June, 2007

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    Stand-Alone WM6.0 Emulator

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    Stand-Alone Windows Mobile 6 Emulators Available in 24 Languages Download localized Windows Mobile 6 emulators today so that developers can test their applications across a wide variety of form factors and against different languages. These emulator packs can be installed without having Visual Studio 2005 or the Windows Mobile 6 SDK, making them perfect for testers and IT professionals who want to test applications and solutions on the latest Windows Mobile software. -Suresh
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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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    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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    IIS7 @ Microsoft.com

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    Microsoft recently converted all its web servers for microsoft.com to IIS7 except one. You can read about it here and confirm it via Netcraft . Given the enormity in terms of requests handled and unique visitors to the site, it is a great testimony of the stability of IIS7. Tried it out by downloading Windows Server 2008 Beta 3 Standard Edition or Enterprise Edition .
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    “All together now…”

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    One of the features I have missed most in SQL Server is the ability to pass multiple "rows" of data to a stored procedure. This is especially useful in the canonical Order/Order Line Items scenario where you want to insert a header row and multiple child rows into their respective tables in 1 transaction. It applies, however, anytime you want to pass lots of rows/sets/arrays of data to the database at once. You can of course support this scenario today using transactions from the client with multiple...
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    “Don’t Go Changin’…”

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    Another of the new features that shipped with SQL Server 2008 in the June CTP is called "Change Data Capture". This feature is designed to be used in data warehousing / ETL scenarios where a read-only snapshot of data is maintained. The feature enables users to refresh these data warehouses by applying only the incremental changes from a previous refresh, removing the need to replace the entire snapshot of data. It is one of a broader set of change tracking features that are coming in SQL Server...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    CTP3 of Microsoft Office PerformancePoint Server 2007 is now available!

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    We are proud to announce the ENU (English) release of Microsoft Office PerformancePoint Server 2007 CTP3 software! This release contains new, updated Monitoring and Analytics functionality. See the “ What’s new from PerformancePoint Server CTP3” document from the following Connect site for the details. Note that we will be introducing a new Monitoring SDK next week to the site (under documentation Zip File). The Planning bits however will remain at CTP2 level of functionality (until the full-update...
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    Microsoft Dynamics CRM: How to improve GTM further in time and cost?

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    One of the common questions I am getting from many of our ISVs, who are adopting Microsoft Dynamics CRM “Titan” as their choice of development platform , is how to improve Go-To-Market (GTM) further in time and cost. I am working with several SI Partners (System Integrators) who have invested in a rich pool of trained and certified resources, available to help ISVs in their goals. If you are a Microsoft Dynamics ISV and need any referral please drop me an email giving brief profile and needs....
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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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    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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    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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    Watch Ted Kummert, Corp. VP explain SQL Server 2008

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    Watch Ted Kummert, Corp. VP explain SQL Server 2008. http://www.microsoft.com/sql/2008/all_up/msh.htm -Suresh
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    Microsoft across America

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    Microsoft across America is an engine, web portal for all businesses, IT pros and developers to empower them with the interactive education needed to make the right technology decisions. Through a broad range of offerings including live events, webcast and host of online activities it enables partners to streamline their process. Go to http://www.microsoft.com/mscorp/acrossamerica/ today, search events, participate, learn and grow your business.
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    Windows Server 2008 Certification Program in Full Swing

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    That's right, if you are building an application that will run on Windows Server 2008 you should begin looking at certification now! There is a ton of information on www.invoateonwindowsserver.com , so much so that we've turned the certification test into an "open book" exam. Microsoft developed the Certified for Windows Server program to help you build greater quality into your applications and to distinguish them in the marketplace. The most visible benefit of the program is the "Certified...
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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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    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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    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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    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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