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  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: ‘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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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,...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: .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...
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