This enforces the .NET brand that now becomes really known and appreciated by many of my customers. This...
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    Put your footprint in EntLib for .NET 3.0

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    Hey all, did you know that Tom Hollander is looking for great ideas to enhance the quality and functionality of EntLib for .NET 3.0? If you want to put your footprint in this exercise, go join his blog on http://blogs.msdn.com/tomholl/archive/2006...
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    Back in Blogosphere life...

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    Hey, you can't imagine how many times I've been asked to start blogging again. Yeah, after one year, it's about time to come back to the blogosphere (oh, by the way, there's no typo in my title, it says indeed "globosphere"). So now I'm back. I'll...
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    About the support of Enterprise Library

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    Hi all, I get plenty of questions regarding the Microsoft Support policy for the Enterprise library. This is quite normal and to be expected I'd say. So, here is the answer: Enterprise library aims at being a guidance to assist developers with common...
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    Industrial Strength SOA Workshop registrations are OPEN

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    As announced in a previous Blog entry , the Industrial Strenght SOA Workshop will take place on Feb 22nd, 23rd and 24th in Brussels. All the details can be found on this site . Registrations are now open ... and limited!!! ;-) This is available to international...
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    Dev & ITPro Days 2005 in Belgium is knocking at the door

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    Hi guys, We are now one week away from Dev & ITPro Days 2005 . This session will be unique from many perspectives. Indeed, half of the agenda is for IT Professionals (the persons who actually operate the data center, the ones who are responsible for...
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    Belgium: Industrial Strength SOA Workshop ...

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    Hi guys, I'm currently preparing a very specific event about " Industrial Strength SOA Workshop ". This worshop is the result of the collaboration between Newtelligence and Microsoft EMEA, and will take place only in 4 countries in the whole EMEA region...
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    AntiSpyware software available from Microsoft

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    Hi guys, Just to let you know that Microsoft has just released a beta version of "Microsoft Windows AntiSpyware" technologies recently acquired from GIANT Company Software Inc (see official press pass ). Actually, this is a very important piece of software...
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    Javapolis was great

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    Hi all, It's been a long time since my last post. I've been pretty busy those days and, on top of that, I decided to spend some time off with my family. That does not happen that often, so I try to make that a quality time. Anyway, Javapolis was a real...
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    .NET and J2EE Interop: Speaking at Javapolis in December 2004

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    I've been invited as a speaker at Javapolis . The subject will be "Interoperability between the Microsoft Platform and the Java Platforms" . You can get the session details here . For the PPT's, you'll have to come! ;-) The content of this presentation...
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    Strategic Architect Forum is now over ...

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    The Worldwide Strategic Architect Forum has come to an end. If I have to summarize what has been shown and said, I'd say one word: Waouw! The keynotes: Day 1 Modeling for Connected Systems by Norm Judah . Well, I think that no one can doubt about it:...
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    Software factories ...

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    I'm currently in Redmond, ready to attend the Strategic Architect Forum . Yesterday, we had a chat with Jack Greenfield, co-author of the "Software Factories" book. I must admit that the maturity and the understanding those guys have about sofware production...
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