April, 2009

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    Windows 7 Reaches Release Candidate Milestone

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    Big excitement today around the release of the Release Candidate (RC) for Windows 7. The release candidate is available on MSDN with public availability coming on May 5. So you'll be able to get the bits directly from the Windows 7 site. This posting highlights the business case of why you're customer will be moving to Windows 7. And some of the great new features of Windows 7 that are new to the RC. The RC milestone is an important step on the path to final delivery for Windows 7 as it indicates...
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    Prototyping Continues for Startups During Incubation Week Day 2

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    We're up to Day 2 of Incubation Week for Windows 7 in Irvine, CA. The event includes four startups who have pulled together marketing and technical persons. Incubation Week helps them take their ideas and turn them into working prototypes. Day 2 of the Incubation Week started with calls to the India team at Aditi Technologies updating the teams on the development work that was done offshore. Aditi team worked on discrete modules of the application for the startups that needs to be integrated into...
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    Get Started with SharePoint for Developers Screencasts, Integrate Web Services with Silverlight

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    Two more screencasts have been published in the SharePoint for Developers screencast series . The series shows you how to use Visual Studio Extensions for Windows SharePoint Services (VSeWSS) . The two new videos are: SharePoint for Developers Part 5 – Columns, Content Types, and Lists Kirk Evans show you how to create a list instance, custom field type, custom content type, and lists based off those assets. He shows how to prepopulate lists with data, and use a feature receiver to delete lists...
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    PHP Driver for SQL Server, Source Code Released

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    SQL Server Driver for PHP is now available for download on the MSDN download site. The source code to the update has been published on the CodePlex site. We've modified the source code specifically so that the extension can be compiled and used with the current builds of PHP 5.3. This cumulative update primarily consists of fixes to issues reported by the PHP community via our MSDN forum site. We've also made two less technical changes to improve the overall experience" The extension...
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    Draw User Interface Ideas Soon Using SketchFlow

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    How many times have you sat down and drawn out your application design literally on a napkin? Those early stage designs provide the powerful insights into what you want your application to do. But what if you can turn those diagrams into something that works? Or at least something that helps you think through your application? S. Somasegar, Microsoft's Senior Vice President of Developer Division, has announced a set of tools that add on to Expression Blend 3 called SketchFlow on his blog at Prototyping...
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    Startups Begin Apps on Elderly Assistance, Decision Management, Mobile Life, Cooking in Day 1 of Incubation Week

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    The Windows 7 Incubation week kicked off at the Microsoft technology center in Irvine, CA on April 27 th . The event is a week-long exercise with four startups building innovative applications using Windows 7. The event started off by a welcome address by my colleague, Suresh Sreedharan, followed by 6-hour marathon training on Windows 7 by the team from Interknowlogy . The training focused on the multi-touch and sensor platform along with the other new capabilities on the Windows 7 platform...
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    BizTalk Server 2009 Supports Latest Platforms, Enhances Developer Productivity

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    Microsoft BizTalk Server 2009 has now shipped. It introduces enhancements and new featured in four main areas: Support for the latest platforms from Microsoft including server, database and development environment. Enhanced developer productivity and new application life cycle management experience for development teams. New capabilities for implementing agile SOA integration solutions across heterogeneous technologies and Line of Business systems. Enhanced B2B and RFID...
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    First Look of Visual Studio 2010, .NET Framework 4.0 Available On Demand During May, June

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    Introducing Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4.0 is a set of Webcasts that will available on demand from msdev.com during May and June to give you an indepth look at the upcoming framework. Links are provided here for the Webcasts. You can see them as the come online. Overview of Visual Studio 2010, .Net 4.0, and Managed Languages Provides an overview of Visual Studio 2010, and .NET 4.0 including a brief explanation of the most significant new features. Also includes a discussion...
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    SharePoint Server Service Pack Begins Groundwork for SharePoint 2010

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    Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 SP2 and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server SP2 include fixes and enhancements designed to improve performance, availability, and stability in your server farms. SP2 provides the groundwork for future major releases of SharePoint Products and Technologies. For more information, see Service Pack 2 Overview . Internet Explorer 8 and Firefox support are updated. SP2 introduces a new Upgrade Checker, also known as stsadm operation preupgradecheck , to check if the server...
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    2007 Office System Service Pack Boosts Interoperability

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    Service Pack 2 (SP2) for the 2007 Microsoft Office system includes major performance enhancements for Office applications, most notably Microsoft Office Outlook and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server. One big benefit is SP2’s boost to interoperability, in particular for additional built-in file formats such as PDF and ODF. Users should notice the improved performance and stability of Outlook, better charting functionality in Excel, and more control over the appearance of SmartArt graphics. ...
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    NEW “How Do I” Videos for Windows Azure

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    New HDI videos for Windows Azure were posted online. One of the most exciting ones shows accessing Live Framework from PHP apps ! There are even Code snippets included where relevant. This is really cool stuff that you should check out if you are planning in, or interested in, moving your application into the cloud. Visit the overall HDI landing page regularly and sign up for the RSS feeds . The HDIs are a great tool to get a first look into the Microsoft Cloud Platform without installing the CTP...
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    Walkthrough to Get Your Applications Ready for Windows 7

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    The release candidate (RC) for Windows 7 is just around the corner. Dates for the Windows 7 RC were announced earlier this week. This blog posting is meant to be a one-stop introduction to next steps for the process of getting your application Windows 7-compatible and then lighting up your application with the new features in Windows 7. This is a real opportunity for your company to lead in your market. The Microsoft Partner Program has a good list of Windows 7 resources of ISVs including white...
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    Windows 7 Release Candidate Dates Announced

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    The Windows Team has announced the availability dates for Windows 7 in blog tonight, Windows 7 Release Candidate Update . Brandon LeBlanc writes, "I’m pleased to share that the RC is on track for April 30th for download by MSDN and TechNet subscribers. Broader, public availability will begin on May 5th." You can see what is new since the beta release in posting on Engineering Windows 7 : Some Changes Since Beta for the RC A few more changes from Beta to RC… Compatibility Readiness...
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    Learn How to Decrease Time to Market in Business Action Virtual Tour

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    Join us for the Business Action Virtual Tour worldwide next week. The tour shows how you can get to market quicker using Microsoft technologies. We know that differentiating your line-of-business applications from those of your competitors has never been more important. If you’ve considered using Dynamics CRM as a line-of-business platform, Silverlight or WPF to build compelling experiences, Office or SharePoint to build on the familiar skills of your end-users or Partner-Hosting or Azure Services...
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    Map Apps to Cloud, Discover Business Motivations, Develop Parallel Apps, Much More in Latest Architecture Journal

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    The Architecture Journal 19 - TechEd Special Edition is now available online. Read in this issue Mapping Applications to the Cloud by Darryl Chantry. Wil l all applications run in the Cloud? Should you attempt to port all of your existing applications to the Cloud? Should all your new applications be developed in the Cloud?What is this Cloud thing, anyway? These are a few of the questions that arise whenever you start thinking about using cloud services. Toward an Enterprise Business...
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    Dates Updated for Windows 7 Application Compatibility Labs

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    Your company is invited to participate in a half-day, complimentary Windows 7 AppCompat Lab ($1,000 value). This offering will give you the opportunity to test your application on Windows 7 in order to determine compatibility and performance characteristics. Work with Microsoft Technology Architects at a Microsoft Technology Center to understand how to manage and optimize your product for Windows 7. The purpose of these labs is to assist ISVs verify that your applications will run on Windows...
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    Vote for USA's Imagine Cup Contender

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    The Imagine Cup , now in its seventh year, effectively blends entrepreneurial spirit, innovation, design and social responsibility for students around the world. For the first time in US Imagine Cup history, we are hosting a “People’s Choice” voting competition where anyone (that means YOU!) can view the finalists’ project videos, and vote for their favorite team/project at IC US People's Choice . Voting is open until April 30th. The us representative is headed to Egypt for the finals. Enties...
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    Opportunities for ISVs to Step-up, Subscribe, Upgrade, Switch to Visual Studio, MSDN

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    There are a number of great opportunities for ISVs that are currently available for Visual Studio and MSDN subscripltions. Click on the links to find out more about each offer, the eligibility, and the benefits. 1. Step-up to Microsoft Visual Studio Team System 2008 and save up to 30% Step-up to Visual Studio Team System 2008 Team Development, Database, Architecture, Test Editions, or Visual Studio Team System 2008 Team Suite at up to a 30% discount. Valid December 1, 2008 to June 30...
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    Reasons to Consider Using ASP.NET MVC in Your Web Projects

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    Dan Wahlin has pulled together his top five reasons to take a closer look at ASP.NET MVC . Wahlin is a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional who looks at ASP.NET MVC from a developer perspective. His article in Dr. Dobbs Journal is entitled 5 Reasons For Taking a Closer Look at ASP.NET MVC . ASP.NET MVC enables you to build Model View Controller (MVC) applications by using the ASP.NET framework. ASP.NET MVC is an alternative, not a replacement, for ASP.NET Web Forms that offers the clear separation...
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    Expand What Your Application Does Using Web 2.0 APIs

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    Scott Hanselman has put together a blog posting that provides the source code and application programmer interfaces (APIs) for you to use .NET Framework for you to access information in Web 2.0 sites. His posting is named The Weekly Source Code 22 - C# and VB .NET Libraries to Digg, Flickr, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Live Services, Google and other Web 2.0 APIs . You'll find links to source code and Hanselmann's review of the code and how it works. You'll also see code snippetts so you can check...
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    Partners Invited to Virtual Windows 7 Readiness Day

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    Please join us for Windows 7 Virtual Readiness Day online on May 9. The online meeting begins at 8 am Pacific, 11 am Eastern. At this event you will have the opportunity to learn about Windows 7, the next-generation operating system from Microsoft. Online attendees can take advantage of the readiness and marketing tools made available specifically for partners to help prepare for the Windows 7 business opportunity. Windows 7 Partner Readiness Day will provide the resources you need to become...
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    Internet Explorer 8 Pushed to Users in April

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    Starting on or about the third week of April, users still running Internet Explorer 6 or Internet Explorer 7 on Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2003 or Windows Server 2008 will get a notification through Automatic Update about Internet Explorer 8. Unlike other updates, which can download and install automatically per the user's settings, IE8 may download to the PC -- but it requires the user's consent to install. This rollout will start with a narrow audience and expand over time...
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    Next Wave of Office 2010 Supports S+S Strategy, Preview Coming in Q3

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    Microsoft today announced the key capabilities and expected timeline for the next wave of Microsoft Office and related products. Office 2010 is the product name for what had been called "Office 14". Exchange 2010 will be the first product in this lineup, entering beta for customers to download today. Exchange 2010 will become available in the second half of 2009. Office 2010 — including Office Web applications, SharePoint Server 2010, Visio 2010 and Project 2010 — will enter a technical preview...
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    History of the Internet Explained in Video

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    Net History provides a comedic overview of the history of mainstream Internet use. Janeane Garofalo , Dave Hill and the ninja from the Ask a Ninja podcast riff on topics from modems to Internet memes. Enjoy. Internet Explorer 8 and the History of the Internet .
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    Exchange 2010 Beta Highlights S+S

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    The first public beta of Microsoft Exchange Server 2010, part of Microsoft’s unified communications family, was released today. You can get the beta from Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Try It . Exchange 2010 is part of the next wave of Microsoft Office-related products and is the first server in a new generation of Microsoft server technology built from the ground up to work on-premises and as an online service. This release of Exchange 2010 introduces a new integrated e-mail archive and features...
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