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Visual Studio 2010, .NET Framework 4 Training Kit Updated, Includes ALM Developer Training
June 2011 version of the Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 Training Kit and Training Course adds new courses on application lifecycle management (ALM) and updates developer training. The Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 Training Course includes videos and hands-on-labs designed to help...
5 Jul 2011
WS-I Completes Interoperability Standards for Web Services
After nearly a decade of work and industry cooperation, the Web Services Interoperability Organization (WS-I) has successfully concluded its charter to document best practices for Web services interoperability across multiple platforms, operating systems and programming languages. The final three...
12 Nov 2010
New OData Tools Feed Windows Phone 7 App from Windows Azure Platform
A new OData Client for Windows Phone 7 makes it easier to consume feeds from a Windows Phone7 application. Starting today, you can access several new feeds from sources like EBay and Twitpic. Finally, we’re making available a set of libraries to make creating custom OData feeds easier on the Windows...
1 Nov 2010
Sample Code, Video Demonstrates Canonical REST Service
Canonical -- conforming to accepted principles or standard practice. A new Canonical REST Entity Service sample code on MSDN code gallery demonstrates a REST Service built with WCF 4 that fully complies with HTTP specs for use of GET, PUT, POST, and DELETE, and includes unit tests to test compliance...
2 Aug 2010
BizTalk Server 2010 Goes Beta, Supports Windows Server AppFabric
The first public beta for BizTalk Server 2010, which supports Windows Server AppFabric is now available. It is scheduled to release to manufacturing in the third quarter of 2010. Abhay Parasnis, general manager, Business Platform Division at Microsoft, said “With Windows Server AppFabric and...
20 May 2010
WCF RIA Services Toolkit Updated to RC
As announced at MIX10 , WCF RIA Services Toolkit has been updated to release candidate (RC). Download WCF RIA Services Toolkit March 2010 . WCF RIA Services enables the creation and consumption of REST-based data services for Web applications, such as ASP.NET or Silverlight . For more information...
18 Mar 2010
Windows Server AppFabric CTP Updated
Windows Server AppFabric Beta 2 is available at the Microsoft Download Center at Windows Server AppFabric Beta 2 . First publicized at PDC 2009, Windows Server AppFabric is a set of application services focused on improving the speed, scale, and management of Web, Composite, and Enterprise applications...
6 Mar 2010
Visual Studio 2010, .NET 4 Release Date Set
The release date for Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 has been set as April 12 according to a one-line post on a Developer Division’s Marketing and Communications Manager Rob Caron’s blog . Visual Studio 2010 features built-in tools for Windows 7 and Microsoft SharePoint 2010, new drag-and-drop...
18 Jan 2010
First Look at Workflow in .NET 4
Windows Workflow Foundation programs coordinate with a minimal ceremony. It provides a programming model, in-process workflow engine and rehostable designer to implement long-running processes as workflows within .NET applications. In .NET Framework 4, Windows Workflow Foundation introduces a significant...
10 Jan 2010
Is Your Company Ready for S+S?
Are you ready for Software+Services ? Have you been thinking about your S+S strategy? Software-plus-services is the next logical step in the evolution of software development and represents an exciting growth opportunity for independent software vendors. By leveraging the software-plus-services model...
6 Jan 2010
SOA Explored in Latest Architecture Journal
The latest Architecture Journal ( Journal 21 ) focuses on Service Orientation Today and Tomorrow. Eight articles discuss aspects such as business alignment, service modeling, governance, federation, infrastructure, reusability, convergence, and coexistence with cloud computing and event-driven complementary...
25 Sep 2009
Windows Server 2008 R2 Released to Manufacturing
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...
23 Jul 2009
‘Geneva’ Demo Shows Vision of Claims-based Identity, Authentication, Authorization, Code
For those of you looking for a demo that you can use to show both the vision and see the code behind Code Name “Geneva” identity frameworks , the identity team has announced FabrikamShipping. The team posted links to the demo and a walkthrough in a blog posting Announcing FabrikamShipping, in-depth...
18 Jun 2009
Microsoft, Sun Announce Interoperability Best Practices Project at JavaOne
The majority of professional developers rely on .NET or a combination of .NET and Java. As ISVs you are selling into enterprises where interoperability can be key to your sale. Microsoft and Sun have announced that Sun will participate in the Apache “Stonehenge” project , which was created by Microsoft...
5 Jun 2009
ISVs Add Communications to Applications
A new acronym has been added for ISVs to consider offering your customers. This month Communications as a Service (CaaS) is explained in an article in Dr Dobbs Journal, CaaS: Communications-as-a-Service , by Charles Studt who is vice president of product management for IntelePeer and Joseph Hofstader...
22 May 2009
Visual Studio 2010 & .NET Framework 4.0 Beta 1 Available Through Microsoft Download
Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1 is available to the public. You can download it from the Visual Studio 2010 site. You can options to download either the Visual Studio 2010 Professional Beta or the Visual Studio 2010 Team System Beta . There are other download options as well. You can download a datasheet too...
19 May 2009
Connected Systems Roadmap for WCF, WF, ‘Dublin’
A set of features in Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0, improves Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) and Windows Workflow Foundation (WF) , collectively known as connected systems . Windows Server extensions for connected systems, code-named "Dublin” , provide an improved hosting and management...
18 May 2009
Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1 Ships This Week
Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1 (Professional, Suite and Team Foundation Server) is available today to MSDN Subscribers through MSDN Subscriber Downloads and to the general public on Wednesday, May 20 th through Microsoft Downloads. MSDN Subscribers can download the beta from here . You can download a datasheet...
18 May 2009
Roadmaps for Major Products Announced at TechEd
The product roadmaps for the coming year were announced at TechEd this past week. The products include lots of important technology for ISVs. Date not announced: Silverlight 3 . introducing more than 50 new features, including support for running Silverlight applications out of the browser,...
15 May 2009
Simplify User Access, Secure Collaboration Across Organizational Boundaries with ‘Geneva’ Beta 2
One of the biggest challenges facing ISVs how to deal with the identity of the users and what information they are allowed to have access to. When you add the idea of securing access between organizations, it gets more complex. But users want single sign on. They don’t really want to have to log in using...
12 May 2009
Soma Provides Catalog of Development Tools
S. Somasegar, Senior Vice President Developer Division, has provided a catalog of developer tools that have been released or updated in the past few months. The catalog includes 36 links to products. You'll find the catalog at his blog at Deliverling Ongoing Value . He writes, "I thought it would...
31 Mar 2009
ADO.NET Data Services To Get Update, 'Astoria' Offline Services Explored
The ADO.NET Data Services team has announced that ADO.NET Data Services 1.5 is will be made available as a community preview and an early preview of 'Astoria' Offline for disconnected scenarios with Web services has been released. ADO.NET Data Services shipped as part of .NET Framework 3.5 SP 1 so...
13 Mar 2009
ISVs Join For Hosting Services Days
Microsoft Hosting Days helps you stay informed and make Web 2.0 a reality. Hosting Days includes a new ISV track that offers a unique opportunity to network with key Microsoft professionals as well as your partners within the hosting ecosystem. Service Providers, VARs, SIs and ISV Partners should...
19 Jan 2009
Microsoft Code Name 'Geneva' Moves Identity to the Cloud
One of the hottest topic for ISVs is identity. The ability to identify a user and provide the correct details for that user is a challenge all ISVs face. ISVs need a federated identity, an identity that you can get from your customers. You need to be able to use that identity regardless of whether it...
26 Dec 2008
.NET Framework 4, Visual Studio 2010 Boasts New UX Features
Support for the empowering innovative user experiences in applications, such as Windows 7 multi-touch, ribbon controls, and taskbar extensibility features are being added to .NET Framework 4 accroding to S. Somasegar, Senior Vice President Developer Division in his blog posting .NET FX 4 . The Surface...
14 Nov 2008
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