Today we reached the RTM milestone for Dynamics AX 4.0. This has been a highly anticipated milestone both for partners and customers and Microsoft team members working on the product. Making this happen is truly a great achievement!
For me, it has been a long and challenging journey, which just makes reaching the destination so much nicer. I'm proud to say, that I worked with the best people in the industry!
I hope everyone using this product will appreciate all the hard work put into this product by talented people all over the globe.
Today, I did a 90 minutes presentation on internet safety in a public school in Hillerød, Denmark, as part of the Net Sikker Nu 2006 - campaign. There were approx 100 attendants from 5th and 6th grade.
The main message sent was, that the most dangerous on the net is..... Yourself! The following topics were covered:
The kids loved the whole séance - especially the video where Klaus is visited by his internet friends. If you haven't seen it, it is about time. Here it is: http://www.filmvurdering.dk/video/klaus_hscv.wmv
Here is the link to the campaign site: www.netsikkernu.dk (It is in Danish)
I’ve been asked loads of questions about what was happening on PDC 2005 – so I decided to write this post – hoping to catch the excitement and atmosphere from Los Angeles.
Bill talks about Vista and Office 12. He made fun of the power supply outage experienced Monday on PDC. MS was supposed to be as reliable as the power supply (not the other way around).See the video
Connected, Clarity, and Confidence. Chris Capossela demonstrates a stunning UI that literally makes you want to lick your keyboard. It will be released end-of-year 2006. See the videoWARNING: Credit cards are not accepted – you have to wait!
Lots of work put into making common tasks simple and intuitive to find. Release with Vista. See the video
Jim Allchin - "The Next Step for the Windows Platform"
He adds memory to Windows using an USB memory stick… Quite impressive!
WinFX (aka. Avalon and Windows Presentation Foundation)
A new thing to me, is that WinFX is backported and works on XP! Tons of work has been put into making this stunning framework simple to use for both developers and designers. A strong point is the designers can now directly work with the design through XAML documents. Currently they have to work with the developers to get the design as the want. Also a suite of tools named: Expression is available for designers. This is a new market for MS.
Take WinFX for a spin on XP today with this sample image sharing application. www.microsoft.com/max. It does require a powerful graphics card.
LINQ stands for Language INtegrated Query and in a nutshell, it makes query and set operations, like SQL statements first class citizens in .NET languages like C# and VB. If Anders Hejlsberg ever earned his immortality – this is it. Currently available for .Net 2.0 – but ships with 3.0 in Orcas timeframe. Learn more
Windows Workflow Foundation (aka. Indigo)
Don Box did a few stand-up demos with great applauses – not just because he is fun, but mostly for the content. He showed WWF in Visual Studio and was able to set a breakpoint in the workflow diagram. Run the workflow, and stop at the breakpoint, and continue down in the code. All he used was a code monkey named "Dharma" J. Also, Mike Ehrenberg demoed WWF and Axapta 4.0 using WebServices, about 120 attended. The demo was created by Josh Honeyman. Quite cool – and it earned us a table at "Ask the experts". Here we answered all (both) the questions in about ½ hour.
Windows Relational File System. This has been postponed in order to get it absolutely right. The demo showed a SQL on top of NTFS with WinFS running as a service. Using explorer to navigate to \\myComputer would go through WinFS, whereas c:\ would go through NTFS (as today). It opens up for tons of great functionality, including transactional file operations. It will not ship with Vista. Very powerful when combined with Linq.
IE 7.0Tab browsing, RSS feed support. More secure and able to detect spyware/adware through a online community feedback system – like we know it from MS Spyware Removal tool.
For me this was fun – they have finally seen the light. I bet one of them has installed Axapta. You can now see a tree view of the controls on the forms (Document outline – is what they call it). And they added autolayout based on localization of UI controls. Our IntelliMorph is still way superior – but they are getting there.
Visual Studio 2005 (aka. Whidbey)
There weren’t any sessions without VS – and I guess most of you already have taken it for a spin. If not you should consider it.
For more details go to http://msdn.microsoft.com/events/pdc/