Brian Keller

Director of ALM Evangelism for Microsoft

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    Lookout: Rapid index and search capabilities for Outlook


    To quote my friend Alim, “I have been using it for a couple of days and it has revolutionized the way I work.”

    I don't think I'm not your typical Outlook user. To put my usage into context, I have every email I've ever sent or received at Microsoft. That's about 3GB of .PST files - compressed. To open some of the larger .PST files it takes over a minute. But with Lookout installed, I can type in any search term and it will find mails in seconds. Really amazing.

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    Newlyweds @ 10:00 pm, MTV, tonight

    If you were at Tech-Ed in San Diego then you may have seen Jessica Simpson perform at the Microsoft MOM event. I'm getting preliminary confirmations from my east coast friends that clips from that show will be on tonight's episode of Newlyweds. My friend Amy called to say that she saw me in the crowd - very cool!
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    "Heated" discussion


    It's time I threw my two cents into the air conditioning discussion from Dan's blog (see

    So I think what this discussion thread is really missing is a mention of cost/benefit analysis. I think for the type of house Dan and Angie are getting it costs about $5000 for good A/C. In my 3 summers in Seattle I feel like I would have turned the A/C on for maybe 15 days. That works out to over $300 per night. I can get a hotel for less than that and that doesn't even take into account the cost of electricity, noise, maintenance, etc. Of course, there's the value you add to your property and I am from Florida so my tolerance is probably higher than most... but it simply isn't worth it in my opinion. Besides - with Dan and Angie moving into my neighborhood in a few months I can just mooch off of them any time it gets warm. <g>

    For a geek solution to the problem, check this out:
    If I string together a series of powered USB hubs I figure I can create a comfortable array of fans for well under $5000 - and they should all be API addressable which means I can write an application which optimizes the heat flow pattern in my house. That's a lot more fun that just installing A/C, isn't it? :-)

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    ISV Buddy Program


    I got my first 5 "buddies" today as part of the ISV Buddy Program! This is a really cool way for developers to interact with Microsoft employees on a 1:1 basis and just another step that we're taking to get closer to the community and be more transparent about what we work on every day. It's a simple way to establish a partnership. I'm really looking forward to learning about my “buddies“, what they work on, the types of challenges they face, their ideas for product improvements, etc.

    If you're interested you can sign up here:

    Who knows, maybe you'll be my next buddy? I read that BillG is participating, too. If you get paired up with him tell him I said hello. <g>

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    .NET Framework 1.0 SP3 and 1.1 SP1 Tech Preview Available for Public Download


    **Updated 8/31 with new links to the official releases, replacing the links to the technology preview


    .NET Framework 1.0 SP3 and 1.1 SP1 Tech Preview Available for Public Download

    Today, Microsoft made technology preview versions of the .NET Framework 1.0 SP3 and .NET Framework 1.1 SP1 available for developers to download so they can test their .NET Framework-based applications with these service packs applied. Though these are unsupported technology previews, we would like to ask your help in ensuring the quality of the service packs by downloading them, testing your existing applications on them, and giving us feedback.

    These two service packs address issues with the .NET Framework 1.0 and 1.1 including:

    ·         All customer issues addressed with hotfixes

    ·         Improved importing of WSDL

    ·         Data Execution prevention

    ·         Buffer overrun protection

    ***Updated 8/31. The links below are no longer the technology previews but are the final releases. Note the separate download for Windows Server 2003.

    Microsoft .NET Framework 1.1 Service Pack 1 [for Windows 2000/XP] <>


    Microsoft .NET Framework 1.1 Service Pack 1 for Windows Server 2003 <>


    Microsoft .NET Framework 1.0 Service Pack 3 [for Windows 2000/XP] <>

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    J# Browser Controls v1.1b now available


    J# Browser Controls v1.1b is now available for download


    What are J# Browser Controls?

    J# Browser Controls provide developers with the ability to migrate Java applet source code to run on the .NET Framework. This was developed primarily for MSJVM migrations, but can be used for migrating other applets as well.


    Once migrated, J# Browser Controls have full access to the .NET Framework. We’ve already seen J# Browser Controls play a critical role for customers who want to migrate away from the MSJVM. One such customer is the U.S. Internal Revenue Service. A major benefit of using J# Browser Controls to perform this type of migration is that very little (if any) source code changes are required to compile and run the applet as a J# Browser Control.


    What’s new in this release?

    Version 1.1b replaces version 1.1 and adds support for our top requested features. Version 1.1b adds scripting support (interaction of J# Browser Controls with script functionality on a Web page) and offline support (optional hosting of J# Browser Controls without requiring a Web server). J# Browser Controls v1.1b also provides support for the Netscape JavaScript API functionality. For detailed information, please view the white paper. Localized versions of the J# Browser Controls v1.1b runtime and documentation should be coming online sometime in August.

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    Cool new sample app: FotoVision


    This is a sample best practices application that shows off working with lots of technologies.

    I like the way they have turned this into a Windows Forms, ASP.NET, Web services, and .NET Compact Framework sample. I haven't had time to dig into this much but it looks fun.

    PS: Don't tell them they spelled “Photo” wrong. <g>

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    "Resources for Java Developers" dev center live


    We've finally got the “Resources for Java Developers” dev center live on MSDN thanks to a lot of hard work from Dan, Kent, and others.

    Check it out here:

    Please let me know what other content you'd like to see. This is for Java developers who are interesting in learning about Microsoft .NET technologies for purposes of development, code migration, interoperability, etc.

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    TechEd Attendees: Get the CTP of Visual Studio 2005 from the booths!!


    The Community Technology Preview of Visual Studio 2005 represents the latest build available out of Redmond. These bits are hot out of the build lab, so they did not make the shipment in time for the attendee bags. Stop by the Visual Studio booths in the Pavilion area to pick up your copy copy.

    Bonus: Most of the Visual Studio Team System components, announced at the Keynote this morning, are included in this release!!

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    Going to TechEd? Calling all Java developers!


    I know TechEd isn't the most likely place to find a Java developer, but if you're out there here are the resources you'll want to check out. Maybe you're interested in porting some Java applications to .NET - or you might have a tricky interoperability need. Even if you're a pure .NET developer, you might need to interoperate with Java resources in your enterprise. We've got ya covered.

    Pavilion Booth 21, “Java and .NET: Migration and Interoperability.”
    Topics include:
    - Interoperability, including a cool new tool for testing interoperability scenarios built by
    Simon Guest
    - Visual J# .NET
    - Java Language Conversion Assistant (3.0 now in beta!)

    DEVC35  Web Services Interoperability
    Thursday, May 27 8:30 AM- 9:45 AM, Cabana 06
    Speaker(s): Simon Guest
    Track(s): Developer Tools and Technologies
    Are you looking to Web services to provide interoperability between .NET and other systems? Maybe you are involved in a project to prove Web services connectivity with .NET and IBM WebSphere or BEA WebLogic? Come chat about your experience and share questions in this open roundtable discussion. Learn valuable recommendations for implementing interoperable Web services today and see how we are taking this forward with WSE (Web Services Enhancements) 2.0. 

    DEV381  .NET and J2EE Strategies for Interoperability
    Thursday, May 27 3:15 PM- 4:30 PM, Room 11AB
    Speaker(s): Ted Neward
    Track(s): Architecture, Developer Tools and Technologies
    Learn about the options and strategies available to architects and developers today for creating solutions in .NET that seamlessly interoperate with existing J2EE implementations, applications, and services. Concentrate on a number of interoperability technologies and products, including how XML Web services can be used today to bridge the gap, and highlighting both advantages and shortfalls of the approach. Hear about using the latest Web services toolkits in order to achieve security, reliability, and transactions.
    ARCC21  Java and .NET on TheServerSide
    Friday, May 28 1:00 PM- 2:15 PM, Cabana 04
    Speaker(s): Ted Neward
    Track(s): Architecture
    1:1 meetings
    Use the RIO tool if you want to book a meeting with myself or any of the other TechEd staff.
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