January, 2009

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    Cookbook, Guide Can Assist in Windows 7 Application Compatibility Tests

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    A new cookbook and developer guide and help you make sure your applications are ready for Windows 7. DevReadiness provides links to the documentation, videos, and developer kits. For example, you'll find: Windows 7 Application Compatibility Cookbook . Provides a step-by-step guide on how to verify the compatibility of your applications with the new operating system and provides an overview of the few known application compatibility issues in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. Windows...
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    You're invited to XamlFest CT - February 12th + 13th

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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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    You're Invited to XamlFest SoCal - January 14 + 15

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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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    App Certification Gets Easier for Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2

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    Big changes have happened for certifing your application for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. The changes are posted in the Windows Application Quality Cookbook on Codeplex. Certification is important from two standpoints. One is so you can use the logos to show your customers your application is compatible. The other is for partner points. Certifying your applications on various Microsoft platforms is central to getting to Certified Partner or Gold Partner. The proposed program for Windows...
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    You're invited to XamlFest Portland - Feb 19 + 20

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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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    You're Invited to XamlFest Redmond - February 16 + 17

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    yet another xamlfest inviation - this time for redmond - appears below. 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 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...
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    You're Invited to XamlFest NYC - February 9th + 10th

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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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    Live Framework Tools Updated in January CTP

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    The Live Framework Tools team has announced the January CTP update. This update contains a number of fixes. The update was announced on Live Framework CTP Developer Connection on Connect. It is one of the three parts of the Live Framework SDK and Tools . The Live Framework Tools significantly decrease the time it takes to develop Mesh-enabled Web Applications in Visual Studio 2008. However, Visual Studio is not required to create applications using Live Framework. The Live Framework Tools for...
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    Open Source Web Sandbox From Live Labs Help Secure Your Web Site

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    Web Sandbox , virtualization technology meant to make websites safer from attack, has been released with an Open Source license. Web Sandbox is designed to isolate the different parts of a Web page from each other via virtualization, thus enhancing security. Additionally, it will work with most browsers. Web Sandbox is a project of Microsoft's Live Labs and was released this week under the Apache License 2.0 license, but the project is not sanctioned or sponsored by the Apache Software Foundation...
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    Designers, Developers Ramp-up with Februrary XAMLFest Events Across the USA

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    John Pelak has been writing a lot about the XAMLFest events across the United States. These are two-day interactive event where you’ll learn about the platforms, tools and processes used to deliver differentiated user experiences. It’s a chance for you to mingle with user experience minded Microsoft folks and industry leading design firms and design integrators. You'll learn about WPF and Silverlight. Each Xamlfest day will start with interactive sessions by Microsoft and our design partners,...
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    SOA is dead; Long live…… well, Services ;-)

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    In her excellent blog post today, Anne Thomas Manes from the Burton Group declares the “official” passing away of the term SOA on January 1st, 2009. Once praised as the solution to all IT problems, SOA did not result in measurable benefits for most, but a few, companies. I really recommend reading the article that discusses the failures and opportunities the recently deceased SOA paradigm left behind. It is not a secret, I am NOT a fan of buzz words. I believe that buzzwords in the Software Industry...
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    Webcasts Help You Get Started With Azure Services Platform

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    If you’re a developer and you’re new to Azure Services Platform , there's a great place to start. Our ISV Innovation site has posted a Web seminar you’ll learn what Windows Azure is, and what is provided by the Azure Services Platform. You’ll learn about technologies that are available today, and those that are on the horizon. There are two sets of Webcasts. One set is for developers: Part: 1 Azure Services for Developers: Fundamentals Part: 2 Azure Services for Developers: Developing a...
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    New Server, Tools President Discusses Cloud, Azure, Economy

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    Ina Fried of CNET interviewed Bob Muglia , who was promoted this week to become President of the Server and Tools unit at Microsoft. In a blog posting, Q&A: Muglia on the cloud, Azure, and the economy , Muglia discusses The rollout of the Azure Services Platform. The kinds of applications that ISVs and enterprises may develop for Azure. The effect of the economy on the software business and what it means to ISVs. For more information, see Bob Muglia Named President of Server and...
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    Updated Windows Live Offers Your Customers New Ways to Share Information

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    At the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) this week, Steve Ballmer made a very significant announcement: the availability of the new version of Windows Live . The new Windows Live is designed to make it much easier to communicate and share experiences with the people you care about, and stay connected to the content and information that matters to you. In addition to market-leading and award-winning email and messenger client/services, Windows Live now infuses social networking across your online world...
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    How to Try Out Windows 7 Beta

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    Steve Balmer announced the availability of Windows 7 Beta at the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) this week. Built on the foundation of Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista, Windows 7 provides greater security and manageability for remote and local PCs, while improving on the fundamentals of performance and reliability. Your customers will be asking ISVs to be supporting Windows 7. Partners can get Windows 7 Beta in several ways: Through your TechNet Subscription. From your MSDN Subscription...
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    Windows Server 2008 R2 Beta Now Available

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    Windows Server 2008 R2 Beta is now available. You can download it from the Windows Server 2008 R2 Beta site. Key Features for ISVs You will want to start using Windows Server 2008 R2 for your own development efforts right away. Here's some of the features that apply to ISVs developing applications: Improvements to IIS and the Windows Web platform . New features in IIS 7.0 as well as other areas of Windows Server 2008 R2 to help applications run faster while using fewer system resources...
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    Windows SharePoint Services on Amazon EC2 - eLumenotion Blog

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    Just read a great post from Doug Ware on how to use Windows SharePoint Services (WSS) on Amazon EC2. This is a very compelling and cost effective solution. Once SharePoint Services are publically available in the Windows Azure Platform, I’m guessing Doug will consider a move. Awesome how-to Doug! Here’s the link to Doug’s original post: Windows SharePoint Services on Amazon EC2 Windows SharePoint Services on Amazon EC2 - eLumenotion Blog   Thanks for checking out this post! Cheers, Murray Gordon...
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    Wintellect releases 3 New SharePoint courses

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    I just found out from Todd Fine that Wintellect has released three SharePoint courses. Nice work guys! I know the guys at Wintellect have been working hard on these. Here are the details: The Great SharePoint Adventure An intense exploration of developing with all aspects of Windows SharePoint Services (WSS) and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) including Forms, Services, and Report Center. Developing Solutions with SharePoint Server 2007 Learn the development opportunities with Microsoft’s...
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    Upload Photos to Facebook from Windows Live Photo Gallery

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    Ever felt like it would be cool to upload photos straight from Photo Gallery? Well I definitely have. I almost downloaded Google's Picasa 3 just to be able to do this. The upload tool that's provided on Facebook.com always fails on me, so creating albums in Facebook was just too much of a pain to mess with. Fortunately Will Duff, a developer intern this past summer at Microsoft created plug-ins for both Photo Gallery and Movie Maker. Awesome news!!! Here's the info: Do you share photos on Facebook...
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    Report on the First 24 Hours with Windows 7

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    Denny Boynton provides an in-depth report of his experience with Windows 7. His blog post, My First Twenty-Four Hours With Windows 7 , explains his first impressions. And while skeptical, he applied Windows 7 to an older Intel, dual core 2.0GHz processor with 2GB RAM. Some highlights: He reports doing a clean install in about 20 minutes, boots fast. Applications are more responsive although he doesn't have an scientific data. And might be faster on 32-bit machines. He notices the user...
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    Live Mesh Wins Crunchie for Best Technology Innovation

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    CNet reports that Live Mesh won top honors in their blog post, Microsoft's Live Mesh top innovation at the Crunchies . The Chruncie is a popularity contest via votes cast through the Crunchies Web site and with input from the Crunchies Committee, consisting of co-hosts GigaOm, Silicon Alley Insider, TechCrunch, VentureBeat, and advisors. The article reports, "The most surprising winner for the evening was Microsoft's Live Mesh, which won in the category best technology innovation/achievement....
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    Ad Campaign Continues with 'Because It's Everybody's Business'

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    The next phase of the People Ready advertising campaign. The campaign introduces a new tagline— because it's everybody's business —and features prominent business leaders talking about the role that the right technology can play in enabling employees to drive business success. The message is particularly applicable now, in a time when many businesses are struggling to figure out how to succeed in the face of a difficult economic environment. The message underscorse the idea that business is personal...
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    MIX09 Content Grows, Discounts Available For Limited Time

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    The MIX09 Content Team is crazy-busy confirming sessions for Microsoft's premier event for Web developers and designers March 18-20 in Las Vegas, NV. During the coming weeks, the number of published sessions will more than double. Also, new for MIX09: 20 minute mini-sessions. Mini-sessions are grouped into blocks of three, by topic, and attendees can attend the full block or pick and choose between individual mini-sessions. Here's some examples of the great technical and cross-platform sessions...
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    Deployment of Your Business Applications for Office System Deployment Enhanced

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    ISVs have been building solutions to integrate back-end business data into the standard Office applications. The next version of Visual Studio offers some dramatic improvements which will ease the development, deployment, and management experience for solutions which complement Office System. S. Somasegar, Senior Vice President of Developer Division, has announced that it'll be easier than ever to develop, deploy, and manage your solutions which complement the Office suite in his blog posting...
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    New Community Preview for Visual Studio Extensions for SharePoint Released

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    The new Visual Studio 2008 extensions for Windows SharePoint Services (VSeWSS), released as version 1.3, are templates for creating, debugging, packaging and deploying SharePoint projects. This release includes templates for Web Parts, Data Lists, Content Types, Event Receivers and Modules, among others. VSeWSS is an add-on to Visual Studio that makes it easier to code-up solutions for SharePoint. It is an interim release, according to the SharePoint team blog in a posting Announcing: Community...
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