October, 2006

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    VSTS Team Chat coming soon

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    On Wednesday, November 8 th at 10AM PDT join the VSTS team as they reach out to the masses in a team chat . Use this opportunity to speak directly with the developers and let them know how you feel. Is your preferred agile methodology not quite working out on VSTS? Would you like to see more flexibility in the system? Or do you just think VSTS rocks and want to match keyboards with the VSTS developers? -james
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    Announcing the launch of the Windows Vista Tips & Tricks website!!

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    Microsoft is very pleased to announce that the Windows Vista Tips & Tricks website is now live at www.windowsvistatnt.com . If you are familiar with the great work the IW team has done over the years with the Office Tips & Tricks program then you know what a valuable resource Tips & Tricks are for end-users and also the great tools the program provides to the field and partners. Windows has never had a formal Tips & Tricks program until now and we are very excited about the launch...
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    New VB 6/VB.NET Interop Application Download

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    Microsoft has released the Interop Forms Toolkit 1.0. This allows you to create VB.NET Windows Forms and add them to existing VB 6 application. With this toolkit you can now extend your VB 6 applications lifespan while slowly migrating individual forms to VB.NET. This fits into our larger VB Power Packs initiative to deliver valuable features between Visual Basic 2005 and the next release, based on your feedback. We hope you will get this today and try it out! Download page: http://msdn.microsoft...
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    Platform Adoption Tool Beta

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    Announcing open registration for the Platform Adoption Tool Beta Program! The Platform Adoption Tool is an application registration system designed to provide you, the Software Vendor, and Microsoft with information about how applications use Microsoft technology. By registering your application with Microsoft you’re eligible for the following benefits: Detailed Dependency Reports . Proactive Compatibility Reports · Potential Access to Technology Adoption Programs Microsoft Partner...
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    UPDATE: TFS Benefit for Certified and Gold ISVs

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    The July Partner Program Kit included a new benefit for Gold level ISVs who hold either the ISV or CDS competency. It has come to our attention that the disk labeled TFS actually has a Windows installation on it and not TFS. We have been informed by the MSPP team that the August Partner Program Kit will include the correct bits on the CD. We would like to apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused as we are aware many of you want to install and begin using the RTM version of TFS.
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    The Next Version of ADO.NET

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    The ADO.NET vNext CTP was announced recently. A primary goal of the upcoming version of ADO.NET is to raise the level of abstraction for data programming, thus helping to eliminate the impedance mismatch between data models and between languages that application developers would otherwise have to deal with. Two innovations that make this move possible are Language-Integrated Query and the ADO.NET Entity Framework. The Entity Framework exists as a new part of the ADO.NET family of technologies. ADO...
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    MOSS 2007 ECM starter kit Beta 2 released today

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    Go get yourself some MOSS 2007 goodness . The ECM starter kit is focused on ISVs and SIs that want to build and extend MOSS 2007. Grab it while its hot! -james
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    Free Office eBooks

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    Download these two free eBooks from Microsoft Press to get a jump on your Office 2007 development: First Look 2007 Microsoft Office System 7 Development Projects for Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and Windows SharePoint Services Version 3.0
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    Architecture and Design Guidelines for BI Apps

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    The patterns & practices team is pleased to announce the availability of Architecture and Design Guidelines for Business Intelligence Applications. This exploratory community project provides prescriptive guidance on how to overcome architectural challenges and design issues when building business intelligence solutions using the Microsoft platform. This guide is intended for software architects and developers who are developing business intelligence applications on the Microsoft .NET Framework...
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    New Expression Lab

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    While I'm at it, I should also mention that the Microsoft Expression takes the many sides of your creative personality to all new levels. Professional design tools give you greater flexibility to create sophisticated applications and content. Innovative technologies enable faster and richer interface development for Microsoft Windows applications or the Web. All three Expression tools are currently CTP releases. http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=5284394 If you're unfamiliar with the Microsoft Expression...
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    Expression Web Beta 1

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    We’ve released the first beta of its new Web design tool, Expression, which also includes a graphical design tool and an interface designer. http://www.microsoft.com/products/expression/en/default.mspx Expression Web Beta 1 works with Windows XP SP2 and Windows Vista, and requires .NET Framework 2.0. It is available free of charge, although Microsoft will be charging for the final set of Expression products. Community Technology Previews (CTPs) of Expression Graphic Designer and Expression Interactive...
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    Windows Vista: Build More Secure Applications

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    Learn how Windows Vista makes it easier than ever to build applications that are more secure, reliable, and manageable. Tune in and see how you can create user-experience breakthroughs that improve usability and enable greater relevance to the work users do. In this series of free webcasts, we cover Windows Presentation Foundation, Windows Communication Foundation, Windows Workflow Foundation, Windows CardSpace, and XAML. http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=5011047
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    Mobility LOB Application Development Workshop

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    DPE and Mobile and Embedded Division (MED) is running its' first Mobility LOB Application Development Workshop as part of the VS/SQL Rhythm. This four (4) day workshop is open to Enterprise Customers (in EnterpriseGo) and ISV Partners (in ISV Ascend) who are working on, or are interested in a starting a project to build Line of Business Applications on Windows Mobile. Topics include the tools, patterns and practices Mobile Client Software Factory, and Unit Testing on VSTS and Mobile Test Driven Development...
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    Top 5 MEDC 2006 Hands-On Labs Now Available As Virtual Labs

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    We’ve taken 5 of the best hands-on labs from MEDC 2006 and made them virtual labs. These are basically hands-on labs that are available for anyone by using a Web browser. Through the Web browser you access a virtual environment already configured with everything you need to do the lab. You can download the lab manuals and then walk through the entire lab at your own pace without making any modifications to your local computer. You can, of course, do the labs as often as you’d like. We’ll be adding...
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    Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Everywhere Edition Access Database Synchronizer CTP Available

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    The Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Everywhere Edition Access Database Synchronizer provides a way to synchronize data between a Microsoft Access database on a desktop and a Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Everywhere Edition database on a device. This software addresses the common problem of needing to keep a Windows Mobile Device Application database in sync with the Access database used by a desktop application. The Access and SQL Server 2005 Everywhere Edition databases are automatically synchronized as part...
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    The Windows Vista Developer Story: Application Compatibility Cookbook

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    The Windows Vista Developer Story includes content for developers, and other technology experts and managers, interested in an in-depth exploration of some of the new and extended features in Windows Vista. It is released to the Windows Vista Developer Center in the form of Articles, published approximately one every two weeks. Those Articles are only a summary of the Windows Help file, which can be downloaded here .
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    Windows Vista Development Resources

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    Most in class training for Vista Touchdown has wrapped up, but there are still many ways to get training for your Vista development projects. Webcasts on Vista, Workflow Foundation, User Account Control, Vista Migration, Explorer, Windows Presentation Foundation, and Windows Communication foundation are available for ISV’s at http://www.msreadiness.com/windowsvista.asp Vista logo requirements are shown at https://partner.microsoft.com/global/40018574 Windows concept videos are at http...
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    Special Offer: 1 Day on-site Consulting visit to Assist with Windows Vista Application Certification

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    As a compliment to the Windows Vista Application Certification Workshop (see above) the US ISV team will be offering a limited number of 1 day on-site consulting visits. These high value engagements will be structured to provide ISVs with practical assistance in achieving Vista compatibility and exploiting new Windows Vista capabilities to help their applications ‘Light up on Vista’. The intention is to provide ISVs with information, insight and assistance to significantly advance them towards achieving...
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    Participate in marketing opportunities associated with the Vista and Office 2007 Launch

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    In the coming weeks and months, we have a number of activities and events planned leading up to the Business Value launch for Office and Vista on November 30 th and the launch season happening worldwide. Placement of your solution on www.microsoft.com , solution summaries highlighted at local launch events, inclusion in marketing materials for press & analysts, and featured in Microsoft executive keynotes are among the marketing activities that participating ISVs may be able to participate in...
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    FREE Microsoft Learning on .NET 3.0 Development

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    Collection 5134: Developing Rich Experiences with Microsoft® .NET Framework 3.0 and Visual Studio® 2005 This collection of 3 2-hour premium clinics teaches about the new capabilities provided by the .NET Framework 3.0. These clinics are for experienced Developers and Software Architects who are looking to adopt Microsoft's next generation technology within their solutions. Topics covered within the collection include: Windows Presentation Foundation Windows Workflow Foundation...
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    Live from Redmond: Series Installment #3

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    As we amp up the activities around hot technologies like AJAX and Smart Client development. The Visual Studio product teams are following through on their commitment to provide early access training via a series of Webcasts. These are not to be missed Live Meetings given by Product team members. Look at this as a forum to bring your toughest questions and get them answered.   This is the third installment of the "Live from Redmond" series:     Upcoming Smart Client Talks   Date...
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    Free, demo-driven events on the 2007 Microsoft Office system

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    Preview the powerful new features of the 2007 Microsoft Office system in an instructor-led, demo-driven environment! You'll learn how to create customizable solutions that address real-world business problems. Here are the dates for each of the cities: New York, NY Thursday, October 5, 2006 Irvine, CA Tuesday, October 17, 2006 Washington DC Thursday, November 2, 2006 Creve Coeur, MO Thursday, November 2, 2006 Atlanta, GA Wednesday, November 7, 2006 La Jolla, CA Wednesday,...
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    Microsoft and SaaS

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    AlwaysOn has published a great article which outlines Microsoft's SaaS strategy and resources for ISVs that are thinking to build SaaS application and OnDemand architecture. You can find the article here This article seeks to create a dialog about what the right platform for SaaS is – and to demonstrate through our successful startups that we do, in fact, have what it takes to help companies grow scalable, highly usable SaaS/online services businesses. Successful SaaS companies built on the...
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    Vista Certification Workshops

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    If your company is enrolled in either the Vista Ascend or Vista Touchdown program and you have profiled your application in Airframe, you won’t want to miss this opportunity! You can become one of the first to achieve the "Vista Certified" status and differentiate your products with the clear, trusted promise of a great Windows computing experience. Microsoft is hosting regional Vista Certification Workshops to show you how, so plan to attend one in your area. Monday, October 16, 2006...
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    Visual Studio 2005 SP1 Beta and Visual Studio support for Vista

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    We are pleased to announce the availability of the beta of Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1. You can find a technical description of some of the fixes included in this service pack and download the beta by registering on the Microsoft Connect Site . We’ll have the complete list of fixes posted when the service pack releases. Pending feedback from you on this beta, our plan is to ship the final version in the next 3-4 months. VS2005 works well on Windows Vista. Visual Studio 2005 SP1 will run...
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