October, 2008

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    Danger, Will Robinson! - What is happening at Microsoft with Robotics?

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    Growing up it was easy to believe that by now robots would be doing all the tasks around the house that are dull and boring such as cleaning for floors or washing the dishes. While we got some way to this goal with the launch of the iRobot Roomba there is still a long way to go before we see anything like C-3PO and R2D2 greeting us in the morning with a coffee and today's copy of USA Today. In fact a paper published in Scientific American has Bill Gates saying that there is a hot field coming...
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    Who is behind the Microsoft Dynamics CRM SDK, communities and all those great whitepapers?

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    Over the last few years our documentation for Microsoft Dynamics CRM has got better and better. With every passing month we see new SDK updates and whitepapers talking about scaling Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 to 24 thousand users with sub second response times. It was time to track down the people behind this great content and get them talking on camera about the work that they do. First on camera was the Microsoft Dynamics Community and Content Strategy Team . This is the team responsible for...
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    Have Webcam, Tomato? Touch Using Project Touchless

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    Touchless enables touch without touching by using a webcam to track color based markers or tomato. Neil McAllister of Inforwork uses a Roma tomato to draw . So you can use just about any object with a solid color. Touchless includes two parts: Touchless Demo is an open source application that anyone with a webcam can use to experience multi-touch, no geekiness required. There are 4 fun demos: Snake - where you control a snake with a marker, Defender - up to 4 player version of a pong-like...
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    Silverlight 2 Release Updates Now Available

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    Silverlight 2 has been released to the Web. You can download Silverlight 2 and the Visual Studio 2008 and Expression Blend 2 tool support to target it from Get Started . Silverlight 2 is small in size (4.6MB) and takes only 4-10 seconds to install on a machine that doesn't already have it. It does not require the .NET Framework to be installed on a computer to run - the Silverlight setup download includes everything necessary to play video or run applications. Silverlight 2 includes a rich...
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    Codename Windows 7 to be called "Windows 7"

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    Today on Mike Nash's blog , it was announced the next release of Windows will simply be called "Windows 7". Mike Nash is Corporate Vice President for Windows Product Management and explained that this being the 7th release of the Windows client operating system, the team was going for simplicity by naming it "Windows 7". "Windows 7" will be previewed at PDC and WinHEC and attendees will receive a developer only pre-beta release to try.
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    UC at the PDC

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    This year's Professional Developers Conference has a few sessions on Unified Communications. This is a great opportunity to learn about the Office Communications Server 2007 platform and what is coming in future releases. A couple of sessions to watch for: Office Communications Server 2007 R2: Enabling Unified Communications - Learn how UCMA 2.0 and Unified Communication Workflow Activities provide a powerful communications arsenal to build Presence, IM, and voice-enabled services that can...
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    Unified Communications Scenarios

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    Have you looked at Microsoft's Unified Communications product line to understand the possibilities it can bring to your applications? At the core is Office Communications Server 2007 which brings a rich platform for instant messaging, VOIP, and audio and video conferencing. On top of that platform is a set of rich developer APIs, including the Unified Communications Managed APIs. When talking to ISVs about Unified Communications, here are a few workloads I like to highlight: Presence/IM...
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    Silverlight 2 Boasts New Features for Rich Internet Application Development, Streaming Media

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    So what do you get in Silverlight 2? Here are some highlights of new Silverlight 2 features: .NET Framework support with a rich base class library. This is a compatible subset of the full .NET Framework. Powerful built-in controls . These include DataGrid, ListBox, Slider, ScrollViewer, Calendar controls and more. Advanced skinning and templating support . This makes it easy to customize the look and feel of an application. Deep zoom . This enables unparalleled interactivity and...
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    First Oslo CTP Ships at PDC

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    The first bits for Oslo should be available around the time of Microsoft Professional Developers Conference (PDC) . Oslo will be available as an add-on to Microsoft's Visual Studio development suite. It includes a new programming language, a visual modeling tool, and a repository for storing models in a database. Model-driven software development consists of a rule-based structure and workflow to make application development and deployment more efficient. The software should also be more stable...
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    Silverlight 2, Silverlight Tools Ships This Week

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    Silverlight 2 will be rolled out tomorrow. Silverlight 2 goes beyond the media-centered Web user interface that came out in the first version. Silverlight 2 includes a subset of the .NET Framework and allows ISVs to build rich Internet applications (RIA) using .NET. Developers and designers collaborate to build .NET client Web applications. Silverlight 2 supports new programming languages like C#, Python, and Ruby. You can call Web services and Atom endpoints to support componentized Web applications...
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    Windows Client Scenarios - Part 6

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    Beyond all the scenarios I've written about so far (see my last posting for a trace back to all the previous ones), one final style app I'll discuss is the rich client with an online marketplace for its content that lives out in the cloud. If you have an application that generates content, you might want to consider letting your high end users sell content to consumers. For example, if your "deluxe" app enabled the creation of, say, fancy page layouts, your "express" users might be highly interested...
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    Surface at PDC

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    Surface is one cool piece of technology and it's certainly one of the coolest from Microsoft. Unfortunately, since it was first announced access to the SDK has been reserved for initial launch partners like AT&T and Harrah's . Now, those attending the 2008 PDC will be among the first to gain public access to the SDK and learn about developing on the platform. And I'm pretty sure the SDK will be included on the shiny new 160GB hard drives we're giving away to every attendee. How cool is that?...
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    Windows Client Scenarios - Part 5

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    We've covered a bunch of interesting scenarios in my previous postings - now let's reach out to the broader world and tap into cloud services. You've probably heard a bit about Microsoft's vision for Software + Services, in case you haven't, here's my nutshell digest. Software + Services is all about rich apps using online services, hosted by ISVs, Microsoft, customers, other partners, or possibly even competitors. We've gotten to a place where both software and services are sufficiently mature...
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    SQL Server 2008: beyond relational

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    As an ISV, why should you move to SQL Server 2008? The simplest reason ISVs need to support 2008 is that your customers will be asking for it soon if they are not already. SQL Server 2008 is a very smooth upgrade from 2005 that adds key enhancements to performance and manageability – so even if your application still supports an earlier version of SQL Server, the benefits of running on 2008 (policy-based management, data encryption/compression, improved auditing, resource governing, hot-add cpu...
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    Windows Client Scenarios - Part 4

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    Beyond building Media Center aware apps , multi-touch aware apps , and offline content viewers , another interesting scenario for the Windows Client is the WPF enhanced native app. Most client-side developers are aware of or would expect some degree of interoperability between WPF and existing WinForm and Win32 apps. Happily, that support's been available in WPF since it first shipped in the .NET Framework 3.0. However, we're now seeing products from ISVs (such as AutoCAD 2009 ) that have put...
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    Customers look to save money with virtualization

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    Interesting post of what folks are seeing in the field with Hyper-V. Looks like people are actually interested in saving money with their virtualization strategy. Imagine that Check out Andrew Connell's recent post where he chat's about virtualization and what's he's seeing in the industry. Thanks for checking out this post! Cheers, Murray Gordon ISV Architect Evangelist Microsoft Corporation    http://blogs.msdn.com/MurrayG
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    Custom SharePoint Caching with SharePoint file dependencies

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    Great post on custom SharePoint caching with SharePoint file dependencies by Vincent Rothwell. » SharePoint caching and CacheDependency Thanks for checking out this post! Cheers, Murray Gordon ISV Architect Evangelist Microsoft Corporation    http://blogs.msdn.com/MurrayG
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    Prescriptive Guidance for SharePoint Server 2007 Web Content Management Sites

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    There's a great article that Andrew Connell recently published that's worth a read, if you touching SharePoint currently or will be in the near future. The article, Prescriptive Guidance for SharePoint Server 2007 Web Content Management Sites , addresses some common things you should keep in mind in planning, architecting, designing and implementing your Publishing sites. Here's a summary on what the article is all about: In Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007, Microsoft has taken the best concepts...
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    SharePoint scores with Web developers!

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    I read a great article on SharePoint at the Software Development Times on the Web (SDTimes) website. There were some great quotes. I thought Paul Andrew from the SharePoint Product Team gave a great perspective on SharePoint, where's it's been and where it's going. It's worth a read. Here's a couple quotes I really liked: Microsoft's Paul Andrew said the company had not anticipated SharePoint’s popularity in the development community. “When [SharePoint] first came out, things were not...
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    New downloads available at the MSSharePointDeveloper site

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    Great new downloads for SharePoint developers at the MSSharePointDeveloper site. MSSharePointDeveloper site or " introduction to SharePoint Development site " has been around for a few months now. It's a great resources for developers that are looking to get into SharePoint development. Here's the new stuff you can find there. The VM's have been updated to Visual Studio 2008, which is awesome! Downloadable WSS Dev VPC Image Updated to Visual Studio 2008 (previously Visual Studio 2005)....
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    SharePoint Sessions at PDC

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    PDC 2008 is right around the corner. If you've taken a look at the session list, you will be psyched to see that there are some great SharePoint sessions. Here's the list of sessions that Paul Andrew, Technical Product Manager for the SharePoint Developer Platform, posted. There are four awesome SharePoint sessions that will be key to hit when you are there: SharePoint Online: Extending your Service by Troy Hopwood SharePoint 2007: Advanced Async Workflow Messaging FAST: Building Search-Driven Portals...
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    Windows Client Scenarios - Part 3

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    In my last post in this series, I how discussed multi-touch apps could enhance the user experience for ISV apps. Another great scenario for the Windows Client is the offline content viewer. When the Windows Presentation Foundation was released, one of the great apps available for it was the New York Times Reader . It enabled the downloading + viewing of articles, making great use WPF's flow document functionality (which makes text much more readable and knowledgable of how to behave properly in...
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    Windows Client Scenarios - Part 2

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    As I mentioned in the last post in this series, I've been spending a lot of time of late on Windows Client technologies (Native Windows, WPF, Silveright, and IE8.) The second scenario I'll write about is building mulit-touch aware applications that are adaptable to run on desktops and more exotic devices like the surface computer. Multi-touch computing is about more than just getting extra mouse events - it's about understanding how the gestures users make should be interpreted. In the case of...
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    Dynamics Sessions @ PDC2008

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    It’s no secret that the nature of software development is radically changing. Come to PDC2008 to experience Microsoft’s vision for cloud computing and building applications that seamlessly bridge the gaps between PC, Web, and phone, and be the first to see the full range of advances in Windows 7, the next major version of the Windows client operating system. Here are five Dynamics Sessions you don’t want to miss at PDC2008 …. Case Study: Bridging On-Premises with the Cloud David Shutt...
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    Live platform

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    Web 2.0 has already changed the way users think about the web sites they visit, raising expectations for information sharing and collaboration. Microsoft’s Live Platform lets you easily put the social and collaborative capabilities into your website to create rich experiences online, and helps consumers keep those experiences synchronized, online and off, across all their devices. Live platform enables you to add compelling, sticky web capabilities, and dramatically increase audience engagement on...
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