November, 2008

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    .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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    PowerThreading Library for Silverlight, by Jeffrey Richter of Wintellect

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    Just found out about the new PowerThreading Library for Silverlight, by Jeffrey Richter of Wintellect. This is definitely worth checking out. Now Available:  PowerThreading Library for Silverlight, by Jeffrey Richter of Wintellect Available now for immediate download from http://Wintellect.com/PowerThreading is the latest version of Wintellect’s free Power Threading Library by Jeffrey Richter.  This new version includes a DLL for use by Silverlight applications and components. ...
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    How Azure Services Platform Changes Your Architecture

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    David Chappell has put together a white paper that provides an early look into how your application architecture changes with the introduction of Azure Services Platform . Chappell explains the platform in detail for architects and technical decision makers. Azure Services Platform is a group of cloud technologies, each providing a specific set of services to application developers. The components of the Azure Services Platform can be used by local applications running on a variety of systems...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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