November, 2008

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Server Bundles Help Small Businesses

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    The Windows Essential Server Solutions products, specifically designed for for small and midsize businesses shipped this week. The servers included Essential Business Server (EBS) 2008, Microsoft's first-ever bundle for midsized businesses and Windows Small Business Server (SBS) 2008. The two bundles help serve the needs of businesses that have up to 300 PCs. Windows Essential Servers combine Windows Server 2008, Exchange 2007, Windows SharePoint Services, Microsoft Forefront, Windows Live...
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    Deep Visual Studio Team System Discounts for Partners with ISV Competency

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    Special Offer to Streamline your development process . ISV partner contributions are a critical factor in the overall success of Microsoft in the marketplace and we want to help you get the most from your application development process. Between October 1, 2008 and December 31, 2008, ISV competency partners may purchase Visual Studio Team System 2008 Team Suite with MSDN Premium subscription at a 66% discount off retail price! Give your team members the tools they need to drive software quality...
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    Launching a Smart Client from the Web - With Context!

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    SharePoint interest is growing with leaps and bounds, but there are still many scenarios that make more sense to leave in rich client applications. The question I've been asked a lot lately is how to bring these two worlds closer together. Say, for example, you've got a web page that displays some basic information about a customer. How can you create a hyperlink that launches a smart client and takes you to that same customer inside the application? The solution is probably easier than you suspect...
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    .NET Framework 4, Visual Studio 2010 Boasts New UX Features

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    Support for the empowering innovative user experiences in applications, such as Windows 7 multi-touch, ribbon controls, and taskbar extensibility features are being added to .NET Framework 4 accroding to S. Somasegar, Senior Vice President Developer Division in his blog posting .NET FX 4 . The Surface 2.0 SDK will also be built on Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) 4 and share a common multi-touch infrastructure and programming model. The DataGrid control will significantly improve your...
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    Microsoft Dynamics CRM Incubation Week

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    We are pleased to announce Microsoft Dynamics CRM Incubation Week. Microsoft Dynamics CRM Incubation Week is designed to offer following assistance to entrepreneurs. Learning and building next generation business solution on Microsoft Dynamics CRM Platform (a rapid application development platform to reduce the cost and Go-To-Market time) with help of on-site advisors (Microsoft Dynamics CRM experts). Getting entrepreneurs coaching from a panel of industry experts (academic and angel...
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    Add Search to Your Site Using Updated Live Search SDK

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    A Live Search team has released a community preview of the next version of its interface for application programmers. The project named Project Silkoad , lets you build applications without restrictions around presentation. The beta version of V2 is now available. Getting started is simple: Decide what search content you want to display on your site. Choose from JSON, SOAP, or XML output, Customize the output according to the needs of your own search application. You can get started...
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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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    Discounts Offered in Visual Studio 2008 Price Promotions

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    Microsoft has announced a set of discounts for Visual Studio purchasers in the Visual Studio 2008 Price Promotions. There are promotions for First time purchasers. Current customers without MSDN subscriptions Current customers with MSDN subscriptions Current customers with Software Assurance Visual Studio Team System customers first-time purchasers who are currently using any other development tool—including competitor tools or Visual Studio Express—can get Visual Studio Standard...
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    Glimpse Emerging Technologies at MDSN Developers Conferences

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    You're invited to attend the MSDN Developer Conference for a glimpse into the future of the Microsoft Application Platform. You will experience Microsoft’s vision for Cloud Computing and building applications that seamlessly bridge the gaps between PC, Web, and phone. Be among the first to see the full range of advances in Windows 7 , the next major version of the Windows client operating system. Sessions include the latest developments in .NET , Silverlight , Surface , Parallel Programming , Live...
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    Oslo's Modeling Language 'M' To Be Published Under Open Specification Promise

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    " Oslo " is the code name for our platform for model-driven applications. The goal of "Oslo" is to provide a 10x productivity gain by making model-driven applications mainstream with domain-specific models, a new language, and tools. Community Technology Previews (CTPs) of the three components of Oslo through MSDN: The declarative modeling language known as "M" A new visual modeling tool known as Quadrant The Oslo repository "Microsoft is also going to publish the ‘M’ language specification...
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    Web Seminar Series - Why ISV's are Partnering with Microsoft Dynamics

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    Special Invitation Why ISVs are Partnering with Microsoft Dynamics Web Seminar Series November 17–24, 2008 Have you ever thought about developing on Microsoft Dynamics®? If you have, this is your chance to put those ideas into action. If you haven’t, this is the moment to start thinking. Our new series of six Web seminars, entitled Why ISVs are Partnering with Microsoft Dynamics , will help you learn all you need to know about Microsoft Dynamics. Beginning on November 17, 2008 at 09:00 A.M. PST...
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    Convergence 2009 Sponsor and Exhibitor Opportunities

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    Convergence is the premier Microsoft Dynamics event, bringing customers, partners, team members and industry experts together in an environment created for you to discuss solutions, address business needs and establish a true community that can be leveraged throughout the year. Convergence 2009 New Orleans (Mar 10 – 13, 2009) offers a unique opportunity to engage and communicate with a highly receptive and influential audience that is actively looking for fresh ideas. By becoming a sponsor...
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