October, 2007

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    Oslo-SOA & BPM

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    On October 30 th at our 5 th annual SOA & Business Process Conference we will unveil the future direction of our SOA and business process platform with the public announcement of Oslo. Oslo is a set of technology investments across our Application Platform for building service oriented and model driven applications. We will begin talking about some of these broad investment themes and priorities of our strategic vision at the conference, which stretch well beyond 2009. Oslo is the first specific...
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    WPF and Digital Signage

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    One of the great things about working with ISVs is that we get to see Microsoft technology leveraged to do cool and innovative things. As you may have noticed, we recently started a webcast channel to highlight some of these examples and this week my ISV, Reflect Systems , got showcased. Reflect uses a mix of high definition video, WPF and WCF to deliver dynamic and rich content to retail chains over an extensive content network. They also leverage Integration and Reporting services to track, bill...
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    A New WPF Composite Client Announced; Acropolis Core Goes Into .NET

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    Windows Presentation Composite Client For those ISV's who have been looking forward to a way to combine WinForm controls within a Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) client, Glen Block has announced the Windows Presentation Composite Client in his blog, My Technobabble . The WPF Composite Client is a project of the patterns & practices team. While the project is similar to Composite Application Block (CAB), the WPF Composite Client is a new set of libraries and guidance. The team is incorporating...
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    PerformancePoint Planning & Architecture Guide

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    The PerformancePoint Planning & Architecture Guide is now complete and live! Updates have also been made to the Deployment Guide and are now reflected out on TechNet. The next refresh of the documentation will be in November. http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb794633.aspx On Office Online: Links to README and other useful information http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/performancepoint/FX102380591033.aspx On TechNet: For the IT pro - Deployment Guide , Operations Guide...
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    FILESTREAM in SQL Server 2008

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    How many times have you stored a file in your database? You may have stored it as a blob, which had performance problems. Or you may have had to figure out how to store a link to the file in the database, then figure out how to back up and restore that file. What you probably wanted is for SQL Server to help you store the file on the file system but provide for backup within SQL Server as part of your normal database backup. No more pointers to files to break. SQL Server 2008 can now store...
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    Migrating from SQL 2000 to SQL 2005

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    I know everyone is getting excited about SQL Server 2008 , and who shouldn't be :-)? However, I know that there are a few ISVs that are still interested in moving their database from SQL Server 2000 to SQL Server 2005, which will put them in an even better spot for migration to SQL 2008 in the near future. There are a couple resource that can help, check out the SQL Server 2005 Upgrade Technical Reference Guild and a Technet launch page that points to various white papers how you can
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    Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0: Virtual PC Image (CTP3 Beta Release) available on PartnerSource

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    Ben Riga highlighted on his blog that you can now download a VPC image of Dynamics CRM 4.0. This is only available if you have access to PartnerSource but it is exciting all the same as we are getting closer to an RTM release of Dynamics CRM 4.0 Bens article is here - http://blogs.msdn.com/benriga/archive/2007/10/08/titan-now-available-to-all-dynamics-partners.aspx If you are an ISV looking for access to Dynamics CRM 4.0 please contact us. John O'Donnell Microsoft Dynamics ISV Architect...
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    Web Analytics For Silverlight

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    I have been asked, "How can I really count who has watched my Silverlight video or application?" The answer comes from the field of web analytics. One of the challenges of Rich Interactive Applications (RIAs) today is figuring out how the traditional measure of web usage, the page view, equates to the way people interact with RIA applications. Silverlight provides some interesting ways to count the interactions using Javascript page tags. And with Silverlight, you can add those tags after the...
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    Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Resources for Microsoft Partners

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    I am getting asked by ISVs (not part of early adopter programs) on how to ramp up on upcoming CRM 4.0 Platform. Here are the resources to consider. Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Partner Readiness Tour Get ready to grow your business! The new version of Microsoft Dynamics CRM is coming soon! To help you prepare for this exciting advancement in the market, Microsoft is hosting full-day, partner events in many major US cities. Take this opportunity to learn about the enhanced functionality now and...
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    No Price Hike for SQL Server 2008

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    Many ISVs wondering about the pricing of SQL Server 2008 will be happy to know that there will be no pricing increase over the last released version, SQL Server 2005. The announcement, made in front of SQL Server enthusiasts at PASS , drew cheers and applause. Read more about the Announcement on NetworkWorld .
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    Save the Date: Microsoft SharePoint Conference 2008

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    We are pleased to announce that registration for the Microsoft SharePoint Conference 2008 is now open! The event will showcase Microsoft’s market-leading SharePoint Products and Technologies, solution expertise and customer successes and will be held from March 2-6, 2008 at the Washington State Convention & Trade Center in downtown Seattle. The fee to attend the Conference is $1100 USD, but if you are one of the first thousand to register, you qualify for the early bird discount rate of $800...
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    Reference Source Code Availability for the .NET

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    Source code to .NET will be available to ISV's when Visual Studio 2008 ships later this year. Scott Guthrie has posted an entry on his blog release of .NET Source code for ISV's who want to step into the code for debugging. His entry entitied, Releasing the Source Code for the .NET Framework Libraries includes screen shots of a Visual Studio 2008 debugging session. You can now obtain the source code for .NET Framework libraries under the Microsoft Reference License . The license allows viewing...
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    Save the Date: 2008 Office Developer Conference

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    We are pleased to announce the dates and location for the 2008 Office Developer Conference ! When: February 10-13, 2008 Where: San Jose Convention Center , San Jose, CA Who: 2000 developers and architects who build solutions on the Office platform (Office clients, servers, and services) ODC 2008 will bring together architects, developers, industry technical experts, Microsoft insiders and key partners in a public forum for the first time! Together, we will redefine what it means...
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    WPF and Silverlight for ISVs

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    Most ISVs have had a chance to dabble with WPF and Silverlight by now, but some are still wondering what the fuss is all about or why it's important to them. I was lucky enough to spend 20 minutes with Brad Abrams to talk specifically about these technologies and what they mean to ISVs. We even had a chance to talk a bit about where these platforms are headed and even about Surface computing. If you're interested, check out the following webcast: Brad Abrams Discusses Silverlight and WPF
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    Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 – Next Wave of Training Workshops

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    Today we have launched the next wave of Titan workshops world-wide for managed ISVs. We’ve revised the content to reflect CTP3 functionality and added several modules to bring this up to a 3-day deep dive instructor-led workshop-style training with 12 sessions and 12 corresponding hands-on-labs. The schedule for US based ILTs is as follows. 1. 11/28/2007 – 11/30/2007 Charlotte, NC 2. 12/05/2007 – 12/07/2007 Chicago, IL You can request your seats via Metro Portal and if you want to enroll...
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    Visual Studio Team System Code Name Rosario

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    The Visual Studio team is looking forward to the next version of Visual Studio 2008 later this year. Even with all of the excitement about Visual Studio 2008's upcoming release later this year, the team is looking to Roasrio as the next version. You can track the progress on the Visual Studio Team System Code Name Rosario page on MSDN. You'll find links to an overview whitepaper and a the Rosario VPC (Virtual PC) image of the lastest community technology preview (CTP). In other words, you can...
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    VHDs available to try out key Microsoft products

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    I have ISV's ask me from time to time how they might be able to try out the latest Microsoft products. Virtual hard disks (VHD) provide a great way to get started. VHD's are available for many products. You can find all of them at Run IT on a Virtual Hard Disk . Some of the links to product most interesting to ISV's include: BizTalk Server 2006 VHD Windows Server 2008 Beta 3 VHD Exchange Server 2007 SP1 Beta 2 VHD Windows Vista Enterprise VHD 30-Day Edition Visual Studio 2005 Team...
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    Microsoft CRM Titan Developer Training

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    Time is running out to sign up for these great events. Choose a location and sign up soon to avoid dissapointment! Microsoft Dynamics CRM “Titan” CTP3 Developer Training Microsoft Dynamics CRM “Titan” CTP3 Developer Training This is your opportunity to get hands-on experience with the next version of Microsoft Dynamics CRM, code named “Titan” with the latest CTP3 release. Sessions will be a combination of instructor-led training with proctored, hands-on labs, designed to give...
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    The New Live Search (No Really!)

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    I've found that living life as an evangelist for Microsoft is generally an easy thing to do. Sometimes the work life balance isn't exactly where I'd like it to be, but for the most part the products and technologies we evangelize are truly great and our excitement and passion about them is genuine. In the past year I've found almost no Microsoft product or service I couldn't stand behind 100%, save perhaps search. Not that our search was bad by any stretch of the imagination, I just felt that a certain...
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    In depth SQL 2008 Samples

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    Several folks on our team have done a great job in blogging about features in SQL Server 2008 "Katmai" betas as they explore this exciting new release, but sometimes you find a gem, a diamond in the rough. For me that diamond in the myriad of the internet "rough" is Ravi S.Maniam's Blog which provides some sample scripts with great depth in explaining many upcoming features of SQL Server 2008. You can download a copy of the SQL Server 2008 July CTP here to try out his samples.
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    Code Metrics for Visual Studio 2008

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    Visual Studio 2008 continues its thrust in helping you write secure and better code according to Somasegar's Weblog . The Visual Studio code analysis team is adding some new features, including Code Metrics to VS 2008. The tool allows you to get an overall view of your code's health, but dig deep into those unmaintainable and complex areas. Code Metrics will ship with five metrics: Cyclomatic Complexity Depth of Inheritance Class Coupling Lines of Code Maintainability Index ...
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    Microsoft lifts NDA restrictions on Dynamics Titan

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    If your an ISV thinking about building on top of Dynamics CRM please reach out and talk to us. As we get closer to an RTM release of Dynamics CRM Titan the excitement among the Dynamics CRM Partner community is quickly increasing. Now is the time to get your solutions working on Titan. Here is the release. Dear Dynamics CRM Partners, As we approach the upcoming delivery of the “Titan” release, scheduled for RTM at the end of 2007, it is time to lift some of the NDA restrictions that are...
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    Which Client Technology?

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    One of the most common questions we get from ISV's is about which client technology (WPF, WinForms, Silverlight, AJAX, etc.) from Microsoft is best for their scenario. David Chappell has written a great whitepaper posted at www.windowsclient.net that helps take you through the relative benefits of each of the options and how they all work together. Check it out!
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    MSDN Development Center for Windows Server 2008 Is Now Up

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    I wanted to let you know that the MSDN Developer Center for Windows Server 2008 is now live. You can find it here: http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/windowsserver/default.aspx . The site provides infromation about The latest beta of Windows Server 2008. A developer training kit How to use the features of Windows Server 2008 in your applications.
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    Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0: Latest from Convergence 2007 Copenhagen

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    Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Hosting Partners At the Convergence 2007 Copenhagen customer event, we announced some of the leading hosting firms from around the world committed to delivering on-demand customer relationship management (CRM) solutions based on Microsoft Dynamics™ CRM 4.0, formerly code-named “Titan,” due out later this year. Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Subscription Fees Lowered We also announced the plans to lower the subscription licensing fees paid by global hosting partners...
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