June, 2009

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    ISVs Rule – Total Computer Video

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    I recently had the pleasure of getting to chat with Vincent Tedesco and Al Perez – both of Total Computer – about their solutions for law enforcement and public safety applications.   If you’re interested in hearing about how our leading edge technologies can be applied for a specialized vertical, I encourage you to check out the videos I’ve posted here and here . Cheers!
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    ISVs Rule – MaxQ Video

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    I recently had the pleasure of getting to chat with John Pavain – President and Founder of MaxQ Technologies – about business intelligence and analytics solutions for his ERP products and for more general purpose applications based on the Microsoft platform. If you’re interested in hearing how the Microsoft BI platform can be extended to meet your needs, I encourage you to check out the video I’ve posted here . Cheers!
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    ISVs Rule – ektron Video

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    I recently had the pleasure of getting to speak with Bill Cava – CTO of ektron – about their content management products built on the Microsoft platform. If you’re interested in seeing how deep understanding of the Microsoft platform can produce truly rich products, I encourage you to check out the videos I’ve posted here and here . Cheers!
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    ISVs Rule – Eclipsys/Premise Video

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    I recently had the pleasure of getting to speak with Craig Gravina – VP of Product Development at Eclipsys – about the products he’s brought and is bringing to market based on our software + services plaform. Craig and his team have done a great job of realizing the vision of software + services.  If you’re interested in this topic, I encourage you to check out the video I’ve posted here . Cheers!
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    ISVs Rule – CosmoCom Video

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    I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Steve Dellutri – CTO and Founder of CosmoCom – about their hosted and on-premise solutions for distributed call centers. Steve and his team have done a great job in architecting a solution that’s proven adaptable to changes in deployment topology and customer demand over the long haul. If you’d like to hear more on topic, check out the videos I’ve posted here and here . Cheers!
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    ISVs Rule – CGS Video

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    I recently had the pleasure of getting to speak with Jim Falino (VP of Development at CGS ) about the forthcoming release of BlueCherry 8 – their flagship ERP product for the fashion and apparel industry. Jim’s team built a solution that’s fully customizable and completely data driven on the Windows Presentation Foundation and the rest of the MIcrosoft stack.  If you’re interested in hearing more on this topic, check out the video I’ve posted here and here .. Cheers!
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    ISVs Rule – Autotask Video

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    I recently had the pleasure of getting to speak with Bob Godgart (CEO and Founder or Autotask) about products, services, and hosted offerings.  Autotask is a provider of leading edge Professional Services Automation (PSA) solutions, and anticipated the move from on-premise solutions toward those hosted in the cloud. Having assumed the risks of entrepreneurialism, Bob’s speaks to these topics from direct experience.  His insights are worth a listen, so If you’re interested in hearing more...
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    NEW SCREENCAST – SharePoint Guidance for ISV Developers

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    I just posted a new screencast called “SharePoint Guidance for ISV Developers” You can watch it here, or go directly to the Screencast.com link at http://www.screencast.com/t/DawjZ5l0B . Here’s a quick abstract about the screencast: With the growing presence of SharePoint 2007, more and more developers are looking to use SharePoint as an application development platform. Available guidance is provided by many sources and can often seem contradictory. We provide architects and developers with some...
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    Revisiting WPF in Office Add-Ins

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    With WPF becoming more and more prevalent I thought it would be a good idea to revisit using WPF in office add-ins. Way back when we launched Office 2007 one of the demo’s we did was an Outlook add-in that used a WPF control on an Outlook Form Region. I’m not going to get that complex in this screencast, but I will show you how to host a simple WPF control on a WinForm and display that as a result of a Send event inside Outlook. I hope all you WPF developers begin looking to Outlook as a platform...
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    Dave Chappell Explains What’s New for Windows Azure

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    What's the latest on Windows Azure and Microsoft's cloud platform? David Chappell discusses his perspective on this fast-changing area with Bob Familiar .
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    'Revolution 9' To Enhance Channel 9

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    Channel 9 , the video site and forum aimed at software developers.will be redesigned and revamped to add live webcasts, better integration with social networks, new technical training materials. In addition, you will see more posts from the company's technology leaders. The initiative, called "Revolution 9," was introduced in a special edition of " This Week in Channel 9 ". The US ISV team often posts partner videos and how to screencasts to Channel 9. The plan is to phase out Channel 8...
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    Windows 7 Available for Half Price Until July 11

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    You can be one of the first to get Windows 7 and get it for half off by pre-ordering. Get Windows 7 at Microsoft Store or from online retailers for a limited time. Windows 7 is coming on October 22, 2009. You can: Pre-order a Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade for $49 or Windows 7 Professional Upgrade for $99 at Microsoft Store. That's about half off the estimated retail prices. Want more info? Go to the Windows team blog and find out all the details. The offer begins June 26, 2009...
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    Microsoft Hohm - Save Energy & Money

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    Yesterday Microsoft announced Microsoft Hohm , though the link is not working yet. You can sign-up for the beta and read more at http://mshohm.orcsweb.com/ . Hohm is the concatenation of H + OHM , the unit of measurement for electrical impedance. Microsoft Hohm is a free web based application (running on the Windows Azure platform ) that enables consumers to better understand their energy usage by utilizing advanced analytics licensed from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the U.S. Department...
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    Neverfail Software Developers Adopt Hyper-V, Add Customer Value

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    Paddy Falls, CTO of Neverfail Software spent a few minutes to talk with me about how Neverfail adopted Hyper-V . Falls describes the customer benefit, how the development team incorporates virtualization in the dev process. He talks about the upcoming versions of Hyper-V that is part of Windows Server 2008 R2 and System Center Virtual Machine Manager and the added value the new versions bring to his customers. Neverfail is a leading global software company providing affordable data protection...
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    XAML and Bing Maps for Enterprise

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    My friend (and fellow XAML guy) Rob Cameron has posted two screencasts that explain how to get started using XAML and Bing Maps.  XAML, of course, is a markup language often used for building user experiences on WPF and Silverlight , and this technology can do some amazing things with geographic data (as I’ve blogged about extensively.) To get a sense of what Rob’s up to, take a peek at Xaml and Bing Maps for Enterprise - Part 1 (in which Rob does some fancy geocoding, threading and databinding...
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    GoDaddy Hosting available now for Microsoft BizSpark Startups

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    Awesome news for Microsoft BizSpark Startups. Now you can get great hosting deals for your solutions at special rates only available to BizSpark Startups. Check out the details of the offer at the following link https://www.godaddy.com/Hosting/bizspark.aspx If you haven’t heard of BizSpark, you can check it out here: http://www.microsoft.com/bizspark/ . You can also read about Startups using Microsoft at the Microsoft Startup Zone . BizSpark is a program for Startup ISV’s (Independent Software Vendors...
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    Preview for Deep Zoom Composure Available

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    Deep Zoom Composer lets you prepare content for Silverlight ’s Deep Zoom . Deep Zoom lets your users browse images, no matter how large or how many, a speedy, seamless, and smooth experience. The June 2009 Preview of the Composer, build 0.9.000.8, on the Microsoft Download Center . The smooth in-place zooming and panning that Deep Zoom allows is a true advancement and raises the bar on what image viewing should be. High resolution images need to be prepared for use with Deep Zoom and this tool allows...
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    Windows 7 Pre-Release Builds – Important Info

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    As RTM for Windows 7 grows closer (no official public word on the date yet though), you need to be aware of the following if you’re running one of the pre-release builds of Windows 7 Still on the Windows 7 Beta (like me)? You need to move to the RC and fast . Starting July 1 st , the Beta will start to reboot every 2 hrs and expire Aug 1 st . Want to download the RC? . The RC download program closes August 15th. After that, you won’t be able to get the download, but you can still install the RC and...
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    Application Skinning in WPF and Silverlight

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    Over the past two years we’ve seen some incredible applications built on WPF and Silverlight. But application style doesn’t happen on its own, and many of the questions I’m asked these days are centered around application styling and custom controls. As our fiscal year comes to an end, and with Silverlight 3 and WPF 4 are rapidly approaching, I thought it’d be a great time to put together a few short videos on skinning and custom controls. I hope these two ~20 minute videos help demystify a topic...
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    BizSpark Reaches 15,000 Startups

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    S. Somasegar, Senior Vice President of Microsoft Developer Division, has announced in a blog posting, Microsoft BizSpark: Serving 15,000 startups and counting! Microsoft BizSpark is a program that helps early-stage startups succeed by providing Microsoft software, support and visibility at no upfront cost. You can qualify for BizSpark if your business Develops software Is privately held Less than three years old Making less than US $1M annually The 15,000 participating companies innovate in areas...
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    How to Get Started Testing, Publicizing Your Applications on Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2

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    ISVs wants to show the world you’re ready for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. Microsoft offers several tools and ways to get the word out. What are they? If you have a Web application , you should be testing under Windows Server 2008 R2. If you have a Windows client application , you should be testing under Windows 7. You can test your existing applications. We have found that nearly all Vista-compatible applications are compatible with Windows 7. And those that work with Windows Server 2008...
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    See the Preview of Office 2010 – The Movie

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    Office 2010 – The Movie has added a behind the scenes video and a preview for the upcoming Office 2010. Specific features and capabilities of the product have yet to be released. The pokes fun at recent leaks of the product onto the Internet. Visual Studio 2010 adds new features to make development of Office applications easier with Visual Studio Tools for Office . To make Office programming easier with C# and VB, a new ‘dynamic’ keyword, named parameters, and optional parameters. It makes writing...
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    Reflections On How to Assess Development Teams

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    For me, software companies have two things that are of value. Intellectual property (IP) is the first. And the capabilities to create and complete as a team. And of the two, I have come to believe that the second is usually more important. Great software companies are about teams. Microsoft Architect Clint Edmonson has put together some reflections on how to go about building teams of talented developers in blog post Leveling Up & Leveling Out: Assessing Your Team’s Skills . He’s pulled together...
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    Blend 3 – Great Feature #3 – Silverlight Element Binding

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    In yesterday’s post , I wrote about how to build a master/details screen from sample data using 0 lines of imperative code.  Towards the end of that post, I mentioned that the user interface elements which displayed the details were connected to the selection in the master list via Element Binding, and I mentioned that this was new feature for Silverlight, but not for WPF.  So, while this isn’t a Blend 3 feature per se , I’d like to show you how the element binding is set up in XAML and...
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    New Microsoft Partner Network Launches at Conference

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    A new Microsoft partner program , called Microsoft Partner Network , will be announced at Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) . WPC is is an annual gathering of partners who network and build connections, share best practices, and learn new skills and techniques. WPC09 is July 13–16 in New Orleans, LA. Microsoft Partner Network is a community based on our continued commitment to serve the needs of our partners and help them reach their full business potential. The Microsoft Partner Network will...
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