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    Silverlight Developer Reference slide...


    If you didn't get a free Silvelight Developer Reference poster at MIX07 earlier this week, here's a PNG.

    Very well laid out and helps you understand the platform and Microsoft's strategy better - Click HERE



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    Must have book on SQL 2005 BI....


    Our resident BI expert - Lynn Langit got her book published last week! Be sure to book your copy of "Foundations of SQL Server 2005 Business Intelligence" - It's hot!


    While you are at it, you might also want to check out her 12 part Webcast series (with Mike Benkovich) on Sharepoint for Developers!





    Go Lynn!

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    Microsoft is aiming at re-inventing the web...


    It's sometimes prudent to step back, think, stratergize and 'Re-invent' the wheel! Microsoft is known for it's bold moves, we are often late entrants into new markets, but we are also the only ones that is usually left when the game is over! Remember the browser war?

    Today's article in the TechCrunch made me think of our long term strategies and investments and how they all align - Silvelight, Astoria, Tesla and Volta — two other pieces of Microsoft's evolving cloud-programming model.


    I love this quote: "I’m glad we waited to write. Nik (a long-time developer) was most impressed by how small Silverlight is (4 MB) and how fast it is (it blows away native Javascript routines - without exaggeration, Ajax looks like a bicycle next to a Ferrari when compared to Silverlight)."


    Read the whole article here:



    Rock on!

    -Mithun Dhar

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    Yahoo Messenger for Windows Vista! *Drool*


    If you are running Windows Vista, you are in for a real SWEET treat! I've seen the alpha version of this messenger and it's nothing like you've ever seen before!


    Go ahead and put your name on the list! http://messenger.yahoo.com/windowsvista.php 


    WOW! WOW! WOW!




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    We are Microsoft! #1 - Undefeated!


    I - love - this Company! And, this is why...

    10 Reinvigorating Facts About Microsoft's Profits
    Monday April 30, 5:57 am ET

    Joe Panettieri: I have written extensively about Microsoft's (NasdaqGS: MSFT) problems. But last week, I got a stunning reminder about the company's power. It takes Microsoft only 10 hours of business to exceed Red Hat's entire quarterly profit. Skeptical? Check out the math, and nine other facts about Microsoft's most recent earnings report.

    Microsoft last week announced quarterly revenue of $14.4 billion and net income of $4.93 billion. In other words, Microsoft's daily net income is about $55 million. That's $55 million in pure profit every 24 hours. Do some quick math and you'll learn it takes Microsoft only about...

    · 10 hours or so (yes, hours!) to exceed Red Hat's (NYSE: RHT - News) quarterly net income of $20.5 million.

    · Four days to exceed Research In Motion's (NasdaqGS: RIMM) quarterly net income of $187.9 million.

    · Four days to exceed Starbucks' (NasdaqGS: SBUX) quarterly net income of $205 million.

    · One week to exceed Nike's (NYSE: NKE - News) quarterly net income of $350.8 million.

    · Two weeks to exceed McDonalds' (NYSE: MCD - News) quarterly net income of $762 million.

    · Two weeks to exceed Apple's (NasdaqGS: AAPL) quarterly net income of $770 million.

    · 18 days to exceed Google's (NasdaqGS: GOOG) quarterly net income of $1 billion.

    · 23 days to exceed Coca-Cola's (NYSE: KO - News) quarterly net income of $1.26 billion.

    · Five weeks to exceed IBM's (NYSE: IBM - News) quarterly net income of $1.85 billion.

    · 10 weeks to exceed Wal-Mart's (NYSE: WMT - News) quarterly net income of $3.9 billion. For a dead company, Microsoft's profits certainly look lively.



    Paraphrasing Dad's quip: The Golden rule of life is, He who has the Gold makes the rules.


    Damn! I am giddy with power! Phew!!


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    MTV now runs on HTML


    MTV bids adieu to flash! Here's their announcement...



    “At MTV, experimenting is just something we do. We've got more than two decades of that under our belt. So, about nine months ago, we went all Flash with our Web site. It was a technical marvel and it was indeed flashy. But, it was also something of a headache for a lot of users, so we were told.

    Luckily, we're also good listeners, and that's why a few months ago we started toying with a new and improved HTML version of the MTV site. Anyone watching the live beta site has been witness to substantial evolution, from the overall look of the pages to simplified navigation, a new video player and a vastly improved internal search mechanism.

    Today, we've gone ahead and flipped the switch. The Flash site is gone. If you were digging that, we're sorry. We have good reason to believe that you will enjoy our content via the HTML version even more.”


    Hello Web x.0...


    -Mithun Dhar

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    Microsoft & You...


    Ask not what the country can do for you but what you can do for the country – JFK! Extending this analogy a bit further, I think it’s time we took some of that spirit in helping companies develop better software!

    Here's what you can do to stop 'Global Whining',

    · Provide Feedback (Esp when something fails and that pop up comes requesting you to send some information to MS)

    · Participate in Beta’s

    · Participate in Installation boot camps 

    · Participate in Community Planning Sessions

    · And last but not least – By working closely with the User Research Groups which will help us design and build the right software/keyboard/joystick etc. And pertaining to this here’s the How/Where/When/Etc details…

    How do I enroll:  Sign up online at our main site http://www.microsoft.com/UserResearch or for a direct link to the IT Pro form: https://www.microsoft.com/usability/enrollment_ITPros.htm.

    (Participants need to be U.S. citizens.)

    Where:  Most of our studies take place on our main campus in Redmond, WA.  We also use remote testing, electronic surveys, and site visits that are not location-specific so we encourage everyone to sign up regardless of your location.

    When:  User Research at Microsoft is ongoing. We run studies every day of the year except major holidays. IT Pro and Developer studies are usually conducted Monday through Friday but we are always as flexible as possible with our participants since we know they have busy schedules. A User Research study usually lasts 2 hours or less.

    WIIFM (What’s In It For Me): Have you ever had a frustrating experience with software? This is your chance to give feedback and to make a real impact on the functionality and usability of products before they get released. Your input can improve the experience for millions of future users. In addition, we’ll give you your choice of software from a long list of retail Microsoft hardware and software including Visual Studio, Windows Vista, Office 2007, games, keyboards, and much more.

    Now, go click on that link above and help us help you!

    Go ahead and Realize the Power Of One!

    -Mithun Dhar

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    For the designer in you...


    I’ve been getting a lot of mails off late asking about Expression trainings, downloads etc. Expression Blend is the new Microsoft Designer tool! It’s part of the greater, Expression Suite of Products.

    In fact I’ll be talking about Expression and Silverlight in my MSDN sessions next quarter.

    I serendipitously stumbled upon this site today and phew! What can I say, I’ve just been addicted to these training videos. Find all these great resources to learn about Expression Blend from HERE.

    To get the best bang for your buck: (Weird, it's free already! So, I am not sure how you can get the best bang for your unpaid buck! :)) 

    1. Watch the Channel 9 videos and get some other useful overview on Expressio/Blend/WPF

    2. Download Expression Blend from HERE

    3. Watch these awesome training videos – TRAINING VIDEOS from Lynda.com

    4. Work on the Samples in Expression Blend - RC Version.

    5. Become a App design guru and change the world!


    · A browser

    · QuickTime® required

    · Expression Blend – RC Version (Nice to have)

    · A great attitude to change the world


    -Mithun Dhar

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    To mommy, With love!


    First there is God, then there is your mom! That’s what my dad used to say whenever I made my mommy cry! (I was one helluva naughty kid! I was the kid that all parents wished they didn’t have!)

    And just in time for Mother’s day (Mother’s Day is the second Sunday in May (this year, May 13)) I stumbled upon this great deal…so if you are as confused as me and are wondering what gift to buy your dear mommy – Here’s a clue! And a Discount coupon! :)

    Don’t forget – The hand that rocks the cradle also rocks the world!



    Take 10% off all Philips Digital Photo Frames and portable DVD Players with iPod Docking Station,
    plus take advantage of free shipping.

    Use promotion code: MOMSDAY-0407

    Promotion code is case-sensitive. Discount deducted at checkout. Offer valid April 25 - May 7, 2007.

    Shop HERE


    Thank you Mom!

    -Mithun Dhar

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    WCF Virtual lab now out! Very cool!


    A Server Scenario Lab with Windows Communication Foundation Virtual Lab --> Click on the link!

    This MSDN Virtual Lab is built on Windows Vista, Visual Studio 2005 and .NET Framework 3.0. It provides an overview of Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) built on a Fabrikam CRM Scenario. The lab is aimed at .NET Developers who have not used WCF before. It will take you through the following exercises;

    1. A walkthrough of the Fabrikam CRM application scenario

    2. Creating a WCF service and client

    3. WCF manageability

    4. Windows Activation Service (WAS) and Security, and

    5. Extending WCF services.

    The scenario also uses Windows Workflow Foundation and a separate MSDN Virtual Labs is provided as an overview to that technology.

    For more .net Framework 3.0 Virtual labs - Click HERE


    Happy learning!

    -Mithun Dhar

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