February, 2008

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    Windows Live Messenger Library Beta Released

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    The Windows Live Messenger Library allows third parties to securely provide web based instant messaging to their users. The WLML is a JavaScript client library; thirdparty.com has full control over the user experience. The library exposes the core text-based messaging functionality, contact list and presence management. WLML works cross browser and cross platform on Windows and Macs. Key Takeaways · End Users can now interact and share experiences with their Messenger contacts in more places...
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    Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 VPC: Ready To Download

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    Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Virtual Machine Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Virtual Machine is a one computer setup with Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 and associated Microsoft Dynamics CRM clients for Microsoft Office Outlook and Microsoft Internet Explorer. Included is a Readme file with detail instructions. (Expires April 2009) Note: As a best practice, please copy the VHD file from the download, mark it as Read-only, and create a differentiation disk for your individual demonstrations. This partner...
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    Office Binary Format Specifications Posted

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    As promised, Brian Jones has announced the posting of the Microsoft Office Binary Format specs in this blog posting . Along with these formats we have also provided a few additional format specs: Windows Compound Binary File Format Specification PDF | XPS Windows Metafile Format (.wmf) Specification PDF | XPS Ink Serialized Format (ISF) Specification PDF | XPS So, if you are building applications on older versions of Office, or would like to manipulate those formats on a web server, you can read...
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    Silverlight 2 beta coming soon, tutorials available

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    Silverlight 2 will be a major update that focuses on Rich Internet Application (RIA) development where developers can write in any .NET language. Scott Guthrie announced the First Look at Silverlight 2 on his blog. The upcoming Beta 1 release will include WPF UI Framework, rich controls, rich networking support, and rich base class library. In addition, there are links to eight tutorials that drill into and explain the different programming concepts, including the new controls, layout management...
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    PowerShell helps provide customizable batch processing

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    My ISVs have been talking about how to expose methods in their application to sorta process data similar to batch processing. PowerShell can be used to help batch process your applications through scripting. This has a couple steps. First is seeing how PowerShell uses cmdlets to pipe data in the same way as cmd.exe, or KSH or BASH. The big difference is that PowerShell allows you to access .NET inside cmdlets. And you can also access data in your own app. For an introduction to PowerShell,...
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    SharePoint Capacity Planning Tool 1.0 Released

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    The Solution Accelerator Communications and Collaborations group is pleased to announce the availability of the SharePoint Capacity Planning Tool for download on TechNet. Are you planning a SharePoint installation for a customer? Chances are, you have a lot of questions. What is the necessary hardware investment? What kind of topology is needed to meet organizational requirements for availability and performance? How will additional users from a recent merger affect deployment?...
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    Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 ISV: Mobile@Connector from Logotec

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    One of my managed ISVs, Logotec Engineering , recently announced their mobile solution for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0. Some of the key points are: · Access your CRM data from any Windows Mobile Device (Pocket PC or Windows Mobile Smartphones) · Supports all three deployment models (On-Premise, Partner Hosted, CRM Live) · Synchronize on the fly, at your convenience, either wirelessly, WLAN (device dependant), or with any cable, docking station or mobile connection. · Supports on-line...
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    Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Launch Tour: Look for a City Near You

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    We are very excited to host several of Launch Tour events (22 Microsoft Hosted + 44 Partner Hosted) throughout the US starting this week. Please see the details and register here . I will be presenting at the following four events and look forward to meet you. If you are interested in 1:1 conversation discussing our managed Early Adopter program for our managed ISVs, please send me an email detailing your company and solution profile with date/city. Date City Registration...
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    Microsoft Dynamics Discovery Days

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    Microsoft Dynamics™ is a great and largely untapped opportunity for the Independent Software Vendor (ISV) community. This half day will provide an overview of the Microsoft Dynamics™ Products and Platform and will provide a clear view of how your ISV business can profit from either building on or connecting to Microsoft Dynamics™ Products. This event is structured to deliver optimal value to business and technology leaders. In addition to the agenda items noted below we have structured in networking...
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    Updates coming to .NET 3.5 client

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    Scott Guthrie has updated our developer road map. In his blog entry, .NET 3.5 Client Roadmap , Scott describes the future of the .NET Framework for later this summer. A new setup framework for .NET that will make it easier to build optimized setup packages for client applications. A servicing update to the common language runtime (CLR) will make significant internal optimizations cut cut down disk IO on cold start scenarios and will improve memory layout when loading and running applications...
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    Free Software, Students and Technology

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    How would you like a free copy of Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 ? How about the entire Microsoft Expression Studio ? Not enough...... how about Microsoft Windows Server 2003 and more? Today, Microsoft announced an unprecedented software program that we believe will help change the lives of millions of students around the world. The program, Microsoft DreamSpark, is focused on providing millions of college and high school students with no-cost access to the latest Microsoft developer (i.e., versions...
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    Hello from TechReady6 or "Where's my ISV AE?"

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    So, this past week I'm sure many of you have been wondering where your ISV AE has been. Perhaps you called and got a voicemail message telling you they were out, or you've emailed and gotten back a nice OOF message. Well, we've all been holed up in Seattle since Saturday morning for our annual (it's actually semi-annual but we each only attend once a year) internal training/readiness event called TechReady. TechReady is a Microsoft event that brings about 6000 of Microsoft's field people together...
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    Collected video podcast links (and a new category to keep them fresh...)

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    We've been video podcasting for a few months now, but since we have various hosters and outlets for this content, it's been a challenge to keep these links findable to readers of this blog. I had tried doing this via a custom page, but the list quickly got out of date and I quickly got too busy to keep up with it. Then (as they say in New England), dawn broke over marblehead... It's a whole lot easier to simply tag postings with video podcast content as "video podcasts", and then use the tag cloud...
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    Gudiance Automation Extensions and Guidance Automation Toolkit - February 2008 final release

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    The Guidance Automation Extensions (GAX) expands the capabilities of Visual Studio by allowing architects and developers to run guidance packages, such as those included in Software Factories, which automate key development tasks from within the Visual Studio environment. The Guidance Automation Toolkit (GAT) is a guidance package which allows architects to author rich, integrated user experiences for reusable assets including Software Factories, frameworks, and patterns. The resulting Guidance...
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    Sapphire and WebAqua Previews

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    A while back I did a series of postings on the Silverlight developer experience (back when it was still Silverlight 1.1.) While I was able to get some basic features of a mapping app I wrote for WPF ported, I quickly ran into the limitations of the small control set of the early preview builds. Since then, I've been keeping an eye out for controls as public previews have been posted. In the run-up to the MIX08 conference, these topics are going to be getting a lot of coverage, but in the meantime...
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    OBA comes to financial services

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    For ISVs who support financial services, a new Office Business Application (OBA) reference architecture has been released. The Financial Services OBA Component Library is a comprehensive set of 90+ OBA components that span across key areas in the banking, insurance and capital markets industries. This large set of OBA components aim to solve industry concerns in financial services. All OBA components are based on both common financial schemas and standard web service protocols. You can use these...
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    Windows Vista SP1 relased to manufacturing

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    Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1) has been released to manufacturing. Although the primary purpose of SP1 is to provide improvements to Vista there are some new features including: Bitlocker can now encrypt all local hard disks on a PC (instead of just the one containing the Windows partition). Support for new security standards. A new FIPS (Federal Information Processing Standard) Compliant mode in the Wireless Client. New Smart Card framework enables compliance with EU digital signature...
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    Windows Vista SP1 available to MSDN Subscribers

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    For those ISVs who have been wanting to get a hold of Windows Vista SP1 for testing, you can find on MSDN later this month. There will be two versions, an update and a full install. The announcement will be made on the Windows Vista Blog in the next week or so. The full public release is set for mid-March.
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    SQL Server 2008 February CTP Now Available

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    The last CTP of SQL Server 2008 is now available. This CTP is feature complete with all the new and updated features from SQL Server 2005. Using this interactive feature matrix, you will find 17 new improvements in this CTP. Also new in this release is the SQL Server 2008 feature pack, available here . This feature pack includes: Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Native Client - a single dynamic-link library (DLL) containing both the SQL OLE DB provider and SQL ODBC driver. It contains run-time...
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    Microsoft Convergence 2008

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    Convergence is the premier Microsoft Dynamics event, bringing customers, partners, team members and industry experts together in an environment created for you to discuss solutions, address business needs and establish a true community that can be leveraged throughout the year. The Convergence 2008 Orlando Partner Briefing is Monday March 10, followed by Convergence 2008 Orlando on March 11 – 14. Click here to learn more. I am planning to meet several of my managed ISVs and would be available...
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    Windows Server 2008 released to manufacturing

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    Windows Server 2008 has been released to manufacturing along with tools and training resources for developers and ISVs. Windows Server 2008 is part of worldwide launch events that highlights the wave of new products that also include SQL Server 2008 and Visual Studio 2008 . Two million copies of beta and evaluation version of Windows Server 2008 have been downloaded. Windows Server 2008 was developed in tandem with the Windows Vista code base and has most of that operating system’s advanced...
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    S+S architecture site now up on MSDN

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    There's a new site for Software + Services (S+S) architects . The site will be valuable whether for those of you who have a software product, a services product (SaaS), or both. The site is part of MSDN's Architecture Center . The site covers several topics of interest to ISVs: How to build S+S How to run S+S How to consume S+S How to monitize S+S To start with, there's a webcast that describes S+S from an architectural perspective. And an article, The Architecture Journal: Software...
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    weekly security strip - 6

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    (click on the strip to open in another window) Find more info, facts and guidance @ www.hellosecureworld.com
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    2007 Office System grows as development platform

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    Several developer technologies have been announced this week at the Office Developer Conference that ISVs can use to extend the familiar 2007 Office System user interface. Office Live Small Business Winter ’08 edition. New Office Business Application (OBA) sample application kits for SAP and Peoplesoft. Version 1.1 of Visual Studio Extensions for Windows SharePoint Services. The release to manufacturing (RTM) of the BizTalk adapter pack . A new OBA component library for financial...
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    weekly security strip - 4

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    (click on the strip to open in another window) Find more info, facts and guidance @ www.hellosecureworld.com
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