January, 2008

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    Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 is Now Available

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    Microsoft is proud to announce the availability of Visual Studio 2008 in volume licensing, retail, and MSDN download. This exciting new version was released to manufacturing (RTM) on November 19, 2007 and at that time active MSDN subscribers were able to download it right away. With its inclusion on the January 2008 volume licensing price list, the product is now available to sell and ship to your customers via Open, Select, Enterprise Agreement (EA), and Full Packaged Product (FPP). The Features...
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    Visual Studio 2008 Comparisions Available

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    It's been a popular request to find how to compare the various versions of Visual Studio 2008. Here are some links to compare features: Visual Studio Team Edition comparison matrix Professional verses Standard comparison matrix
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    Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Sample Data available

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    A few weeks back I posted a new screencast about the Data Migration Manager in Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 here: Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 : Data Migration Manager with John O'Donnell The product team have now posted sample data for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 which uses the Data Migration Manager, here are the links: Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Sample Data (On-Premise Edition) Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Sample Database Readme (On-Premise Edition) John O'Donnell Microsoft Dynamics...
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    Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Office Communication Server 2007 Screencast

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    By utilizing integration with Office Communication Server 2007, Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 empowers live communication and collaboration among CRM Users irrespective of their physical location. In this screen-cast , I will walk you through this powerful enhancement highlighting key integration points. Sanjay Jain Microsoft Dynamics ISV Architect Evangelist Blogs : Team’s Blog + Sanjay’s Blog
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    Free "Introduction to LINQ " eBook Available

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    That's right, LINQ is hot and now you can learn all about it for FREE! Microsoft is giving away a free eBook from MS Press and all you need to do is register an email address to get it. Here's the link: Microsoft site You can also get 2 chapters from a book on ASP.NET AJAX and from a book on Silverlight 1.0 as well....happy coding!
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    SQL Server 2008 Release Moves to Third Quarter

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    The release date of SQL Server 2008 has been moved until the third calendar quarter, according to an article in The Data Platform Insider posted by Francois Ajenstat, director of marketing for SQL Server. In Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Roadmap Clarification he explains that a feature complete community technology preview (CTP) will ship during the Heroes Happen Here launch wave during the first quarter calendar year 2008, a release candidate (RC) in the second quarter, with final Release to manufacturing...
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    Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0: S+S WebCast

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    Are you looking to build solutions for Microsoft Dynamics CRM Live or planning to host your solutions on the cloud? Microsoft Dynamics CRM comes in three flavors including “On-Premise”, “Partner Hosted” and Microsoft Hosted “CRM Live”. Whether you already have a S+S business model or are looking to extend your applications to the cloud, participating in the exclusive CRM S+S program in Metro (including CRM “Partner Hosted” & CRM Live environments) will help you take your solutions there . ...
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    Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0: Star-Casts (*Casts)

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    Enjoy the latest collection of various Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 casts produced by me and my colleagues at Microsoft. We would welcome your feedback and suggestions for future ones. Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0: Star-Casts (*Casts) Sanjay Jain Microsoft Dynamics ISV Architect Evangelist Blogs : Team’s Blog + Sanjay’s Blog
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    May the Source Be With You :)

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    In case you missed it, a couple of months back we announced that we'd be making the source for .NET (among other things) available to you for debugging purposes. Well, the day has come...Scott Guthrie announced the availability on his blog, check it out . You can find a blog by Shawn Burke detailing the steps to set things up here . Happy debugging!
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    Windows Server 2008 now on MSDN

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    The Windows Server 2008 MSDN Development Center has launched. This site is actively being updated to reflect the latest developer news on Windows Server 2008 as well to include links to all the greatest resources you can find out there. So if you haven’t already, make sure to stop by and see what is going on. The site includes links to the application compatibility cookbook, access to the latest release candidate, product overviews, a developer training kit, and Jason Olson's Windows Server feature...
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    Visual Studio 2008 labs, demos, training, VPC

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    Jeff Beehler has blogged about 20 Visual Studio labs and demos and Visual Studio Team Foundation Server virtual PCs images that are available now for download. Some of them include Visual Studio Team Systems. Specifically, here’s the content included: Presentations: Introducing Application Lifecycle Management Value-up software development The Business Analyst Perspective The Project Managers Perspective The Architect Perspective The Developers Perspective The Testers Perspective...
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    Attend a Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Launch Event

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    The Dynamics CRM 4.0 launch event has gone live at http://www.dynamicscrmlaunch.com . Check out the site and get registered for a launch event near you! John O'Donnell Microsoft Dynamics ISV Architect Evangelist
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    Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0: SDK Released

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    Thanks to Menno from California for pointing the download announcement. The Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Software Development Kit (SDK) is for developers, system customizers, and report writers. It contains all new information about creating plug-ins, working with custom workflow activities, using the new Web services, using new data management features, and much more. This SDK contains information for developers writing server side code, custom business logic, integration modules, workflow assemblies...
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    Change Data Capture SQL Server 2008 on Channel9

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    CDC or Change data capture is a new feature in SQL Server 2008, which is an ability to record changes to table data into another table without writing triggers or some other mechanism, Change data capture records the changes like insert, update, and delete to a table in SQL server thus making the details of the changes available in relational format. Watch at Channel9 - http://channel9.msdn.com/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=368260 Find more information on the Topic http://www.microsoft.com/sql/2008/prodinfo...
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    Windows Live ID on Channel9

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    The Windows Live ID service (formerly known as the Passport Network) is an identity and authentication system that you can use with your own Web site or client application. In this screen-cast I will show the various ways you can integrate LiveID in your applications. Check it out on Channel9 To view it from Silverlight Streaming just click click here
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    Hello Secure World

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    Today, web application development is more complex than the traditional stand-alone or client/server approach to writing software. Web developers have to be familiar with the complicated ways that web servers and browsers interact, the fundamentals of internet communications, and most importantly, the whole host of attacks web applications undergo on the internet. Welcome to the new world of security-aware web applications. Welcome to HELLOSECUREWORLD.COM What is HELLOSECUREWORLD.COM ? It...
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    Drive your Web success with PhizzPop

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    You’re a step ahead of the pack, when you’re at PhizzPop . Phizzpop is a place to drive success of your Web business through networking , idea exchange, events , jobs , and more. The site describes techniques for how to go about building the next Web application, galleries where you can show your latest offerings. You can learn and show off your latest ideas. There are also several parts to PhizzPop for both designers and developers. · Design . Get inspired by fellow designers. Explore the...
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    Pledge support for Windows Server 2008 to gain major app testing discounts

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    Pledge support for Windows Server 2008 and receive major discounts on compatibility testing and certification. Join now before Launch on February 27th. Secure your place as one of the leading innovators on Windows Server 2008. To do so, you can take advantage of the offerings at INNOVATE ON Windows Server . It takes just moments to enroll and pledge support for Windows Server 2008, and yet it can potentially have a huge impact on the success and profitability of your solutions. A growing collection...
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    Professional Developers Conference (PDC) dates announced.

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    The date and location of the next Microsoft Professional Developers Conference (PDC) has been announced: October 27–30, 2008 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. PDC is the definitive Microsoft event for software developers and architects focused on the future of the Microsoft platform. More information will become available the Professional Developers Conference web site. You can subscribe to an RSS feed at the site.
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    IIS Web Deployment Tool CTP Released

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    IIS is thrilled to announce the Technical Preview 1 release of the Microsoft Web Deployment Tool! The tool provides deployment and migration support for IIS 6.0 and 7.0. It incorporates many features that enable web server administrators to deploy, sync and migrate sites, including configuration, content, SSL certificates and other types of content associated with a Web server. This tool can be used on Windows Server 2008 and IIS 7.0 as well as Windows Server 2003 and IIS 6.0. Please note that this...
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    Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0: Hits GA

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    Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 has reached General Availability (GA) and is now available on the January price lists. Customers and partners can now begin deploying a whole new level of value and innovation, enabling productivity gains and cost savings across their sales, service, marketing and operations teams with the result of increased revenues and more loyal customers. Sanjay Jain Microsoft Dynamics ISV Architect Evangelist
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    SmartClient deployment technology explored with S+S vendor, Vertafore

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    Chris Kinsman, VP Development and software architect at Vertafore , explained to me why he chose to use SmartClient for the AMS360 application. Vertafore serves independent insurance agents in a Software + Services (S+S) delivery model, offering the software on the agency's premises and through a hosted environment. He shows how AMS360 provides a way to fill in all the information needed for business insurance policies. Chris, who is a Microsoft Regional Director , explains how he'll be using Windows...
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    Windows Live Tools December 2007 CTP

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    December 2007 CTP for Windows Live Tools is released. This release is compatible with Visual Studio 2008 and ASP.NET 3.5 Extensions Preview. Please find more information on Windows Live Dev Connect . For Visual Studio 2008 RTM Release and ASP.NET 3.5 Extensions Preview, you can use the December 2007 CTP for Windows Live Tools. For details, click here
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    Roll your own Surface? Well, not exactly...

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    While we all eagerly await the general availability of the Surface computer, it's good to know there are options available for the enthusiasts among us. If you just can't wait for that Surface experience, check out the great work by Johnny Chung Lee at http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~johnny/projects/wii/ . Johnny makes innovative use of the Wiimote to connect managed code to the infrared sensor technologies provided by the device. There's some manual work to be done, but it could make for hours of entertainment...
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    Windows Live Messenger IM Control + Presence API Screencast on Channel9

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    In this screen cast I will talk about Windows Live Messenger control , and show you how to host it on your web site, I will also demonstrate the usage of the new presence API . To find more information • http://dev.live.com • http://www.dotnettikihut.com/ • http://blogs.msdn.com/angus_logan/ • http://blogs.msdn.com/usisvde Watch at Channel9 - http://channel9.msdn.com/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=368699#368699 To view this screencast from Silverlight Streaming click here
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