November, 2008

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    You're invited to XamlFest Denver - November 24 + 25

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    Just in time for Thanksgiving, the next stop on the XamlFest US Tour is Denver. You're invited to come spend 2 days with us as we explore WPF, Silverlight, Visual Studio, Expression Blend, and the technology that unifies them - XAML. The invitation appears below - hope to see you there! Description Are you excited about the WPF but concerned about the learning curve? Have you seen Silverlight but don’t know where to get started? Or are you curious about how tools like Visual Studio and Expression...
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    Announcing: Microsoft BizSpark

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    Today we launched Microsoft BizSpark , an exciting new offering that enables software startups to leverage Microsoft development and platform technologies to deliver next generation web and Software + Services applications. It has been over 6 months in the making and it is such a relief to now be able to talk about it openly :) Microsoft BizSpark is designed to accelerate the success of early stage startups by providing access to: Software : fast and easy access to Microsoft's current full...
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    Security Initiatives Help ISVs Use Security Development Lifecycle (SDL)

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    At Tech-Ed EMEA 2008 we introduced new programs and tools modeled after the our internal Security Development Lifecycle ( SDL ) process that enables software developers to create more secure and privacy-enhanced applications. Three elements were introduced to SDL: SDL Optimization Model . Free model for facilitating gradual, consistent and cost-effective implementation of the SDL SDL Pro Network . Network of professionals who can help guide and support software developers in implementing...
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    Parallel Computing Features Added to .NET Framework 4.0, Visual Studio 2010

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    The increase in speed at computers has shifted from ever increasing clock speed to the addition of multiple processing cores. The manycore shift presents an unprecedented business opportunity for developers to take software experiences to the next level. But to access the power of multiple cores can be complex, difficult, and labor-intensive. Microsoft's Parallel Computing Initiative seeks to make it simpler for both native and managed code developers. Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 and the ...
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    Visual Studio Discounts Available Through Resellers

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    You may have read the blog I posted earlier this week, Discounts Offered in Visual Studio 2008 Price Promotions , that explains serveral programs that offer ISVs discounts on tools. If a you're looking for a reseller, we would recommend the following: If you have five PCs or more, you should consider one of Microsoft’s Volume Licensing Programs because significant discounts are available. A licensing wizard is available on this site to help you choose the right program for their business...
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    Windows HPC Server Now in Top 10 Supercomputers

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    Windows HPC Server 2008 broke into the Top 10 among supercomputer list of the Top 500 super computers as judged by Top500.org Windows HPC Server 2008 , a 64-bit system that shipped Nov. 1, came in at No. 10, achieving 180.6 teraflops with 77.5% efficiency at the Shanghai Supercomputer Center and Dawning Information Industry Co. Windows HPC Server 2008 makes supercomputing more accessible to end users by allowing you to harness computing power through a familiar Windows desktop environment....
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    Discover the Internet Explorer 8 Developer Tools

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    Developers are discovering the new capabilities of Internet Explorer's 8 developer tools. The new tools let you to review the internal representation of a Web page from the browser's perspective. You can use the Developer Tools to: Viewing individual attributes Determining why a particular CSS rule is applied to an individual element Previewing different document compatibility modes Debug and profile your JavaScript Developer Tools are available from a menu item inside Internet...
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    You're Invited to XamlFest Silicon Valley - 12/17 + 12/18

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    Description Are you excited about the WPF but concerned about the learning curve? Have you seen Silverlight but don’t know where to get started? Or are you curious about how tools like Visual Studio and Expression Blend help designers and developers work together to deliver great user experiences? If so, join us at XamlFest! XamlFest is a two day interactive event where you’ll learn about the platforms the tools and processes used to deliver differentiated user experiences. It’s a chance...
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    Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio 2008 Released

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    Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio 2008 (RDS) was released this week at the RoboDevelopment Conference. It is a Windows-based environment for hobbyist, academic and commercial developers to create robotics applications for a variety of hardware platforms. RDS includes a lightweight REST-style, service-oriented runtime, a set of visual authoring and simulation tools, as well as tutorials and sample code to help get started. Non-programmers can create robot applications using a visual programming...
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    Microsoft's patents and patent applications in Cloud Computing

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    Here's some great info on Microsoft’s patents and patent applications in the area of Cloud Computing. http://www.freepatentsonline.com/result.html?p=1&edit_alert=&srch=xprtsrch&query_txt=AN%2Fmicrosoft+AND+cloud+AND+search&uspat=on&usapp=on&date_range=last20&stemming=on&sort=chron&search=Search .  It is not necessary to read an entire patent to understand the main concepts.  Instead, you can read the ABSTRACTS, which appear at the top of each document...
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    ISO Publishes Office Open XML specification

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    The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has published the Office Open XML (OOXML). OOXML is a file format for representing spreadsheets, charts, presentations and word processing documents. An Office Open XML document file contains mainly XML based files compressed within a zip package. The announcement was made on the ISO news release, Publication of ISO/IEC 29500:2008, Information technology - Document description and processing languages - Office Open XML file formats . The...
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    Internet Explorer 8 Release Candidate Due in First Quarter 2009

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    The Internet Explorer 8 team has announced that a release candidate (RC) will be available to the public in the first quarter of calendar year 2009. The announcements were made on the IEBlog posting, IE8: What's After Beta 2 . Dean Hachamovitch writes, "We have combed through instrumentation of over 20 million IE sessions and hundreds of hours of usability lab sessions. ... We will be very selective about what changes we make between the next update and final release." You can download beta...
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    Moonlight Roadmap Supports Silverlight 2 in March Timeframe

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    The roadmap for Moonlight includes support for Microsoft's Media Pack 1.0 for playing back video and audio.in a release scheduled for the next few weeks. And support for Silverlight 2 features planned for March. November/s Moonlight 1.0 Beta includes: Support for Microsoft's Media Pack 1.0 for playing back video and audio. Silverlight 1.0 compatible engine. Scriptable with the browser JavaScript. C/C++ based, no managed code. Distribution: Linux/x86 and Linux/x86-64. Source...
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    Learn all about Microsoft Dynamics Mobile

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    Our final Dynamics session will give you insight into our Microsoft Dynamics Mobile product. Part 6: Dynamics Mobile as a platform Date: 11/24/2008 09:00AM PST Trainer: Bert Berkholder Course Description Concluding this series of webinars, join Bert Burkholder from Microsoft in a session focused on the story of Microsoft Mobile and in particular the Microsoft Dynamics Mobile product. Bert will cover the capabilities of Microsoft Dynamics Mobile and tell the story of the design decisions...
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    Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 SP1 Released (Hits GA!)

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    Microsoft Dynamics ® AX 2009 Service Pack 1 (SP1) contains the complete set of updates that Microsoft has issued since the June 2008 RTM release of Microsoft Dynamics ® AX 2009, as well as a number of enhancements and new features to improve the product’s functionality and user experience. Key highlights in this service pack release include: 1. Support for Microsoft SQL Server ® 2008. 2. Supports future GLS releases and targeted releases, such as the Environmental Sustainability module, which...
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    New Screencast: Adding Tabs to a TabSet in Office 2007 Apps

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    You may have noticed, say in Powerpoint, that when you click on a Chart that you've inserted there is a cool little grouping of tabs that happens.  You'll see that you get a "Chart Tools" tab set created in the title bar that shows you that the Design, Layout and Format tabs all apply to charts.  You can add your own tabs to these tab sets, or add groups to a tab within the tab set, and in this video I’ll show you how. Adding Tabs to a TabSet in Office 2007 Apps Here are my other...
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    Join me December 3rd on BenkoTips Live and on Demand

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    I’ll be co-hosting an episode of BenkoTips: Live and on Demand on VSTO Applications with MSDN Developer Evangelist Mike Benkovich December 3rd.  Here’s the details, hope you can join us: Dec 3 - VSTO Applications with John Wiese Why start from scratch when you can stand on the shoulders of giants? Since the introduction of Visual Studio Tools for the Microsoft Office System (VSTO) developers are able to extend and expand the functionality of the most popular computer applications to build functionality...
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    Save $200 on Early Registration to MIX09

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    Save $200 off the price of MIX09 when you register online before January 15, 2009. MIX09 is March 18 - 20, 2009 in Las Vegas. What’s New for MIX09? Learn from and connect with more external speakers than ever before. View latest speaker list . More speakers and sessions to be announced in December. Register for pre-event workshops designed to provide in-depth focus on practical skills and topics for both developer and designer professionals. MIX09 sessions will focus on key topics...
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    Microsoft Robotics - On to Mars!

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    If you attended PDC2008 recently you could not have missed that NASA was there along with guys from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) to talk about the great work they do. The tie-in of course if that we recently launched the next challenge at http://www.robochamps.com . This series of challenges gives you the opportunity to write code to have a robot solve a particular challenge. The first challenge had your robot trying to solve a maze. The second challenge was to win at Robot Sumo. Recently...
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    Accelerators for Microsoft Dynamics CRM

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    We have released a number of accelerators for Microsoft Dynamics CRM. Accelerators are add-on modules that deliver extended capability to Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0. The current release of Accelerators for Microsoft Dynamics CRM includes the following: Analytics - Extends business intelligence for Microsoft Dynamics CRM by delivering sales, service and operations dashboards. Event Management - New functionality to plan, create, execute, and review events. E-Service Portal - A configurable...
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    Introducing CCR and DSS Toolkit 2008

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    Two of the key components of Microsoft Robotics are: Concurrency and Coordination Runtime (CCR) Decentralized Software Services (DSS) What you may not realize though is that these technologies have applications that go far beyond robotics. Read more about these technologies here - http://www.microsoft.com/ccrdss/ Read case studies that show how this technology can be used in business here - http://www.microsoft.com/ccrdss/#CaseStudies These technologies are also discussed...
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    Using Active Directory for authentication to CRM Online and MS Online Services

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    We are making it easy to federate your Active Directory with our Services AD so that you can access CRM Online using your AD account as if CRM Online was on your network for example. You can read more about this at this link - http://blogs.msdn.com/dynamicscrmonline/archive/2008/10/31/using-active-directory-for-authentication-to-crm-online-and-ms-online-services.aspx Also check out these links: http://channel9.msdn.com/pdc2008/BB29/ www.microsoft.com/servicesconnector John O'Donnell...
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    Your interested in Microsoft Dynamics CRM, which PDC2008 session(s) should you watch?

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    Andrew Bybee - Rapid Business Application Development with Microsoft Dynamics CRM Adam Wilson - Microsoft Dynamics Online Commerce and Payment API Humberto Lezama Guadarrama / Ben Riga - Microsoft Dynamics CRM - Appealing Business Applications Josh Honeyman - Dynamics AX: Building Business Process into your Application David Shutt - Case Study Microsoft Dynamics CRM : One code base On Premise and On Line John O'Donnell Microsoft Dynamics ISV Architect Evangelist Microsoft Corporation...
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    Build Service Application Using WCF REST Starter Kit

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    The Windows Communications Foundation (WCF) REST Starter Kit is a set of features, Visual Studio templates, samples and guidance that enable users to create REST style services using WCF. It provides features that enable or simplify various aspects of using the http capabilities in WCF, such as caching, security, error handling, help page support, conditional PUT, push style streaming, type based dispatch and semi-structured XML support. The WCF REST Starter Kit also provides Visual Studio templates...
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    You're invited to XamlFest Boston - December 11 + 12

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    Just in time for the holiday season, the next stop on the XamlFest US Tour is Boston. You're invited to come spend 2 days with us as we explore WPF, Silverlight, Visual Studio, Expression Blend, and the technology that unifies them - XAML. The invitation appears below - hope to see you there! jmp Description Are you excited about the WPF but concerned about the learning curve? Have you seen Silverlight but don’t know where to get started? Or are you curious about how tools like...
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