December, 2008

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    Microsoft Code Name 'Geneva' Moves Identity to the Cloud

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    One of the hottest topic for ISVs is identity. The ability to identify a user and provide the correct details for that user is a challenge all ISVs face. ISVs need a federated identity, an identity that you can get from your customers. You need to be able to use that identity regardless of whether it comes from Active Directory or some other provider. A project Microsoft Code Name "Geneva" is an claims-based access model identity platform’s foundation is the claims-based access model. It is built...
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    ASP.NET MVC Design Gallery Launches

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    A new design gallery for ASP.NET MVC hosts free HTML design templates that you can download and easily use with your ASP.NET MVC applications. The site is part of asp.net . Included with each design template is a Site.master file, a CSS stylesheet, and optionally a set of images, partials, and helper methods that support them. Scott Guthrie, Vice President of the .NET Developer Platform, says on his blog entry ASP.NET MVC Design Gallery and Upcoming View Improvements with the ASP.NET MVC Release...
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    Next Internet Explorer 8 Preview Improves Compatability View

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    The next public update of Internet Explorer 8 includes improvements to Compatibility View that help end-users when they visit web sites that are not yet ready for IE8’s new, more standards-compliant defaults. The next beta release of Internet Explorer 8 is for Windows Vista- and Windows XP-based operating systems and for Windows 7 Beta. The next beta has been announced for first quarter of 2009. The new features in Internet Explorer 8 uses customer feedback to make the compatibility experience...
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    BizTalk Server 2009 Beta Available From Connect

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    The beta release of BizTalk Server 2009 is now available. This is the first customer gives you the first look of the feature-complete download. BizTalk Server 2009 supports the latest Microsoft application platform technologies, including Windows Server 2008, Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 SP1, Microsoft SQL Server 2008 and the .NET Framework 3.5 SP1. BizTalk Server 2009 also delivers expanded new connectivity options including new integration with Oracle Corp.’s E-Business Suite, as well as updated...
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    F# To Ship with Visual Studio 2010

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    Don Syme has announced that F# would ship as part of Visual Studio 2010 in his blog entry, F# to ship as part of Visual Studio 2010 . F# combines the succinct, expressive, and compositional style of functional programming with the runtime, libraries, interoperability, and object model of .NET. F# gives you: Succinct, type-inferred functional programming Interactive scripting like Python and other languages the foundations for an interactive data visualization environment the combination...
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    Visual Simulation SDK Available in Microsoft ESP

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    Have you wanted to build a product around technology that's in Microsoft Flight Simulator? Perhaps you have an idea for a game or simulation. Microsoft ESP is a visual simulation platform that brings immersive games-based technology to training and learning, decision support, and research and development modeling for government and commercial organizations. As a full platform, it is an all-in-one set of simulation engine, tools, and content, enabling developers to affordably create compelling...
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    Customize and Share C#, VB Coding Standards With Friends

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    Clint Edmonson has published a set of coding standards that you can customize and share with friends. Check out his latest posting on notsotrivial.net, called Holiday Goodie Bag: Free C# and VB Coding Standards Reference Documents . Edmonson point out the biggest lesson is "It doesn't matter what the standards are, as long as you have them and everyone agrees to adhere to them!"
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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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    SQL Server 2005 SP3 Released to Web

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    SQL Server 2005 SP3 has been Released to Web. This is the first Service pack using new criteria with emphasis on Redzone, Security, Watson, and Community voted bugs. This release is now available on the Download Center and will also be offered in the January 2009 refresh of Microsoft Update. One additional excellence achieved in this release is the simultaneous ship of the Post Service Pack rollup along with SP3 for the first time. For a list of new features and improvements that are included...
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    Summary: Microsoft Dynamics CRM Incubation Week

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    We had a very successful event. Thank you Startup Teams (invited 5 teams out of 50+ teams), Advisors (total 6), Judging Panel (total 6), MTC Reston Team and Snippies (our professional video crew). All teams could convert their dream ideas into a tangible solution using Microsoft Dynamics CRM platform. Two of the teams used SilverLight to sizzle their UX experience. See below for daily live updates. Sanjay’s Daily Blog Coverage: · Day5: Microsoft Dynamics CRM Incubation Week · Day4...
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    Top 10 Features ISVs Look to in SQL Server 2008

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    The SQL Server CAT team has put together a list of top features that independent software vendor (ISVs) can use with SQL Server 2008. SQL Server 2008 has hundreds of new and improved features, many of which are specifically designed for your large scale applications. This article presents details of the top 10 features that we believe are most applicable to such applications based on our work with strategic ISV partners. Along with the description of each feature, the main pain-points the feature...
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    How to Build Silverlight Business Applications Across Networks

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    Enterprise-class applications being built by ISVs require secure delivery of line-of-business (LOB) information across network boundaries. They are often provided over the Internet and require a role-based user interface and data trimming applied for the business context. Silverlight and .NET Framework 3.5 supplies excellent capabilities for building such scalable and secure LOB applications. The lightweight Silverlight runtime running inside a sandbox provides framework libraries for integration...
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    Help on the Way for Testers with Lab Management in Visual Studio Team System 2010

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    You testers tired of continually setting up your test only to find have bug that can't be reproduced? S. Soma Somasegar, Corporate VP of Developer Division describes the features in Visual Studio Team System 2010 for Lab Management in his blog posting, Lab Management in VSTS 2010 . He describes a world where virtualization combined with integration with Application Lifecycle Management and System Center Virtual Machine Manager gives new meaning to " Lab Management". It is built specifically...
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    Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Goes RTM With Improved Tools for ISV Applications

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    Office Communications Server 2007 R2 has been released to manufacturing (RTM). Customers will see the software at a virtual launch event in Feburary. OCS 2007 R2 incorporates new tools that developers can use to embed communication features into business applications. New application programmer interfaces and Visual Studio integration improves the efficiency of everyday business processes by enabling businesses to build communications-enabled applications and embed communications into business...
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    Microsoft Office PerformancePoint Server 2007 Service Pack 2 is now available!

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    With this new Service Pack, customers will see improved query performance in PerformancePoint Server scorecards, support for SQL Server 2008 , increased compatibility with Windows Server 2008, including support for Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V , and more filtering capabilities for PerformancePoint Server dashboards. These enhancements boost the already robust capabilities of PerformancePoint Server 2007, enabling organizations to effectively monitor, analyze, and plan their business. For more information...
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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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    Architecture Portal Gives Insight To Development Best-Practices

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    The Microsoft Architecture Portal provides insightful information and examples about latest techniques and trends, demonstrating how technology aligns to current business needs. You can learn what others are doing and how challenges are being addressed and share your ideas. You can participate in the discussion through our calls for papers and forums. The Architecture Portal provides unified knowledge base and latest news on Architecture including non-Microsoft sources. Right now, you'll find...
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    Microsoft Details Open Document Format Support For Office

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    In the next few weeks, Microsoft will release similar notes for its implementation of the pre-cursor to the ISO for Open XML. With the release of documentation Tuesday describing the company's implementation of the Open Document Format in Office 2007 Service Pack 2, Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT ) continues to deliver tangible results of a set of interoperability principles it announced in February 2008. Microsoft unveiled a Web site that goes into great detail about how Microsoft will implement ODF...
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    Azure Services Platform's Pricing, Availability

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    The top questions I get about the Azure Services Platform are about pricing and availability. While exact details have not been announced, there are some guidelines that can help ISVs in early decision making about adopting the new cloud platform. The details are provided on the Azure Services Platform Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page. ISVs can develop on the platform. Users purchase an ISV application and pays you through your own licensing and pricing model. For you to get an idea of how...
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    Microsoft Web Platform Installer Release Candidate

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    Release Candidates of the Microsoft Web Platform Installer are now available. Microsoft Web Platform Installer is a free tool that makes it simple to download and install the latest components of the Microsoft Web Platform, including: Internet Information Services (IIS) 6.0 and 7.0 SQL Server 2008 Express .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 Visual Web Developer 2008 Express SP1 Popular ASP.NET applications Popular PHP applications The Web Platform Installer offers a single installer to...
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    SPARKs Will Fly for Embedded Hobbyist Contest

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    Developers from around the world are participating in the SPARKS Will Fly contest for hobbiest interested in Windows Embedded . The contest challenges you to develop in Windows Embedded CE and Visual Studio; both of which are provided. The contest offers over $50,000 in total prize money with the first place winner taking home $15K and a trip to Microsoft Tech Ed US 2009. The contest is not only fun but is a great way to gain world-wide exposure, a world-wide respect, for embedded developers. ...
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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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    Special Offer for Customers & Partners: Save Over 40% on MIX09 Conference Passes!

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    It’s the holiday season – a time for family and friends, good cheer and PRESENTS! Plus, we understand that budgets are tight these days, so we’re offering discount MIX09 conference passes at $795 USD (that’s over 40% off the full price) to the first 200 people to register.  To take advantage of this offer, go to registration and select the "Register for the event using an RSVP Code" option.  Enter the RSVP code MIXspecial1 to receive your discounted conference pass.  This...
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    InfoWorld Tests Azure Services Platform

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    InfoWorld has done some initial tests on the Azure Services Platform and said, "Microsoft's Community Technology Preview reveals a thoughtfully designed cloud computing architecture where seasoned .Net developers will feel at home". It's article, entitled Test Center preview: Windows Azure Services Platform gives wings to .Net positions Azure as a platform aimed at "lone developers starting up a new Web-based company on a shoestring to large teams of enterprise developers looking for high-performance...
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    Research in Developer Productivity Explored

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    Dr Dobbs inteviewed Wolfram Schulte of Microsoft Research and discussed ongoing research in developer productivity in a posting, Microsoft Research: Looking for a RiSE in Developer Productivity . Schulte's team is tasked with reinventing all aspects of software development. The Research in Software Engineering (RiSE) team is exploring how developers can better handle concurrency, static analysis, testing and others. Among the research noted in the article: Task Parallel Library (TPL)...
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