July, 2009

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    Microsoft Contributes Linux Drivers to Linux Community

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    Microsoft has released 20,000 lines of device driver code to the Linux community. The code, which includes three Linux device drivers, has been submitted to the Linux kernel community for inclusion in the Linux tree. The drivers will be available to the Linux community and customers alike, and will enhance the performance of the Linux operating system when virtualized on Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V or Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V. Sam Ramji, senior director of Platform Strategy in Microsoft’s Server...
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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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    Senior IT Architects Discuss What ‘The Cloud’ Means

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    Bob Familiar has put together a series of videos about what Microsoft is with The Cloud on ARCast. A group of senior IT architects from across the industry met to consider the coming ‘Cloud’. ARCasts are weekly interviews with influential architects providing perspective and architectural insight ARCast.TV - The Cloud Part 1, What it means to the user ARCast.TV - The Cloud Part 2, What is Microsoft doing Bruce D. Kyle ISV Architect Evangelist | Microsoft Corporation   Technorati Tags: Cloud...
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    Save the Date for Professional Developers Conference

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    Save the date for Professional Developers Conference (PDC) at Los Angeles Convention Center: Conference | Nov 17–19 Workshops | Nov 16 Registration, which opens in August, is discounted through September 15. Sigh up for the PDC mailing list . Follow PDC on Twitter . Professional Developers Conference (PDC) has been Microsoft's premier gathering of leading-edge developers and architects. Attendees come from around the world to learn about the future of Microsoft's platform, exchange ideas with Microsoft...
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    Extend Applications, Frameworks Using MEF

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    If you are building extensible applications, extensible frameworks and application extensions, then MEF is for you. Managed Extensibility Framework (MEF) is a new library in .NET that enables greater reuse of applications and components. Using MEF, .NET applications can make the shift from being statically compiled to dynamically composed. MEF is in development. A new drop was made this week on Codeplex that includes source code under the MS-PL license . MEF presents a simple solution for the runtime...
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    SQL for the Cloud Named ‘SQL Azure’

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    The service that provides SQL relational data under Azure Services Platform has been named SQL Azure . Formerly known as SQL Services, the new name is a better fit according to the team’s blog post, SQL Azure - Same great platform, just a better aligned name . SQL Azure is built on the SQL Server technology foundation to deliver relational database capabilities in the cloud. It extends the SQL Server capabilities to the cloud as web-based services, enabling you to store structured, semi-structured...
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    Win Windows 7 Coding Contest

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    You could win a free trip to Los Angeles and a free ticket to Professional Developers Conference (PDC 2009) plus $17,777. Code7 Contest is where your application design ingenuity gives you the opportunity to get millions of eyes on your work. Build an original, consumer-oriented client application prototype that runs natively on Windows 7 and addresses one or more of the following topic categories: Simplify My Life More Media, More Places Gaming Work From Anywhere Safeguard Your Work Applications...
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    Windows Marketplace for Mobile Accepting Submissions in July, Launching This Fall

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    Windows Marketplace for Mobile is on schedule to open for submissions in 29 supported countries July 27 with Marketplace launching this fall. Windows Marketplace for Mobile is a rich and integrated marketplace that enables customers to find and purchase mobile applications designed for a Windows phone running Windows Mobile 6.5. You can access Windows Marketplace for Mobile from your Windows Mobile 6.5 phone or from a computer by using your Windows Live ID. Marketplace makes it easy for developers...
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    Video with Todd Brix talking about the Windows Mobile Marketplace

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    With the upcoming release of Mobile 6.5 devices our customers will be able to connect to a mobile marketplace and find applications for their devices. Initially supporting Windows Mobile 6.5 the markeplace will also be extended to support Windows Mobile 6.1 and 6.0. You can learn more and see a great demonstration by watching this video with Todd Brix John O'Donnell Microsoft Dynamics ISV Architect Evangelist Microsoft Corporation (b) http://blogs.msdn.com/jodonnell (b) http://blogs.msdn...
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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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    Pricing for Azure Services Based on Services Consumed

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    Bob Muglia, president of the Server and Tools Business at Microsoft Corp., announced the business and partner model for Azure Services Platform at Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC09). The platform includes a cloud services operating system, a Web-based relational database in Microsoft SQL Azure, and connectivity and interoperability with .NET Services. Microsoft will offer Windows Azure , SQL Azure and .NET Services for purchase through a consumption-based pricing model, allowing partners and customers...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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