December, 2007

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    Office 2007 SP1 download available Dec 11

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    Microsoft Office 2007 SP1 will be available for download Dec 11. The improvements in 2007 Office System SP1 are in response to direct feedback from power users at large organizations or indirect feedback from home and Office users through the Dr. Watson bug-reporting system. It will eliminate many deployment barriers. it will provide support for Windows Server 2008, and will provide critical fixes. 2007 Office System SP1 will not be released to AU immediately. Instead, the Microsoft Office...
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    ASP.Net MVC, Unit Testing

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    Model-View-Controller (MVC) is a very popular pattern for separating view state, business logic and data access concerns in an application. MVC also helps with unit testing because the pattern cleanly separates business logic from UI code and allows more of the application to be tested without having to automate the user interface. It's always been possible to implement the MVC pattern in .Net, but there's never been guidance or tools available 'out of the box' to help with the process. The Smart...
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    Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Multi-Currency Screen-cast

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    With the introduction of Multi-Currency , Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 has addressed the need of global business transactions. In this screen-cast , I will walk you through this powerful enhancement covering Setup, Usage and Customization aspects. Sanjay Jain Microsoft Dynamics ISV Architect Evangelist
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    Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Multi-Language User Interface (MUI) Screen-cast

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    With the enhanced Multi-Language User Interface (MUI) feature, Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 addresses the needs of diverse work force. In this screen-cast I will walk you through this powerful global enhancement covering Deployment, Configuration and Localization aspects. Sanjay Jain Microsoft Dynamics ISV Architect Evangelist
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    Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Platform Adoption Stories: Higher Education ISV

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    In this Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Platform Adoption Stories series, I will share my conversation with my managed ISVs discussing their Platform Adoption experience, their Aha moments and advice to new ISVs. Enjoy the first one… What's New: CTO Campus Management Corp on Microsoft Dynamics CRM Build/Buy/Partner Audio | 08:49 | Posted by Cydni Tetro | December 14th, 2007 4:09 pm On a recent announcement of Microsoft Dynamics CRM Platform adoption for Higher Education solution, Microsoft US...
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    ASP.NET 3.5 Extensions CTP released

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    Earlier today we released the first CTP preview of an "ASP.NET 3.5 Extensions". This release brings additional runtime functionality to ASP.NET and .NET 3.5. You can download it here (if you are using the MVC features also click here to download the MVC Toolkit extras). This first ASP.NET 3.5 Extensions preview release includes: ASP.NET AJAX Improvements : New ASP.NET AJAX features in the ASP.NET 3.5 Extensions release include better browser history support (back/forward button integration...
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    SQL Server 2008 developer training available

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    Microsoft® SQL Server™ 2008 provides a comprehensive data platform that is more secure, reliable, manageable and scalable for your mission critical applications. Developers can create new applications that can store and consume any type of data on any device. Users can make informed decisions with relevant insights. To take advantage of the new features in your products, Microsoft is offering several training opportunities. A 10-part web seminar series covers topics ranging from high availability...
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    Windows XP Service Pack 3 release candidate available

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    The next update to Windows XP is now available for your testing. You can download Windows XP SP3 release candidate . The release candidate is not for mission critical systems, but rather for use in testing your software products. The service pack is to be available early in 2008. The release contains all of the updates since service pack 2, plus some other enhancements. For example, SP3 includes a feature called Network Access Protection (NAP) that's borrowed from the newer Windows Vista operating...
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    GIS & Spatial How-tos for SQL Server 2008

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    So how do you get started incorporating spatial data in SQL Server 2008? Here's some samples, tutorials, and how-tos for using GIS support. Official spatial data site Demos Introduction blog posting Forum for spatial data.
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    Microsoft BI

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    Microsoft has a full end to end BI software stack which offers complete, fully integrated set of BI technologies that can help make building, managing and using BI less complicated and more economical. Microsoft Business Intelligence offers a complete suite of products that supports all facets of decision making. Through tight integration with the powerful, proven, and scalable Microsoft SQL Server 2005 platform (new BI features, improvements coming with SQL 2008 ) , Microsoft Office SharePoint...
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    Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0: RTMed

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    Party began on Friday 12/14/07 when TITAN Team signed off the golden bits. Bits will be made available to download in few days/weeks. Sanjay Jain Microsoft Dynamics ISV Architect Evangelist
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    Hyper-V public beta ships early

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    The first public beta of Windows Server 2008 Hypervisor technology has shipped months before it was scheduled. The Hyper-V virtualization beta was originally scheduled to ship when Windows Server 2008 was completed. Hypervisor technology is a base technology layer that acts as the virtualization foundation for guest operating systems. You can get a copy of the Windows 2008 enterprise release candidate with the Hyper-V . Hyper-V still plans to ship within 180 days following completion of Windows...
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    SQL 2008 Migration and Certification Resources

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    We're quickly approaching the global launch of SQL Server 2008 and ISVs are asking for help with SQL migration and certification. Fortunately there are several resources available. If you're just getting started and need help moving between 2005 and 2008 (or even 2003 and 2008) you have several options. Many of our ISVs already have a relationship with the Microsoft Partner Advantage team and that team is very well equipped to assist in these types of migrations. If you're not familiar with MSPA...
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    Tafiti Search Visualization source code

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    Tafiti Search Visualization is a Website which brings a new user experience to researching (searching and storing results). It was originally created to demonstrate Silverlight and the Windows Live Search APIs. Yesterday we announced the release of the Tafiti Search Visualization source code to CodePlex which means developers can download, modify, and resell the code. Tafiti is included in version 5 of the Windows Live Quick Apps which now contains 6 segment-focused demos/starter-kits.
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    Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0: Wait is Over

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    The English language version downloads can be found at the following links: · Server generic page : All 3 editions (Workgroup, Professional, Enterprise) are available in both 32-bit and 64-bit platforms with 90-days trial license keys · Server TRIAL : All 3 editions (Workgroup, Professional, Enterprise) are available in both 32-bit and 64-bit platforms with 90-days trial license keys · Email router : Both on-premise and Hosted Editions in 32-bit and 64-bit platforms · Outlook client ...
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    In-depth high performance computing webcast

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    Windows HPC Server 2008 - New and Advanced Features provides an in-depth look at what high performance computing is on January 15th, 8:30 am PT and 5:00 pm PT. Live Webcast – through Live Meeting. Register for the 8:30 webcast or register for the 5:00 pm webcast .
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    Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0: 3-Days Workshop with Special Bonus for ISVs

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    Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Developer Workshop is a combination of instructor-led training with proctored, hands-on labs, designed to give you first-hand experience of developing on Dynamics CRM 4.0. The training will highlight the new features and review the application architecture. This is a fast-paced, 3 day course designed for experienced software developers and solution architects. Familiarity with the technical presentations and recordings available on www.discovermetro.net & MS Connect...
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    Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 US Launch Tour: Sponsorship Opportunities for ISVs

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    ISV Sponsor Package opportunities are available for the Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 US Launch Tour beginning March of 2008. We have both a National Sponsor package and a Premier Sponsor package (which in addition to extra benefits, also includes 8 Canadian launch events). Sponsorship is only available to ISV partners (no VARs or SIs will be accepted to preserve the VAR neutrality necessary to incent VARs to invite their prospects to the events). Action : ISVs who wish to apply please contact...
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    Try out Visual Studio 2008 on a Free VPC

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    That's right, we have just posted a VPC image complete with Windows Server 2003, and Visual Studio 2008. The image also contains the Visual Studio 2008 Rhythm Training Kit . The VPC will work until March 8th, so that should give you plenty of time to download the VPC and begin going through some of the training to see what's new and how it can help you develop great application on the .NET 3.5 Framework! Get started today by downloading the VPC from here .
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    Innovate On Windows Mobile

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    There are over 18,000 applications built for Windows Mobile by ISVs, and to accelerate that growth especially for ISVs that are providing Line of Business solutions on Windows Mobile, we have launched a self-service portal for ISVs called Innovate On Windows Mobile ( http://www.innovateonwindowsmobile.com ) Innovate On Windows Mobile provides targeted tools, support, and training to help ISVs develop and market their mobile applications more quickly and efficiently. By enrolling, ISVs gain...
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    Developing Microsoft Dynamics CRM Form logic using Silverlight 1.1 Managed Code

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    Arash Ghanaie-Sichanie has posted a great blog showing how you can use Silverlight technologies from Microsoft CRM to use managed code to create business logic in your CRM forms. http://blog.arash.cc/post/Adding-client-side-business-logic-to-CRM-forms-using-Silverlight-managed-code.aspx John O'Donnell Microsoft Dynamics ISV Architect Evangelist
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    Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Videos posted to Channel9.msdn.com

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    As we get closer to an RTM of Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 we have started to put together some screencasts talking about the technology. If there's something you would like to see discussed in a screencast let us know. http://channel9.msdn.com/Showpost.aspx?postid=361020 http://channel9.msdn.com/Showpost.aspx?postid=364853 John O'Donnell Microsoft Dynamics ISV Architect Evangelist
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    Service Packs for Office and Vista Available

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    Office Office 2007 SP1 is now available from Office Online . The update will be available as an automatic update in three to six months. It will also be available through Windows Server Update Services and Systems Management Server. Most changes are minor. Changes include some stability fixes, improved compatibility with Windows Server 2008, improved performance and better protection from security threat. Some security improvements are proactive and come from Microsoft Research. Vista ...
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    Sometimes walkie - talkies are more fun than a megaphone

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    We as a team greatly enjoy sharing thoughts and information with you via this blog, and judging by the number or readers we have, you folks seem to find it useful as well. One of the limitations of this medium is the fact that the conversation is largely one way. We have a 'cyber-megaphone' and we get to talk :). In addition to this blog, we wanted to help foster a 2 way (well actually many way) conversation. To this end we have established a group on FaceBook called "My Company Writes and...
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    ADO.NET Entity Framework Beta3 now available

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    Download the Entity Framework Beta 3 runtime and the Entity Framework Tools CTP 2 . This release works with the RTM releases of Visual Studio 2008 and the .NET Framework 3.5. There are tons of new features – get more information from http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2007/dec07/12-06EntityBeta3PR.mspx The ADO.NET Entity Framework is designed to enable developers to create data access applications by programming against a conceptual application model instead of programming directly against...
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