March, 2009

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    IE 8 Performance

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    With IE 8 being expected to be released any day now http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/biz/archives/2009/03/12/2003438292 the discussions are not only focusing around the new features such as Accelerators or WebSlices, but also on the question of performance. How will IE8 compare to competitive browser technology? For the Internet Explorer 8 performance published, the Top 25 websites in the world were used as measured by comScore to reflect the sites users are most likely to visit on the web. The following...
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    ADO.NET Data Services To Get Update, 'Astoria' Offline Services Explored

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    The ADO.NET Data Services team has announced that ADO.NET Data Services 1.5 is will be made available as a community preview and an early preview of 'Astoria' Offline for disconnected scenarios with Web services has been released. ADO.NET Data Services shipped as part of .NET Framework 3.5 SP 1 so you could create flexible data services that are naturally integrated with the web. The consumers of your services use URIs to point to pieces of data and simple, well-known formats to represent that...
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    Join Developers for TechEd in May in Los Angeles, Register Now for Discount

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    Come join developers for TechEd North America held May 11-15 in Los Angeles. Register before March 22 for the $150 discount. Attendees have the unique chance to choose from 22 Technical Tracks with over 750 learning opportunities , hundreds of Breakout sessions , and incredible opportunities to expand professional networks - before, during and after the event Developers get hands-on time with new tools for security, maximizing deployments, and much more. Find out how Azure Services Platform...
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    ASP.NET MVC eBook Tutorial Available for Free

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    Scott Guthrie has announced on his blog that an end-to-end tutorial is available now as a free eBook. The tutorial is a chapter from Professional ASP.NET MVC 1.0 book now in production written by Scott Hanselman, Rob Conery, and Phil Haack for Wrox . You can preorder the book now from Amazon. The tutorial starts by using the File->New Project command in Visual Studio to create a brand new ASP.NET MVC project, and then incrementally adds functionality and features. Along the way it covers how...
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    1st ISV Software Architecture Workshop in NYC

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    Context: I organized, in close collaboration with Bill Zack (NYC area AE) and Bruce Kyle (ISV AE from Redmond, flying out to NYC on his own dime), an exclusive, and by invitation only, ISV Software Architecture Workshop (SAW) in New York City on March 10 th 2009. The event was in direct response to the feedback we received at the CTO Roundtable of our managed partners to facilitate more learning of new and emerging Microsoft technologies, experience exchange, and networking amongst the ISV community...
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    Team System 2010 Roadmap

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    With Visual Studio 2010 on the horizon I’ve been asked a number of times what’s in store for the next release of Team System. Bill Mauer is hosting a webcast later this month to articulate exactly that. If you’re interested, please register to attend and please feel free to forward this on to those you know who may also be interested. Microsoft’s Product Management organization recently released more detailed information on the upcoming Visual Studio Team System 2010 release (formerly code name Rosario...
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    SQL Data services features - going relational

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    Today we announced the details of our plans to accelerate the delivery of core relational database features as part of SDS. SQL Data Services Team blog and the Data Platform Insider Blog We will be announcing technical details of the TDS based SDS service at MIX 2009 – www.visitmix.com
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    Business Action World Tour Demonstrates How to Get To Market Faster

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    Differentiating your line-of-business applications from those of your competitors has never been more important. Microsoft Dynamics CRM can help you get your application to market quicker. And while you can certainly use it to develop customer relationship applications, you can also build a wide range of business applications. Dynamics CRM includes the essentials required for building, delivering and maintaining multi-tenant Software+Services applications. And delivering those applications can get...
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    Windows Azure Technology Cross Pollinates with Windows Server

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    Future versions of Windows Server will enable companies to efficiently manage and provide virtualized applications through the Web just like Microsoft Corp.'s upcoming platform as a service, Windows Azure , according to Steven Martin, senior director for developer platform product management at Microsoft. In an article in ComputerWorld, entitled Microsoft: Enterprises will be able to self-host Windows Azure, someday , Martin says, "The innovation in Azure and future versions of Windows Server...
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    Getting Started with Oslo Using 'M'

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    A community technology preview was released for Microsoft project code named "Oslo" in January and now there are some great places to learn about how to get started using it. The whole idea of modeling helps you describe the problem you are solving closer to the world that your users need, rather than in code constructs. ” Oslo ” is the codename for Microsoft’s forthcoming modeling platform that helps you build your own models. Modeling is used across a wide range of domains and allows more people...
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    Try Out PowerShell in Windows 7 in Your Development Efforts

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    Been trying out Windows 7? Try out the Windows PowerShell 2.0 graphical scripting editor. PowerShell is used by ISV developers and testers to build out, install applications, and run tests against your own code. You have access to .NET Framework from within PowerShell. And you enabled your own applications from within PowerShell. PowerShell 2.0, with the Group Policy Management Console (available as a separate download), allows IT Pros to use scripting to manage Group Policy Objects and to...
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    Application Lifecycle Management Workshops Help ISVs Realize Full Potential of Team Foundation Server

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    Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) is the cornerstone of great software. ALM combines best practices in business and software engineering. ISVs who use ALM tools get to market quicker with higher quality software. Microsoft offers Visual Studio Team Foundation Server (TFS), a team collaboration platform that combines a team portal, version control, work-item tracking, build management, process guidance, and business intelligence into a unified server. A series of workshops will help you understand...
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    Webcast Helps ISVs with Windows 7 Application Compatibility

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    Windows 7 release is on the horizon and you want to be ready with a version of your application that is compatible. Where do you start? What should you know? What functionality in your application could be affected? Your application works on XP -- will it work on Windows 7? Your application works on Vista -- will it work on Windows 7? Spend an hour on March 16 at noon Eastern (9 am Pacific) focused on explaining the key areas of Windows Application Compatibility with a consultant from the Windows...
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    SPLA Update Announcement Reduces Costs for ISVs

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    This week Microsoft announced cost-reducing updates to the Services Provider License Agreement (SPLA) . Announcements were made at the Microsoft Hosting Summit 2009 . SPLA is used by ISVs who have a hosted offering. The idea is to license Microsoft products on a monthly basis. This means that instead of buying a license for Windows Server and SQL Server for example, you can pay based on usage. SPLA offers a monthly usage-based cost. Therefore you pay only for what was made available the previous...
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    Web Designers, Developers Register for MIX09

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    MIX09 will take place soon, in Las Vegas on March 18 th -20 th , with pre-conferences on March 17 th . You will be hearing about the standards-based web, next generation media, data driven design, rich internet applications and the collaboration between designers and developers. Headlining the event are industry luminaries Bill Buxton , Scott Guthrie and Dean Hachamovitch . And all MIX09 attendees will receive more than $700 in free software and services from Windows Web Server 2008 and GoGrid Hosting...
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    Build Software, Build a Business During CRM Incubation Week

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    Come bring you idea, business and development talent to Second CRM Incubation Week . Business and technology experts help you get your idea up and running. You’ll learn how to build next generation business solution on Microsoft Dynamics CRM . Dynamics CRM is a rapid application development platform to reduce the cost and go-to-market time. You get entrepreneur coaching from a panel of industry experts of both academic and angel investors. And you generate marketing buzz around your application...
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    Quick Applications Help You Get Stared with Live Services Development

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    Quick Applications offer customizable out-of-the box solutions for specific Web scenarios. Each Quick App is built on Live Services and is offered as a source code download you can use right away. Live Framework The Live Framework is the uniform way for programming Live Services from a variety of platforms, programming languages, applications and devices. You can leverage these Live Services in your application. And Quick Applications shows you how to get started in a real-life app. The applications...
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    Resources Available to Get Started with Windows 7

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    ISVs are looking for ways to show that you are thought leaders and are embrasing the changes going on. Often, this leads to increased sales as users adopt the emerging technologies. But where to you find out about Windows 7? DevReadiness.org . You'll find links to news, the readiness cookbook that describes what you need to do for your application to work with Windows 7, logo requirements, and all kinds of helpful links. Here is a list of additional sites that can help: Dev Readiness Community...
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    First Look at New Office 14 Roadmap

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    Chris Capossela , senior VP of the company's information worker group, expalined what is coming in the next version of Office System in an interview with Information Week in Microsoft Opens Office 14 Kimono, Slightly . You'll find the focus will be on collaboration, new developer scenarios, and evolving Office's role in Microsoft's "software plus services" strategy via new Web applications, and improved mobile access. Office Web Applications , lightweight browser-based versions of the full client...
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    C# moved to #1 for Programming Book Sales According to O’Reilly’s Radar

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    Book sales is probably not the most accurate measure for the usage of different programming languages, but with no doubt, the sales of books is strongly correlated with the interest and uptake of the languages. I found it very interesting to see a recent publication on O’Reilly’s radar by Mike Hendrickson, discussing the state of the Computer Book Market in 2008. While the overall market for programming books was down 5.9% during 2008 certain books for programming languages are still experiencing...
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