December, 2008

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    New Features in Windows 7 Fall into Five Key Themes

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    When you think of the new features in Windows 7, you can think of them in five key themes. Mobile computing . This includes improvements in energy efficiency, security, and the ability to move in and out of networks. Services design. Windows 7 focuses on core capabilities and take out client applications focused on communications and user experience. Personalization. The OS will adapt to how a user interacts with a PC and how the user wants the user interface to look and feel...
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    Open XML Interoperability Tools Released Under Document Interoperability Initiative

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    Document Interoperability Initiative (DII) has announced the availability of three tools that help developers interoperate with Open XML documents. They are: A free plug-in for Firefox to translate Open XML documents to HTML An update to the Open XML and the Open Document Format (ODF) translator A toolkit for Java developers DII released the OpenXML Document Viewer as an open source project on its Codeplex Web site. The viewer translates documents in the Open XML format to HTML so...
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    Silverlight for Linux Goes Beta with Moonlight

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    The Novell-sponsored Moonlight project has released its first beta of its Linux implementation of Silverlight. The Moonlight 1.0 release is intended to provide give Linux users feature parity with Microsoft's Silverlight 1 plus some features in Silverlight 2, such as adaptive streaming. Adaptive streaming is a feature whereby the end user gets a variable rate for their video stream based on their current network traffic and bandwidth. The basic idea is to ensure complete video delivery to end...
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    Is the Open Source Model Broken?

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    I was reading a rather provocative article in BusinessWeek about the traditional Open Source Software (OSS) business model, written by Stuart Cohen with the title “ Open Source: The Model Is Broken" . Within the article Stuart argues that the classic OSS-business models, to make money only through support and service, will not be successful in today’s world. One of the reason is that Software platforms are becoming (or actually already are) a commodity. That means that service an d support for...
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    Use Legos at WomenBuild Workshop at MSDN Developer Conferences

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    WomenBuild is designed to address how do we attract and grow Women in Technology through creative out-of-the-box thinking. Events are being held at the MSDN Developer Conferences November 2008 through February 2009. WomenBuild event combines personal interaction and networking with the use of LEGO® Bricks as a conceptual modeling tool, part of the LEGO® Serious Play Program (LSP) . City Date Houston December 9 Orlando December 11 Atlanta...
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    Top 10 Microsoft Research Projects

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    Network World highlights a sneak peek at 10 technologies developed in Microsoft Research. Check out Ten Microsoft Research Projects . The projects include: Surface. The multi-touch table computer. Pictionaire. For business collaboration. Social Streams. Real-time trend aggregator. Blue Track. Mouse for all surfaces. Robotic Receptionist and several more that are coming soon such as Visual Studio 2010 and Oslo. For a look at each of the advances, see Microsoft Research Slide...
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    Beta for Service Pack 2 Ships for Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008

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    The beta release of the second service pack for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 is available through MSDN, TechNet and through Windows Update. A single service pack will update both Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008. The beta release is intended for technology enthusiasts, developers, and IT pros who would like to test Service Pack 2 in their environments and with their applications prior to final release. Windows Vista SP2 and Windows Server 2008 SP2 are updates that address feedback...
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    Windows 7 Beta 1 for MDC Attendees

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    Breaking news!!! Attend an upcoming MSDN Developer Conference and you will receive a Windows 7 Beta 1 DVD. Register today and you’ll get the best of the PDC in your own backyard and hear all of the exciting announcements around the Azure Services Platform and Windows 7. Experience Windows Azure Create applications that seamlessly bridge the gaps between PC, Web, and phone Be among the first to see Windows 7 See the latest advances in Multi-Touch Application Development Take your...
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    More Limited Time Deals for Visual Studio, Visual Studio Team Suite, MSDN

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    Three big discount programs are now being offered on Visual Studio for a limited time. Step up to the complete Visual Studio Team System 2008 Team Suite, and save 30%. That’s a huge savings to give your development team the full suite of tools - and help them collaborate better than ever during the entire application lifecycle. Anyone who purchases Visual Studio Team System 2008 Development Edition with an MSDN Premium subscription can also download the Database Edition from their account...
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    Visual Studio 2010 & .NET 4.0 Training Kit Available

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    If you're interested in learning more about the what's coming in the VS 2010/.NET 4.0 wave, check out the "Visual Studio 2010 & .NET 4.0 Training Kit" (November Preview) The Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4.0 Training Kit includes presentations, hands-on labs, and demos. This content is designed to help you learn how to utilize the Visual Studio 2010 features and a variety of framework technologies including: C# 4.0, Visual Basic 10, F#, Parallel Computing Platform, WCF, WF, WPF, ASP...
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    Industry Leaders Share S+S Tips in Webinar

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    Wouldn't it be great to sit down with successful Software plus Service market leaders and hear some of the practical tips and pragmatic tricks they have learned on their way to achieving market success? This webinar is your chance on Tuesday, December 16 at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time. Microsoft has invited four category-leading firms to share specific, hard-hitting, business-changing information with partners that will help you take your business to the next level. You’ll meet representatives from...
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    Visual Studio Team System 2008 Database Edition GDR Ships

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    The final version of the Visual Studio Team System 2008 Database Edition GDR has been released to the web. General Redistribution Release is really is a complete new release, based on a new architecture. We have taken the architectural changes from the Rosario project (Visual Studio Team System 2010) and rolled them forward in time. The GDR release is aligned with the upcoming Visual Studio Team System 2010 release. It also provides numerous new features and extensibility points. In addition...
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    New Chart Control Available for Your ASP.NET Applications

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    A cool new ASP.NET server control - <asp:chart /> - can be used for free with ASP.NET 3.5 to enable rich browser-based charting. Once installed the <asp:chart/> control shows up under the "Data" tab on the Toolbox, and can be easily declared on any ASP.NET page as a standard server control. The control was announced in Scott Guthrie's blog posting, New ASP.NET Charting Control: <asp:chart runat="server"/> . <asp:chart /> supports a rich assortment of chart options...
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    Redmond FireStarter Event Features Windows For Developers

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    On December the 12 th (Friday) we are going to have a Windows FireStarter event at the Microsoft Conference Center. If you are a Developer or an IT Pro you’d definitely not want to miss this event. Just like all other FireStarter Events, we will be recording and making the entire content available for download post event. All the sessions in this event are presented to you by some Excellent Microsoft Speakers who are Subject Matter Experts. Take a look at the agenda below: ...
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    So What Features in Windows Server 2008 R2 Matter to ISVs?

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    With Windows Server 2008 R2 announcement, ISVs are looking for the features that will add to their customer experience. Some of the improved areas in R2 are virtualization, management, Web, and enterprise workloads. So here's a quick list of the features you'll want to put into your future product plans: Virtual Machine Live Migration Remote Desktop Services Windows PowerShell 2.0 Full .Net Support on the server core Support for more than 64 cores BranchCache Windows BitLocker...
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    Language Enhancements in C# 4.0 and Beyond

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    Based on the .NET Framework 4.0 we will see new and exciting features. The theme for future C# versions is to incorporate more features based on the industry trends: Dynamic Language Support: In the industry see more and more use of dynamic languages such as Ruby and Python by the developer community. I still believe that static typing provides a very important safety net, but on the other hand some tasks are just done much more efficiently done in dynamic languages. Therefore I am very excited about...
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