June, 2007

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    How good is your development process?

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    Take our vendor-agnostic assessment and measure the effectiveness of your current development processes. Aggregated results from your team will provide you with a comprehensive snapshot of your organization and help you to prioritize your IT investments. Complete an in-depth assessment with your team to learn more about key capabilities for your Application Platform
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    Development tools and techniques for WSS 3.0

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    Development Tools and Techniques for Working with Code in Windows SharePoint Services 3.0, by Patrick Tisseghem, is now published on MSDN. Part 1: http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb530302.aspx Part 2: http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb530301.aspx -Suresh
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    Chat with VS Team system product group

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    Upcoming Visual Studio Team System Chat - July 3rd Come chat with the Visual Studio Team System product group – July 3rd Join members of the Visual Studio Team System product group to discuss features available in Visual Studio Team Foundation Server, Team Editions for Architects, Developers, Database Pros, and Testers. In addition, discuss what's new in the upcoming Orcas CTP. We will be holding two sessions: Join the chat on Tuesday, July 3 rd , 2007 from 10:00am - 11:00am...
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    MSN Mobile launches

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    MSN mobile launched on 6/18. If you aren’t already using the service, you need to visit mobile.msn.com on your phone’s Internet browser to visit the MSN mobile. -Suresh
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    Enterprise Architecture on MSDN

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    Mike Walker has just released the Enterprise Architecture site on MSDN . Over the coming months you will start to see more articles, webcasts, blogs, and architecture guidance around this subject. Come and check out the latest addition to the MSDN Architecture Center. You will find resources to help you with your EA efforts.
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    Data Access Incubation Projects

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    Project Codename “Astoria” - http://astoria.mslivelabs.com . Microsoft Codename Astoria enables applications to expose data as a data service that can be consumed by web clients within a corporate network and across the internet. The data service is reachable over regular HTTP requests, and standard HTTP verbs such as GET, POST, PUT and DELETE are used to perform operations against the service. The payload format for the service is controllable by the application, but all options are simple, open...
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    Web Performance Testing Guidance released

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    The patterns & practices Performance Testing Guidance Project is designed to help you improve the efficiency and effectiveness of your performance testing, learn expert techniques for performance testing, and apply those techniques using Visual Studio.NET 2005. This guide shows you an end-to-end approach for implementing performance testing. Whether you are new to performance testing, or looking for ways to improve your current performance testing approach, you will find insights that you...
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    Scrum tool now available

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    The eScrum 1.0 project management tool has been released for Visual Studio Team Foundation Server. It provides for a repository for all Scrum artifacts, such as product backlogs, sprint backlogs, task management, retrospectives, and reports. Scrum is an agile methodology that provides for an iterative process for developing a product and managing the work. When using Scrum, you have potentially shippable functionality at every interation. The tool is available on the Microsoft website at http...
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    Outlook Beta Connector for Windows Live Hotmail

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    The beta of our connector between Outlook 2003/2007 and Windows Live Hotmail (mail.live.com) has been released. The software synchronizes mail & contacts between the online service and your Outlook client, while keeping your existing Outlook configuration intact. (Usually this is between Outlook and Exchange, or Outlook and some POP3/IMAP4 service) DOWNLOAD: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=7aad7e6a-931e-438a-950c-5e9ea66322d4&displaylang=en&tm -Suresh
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    Three Guys on a DVD

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    There's been a lot of buzz in the blogosphere ever since a tiny image of three guys was discovered on the front of the Windows Vista DVD. You really can't see it without magnification. Although news of the image emerged about a month ago, speculation has been rampant and building -- Is it an Easter Egg? Did some rogues add their image during the production process? Microsoft has been quiet until now. Read for yourself the story behind the image. What's even more interesting are the details of the...
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    Visual Studio Team Foundation Server – Project Server 2007 Connector

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    We are pleased to announce the release of Visual Studio Team Foundation Server – Project Server 2007 Connector which is available at http://www.codeplex.com/pstfsconnector . The Visual Studio Team Foundation Server - Project Server 2007 Connector is designed to integrate the project management capabilities of TFS with Project Server 2007. It's been developed by the Visual Studio Team System Rangers in response to significant customer demand for a connector solution. Future versions of Team...
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    Free Training for Developers

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    Many have never heard about a Microsoft program called DevCares. DevCares is a broad reach developer readiness program delivered and hosted monthly by Partners in cities across the United States. DevCares is a FREE half-day training series presented by experienced developers designed to provide you with the fastest means for building state-of-the-art applications. These technical training sessions address the needs and issues of developers with expert testimonials, working demos and sample code....
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    Build an Outlook 2007 UI with Expression Blend and Visual Studio 2005

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    Our colleagues in Microsoft Switzerland developed a Hands-On Lab that replicates the Outlook 2007 UI using Expression Blend and Visual Studio 2005. Learn how to do it step by step. You can find links to download the lab manual as well as the Visual Studio project here . See for yourself the power and productivity of WPF.
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    Windows Server 2008 learning resources

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    Windows Server 2008 helps IT professionals maximize control over their infrastructure with increased security, reliability, and flexibility. Microsoft Learning helps you develop expertise in this next generation of Windows Server technologies with a broad spectrum of learning resources and streamlined certification paths available during beta release. Visit http://www.microsoft.com/learning/windowsserver2008/default.mspx , Get a free ebook and also learn using free (for a limited time) elearning...
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    New Code Samples and Articles for the Virtual Earth v5.0 SDK

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    The Virtual Earth Map Control SDK, version 5.0 , has been updated and released on MSDN. The update includes new code samples for version 5.0 and additional details in the conceptual topics. In addition, the Virtual Earth Articles area on MSDN has been expanded to include a new section devoted to the latest release . This section includes several updated articles describing how to perform common tasks with this latest release along with an article describing how to convert applications from VE4 to...
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    Virtual Server R2 SP1 Released

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    On Monday, we released Virtual Server R2 SP1 and its available here . Ben (aka Virtual PC Guy ) has blogged about it here . Why is this noteworthy of our ISV blog? There are 2 key enhancements I want to highlight: I know of many ISVs that are running Virtual Server and have hardware equipped with AMD-V or Intel VT capable CPUs. There is now support for hardware-assisted virtualization technology (AMD-V and Intel VT) with R2 SP1 which will yield performance improvements. VHD Mount command...
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    Software Factories coming of age

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    Software factories provide a way to Handle cross-cutting concerns such as authentication, instrumentation, exception handling, logging consistantly. Train developers on how to correctly use best practices, patterns, and technologies. Increase developer productivity. In October 2006, MSDN published a white paper describing an implementation of a software factory to implement the Microsoft Distributed Architecture for .NET Applications for building application and services. The paper...
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    A Bit About Acropolis

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    I wanted to take a few moments to chat about a new technology that I'm very excited about. Acropolis was announced last week at TechEd and as revolutionary as Acropolis is, I'm surprised it's not getting more air cover.   Acropolis is important in several ways, but to our ISVs I think what's most important is that that Acropolis represents a fully supported foundation for building composite applications using WPF. Actually, the plan is to support both WinForms and WPF but WPF is what's currently...
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    TFS-Project SERVER 2007 Connecter now available

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    The Visual Studio Team System Rangers, in conjunction with the community, have released a connector allowing you to use Project Server 2007 with Team Foundation Server. Future versions of Team System will have native integration with Project Server, in the meantime this Connector solution is the best way to integrate the two Microsoft products. This solution builds on the previous PS2003 VSTS Connector, published on GotDotNet. This solution is intended to provide guidance, provided as source code...
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    WPF being used for Order Management System

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    A couple of weeks ago Linedata asked me to present at their annual user conference . I was excited to do so because they've been doing such cool work with WPF (Windows Presentation Foundation) in the financial industry. Linedata really recognized the importance of differentiating themselves while prototyping their next generation buy-side order management system, which will harness the power of Windows Presentation Foundation and the Microsoft .NET 3.0 Framework. Linedata partnered with Lab49 to...
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    June events for SQL Server 2008

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    Webchat with the SQL Product team - June 11 th 11:00am PDT SQL Server product team wants to listen and help answer your questions about the recent SQL Server 2008 June CTP. Here is your opportunity to chat with the team directly and get your questions answered. Add event to your Outlook calendar Analysis Services - Dimension Design June 12 th 11:00 am PDT This is the first of the 6 technical Live meeting series we have planned for you. In this session you will hear directly from Robert Zare...
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    Upcoming GP 10.0 webcasts

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    Additional information about Microsoft Dynamics GP 10.0 readiness events is available at www.msreadiness.com/ampitup . June 18 th – 12:00-1:00PM PACIFIC Microsoft Dynamics GP 10.0 and Office 2007 integration – The Right User Experience What if business management technology could free you and your employees to focus on what’s truly important for your business? Attend this webcast and discover how Microsoft Dynamics GP 10 collaborates with the Microsoft Office system technologies to provide...
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    Real World Extranet Application with MOSS 2007

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    The Microsoft Enterprise Content Management (ECM) Team Blog has a wealth of information regarding Microsoft Office SharePoint 2007. One interesting thread is a three part seriies on Building a Real World Extranet Application with MOSS 2007, of which the first two parts have been posted. It is written by real work SharePoint MPV Shane Perran and lead architect Jared Rypkema. Part 1 sets the stage in how to organize the site and defining the content types. The comments to the posting point to...
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    Open XML Resources

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    There has been an overwhelming response to our recent two-day course on utilizing Open XML (the course sold out in record time). Unfortunately, we cannot create more seats in this class; however, there are some great self study resources we can point you to. First, there is a great webcast on Open XML development delivered by Doug Mahugh. This is a great way to get started. Many other useful resources can be found at the OpenXMLDeveloper.org site. The whitepapers, case studies and examples there...
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    Virtual Training for Windows Server 2008

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    Exclusive to Ascend and Touchdown partners, Windows Server 2008 training is now available on-line in an interactive, guided virtual lab environment. You can choose from 9 sessions that meet your training needs; and you can participate right from the comfort of your own desk! There are more than 20 hours of in-depth training available to you and the best part is, virtual trainings don’t require any special installation! Agenda Session 1: Windows Communication Foundation Labcast Session...
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