June, 2007

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    Windows Server 2008 Showcase Roadshow: Developer Essentials

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    June 5 th -June 26 Attend this demo-driven one-day course and explore the techniques used to create next-generation applications on Microsoft Windows Server 2008. Topics covered include Windows Communication Foundation, Windows Workflow Foundation, Windows Eventing, Performance Counters, IIS7, Windows CardSpace, PowerShell, and Transactional File System. This fast-paced course targets experienced software developers and solution architects. At the conclusion of this course, attendees will have...
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    Now Available Through ISV Royalty Licensing Program: Office System Products

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    The Microsoft Office system evolved from a suite of personal productivity products into a comprehensive, multifaceted, and integrated system. Building on a solid foundation of familiar tools, the Microsoft Office system today includes applications, servers, services, and technologies designed to work together to provide a wide range of business solutions. Now is the time to leverage the 2007 Microsoft Office System market momentum. By building applications that showcase the platform’s many...
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    Search Me…

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    Ashish pointed you at the Windows Live Dev center, so I thought I would give you an idea how easy it is to use the web services in your own applications by showing you how to leverage Windows Live Search to provide search functionality on YOUR web site. You need to start the process by going to http://search.msn.com/developer and provisioning yourself an "Application ID" which is your unique key to call the web service. It is a very quick process that gives you a string of characters that you need...
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    MERGE madness

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    There are several features coming in SQL Server 2008 (and in the June CTP ) that are in high demand in the ISV community, and so I thought I would introduce a few of those features here. First I thought I would give a real basic intro to the new T-SQL MERGE command, which allows you to specify one T-SQL command that can either update a record in a target table if it already exists or insert one if it is missing. The command is actually very powerful allowing you to specify rich matching conditions...
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    Mark your calendar and save the date for MIX08

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    We are pleased to announce that MIX will be returning to the Venetian Resort Hotel Casino in Las Vegas on March 5-7, 2008. Stay tuned for announcements related to registration at MIX and don’t forget to register early and sign up for those poker lessons you’ve been meaning to take.
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    New Microsoft Dynamics Developer Center on MSDN

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    Check out the new MSDN – Microsoft Dynamics Developer Center. This will serve as a one-stop shop for developer content across all Microsoft Dynamics CRM, Microsoft Dynamics GP, Dynamics AX and NAV. Visit today, find great Dynamics content http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics/default.aspx
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    Windows Live Dev

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    Windows Live Dev is a portal focused on developers and enthusiasts who want to learn the Live development platform and create mash-ups and participate in the Microsoft’s next generation web initiative. - http://dev.live.com/ So what is Windows Live Platform Windows Live Platform enables developers and enthusiasts to easily take advantage of Microsoft web services and more quickly deliver rich, personalized web experiences across the web. The Windows Live Platform includes the following services...
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    Emerging technology release dates announced at Tech Ed 2007

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    The following dates were released at TechEd 2007 conference in Orlando this week. · Visual Studio 2008 ship at the end of 2007. · Visual Studio 2008 second beta later this summer. · SQL Server 2008 will ship mid 2008. · SQL Server 2008 preview is available now. SQL Server 2008 offers improvements for enterprise scalability and business intelligence, including reporting technology from Dundas Data Visualization. Microsoft announced its acquisition of Dundas products earlier this week...
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    Acropolis Blog explains how Acropolis merges with SCSF and CAB

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    Glenn Block's blog My Technobabble provides an overview of Acropolis , the future of Smart Clients . In Block's most recent post, Acropolis, the future of Smart Client , he ties together the role of Acropolis with the Patterns and Practice's team Composite UI Application Block (CAB) and the recent release of the Smart Client Software Factory (SCSF). Block explains that there will be a migration path from the recently updated SCSF to Acropolis. Block explains that Acropolis is the Windows...
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    Looking for Local Microsoft Events?

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    I frequently get asked by my ISVs "Is there a place I can go to see what's happening locally and not have to wait for the once a month communique you send me?" The answer to this is a resounding "Yes, there is!". So I thought I'd post the steps to finding your local events so that everyone can start attending all the great events going on in your local area that you are currently missing out on. Go to http://www.microsoft.com/events On the right side of the screen is a "Quick Find" box,...
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    patterns & practices Smart Client Software Factory May 2007 shipped!

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    With the Smart Client Software Factory – May 2007 release, architects and developers can quickly incorporate many of the proven practices and patterns found while building enterprise, custom developed line of business windows applications using the .NET Framework version 2.0. These applications have one or more of the following characteristics: · They have a rich user interface that takes advantage of the power of the Microsoft Windows desktop. · They connect to multiple back-end systems...
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    Evaluate Microsoft's tools and technologies

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    Using the power of virtualization, you can now quickly evaluate Microsoft and partner solutions through a series of pre-configured Virtual Hard Disks (VHDs). You can download the VHDs and evaluate them for free in your own environment without the need for dedicated servers or complex installations. Start now by clicking on the link below ... http://www.microsoft.com/technet/try/vhd/default.mspx
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    Windows Live Custom Domains SDK v2.0 Beta

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    Windows Live Custom Domains has released a v2.0 Beta SDK ( download here ). There are 24 methods, 12 of them new to this beta. The following features have been added for all domain owners: Create member now includes new properties: first name, last name, and market preference Rename member Admins can now use a certificate as well as Windows Live ID for authentication And we’ve added features for pre-approved customers to Create members with additional Window Live ID properties...
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    Designing Windows Experiences with Expression Blend training

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    There are still seats available in Los Angeles for the two-day instructor-led training course that provides attendees with a hands-on experience designing user experiences for Windows using Expression Blend a new tool for designers that enables them access to the power of the Windows Presentation Foundation. Register using the link below for the training. http://www.msreadiness.com/IL_abstract.asp?eid=5015813 -Suresh
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    Announcing SQL Server 2008

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    Microsoft today released additional details on the next version of SQL Server. Specifically, the next release of SQL Server, formerly code-named SQL Server "Katmai," will now be known as SQL Server 2008. Also, the availability of the first SQL Server 2008 Community Technology Preview (CTP) is now available for customer download. With the June CTP release of SQL Server 2008, customers can immediately utilize new capabilities that support mission-critical applications and enable pervasive insight...
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    Acropolis CTP1 Now Available

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    The first Community Technology Preview of Acropolis is now available. So what is Acropolis? It is a set of components for developers to build modular, loosely-coupled .NET client applications, similar to the web parts framework in ASP.NET 2.0. Acropolis builds on the strength of the Windows Presentation Foundation and CTP1 includes these features: Declarative Composition - allows you to declaratively program the structure of application components Navigation support - manages activation...
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    Visual Studio 2008 Shell

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    If you create software development tools, you’ll want to consider building on the Visual Studio 2008 Shell. A streamlined Visual Studio development environment, the Visual Studio Shell provides the core foundation so you can focus on building your application’s unique features. Flexible customization options help you deliver optimized experiences for specific markets. Key Benefits Faster Development. The Visual Studio Shell accelerates development by providing a base integrated development...
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    SOA Workshop series for Architects

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    SOA Overview Tuesday, June 12, 2007 8:00am (GMT-8) Pacific Time (US & Canada), Language: English-American Learn how the Microsoft Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) vision and technology can help you realize a more agile and connected enterprise by using an IT infrastructure that can help streamline business processes, increase customer responsiveness, and improve interactions with key partners. Presenters: Kris Horrocks and Yumay Chang, Microsoft Corporation To register...
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    MicrosoftSDK for Open XML Formats

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    Today at TechEd we announced the availability of the Microsoft SDK for Open XML Formats – June 2007 Technology Preview, which will be downloadable for free from the Open XML Developer Center as well as at this URL: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=AD0B72FB-4A1D-4C52-BDB5-7DD7E816D046&displaylang=en . The download package will go live later today. There will also be an MSDN forum for this SDK available at this URL: http://forums.microsoft.com/MSDN/ShowForum.aspx?ForumID...
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    Microsoft Dynamics CRM SaaS Initiative:

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    If you are attending WWPC 2007 and want to be considered for an invitation only session on Microsoft Dynamics CRM SaaS initiative please drop an email giving your brief company and solution profile. Some Key CRM SaaS Announcements from Microsoft: · Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer Demonstrates New Microsoft Dynamics Live CRM Service at Convergence 2007 Upcoming release of Microsoft Dynamics CRM will fuel new choices for customers and new opportunities for partners. · Thoughts about the “Microsoft...
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    Synchronize Microsoft CRM contacts in Outlook

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    With the addition of Sanjay Jain to our team, we've been talking to a lot of partners about Microsoft's Dynamics CRM product. Our team is not only evangelizing Microsoft CRM, we are users of the product. At Microsoft, this is sometimes referred to as " Dogfooding ". A common challenge and some initial resistance to adopting the CRM system on our team was the fear of maintaining multiple systems for our contacts. Individually, we had all been maintaining our ISV partner contacts in Microsoft Outlook...
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    Office Business Applications (OBA) connect front-end systems to back-end systems

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    OBA (Office Business Applications) are those applications that use Microsoft Office as the front end of various line of business applications. OBAs connect Line of Business (LOB) systems with the people that use them through the familiar user interface of Microsoft Office. OBAs enable businesses to extend the Microsoft Office clients and servers into business processes running in LOB applications such as Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Customer Relationship Management (CRM), and Supply Chain...
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