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: Released : Windows Azure Platform Training Kit –January Update

      Today we have released the January 2010 update to the Windows Azure Platform Training Kit (off line) & Training Course (on-line). The Kit & Course includes a comprehensive set of technical content including hands-on labs, presentations, and demos that are designed to help you learn how...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2010 RC Training Kit RELEASED TO WEB

    The team have just finished updating the Visual Studio 2010 RC and .NET Framework 4 RC Training Kit. This includes many hands-on labs, demos and presentations. This content is designed to help you learn how to utilize the Visual Studio 2010 features. There are  a variety of framework technologies...
  • Blog Post: Download the “Tailspin Travel Application” from Codeplex

    In Bob Muglia’s keynote at the PDC2009, Cameron Skinner presented a demo focused on some of the exciting new features coming in Visual Studio 2010 , .NET Framework 4 , and the server platform . The demo was built to show of  ASP.NET MVC 2 , Windows Identity Foundation ,  and the beta of the...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 Released

      Today we are releasing VS2010 Beta 2 to all MSDN subscribers with general availability on the web to follow on Wednesday. Beta 2 has a huge focus on increased stability, improve performance, and meeting many of the customers scenarios which they have been requesting in this release.  The...
  • Blog Post: 10-4 Episode 26: Creating Extensible Applications with MEF

    In the latest episode of the Visual Studio 10-4 show, Jason takes a look at a new library in .NET Framework 4 and how it helps developers write applications that are more extensible and easier to maintain than before.     The Managed Extensibility Framework (MEF) presents a simple solution...
  • Blog Post: ADO.NET Data Services 1.5 CTP Release

    The ADO Data Services team released the first CTP of the upcoming ADO.NET Data Services 1.5 release ( link ). This is a preview of a number of enhancements, both client and server that will make the data service development experience much easier, including: Row Count : Ability for the a client of a...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Ships Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio 2008

    At the RoboDevelopment Conference we announced the availability of Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio 2008. This new release includes a simple programming model to support building asynchronous applications, a set of visual authoring and simulation tools to aid in application development, and tutorials...
  • Blog Post: Azure Services Training Kit – Now available

    Today at the PDC we are making available the first preview release of the Azure Services Training Kit.  The Azure Services Training Kit will include hands-on labs, presentations, and samples to help you understand how to build applications that utilize the Azure Services Platform.  This PDC...
  • 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: Parallel Computing with .NET

    There is a lot more information becoming available of the Parallel frameworks in .NET 4.0. Here are some of the latest posts on the subject. One of the coolest screen casts you will want to see is from Jason Olson who talks about Race Conditions and how you can easily write applications which are...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight 2.0 Ships

    Silverlight 2 shipped today. Silverlight 2 is a cross-platform browser plugin that enables rich media experiences and .NET (Rich Internet Applications) within the browser. Its also pretty small in size ( ~4.6MB) and takes only a few seconds to install on a machine that doesn't already have it. Finally...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Announce the "Dublin" Application Server

    With the announcement of Visual Studio 2010, one thing that was not highlighted as much as the announcement of a new application server technology, codenamed “Dublin,” that will surface in Windows Server. This was combined with discussions about new enhancements to Windows Communication Foundation...
  • Blog Post: WPF Application Quality Guide

    In light of the rapid adoption of the WPF and the continuous requests from partners and customers, yesterday the Microsoft Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) team release the third preliminary version of the “WPF Application Quality Guide”. This third release prelim release contains the...
  • 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: Have you Climbed up Zermatt Yet?

    So a month ago we announced the "Zermatt" Developer Framework which as an SDK which aids developers to build claims based aware applications that support the Identity Meta System ( through WS-* protocols). So far it has gotten a lot of interest and I wanted to reiterate the potential here and...
  • 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: SAP / Peoplesoft Office Integration Kit

    If you’re looking for guidance on how to integrate SAP and/or PeopleSoft into your Office applications, then the Office Business Application(OBA) Sample Application Kits are a great place to start. These kits provide some great documentation and source code to help you get up and running quickly...
  • 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: 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...
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