October, 2009

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    Take Comics builds new comic publishing solution with Windows 7 and Touch

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    Larry Gregory talked to the team of Kevin Mann and Tony Williams of http://www.takepublishing.com at a recent Bizspark incubation event hosted by Sanjay Jain. Their solution called TakeComics finally solves the problem of trying to find that missing issue of your favourite comic as well as new comics and render them digitally on many devices. In a few days of development the TakeComics team were able to build a solution that could render comics and let you interact them using Windows 7 touch capabilities...
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    Be Sure to List Your App in Windows 7 Compatibility Center

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    Your customers will be looking soon to the Windows 7 Compatibility Center to determine if your application will run on their computer with Windows 7. A beta version of the Windows 7 center is now up. The Compatibility Center currently shows hardware and software that works with Vista, but will include Windows 7 applications when it becomes generally available on October 22. Be sure your application is listed. If your software company is based in the United States, join Front Runner . Front...
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    Free Windows 7 Developer Boot Camp @ PDC – Nov 16

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    If you’re going to our PDC (and if you aren’t, why the heck not?  :-)), why not come to LA a day early and score some free Windows 7 training?  WPF guru Jaime Rodriguez has been kind enough to put together a great day long session featuring (among others) Mark Russinovich , Landy Wang , and Arun Kishan .    You can find out more about the session and register up on http://microsoftpdc.com/WhatsHappening/FREE-Windows-7-Developer-Boot-Camp-Nov-16 . Sign up + enjoy!  :...
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    Update: Windows 7 Taskbar in 5 Minutes – Icon Overlay

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    Upon request, I started updating my screen-cast series on Windows 7 light-up features to show you the implementation using the released version of the WindowsAPICodePack. In this first part, I am showing how to implement the icon overlay with a few lines of code. Stay tuned for the videos on the progress bar, preview, and sensor capabilities of Windows 7. Let me know if you have any questions or have ideas for other topics. http://channel9.msdn.com/posts/GLenz/Update-Windows-7-Taskbar-in-5-Minutes...
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    Coordination and Concurrency Runtime (CCR) at MySpace

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    CCR, part of the Microsoft Robotics Studio is being used for a non-robotics application at MySpace. Check out the video here Details MySpace has done some pretty amazing things with the Robotic Developer Studio. When they found out it contained a very powerful component, the Coordination and Concurrency Runtime (CCR), the architects built it into the architecture of MySpace, the largest .NET site in the world. At MySpace, I met Principal Architect Erik Nelson and Senior Architect Akash Patel...
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    Widget Anatomy – Performance and Battery Life

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    In part 3 of his series on Widgets for Windows Mobile 6.5, Jorge Peraza talks about how to write great widgets without draining the batteries of your new 6.5 device. if your new to the world of developing solutions one of the challenges is to remember that the device you are writing for has limited resources in terms of battery and processor and therefore it is critical to write tight code that knows about how the device is being used so it can degrade gracefully when the device gets low on pwer...
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    Widget Anatomy – The Keys for a Great User Experience

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    Jorge Peraza continues his great discussion around widgets on Windows Mobile 6.5 with a look at the user experience and how to code for multiple screen resolutions . 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.com/Wiki/DynamicsCRM/HomePage/ (t) http://www.twitter.com/jodonnel
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    Widget Anatomy – The Manifest

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    Developing Widgets for Windows Mobile 6.5 is fun and in this series Jorge Peraza describes the widget manifest. Now that Mobile 6.5 devices are out it is time to start looking at their capabilities beginning with widgets. 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.com/Wiki/DynamicsCRM/HomePage/ (t) http://www.twitter.com/jodonnel
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    Developing Widgets for Windows Mobile 6.5

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    Summary Windows Mobile® widgets typically are single-purpose applications to display data obtained from the Internet. They are written using JavaScript and bring the wealth of experience of Web developers to the Windows Mobile platform. Since widgets are installed and run locally on the mobile device, they provide ease of use and a better Internet user experience than conventional Web applications. John O'Donnell Microsoft Dynamics ISV Architect Evangelist Microsoft Corporation (b) http...
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    Optimizing and Maintaining Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0

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    Brief Description This white paper details techniques , considerations, and best practices for optimizing and maintaining the performance of Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 implementations. Overview This white paper provides techniques, considerations, and best practices for optimizing and maintaining the performance of Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 implementations. Structured to support a tier-based optimization methodology, the paper includes a section dedicated to optimizing and maintaining each...
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    Windows Phone launches and delivers up to 30+ devices over the coming months - one device does not fit all

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    Years ago when you wanted to buy a car you had one choice of car and one choice of color and it was black. Consumers deserve choice so why do some companies still only deliver a few devices which means you, the consumer has to compromise your decision process and choose the device that is available rather than the device that you actually want. Over the years we have seen Microsoft deliver mobile devices in many different form factors such as devices with keyboards, some without, different screen...
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    Generating .NET managed code from Microsoft Dynamics X++ code

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    it is always interesting to learn about the thoughts of a product team and in particular the Dynamics AX team. In this video we see work going on into being able to translate X++ code into .NET managed code. For those that are not working with Microsoft Dynamics AX, you do not build solutions for it in C# but inside use a language called X++. Over time we have added more .NET capabilities such as the AIF (application integration framework). Link to video John O'Donnell Microsoft Dynamics...
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    NEW MSDN and TechNet Firestarter session recordings are now available on demand!

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    NEW MSDN and TechNet Firestarter session recordings are now available on demand! Download the Silverlight Firestarter technical sessions - With Scott Guthrie leading the roster of presenters, learn what's new and noteworthy in the latest releases of Silverlight and Expression® 3 along with a rundown on .NET RIA services, toolkit, and more. Download the Windows Firestarter technical sessions - This Windows Firestarter introduces and deep dives into DirectAccess, Group Policy and PowerShell, Internet...
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    NEW CodePlex Project on claims based identity and access control

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    The Microsoft Patterns & Practices team announced a NEW Project in CodePlex : A Guide for Claims Based Identity & Access Control This new Guide introduces developers to the world of claims based authentication and access control. With the introduction and soon general availability of Windows Identity Foundation and ADFS V2, claims based identity architectures are far more accessible. The Guide uses a case-study approach to analyze commonly occurring scenarios such as WebSSO, Federation, consuming...
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    Bring Sensor, Location to Your Windows 7 Applications

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    The Windows Sensor and Location platform , new for Windows 7, enables your computer and applications to adapt to their current environment and provide location base services and application. Sensors are external or logical devices that require a driver to connect to Windows 7. enables your computer and applications to adapt to their current environment. With location sensors -- including GPS devices, WWAN radios, and even triangulation technology -- your applications and gadgets can know exactly...
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    Scott Guthrie Shows New Features in Visual Studio 2010, .NET Framework 4.0

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    Scott Guthrie gives a presentation with lots of demos of our new development environment VS2010 with our new .NET 4 Framework.  The presentation is about two hours long and posted on Channel 9 at Scott Guthrie: Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4.0 . In a second presentation he talks about ASP.NET MVC 2. See Scott Guthrie: ASP.NET MVC 2 . The event was organized by DotNED developer community.   Bruce D. Kyle ISV Architect Evangelist | Microsoft Corporation  
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    SQL Server 2008 R2 for ISVs

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    ISVs are always interested in anything that can increase developer productivity … as SQL Server keeps improving, ISVs can benefit from many features without any developer coding at all . Just by ensuring your product is compatible with SQL Server 2008 , for example, your customers get to benefit from improved performance, manageability, scalability, and availability. Improved Business Intelligence features like Analysis Services, Reporting Services, and data mining also come along for the ride. ...
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    Functional Programming Fundamentals Video Starts Lecture Series on Channel 9

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    A talk on functional programming on Channel 9 begins a series is a new format for Channel 9 called C9 Lectures . A lot of Channel 9 is about a conversation with developer. But this series is entirely focused on education. It;s a series of high quality technical lectures on a single topic; a lecture can span several videos. The functional language purist and high priest of the lambda calculus Dr. Erik Meijer starts off the series with C9 Lectures: Dr. Erik Meijer - Functional Programming Fundamentals...
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    FREE Antivirus protection with Microsoft Security Essentials

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    Microsoft Security Essentials has been released. Check out the formal press release from Microsoft here - http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2009/sep09/09-28securityessentialspr.mspx Check out the post on Network World - http://www.networkworld.com/news/2009/092809-microsoft-security-essentials-ships.html?hpg1=bn You can download software from the Microsoft Security Essentials website at http://www.microsoft.com/security_essentials/     Now you can get antivirus for your new copy...
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    6000 Products Earn Compatible with Windows 7 Logo

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    ISVs are getting the Compatible with Windows 7 software logo. According to the Windows team blog, more than 6000 hardware and software applications that have received the logo and many more are added every day. You can see some of the partners who have already passed the logo tests at readyset7.com . For more about the logo benefits, see the blog post, The Windows 7 Logo Program . Declaring Compatibility In the United State, join the Front Runner program to get tech support in getting your application...
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    Great Demo on SketchFlow from Russ Fustino

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    I watched one of Russ Fustino’s demo’s on SketchFlow recently and found it to be very helpful. If you are interested in SketchFlow, it’s worth a look. Your can download the demo script is posted at http://code.msdn.com/toolshed   for Episode 3. Thanks for checking out this post! Cheers, Murray Gordon ISV Architect Evangelist Microsoft Corporation        http://blogs.msdn.com/MurrayG US ISV Team Blog   My GeeksWithBlogs Blog
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    NEW “How Do I” screencasts for Windows Azure

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    Here’s a great list of new Windows Azure related “How Do I” screencasts. Leverage Concurrency in Windows Azure Table Storage? Windows Azure table storage is designed to support many users at the same time. In this session, you’ll learn how Windows Azure table storage supports concurrency, and you’ll learn a few strategies to help you deal with any concurrency violations. Use Paging in Windows Azure Tables? To improve application usability, many applications need to support viewing data page-by-page...
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    Great Windows Azure projects on CodePlex

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    Here’s a great list of new Azure and cloud related projects on CodePlex. All of these are very helpful tools. Client Cloud Services , Client Cloud Services (CCS) is a set of Windows Azure-based services which help application developers integrate licensing, trial management, feedback, error reporting and product usage into their applications Azure Storage Manager , Azure Storage Manager helps you organize your Azure Storage Accounts and to modify data on them. It is written in C# 3.5 and has no other...
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    Notable Software + Services articles and entries from the Industry

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    I was recently hunting down some good articles where key folks in the industry are talking about Software + Services. Here’s a few of the ones I found very helpful. Is the Cloud Reliable Enough for Business? Outages at a cloud-computing service could hurt your business. The question is whether your in-house systems can do better. Q&A: Clouds of Distribution , Erik Troan, CTO at rPath, a company that delivers enterprise applications across cloud-based environments, recently spoke with Dr. Dobb...
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    Notable Software + Services articles and entries from Microsoft

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    I was recently hunting down some good articles where Microsoft is talking about S+S. Here’s a few of the ones I found very helpful. Ozzie's Cloud Hangs over Silicon Valley , In a talk at Silicon Valley's Churchill Club on Thursday, Ray Ozzie, Microsoft's chief software architect, discussed the impact cloud computing will have on the tech industry.  Related: How Cloud Computing Will Change Business ; Cloud Computing Meets the Smartphone (Slideshow) Ray Ozzie: Still Early Days for Cloud Computing...
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