August, 2008

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    SQL Server 2008 Trial Version Download Up

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    Now that SQL Server has shipped, you can now download trial versions of SQL Server 2008 . Download a free, fully functional 180-day trial version of SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 Feature Pack today. To help make the most of your evaluation, you will receive five e-mails during your evaluation period that, depending on which download option you select, contain resources specifically designed for IT professionals and developers. Before downloading and installing SQL Server 2008, click here...
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    Consumers Begin Using Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2

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    The next beta for Internet Explorer has been released for broad distribution to the public, according to the IEBlog team entry Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 Now Available . You’ll find versions for 32- and 64-bit editions of Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, and Windows Server 2008 on the Internet Explorer 8 site. The new release focuses on three main themes: Every day browsing, things people do ever day. Safety, trustworthy . The platform, how you will build the next wave...
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    LiveMesh + OneNote

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    Problem: You want to share your OneNote notepad on multiple computers, i.e. your home desktop and your work laptop and they do not have mutual access to a shared drive, etc... Solution:  Create a OneNote notebook in your "My Sharing" (or other) Live Mesh folder and it automatically updates and keeps the two in sync.   Simply open the OneNote notebook from your other device (computer) and bi-directional synchronization takes place.  Live Mesh is able to detect conflicts...
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    PDC Preconference Offers 11 Reasons To Come Early

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    The Professional Developer Conference (PDC) agenda will feature sessions on software modeling, agile development, cloud computing, Silverlight and a whole lot more. Information Week has a great article that pulls together the topics entitiled What to See at the Microsoft PDC . So far 84 sessions have been announced covering topics from ADO.NET to the WPF (Windows Presentation Foundation). Other topics include ASP.Net, cloud services, Dynamics CRM, Entity Framework, Hyper-V virtualization technology...
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    Microsoft Dynamics CRM Statement of Direction released on Partnersource

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    This document outlines the future direction of Microsoft Dynamics CRM through to the next major release, Microsoft Dynamics CRM “V.Next”. You can access this document using this url assuming you have Partnersource access. https://mbs.microsoft.com/partnersource/marketing/statementofdirection/MD_CRM_SOD.htm John O'Donnell Microsoft Dynamics ISV Architect Evangelist Microsoft Corporation (b) http://blogs.msdn.com/jodonnell (b) http://blogs.msdn.com/usisvde (w) http://channel9.msdn.com...
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    Guidance packages are dead long live the Blueprints

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    I was working with guidance packages based on the GAT/GAX ( http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa905334.aspx ) implementation of the Microsoft patterns & practices group for some time and I actually got to like them. It was a neat way to provide the developers help in the context of Visual Studio. I developed guidance packages that automated parts of data-binding, module definitions, glue code implementation, project creation, and O/R mapping. I found this technique a very efficient way...
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    Register for Silverlight 2 Developer Webcasts

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    Silverlight Geek Jesse Liberty has a series of webcasts on Silverlight 2 for developers. Liberty is a Senior Program Manager on the Microsoft Silverlight Developer Community Team. Click the links to register. August 6 Memory efficient multi-page applications in Silverlight August 27 Creating Skinnable Custom Controls September 10 Silverlight Animation and Expression Blend October 1 Exploring Deep Zoom in Silverlight 2 October 15 From DB to Display...
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    Software Licensing and Protection Services

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    Studies in 2006 showed that nearly 1/3 of the software installed on machines worldwide was obtained illegally. More recent studies show upwards of $40 billion in lost software sales. These figures can be grim for ISVs, especially ones that don't have the expertise or infrastructure in place to implement strong piracy countermeasures. That's where Software Licensing and Protection Services (or SLPS) from Microsoft can help. The SLP services are comprised of three core components: Code Protector. Code...
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    Webcasts for Your High Performance Computing Developers

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    Developers will be interested to learn more about how to create highly-scalable distributed compute-intensive solutions in a series of Webcasts about Windows HPC Server 2008. Webcasts are presented both morning and evening for developers and architects. Windows HPC Server Development, the MPI Application Model September 11, 2008, at 8:00am PDT and 7:00pm PDT Windows HPC Server 2008 introduces innovative features for traditional High Performance Computing solutions. Significant improvements...
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    How To - Check if your web site is IE8 compatible & fix it

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    Here's a handy resource that describes the compatibility issue IE8 could cause for web sites targeting IE7 and the steps they would need to take to resolve those issues. You can find it at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/952030   For more information about document compatibility in Internet Explorer 8, visit the following Microsoft Web site: http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc288325(VS.85).aspx For more information about Cascading Style Sheets Compatibility in Internet Explorer, visit...
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    MSDN Academic Alliance Offers Affordable Software for Higher Education, High Schools

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    Know of a college or high school that might want to teach developer, designer skills? MSDN Academic Alliance is the easiest and most inexpensive way for students and faculty in the technology and design fields to get the latest Microsoft software they need. The Developer Academic Alliance program offers deep discounts of Microsoft technology for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics departments of colleges and universities. Another offering for designers, Designer Academic Alliance...
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    Developers Share Tips, Best Practices on Visual Studio Extensibility at Microsoft VSX Developer Conference

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    Come join the first open developer conference focused on Visual Studio extensibility . The Microsoft VSX Developer Conference is September 15 -16 in Redmond, Washington. Whether beginner or expert, you’ll learn tips and tricks, best practices, and meet 1:1 with developers and architects. Visual Studio is an open, extensible platform that can be customized for everything from individual productivity tools to enterprise-wide development needs. The Visual Studio Shell enables developers to leverage...
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    Big Picture of the Cloud Platform Described

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    Consultant David Chappell has released a Microsoft-sponsored paper that provides a glimpse into the view for enterprises in the cloud platforms. The paper describes what the cloud platform is saying, "this kind of platform lets developers write applications that run in the cloud, or use services provided from the cloud, or both." It provides the context for Microsoft Software Plus Sevices (S+S) by explaining the rationale for what an operating system provides: a foundation, infrastructure services...
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    Windows 7 Details To Be Revealed at PDC, WinHEC

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    Developers will get the first look at the details in the upcoming client OS, currently named Windows 7, at Professional Developers Conference (PDC) in October and Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC) the following week. PDC is set for Oct. 26-29, while WinHEC is scheduled for Nov. 5-7. Both are to be held in Los Angeles. The announcement was made on a new blog named Engineering Windows 7 . Jon DeVaan and Steven Sinofsky wrote in a blog entry entitied Welcome to Engineering Windows...
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    Next Server Named 'Windows Server 2008 R2'

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    Windows Server Division has named the next server Windows Server 2008 R2 . The release would be a "minor" or Update release. In a blog posting, Windows Server '7' aka "Windows Server 2008 R2" , the team announced that the plan of keeping with a two-year minor release, four-year major release cycle for servers. The Windows Server 2008 Product Roadmap shows that R2 will release in 2010. It explains that an update release "integrate[s] the previous major release with the latest service pack, selected...
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    PDC Early Bird Discount Extended

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    Due to popular demand, the PDC2008 Early Bird Discount for Platform Developers Conference (PDC) has been extended three weeks. Register by 11:59 PM Pacific Time, Monday, September 8th and save $200 off the full conference registration. For more information about PDC sessions, see PDC 2008 Agenda Sessions .
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    Internet Explorer 8 Testers Sought, Prepare Your Site Now

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    For ISVs testing Internet Explorer 8 , the team has set up a way to file bugs directly with the team. To do so, be part of the IE8 Technical Beta program on Microsoft Connect . Registration is required to join Connect. In a blog posting, Wanted: IE8 Beta Testers , Program Manager Allison Burnett explains that the next beta would be seeking a wider audience. A posting back in March Internet Explorer 8 Beta Feedback provided for several ways to provide feedback including public voting, report...
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    Ensuring your website is ready for Internet Explorer 8

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    Consistent with our efforts to promote further interoperability across the Web, Microsoft will be releasing Internet Explorer 8 to render content in its most standards-compliant way by default. Giving top priority to Web standards interoperability allows us to help web developers and designers drive toward the ideal of “write once, run anywhere”, freeing up more time to innovate rather than modify content for different browsers. This commitment also addresses several development and design pain points...
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    How To Get Started On Your Firmware Application Using .NET Micro Framework

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    For times when Windows CE or Windows Mobile is just too processor intensive, takes too much power, or needs to much memory, you use the .NET Micro Framework , formerly known as SPOT (Smart Personal Objects Technology). The .NET Micro Framework is in verion 2.5 with 3.0 on the way. It is for applications such as Sensor Nodes, Aux displays, Health Monitoring, Remote Controls, and Robotics. The .NET Micro Framework provides you with the tools necessary to develop your firmware as managed C# applications...
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    Service Pack 1 Released for .NET Framework 3.5, Visual Studio, Visual Studio Express

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    Visual Studio 2008 and the .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1 (SP1) is not a traditional service pack, which usually consists of bug fixes and performance improvements. This service pack contains new features to help in your ongoing development efforts, including: ADO.NET Entity Framework ASP.NET Dynamic Data ADO.NET Data Services ASP.NET AJAX Browsing History Improvements to WCF to make REST development easier Smaller client-only redistribution; faster startup of Windows Presentation...
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    SQL Server 2008 Ships

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    SQL Server 2008 has been released to manufacturing. SQL Server 2008 is now available to MSDN and TechNet subscribers and will be available for evaluation download on Aug. 7, 2008. SQL Server 2008 Express and SQL Server Compact editions are available for free download . As previously announced, pricing for SQL Server will not increase with SQL Server 2008. According to the Microsoft press release, Microsoft Releases SQL Server 2008 , "This version of SQL Server provides powerful new capabilities...
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    Training Kit Available for .NET 3.5 Enhancements

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    The .NET Framework 3.5 Enhancements Training Kit includes presentations, hands-on labs, demos, and event materials. This content is designed to help you learn how to utilize the .NET 3.5 Enhancement features including: ASP.NET MVC, ASP.NET Dynamic Data, ASP.NET AJAX History, ASP.NET Routing, ADO.NET Data Services, ADO.NET Entity Framework, WCF 3.5 SP1, and the .NET Framework Client Profile. The kit supports the .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1 and the upcoming ASP.NET MVC release. The RTM...
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    Social Bookmarking Comes to MSDN, TechNet, CodePlex, Expression

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    Technical professionals can better connect with each other, share knowledge, and succeed using social bookmarking on MSDN , TechNet , CodePlex , and Expression . The idea is to share and see the bookmarks that others share. Social bookmarking was first available on TechNet back in May. IT Pros have saved their web favorites online, shared them with others, and have found out what others favor. That service is being previewed for sites that developer often use. You can: Subscribe to tags...
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    64-bit Windows Vista Adoption Growing

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    The installed base of 64-bit Windows Vista PCs, as a percentage of all Windows Vista systems, has more than tripled in the U.S. in the last three months according to a blog posted by the Windows Vista team . Chris Flores posted the comment in a blog entry, Windows Vista 64-bit Today . He said that another view shows that 20% of new Windows Vista PCs in the U.S. connecting to Windows Update in June were 64-bit PCs, up from just 3% in March. On the performance front, 64-bit PCs can provide a...
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    Create Your Own Virtual Tours with Photosynth

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    Photosynth wowed audiences a couple years ago when we showed how a set of photos can be stitched together electronically to create a virtual walkthrough. Now, Photosynth has been expanded so you can create a synth of your own. Photosynth provides a new medium for you to communicate to customers. Whether that be a product walkthrough or real estate listing or sharing your own vacation viewscapes. Use your own digital camera and Live ID, download the 8-meg Photosynth software and you too can...
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