July, 2009

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    Getting Ready for Windows 7 Part 1: Why Be Ready for Windows 7?

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    Windows 7 offers a real opportunity for ISVs to add value for your users. As part of our commitment to deliver a predictable experience, we remain on track to RTM Windows 7 in the second half of July, general availability is still planned for October 22, and this week we are announcing that Windows 7 will be available to businesses through Microsoft Volume Licensing partners on September 1. Readiness for Windows 7 includes first being compatible and then taking advantage of some of the features in...
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    Guidelines for Waivers in Compatible with Windows 7 Software Logo

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    When you’re testing your products to get the Compatible with Windows 7 software logo , there are times that you might need a waiver. Companies can earn the Compatible with Windows 7 software logo by running your application through a series of tests. Unlike Windows Vista certifications, this is a self test. My ISVs have performed the test in a few hours and earned the logo. Generally, if your application works on Windows Vista, it will pass the Windows 7 tests. But occasionally, there may be issues...
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    Expression 3 Ships For Designers, Developers

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      Expression 3 has launched; see Expression Web site and and download the 60 day trial . Expression 3 supports the new version of Silverlight and incorporates SketchFlow. Microsoft Expression Studio opens up a new world of creative possibility. Its professional design tools give you the freedom to make your vision real—whether you’re designing for standards-based Web sites, rich desktop experiences, or Silverlight. Expression consists of several products that are stand alone or in the Studio...
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    Top 100 Tips for Startups

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    My son Ryan shared a post with me from the July 4 weekend from a blog entitled What Would Dad Say? Frequently Wrong, Never in Doubt . The post is for those who are starting out in your own software business, typically underfunded microISVs like Ryan.  It provides some basic advise on the mindset and todo list of today’s entrepreneurs. Although the post is called Happy Independence Day to All Independents, or Who Want to Be , the authors are looking for a better title. Here is some of the top...
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    Resources for PHP on Windows Server IIS

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    Here’s a collation of links for PHP+IIS with a sprinkle of Silverlight. I got these links from various places and a big chunk of them was from my colleagues across different geographies. Installing PHP on IIS Microsoft Web Platform – PHP on Windows Microsoft Web Platform Installer – The Microsoft Web Platform Installer 2.0 (Web PI) is a free tool that makes it simple to download, install and keep up-to-date with the latest components of the Microsoft Web Platform, including Internet Information Services...
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    Enjoy the Latest Video for Office 2010 – The Movie

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    Here’s the latest in Office 2010 – The Movie. You can sign up for the the Office 2010 technical preview list.
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    Developer Articles Published by MVPs, RDs

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    All the great content from {You Shape} IT MSDN is now available for free as a compelling eBook for offline reading! Over the course of one year we assembled a lot of great articles and resources for developers on You Shape It and have now assembled it in a nice and consumable format for offline reading and forwarding that is really useful, interesting and fun to read too… Have a look at it at http://devshaped.com/book It has 17 useful articles by developers for developers and comics. It’s And available...
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    Silverlight 3 and Blend 3 Released :-)

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    The momentum continues, the next major release of Silverlight and Blend provide many cool new features…. I encourage you to check them out :-). You can get all the goodies @: Developer Runtime ( pc , mac ) SDK ( link ) VS Tools ( link ) Expression Blend RC ( link ) July Toolkit ( link )   In addition you can experience the Silverlight 3 and Blend 3 Releases (virtual) via http://seethelight.com/ Some of the cool new features are: Perspective 3D Out of Browser Validation UI & DataForm H.264...
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    Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 passes 1 million users

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    Today at the Worldwide Partner Conference 2009 in New Orleans we have announced that we have passed the 1 million user mark for Microsoft Dynamics CRM. Partners and customers have benefited from both the power of choice for deployment options and the flexibility of the XRM development platform. you can read more about this milestone achievement here Big thanks to the Microsoft Dynamics CRM product team both past and present as wel as our partner community for working hard to get us to this milestone...
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    Microsoft announces Social Networking Accelerator for Microsoft Dynamics CRM

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    Initially integrating with Twitter , this tool will also be extended to other social networking sites and will let users monitor customers posts on sites like Twitter. Being able to monitor and analyze what customers are discussing on social networking sites is very important. Here is the official press release . John O'Donnell Microsoft Dynamics ISV Architect Evangelist Microsoft Corporation (b) http://blogs.msdn.com/jodonnell (b) http://blogs.msdn.com/usisvde (w) http://channel9.msdn...
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    Connect Online with Worldwide Partner Conference

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    Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC09) begins today in New Orleans. Key announcements for ISVs are expected this week. You can join in the conference live online at Digital WPC . The conference is July 13-16. The Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) is an annual gathering that provides the partner community with a forum to learn about the latest Microsoft programs, strategies, and cutting-edge technologies. Stay up to date on WPC09, whether you're joining us in New Orleans...
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    SharePoint 2010 Sneak Peak

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    The folks attending today's Worldwide Partner Conference got a chance to see some demos of Office 2010, for the rest of us check out the 3 videos which have a sneak peak at SharePoint 2010 here . One of the videos you'll see is of Paul Andrew giving an overview of the top new developer features .
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    Microsoft Office to go online — for free

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    For consumers, Microsoft plans to make the browser-based versions of Office 2010 a free part of Windows Live next year, but hasn't decided whether they will include advertising. The applications run in Safari , Firefox , and Internet Explorer. More details: http://news.cnet.com/8301-13860_3-10284280-56.html?tag=newsLeadStoriesArea.1
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    Silverlight 3, Expression Blend 3 Offer New Features for Your Rich Internet Applications

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    S. Somasegar, Senior Vice President, Developer Division, announced the availability of Silverlight 3 and the Release Candidate of Expression Blend 3 and SketchFlow.  In addition, the full family of Expression 3 products will be available within thirty days. Silverlight3 has launched with some great features for ISVs. Silverlight enables rapid creation of sophisticated Rich Applications (RIAs) for any platform. Expression Blend is a tool for designers and developers to help you build Rich Internet...
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    Microsoft Partner Network Debuts

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    The Microsoft Partner Network has debuted as the next generation of the Microsoft Partner Program at Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC09). In her keynote address, Allison Watson , corporate vice president of the Worldwide Partner Group at Microsoft, kicked off the event with the launch of the Microsoft Partner Network . Beginning October 2009, competencies and specializations will better align to customer business challenges. Find out what this means for your current competencies and specializations...
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    Office 2010 Brings Opportunities for Client, Web, On Premises Hosted

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    With the announcements at Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) about the technical preview release of Office 2010 , ISVs are looking how to take advantage of Office 2010 as a platform. Office 2010, SharePoint Server 2010, Visio 2010 and Project 2010 have reached the technical preview engineering milestone. Participants in the technical preview program will begin to receive invitations to download bits off the Microsoft Connect site. To request the preview, see Office 2010 The Movie . Click Get a Backstage...
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    Internet Explorer 8 Brings Value to Users

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    There are four big areas we think about building in a browser for a billion customers around the world. And these four areas have been put into Internet Explorer 8 . For ISVs, there are compelling reasons for your customers to use IE8 and for you to add support for Web slices, accelerators. You should know too that Internet Explorer 8 will be made available via using Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) starting August 25. For more information, see IT Professionals: Prepare for Internet Explorer...
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    Try Your Hands at Surface Development

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    You can now take try out Surface without having to invest in a new Surface machine in the new Microsoft Surface QuickStart Program . A new entry level titled "Microsoft Surface Community Members" provides access to the SDK and simulator, as well as training and other resources, without any commitment required. You develop using a Workstation Version of the SDK. So your applications run on a PC using a simulator. The program has additional benefits including marketing campaigns, Web presence...
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    Video Explains How Attachmate Earned ‘Compatible with Windows 7’ Logo

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    Attachmate was among the very first to earn the Compatible with Windows 7 software logo. In this video, Product Marketing Manager Kris Lall and Test Lead Chinh Vu talk with me about the whole application certification process. Kris tells why the logo is important to Attachmate and the customer benefits. Chinh explains the process, how it is different from other logo tests, and what steps he took to get the logo. Attachmate earns Compatible with Windows 7 Software Logo For more information about how...
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    Video Explores NewsGator Social Networking on SharePoint

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    Kirk Evans has posted a new Channel9 interview about NewsGator Social Sites. Kirk talks with Brian Kellner, VP of Products for NewsGator Technologies , about the capabilities of NewsGator Social Sites .  Social Sites is an enterprise social computing platform built upon SharePoint 2007.  Laura Kellner, VP of Marketing for NewsGator, walks us through a detailed look at many of the features of Social Sites. For more information about how to get started writing applications for SharePoint...
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    Getting Started Tutorials Featured in 31 Days of Silverlight

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    Jeff Bankenburg has launched a series of 31 blog posts on Silverlight development during July. The topics will range from 100-level to 300-level in difficulty, but all of them will be written so that a beginner could start from scratch to create them. Jeff covers Drag & Drop, Event Handling, and even Collision Detection. This is an extensive list of tutorials, and I hope that it will help you see how useful and powerful these technologies can be. Here are links to the first two: Day #1: Mouse...
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    Test Your Skills With ‘Toughest Developer Puzzle’

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    Test your skills with the “The Toughest Developer Puzzle Ever.”   It’s a 30-level challenge of your development knowledge, geek street cred, and problem solving ability.  Please spread the word.  This is going to be popular.  This is a puzzle meant to challenge you. It is meant for software developers. Not every question is software related. This will test both the geek and the nerd in you. Bruce D. Kyle ISV Architect Evangelist | Microsoft Corporation   Technorati Tags:...
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    Players Become Gamers with Kodu

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    Kodu is a new visual programming language for Xbox 360 made specifically for creating games. It is designed to be accessible for children and enjoyable for anyone. The programming environment runs on the Xbox, allowing rapid design iteration using only a game controller for input. Launching on the Xbox Live Community Games Channel , this intuitive game lets players choose from a variety of visual building blocks in order to develop their own unique creation. Playgrounds created in Kodu are expressed...
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    I’m a VB

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    Who is the “typical VB.NET developer”? Is there one? There are millions of VB.NET developers in the world, and they each have their own unique story. We decided to talk to some of them to find out what kinds of applications they’re building, what technologies they’re using, and what their favorite features are. Watch the interviews and find out for yourself who today's VB.NET developers really are! For more information, see I'm a VB! on MSDN. Bruce D. Kyle ISV Architect Evangelist | Microsoft Corporation...
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    ‘Geneva’ Single Sign On Gets New Names

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    New names for Microsoft codename “Geneva” have been announced at Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) “Geneva” provides companies with simplified user access and single sign-on, for on-premises and cloud-based applications in the enterprise, across organizations, and on the Web. The components facilitate collaboration, increase security and reduce cost.  Beta 2 of the components are now available for public evaluation: “Geneva” Framework will become Windows Identity Foundation and provides developers...
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