May, 2009

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    Roadmaps for Major Products Announced at TechEd

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    The product roadmaps for the coming year were announced at TechEd this past week. The products include lots of important technology for ISVs. Date not announced: Silverlight 3 . introducing more than 50 new features, including support for running Silverlight applications out of the browser, dramatic video performance and quality improvements, and features that radically improve developer productivity. Currently in publicly available beta. Also includes Microsoft Expression Blend 3 Preview...
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    Join for XAMLfest Recorded Sessions, Online Live June 1 – 5

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    XAMLfest Online will be delivered via a combination of live and recorded content. Recorded content can be accessed at any time, but each recorded session should be viewed prior to its related live session. Live sessions will take place twice daily for a duration of 2 hours each. Morning sessions will focus on designer-oriented content, whereas afternoon sessions will focus on developer-oriented content. All participants are invited to attend both sessions, but those choosing to attend only morning...
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    How to Get Started Leveraging Windows Server 2008 R2 Features

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    With all the talk about Windows 7 on the client, we haven’t talked much about the server platform that will shortly follow Windows 7. The release candidate updates for Windows Server 2008 R2 gives you some way to stand out from your competition and provide a better experience for your customers. You can get the release candidate for Windows Server 2008 R2 from Windows Server 2008 R2 Release Candidate as either a Web download or virtual hard drive image. Windows Server 2008 R2 provides new virtualization...
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    You're invited to XamlFest Boston - May 27 + May 28

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    The last in-person XamlFest event I'll be doing this FY is coming up on May 27 and May 28 at NERD in Cambridge, MA, and you're of course invited. In the wake of the MIX09 announcements, we've refactored to content to include Blend 3, Silverlight 3, and some of the new cool features therein. I hope to see you there, but please note that if you've registered for a XamlFest Boston event and got bumped due to overdemand, you'll be given preferential treatment for at seat at this one. Also note...
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    How To Get your Windows 7 Release Candidate Product Key

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    Many people have asked what they need to do in order to get the Product Key for the Windows 7 Release Candidate DVD or Download. It’s a pretty straightforward process, but can get confusing. Unfortunately there’s no one stop page that generates the key. Even after you get the key, you can only use that key to activate 3 times (so only 3 separate machines). Upside is that you can get a key for each Windows LiveID you have. Also once you’ve gone through the registration process you can quickly go back...
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    PHP on Windows, SQL Server Training Kits Updated

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    For those of you who write PHP applications, the kit that helps show you how to integrate with the Microsoft stack has been updated. You can download the kit from PHP on Windows Training Kit (April 2009). The PHP on Windows Training Kit includes a comprehensive set of technical content including demos and hands-on labs to help you understand how to build PHP applications using Windows, IIS 7 and SQL Server 2008. This release includes the following: PHP & SQL Server Demos Integrating...
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    Device Vendors Begin Testing Compatibility with Windows Logo Toolkit RTM

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    The toolkit needed for you to test your systems and devices for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 has been released. The toolkit for device manufacturers, Windows Logo Toolkit , has been released to manufacturing (RTM) that to obtain logos for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. The toolkit also supports earlier operating systems. As one of my readers has pointed out, the names of the programs for device manufacturers and OEMs are similar to that for software vendors. The beta release of a separate...
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    Simplify User Access, Secure Collaboration Across Organizational Boundaries with ‘Geneva’ Beta 2

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    One of the biggest challenges facing ISVs how to deal with the identity of the users and what information they are allowed to have access to. When you add the idea of securing access between organizations, it gets more complex. But users want single sign on. They don’t really want to have to log in using separate credentials. And they want their identity to work across multiple vendors. ‘Geneva’ Beta 2 Announced Enter Microsoft Code-Name “ Geneva ,” our open platform that dramatically simplifies...
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    Windows 7 Taskbar in 10 Minutes – Part III: JumpList

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    I posted the third part of my ScreenCast series on implementing the Windows 7 Taskbar features in less than 10 minutes :-) (well I ran little over this time ;-), sorry). The short video shows how to leverage the Windows 7 JumpList feature for your application. You can find the screencast @ Part III -- JumpList: http://channel9.msdn.com/posts/GLenz/Windows-7-Taskbar-in-10-Minutes-Part-III-Jumplists/ . The source code is available here .   Part II -- Icon Overlay: http://channel9.msdn.com/posts...
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    Top 10 Scenarios; ISVs Add Customer Value with Windows 7 Features

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    With the release candidate of Windows 7 publicly available soon, we thought you might like a sheet that helps you decide which features of Windows 7 to incorporate in your application. Scenario Windows 7 Features Customer Value 1 Desktop Application · Scenic Ribbon · Enhanced Taskbar · Gadgets Enhancement Richer desktop application experience 2 Office Automation / Knowledge Management Application · Library ...
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    Windows SDK Supports Release Candidates

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    Windows SDK release supporting Windows 7 RC and Windows Server 2008 RC is now available on the Microsoft Download Center. The Windows SDK for Windows 7 and .NET Framework 3.5 SP1: RC provides documentation, samples, header files, libraries, and tools designed to help you develop Windows applications using both native (Win32®) and managed (.NET Framework) technologies. This SDK is compatible with Visual Studio 2008, including Visual Studio Express Editions, which are available free of charge. ...
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    Ramp Up Adds ASP.NET Training Tracks for ASP, PHP, Those Getting Started

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    Ramp Up is a free online learning program for developers. We’ve just launched three ASP.NET tracks. These tracks, along with the other currently offered ones (eg, Windows Mobile 6, SharePoint for Developers, Visual Studio 2008), teaches the important skills in a guided path , making the learning process easier and more efficient. The easy-to-access content (provided by subject-matter gurus) is specifically tailored for the Ramp Up program, and offered in a variety of forms (article, v-lab, codecast...
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    Free Online Course Helps You Get Started with Windows Mobile 6 Development

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    Ramp Up your skills from wherever you’re at to the next step. Ramp Up is a series of free, online, community-based learning program that will help you build professional development skills. Join Ramp Up (it's free!) and help advance your career. So for everyone wanting to add skills to your resume, anyone interested in learning a new skill, or wanting to get started in the business of programming, Ramp Up provides you the know-how. And toolkits are available for nearly free or for very cost effective...
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    Visual Studio 2010 & .NET Framework 4.0 Beta 1 Available Through Microsoft Download

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    Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1 is available to the public. You can download it from the Visual Studio 2010 site. You can options to download either the Visual Studio 2010 Professional Beta or the Visual Studio 2010 Team System Beta . There are other download options as well. You can download a datasheet too as XPS or PDF . Since I wrote the posting Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1 Ships This Week , I’ve found some another great resources on what’s new in Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4.0. Visual Studio...
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    Submit Applications to Windows Mobile Marketplace

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    You can now submit your Mobile applications to the Windows Marketplace for Mobile . Marketplace will go live in the second half of the year. Windows Mobile users to browse, buy, download, and install apps on their handsets. To add an app to Microsoft's store, you’ll need to pay a fee and register your application. Microsoft's mobile app store is expected to launch alongside Windows Mobile 6.5 later this year, Marketplace also will offer a 24-hour period for users to return apps. Additionally, Windows...
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    .NET RIA Services Simplifies Web Development Efforts

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    Microsoft .NET RIA Services simplifies the traditional n-tier application pattern by bringing together the ASP.NET and Silverlight platforms. RIA Services provides a pattern to write application logic that runs on the mid-tier and controls access to data for queries, changes and custom operations. It also provides end-to-end support for common tasks such as data validation, authentication and roles by integrating with Silverlight components on the client and ASP.NET on the mid-tier. .NET RIA Services...
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    Alliance Fosters CodePlex + Open Source Search

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    Black Duck and Microsoft are collaborating to add open-source projects from CodePlex into Black Duck's KnowledgeBase and Koders.com . CodePlex projects are added on an ongoing basis into Black Duck's KnowledgeBase open-source project database. You can access to the Black Duck repository of information about open-source projects—including code that is relevant to developers who work on Microsoft projects. Moreover, developer using the Koders.com open-source search engine will be able to search for...
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    Integrate Security Development Lifecycle Using Updated Process Template, Documentation

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    Security Development Lifecycle (SDL) Process Template and documentation version 4.1 is now available for download. The SDL Process Template is a downloadable template that leverages the technology of Visual Studio Team System (VSTS) and Team Foundation Server (TFS) to automatically integrate the policy, process and tools associated with the Security Development Lifecycle v4.1 into your software development environment. The Process Template includes various tools and components, including security...
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    See Windows 7 From a Developer Point of View in msdev.com Videos

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    MSDEV.com has produced a set of videos giving developers a look into Windows 7 coding. You can view the videos in the series main page, A Developer's First Look at Windows 7 . This series introduces Windows 7 with an emphasis on those new features that will be of most interest and use to developers. It consists of: two introductory sessions, one focusing on the new user interface, and one on behind-the-scenes features, two hour-long sessions that cover compatibility and security issues, six shorter...
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    May Preview of the Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 Training Kit

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    May Preview of the Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 Training Kit now available @ http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=752cb725-969b-4732-a383-ed5740f02e93 Happy Learning
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    Surface Computing Takes the Next Level with ‘SecondLight’ Research

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    Although Surface has just received it’s latest update (for more information, see Surface Gets Update ), you may be interested in what some future generation Surface might look like. There’s no announcement of inclusion of this technology in any particular Microsoft product. That said, it’s always fun to get a first look at what the researchers are thinking about. I have included a video here that demos possible future directions for  Surface that has been produced by Microsoft Research in Cambridge...
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    Hyper-V for ISVs

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    Virtualization is one of the top trends in the IT industry today. Microsoft's partner ecosystem complements and extends our virtualization products with solutions for desktops, servers, applications, storage, networks, test/development, IT consolidation, and business continuity. Microsoft supports ISVs in the development of virtualization solutions, keeping you on the leading edge. We recently ran a series of Microsoft Hyper-V application compatibility labs for managed ISV partners in Boston,...
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    Sample Application Combines WPF, Silverlight, REST Services

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    One of the questions I’m often asked at XAMLFest events has been how a developer can write rich Internet applications (RIA) that are portable between Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) and Silverlight . And while there are differences, there are many more similarities. And a lot depends on back-end REST Services. This week, my colleague Michael Scherotter published the New York Times Silverlight Kit on Codeplex so it now includes source code. The kit provides a basis for working with REST Services...
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    CTP Brings High Performance Computing to Windows HPC Server 2008 R2

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    You can download the community technology preview (CTP) of Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 . The Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 solution is made of the Windows Server 2008 R2 operating system and the Microsoft HPC Pack 2008 R2 application. First, if you application runs on 64-bit Windows Server, it already runs on Windows HPC Server. Second, you can leverage the power of HPC using to schedule pieces of your compute- or processor-intensive application across many servers using the job scheduler. The job scheduler...
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    ISVs Add Communications to Applications

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    A new acronym has been added for ISVs to consider offering your customers. This month Communications as a Service (CaaS) is explained in an article in Dr Dobbs Journal, CaaS: Communications-as-a-Service , by Charles Studt who is vice president of product management for IntelePeer and Joseph Hofstader who is a senior architect in Microsoft Communications Sector . The article explains, “CaaS brings social networking, cloud computing, and smartphones together, providing cloud-technologies that let users...
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