March, 2008

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    Silverlight Deep Zoom Goodies

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    My colleague and fellow WPF/Silverlight enthusaist Jack Nip ( http://jack888corner.spaces.live.com ) pointed out some great resources on Silverlight Deep Zoom that I think would be of interest to the broader community, so I've decided to share it here. For those of you unfamiliar with Deep Zoom, it's a technology that uses Silverlight's MultiScaleImage control to provide incredibly magnified detail of images without chewing up excessive storage, bandwidth, or CPU. If you have data that fits the...
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    WPF Bag of Tricks

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    Kevin Moore (formerly a PM on the WPF team) published a really great set of utilities and demos he called the "WPF Bag of Tricks". Despite my ongoing interest in WPF, I was unaware of where to find this up until recently, and in my own unscientific polling, many of the WPF enthusiasts amongst the ISVs I work with were unaware of it as well. I'd like to help remedy that. You can find the WPF Bag of Tricks up on http://j832.com/bagotricks . Therein, you'll find some nice general purpose and specialized...
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    Document Interoperability Initiative to test document interop

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    Labs around the world will be set up to test the interoperability of various document formats as part of the Document Interoperability Initiative. The program will include Open Office XML and the Open Document Format (ODF) originally developed by Sun Microsystems. The initative is part of the Interoperability Principles where we support open protocols and open application programmer interfaces (APIs) to developers working on Microsoft Exchange, Office SharePoint Server, .NET Framework, Windows...
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    Virtual Earth Development Just Got Easier

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    Some of the VE guys put together a CodePlex project to make VE development a lot easier. Marc Schweigert ( http://blogs.msdn.com/devkeydet ) got a group of 11 devs together and in just 4 days they created a Javascript library that generates Intellisense for the Microsoft Virtual Earth 6.0 AJAX control! Check out the library, and the complete sample project to host it so you can test it out. You can find the CodePlex project here .
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    Microsoft Research unveils operating system of the future, Singularity

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    Microsoft Research has released our "concept car" or prototype of the operating-system-of-the-future. It is called Singularity . The operating system is available for use by academics.You can find it on Singularity on Codeplex site. Singularity is designed to make it easier for researchers to test how operating systems and applications interact with each other. Singularity is a research project focused on the construction of dependable systems. Singularity uses type-safe languages and an abstract...
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    SQL Server Data Services brings data storage to the cloud

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    SQL Server Data Services (SSDS), previously codenamed “Sitka”, has been announced at MIX08 . SSDS is a web-facing, storage and data processing service exposed over HTTP (via REST or SOAP). Built on top of the SQL platform, SSDS is a highly scalable, pay-as-you-grow cloud-based data storage service. A public beta will begin soon. Those interested in participating can sign up on the Data Services site.
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    Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1 download and readiness kits now available

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    The first Internet Explorer 8 Beta has been released at MIX08.The version is primarily for use by web developers who want to test their web sites. A test version for consumers is slated for later this year. The release date has not been announced. A new feature, called WebSlices , lets users subscribe to specific content on the web page, such as updates about friends on a social networking site. It monitors changes in a pane that drops down from the browser's toolbar. Another feature, called Activities...
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    Unity CTP released

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    The first community technology preview (CTP) of the Unity Application Block (Unity) has been released. It is a lightweight extensible dependency injection container with support for constructor, property, and method call injection. Unity addresses issues faced by developers engaged in component-based software engineering. Modern business applications consist of custom business objects and components that perform specific or generic tasks within the application, in addition to components that individually...
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    Microsoft to expand Microsoft Online Services for businesses of all sizes

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    Bill Gates announced Microsoft Online Services will be delivered as a subscription service, hosted by Microsoft and sold with partners. Designed for customers with managed IT needs, the offering will include Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, Office Communications Online, Office Live Meeting and Exchange Hosted Services. The announcement is a key part of Microsoft's Software+Services (S+S) strategy. Businesses of all sizes can register for the beta today at www.mosbeta.com . However, it is only...
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    Silverlight Blueprint for SharePoint

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    Over the past year, I've gotten lots of questions from the ISVs I work with about how to integrate SharePoint with Silverlight. "I dunno - give it a try and let me know how it works out" quickly became a tiresome response, some I'm pleased to let you all know that we've recently announced the Silverlight Blueprint for SharePoint. http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/sharepoint/cc303301.aspx While this shouldn't be interpreted as a statement of official product direction for future releases, it...
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    Supporting a large number of users on Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0

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    The numbers are in... If you need to support a large number of Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 users then you might find inspiration in a new whitepaper. Yes its true we have tested Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 up to 24,000 users with sub second response times. Read all about it here- http://blogs.msdn.com/jodonnell/archive/2008/03/04/supporting-24-000-microsoft-dynamics-crm-4-0-users-with-sub-second-response-times.aspx
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    Web Service Software Factory: Modeling Edition ships

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    You can now visualize your web service as a model to quickly build your WCF or ASMX web services. The Web Service Software Factory: Modeling Edition (also known as the Service Factory) is an integrated collection of resources that helps you quickly and consistently build WCF and ASMX web services that adhere to well-known architecture and design patterns. These resources consist of models with code generation in the form of tools integrated with Visual Studio and patterns and architecture topics...
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    Web Client Software Factory 2.0 ships

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    The Web Client Software Factory (WCSF) provides a set of guidance for architects and developers building enterprise Web applications. The factory includes samples, reusable code and a guidance package which automates key development tasks from within Visual Studio. Using the Web Client Software Factory assets, developers can create Composite Web applications composed of independently developed and deployed modules. These modules are dynamically brought together at runtime into a common shell....
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    Expression Studio in MSDN

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    We mentioned last year that Expression Blend and Expression Web were being added to MSDN premium. While helping an ISV locate the download today I noticed that the full Expression Studio is available there as well. Studio includes Expression Web , Expression Design , Expression Blend and Expression Media . Good news indeed.   For more information on Expression Studio, visit the Expression Studio website . Then go grab your copy today!
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    Sneak peek at the virtual universe

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    Occasionally there's a piece of software that offers inspiration and a vision of what we can really do with software. The Microsoft Research project WorldWide Telescope offers such software and was officially unveiled for the first time at the TED Conference . You can build your own planetarium in WorldWide Telescope. According to the project's FAQ , WorldWide Telescope is based on Visual Experience Engine. As you zoom in, higher resolution images is sent over the Internet. To learn more, see...
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