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Ben Riga is Senior Technical Evangelist for Windows Phone in Microsoft's Developer and Platform Evangelism (DPE) group.  In this role he runs around demonstrating the compelling technical and business value of the Windows 8 platform and how partners benefit when publishing apps to the Windows Store.  Ben also supports the Microsoft field by engaging in key projects and recruiting target customers and partners.

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    Marrying ASP.NET with Dynamics CRM

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    We've been running training worldwide to get partners up-to-speed on the upcoming release of Dynamics CRM "Titan". A few weeks ago we invited the tour hit Redmond. I took advantage of that opportunity to get some of these partners on video talking about...
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    Salesforce.com Death Watch

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    The non-story out of Salesforce.com this week got me thinking and reading a little more and it would seem that many others are starting to see the writing on the wall for sf.com and it ain't pretty. Joshua Greenbaum's story for ZDNet was the most compelling...
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    MSDN Dev Center for Dynamics

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    Nice! We've opened the new Dev Center for Dynamics. This is fantastic. Lots of improvements with this but the nicest thing for me is that we now have separate sub-Dev Centers for each of the individual Dynamics products (AX, CRM, GP, NAV and SL). That...
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    Salesforce.yawn

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    I've been traveling for a few days and am only now catching up on this week's news. I was particularly interested in reading up what Salesforce.com and Google were up to. what with all the noise about a some big announcement happening this week. Phil...
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    Spying on CRM

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    Maybe you think that your CRM server's been sneaking out behind your back. Stealing CPU cycles. All that fooling around is hijacking your performance. Or maybe your servers have been hanging out in a rough neighborhood. Being denied service? Suffering...
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    BizTalk Adapter for CRM: How-To

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    OMG! I just found this awesome post on integration of Dynamics CRM with BizTalk. Brajendra Singh does an incredibly thorough job of documenting some experiences integrating with CRM 3.0. I got this nice one from Phil Richardson . Technorati tags: Dynamics...
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    MIXin' it up with Live CRM

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    I just got back from Las Vegas where we just finished up our annual MIX conference . What a truly awesome conference. This year I presented on the stuff I've been knee deep in since last July. I was joined by Jason Hunt of Invoke Systems. Together we...
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    Rockin' and Rollin' with CRM “Titan”

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    We've started to give some of our closest ISV partners early access to CRM "Titan". Sanjay Jain a Developer Evangelist with our US partner team talks about that in a recent blog post . If you are a Gold Certified ISV partner drop Sanjay a line and he...
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    Dynamics CRM Platform for Business Applications

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    One of the coolest things I saw at Convergence this year was a demo of Dynamics Live CRM. We've been talking about this since last summer but this was the first time we demoed it publicly. Brad Wilson the GM for the group showed how Live CRM will look...
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    Can we meet at Convergence?

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    I'll be at Convergence from March 12-14. Click the image at the right if you'd like to hook up at the conference. Convergence is the Premier Microsoft conference for the Dynamics part of our business. It's the conference where Microsoft Dynamics customers...
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    Got Passion for Dynamics?

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    Want to help change the SMB software industry? Are you a big-picture thinker, interested in addressing both business and technology opportunities for line of business application developers? Do you get excited about the market opportunity to bring the...
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    Dynamics: The icing on the Microsoft cake.. er.. stack

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    A few months ago I was asked to take on a new role at Microsoft. We've kicked off an initiative within Developer and Platform Evangelism to help drive ISV evangelism for the Microsoft Dynamics brand. I was asked to help drive the content development and...
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    WPF Healthcare Sample Source Posted

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    Wow! We've posted the source code to the Patient Monitoring WPF prototype . I'm sure this will be one of the top WPF sample applications for developers and designers. Some background for folks that have never heard of this app: About 2 years ago I...
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    Windows Vista + Office 2007 + Virtual Earth = Cool!!!

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    I've been working with Accruent , a Microsoft Gold Partner, as they migrate to their next generation of Real Estate Management System. Sanjay Parthasarthy , who heads up all things evangelism, invited me to demo the really cool work they've done during...
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    Papers, Please!

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    Opportunities abound for improving our experience on the web today. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the area of how we identify ourselves. We’re improving on that dramatically but we need your help to ensure that consumers on the web get the...
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    Anders Hejlsberg: Behind the Code

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    I love this video! This is an episode of “Behind theCode.” That’s a video series about Microsoft employees that have done great things. Anders has defintely done that. The video is an informal chat with Anders about his many accomplishments...
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    eBay, Amazon MIX it up

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    MIX.06 will be the place to rub shoulders with some of the most influential folks on the web. We’ve gone all out to ensure that this conversation is not one where we’re doing all the talking. As Ray mentioned earlier , industry luminaries will keep the...
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    Windows Vista Overview for Developer Slides

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    Last night I presented at the SDForum Windows SIG in Mountain View, CA. As usual I had a blast. The presentation went well. The demos went well and there were a lot of great questions. I’ve posted my slides those who might want to dive in a little deeper...
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    Windows Vista for Developers Event in Silicon Valley

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    As a follow-up to last month’s WinFX session I did at SDForum’s Windows SIG meeting, this month I’ll give a preview of Windows Vista with an eye to giving developers some ideas as how applications can light up on this very cool, very new platform. ...
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    Bits are done. Come and get 'em.

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    The Visual Studio team signed off on Visual Studio and .NET 2.0 this morning. Woo hoo! The bits are out of the oven and have been packed into trucks for delivery to you fresh and piping hot up on MSDN (for subscribers). They’ll be up there later today...
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    I am Smart. What about you?

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    Ok. So a couple of weeks ago I posted a link to a stupid quiz that purported to test whether you are dumb. Today Chris Sells pointed me to another quiz but this one is not stupid and actually tests your knowledge of 8th Grade math. So could You Pass...
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    I am dumb. What about you?

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    I got the link to this game off A View from Elsewhere . Pretty funny. And, uh, yeah… I am dumb… This one had me laughing out loud. It’s just so damn stupid. I can’t help but wonder how come people have the time to build these things. Anyway, if you have...
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    WinFX Overview session slides

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    A few people have asked me to post the slides I used from last night’s session at SDForum’s Windows SIG session. I’ve attached them here in PDF form. They’re kinda big at 40MB. Too many pretty pictures, I guess. Thanks to all of those who attended...
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    WinFX event in Silicon Valley

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    I’ll be having some fun at the SDForum Windows SIG meeting next week . Come join me as I give an overview of some of the ultra cool WinFX stuff we showed at the PDC. I haven’t got a lot of time but I’ll try to get through Windows Presentation Foundation...
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    Pigs do Fly!

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    Well, it looks like the rumors about Palm releasing a Windows Mobile Treo were true. This morning they announced that they are “ bringing the Palm experience to Windows Mobile. ” This was probably one of the worst kept secrets in the industry. There’s...
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