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  • Blog Post: Comments on Yesterday’s Security Update

    Intriguing article by Jon Oltsik on Cnet.com yesterday about Microsoft’s identification of and response to the security flaw that yesterday’s update was dedicated to patching.  We’ve come a long way, baby!
  • Blog Post: MSFT and Novell

    The relationship between MSFT and Novell just took another incredible turn, the latest in a colorful joint history. This seems to be very good for Microsoft, but I couldn't help but come away with the impression that the adoption rate of Linux in the enterprise is going to increase, and that the Novell...
  • Blog Post: Office 2007 Delay? Actually, No.

    There has been a lot of confusion over the announcement that Office 2007 would also reschedule its consumer launch date to January 2007 to match that of Vista. This marketing launch is a different animal than the development and availability date of the Office 2007 product(s). Microsoft clarifies...
  • Blog Post: Roger Sessions on the Nov 7 Coordinated Product Launch

    Roger Session's latest ObjectWatch newsletter addresses his view of the November 7 launch of three Microsoft products, Visual Studio 2005, SQL Server 2005, and BizTalk Server 2006. He suggests that the battle is not MSFT product vs. IBM product any longer, but comes down to MSFT's vision for I.T. vs...
  • Blog Post: TechEd 2005 Sessions and Slides

    Even while sitting at Gnomedex, (on a Saturday), I have to keep up with my day job. This looks like a great way to view the slides and watch the sessions from Tech-Ed 2005 a month ago. http://microsoft.sitestream.com/teched2005/ Tech-Ed Sweetness... (Find the BizTalk Stuff in the "Connected Systems...
  • Blog Post: MSFT RSS-Enabled KB Announcements

    Microsoft is now publishing RSS Feeds for recently published KB articles for each of its products. See the complete list here . Some of the more important and significant products that you might want to take note of... Microsoft Content Management Server 2002 Microsoft BizTalk Server 2004...
  • Blog Post: The Open Source Heretic

    Today's open source class is opened with an article on Forbes.com based on an interview with Larry McVoy . Read the required readings for today's class, and then discuss amongst yourselves... Here are a couple of quotes from the article to get discussion rolling... "Open source software is...
  • Blog Post: BizTalk Performance Blog

    The BizTalk team at MSFT has created another blog - this one focused on BizTalk Server Performance . Keep up the great work!
  • Blog Post: MS Interoperability Webcasts

    Starting Jan 18 (2005), there will be 3-4 weeks of webcasts available for architects and developers and IT pros dealing with interoperability between MS .Net platforms and IBM, BEA, and MS-COM applications and systems. Also included are architectural webcasts detailing how to plan for interoperability...
  • Blog Post: Windows Antispyware (Beta)

    Windows AntiSpyware (Beta) is a security technology that helps protect Windows users from spyware and other potentially unwanted software. Known spyware on your PC can be detected and removed. This helps reduce negative effects caused by spyware including slow PC performance, annoying pop-up ads, unwanted...
  • Blog Post: WinXP SP2 - The Inside Story

    Here's an interesting article about the design and production of Windows XP SP2. Some callout items... "The initial vision was, we were going to enable the firewall, and we were going to ship it." [but it grew and grew,] "And so at that point, I sent out a mail to everyone in the division saying, "This...
  • Blog Post: BizTalk Adapters for SAP and MQSeries

    Two new adapters for BizTalk have launched recently, the BizTalk Adapter v2.0 for mySAP Business Suite , and the BizTalk Adapter for MQSeries v2.0 . There's a fee for the mySAP Adapter, but the MQSeries adapter is FREE! - It is included with the BizTalk Server 2004 license. So, let's get queuing today...
  • Blog Post: NetDesk FirstLook events - October 2004

    NetDesk, a local technology training company , provides " First Look " sessions periodically for a variety of Microsoft technologies. Two of these events are being held in Bellevue, at the Microsoft office. There are other First Look sessiong scheduled, this is only a partial list. Please see the complete...
  • Blog Post: Windows Forms Development Demo on Channel 9

    The Channel 9 Team has posted a new video showing what new windows forms applications will look like. It mentions a great collection of new controls, and walks you through the building of some very professional - looking applications. These tools look to be incredible. Channel 9 post showing new interfaces...
  • Blog Post: One down, 6,999 to go

    Well, whadda ya know... Rory is going to work at Microsoft . I think that was a match that everyone knew was going to happen one way or another. Rory has too much talent to not work for the machine. Congratulations, Rory. You're going to love it. What a great gig, too, as a MSDN Presenter. Paul Murphy...
  • Blog Post: MSIB v2.5 Released

    Well, it's good to have another version of the Microsoft Solution for Internet Business available. This one has been anticipated for a while, now. The link to download is here . MSIB addresses emerging business models that have evolved from relatively simple structures of linked HTML pages to complex...
  • Blog Post: Let's talk about Word, per Chris Pratley

    These are some great articles, written by Chris Pratley, a group program manager at Microsoft, ( Blog , Bio ) about the history of MS Word. These articles are too good for me to pass up. Very interesting history and perspective. Let’s talk about Word http://weblogs.asp.net/chris_pratley...
  • Blog Post: A Plug for MSDN Flash Newsletter

    Today's (March 23rd) issue of the MSDN Flash newsletter (A bi-weekly newsletter for developer news, events, and information) is chock-full of great information. More links to web content than I had noticed before. If you are a developer, you should be registered for this newsletter. Use this link...
  • Blog Post: Jupiter - It's a Big Planet

    Jupiter is a big planet. One that Microsoft is going to map out in two phases now, instead of one. Mary Jo's Microsoft Watch is the first that I saw (publicly) to report that Microsoft is changing its Jupiter direction. The Jupiter direction is one where MSFTs E-Business server applications (BizTalk...
  • Blog Post: New Year Resolutions from an IT Group?

    The Microsoft Operations and Technology Group (OTG), is the IT group that handles operations for MS Business. They are not affiliated with the product groups, except as users, the same as most Microsoft customers. Well, <ahem> except for the fact that a while bunch of MS developers are all listed...
  • Blog Post: Online Books for Windows Server Products

    Periodically, Microsoft and Microsoft Consulting augment the documentation for Windows Server System products by publishing online books. Check these links periodically, or you can subscribe to the RSS Feed for MSDN Just Published items. Windows Server System Online Books BizTalk Server 2002...
  • Blog Post: MCMS Service Pack 1a

    This was released over a week ago, which is just about par for the blog. (parblog). Microsoft Content Management Server Service Pack 1A . (From ms.com...) This download allows existing Microsoft Content Management Server 2002 Enterprise Edition customers to upgrade to MCMS 2002 SP1a, which consists...
  • Blog Post: Hands-On Labs for BizTalk Server 2004

    At PDC this year, a set of Hands-On Labs was made available for BizTalk Server 2004 . These are now available on Microsoft.com. Download here .
  • Blog Post: What the...? A real-live BOOK for MCMS?

    I'm a week late, apparently. I watch the new book release sites for day after day after day for new CMS books, for more than a year, and wouldn't you know it - as soon as I stop watching the lists, a book comes out! There goes any hope of getting some sleep this week....
  • Blog Post: MCMS on the loose

    Two more MCMS-focused sites/blogs/hobbit holes... http://www.harbar.net/mcms http://mark.harrison.ws/
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