May, 2008

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    Developer, Technology Center Improves Community Participation in MSDN, TechNet

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    Microsoft Developer Network ( MSDN ) and Technet have been redesigned to make it easier to discover and participate in online communities and showcase community experts. The initial redesign covered 18 technical and developer resources in seven languages. The updates to the sites will continue through the next year. The team is in the middle of redeveloping the sites. New forums are now live.You’ll notice we’ve added a few improvements you’ve asked for, like search within a forum, sign-in prompt...
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    IT Pro Resources for Windows Server 2008

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    We’re often asked for resources that can help training both your IT Pros and developers in Windows Server 2008. There are a series of events that have been put together through MS Readiness that are available here . There are events listed in the Windows Server 2008 track on Metro site too. And there’s more information about a great Windows Server 2008 training kit here . You can also check out Scott Guthries’s blog . He updates a set of links each month to provide more information about ASP.NET...
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    Preliminary PDC Session List

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    The PDC website has a preliminary listing of sessions that will be offered at this years event. Among them are a number of sessions on Microsoft's cloud-based services, and a few on Windows 7. Among the Windows 7 sessions will be one on the multi-touch APIs. Multi-touch was demonstrated earlier this week at the All Things Digital conference as a "snippet" of the features coming in Windows 7. Head over here to see this list of preliminary session topics.
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    New System Turns Any Surface into a Low-Cost Multitouch Screen

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    Microsoft's LaserTouch prototype can inexpensively retrofit any display into a touch screen, giving researchers a platform to experiment with different form factors and develop interesting software. The system has been shown at recent conferences. LaserTouch is a system built from inexpensive hardware. Hardware costs a couple hundred dollars, excluding the display--which can be a plasma television or overhead projector. The system is similar to Microsoft's Surface, but instead of the camera...
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    Big Picture for .NET Framework 3.5 SP1

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    Your company may be in the same state as many of my ISVs. Getting ready to launch a new product before summer. And while you are heads down doing testing, bug fixes, many are thinking about their next generation products to ship next winter and spring. And high on their list to consider, figure out, and to incorporate into their architectures are the features of .NET Framework 3.5 SP1, aka Extensions. This release ties together the the display of the data in ASP.NET controls, with your Web...
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    Big Picture of .NET Framework 3.5

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    Each release of .NET Framework adds to previous releases of .NET. And as features come out, they are slowly evolving the architecture for new applications and for updating applications in production. It's no longer about stitching together a set of libraries together to build an application. It's about choosing what features to incorporate in order to declare the intent of your application in a way that is quicker to build and provides more flexibility. This means providing your applications with...
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    Security Workshop Presentations

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    THANKS to all who attended and supported the Security Workshop in Redmond on May 6 th and 7 th . The workshop was focused on ISVs, the objective was to get the ISVs in a room to talk about what Microsoft has done and is doing to make the platform more secure, how we have implement SDL IT and share the best practices, learning’s from our experiences as takeaways for ISVs to go and implement those practices in their development environment. We also talked about some tooling and guidance that...
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    SQL Server 2008 Jumpstart Training Materials Available

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    You can learn the with content from the new SQL Server 2008 Jumpstart event. The site contains presentations, recordings, hands-on labs and demonstrations for the SQL Server 2008 JumpStart technical training event. There are five tracks: Overview Sessions , Database Infrastructure and Scalability , Business Intelligence Part I & II , Developer & Software + Services , and Application Compatibility & Upgrade . --> Overview Sessions Database Infrastructure and Scalability...
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    Site Launches for Startups and Investors, Startup Superstars

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    The guide to working with Microsoft for startups and their investors has launched as http://www.MicrosoftStartupZone.com/ . The core of the site is a set of blogs about industry trends, innovate startups, and how to work with Microsoft. You'll find discounted developers tools in the Empower program and how you can become a Certified or Gold Partner for more benefits. You'll find a list of free Microsoft software too. The Microsoft Startup Accelerator Program that highlights selected ISVs with...
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    Full screen Silverlight apps

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    At the end of last week, a question came up about whether Silverlight was capable of delivering apps that go beyond the browser frame. I thought I had recalled a sample that did this up on the Silverlight gallery but couldn't locate it, so I did a little more digging. I'm pleased to inform you that if you have a requirement for this, it's pretty simple and easy to do. The trick lies in setting the Application.Current.Host.Content object's IsFullScreen property to true - the only thing you'll need...
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    Windows Server 2008 as a development workstation

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    When I'm not messing with WPF and SL, I write software that needs to run on servers (behing WCF endpoints, usually.) I started experimenting with using Windows Server 2008 directly for this purpose, and I'm pleased to report that this experiment was quite succesful. What many folks don't know is that you can get the full desktop UI experience working on Windows Server 2008 (complete with Aero Glass if you like.) There are detailed postings out there that tell you everything you'll need to do for...
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    Mythbuster -- Software Factories for ISVs

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    In this post I address, and clarify, the top 5 myths that I often hear about Software Factories, especially in regards to small software development projects and organizations! When talking to friends, colleagues, and customers about Software Factories within smaller companies, I often hear very similar objections why Software Factories seem not relevant to them. In reality however, many of those reasons are actual myths and in this post I will bust the myths that I hear most commonly. · Myth...
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    Meta-tag on Your Site Provides Internet Explorer Backwards Compatibility

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    Web standards interoperability in Internet Explorer 8 helps web developers and designers drive toward write once, run anywhere . The commitment in IE8 also addresses several development and design pain points from previous Internet Explorer releases. And there's some cool new features that ISVs are talking about. However, browsing with this default setting may cause content written for previous versions of Internet Explorer to display differently than intended. This creates a call to action for...
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    Licensing Site Provides Resources for ISVs

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    One of the big business issues in adopting Microsoft products is licensing. A new Licensing Web site for ISVs is a first step towards simplifying the Microsoft Licensing landscape. It was developed to address feedback we’ve received from our ISV partners who want to learn more about the benefits of Microsoft Licensing, who need clearer information on what program will best suit their business model, and want to learn how to explain the different licensing options to their customers. We’ve also...
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    Learn More about Virtualization

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    Check out the Microsoft Virtualization site for resources on our virtualization offerings. You will find white papers, demos, webcasts, downloads, and a truckload of other information. You can download Windows Server 2008 Evaluation and Hyper-V RC1 . The Release Candidate 1 (RC1) update to the Hyper-V role provides improvements to security, stability, performance, user experience, forward compatibility of configurations, and the programming model. The idea that you can make pools of dynamic...
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    2007 Microsoft Office System to Support XPS, PDF, ODF

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    Greater choice and more flexibility among document formats is being offered in the next service pack of Microsoft Office System. The additional formats create additional opportunities for developer and competitors and expand the range of document formats supported in the Office productivity suite. The 2007 Microsoft Office system already provides support for 20 different document formats within Microsoft Office Word, Office Excel and Office PowerPoint. With the release of Microsoft Office 2007...
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    Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 has been RTM'd and released on Partnersource

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    I am very pleased to announce that Dynamics AX 2009 has been RTM'd L ive on Partner Source Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009!!!! Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 is AVAILABLE NOW for download from Partner Source https://mbs.microsoft.com/partnersource/support/selfsupport/productreleases/DynamicsAX2009release.htm
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    SharePoint Fire Starter Event Comes to Redmond

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    Join the product team and experts for an all-day SharePoint Server Fire Starter Event in Redmond, WA June 11. The event includes an introduction to SharePoint, a whirlwind on how SharePoint works with Visual Studio, Silverlight and SharePoint together, Web Parts, Web Services, Workflow, Event Handlers, and Page Branding. For more details, see SharePoint Web 2.0 Fire Starter Event . To register, click here .
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    Windows HPC 2008 Training Available During June

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    Microsoft invites you to participate in our HPCPAL Jumpstart technical training series for IT Pro's and Developers. This one day immersion style event will help you get the technical information you require to start deploying and developing HPC solutions leveraging Windows HPC Server 2008. You'll discuss clustered computing solution scenarios with Microsoft HPC technology specialists, review HPC platform technology roadmap, experience the advancements coming in the area of cluster management,...
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    Second Beta for Windows HPC 2008 Ships

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    The second version beta of the high performance computing platform, Windows HPC 2008 has been released on the web. The release was announced on the Ryan Waite's entry on Windows Server Division WebLog . Windows HPC Server 2008 combines the power of the Windows Server platform with rich, out-of-the-box functionality to help improve the productivity and reduce the complexity of your HPC environment. Windows HPC Server 2008 can efficiently scale to thousands of processing cores and provides a comprehensive...
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    June Webcasts for Developers

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    Three sets of webcasts can help prepare you and your company for Microsoft’s emerging technologies. The webcasts are offered by ISV Innovation. Software + Services The Microsoft Software-Plus-Services (S+S) model blends locally installed, full-package software with Internet-delivered or hosted applications. The idea? Augment organizations’ on-premise software investments with components, add-on technologies, and complete applications—hosted by you, or Microsoft. This hour-long seminar on June...
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    Programming SharePoint for .NET Developers Webcast Series

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    Paul Andrew announced in this blog post on Monday that we are going to be hosting a series of Webcast to help .NET developers learn how to develop on SharePoint. You can read more in Paul’s post, but in case you just want to sign-up for the sessions here they are: Date Topic and Signup URL Presenter May 20 th 9AM PST Web Parts Robert Bogue May 21 st 9AM PST Data Lists Robert Bogue May 27 th 9AM PST ...
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    Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 - Integration and Development with .NET Framework

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    We are happy to announce the availability of Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 classes for our ISVs. For details see here . You may register here . Location Dates Dallas, TX June 12-13, 2008 Reston, VA June 16-17, 2008 Redmond, WA June 25-26, 2008 Sanjay Jain Microsoft Dynamics ISV Architect Evangelist Blogs : Team’s Blog + Sanjay’s Blog
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    Enterprise Library 4.0 Assists Developers with Guidance, Code

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    The patterns & practices team has shipped Enterprise Library 4.0 , a collection of reusable software components, known as application blocks , designed to assist software developers with common enterprise development challenges, such as logging, validation, data access, exception handling. The new released includes integration with the Unity Application Block, Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) 2.0 support, performance improvements, Visual Studio 2008 support, and pluggable cache managers...
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    Excellent Series on ADO.Net Data Services

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    We all struggle to stay up to date on new Microsoft technologies. To that point, I wanted to share an excellent resource I found today for learning ADO.Net Data Services quickly. These recordings are from Mike Taulty in the UK. He's also got several other great videos on his blog . ADO.NET Data Services - Surfacing Data ADO.NET Data Services - Querying with URI's ADO.NET Data Services - A Basic .NET Client ADO.NET Data Services - A Basic AJAX Client ADO.NET Data Services - A Basic Silverlight Client...
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