October, 2008

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    New Screencast: How to Send Just a few Slides from PowerPoint as an Email Attachment

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    Ever wanted to send someone just one or two slides from a PowerPoint deck?  Have you gone through the painful process of deleting all the slides you didn't want to send and then saving it as a new deck, then sending it?  Or maybe you've copied the ones you wanted and then pasted them into a new deck before sending?  Worse yet, did you copy them and past them directly into the email as images and thus make your email to big to send?  Ok, you get the picture.  This is a common...
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    Silverlight, Deep Zoom and .NET 4.0: Does it Get any Better?

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    Came across this in a post on the WPF Ribbon site on CodePlex and wanted to pass along to our readers.  Brad Abrams has a cool .NET Framework 4.0 poster online that is done using Silverlight’s Deep Zoom technology.  Check it out here .
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    Download Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio

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    With the new Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio , we make it easy for Visual Studio and .NET developers to build, debug, test, and deploy Web applications for our cloud platform. You can build an ASP.NET Web application using the same tools and techniques you use today – the experience is the same. The tools include a developer cloud environment that runs on your machine, so you can test and debug your applications before deploying them. The tool will also make it very easy to deploy...
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    MSDN DevLabs Fosters Innovation

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    DevLabs has been launched to foster innovation in the developer community. The idea of the site is to release early bits and let you influence the direction of the projects shown on the site. Many of the projects come from Developer Division at Microsoft, the teams that build Visual Studio and the other developer tools. S. Somasegar, Senior Vice President, Developer Division, announced DevLabs on his blog Inspiring through Innovation - DevLabs , saying, " Some of these projects will turn into...
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    Couldn’t get to PDC? Then Look for MDC in a Town Near You

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    That’s right, if you couldn’t get out to L.A. this week to attend PDC you’ll be interested in knowing that we are planning on hosting 1 day events around the US.  In these events we will present some of the key topics from PDC.  The cost is minimal at just $99 a person to attend and there will be cool giveaways too! You can find more info at the MSDN Developer Conference website . Date Location 12/9/08 Houston, TX 12/11/08 Orlando, FL 12/16/08 Atlanta, GA 1/13/09 Chicago, IL 1/13/09 Minneapolis...
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    WPF Goodness on CodePlex

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    If you're a WPF developer, check out the WPF Toolkit up on CodePlex. There were a few goodies announced yesterday at the PDC which were posted there, including: V1 of the DataGrid New DatePicker/Calendar control! Preview of VisualStateManager (VSM) for WPF (compatible with the VSM in SL) Also, a link to the WPF Ribbon Preview appears there as well. For WPFies, it's good to keep an eye on this project, as the product team uses it as their outlet for new ideas and preview bits. ...
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    Live Services SDK Previewed

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    Many capabilities of the Live Services platform were demoed today, including how developers can build rich applications and experiences that can be extended to over 400 million users of the company’s Windows Live services such as Windows Live Hotmail and Windows Live Messenger. In addition, Live Services can be extended by ISVs through an SDK to syncronize data within an application across multiple devices using Live Mesh. Live Services platform is the means by which products such as Windows Live...
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    Office for the Web Demoed at PDC

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    The next version of Microsoft Office will include Office Web applications that will help improve productivity and enhance the desktop experience by enabling people to access, create, edit, share and collaborate on Office documents across multiple devices. New Web applications for Office were demoed at Professional Developers Conference. The applications are lightweight versions of Microsoft Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote that are used from within standard Web browsers. Anyone can use...
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    Windows 7 Beta To Ship Early 2009

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    Early version of Windows 7 was unveiled at Professional Developers Conference . Windows 7 extends developers’ investments in Windows Vista and encourages the creation of new applications and services for the Windows platform. Attendees receive a pre-beta version of Windows 7; the delivery of the beta version is scheduled for early 2009 to MSDN subscribers. Demos at PDC shows multi-touch user interfaces where gestures to move between items. Ribbons are added to many of the commonly used tools within...
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    Fun Little App - Just in Time for the Election...

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    Recently, I had mentioned that we were looking for ISVs to explore the XAML continuum by providing desktop versions of Surface applications. Believe it or not, that's not as easy as it sounds, but with a little extra effort and some smart factoring, you can do so (and probably leave your app more readily adaptable to other multi-touch interfaces in the process.) I had the good fortune to explore such a scenario with Vectorform , who built the Surface application that Chuck Todd uses on MSNBC to...
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    Windows Azure Services Platform Starts Next Generation Software Development for ISVs

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    Microsoft has announced the Azure™ Services Platform . Azure offers independent software vendors (ISVs) the ability to provide their customers a range of choices in user experience over the Web or on connected PCs, servers, and mobile devices. ISVs can take advantage of the Azure Services Platform to deliver software as a service without having to maintain data centers or build new capabilities on existing investments in on-premises applications. Ray Ozzie, Microsoft chief software architect,...
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    Forrester ranks Microsoft Dynamics CRM ahead of Salesforce.com

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    Recently, Forrester announced the results of its rankings for its CRM Sales and Customer Service Wave reports. Forrester ranked Microsoft Dynamics CRM as the #1 solution in the Direct Sales Management category, beating out Salesforce.com, Oracle Siebel, SAP CRM, and all others in SFA. Also, Dynamics CRM was ranked as #1 in the “Record Customer-Centric” category over Salesforce, Oracle, and SAP. This category focuses on complex B2B relationships where customer service is driven from within the CRM...
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    Build Surface Apps Without Needing the Surface Device

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    You'll no longer need to buy a Surface device to get the SDK, allowing more of you to get started writing touch-based apps platform. The Surface SDK will be made available at Professional Developers Conference next week. Jared had talked about this in his blog entry, Surface at PDC . Coupled with a piece of table top-like hardware that has cost about $15,000, Surface applications respond to touch, natural gestures, and physical objects. Interactivity is enabled. Objects placed on the display can...
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    Cool Debugging Tips

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    Back in September, Mahesh Krishnan, a consultant in Australia posted a great blog that I thought I’d link to.  Mahesh blogged about 10 of the cool, and many times overlooked, debugging features of Visual Studio 2008.  Here’s some of the items: Stepping into the Framework source Moving the execution point Step into Specific Step over properties and operators Tracepoints Conditional breakpoints and tracepoints DebuggerDisplay attribute DebuggerTypeProxy attribute System.Diagnosatic Namespace...
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    2007 Office System Service Pack Due in Spring 2009

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    Service Pack 2 (SP2) of 2007 Office System will ship between February and April of 2009. The announcement was made on the Office Sustained Engineering blog posting Announcing Service Pack 2 (SP2) for the 2007 Microsoft Office System . Previous announcments had described the increased commitment to interoperability by including support for Open Document Format (ODF), XML Paper Specification (XPS), and Portable Document Format (PDF) in SP2. In addition to those file format additions, some...
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    Real World SOA Site Shows Off Customer Stories

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    A new "Real World SOA happens {here}” online campaign site is live! Visit www.microsoft.com/soa to learn more about Real World Service Oriented Architecture (SOA). Hear customers tell their stories of how SOA from Microsoft - and a real world approach - is delivering significant, tangible and measurable benefits to their businesses. Real World SOA is grounded in creating SOA solutions for specific business problems quickly, by using skills and products that are already familiar - and incrementally...
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    Virtual Machine Manager 2008 Supports Hyper-V, VMware

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    System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 has been released. ISVs use Virtual Machine Manager to manage testing and customer support environments without the cost of separate computers for each type of environment. Virtual Machine Manager is part of a suite of software that supports virtualization. It is designed for Windows Server 2008 and Microsoft Hyper-V Server yet supports VMware virtual environments. System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 provides a management solution for the virtualized...
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    Check out the New Look of the US ISV Team Blog!

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    If you are reading this on an RSS aggregator or RSS reader you might want to check out the new look of the US ISV Team Blog at http://blogs.msdn.com/usisvde Thanks to everyone involved for helping out on the new look. Special thanks to Susan Friesen and Kevin Kennedy from BBDO Atlanta. I really appreciate the help and I definitely owe you one. Here's a screenshot of what it looks like: Check it out! Thanks for checking out this post! Cheers, Murray Gordon ISV Architect Evangelist Microsoft Corporation ...
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    Must See PDC Sessions for ISVs

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    Microsoft PDC is coming next week. I've spent several days in the last couple weeks watching many of the practice sessions. Here's my list of must-see sessions that apply to ISV decision makers and architects. In my opinion, there are several important themes for ISVs: Cloud Services. How should you build next generation applications for the cloud? What changes are needed to current applications? How can new technology around identity make life easier? How to connect to data? Updates to...
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    Microsoft is now the leader in Enterprise Search (Gartner)

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    Congrats to guys at Microsoft's Enterprise Search Group. According to Gartner, Microsoft is now the leader in Enterprise Search . You can check out the report at http://mediaproducts.gartner.com/reprints/microsoft/vol6/article4/article4.html . Kudos for all the hard work across Enterprise Search Group spanning Search Server Express , SharePoint and FAST ESP. Here's a screenshot of the Magic Quadrant. Not Microsoft is in the top right quandrant, commonly referred to as the magic quadrant. Microsoft...
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    ASP.NET MVC Goes Beta

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    ASP.NET MVC , the model view controller architecture for Web applications based on .NET 3.5 Framework, is now available as a beta release. The release supports both Visual Studio 2008 and Visual Web Developer 2008 Express SP1. ASP.NET MVC is an alternative, not a replacement, for ASP.NET Web Forms that offers the following benefits: Clear separation of concerns Testability - support for Test-Driven Development Fine-grained control over HTML and JavaScript Intuitive URLs For example...
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    Enabling Offline capabilities by Microsoft Sync Framework (RTM)

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    One of the values of Microsoft Software + Services strategy is enabling offline capabilities to your online software assets. Software + Service paradigm allows you to work offline with your data and then automatically synchronizes it on the cloud. Disconnected or occasionally connected software which is the right solution for many road warriors and also for folks who work from home and not have the same kind of bandwidth and don’t/can’t be always connected. Microsoft Sync Framework is a comprehensive...
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    One-in-Four Now Have Silverlight

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    One of the more interesting facts that came out during the release of Silverlight 2 this week was that one in four consumers now have Silverlight installed. Silverlight adoption continues to grow rapidly, with penetration in some countries approaching 50 percent. This means that Silverlight has been downloaded well more than 200 million times. NBC's webcasting of the Beijing Olympics…added 9 million new Silverlight users in the U.S. alone. Thjere were more than 50 million unique visitors, resulting...
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    Pre-PDC Architecture Journal Highlights Distributed Computing

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    Just in time for PDC , we are pleased to announce Issue 17 of the Architecture Journal! You can download the issue at The Architecture Journal . The theme of this issue is Distributed Computing , and features articles from many product groups, Developer & Platform Evangelism's (DPE) Platform Architecture Team, DPE Timezone Team, DPE Architect Evangelists, external customers, and an interview with the MSRS team. Many of the articles cover architectural issues and subjects that connect well...
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    Web Platform Simplifies Your Web Installs

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    Beta releases of the Microsoft Web Platform includes the Microsoft Web Platform Installer (WebPI) , and the Microsoft Web Application Installer (WebAI) . These installers are available for download from The Microsoft Web Platform . Microsoft Web Platform Installer (WebPI) “Web Platform Installer” is a download manager that drastically simplifies the download process and installation of the Microsoft Web Platform. A single install gets you the software you need to build and run a complete web...
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