May, 2007

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    Looking Back on Mix ’07

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    I know Mix was a full two weeks ago, but I thought it might still be worth sharing my trip report for those of you who didn't make it. I should have posted this earlier, but after Mix I spent an additional week in deep-drive training up in Redmond. It has been an amazing two weeks, but it sure feels great to be back home!   Initial Thoughts I was thoroughly impressed with Mix. Mix was significantly different from other Microsoft events in many ways, and I kept notes all week about how they...
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    Windows Live announcements

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    Earlier in my post I outlined the key announcements we made at MIX07. I would like to elobrate on that little bit. The announcement were around API suite for Windows Live Space API Windows Live Contacts API Windows Live Presence API Windows Live Messenger Web IM API Microsoft Vitual Earth API Windows Live ID API Simple and Consistent new business terms with two pricing offers - Free unlimited commercial offering with full commercial terms license for startups, small...
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    Silverlight Demos and resources

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    By now most of you may heard of Silverlight. In case you haven't "Silverlight is a cross-browser, cross-platform plug-in for delivering the next generation of Microsoft .NET–based media experiences and rich interactive applications for the Web." Here are some really interesting demos of Silverlight in action: On-line Accessible on silverlight.net public site Demo URL Ver. Notes Fox movie trailer library http://silverlight.net/fox/ ...
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    Community Kit for SharePoint

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    I know term Web 2.0 is way over-hyped and way over-loaded, but I recently got pressed by an ISV asking about how MOSS supports Web 2.0 type functionality. When I asked for clarification, I was told "you know, blogs and wikis and communities and ratings and things like that." I replied with my best Ralph Kramden Chef-of-the-Future impersonation, which needless to say didn't go over very well (but it did reasonable job at evoking pathos, which got me out of the room intact.) Left to my own devices...
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    Open XML Technical Deep Dive in San Francisco, CA

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    Microsoft will be offering a complimentary two-day Open XML Technical Deep Dive in San Francisco, CA on June 18-19, 2007. If you are a developer and interested in the practical details of Open XML schemas, architecture and programmability, this is the event for you. More information including the agenda and registration may be found here . Attendees should bring a laptop with .NET Framework 3.0, Visual Studio 2005 SP1 and Office 2007 preinstalled to participate in the hands-on labs.
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    ISVs and Scientific Applications

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    Over the last couple days, I've had the pleasure of speaking to the customers of an ISV that offers applications which perform deep analyses of massive bodies of data harvested from scientific lab equipment (like mass spectroscopy and liquid chromotography machines.) While I don't know much about what all that means (despite watching copious CSI Miami reruns), I do know that many of the people I spoke with at the conference: 1. Didn't know that Microsoft has a high performance computing offering...
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    Titan's Improved Extensibility Model

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    As a newcomer to the Dynamics world 18 months ago, I was at once impressed and bewildered by what I could do as a developer with these technologies. I took a special interest in CRM, and read all about its extensibility model, envisioning all kinds of scenarios for CRM callouts and workflows in the apps of the ISVs I work with. It turned out that I was being a bit too glib in my pronouncements though, as when I tried to write my first callout using Visual Studio 2005 I quickly ran amok of the...
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    Catching the Orcas Wave

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    As you've seen from various postings to this blog, the Orcas wave of our development technologies is rapidly maturing and is nearing readiness for mass consumption and uptake by our ISV partners. However, I'd like to point out that the June 2007 MSDN Magazine provides a great collection of articles on the topic. In Orcas, you can expect enhancements to C#, Visual Basic centered around the forthcoming LINQ technology and you can expect the tool support around all the .NET 3.0 innovations (WPF,...
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    MIX Live Announcements

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    Microsoft made some significant announcements around the Live platform. Incase you didn't have a chance to attend MIX or hear about it here are the key announcements we made: Simple and consistent new business terms for our services platform New Free service for hosting and streaming of Silverlight based rich application Opening of our Social network for third parties Unified URL namespace and user-in control delegation model for these new APIs. -Suresh
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    Microsoft Partner Program - Wait, there's more...

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    Continuing my previous post on the topic, a couple days ago I discovered that at the Gold Certified level, a partner with the ISV Competency is entitiled to the following: + 3 full MSDN subscriptions (I believe they call this level Premium now) + any combination of 10 developer and tester Visual Studio Team System roles + 1 instance of Team Foundation Server + all the CALs necessary to support the above This is a good story for ISVs at the Gold Level, and a good reason to get there for those...
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    Silverlight and Silverlight Streaming

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    So you heard about Silverlight and want to get started. Here are some places to begin: Silverlight main page includes downloads, information about streaming, news, blog posting (and there is a bunch of blogs talking about Silverlight), tools and resources, and a faq. Next, you may want to get involved with streaming and may have heard about the offer for Microsoft to host your streaming videos. The details are at the Silverlight Streaming site. This page includes the API reference documentation...
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    Must-Attend-Events for ISVs

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    Microsoft has many great events. Next week for example, is the Microsoft Business Intelligence Conference in Seattle. And there are events sponsored by industry groups and product group such as Health & Life Sciences Developer Conference . In additon, MSDN Events offers events that occur locally all over the US. There are podcasts and training events through MS Readiness . These events are worthwhile for ISV's depending on technology or interests. That said, I am often asked, "What are...
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    Peer Networking Fun

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    Windows Vista brings host of features to market that are waiting to be utilized by enterprising ISVs in their apps. Yes, I know you've heard that before, but I think it's worth repeating and directing your attention to the peer networking capabilities of Vista. They got my attention recently on a train ride with one of my non-technical colleagues. While on board, miles from any wireless access point and devoid of USB key drives, we had a need to collaborate on a document before our upcoming meeting...
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    Microsoft Dynamics CRM: Future of Business Application Development Platforms

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    Microsoft Dynamics CRM is a complete CRM Suite of Sales, Service and Marketing modules but the most attractive part to ISVs is its rich Platform capabilities. As more and more ISVs are adopting this as a platform of choice , they are able to build their solutions faster, cheaper and better than building from scratch using a traditional development platform. Microsoft’s Ben Riga along with Jason Hunt from Invoke Systems presented a good session in MIX’07 this week discussing the beauty of this...
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    Mixing things up

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    An interesting theme of MIX for me was the blurring of lines between various media and technologies. Is it TV or web? Is it a web page or an application? Is XBOX really a platform for your software product? What about for marketing your product? Burger King made 3 games for the XBOX, and the promotion was so successful that their profits jumped . Consider how your target end users spend their days and computing lives. Perhaps making a useful Windows Live Spaces Gadget that has nothing to do...
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    Microsoft Partner Program - What's in it for ISVs?

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    Our team encourages ISVs to enroll in the Microsoft Partner Program as a means of establishing a closer relationship with us. We're often asked "great, but what's in it for me?" Well, I've stammered over my response to that question enough to actually do some research into the answer, and since I'll bet others have as well, I thought it might be nice to share what I found. You can find out *exactly* what you'll get from a license standpoint up on https://partner.microsoft.com/40029254 . This...
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    Patterns and Practices

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    The Patterns and Practices team at Microsoft has been putting Microsoft's recommendations for how to design, develop, deploy, and operate architecturally sound applications for the Microsoft application platform. The team incorporates: Software Factories which help architects and developers create highly-effective instances of specific types of applications. Application Blocks that are reusable libraries that provide proven solutions to common development challenges. Guides the consiste...
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    A wonderful Windows Mobile app

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    I've waxed poetic about the virtues of Windows Mobile in this space before, but I think I've neglected to mention a nice Windows Mobile application that shows off platform features and ease of deployment while providing some truly useful features. The app in question is Windows Live Search, and you can check it out on your Windows Mobile phone by browsing to http://wls.live.com . It'll deploy to your phone and install in a surprisingly short amount of time, and then will be accessible under "Programs...
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    Bob + Chris MSDN Roadshows

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    Bob Familiar and Chris Bowen are two guys who love to write code and can’t stop talking about it. And now they’ve decided to take their long winded rants and questionable demos to a city near you. And if you were at our last event, you know the line about questionable demos is no joke! Bob and Chris will be digging into the latest on XML, Patterns and Practices, Silverlight, and ASP.NET Ajax (and giving away a Zune.) If you're fortunate enough to live in New England, you should check out one of...
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