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  • Blog Post: ISV Case Study: Smartphone Users Share Privately With Groups on Glassboard over Windows Azure

    Glassboard is a mobile service for sharing privately with groups. With Glassboard, you create 'boards' which are groups of people around a common interest where you can share messages, comments, photos, videos, and even your location (when appropriate). When the Glassboard team was developing Glassboard...
  • 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: How to Move Your Line of Business Apps to Phone + Cloud

    Rob Tiffany has put together a series of blog posts describing how to move data to your Phone applications from the cloud. Issues for your apps include slow service connections. For device apps to be successful, they must pre-fetch the data they need and cache it offline so a user can keep working when...
  • 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: Everything Developers Need to Know About Azure

    MSDEV has come up with another great set of training for Windows Azure. This set of videos quickly immerses you in the world of the Windows Azure . You’ll learn what Azure is all about, including the fundamental concepts of cloud computing and Windows Azure. You’ll learn why you should target Windows...
  • Blog Post: Release Candidate of Windows Identity Foundation Ships

    The release candidate for Windows Identity Foundation (formerly called code name Geneva framework ) has been released online. Windows Identity Foundation is a new Microsoft .NET Framework technology that gives you a programming model and SDK to create new advanced identity capabilities in .NET applications...
  • 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: CTP Brings High Performance Computing to Windows HPC Server 2008 R2

    You can download the community technology preview (CTP) of Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 . The Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 solution is made of the Windows Server 2008 R2 operating system and the Microsoft HPC Pack 2008 R2 application. First, if you application runs on 64-bit Windows Server, it already runs...
  • 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: Sample Application Combines WPF, Silverlight, REST Services

    One of the questions I’m often asked at XAMLFest events has been how a developer can write rich Internet applications (RIA) that are portable between Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) and Silverlight . And while there are differences, there are many more similarities. And a lot depends on back-end...
  • 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: Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2 Anticipated for Holiday Release

    The release of Windows 7 is anticipated to be available to customers in time for the holiday shopping season. In addition, Windows Server 2008 R2 Release Candidate (RC) is now available with the final product releasing to market in the same timeframe as Windows 7. “Microsoft is committed to ensuring...
  • Blog Post: How to Get Started Leveraging Windows Server 2008 R2 Features

    With all the talk about Windows 7 on the client, we haven’t talked much about the server platform that will shortly follow Windows 7. The release candidate updates for Windows Server 2008 R2 gives you some way to stand out from your competition and provide a better experience for your customers. You...
  • Blog Post: Get Started with SharePoint for Developers Screencasts, Integrate Web Services with Silverlight

    Two more screencasts have been published in the SharePoint for Developers screencast series . The series shows you how to use Visual Studio Extensions for Windows SharePoint Services (VSeWSS) . The two new videos are: SharePoint for Developers Part 5 – Columns, Content Types, and Lists Kirk Evans...
  • Blog Post: BizTalk Server 2009 Supports Latest Platforms, Enhances Developer Productivity

    Microsoft BizTalk Server 2009 has now shipped. It introduces enhancements and new featured in four main areas: Support for the latest platforms from Microsoft including server, database and development environment. Enhanced developer productivity and new application life cycle management...
  • Blog Post: CTP for ADO.NET Data Services Adds Features For Row Count, Paging, BLOB, and more

    Data Programmability team released the first CTP of the upcoming ADO.NET Data Services 1.5 . This release represents a preview of the enhancements being made to both the client and server aspects of ADO.NET Data Services in its next version. It introduces numerous new features that will make the data...
  • Blog Post: patterns & practices Publishes Rich Internet Application Pattern

    Microsoft’s patterns & practices team has published an RIA pattern under the Application Architecture Guide 2.0 project. The pattern addresses a 3-tier scenario providing a solution for it. And although the document can be applied regardless of platform, it does show how the Microsoft technologies...
  • Blog Post: InfoWorld Tests Azure Services Platform

    InfoWorld has done some initial tests on the Azure Services Platform and said, "Microsoft's Community Technology Preview reveals a thoughtfully designed cloud computing architecture where seasoned .Net developers will feel at home". It's article, entitled Test Center preview: Windows Azure Services Platform...
  • Blog Post: Pocket Architectural Guides Focus on Agile, Web, Mobile, RIA, Client Architectures

    The patterns + practices team has had multiple customers ask our app arch guide 2.0 team for smaller, more focused guides. As a result, we created a series of application architecture pocket guides based on our Application Architecture Guide 2.0 . Each guide is focused on a particular topic. We prioritized...
  • Blog Post: BizTalk Server 2009 Beta Available From Connect

    The beta release of BizTalk Server 2009 is now available. This is the first customer gives you the first look of the feature-complete download. BizTalk Server 2009 supports the latest Microsoft application platform technologies, including Windows Server 2008, Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 SP1, Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Build Service Application Using WCF REST Starter Kit

    The Windows Communications Foundation (WCF) REST Starter Kit is a set of features, Visual Studio templates, samples and guidance that enable users to create REST style services using WCF. It provides features that enable or simplify various aspects of using the http capabilities in WCF, such as caching...
  • Blog Post: Real World SOA Site Shows Off Customer Stories

    A new "Real World SOA happens {here}” online campaign site is live! Visit www.microsoft.com/soa to learn more about Real World Service Oriented Architecture (SOA). Hear customers tell their stories of how SOA from Microsoft - and a real world approach - is delivering significant, tangible and measurable...
  • Blog Post: WCF, WF, Application Server Enhancements Announced -- CTP Available at PDC

    Significant enhancements to Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) and Windows Workflow Foundation (WF) in the .NET Framework 4.0 release and an enhanced set of application server capabilities in Windows Server codenamed “Dublin" have been announced in a blog posting, The Road to PDC - .NET Framework...
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