May, 2008

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    .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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Free Unified Communications Training in Redmond

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    There's been a lot of interest from ISVs around Unified Communications, as these technologies present some great opportunities for them to add collaboration features (like presence awareness, voice conferencing, and application sharing) into their products. If you're interested in Unified Communications and can make it to our Redmond, WA campus on 19-May + 20-May, we have a 2-day training course available to help you learn more - at the bargain price of free. Just register using the link below...
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    Nationwide Partner Briefings Offered for Citizen Service Platform (CSP)

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    The Citizen Service Platform (CSP) helps governments of all sizes more responsively deliver services to citizens via the Internet. The Platform is an extensible package that enables fast, repeatable implementation of local and regional government solutions. It leverages existing investments and can grow as new requirements arise. Built with Microsoft infrastructure components, it uses open standards and includes a set of common transactions that enable delivery of critical services to citizens...
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    Download Source and Tests for Silverlight 2 Controls

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    The source for Silverlight 2 controls has been released with thousands of unit tests along with the test framework. That said, to develop Silverlight-based applications that use the Silverlight 2 Beta 1 controls, you do not need this source code. Instead, you must install the Silverlight 2 Software Development Kit (SDK) Beta 1 . The source code for the Silverlight 2 Beta 1 controls enables you to learn the inner workings of the controls. To get the source code and tests, see Source Code and Unit...
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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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    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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