October, 2008

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    Coming Soon! Accelerators for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0

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    The Microsoft Dynamics CRM Team is pleased to announce the upcoming availability of eight no-cost add-on solutions for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0. Each accelerator showcases how the Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 platform can be configured and extended to broaden marketing, sales and service capabilities. Microsoft Dynamics CRM customers and partners can further configure these Accelerators to meet their specific business needs. Accelerators for Marketing, Sales and Service Analytics Support...
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    Visual Studio Team System 2010 – Team Architect

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    Two days ago the product team of the next version Visual Studio Team System (VSTS) started to lift the curtain on the next version named VSTS 2010. Furthermore, every day this week the team is publishing screen casts packed with information on the new features that will be in this new version. Each day the VSTS team focuses on another skew of the Team System Suite. so, yesterday the focus was on the Team System Architect Edition, which I find the most interesting anyway ;-) (yes, I might be biased...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    New Contest: Dare to Dream Different Challenge

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    Do you dream of a world where thermostats use weather forecasts to minimize energy usage and to run your sprinkler system, retail kiosks checkout items from inside your basket and send out-of-stock items home, your refrigerator reorders groceries, home appliances negotiate with each other to reduce power consumption, or the treadmill monitors your health and provides advice from your doctor? Would you like to make this fantasy world real by using the power of our easy to use developer tools? Then...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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