These are exciting times - lots of new technologies which will be useful to UK ISVs. The following is a list of just how broad our remit is right now - and in case you were wondering. We are a team of.... 8 :-)

  • Visual Studio 2008 – great new development environment which can build .NET Framework 2.0, 3.0 and 3.5 applications and can even sit side by side with Visual Studio 2005
  • .NET Framework 3.0 on the server – building applications using Windows Communication Foundation and Workflow Foundation
  • .NET Framework 3.5 on the client and server – including WPF, AJAX support and an entirely new data access model in LINQ
  • IIS 7.0 – which adds significantly improved support for extending IIS with managed code and improves on deployment and manageability
  • Windows Server 2008 – which is the ship vehicle for IIS7.0, MSMQ4.0, Windows Process Activation Service (WPAS), Transaction File System and many more
  • SQL Server 2008 – which adds many new capabilities including supporting storage of data on the file system, spatial data and a new synchronization framework
  • Rich Internet Applications – which take advantage of Silverlight, Silverlight Streaming and AJAX
  • Windows Vista – clients applications which take advantage of Windows Presentation Foundation and technologies such as SideBar, SideShow and RSS
  • Dynamics CRM “Titan” and AX 5.0 – each represent significant value to an ISV
  • Office System – including Open XML, Office Live, Office Sharepoint Server for content management and VSTO 2008 for building extensions to Word, Excel etc.

Gulp!