April, 2007

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    Silverlight

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    One of the big themes of MIX is Silverlight . Silverlight allows developers and designers to release applications and content with extremely rich user experiences in a web browser. I knew Silverlight was going to be big, but the quality of the demos shown still amazed me. Cross-platform debugging. Running .NET code within a browser - even in Firefox or on a Mac. Dynamic language support, including ruby. Amazing. Check it out: http://silverlight.net .
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    Expression Studio shipping!

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    Just announced at MIX: Expression Studio is shipping today! Stay tuned for more exciting news from MIX ...
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    Keeping in Sync

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    As more and more business processes come online, users can find it challenging to know where to look for the official copy of a given piece of data, or to remember from where they can or cannot get to the same. Of course, b y “business processes” I mean “things my boss rates me on”, by “users” I mean “myself, and others like me who post to and read this blog”, and by “challenging”, I mean a string of profanities that should not appear in this publication. I bring this up because technically, we...
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    Welcome, New Guys

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    I'd like to take this opportunity publically welcome Sanjay Jain and Bruce Kyle to our blog. Sanjay's arrival preceeded Bruce's so I'll introduce him first... Sanjay joins our team from deep in heart of Delaware, and has extensive experience with CRM and ERP products - he even knows what "GLAPAR functionality" is - just ask him. We're looking forward to his insights on all things Titan and Fenway related. Bruce just recently got "blue badged" after spending some quality time on Warren's HiPo...
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    Longhorn Beta 3 & Windows Virtualization Services

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    Ok, a couple of people have asked me about the availability of Longhorn Server Virtualization with the recent announcement of Longhorn Beta 3 (see my previous post ). There is not currently a beta available for Windows Virtualization Services in Longhorn. This will ship separately (within 180 days of Longhorn launch) and a Beta will be available in the second half of this year. The Virtualization team blog talks about this. That being said, Virtual Server 2005 R2 runs great on Longhorn. If you...
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    MOSS Internet Licensing for ISVs

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    At the risk of alienating the entire audience by posting about licensing, I want to provide the answer to a question I get asked frequently by ISVs. While lots of ISVs find the features of MOSS cool and compelling, they typically raise concerns about how to license it for sites that have some sort of public facing aspect (Internet and/or Extranet.) After my standard response of "try the partner helpdesk" grew tiresome, I decided to do a little research into the topic by asking my team members...
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    Longhorn Server Beta 3 Available

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    Microsoft announced the availability of Longhorn Beta 3 last night. Check out the Windows Server blog to get more information on what's new in Beta 3 and all the excitement around this significant milestone! You can download it from our web site today! p.s. Powershell is now finally in the box ( metaphorically speaking of course ). Being a command line nut, I just love the capabilities of Powershell. If you haven't had time to play with it yet – it's really worth of an hour or so on a Friday afternoon...
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    Microsoft Dynamics CRM “Titan” Developer Workshops

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    Our partner machine is starting to roll on Dynamics CRM “Titan” and I’d love to help you get on board. If you are Microsoft Gold Certified Partner Level member and want to build your industry vertical or horizontal solution on CRM "Titan" drop me an email and I would be happy to assist you. One of the benefits of being a Microsoft partner is the awesome training. Last week I got an opportunity to meet several Microsoft Dynamics CRM ISVs in Dallas while co-presenting “Titan” Developer Workshop...
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    WPF and ISVs - a quick look back, and a call to action

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    Much has been written about the Windows Presentation Foundation and the opportunities it enables by bringing designers together with developers to produce truly differentiated user experiences. Through the ISV programs we offer, our team has been engaging ISVs in this discussion for the last 18 months or so, and work some of these organizations have undertaken with this technology is pretty amazing. What's been the most surprising to me, though, is the way in which WPF can transform applications...
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    ABC’s for Software Vendors who want to partner with Microsoft

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    In our role as ISV Architect Evangelists we often are asked how to start partnering with Microsoft. Hopefully this will help get some of them started. ==== ABC’s for Software Vendors who want to partner with Microsoft There are many benefits for Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) who wish to partner with Microsoft. They fall into 3 main categories: • Technical Enablement • Marketing Support • Software License Grants In order to provide a consistent means to deliver benefits...
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    Visual Studio "Orcas" and .NET FX 3.5 Beta 1 Available

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    S. Somasegar, Microsoft Corporate VP in the Developer Division, just announced that Visual Studio "Orcas" and .NET FX 3.5 Beta 1 has shipped. MSDN subscribers can download the .iso or the VPC image immediately. If you are not a current MSDN subscriber, you can still download the bits from here . Note that it may take a little while for the .iso images to make it to the Microsoft Download Center although the VPC image is already available as a set of WinRAR files. Enjoy!
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    Microsoft SaaS Incubation Center Program

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    Yesterday we officially announced the Microsoft ® SaaS Incubation Center Program, a global initiative to help independent software vendors (ISVs) adopt the Software as a Service (SaaS) delivery model. You can find out more about the program here .
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    Web Service Interoperability

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    In case you missed it, last week the body charged with driving real-world web service interoperability ( WS-I ) has released version 1.0 of the Basic Security Profile. For ISV's, the WS-I work gives you a target to build & test your services against that will give you some assurance that your product will actually be interoperable with web services clients and services on various platforms and from various vendors or open source proejcts. In the case of BSP 1.0, that taget grows to include...
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    VSTA 2005 SDK Launch Announcement

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    I was a little surprised to hear that some of the ISVs I work with had never heard of VSTA. Visual Studio Tools for Applications (VSTA) is a platform for Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) to add managed application customization to their applications. Notably, the VSTA team recently launched their VSTA 2005 SDK . Check out the VSTA team blog where they have posted a video to take you through the features and design goals of VSTA. VSTA will have a big impact for ISVs that allow systems integrators...
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    Expression Web & Blend to be Included in MSDN Premium

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    That's right, we listened to all the feedback, did some more market research and decided to make Expression Web and Expression Blend available to MSDN Premium subscribers! This is exciting for ISVs because many of you do not have a designer on staff and will have developers creating your UI. The current story for WPF forms with Visual Studio is still a little weak until Visual Studio codename "Orcas" ships, and using Expression Blend is more attractive. You will now be able to download (soon) Expression...
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