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The blog of Jon Box, an Architect Evangelist in Developer & Platform Evangelism, based in Tennessee

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  • Blog Post: Live Virtual Presentation: Real World Azure

    MSDN Events Present:  Real World Azure Come spend an afternoon with us on September 29th to explore Windows Azure™ – Microsoft’s platform for building and deploying cloud based applications – from a real world point of view!  During this event, we’ll review critical lessons Microsoft IT has...
  • Blog Post: My Visit to MIX

    I’ll break this down in more detail at a later time. You can see some keynote details at my Twitter page . Day 1 Keynote: Bill Buxton, Scott Guthrie ( video ) Windows Mobile 6.5 Overview : Loke Uei Tan ( video ) Building Amazing Business Centric Applications With Silverlight 3 : Brad Abrams ( video ...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phones: A New Name, and Raising The Game

    Yesterday, Microsoft presented at Mobile World Congress 2009, in Barcelona. Steve Ballmer and Andy Lees presented our strategy for our mobile strategy. One of the early points is that we are calling our devices Windows Phones. We also announced officially Windows Mobile 6.5, Microsoft Marketplace, and...
  • Blog Post: Anyone in Louisville looking for a Tools Roadmap Presentation?

    You are invited to a dinner presentation of the Microsoft Developer Tools and Platform Roadmap hosted by Microsoft and Cardinal Solutions and a chance to win an XBOX 360. Topics for this presentation include: · What is coming in Visual Studio Team System 2010 · .NET 4.0 and C# futures · Azure and Software...
  • Blog Post: Interesting News of the Day

    See the resulting Synth of Inauguration Check out how the CNN Inauguration Photosynth turned out (after my earlier promotion ). Uses Silverlight and the Photosynth viewer to see, but very cool how they do this. You can zoom in and see President Obama in action. Watching Inauguration on Linux Systems...
  • Blog Post: A Simple Explanation of Software-plus-Services

    Christoph pointed out a video that explains our S+S story in a simple and informative way. It’s here on YouTube, and also here on Soapbox.   Software-plus-Services is the next logical step in the evolution of computing. It represents an industry shift that is neither exclusively software-centric...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Data Center Team Discloses Gen4 Vision

    Unless you have worked around datacenter operations, you may not fully appreciate this post. At any rate, you should take a look at a post from Mike Manos on Our Vision for Generation 4 Modular Data Centers - One way of Getting it just right . Talking about full disclosure, Mike and team go into a lengthy...
  • Blog Post: More games added in Zune 3.1 update

    The Zune 3.0 update was a nice addition. One of the nice things was the addition of games: Hexic and Texas Hold‘em. Plus, downloading/buying the current song playing on the radio. Today, I connected the Zune and downloaded v3.1 which includes Checkers, Space Battle, and Sudoku. Plus, there’s a new addition...
  • Blog Post: PDC Team announces some valuable swag

    Done in entertaining way, see this video to get the latest on PDC . They also mention unannounced software that will be given out…
  • Blog Post: San Antonio serves up part of our S+S story

    To service Windows Live and Microsoft Online Services , you have to build a global infrastructure. A part of this story is building datacenters, and the San Antonio data center is the next part of the story. Consider a few facts of this effort: 470K sq. ft. $550M effort will use more than 8 million gallons...
  • Blog Post: .NET StockTrader 2.0 and Configuration Service 2.0 now live on MSDN!

    As you may have seen a year ago, Microsoft released .NET StockTrader 1.0 to show how .NET 3.0 could work in the context of the IBM WebSphere's Trade 6.1 reference application. We've now upgraded ours to reflect the enhancements in .NET 3.5 and Windows Server 2008. The new one is called .NET StockTrader...
  • Blog Post: David Chappell, The Man!, coming to a city near you

    I've been a fan of David Chappell for a long time, starting with his Understanding AcitveX and OLE book (back in my DCOM programming days), and then later with Understanding .NET . His ability to articulate the how's and why's of doing things in development have been impactful, and inspiring.  In...
  • Blog Post: Digital Lifestyle Video - with "Girl From Mars"

    Saw this today on Mel Sampat's blog (which is a good read). But this video is cool, and the song is good. It's an entertaining music video showing a bunch of Microsoft technologies along the way. Professionally done, pretty believable looking story, and funny. 4 minutes. For more details about the video...
  • Blog Post: What To Make from the ODC Keynote

    Today is a culmination of some hard work done across a team of FedEx, Microsoft, and Interknowlogy folks. During the Bill Gates keynote at ODC this morning, David Zanka (SVP, E-commerce, FedEx) announced QuickShip and some other possible FedEx direction. I'll note a few below and also point out how FedEx...
  • Blog Post: Connected Consumer Experience in Automobiles

    I've been published again with some peers in DPE, Christoph Schittko and Darryl Hogan . The article is in Issue 14 of The Architecture Journal , our magazine targeted to architects.  There are a couple of ways to get to the content. First, you could get it right off the web here , or you could get...
  • Blog Post: The News Reader SDK is waiting for you!

    Tim Sneath reported this, and I think it is very cool. Way back when - when the New York Times reader came out, I loved it. What a great way to read the newspaper. Now, you can build your own application using this SDK as the foundation. Be sure to notice that it's now called the Syndicated Client Experiences...
  • Blog Post: New blog aggregate on BizTalk and related technologies

    BizTalk Blogs brings the latest news and opinion from Biz Talk experts all over the Web to one place. You will also find timely content on the .NET Framework -- Windows Communication Foundation and Workflow. Posts are updated in real-time without moderation. This note came from my old RD Mom ...
  • Blog Post: Automated Service Agents, and SmarterChild

    John Mullinax has mentioned SmarterChild a couple of times so I had to do a little Internet exploration. A couple of years ago, Microsoft purchased a company that provided us with Automated Service Agents (ASA). It's very cool stuff, and the basis of bots (or chatterbots, agents, etc). Basically, you...
  • Blog Post: Web 2.0 - Is it for real?

    I can't help it, but there's a part of me that likes the aspect of "business" - how to impact it with technology is probably the better way to say it. At this point, no one is asking if Web 2.0 is real, or if will impact one's life in some way. I could argue that we've talked enough about it...
  • Blog Post: Unified Communications starts officially today

    Check out the UC site , and do a quick read on the end user stories. This is good stuff and it's starting to hit our company offices in the field already. Presence, VoIP, read voicemail's, faxes in the inbox, listen to email, IM, videoconferencing, PBX integration, etc. Here's a nice overview description...
  • Blog Post: What's more important? SaaS vs. S+S

    I've spent the week in Redmond doing some research with some teammates. We were looking at a scenario where it was improved due to Software+Services, or S+S. For those folks who have not heard, S+S is our expanded view of SaaS (Software as a Service). SaaS by itself is not enough - for example, when...
  • Blog Post: Mobile Search sounds good, but I don't have a Data Plan

    Have no fear, you can utilize Live Search for Mobile via SMS (Text Messaging). I'm not sure why this has not caught more attention, but I think it's a cool idea. I know a ton of people who have unlimited text message plans but don't have a data plan for their phones (i.e. can do mobile browsing). So...
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