May, 2009

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    Pledge Support for Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2 to Participate in the Coming Launch

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    Microsoft will help you tell customers about your plans to make your solutions compatible with Windows 7 and/or Windows Server 2008 R2. Visit the Windows Compatibility Center and let us know how soon you intend to support customers who deploy your client and/or server applications on the new platforms. Then, during the Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 global launch time frame, Microsoft will publish a list of all the currently compatible and future compatible applications to help customers. This...
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    Windows 7 Software Logo Toolkit Ready Now For Compatibility Tests

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    Microsoft is pleased to announce the public availability of the Beta release for the Windows 7 Software Logo Toolkit.  The toolkit allows ISVs to submit and receive the Compatible with Windows 7 logo for your products. Improvements, including self-test for applications, instant approval of passing applications, and a streamlined waiver process dramatically speed up the logo testing and the submission process. Fees for logo submissions have also been eliminated.  As a valued logo partner...
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    PC Makers to Ship Multi-Touch Applications

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    If you’ve been wondering what multi-touch was all about, you can see what Microsoft is making available to PC makers. From PC World comments on the Touch Pack for Windows 7 in Windows 7 Will Ship with Very Cool Multitouch Software . The Microsoft Touch Pack for Windows 7 is a set of six games and applications for multi-touch PCs. Here's a quick rundown is being offered: Microsoft Surface Globe : Based on the demo video , this app looks like the best thing in the Touch Pack. Navigation is a natural...
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    Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio May 2009 CTP

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    Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio extend Visual Studio 2008 and Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1 to enable the creation, building, debugging, running and packaging of scalable web applications and services on Windows Azure. Installation includes the Windows Azure SDK. download from here - http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=11b451c4-7a7b-4537-a769-e1d157bad8c6&displaylang=en Happy coding...
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    What’s New in .NET 4 and VS 2010 for Office Developers? (Part 2)

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    Now that .NET 4 and VS 2010 are out, at least in Beta, I thought it would be a good time to show off some of the new features that are applicable to Office development. This second video covers a new feature of Visual Studio 2010 that allows you to embed only the required pieces of the Primary Interop Assemblies (PIA) into your executable so that the PIAs are not required to be on the client machine when you deploy your solution. For more information on new features see my first video .
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    Get the Windows API Code Pack for the Microsoft .NET Framework

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    The Windows API Code Pack for Microsoft .NET Framework (formerly VistaBridge) is a source code library that provides access to the new Windows 7 features from managed code. These features are not available to developers today in the .NET Framework. Download the free code pack and check out this video of the Code Pack in Action . The features included in this version (v0.85) of the library are: Support for Windows Shell namespace objects, including the new Windows 7 libraries, Known Folders and non...
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    What’s New in .NET 4 and VS 2010 for Office Developers?

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    Well, now that .NET 4 and Visual Studio 2010 are out in Beta form I thought it would be a good time to begin covering some of the new features that are available to Office developers.  This first video covers two of the new .NET 4 features that Office developers can use right away…and one of them is a real timesaver!  Have you ever been writing your Word add-in and wanted to have the add-in save the current document?  If you have you’ve probably noticed that the Save requires a LOT...
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    Register Now for Worldwide Partner Conference in New Orleans

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    Prepare to be inspired informed, engaged by your peers, industry leaders, and top Microsoft executives at Worldwide Partner Conference. Join us in New Orleans, July 13 – 16 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center . WPC is for business decision makers WPC09 provides a forum to forge relationships, expand your customer base, and shape your business direction. You can Register for WPC09 Decide on sessions , and set your WPC agenda Schedule meetings with colleagues and Microsoft staff...
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    Service Pack 2 for Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008 Now Available on Download

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    Service Pack 2 for both Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 are now available on Microsoft Download. You can download the service pack at  for x86 , ISO and 64-bit flavors . The updates will pushed through Windows Update at the end of June. Service Pack 2 for Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista (SP2) is supports new kinds of hardware and emerging hardware standards and includes all updates delivered since SP1. Among the features it adds are Windows Search 4.0, the Bluetooth 2.1 feature pack...
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    Sign up Now for XAMLFest WPF, Silverlight Training Event Online Next Week

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    XAMLfest Online will help both developers and designers work with WPF and Silverlight tools. This is the online version of the training that went around the United States earlier this year. You’ll learn how to build a application from the ground up. Training shows how both designers and developer tools work together to build a complete application. The content will be delivered via a combination of live and recorded content daily between June 1 and June 5. Recorded content can be accessed at any...
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    The Role of Sketching in Software Development

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    It only been since 2006 that we seriously started to drive WPF adoption, and Silverlight 2 hit the web just a scant 11 months ago. Still, in such short time ISVs have created some amazing things with these platforms. Unfortunately, though the platforms themselves have seen some serious adoption, inclusion of design in the software development lifecycle still has a long way to go. The good news is that methodologies and best practices are starting to emerge and I look forward to some great articles...
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    How to Download, Install, Walkthrough Visual Studio 2010 Team System, Team Foundation Server Betas

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    The files to download Visual Studio 2010 Beta are quite large. And downloading them can be a challenge. Brian Keller has written a blog post Using a download manager to quickly download Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1 and produced a video on Channel 9, named 10-4 Episode 20: Downloading and Installing Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1 , that shows you how to download and install Visual Studio 2010 Beta. Download, Install The posting describes use of Download Manager , a powerful, easy-to-use and absolutely free...
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    Silverlight and WPF Controls

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    WPF and Silverlight have been out for a while now, and the number of controls available for these platforms is surprising. Consider this rather comprehensive list of Silverlight controls by Tim Heuer with at least 17 vendors and over 160 controls. Or this list of around 30 tools and libraries for WPF. If you need to quickly check out and try out many of the available controls, Mike Taulty’s Control Browser is here to help. It shows all the built-in controls for both platforms as well as the controls...
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    ITPros Use Application Compatibility Toolkit to Test Your Applications for Windows 7

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    If your application works with Windows Vista, odds are very good that it will work with Windows 7 . And you would be testing it for Windows 7 compatibility using the Windows 7 Software Logo Kit. The beta is due out real soon, and you’ll be able use it to get the Compatible with Windows 7 Logo for use in your marketing materials. But what are your customers using to test your applications? And what will the ITPros find when they test those few remaining application that work only on Windows XP? Your...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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