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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    Getting Ready for Windows 7 Part 2: Microsoft Programs to Help Get Apps Compatible

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    Windows 7 is on it’s way. Windows 7 will be generally available (GA) on October 22. The version that goes public in October will be available for you in late July. In Getting Ready for Windows 7 Part 1: Why Be Ready for Windows 7? , we explored the business case. The first order of business is to be sure your applications are compatible with Windows 7. The steps are straightforward. And there’s plenty of help. This post will help guide you through the various programs and help you make the most out...
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    Getting Ready for Windows 7 Part 4: Gain Strategic Advantage Using Windows 7 Features

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    Windows 7 offers a real opportunity for ISVs to add value for your users. Windows 7 will be generally available (GA) on October 22. The version that goes public in October will be available in late July. So you have time to be ready before Windows 7 goes public. In parts 1 - 3 of this series, we explored the business reasons to support Windows 7 and how you can be sure your application is compatible, and three features you should incorporate right away. Getting Ready for Windows 7 Part 1: Why Be...
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    How to Get Started Now with Touch in Your Windows 7 Applications

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    Martin Heller at Infoworld has put together an article that describes why and how ISVs can support Touch and Multi-Touch in Windows 7 applications and Silverlight 3 applications. The article is entitled, Targeting Windows 7? Support touch . He says, “Many Microsoft Windows developers have ignored touch support; it's time for that to change.” In fact, all Windows programs should be touchable. Supporting Touch will get your applications noticed in the marketplace. Just as accessible software benefits...
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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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    Customer Value Proposition Resources for Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2

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    As IVS you may be approaching your customers to talk about the value of you supporting Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. And for that discussion, you may be looking for resources that describe the value proposition for your customers. Windows 7 will be generally available to customers around the world on October 22, and Windows Server 2008 R2 will be generally available on or before that date. So what is story that applies for your customers? #1 Compatibility. Windows 7 is highly compatible with...
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    Getting Ready for Windows 7 Part 3: Three Must Do Features For Your Users

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    Windows 7 offers a real opportunity for ISVs to add value for your users. "...ISVs that are not gearing up for Windows 7 are missing an opportunity to prepare for a product that stands a much better chance of achieving widespread adoption than Windows Vista." "There are a number of things users are going to like about Windows 7. The usability features that stand out for me include the taskbar improvements, including the jump lists and the fullscreen previews." -Al Gillen, Vice...
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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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    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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    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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    ‘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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    Windows 7 Offers Faster Graphics

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    Windows 7 will offer significantly improved graphics performance over its predecessors due new abilities to more efficiently delegate work to 3D graphics cards. In an article posted on InformationWeek, Windows 7 Promises Faster Graphics , Windows 7 is said to be the first Windows operating system to treat the graphics processing unit (GPU) as a real peer to the CPU. ISVs writing applications with heavy graphics requirements, including gamers, engineers, artists, and others can take advantage of the...
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    Deep Zoom Composer Updated, Supports Silverlight 3

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    Deep Zoom Composer has been updated and is now available to download.  Deep Zoon Composer prepares images for use with the Deep Zoom feature in Silverlight 3. Deep Zoom in Silverlight allows your users to see images on the Web like they never have before. 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 the user to create...
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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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    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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    First Preview Released for ASP.NET MVC Version 2

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    Scott Guthrie , vice president of Microsoft Developer Division, has announced the preview of next version of ASP.NET MVC in his blog posting ASP.NET MVC V2 Preview 1 Released . The preview works with .NET 3.5 SP1 and VS 2008, and can be installed side-by-side on the same machine as ASP.NET MVC 1.0. ASP.NET MVC V2 will include a bunch of new capabilities and features. This preview includes: Templated Helpers . You can automatically associate edit and display elements with data types. For example,...
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    Azure Tools Updated, Available for Download

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    The July 2009 Community Technology Previews (CTPs) of the Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio and the included Windows Azure Software Development Kit (SDK) are now available on the Microsoft Download Center. 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. Windows Azure launches in November 2009. Update Features...
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    Blogs to Watch for Office 2010 Features

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    Many ISVs use Office as the platform for building front ends for data entry, integration with documents, and using a user interface that is familiar to users. If you are interested in following up on the announcements of the new features of Office 2010, the place to check out is the various Office 2010 blogs. The Office team has assembled a list of key blogs that are of interest: Blog URL Access http://blogs.msdn.com/access/ Excel http://blogs.msdn.com/excel/ Global Experience http://blogs.technet...
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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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    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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    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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    What will you manage with Microsoft Dynamics xRM - its not just about Sales and Marketing anymore

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    I spend much of my time talking with solution developers and architects to convince them that they can build many systems using Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 as a development platform or Microsoft Dynamics xRM. Time afer time we see opportunities where development companies can get their solutions to market faster by leveraging our Dynamics xRM platform however the question is still asked, do you have some examples of what can be built. Now we have a video that can really show you what can be built...
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    Windows Server 2008 R2 Released to Manufacturing

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    Windows Server 2008 R2 has been released to manufacturing and has the same release dates to customers as Windows 7. Partners & OEMs will be able to download from Microsoft Connect or MSDN on August 6th. Action Pack Subscribers will be about to download English versions starting August 23rd. Developers with MSDN Subscriptions will be able to download English versions on August 6th. Key Features in R2 Windows Server 2008 R2 provides new virtualization tools, Web resources, management updates, and...
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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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    Videos Show How to Connect PHP on Windows

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    You can now view offline recordings of the Connecting PHP to Microsoft Technologies Webcast presented by Sumit , who demoed PHP projects (samples toolkits, frameworks and SDK) that we announced in May ( Announcing PHP SDK for Windows Azure… and much more! ). These projects enable PHP developers to easily extent their web applications using some of the Microsoft technologies. Here’s a recap of the current projects: PHP Samples for Silverlight : add Silverlight to PHP web applications PHP Samples for...
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