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Windows 7 ISV App compat drop-in clinics : week of 31st August 2009, Dublin
With the recent release to manufacture (RTM) of Window 7 now is the time for ISVs to make sure your applications are ready for Microsoft’s latest version of Windows. Over the next few months we will be running a number of Application Compatibility briefings and drop-in clinics, where we have a very high...
10 Aug 2009
New Windows 7 App Compat Resource for ISVs in Ireland / Northern Ireland
Windows 7 is coming and excitement is building among consumers and enterprises. Therefore, as an ISV it is critical that your solution is compatible with Windows 7 - now is the right time to ensure you are ready for the Windows 7 wave. If you have a solution on either the Windows Vista or Windows...
27 Apr 2009
App Compat - Windows 7 Partner Readiness Day – online event, May 7th 2009
Check out http://www.windowspartnerreadinessday.com/index.html and the ISV track at http://www.windowspartnerreadinessday.com/isvihv.html for a chance to learn about Windows 7 – all sessions will be recorded for viewing after the event as well…. ISV & IHV Session Information Time Topic Speaker 8...
24 Apr 2009
Alpha toolkit for the Windows 7 Software Logo Program now available
The alpha toolkit for the Windows 7 Software Logo Program is now available. The toolkit provides you with a quick and agile, automated, light weight command-line tool to verify their application’s compliance against the technical requirements . The toolkit is being made available and supported through...
16 Apr 2009
2009 Worldwide Partner Conference: (and details of awards)
Registration is now open for this year's Worldwide Partner conference, scheduled for July 13-16 in New Orleans. By attending you can gain exclusive access to the latest information and insights about upcoming Microsoft strategies, cutting-edge technologies, and programs—directly from Microsoft leadership...
25 Mar 2009
BizSpark startups get access to the Metro portal : free Support and Training
This is a very significant development in the BizSpark program! Metro is a program we’ve been running for a couple of yearss which provides access to training and a broad range of pre-release support for projects based on Microsoft’s newest technologies, and now all BizSpark startups have access to the...
25 Mar 2009
BizSpark event : 19th Jan (Dubin) : update, new speakers :-)
Quick update to my previous post on this event: : by happy coincidence, it turns out that Claire O'Halloran is in town on 19th Jan and will deliver the introduction to BizSpark. I'm delighted about this as Claire is the Local Software Economy and Innovation Lead for EMEA and has been heavily involved...
12 Jan 2009
InnovateOn for ISVs: why?
Here's why :-) Click on any of the links below to get step-by-step instructions to help guide you through the various development stages. You can also find resources for your solution using the neat Silverlight search app at http://www.innovateon.com/advancedsearch.aspx where you can search based...
12 Jan 2009
New Dynamics CRM curriculum on InnovateOn
Interest in Dynamics CRM from our partners has been incredible, but one thing that has come up in the past is that outside of the Microsoft official curriculum material there was no clear guide to learning CRM for ISVs. I'm happy to announce that the InnovateOn portal now includes an updated curriculum...
12 Jan 2009
ISVs - Application Compatibility with Windows 7
Now that the Windows 7 Beta is here (I've installed it on my tablet PC, the Libraries feature is v. neat), it's time (if you haven't already) for ISVs to start thinking about a) application compatibility and b) building the next generation of software applications to take advantage of the new platform...
12 Jan 2009
Microsoft Ireland Podcast: Modernising your VB6 code with NewCode
(I'm hoping to invite (fairly regularly) ISVs/Partners/Customers in Ireland/Northern Ireland to come talk about the development of their products and applications. If you'd like to participate in the future please contact me .) In this podcast (or mp3-on-a-share as I'm told I should be calling it...
3 Dec 2008
Partner Training on 1) WPF 2) Web Development with VS 2008 in Dec 2008
Just a quick heads up re. two partner training events (for partners in Ireland / Northern Ireland) happening in the next month, on WPF and Web Development. Follow the link inline below for more details & to register (you'll need to log in using your partner credentials). EventID Event Start Course...
17 Nov 2008
ISV SaaS Readiness Program
I came across The ISV SaaS Readiness Self Assessment tool earlier today, which is designed exclusively for ISVs who are planning, building, testing and/or launching a software + services solution on the Microsoft Dynamics CRM platform. It will help you to continuously measure your SaaS business, technical...
3 Oct 2008
ISV On-Demand Training
I spent a lot of time working in ISVs before joining Microsoft and getting a budget for training can be a challenge (as can time out of the office when deadlines are looming :-)). This is where on-demand training can be a great asset - have you seen the training course directory on our ISV Innovation...
3 Oct 2008
Microsoft SLPS Case Study featuring Softedge Systems (Ireland-based ISV)
I recently blogged about SLPS and am delighted to highlight a case study featuring a local ISV - Softedge Systems . Softedge Systems flagship product, DocsAlive 2007, is a multimedia content-creation tool built on the 2007 Microsoft® Office system. DocsAlive is also certified on Windows Vista. . Softedge...
3 Jun 2008
Developing ISV Applications using Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0
If you need to learn about Architecture, Deployment and Operations essentials of Dynamics CRM then I think you'll find this white paper very useful. It gives a good overview of the platform capabilities and the opportunities for ISVs to plug-in to the platform, your options for deployment (on-premise...
9 May 2008
Free classroom training on SQL Server 2008 (Ireland / Northern Ireland)
Are you an ISV developer in Ireland / Northern Ireland? I'm arranging a free 1 day course on the essentials (dev + BI), so drop me a line via the Contact link on my blog if you'd like more details...Some pre-requisities but nothing onerous i.e. you must work for an ISV based in Ireland/Northern Ireland...
2 Apr 2008
Innovate On portal - resources for ISVs in Ireland / Northern Ireland
If you work for an ISV in Ireland / Northern Ireland then you definitely should check out http://www.innovateon.com/ , the latest version of our portal which provides you with a central resource to help you build, test and market your solution based on Microsoft technologies. Centralized Resources for...
13 Mar 2008
ISVs in Ireland - want to showcase your Office Business Applications (OBAs)?
OBACentral may be of interest to those of you in Ireland who are developing OBAs - i.e. line-of-business (LOB) applications that leverage the Microsoft Office 2007 system via add-ins / extensions to apps such as Word, Excel, Outlook and of course Sharepoint to help solve business problems. As an ISV...
22 Nov 2007
Early adopter information for ISVs in Ireland (VS 2008, SQL Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 and more)
We in the Developer & Platform Group in Microsoft Ireland are about to kick off our early adopter program for ISVs (the successor to the Ascend / Touchdown programs - see http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/isv/bb190411.aspx - that some of you may have been involved in). Microsoft is committed to...
26 Sep 2007
ISV resources page updated : Innovate On program
Just added details of the Innovate On program to the Microsoft Ireland ISV Resources page. Innovate On provides a set of product portals where you can find tools and technologies to develop your products more quickly. For example, if you want to ensure that your solutions qualify for the Certified for...
6 Sep 2007
Calling all ISVs in Ireland and Northern Ireland - ISV Page for Resources / Training / FAQs etc.
There is such a role in Microsoft as "ISV Developer Evangelist", and while that's not my official title a large portion of my job is focused on working with ISVs to make the best use of Microsoft technologies and to some extent to help them navigate both Microsoft the organisation and enormous product...
3 Sep 2007
Microsoft Ireland ISV Resources
ISV Training / Resources ISV Innovation - This is a great resource for on-line training on the latest and greatest Microsoft Technologies. Check in here to find out about Virtual Labs, Lab Casts (think Virtual Lab but with a live instructor), Web Seminars and Live Events ISV Showcase - Look at...
3 Sep 2007
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