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: Ready to Launch WebMatrix

    Tomorrow we are launching WebMatrix at the CodeMash Conference. WebMatrix is a free offering that provides everything you need to build Web sites using Windows. It streamlines Web site development and makes it easy to start Web sites from popular ASP.NET and PHP open-source apps and includes IIS Express...
  • Blog Post: IIS Media Services 3.0, including IIS Live Smooth Streaming, has been released!

    We just released IIS Media Services 3.0, a set of extensions for Internet Information Services 7 (IIS) that provide an integrated HTTP-based media delivery platform.  This includes the new IIS Live Smooth Streaming and the separate IIS Advanced Logging package.  So how did we get here? Well...
  • Blog Post: Announcing the PHP on Windows Training Kit

    I want to announced the availability of a “ PHP on Windows Training Kit ” to the MSDN download center.  The kit includes demos and hands-on labs to help you understand how to build PHP applications using Windows, IIS 7 and SQL Server 2008. We will expand the kit over time, but the current version...
  • Blog Post: New IIS7 Extensions Being Released to the Web

    Joey recently spoke with Mai-Lan Tomsen Bukovec who is a Group Program Manager for IIS. They talked about a number of new extensions for IIS that are being released to the web such as the URL-Rewrite and some very cool new media extensions for those of you looking at putting media on your websites. You...
  • Blog Post: Easy Steps to Get your Web Site to Support IE8 in 5Mins

    Put simply, IE8 running in standard rendering mode will not display sites created to support IE7 very well, based on new standards that IE8 is supporting around HTML and CSS formats. There are two ways to resolve this. The first is to re-write your web application to render IE8 correctly or the second...
  • 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: 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: ASP.NET MVC Preview 4

    Phil Haack , one of key guys behind ASP.NET MVC provides an insight on new in Preview 4 for Channel9. He shows where they are going and what you can expect in future releases. This is a pretty nice implementation on top of ASP.NET. There is still a lot of feedback that ASP.NET makes it too complex. Thoughts...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft migrates MSCOM (MSDN and TechNet) to Hyper-V virtual machines

    MSCOM have been working for a while to get their infrastructure completely virtualized. If you were at MMS 2008 and heard Bob Muglia’s Keynote , you already know that MSDN.microsoft.com (MSDN) and TechNet.microsoft.com (TechNet) have been successfully running on Hyper-V. Late last week we provide more...
  • 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: DAY ONE at MMS

    Adam and Joey are at the Microsoft Management Summit (MMS) in Las Vegas to cover things happening at the event. Here is the coverage from day one. First, Larry Orecklin gives a brief overview of the MMS announcements around Operations Manager and Virtual Machine Manager. System Center overview with Larry...
  • 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: Announcing `ITPRO BOT` - The Robot to Support the Datacenter

    We have all seen the iRobot Roomba which helps clear the floors in your home, robots to keep your pets happy while you have gone, but we have been working on how robotics could help support personnel in the datacenter. So we were really excited when a Robotics Research team approached us to debut their...
  • Blog Post: 5 STAR review of Windows Server

    There have been a number of reviews of Windows Server 2008 since we made the RTM 3 weeks ago (doesn't time fly ). The latest comes from Paul Thurrott's super site for Windows where he puts the product through its paces. There he lists his top features as Componentization with a purpose, Server Manager...
  • Blog Post: New Software + Services Architecture Center

    Building the right architecture for the next generation of applications which need to take advantage of the intelligence on the local PC, combined with the global presence of interaction with Internet services is really important. In fact, you could quickly say that software makes services better and...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 Application Compatibility Presentations

    We have just uploaded 7 presentations about compatibility issues between Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2008 to MSDN. These are all going to be linked from the Windows Server 2008 dev center . In the mean time, here are the details to these files. 1. Overview: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads...
  • 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: What is the truth behind the "Lone Server"

    MSCOM OPS with Microsoft.com, WS08, IIS7, and the Lone Server Last week I had a post about the "Lone Server" Video which was an off-take about the last Windows Server 2003 in the data center. Based on this blog, one of my guys wanted to find the truth about the story and see what was really...
  • Blog Post: PHP Application support on Windows Server

    If you have not noticed recently, the level of support that we are building for PHP and the community is becoming pretty impressive. I have shared a couple ( 1 ) ( 2 ) of screencasts on my blog which show the great support for PHP on IIS7 and IIS6 through FastCGI. The latest video by Dave Northey also...
  • Blog Post: Getting PHP to Perform on IIS7 and Windows Server 2008

    Dave Northey who is a ITPRO Evangelist from Ireland had posted a really interesting 6 minute screen cast on EDGE which shows you how you can tune your PHP applications on Windows Server 2008 and IIS7. This goes into the how to configure FASTCGI ( in place of standard CGI ) and then uses output caching...
  • Blog Post: GREAT CODING PRACTICE!!

    The web has certainly stepped up security in the pass few years to keep pace with security attacks from hackers and criminals. I was just browsing a site ( last Christmas presents ) which I will not name, but it is really scary to think that they have no consideration for security at all. Here are the...
  • 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: SAVE THE DATE - PDC 2008 - October 27-30, 2008, LA

    2008 will be a PDC ( Professional Developers Conference ) year. This means that it is going to be pretty exciting time if you are an evangelist at Microsoft, as there are a number of really new things that we are starting to work on that we want to share. Like with every other PDC ( I feel I have ever...
  • Blog Post: Ruby on Rails 2.0 - It happened

    So in the middle of all the Visual Studio 2008 release messaging, another web application development tool released .... This time, not from Microsoft, but the second release of the Ruby on Rails Web development framework was released late last week. The major feature that they added into this release...
  • 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...
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