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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    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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    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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    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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    Azure Issue Tracker Sample Application Demonstrates Multi-tenant ISV, SaaS Solutions.

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    Azure Services Evangelism team is pleased to announce the release of the Azure Issue Tracker sample application. This demo is appropriate for demonstrating multi-tenant ISV, SaaS solutions. Two releases have been announced. A Standard version shows federation with Windows LiveID users, integration with SQL Data Services, and the core claims-based authorization model and architecture using the .NET Access Control Service. You can download the Standard version today from the Codeplex project...
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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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    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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    Upcoming Navision 2009 ISV Upgrade Training Events

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    We have three training events focused on upgrading to Dynamics NAV 2009 coming up in February and March and best of all they are online so no travelling required. Here are the details. PLC ID Event Title Date Time Dur PLC Registration URL 261704 Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 ISV Upgrade Series: Overview & Preparation 2/18/09 8:00 AM PT 60 min https://training.partner.microsoft.com/plc/details.aspx?publisher=12&delivery...
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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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    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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    ASP.NET MVC 1.0 Release Candidate Now Available

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    Scott Gurthrie, Vice President of the .NET Developer Platform, has announced that release candidate for ASP.NET MVC has been released. It works with both Visual Studio 2008 and the free Visual Web Developer 2008. You can download the release from here . ASP.NET MVC enables you to build Model View Controller (MVC) applications by using the ASP.NET framework. ASP.NET MVC helps you clearly separate of concerns, supports test-driven development, gives you fine grained control over HTML and JavaScript...
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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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    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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    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 Atlanta - Feb 23 + 24

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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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    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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    patterns & practices Publishes Rich Internet Application Pattern

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    Microsoft’s patterns & practices team has published an RIA pattern under the Application Architecture Guide 2.0 project. The pattern addresses a 3-tier scenario providing a solution for it. And although the document can be applied regardless of platform, it does show how the Microsoft technologies, such as Windows Server 2008, Silverlight , ADO.NET Entity Framework , fit together to form the pattern. In this scenario, you are using an existing database schema in the development of a Rich Internet...
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    You're invited to XamlFest Boston - Feb 26 + 27

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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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    Call for Content in Worldwide 24-hour TechDays Event

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    For the first time ever, you can join the entire world-wide developer community together online for one continuous 24 hour period of learning and connecting using the “Defy All Challenges.Together.” Developer Tools campaign. This free event will begin at 8am in APAC and conclude 24 hours later in the Americas. Ambitious? Yes. Crazy? Absolutely. Can we do it? You bet! This event is open to developers all over the world to speak on a topic you care deeply about, even if you have never presented...
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    Microsoft Hosting Days with Business, Technical and ISV Tracks

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    Microsoft Hosting Days is an annual event series that offers three different tracks and a unique opportunity to network during Happy Hour with key Microsoft professionals as well as your partners within the hosting ecosystem. In the US, there are three full day events planned 1. February 19 in Reston, VA 2. March 26 in Irvine, CA 3. April 16 in Chicago, IL Who Should Attend: Service Providers, VARs, SIs and ISV Partners should attend this event! For partners currently enrolled in the...
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    Internet Explorer 8 Release Candidate Enhances Security, Performance, Compatibility

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    The first release candidate for Internet Explorer 8 has been released to the web. You can download it from Internet Explorer 8: Worldwide sites . The release candidate adds protection against malicious Web attacks and tweaks to a feature that lets users browse the Internet privately. Reviewers are reporting improvements in speed and reliability. Here are some of the features I wanted to call out. For more information about the list of features that are part of Internet Explorer 8, see Windows...
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    1st ISV Software Architecture Workshop (SAW) in NYC :-)

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    In direct response to feedback we received at the CTO Roundtable from our managed ISVs, we are organizing an exclusive, and by invitation only, Software Architecture Workshop (SAW) for our managed partners. The event will be an intense and interactive one day event that is specifically targeted to address topics of interest to the attendees Benefits: · Opportunity to Network with other ISVs in the area · Learn about and share your experiences adopting new Architecture paradigms, such as S+S, Cloud...
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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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    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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    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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