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    ConferenceXP Developers Workshop 2006 - Nov 2-3

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    The announcement for the CXP Developers Workshop 2006 just went out - it would be great to see more Science Research Projects attend and integrate via CXP

    ConferenceXP Developers Workshop 2006

    Microsoft Research and the ConferenceXP Project Team will host a two-day ConferenceXP workshop for researchers, educators, developers, users and administrators on Thursday, November 2 and Friday, November 3, 2006 in Bellevue, Washington.

    The ConferenceXP workshop will bring together ConferenceXP researchers and collaborators to discuss the current status of and future directions for ConferenceXP. It will also enable ConferenceXP RFP award winners and other invitees to learn more about the ConferenceXP research platform, showcase their work, exchange ideas, and introduce new developers and researchers to the ConferenceXP development environment.

    ConferenceXP Workshop Agenda

    The ConferenceXP Workshop on Thursday, November 2 and Friday, November 3, 2006 will focus on ConferenceXP development, deployment, and future directions as well as related research in academia.

    Registration

    To apply for an invitation to attend the ConferenceXP Developers Workshop 2006, please fill out the application form. Acceptance notifications will include hotel registration information. As in previous years, there is no charge for the workshop and priority will be given to academic attendees. The workshop will be limited to 50 attendees this year.

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    Webcast: Windows Compute Cluster Job Scheduler

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     There's a TechNet Webcast coming up on the WinHPC Job Scheduler...

    TechNet Webcast: Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003 Job Scheduler (Level 200)

    Start Time:
    Thursday, October 05, 2006 1:00 PM Pacific Time (US & Canada)

    End Time:
    Thursday, October 05, 2006 2:00 PM Pacific Time (US & Canada)

    Description:

    Microsoft Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003 brings high-performance computing (HPC) to industry standard, low-cost servers. Jobs, discrete activities scheduled to perform on the compute cluster, are the key to Compute Cluster Server operation. What benefits can you gain with Job Scheduler in Compute Cluster Server 2003? Join this webcast to learn about the benefits of Job Scheduler features, the Job Scheduler stack, as well as the credentials-handling and submission processes.
    Presenter: Ming Xu, Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    Source: Events Home

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    Simple Sharing Extensions (SSE) for Science

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     I ran across the Microsoft Simple Sharing Extensions Specification today and am quite excited by it, especially for enabling loosely-cooperating apps to use RSS as a way to share data/items in a list.  I'd be quite interested in other ideas on how it could be used with scientific data/research.

    What is the Simple Sharing Extensions specification?

    Simple Sharing Extensions (SSE) is a specification that extends RSS from unidirectional to bidirectional information flows.

    SSE defines the minimum extensions necessary to enable loosely cooperating applications to use RSS as the basis for item sharing—that is, the bidirectional, asynchronous replication of new and changed items among two or more cross-subscribed feeds.

    For example, SSE could be used to share your work calendar with your spouse. If your calendar were published to an SSE feed, changes to your work calendar could be replicated to your spouse's calendar, and vice versa. As a result, your spouse could see your work schedule and add new appointments, such as a parent-teacher meeting at the school, or a doctor's appointment.

    SSE allows you to replicate any set of independent items (for example, calendar entries, lists of contacts, list of favorites, blogrolls) using simple RSS semantics. If you can publish your data as an RSS feed, the simple addition of SSE will allow you to replicate your data to any other application that implements the SSE specification.

    Source: XML Developer Center: Frequently Asked Questions for Simple Sharing Extensions (SSE)

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    Data Mining for the rest of us

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    I've been looking at and playing with the Data Mining Add-in for Excel for the past month to see how scientists could utilize it in analyzing their data - and I think it will be quite useful.  The idea behind it is to send data in an Excel table to a SQL Server Analysis Server and let it execute it's algorithms over it - it's great for finding outliers as well as seeing the relationship of data...can't wait for it to be fully released...

    Data Mining Add-ins For Office 2007 In The Works

    Attendees at TechEd 2006 got a first look of the SQL Server Data Mining Add-ins for Office 2007, which garnered a spot on the Top Ten TechEd Hot Buttons. The release will include Table Analysis Tools for Excel, Data Mining Client for Excel and Data Mining Templates for Visio. Watch this space for more news on the add-ins, coming soon to your desktop in beta form with Community Technology Preview 2 (CTP2) of SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 2 (SP2) in October. In the meantime, you can check out some early screenshots. You'll also have an opportunity to see the add-ins live at PASS 2006.

    Source: The Data Miner: SQL Server Data Mining News
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    Domain-Specific Language Tools V1 in VS SDK

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    Domain Specific Language (DSL) Tools Version 1 is a set of tools for creating graphical designers hosted in Visual Studio.

    About Version 1

    Version 1 of Domain-Specific Language Tools lets you create a custom graphical designer that uses your own domain-specific diagrammatic notation. You can then create custom text templates that use models created in your designer to generate source code and other files

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    Grid Security and SecPAL

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    Last week at the OGF meeting in DC - Blair Dillaway presented their incubation work around SecPAL - Papers and slide deck are available on the Microsoft Research SecPAL web site (see http://research.microsoft.com/projects/SecPAL

    Of specific interest, Blair's paper A Unified Approach to Trust, Delegation, and Authorization in Large-Scale Grids

    The development of large-scale, decentralized distributed computing environments has highlighted the need for fine-grained control over trust relationships and delegated access rights. Existing approaches do not fully satisfy these needs. They typically lack precision and/or require an undesirable reliance on centralized administration to be effective. In addition, one finds multiple independent mechanisms, with disparate semantics, being used to manage trust, delegation and authorization. This makes it difficult to understand the effective security in large distributed systems and complicates their management.

    The goal of the SecPAL project is to develop a language for expressing decentralized authorization policies, and to investigate language design and semantics, as well as related algorithms and analysis techniques. This project is a collaboration between the advanced technology incubation group of Microsoft’s Chief Research and Strategy Officer and Microsoft Research Cambridge.

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    Digipede has a new release

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    Just saw that Digipede annouced the release of Digipede Network Version 1.3 which features integration with Windows CCS, as well as an expanded API to provide developers with even greater control of how they grid-enable their applications.

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    Microsoft Open Specification Promise

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    Thought folks in the eScience and Grid space would be glad to see this - Microsoft Open Specification Promise

    Specs covered:

      • WS-Addressing
      • WS-RM Policy
      • WS-AtomicTransaction
      • Remote Shell Web Services Protocol
      • WS-BusinessActivity
      • WS-SecureConversation
      • WS-Coordination
      • WS-Security: Kerberos Binding
      • WS-Discovery
      • WS-Security: SOAP Message Security
      • WSDL
      • WS-Security: UsernameToken Profile
      • WSDL 1.1 Binding Extension for SOAP 1.2
      • WS-Security: X.509 Certificate Token Profile
      • WS-Enumeration
      • WS-SecurityPolicy
      • WS-Eventing
      • SOAP
      • WS-Federation
      • SOAP 1.1 Binding for MTOM 1.0
      • WS-Federation Active Requestor Profile
      • SOAP MTOM / XOP
      • WS-Federation Passive Requestor Profile
      • SOAP-over-UDP
      • WS-Management
      • WS-Transfer
      • WS-Management Catalog
      • WS-Trust
      • WS-MetadataExchange
      • WS-I Basic Profile
      • WS-Policy
      • Web Single Sign-On Interoperability Profile
      • WS-PolicyAttachment
      • Web Single Sign-On Metadata Exchange Protocol
      • WS-ReliableMessaging

    Source: Microsoft Open Specification Promise

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    Microsoft AJAX and the roadmap!

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    Great to see the info on the Microsoft AJAX - especially to note the support for 100% cross-browser and cross-platform.  

    Link to David Boschmans Weblog : Microsoft AJAX and the roadmap!

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    F# -- the 3 minute guide

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    Ran across this short description on how to get up and running quickly on F# - F# -- the 3 minute guide!  - thanks to Larkware

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    MS eScience Workshop Keynote talks

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    Below are the list of Keynote talks for the MS eScience Workshop at JHU - also the registration is now open....

    The Microsoft eScience Workshop at the Johns Hopkins University

    October 13-15, 2006

    http://www.mscs06.net

    This workshop will provide a unique opportunity to share experiences, learn new techniques and influence the domain of scientific computing. It will explore the evolution, challenges and potential of computing in scientific research, including how the latest tools, web services and database technologies are being applied to scientific computing. By providing a forum for scientists and researchers to share their experience and expertise with the wider academic and research communities, this workshop aims to foster collaboration, facilitate the sharing of software components and techniques, and influence the development of Microsoft technologies for data-intensive scientific computing.

    Specific areas of interest include:

    • Novel scientific applications using information technologies
    • Web Service-Based Applications
    • Science data analysis, mining, and Visualization
    • Smart Clients and novel user interfaces for scientists
    • Healthcare Informatics
    • Scientific Workflow Management
    • eScience Interdisciplinary Curriculum Development
    • Innovations in publishing scientific literature, results, and data

    The following distinguished speakers will keynote:

    Dr. Leroy Hood, President, Institute for Systems Biology (ISB)

    (http://www.systemsbiology.org/Scientists_and_Research/Faculty_Groups/Hood_Group/Profile)

    In 2000, Dr. Hood co-founded the Institute for Systems Biology in Seattle, Washington to pioneer systems approaches to biology and medicine. Most recently, Dr. Hood's lifelong contributions to biotechnology have earned him the prestigious 2004 Association for Molecular Pathology (AMP) Award for Excellence in Molecular Diagnostics.  He has published more than 500 peer-reviewed papers, received 14 patents, and has co-authored textbooks in biochemistry, immunology, molecular biology, and genetics, and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, the American Association of Arts and Sciences, and the Institute of Medicine. Dr. Hood has also played a role in founding numerous biotechnology companies, including Amgen, Applied Biosystems, Systemix, Darwin and Rosetta.

    Dr. Jim Ostell, Chief of the Information Engineering Branch at the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) at the National Institutes of Health (http://www.nist.gov/director/NIH/ostell.htm)

    Dr. Ostell was one of only twelve tenured NIH scientists to be appointed in 1996 to the Senior Biomedical Research Service. Under his direction, the NCBI Information Engineering Branch has produced a central computer infrastructure for biomedical information, covering the published literature, DNA and protein sequences, three-dimensional structures of biological molecules, assemblies of complete organism genomes, human genetics and phenotypes, and more.   More that 2 million unique users a month use the NCBI on-line services and the NCBI user community has grown from a base of molecular biology researchers to include physicians, educators, and the general public. Some of the best-known resources provided by NCBI include GenBank, Entrez, PubMed, BLAST, dbEST, UniGene, dbSNP, LocusLink, RefSeq, Human Genome Resources, and many others.

    Dr. Alexander Szalay, Alumni Centennial Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, The Johns Hopkins University

    (http://www.sdss.jhu.edu/~szalay/)

    Dr. Alexander Szalay spent over ten years working on the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) -- the most ambitious astronomical survey ever undertaken. When completed, it will provide detailed optical images covering more than a quarter of the sky, and a 3-dimensional map of about a million galaxies and quasars. As the survey progresses, the data are released to the scientific community and the general public in annual increments.  His interests are theoretical astrophysics and galaxy formation. His research includes: Multicolor Properties of Galaxies, Galaxy Evolution, the Large Scale Power Spectrum of Fluctuations, Gravitational Lensing, and Pattern recognition and Classification Problems.

    Dr. Tony Hey, Corporate Vice President for Technical Computing, Microsoft

    (http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/exec/tonyhey/default.mspx)

    Dr. Hey is one of the pre-eminent researchers in the field of parallel computing, most recently as director of the United Kingdom’s ambitious e-Science Initiative.  He reports directly to Craig Mundie, Microsoft chief technical officer and senior vice president for Advanced Strategies and Policy, and works across the company to coordinate Microsoft’s efforts to collaborate with the scientific community worldwide.   He is a fellow of the U.K.’s Royal Academy of Engineering and has been a member of the European Union’s Information Society Technology Advisory Group. He also has served on several national committees in the U.K., including committees of the U.K. Department of Trade and Industry and the Office of Science and Technology. In addition, Hey has advised countries such as China, France, Ireland and Switzerland to help them advance their scientific agenda and become more competitive in the global technology economy.

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    Windows Live Writer Beta

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    Windows Live Writer Beta is available for download, which I'm testing out, so far I really like it...especially the preview since I've had issues w/ font sizes in the past. 

    More info: Windows Live™ Writer is a free, downloadable program that will help you include rich content in your blog posts and know exactly what your blog will look like before you publish it to the Web.

    What it gives you

    WYSIWYG editing: Edit using the style of your blog, including fonts, colors, line spacing, margins, etc.

    Rich content: The ability to insert and customize rich content like photos, maps and more

    Offline editing: Support for offline editing to compose posts even when you're not connected to the Internet

    Blog preview: Rich HTML and source-code previewing of your blog post before you upload it

    Smart image publishing : Smart image publishing directly to your blog automatically links your thumbnails to larger images with more detail

    Compatibility: Support for publishing to Windows Live Spaces, as well as Blogger, LiveJournal, TypePad, WordPress, and many other servicesChange the size of your graphics, and add borders and other effects

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    SQL Server Web Tools

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    SQL Server Web Tools available on CodePlex

    SQL Server Web Tools is a Web-based Administration tool to manage SQL Server databases. With SSWT, you can administer accounts, manage databases and tables, write and run queries and Stored Procedures, and much more.

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    Interesting articles and links - 8/14/2006

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    Links

    What's New in the Microsoft Robotics Studio August 2006 CTP?

    • New Simulation Features
    • New Robot Services
    • New Authoring Support
    • New Tutorials  

    Articles On MSDN

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    ConferenceXP 4.0 beta available

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    The beta of the latest MSR ConferenceXP release is available

    ConferenceXP is an initiative of Microsoft Research. We're exploring how to make wireless classrooms, collaboration, and distance learning a compelling, rich experience by assuming the availability of emerging and enabling technologies, such as high-bandwidth networks, wireless devices, Tablet PCs, and the advanced features in Microsoft® Windows® XP.

    The ConferenceXP research platform enables researchers and developers to create distributed applications that take advantage of ConferenceXP technology as well as Tablet PCs and wireless networks. It also enables them to develop the collaborative tools and applications they need without having to build them from the ground up. By partnering with research organizations and universities, the ConferenceXP project combines the academic community's expertise in the learning sciences with Microsoft's expertise in technology.

    Also ConferenceXP has moved their main site to http://research.microsoft.com/conferencexp/ and the newsgroups are now at http://forums.microsoft.com/MSR/

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    eScience Workshop 2006 – Call for Presentations

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    Call for Presentations

    Microsoft eScience Workshop 2006

    Microsoft Computational Science Workshopat Johns Hopkins University

    October 13 - 15 2006

    At the Bloomberg Center,Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland

    http://www.mscs06.net

     

    This workshop will provide a unique opportunity to share experiences, learn new techniques and influence the domain of scientific computing using Microsoft’s tools. Attendees will learn first hand from early adopters using Microsoft technologies such as .NET, SQL Server, Office 2007, and web services to advance their research as well as explore in depth how modern database technologies are being applied to scientific computing. By providing a forum for scientists and researchers to share their experience and expertise with the wider academic and research communities, this workshop aims to foster collaboration, facilitate the sharing of software components and techniques, and influence Microsoft technologies for data-intensive scientific computing.

    We are looking for contributions in the following areas:

    • Novel scientific applications using information technologies
    • Web Service-Based Applications
    • Science data analysis, mining, and Visualization
    • Smart Clients and novel user interfaces for scientists
    • Healthcare InformaticsScientific Workflow Management
    • eScience Interdisciplinary Curriculum Development
    • Innovations in publishing scientific literature, results, and data

    Scientific talks will be 30 minutes, and there will also be sessions devoted to short demonstrations and posters. If you would like to present, please provide the following information:

    • Title of Presentation
    • Abstract (300 words)
    • Contact Information
    • Short Biography (150 words or less)
    • Audio/Visual/Connectivity Requirements

    Please send your information or questions to mscs06@microsoft.com. The deadline for abstract submission is September 11th 2006.

    All applicants will be notified of acceptance of their presentation by September 22nd, 2006; those abstracts not selected for verbal presentation may be presented as posters.

    There will be no charge for conference registration.

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    MS eScience Workshop 2006 – Hold the date

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    Okay – it’s actually called the Microsoft Computational Science Workshop at Johns Hopkins University, but I’m still partial to the eScience Workshop title from last years workshop. Here’s the actual announcement – the registration should be available soon.

    Announcing the Microsoft Computational Science Workshop at Johns Hopkins University

    October 13-15, 2006

    This workshop will provide a unique opportunity to share experiences, learn new techniques and influence the domain of scientific computing using Microsoft’s tools.  Attendees will learn first hand from early adopters using Microsoft technologies such as .NET, SQL Server, Office 2007, and web services to advance their research as well as explore in depth how modern database technologies are being applied to scientific computing.  By providing a forum for scientists and researchers to share their experience and expertise with the wider academic and research communities, this workshop aims to foster collaboration, facilitate the sharing of software components and techniques, and influence Microsoft technologies for data-intensive scientific computing.

    Topics to be covered include:

      • Novel scientific applications using information technologies
      • Web Service-Based Applications
      • Science data analysis, mining, and Visualization
      • Smart Clients and novel user interfaces for scientists
      • Healthcare Informatics
      • Scientific Workflow Management
      • eScience Interdisciplinary Curriculum Development
      • Innovations in publishing scientific literature, results, and data
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    Office Open XML formats – No license needed

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    Good blog entry by Brian Jones on No license needed to use the Office Open XML formats – that should answer any questions….

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    Windows Academic Program Announced

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    From msozacademic's WebLog -

    Windows Academic Program Components

    • Windows Operating System Internals Curriculum Resource Kit (CRK): The CRK was developed by Mark Russinovich and David Solomon (authors of  Windows Internals, 4th edition) with Professor Polze from Potsdam University. The Kit is a collection of instructional material, including lectures, labs, quizzes, and assignments, that follows the ACM/IEEE-CS Operating System Body of Knowledge (BOK) to illustrate OS concepts using Microsoft Windows XP / Server 2003 as a case study. The CRK materials are available via the Academic Alliance Repository.

    • Windows Research Kernel (WRK): The WRK packages core Windows XP x64/Server 2003 SP1 kernel source code with an environment for building and testing experimental versions of the Windows kernel for use in teaching and research.  The Windows Research Kernel is available via Academic Alliance Faculty Connection subscription.

    • ProjectOZ: ProjectOZ is an operating systems project environment that uses the native kernel interfaces of Windows to provide simple, clean, user-mode abstractions of the CPU, MMU, trap mechanism, and physical memory that can be used to perform experiments in operating systems principles. ProjectOZ is an alternative to Unix-based simulators for exploring operating system principles.  The ProjectOZ materials are available via the Academic Alliance Repository.

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    MSR Sense Toolkit to publish sensor data to SenseWeb

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    Add your Sensor Data to the SenseWeb via the MSRSense toolkit that is now available for download:

    MSRSense Toolkit

    The MSR Networked Embedded Sensing Toolkit (MSR Sense) is a collection of software tools that allow users to collect, process, archive, and visualize data from a sensor network. The current version contains: a reconfigurable microserver execution environment (mSEE), a small library implementing signal processing and event detection algorithms, an extension to Excel 2003 (Senscel) to import, visualize and processing sensor data, and interface to SQL server to archive and retrieve data, and a microserver interaction console (mSIC) for users to configure and control microservers. All software is implemented in C# under visual studio 2005 and .NET framework 2.0.

    The software is release under Microsoft Research Shared Source License (MSR-SSL) Agreement.

    MSR SenseWeb

    SenseWeb is a research portal that lets users visualize and query real-time data using a geographical interface such as Windows Live Local and allows data owners to easily publish their live data using a web service interface.

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    Lang .NET 2006 Symposium (July 31-Aug 2)

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    Just ran across the Lang .Net 2006 Symposium - is a forum for discussion on programming languages, managed execution environments, compilers, multi-language libraries, and integrated development environments. The conference will be held on the Microsoft Campus, July 31 through Aug. 2.

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    SharePoint Info

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    To follow-up on the discussions at the MSR Faculty Summit earlier this week - here is some other resources for getting up to speed on SharePoint 2007:

    SharePoint Server 2007

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    Open XML File Format – create a Word 2007 doc from scratch

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    I ran across Doug Mahugh Blog and he has some great pointers and resources for information on Open XML file formats for Excel 2007 and Word 2007.

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    Technical Computing is hiring – looking for Senior Program Manager/Architect

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    Our team Technical Computing team is looking for a Senior Program Manager/Architect to help provide in-depth technical recommendations to TCI partners in scientific and engineering communities to assist technology integration planning, resolve interoperability issues and provide feedback to Microsoft product teams in terms of research computational requirements; drive Microsoft participation in technology standards discussions and collaborate with key stakeholders both internally and externally to ensure Microsoft competitiveness in the technical computing space worldwide.

    More details on the position at: Senior Program Manager/Architect

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    MSR Group Shot - download

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    MSR Group Shot helps you create a perfect group photo out of a series of group photos. With Group Shot you can select your favorite parts in each shot of the series and Group Shot will automatically build a composite image. Download Group Shot here.

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