Neil Hutson - Focused on Emerging Technologies for Microsoft

I am responsible for the adoption of emerging technology platforms by developers and it professionals at Microsoft

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  • Blog Post: Getting trained on Windows HPC Server

      If you want to get trained on how to support, deploy and develop for Windows HPC Server and you are based in the USA, Canada, United Kingdom, Germany, Switzerland, or Mexico, please go to the following link  
  • Blog Post: PDC Attendees get a 160GB USB Drive with all the goodies!!

    Personally I am not a big fan of the "Software + Services" PDC theme, but behind the scenes I know that the new software announcements that we are going to make will erase any bitterness I have from my memory :-) However, there is some other really cool news that I heard today - at the end...
  • Blog Post: Windows HPC Server 2008 ( V2) goes to RTM

    This morning we just announced the release of Windows HPC Server 2008 to manufacturing. This is a major milestone and ensures that the HPC offering supports the Windows Server 2008 release. Wenming in the team believes that this release will enable no scientist to be left behind in their pursuit by making...
  • Blog Post: .NET 3.5 Enhancements Training Kit goes to RTM

    Jonathan, Drew, Jason and Brian have just shipped the final release of the .NET 3.5 Enhancements Training Kit , updated to work with Visual Studio 2008 SP1 & .NET 3.5 SP1 Beta RTM !  The RTM release includes the following improvements/additions in the form of demos, presentations and documentation...
  • Blog Post: New Release of Windows Embedded

    At TechED this week we announced Windows Embedded Standard 2009 , our Windows-compatible, componentized embedded OS, the successor to Windows XP Embedded. This release is focused on connected, service-oriented devices, helping device makers build the devices faster and with more capabilities. A few key...
  • Blog Post: SQL Services Data Services (SSDS) Cloud Sample - PhluffyFotos

      Ryan has been making some modifications to the PhluffyFotos sample to make it even more easy to access. PhluffyFotos is a Web 2.0 Picture Gallery Service where users can upload their pictures from the web or mobile device. This sample is designed to demonstrate how you can develop a multi tenant...
  • Blog Post: WPF Week on Channel9 - READY FOR AN AMAZING DEMO??

    On channel9, it is WPF ( Windows Presentation Foundation ) week. This is being  hosted by Tim Sneath and team. One of the great interviews/demos that they did was with David Teitlebaum who takes the team on a tour of graphic applications that take advantage of the new and improved Effects, DirectX...
  • Blog Post: .NET 3.5 Enhancements Training Kit - May Preview

    The .NET evangelism team just released a revision of the .NET 3.5 SP1 + Enhancements Training Kit, updated to reflect the changes in .NET 3.5 SP1 Beta 1. The May Preview release includes updated hands-on-labs as well as new presentations. The following features had their labs updated in this iteration...
  • Blog Post: Twitter rumor that they are abandoning Ruby on Rails

    I guess after two years plugging the holes, there are rumors that Twitter is planning to move from Ruby on Rails because of scalability issues, the most embarrassing being the failure during the Keynote at Mac World . I guess we will see how many more fingers they will put in the damm?
  • Blog Post: .NET 3.5 Enhancements Training Kit RELEASED TO WEB

    We have just released the .NET 3.5 Enhancements toolkit. The .NET 3.5 Enhancements Training kit builds on the success of the Visual Studio 2008 Training Kit and provides developers with information on ADO.NET Data Services, ADO.NET Entity Framework, ASP.NET AJAX History, ASP.NET Dynamic Data, ASP.NET...
  • Blog Post: PhluffyFotos.com

    Ryan Dunn in the team has just finished off the finishing touches to a services application which uses SQL Server Data Services (SSDS) to store the content in the cloud. This has all being placed onto a site so that you can get details about the LINQ provider to SSDS and a whole number of Powershell...
  • Blog Post: Making Terminal Services Sexy with Silverlight

    Naren Wicaksono from Microsoft Indonesia built a Silverlight demo which provides a highly graphical front end to Terminal Services ( and gets around some other issues ). He also integrated Bluetooth support into the client so that he could control his NXT Lego Mindstorms robot from the server. Very,...
  • Blog Post: Developer Security Best Practice on Windows

    Paul from the UK has put together an excellent (but quite long) document which summarizes the core security best practices and checklists when building applications on the Microsoft platform. He calls it the " The Developer Highway Code ". For people that live outside of the UK, the Highway...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Announces SQLServer Data Services ( SSDS). Structured Storage in the Cloud

    People seem to have got overly excited about what we are going to announce at Mix. Nicholas Carr posts Rumor: Microsoft about to unveil web-apps strategy and Robert on “Wait until you see what Ray Ozzie is doing” . The fact is that we have been running a number of services in the cloud for...
  • Blog Post: POWER TOOLS for Visual Studio Tools for Office released to the web

    9 new "Power Tools" have been released to the web to help in the development and analysis of applications written for Office 2007, Open XML support and configuration of your office systems. The 9 tools are packaged in 3 groups. There is an overview document: - VSTO_PTRibbonIDs.exe installs...
  • Blog Post: Developing Games for ZUNE - NOW YOU CAN

    How cool is this? The XNA Community Games Platform team has just announced the ability to deploy games built with XNA Game Studio 3.0 onto the Zune devices.  This will not just be able to make the game run, but there is some other cool stuff too. Ability to support local ad-hoc wireless play with...
  • Blog Post: Forget the Super bowl, Windows Server 2008 has RTM'd

    For me it has been a long road. It all started 2 years ago with the "Longhorn Server Software Design preview", followed by countless training events and deep dive labs in Bld20 and around the world. Today we announced that Windows Server 2008 released to manufacturing . In this release of Windows...
  • Blog Post: MySpace presenting at MIX on RESTful WCF

    Most people consider Windows Communication Foundation ( WCF ) as a great framework for communicating between applications using the open standard WS-* protocol. I am not sure that many realize the high quality support that WCF (in .NET Framework 3.5) provides for building REST based interfaces too. ...
  • Blog Post: Understanding Windows CardSpace BOOK

    Vittorio came by my office around a year ago and asked whether it was OK for him to write a book on CardSpace. "Oh course" I said, and this set in motion a lot of work to make this thing happen. " Understanding Windows Cardspace " was complete late last year and it is now on the shelf...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2008 “How Do I?” Video Series

    There is a new “How Do I?” video series on Visual Studio 2008 which has been created for people who want to quickly check out some of the new capabilities. You can check out the Visual Studio 2008 “How Do I?” video series at the following location on MSDN.
  • Blog Post: Top Things to Break Applications on Windows Server 2008

    We are getting pretty close to shipping Windows Server 2008. If you have not done already, please download the latest build of Windows Server 2008 (see recent post of download instructions ) and test the applications which you have developed. If your application does not work, there are lots of great...
  • Blog Post: New Visual Studio 2008 CASE STUDIES IN ACTION

    So what is there to shout about as far as adoption is concerned with VS2008? Quite a bit. We work with around 1000 partners during the evangelism of our new tools suite. During the time we do highlight some of the partners that have supported the new platform. Here are some of these partner case studies...
  • Blog Post: DAY 4 - Visual Studio 2008 Training Workshop Recordings

    In September, we recorded the sessions from a full 5-day Visual Studio 2008 Training Workshop. These sessions were delivered by several of the Technical Evangelists on the Visual Studio Rhythm team and Program Managers from the product group. This week we are releasing the recordings from Day #4, which...
  • Blog Post: New Visual Studio 2008 Rhythm Training VPCs

    Windows Server 2003 – Customer Ready VPC Last week I shared a VPC image that has been pre-configured with Windows Vista, Visual Studio 2008 (trial), and the .NET Framework 3.5. The unfortunate issue with Vista VPC is that is it will timeout on 12/16.....BUT This week we have released a new, customer...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Volta - Splitting the ATOM ( Well CIL )

    Microsoft Volta has been creating quite a stir on the community blogs over the last couple of weeks. There has been a lot of discussion about whether this is a direct competitor to GWT. I think that the two are trying to do similar things, but in a very different way. With GWT you can take the code...
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