June, 2008

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    Application Lifecycle Management Templates Up on Codeplex

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    If you're using Visual Studio Team Foundation Server (TFS) , you're invited to share and download templates that share your process templates. Creating new process templates can be a significant undertaking. It's way easier if you can start with a process template that's reasonably close to what you want and just tweak it. Wouldn't it be nice if there was a library of process templates available and an easy way to share ones you create? Brian Harry , who blogs about Visual Team System, describes...
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    BizTalk Server 2006 R3 Timeline and Features

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    If you are interested in using BizTalk Server with the launch wave of 2008 products like the latest .NET Framework, SQL Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 and Visual Studio 2008, you will need to wait just a little longer. BizTalk Server 2006 R3 will be following just after the 2008 wave of releases. This updated version of BizTalk Server will be designed for the latest versions of Windows Server, the .NET Framework, Visual Studio, and SQL Server. Along with support for the 2008 wave of products, the...
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    SQL Server 2008 RC 0 Available on Download Center

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    You can get the release candidate of SQL Server 2008 from Microsoft Download or through your MSDN subscription. To download, see SQL Server 2008 RC0 Download . You can also download it through your MSDN subscription . The released version is scheduled for third calendar quarter this year. This release includes support for upgrading failover clusters from previous versions of SQL Server, as well as several bug fixes and minor improvements that we have made in response to the extensive customer...
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    Distributed Data Caching Preview Ships as Code Name "Velocity"

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    Ok. Show of hands. Who has wanted to build a web application with a custom Session State provider using a distributed cache to spread session objects across a cluster? In other words, provide scalability to your web applications? How about if that same mechanism could be used in thick clients too? Well you're one step closer with the first community technology preview (CTP) of Microsoft Project Code Named "Velocity" that was announced at TechEd. "Velocity" is a distributed in-memory application...
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    Microsoft Dynamics Platform Adoption Stories: Logotec Engineering

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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 Michal Klaja, CTO and Mark Frederiksen, BDM of Logotec Engineering to discuss their experience of adopting Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Platform to provide a Software + Service based Mobile solution to Microsoft...
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    Microsoft Dynamics Platform Adoption Stories: Cincom

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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 Dan Nicholas, Sr. Director Product Research & Planning and Gregor Newland, Manager of Business Development & Alliances of Cincom Systems , to discuss their experience of adopting Microsoft Dynamics CRM...
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    Release Candidate Ships on MSDN for SQL Server 2008

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    The first release candidate (RC 0) for SQL Server 2008 has been released to TechNet and MSDN subscribers . SQL Server 2008 provides a comprehensive data platform that is secure, reliable, manageable, and scalable for your mission critical applications. With it, you can create new applications that can store and consume any type of data on any device, enabling your users to make informed decisions with relevant insights. At the TechEd Developers conference, Microsoft introduced a new logo for SQL...
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    Your Game Can Compete for $75,000 in Prizes in the Dream-Build-Play Contest

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    In Dream-Build-Play 2008 you can build your dream game to compete with other game developers around the world. This year’s contest will feature Xbox360 development only and to ensure that everyone has access we will be giving away one free 12-Month XNA Creators Club Trial membership to everyone that registers. Contestants will compete for $75,000 in prizes and the bragging rights to say their game was the best. Additionally, one of the top ten finalists will win an opportunity for an Xbox LIVE...
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    Silverlight Clients Support Ruby, Python

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    You'll be able to use Ruby and Python to languages for you to create rich Internet application (RIA) in Silverlight on the client side. Ruby and Python are among the dynamic languages supported in Silverlight using the Dynamic Runtime Library (DLR). The idea is to will not have to use JavaScript on the client side applications. While use of JavaScript for Web development has been called AJAX (Asynchronous JavaScript and XML), we're referring to these capabilities as APAX and ARAX , with Python...
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    Podcasting Kit for SharePoint Tech Preview Released

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    Wanted to pass along that we just released the Podcasting Kit for SharePoint tech preview today.  This is a cool piece of software you can use on a SharePoint server.  It’s built on top of SharePoint Server 2007 and Silverlight 2.  The kit includes support for Zune, Windows Mobile phone and other devices capable of viewing/listening to podcasts. Read more, and get the bits on the Podcasting Kit for SharePoint CodePlex site .
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    Silverlight 2.0 Beta 2 is released

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    Microsoft Silverlight is a cross-browser, cross-platform, and cross-device plug-in for delivering the next generation of .NET based media experiences and rich interactive applications for the Web. Silverlight 2.0 Beta 2 is release, you can start on Beta 2 by Install Visual Studio 2008 then Install Silverlight Tools Beta 2 for Visual Studio 2008 This add-on to Visual Studio 2008 allows you to use .NET to create Silverlight 2 Beta 2 Web sites. The Silverlight 2 Beta 2 Runtime and the Silverlight...
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    Windows Vista Facts Speak to Many Advantages

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    When we released Windows Vista, security was clearly a top priority. However, one of the implications of the increased focus on security was that compatibility with Windows Vista was not where we wanted it to be at launch. Over the past eighteen months, Microsoft and our partners have made tremendous progress in compatibility, performance, and battery life. Here are updates on a few key facts: Windows Vista now supports more than 77,000 printers, cameras, speakers and other devices. More...
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    Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Management Pack for Microsoft Operations Manager 2005

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    We have launched a Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Management Pack for MOM 2005. If you have ever been on the end of a phone when a Microsoft Dynamics CRM user says something like why can i not connect to your CRM system then you need to check this out. In addition we also have instructions to load this pack into Microsoft Systems Center Operations Manager 2007 Find more details here - http://blogs.msdn.com/jodonnell/archive/2008/06/06/microsoft-dynamics-crm-4-0-management-pack-for-microsoft-operations...
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    Resources for SharePoint Developers Launches, SharePoint Extensions Update Ships

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    .NET developers can leverage the .NET Framework to support Windows SharePoint Services and Microsoft Office SharePoint Services . A new website, Microsoft SharePoint Developer , includes access to training courses, how to get certified on SharePoint, where to get evaluation bits to get started. The new material helps.NET Developers learn the top ten artifacts in SharePoint that you are interested in. We’ve created a variety of materials with different learning styles to make getting started with...
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    Return Search Results from Your App with Windows Search for Desktops

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    The desktop search for Windows Vista has been updated with faster indexing and faster query response times. In addition, the search index continues to build indices after a system failure. Windows Search 4.0 also works with Windows Server 2008, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, and Windows Home Server. Windows Search 4.0 lets you perform an instant search of your computer. Windows Search 4.0 helps you find and preview documents, e-mail messages, music files, photos, and other items on the computer...
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    Architecture Explorer Validates Application Code in Next Visual Studio Team System

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    The ability to model architecture of an application and validate it against application code will be added to the next version of Visual Studio Team System, code named Rosario . A new feature will allow you to create a visual map of your application's architecture and the compare it with the back-end code. The feature, called Architecture Explorer, lets you create new architecture and new contstraints depending on the needs of the application and its code as part of the overall lifecycle development...
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    Startups, Students Build Next Gen Solutions During Incubation Week

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    Microsoft Incubation Week helps startups and students to build next generation Web solutions. Microsoft Technology Centers in Boston and Silicon Valley are helping startups and students build Software + Services (S+S) solutions and next generation Web technologies. The event consists of one day training, three days to prototype and develop, and a final day to package and finish and report out to a panel of judges. Selected number of startups and students develop exciting new applications built...
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    First Oslo Early Bits to Ship at PDC

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    The first three components of Oslo , the model-driven connected systems software development initiative from Microsoft, was announced at TechEd . The components are: Modeling tool Repository Declarative programming language The community technology previews for the components will be offered concurrently with the Microsoft Professional Developers Conference (PDC) in October. The models will maintain deployment information such as system resources allocated for an application and...
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    Webcast Series Offered to Aspiring Architects

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    Last year we held a webcast series for aspiring architects that was attended by over 1200 individuals and covered a number of strategies that can help developers and IT Pros transition to the architect roles. The Aspiring Architect Series 2008 builds on last year’s content and covers a number of topics that are important for architects. Please make sure that you have gone through the 2007 series which can be found at Mohammad Akif's blog, No Spin Architecture . We are hopeful that you will find...
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    Big Picture of Windows Clients

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    The user experience can differentiate one ISVs product over another. The user experience is what defines your application. And it is offen what your application provides. This Big Picture is about what we often call thick clients . Those are the applications you run on your desktop and interface with backend systems. They may be connected or disconnected. Here's an overview of how you can write cool applications and update legacy applications for the Windows Client . WindowsClient.net provides...
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    46 New Tutorials Available on ASP.NET AJAX Control Toolkit

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    The ASP.NET team has just a new series of 46 tutorials that will explore techniques for implementing the different controls in the ASP.NET AJAX Control Toolkit. These tutorials are geared to be concise and provide step-by-step instructions with plenty of screen shots to walk you through the process visually. Each tutorial is available in Visual Basic and Visual C# versions and includes a download of the complete code used. You can access each tutorial from ASP.NET AJAX Control Tutorials . The...
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    Windows Small Business Server 2008 Public Preview Available

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    The first public preview of Windows Small Business Server (SBS) 2008 is available. The product, formerly known as Cougar , is scheduled for release for the second half of 2008. SBS supports companies with up to 75 users or devices. SBS comes in Standard and Premium editions. Premium Edition subscribers get Windows Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 as part of the bundle, and it is suitable for hosting Web applications. The inclusion of Microsoft SQL Server in the bundle is a key differentiator from...
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    Broad CTP of Internet Explorer 8 Set for August

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    The release date for Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 , targeted at a broad range of consumer and business users, has been set for August. This means that now is the time to test your Web applications and see what new features you can leverage so you stand out from your competition. IE 8 promises to be a hit with all kinds of users and developers. Internet Explorer 8 will take the web experience beyond the page and introduce a new way to seamlessly experience the best of the web, whether you are a web...
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    Windows Embedded Standard 2009 Launches

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    Today we launched Windows Embedded Standard 2009 , the successor to Windows XP Embedded. You can get info at the launch site , but here’s just a few of the key facts: Built on the trusted, secure Windows XP kernel – now with SP3. Additional embedded features (write filters, custom shell, etc.). 12000+ components to choose from for customized OS images. New functionality: NETFx 3.5, Silverlight, IE7, WMP 11, RDP 6.1. 10 years of professional support, starting at RTM in September...
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    Go Live License Offered for Silverlight 2 Beta 2

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    When it's release later this week, Silverlight 2 Beta 2 comes with a Go Live license. The Beta 2 release of Silverlight 2 will be publicly available later this week. The following provides a summary of what the new release includes: UI Framework : Beta 2 includes improvements in animation support, error handling and reporting, automation and accessibility support, keyboard input support, and general performance. This release also provides more compatibility between Silverlight and WPF. Rich...
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