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  • Blog Post: A Fond Farewell to Innovate On

    “The only constant is change, continuing change, inevitable change, that is the dominant factor in society today. No sensible decision can be made any longer without taking into account not only the world as it is, but the world as it will be.” — Isaac Asimov Following on Mr. Asimov’s sentiments...
  • Blog Post: Sun Microsystems and Microsoft Team Up for the Apache “Stonehenge” Project

    Last week, Dan’l Lewin, Microsoft Corporate Vice President of Strategic and Emerging Business Development, and Steven Martin, Microsoft Senior Director of Developer Platform Product Management, took the stage at JavaOne to give the first ever Microsoft keynote at this event. It was an historic event...
  • Blog Post: Partners Making a Difference

    We all heard the news about the devastating bushfires in Victoria, Australia. The fires started February 7, 2009 and were finally brought under control near the end of March. The communities of Kinglake and Marysville were hit particularly hard. Thousands of people lost their homes and many lost their...
  • Blog Post: ARCast.TV - Krzysztof Cwalina on Creating Reusable Frameworks

    When designing and developing frameworks, it can be challenging to create them in a fashion that enables them to evolve over time. Krzysztof Cwalina , a Program Manager on the .NET Framework team, discusses strategies for designing reusable libraries with Bob Familiar . ARCastTV-Krzysztof-Cwalina...
  • Blog Post: Internet Explorer 8 Final Available Now

    At the MIX 09 conference, Microsoft released the final build of Internet Explorer 8 (IE8) in 25 languages. IE8 makes what real people do on the web every day faster, easier, and safer. Anyone running Windows Vista, Windows XP, and Windows Server can get 32- and 64-bit versions now from http://www.microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Good blogs for PDC2008 happenings this week!

    Here are a few blogs that we wanted to share about what is happening this week at PDC. http://blogs.msdn.com/mattbremer/ http://blogs.msdn.com/croman/ http://blogs.msdn.com/expressate (Spanish language) http://geeks.netindonesia.net/blogs/risman/ http://blogs.msdn.com/jimoneil/archive...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Stopped in at INTEROP 2008: IT Conference and Exposition

    When Microsoft was in Las Vegas at the INTEROP 2008 conference (organized by CMP Media) in May, we set up an “Interoperability” booth where many partners were showcasing their products and solutions. Rather than reading words, I invite you to watch these two short videos summarizing what happened...
  • Blog Post: Document Format Interoperability: Our work continues – not just for Microsoft but for the entire vendor community.

    As you’ve probably noticed from recent blogs to this site, interoperability is important to us. There is also a great deal of activity going on right now in support of Microsoft’s four interoperability principles . As part of Principle III: Data Portability , Microsoft has launched “… a Document Interoperability...
  • Blog Post: Software 2008 Conference

    I attended the Software 2008 Conference last week in Las Vegas. Overall it was a good conference, but not as strong as Software 2007. Merging it with Interop took away from the “thought leadership” agenda to facilitate more of a “buyer meet seller” agenda. It was still valuable, but there were a few...
  • Blog Post: Interoperability Executive Customer (IEC) Council, Volume 2 – How it works

    In my last post, I mentioned the six IEC Council work streams. Office Productivity and Collaboration Tools, Developer Tools and Runtime, Systems Management, Security and Identity Management, Business Process Modeling, and Public Interoperability Policy. Here is a little more about each one. Work stream...
  • Blog Post: Interoperability Executive Customer (IEC) Council, Volume 1 – What our customers are telling us.

    The Interoperability Executive Customer (IEC) Council has been mentioned several times in recent announcements and blogs on interoperability. As someone deeply involved in the IEC Council, I want to share what the IEC Council is, how it is advising Microsoft on Interoperability scenarios and issues,...
  • Blog Post: The Challenges of Interoperability

    Let’s be real, interoperability can be hard – at least that is what our customers and independent software vendors (ISV) are telling us. Two years ago, I joined Microsoft from an ISV that both partnered and competed with Microsoft. My opportunity was to make a difference in how Microsoft works with ISVs...
  • Blog Post: Interoperability in Action – Volume 2

    In follow up to my post about Open Source projects, here are more specifics about how we are addressing interoperability challenges. Solving interoperability issues requires building bridges because no other solution already exists. That’s what we are doing through different Open Source projects such...
  • Blog Post: Interoperability in Action – Volume 1

    I was thrilled with last week’s approval of the vote on Open XML . I certainly have been dreaming, along with others in the XML Community, about the use of XML with documents. Open XML, now being an ISO standard, is a great step forward. Although Microsoft began work on interoperability many years...
  • Blog Post: Join the interoperability conversation

    We think this is a timely and important topic, so we invited a guest, Tom Robertson from our interop group to write about this. Enjoy. As a consumer, an information worker, an IT pro, or the developer who supports them all, getting one device to talk to another, transferring data from one application...
  • Blog Post: 3rd in a Series of Webinars for ISVs – Microsoft Dynamics CRM

    For an insider’s view of how to build vertical or horizontal applications and/or integrate your applications with Dynamics CRM, tune in to Ben Riga, Group Manager, Dynamics Evangelism at Microsoft. Ben discusses how Microsoft Dynamics CRM can be used by ISVs as a business application development platform...
  • Blog Post: Behind the Scenes of the Windows Server 2008 Launch

    So I was backstage at the Windows Server 2008 LA launch event eavesdropping on Tom Brokaw's dressing room when (OMG!) I heard the most unbelievably juicy gossip! Just kidding, my behind the scenes participation around the Windows Server 2008 launch started back in September with the launch of Innovate...
  • Blog Post: It Must be the Coffee…

    Oracle is courting Microsoft ISVs with a series of events targeted directly at our Gold partners. That initiative has caused me to ponder the intriguing question “Why would a Microsoft partner invest time attending these events?” Oracle thinks you should attend for three reasons. I will address them...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Makes Further Moves to Ease Conversion of Office Binary Formats

    Two weeks back we made a commitment to open the binary formats and place them under our Open Specification Promise . This means that independent software companies can now perform a one-way translation of the Office binary file formats, (.doc, .xls, .ppt), to Open XML. This effort was initiated during...
  • Blog Post: Resources for Windows Server 2008 Launch

    We at Microsoft are on the verge of releasing one of the most powerful and reliable products in the history of the company, Windows Server 2008. Containing numerous improvements and new features, Windows Server 2008 is a product everybody can be proud of. As an ISV, what’s the best way you can get up...
  • Blog Post: New Interoperability Principles announced by Microsoft

    This morning, Steve Ballmer, Ray Ozzie, Bob Muglia and Brad Smith announced important changes to our technology and business practices that will enhance the interoperability of Microsoft products and expand the technical information Microsoft shares with developers, partners, customers, and competitors...
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