May, 2008

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    Create Managable Apps Using a New Health Modeling Tool Available for VSTS

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    You customers may be using System Center Operations Manager 2007 to monitor your environment, but what about your applications? Architects, developers and IT Pros have a new tool available to build highly manageable applications that can be monitored by Operations Manager. Making your applications managable make it easier and less expensive for customers who deploy and manage your applications. Manageable apps increase customer satisfaction after the purchase. Or if you host your app, your operations...
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    Windows XP SP3 RTM Available on Windows Update, Automatic Update and Download Center

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    Windows XP Service Pack 3 has been released. Although the update is available on automatic updates, you can download the standard package from the following links: Windows XP SP3 EXE Windows XP SP3 ISO Windows XP SP3 Network Intallation Package Windows® XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) includes all previously released updates for the operating system. This update also includes a small number of new functionalities, which do not significantly change customers’ experience with the operating system...
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    Map Your Data - Part 2

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    The fundamental barrier to using WPF or Silverlight to plot data on a map is knowing where to plot geocoded points on a rectangle. A geocoded point is simply a latitude+longitude pair (I'll show you how to obtain these later), but translating these to an arbitrary rectangule is non-trivial, especially if that rectangle covers a wide region of the earth's surface. Thankfully, the MapPoint Web Service SDK provides a great boilerplate function for this which translates geocoded points to a pixel...
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    Cool Embeddable XAML Designer Component

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    Several of the ISVs I work with have a requirement to provide customized WPF forms for display within their line of business applications. These requirements range from the simple cases (e.g., load a few descriptors from a database and dynamically create a few UIElements) to the complex (e.g. enable free form layout of UIElements with free form bindng to a domain model and callbacks into a scriptable validation layer.) If you have requirements that are anywhere beyond the really simple case, you...
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    Moonlight 1.0 released

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    Novell and the Mono community announced the first public release of Moonlight, an implementation of Microsoft's Silverlight RIA (rich Internet application) platform for Linux. http://tirania.org/blog/archive/2008/May-13-1.html http://www.go-mono.com/moonlight/
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    Map your data - Part 1

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    Over the past year, I've been doing lots of work using WPF and Silverlight to plot data on maps, and of late, I've had the good fortune to tap into the power of SQL 2008's geospatial capabilities to enhance my applications. As I think these experiences are of general interest to ISVs, I'm going to blog about them. As I'll be going into technical detail, I'll provide digest summaries here with pointers off to detailed entries + code on my personal blog. Let me begin by providing the general premise...
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    Windows Presentation Foundation Update Brings Smaller Footprint, Better Performance

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    The new version of .NET Framework Service Pack 1 includes an update to Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) that includes a slimmed down version called Client Profile. Instead of more than 50 megs that had been required on Windows XP, now you'll have a 25 meg runtime to make it easier to deply. You can create WPF applications without needing to install the entier .NET Framework, which makes deployment easier to download and run for your customers. In addition, there some new graphics enhancements...
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    Immersive Web 2.0 Experience Comes Alive in WorldWide Telescope

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    Microsoft Research has unveiled a new user experience by looking up. WorldWide Telescope is Web 2.0 visualization software for your computer to act as a virtual telescope.You can now experience WorldWide Telescope to see the same images that scientists at NASA use in their research. You can see Earth from the same perspective that astronauts see as they descend to Earth. WorldWide Telescope draws on more than 12 terabytes of imagery — bigger than the print collection of the Library of Congress...
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    Free Benefits You Probably Don't Know About

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    Greg Oliver, one of my peers, recently sent out an e-mail about valuable free resources our partners frequently miss and I thought it'd be great idea to pass these resources on to our broader audience. Researching our portfolios we found that over 80% of partners make no use of these benefits, even though they’re included at no extra charge. Feature Benefits How to Access ISV Advisory Hours Technical Trainings, Code walk-throughs, architecture reviews, etc.  40 hours per year for Gold...
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    .NET 3.5 Enhancements Training Kit May Preview Released

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    So, you’ve downloaded and installed the .NET 3.5 and Visual Studio 2008 SP1 Beta bits but you have no clue what’s new, right? Have no fear, the team that brought you the extremely popular Visual Studio 2008 Training Kit has released a new kit to teach you all about the new stuff. You can get that kit here , and you can read more about it in Jonathan Carter’s blog post .
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    VSTS 2008 Licensing Whitepaper published

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    Brian Harry, of the Visual Studio team, posted a link to a new whitepaper the team has published on Visual Studio Team System 2008 licensing. So, if you’ve been trying to figure out just what you need to be properly licensed for Visual Studio, here’s your the information you need. Brian’s blog post Download the whitepaper
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    Beta for VS and .NET Framework SP1 Available

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    The first beta release of Service Pack 1 for both Visual Studio 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5 are available. With Service Pack 1, Visual Studio 2008 introduces a large assortment of new features for targeting Windows, Office, and the Web. Developers building .NET-basedapplications will enjoy improved performance in the WPF designer, new components for Visual Basic and Visual C++, as well as an MFC-based Office 2007 Ribbon. Web developers will see continued improvement in the client-side script tooling...
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    Guides, Walkthrough for Visual Studio extensions for SharePoint Released

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    User guides, samples, and walkthroughs have been released for Visual Studio extensions for Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 v1.1 (VSeWSS). This extensions are currently available for Visual Studio 2005 and will be available for Visual Studio 2008 in June. VSeWSS includes tools for developing custom SharePoint applications, such as Visual Studio project templates for Web Parts, site definitions, and list definitions; and a stand-alone utility program, the SharePoint Solution Generator. The 200...
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    Microsoft Dynamics Platform Adoption Stories: Axonom

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    In this Microsoft Dynamics Platform Adoption Stories series, I will continue to share success stories of my managed ISVs, highlighting their platform adoption experience, their Aha moments and advice to newer ISVs to be successful. Enjoy the next one… Click here for my conversation with William Barrow, CTO of Axonom , a successful ISV, in the High-Tech, Government and Associations, and Financial Services industries with their flagship application Powertrak CRM . Prior Stories: ...
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    Microsoft Dynamics Platform Adoption Stories: 422 Group

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    In this Microsoft Dynamics Platform Adoption Stories series, I will continue to share success stories of my managed ISVs, highlighting their platform adoption experience, their Aha moments and advice to newer ISVs to be successful. Enjoy the next one… Click here for my conversation with Doug Wofford , President & CEO, and Keith Beindorf , VP Product Development of 422 Group , a successful ISV, in the Higher-Education industry with their flagship application Continuum 422 CRM .     Prior...
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    Microsoft Dynamics Platform Adoption Stories: Client Profiles

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    In this Microsoft Dynamics Platform Adoption Stories series, I will continue to share success stories of my managed ISVs, highlighting their platform adoption experience, their Aha moments and advice to newer ISVs to be successful. Enjoy the next one… here for my conversation with Kevin Wydra, VP & Director R&D with Client Profiles , a successful ISV, in the legal industry with their flagship application CRM4Legal .     Prior Stories: ·        ...
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    Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Performance and Scalability White Papers

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    Microsoft Dynamics CRM is designed to meet the performance and scalability requirements of large enterprises. The benchmark test results detailed in these white papers can help customers and partners understand various aspects of performance and scalability in version 4.0. See here for more details. Sanjay Jain Microsoft Dynamics ISV Architect Evangelist Blogs : Team’s Blog + Sanjay’s Blog
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    Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Platform for xRM Business Applications

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    Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 is built on a sophisticated line-of-business application platform that provides the basic services required by ISVs and developers to build upon. While this ability is clearly applicable in CRM-type scenarios, Microsoft Dynamics CRM also supports a wide range of other business applications (xRM-type scenarios, helping people manage all kinds of connections and relationships of all forms: government to citizen, politician to constituent) with the essentials required for...
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    XNA Game Platform CTP Released for Zune

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    XNA Community Games Platform team has delivered the first community technology preview (CTP) of XNA Game Studio 3.0 , enabling developers to build games for Zune. XNA Game Studio 3.0 allows all game developers to create unique and imaginative games for the entire family of Zune media devices. This feature gives game developers access to the majority of the XNA framework APIs while retaining a seamless sense of integration with the Zune media experience. Using these tools, developers will have...
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    Multi-tenant Sample Uses Online Storage Provider

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    LitwareHR has been updated to support SQL Server Data Services (SSDS) as the online storage provider. LitwareHR is the Software as a Service (SaaS) reference application that demonstrates how to create multi-tenant applications on the Microsoft platform. The application includes source code to show you how it was done. The latest update includes a new data model that works with SSDS flexible entities, new infrastructure for data access to SSDS including hi-latency scenarios, cross container search...
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    Popfly Goes Gamer

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    Popfly has added gaming to its mashup and web page capabilities. The Popfly team has announed an alpha version of Popfly Game Creator on its team blog as a new way for beginners and non-programmers to create games. The tool is built in Silverlight . Popfly Game Creator adds to the current set of mashup and Web page authoring tools. The idea is to create any kind of two-dimensional arcade-style game. The focus is to see how far you can get without having to write code. Game creator has 15 game...
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    OBA Composition Reference Toolkit 2.0 Released

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    Version 2.0 of the OBA Composition Reference Toolkit is now available at the OBA Composition Reference Toolkit site. There, you will find installers, sample components, documentation, and overview video. Version 2.0 (V2) of the OBA Composition Reference Toolkit evolves the Version 1.0 release of the Toolkit to add IT administration capabilities integrated into the SharePoint Central Administration portal, a prescriptively secure user experience for OBA composition, and incremental deployment of...
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    PowerShell Gets GUI, Remote Management

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    PowerShell is getting the two most requested features, a graphical user interface and remote management support in its community technology preview (CTP) for version 2.0. Microsoft Windows PowerShell command line shell and scripting language helps IT professionals achieve greater control and productivity. Many ISVs make their code accessable to PowerShell to allow ITPros and users to script applications and to access data. The graphical user interface in PowerShell 2.0 helps you edit scripts...
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    Expression Studio 2 Released to Web

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    Expression Studio 2 has been released to the web adding Silverlight support along with a new product, Expression Encoder. You can now design user interfaces for both the Windows desktop and the web by utilizing the power of Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) and Silverlight. Create experiences with new levels of usability. Expression also integrates nicely with Visual Studio 2008, sharing projects between designers and developers. The Expression release includes the following products: ...
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    Get Up To Date With May's Webcasts for Developers

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    Silverlight 2.0 Fundamentals Silverlight 2.0 was just released at the MIX08 conference in Las Vegas. In this Web seminar, learn what Silverlight 2.0 has to offer and the basics of creating Silverlight applications. Click here to register May 2, 2008 10:00 AM PT Building Your Business on Microsoft: Microsoft Office 2007 This series of 5 webcasts focuses on the Microsoft tools and applications that support critical business decisions to ensure the overall success of your business. This...
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