I have a feeling it is going to be a great year for Microsoft. This is what gets me all fired up:
1. Windows 7 is great and the crisis doesn’t worsen and PC shipments are up, Windows 7 is going to do well.
2. Office 2007 is great and Office 2010 will be even better. I’ve been using a beta for months now and I’m impressed. Get it here: http://www.microsoft.com/office/2010/en/default.aspx. Developers also will be happy to discover great new features in Sharepoint 2010: http://sharepoint2010.microsoft.com/Pages/default.aspx
3. With version 4, Silverlight is becoming the client platform of choice. I believe WPF will be used for the special cases but the default will be Silverlight. It also puts to rest the cross OS, cross browser debates but most importantly I believe it will create the next wave of innovation for the web and client aps in general. Developers can get started here: http://silverlight.net/getstarted/silverlight-4-beta/
4. Visual Studio 2010 the .NET Framework 4 and the second big release of Visual Studio Team System will boost developers productivity even further. More and better applications will be created. Start here: http://www.microsoft.com/belux/nl/visualstudio/products/2010/default.mspx. A new SQL Server will also delight developers: http://www.microsoft.com/sqlserver/2008/en/us/r2.aspx
5. A new baby will be born. The Windows Azure Platform! Going live with a datacenter in Ireland too. Read the FAQ and you know all you need to know and perhaps a little bit more: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsazure/faq/
6. Every year Microsoft has exciting newcomers. What will we find out about Windows Mobile 7, Natal, Courier, Surface vNext…?
It’s great to work for the largest software company in the world and the product line up is dazzling year after year. Combine this product lineup with the best developer community in the world and the future looks so bright I got to wear shades.
Here’s a great way to quickly get ready to try or demo Sharepoint and Office 2010.
Download the VPC: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=0c51819b-3d40-435c-a103-a5481fe0a0d2&displaylang=en
Then install the training kits:
http://channel9.msdn.com/learn/courses/SharePoint2010Developer/ and http://channel9.msdn.com/learn/courses/Office2010/
And you’re ready to demo and roll!
:-) Got through my Inbox again. And guess what, when I click that whitespace, a new mail opens.
But I’m not going to do that. I’m going to have a weekend! I hope you’ll have a nice one too.
I’m still hearing quite a few people say they will join us but at the same time they still need to register.
Benefit from the discount up to 120 euro if you register before the 31st of January.
I hope that the speaker line up (http://www.microsoft.com/belux/techdays/2010/speakers.aspx) and the session list (http://www.microsoft.com/belux/techdays/2010/sessions.aspx) actually inspires you most to join us but a financial incentive never hurts either.
You can go here to register: http://www.techdays.be/
This might be interesting for you!
Cloud computing both Azure and BPOS are part of another major shift in the still young IT industry.
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On the offers page (http://www.microsoft.com/windowsazure/offers/) you get a list of options you have to buy computing power on the Windows Azure platform.
As an MSDN Subscriber, I’m obviously first activating the benefits I get through my subscription. The process also includes providing credit card details but you won’t be charged unless you go over a certain amount of usage.
31 (days) * 24 (hours) = 744 hours. So it seems I can keep a small app running 24/7 for at least the next 8 months.
Seats are limited so don’t hesitate!
I love this application from the UK team. Very quickly you learn about some of the new features that will bust some of the myths around Visual Studio and the .NET Framework.
Correction: no real streaming, just progressive downloading. Still…
Here’s a series of interesting How-To posts on this topic:
· Provisioning Windows Azure
· Setting up Windows Azure for video storage
· Creating and publishing a video in a Silverlight player to a Windows Azure storage account (using Expression Encoder 3)
· Embedding a published video in a blog (using Windows Live Writer)
· How to retrieve content that is stored on Silverlight Live Streaming
Me? I need to get started with downloading Movie Maker first…
Just 13 pages so don’t expect more than a brief introduction into the topic.
You can read it online here: https://www.microsoft.com/business/mycenter/library/cloud-computing.aspx
If you want to download it, just press the print button and you can save it to a pdf file.