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: Announcing the New .NET Logo

    Ahead of the PDC, "Microsoft .NET" has stepped out into the limelight sporting a new logo. The old one has been around for the last 8 years or so and with the  the broad adoption of the Microsoft .NET technology on the PC, Web Server, Mobile, DB and Silverlight client, together with an...
  • Blog Post: Two Weeks to GO : THe PDC Awaits

    Well at this time in two weeks, the first PDC keynote will just be about to start. I personally can not wait for it to kick off. Even in these tough times it looks highly likely that we are still going to sell out and I believe that the attendees will leave pumped from what they see. Sure they will see...
  • 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: 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: 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: IIS7 Web Deployment / Migration tool

    Happiness is a server running IIS7 and to that end, the IIS team released "Technical Preview 1" of the Microsoft Web Deployment Tool which provides deployment and migration support for IIS 6.0 and 7.0, making it a great tool to migration your web applications to support Windows Server 2008...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: 2 More Visual Studio 2008 Virtual Labs

    Two more of the hands-on labs from the Visual Studio 2008 Training Kit have been published as MSDN virtual labs. This allows you to can get started with VS 2008 in a minute and start exploring the new features. The two new labs focus on the language enhancements with C# 3.0 and Visual Basic 9. Here is...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 RC1

    The ship is nearing the dock!!! Today we shipped RC1 out to the community which is is a major milestone. We might need another RC before we get to RTM but the quality bar for this release has been pretty high. Another nice aspect is that you will be able to upgrade from Windows Server 2008 Beta 3, RC0...
  • Blog Post: DAY #3 : 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 #3. The...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2008 Rhythm Training VPC

    We have seen a lot of interest in the Visual Studio 2008 Rhythm Training Kit over the last couple of weeks which provides lots of cool presentations, demos and samples for Visual Studio 2008 RTM to get you started. However to make it even easier to get started, we have put together a Visual Studio 2008...
  • Blog Post: DAY #2 : Visual Studio 2008 Training Workshop

    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 team and Program Managers from the product group. Last week we released the recordings from Day #1 of the workshop...
  • Blog Post: New Visual Studio 2008 Virtual Lab

    One of the hands-on labs from the Visual Studio 2008 Training Kit is now online and available as an MSDN Virtual Lab. The “Building Web Applications with Visual Studio 2008” lab is available on MSDN Virtual Labs here . Developers can now get started with VS 2008 in a minute and explore the new CSS and...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2008 Training Kit - Download it now

    After the release of Visual Studio to RTM, the tools and framework evangelism team are pleased to announce that the Visual Studio 2008 Training Kit on MSDN. This has been created for the RTM code-base and is released on the Microsoft.com Download Center for you or anyone to download and use. The Visual...
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