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    Tag - I'm it...

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    Happy New Year everyone! One of my resolutions this year is to add a life to our team blog, and so I shall. I've been one of the more reticent team members that posts here, and it's high time I fix that. Coincidentally, my friend and colleague Bob German tagged me to list 5 things you might not know about me, so here goes... I independently study biology and biotechnology - I find it to be endlessly facinating, and even got to run a DNA fingerprinting test (using the Reverse Transcriptase...
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    Another Great Blog to Check Out

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    The US ISV Architect Evangelism team has a 'Sub Team' that focuses on smaller ISVs that have a high potential for growth. This team is also maintaining a blog that has some great content that applies to all ISVs. You should check it out. http://ushipoisv.spaces.live.com/
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    ISV Web Seminar: Windows Vista: How to Make Your Applications Compatible

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    Windows Vista launches in Jan 2007 and in three years 56% of all PCs are expected to be on Vista. While ISVs need to make their applications Vista compatible, this is also the right time to understand how Vista can enable better features for your customers. This webcast dives deep into compatibility challenges and provides guidelines for achieving the "Works with Windows Vista" logo certification. It is ideal for ISVs who are currently transitioning to Vista or would like to understand what it involves...
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    Seizing New Business Opportunities with Microsoft SQL Server 2005

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    If you are an Independent Software Vendor (ISV) and are interested in learning more about business opportunities with Microsoft and Microsoft SQL Server 2005, sign up for this exclusive one-day event designed specifically for ISVs where you will see the benefits of partnering with Microsoft and adopting Microsoft SQL Server 2005 (SQL Server). A recent IDC study revealed that in the Microsoft ISV competency are 30% more profitable and have 17 times the growth in customer wins than those without applications...
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    Cool Stuff in Longhorn Server: Transactional NTFS

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    What is Transactional NTFS? Transactional NTFS is an enhancement to NTFS that allows all file operations on an NTFS file system volume to be performed within the scope of a transaction. This is made possible by a new transaction infrastructure in the kernel that allows operating system services to participate in transactions via the new Kernel Transaction Manager. What scenarios does this enable? Transactional NTFS is also fully capable of communicating with the MS Distributed Transaction Coordinator...
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    Microsoft Licenses New Office 2007 UI to Developers

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    Microsoft is licensing the new UI (user interface) in Office 2007 for free so developers can build applications that look similar to the programs in the suite. Microsoft is licensing both design and functionality of Office 2007's Ribbon UI, as well as offering guidelines for implementing it. Developers and ISVs (independent software vendors) can sign up with Microsoft on the Web and register products that will use the UI. If you are interested, please contact your ISV Evangelist or click here for...
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    BI Rhythm Launched

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    The Microsoft BI Voyage program is a developer evangelism initiative program offering the following benefits: Get the tools, resources and help you need to be among the first Microsoft partners to deliver integrated Microsoft Business Intelligence solutions. Create new business opportunities by expanding your business application to include integrated reporting and analytics capabilities. Help your customers better leverage the data assets contained in your business application. Gain...
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    Sync Microsoft CRM 3.0 with Outlook 2007

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    You can now efficiently access contacts, tasks and more in Microsoft CRM natively with Outlook 2007. The Microsoft Dynamics CRM Team has released the latest version of their CRM v3 Outlook Client for Vista and Office 2007. Download it here . A few people have asked me how to set this up and it's pretty straight forward, here's an excerpt from the online help: You can select which record types you want to synchronize between Outlook and Microsoft CRM client for Outlook and how often you want to...
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    WPF/E SDK Refresh

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    The WPF/E SDK was refreshed today on the WPF/E Dev Center and MSDN Library. The WPF/E SDK installer contains: - Updated SDK docs - Updated QuickStart - VS Template support for VS 2005 SP1 “WPF/E” (codename) Software Development Kit (SDK) Community Technology Preview (Dec 2006) http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=2B01EC7E-C3B8-47CC-B12A-67C30191C3AA&displaylang=en MSDN Library (WPF/E) http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb188266.aspx ...
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    Join us at a local Windows Vista/Office 2007 Launch Event

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    Experience the next generation of Microsoft software at an upcoming launch event in your area. Join us to discuss your most complex challenges. Discover solutions. Bring your toughest questions. Walk away with answers. Join us in one of these key cities or find an event closer to you here : New York 1/16/2007 New York City, NY - The Sheraton NY Hotel & Towers Phoenix 1/17/2007 Phoenix, AZ - Phoenix Convention Center Tampa 1/18/2007 Tampa, FL - Tampa Convention...
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    ECMA Has Approved the Office Open XML Standard

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    Not much to say, but after a long road the new Office Open XML standard has been approved by the ECMA. Read more at the ECMA and Microsoft sites: Ecma's official announcement: http://www.ecma-international.org/news/PressReleases/PR_TC45_Dec2006.htm Microsoft press release: http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2006/dec06/12-07MSOfficeOpenXMLPR.mspx
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    WPF/E CTP Now Available

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    "WPF/E” is the Microsoft solution for delivering rich, cross-platform, interactive experiences including animation, graphics, audio, and video for the Web and beyond. Utilizing a subset of XAML (eXtensible Application Markup Language)-based Windows Presentation Foundation technology, “WPF/E” will enable the creation of content and applications that run within multiple browsers and operating systems (Windows and Macintosh) using Web standards for programmability. Consistent with Web architecture,...
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    Visual Studio 2005 for Database Professionals

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    Join us at one of 23 cities to learn how Visual Studio 2005 for Database Professionals can help your SQL DBAs and Visual Studio developers. Register today at http://www.teams-deliver.com to avoid disappointment. WHO SHOULD ATTEND? SQL development teams, developer teams writing against databases WHERE ARE THE EVENTS? Events are held in 23 cities across the United States. Atlanta GA 11/30 Boston MA 12/14 Chicago IL 12/12 Cincinnati OH 12/07 Dallas TX 12/13 Denver CO 12...
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    DevCares Readiness Program

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    DevCares is a broad reach developer readiness program delivered and hosted monthly by Partners in cities across the United States. DevCares is a free half-day training series presented by experienced developers designed to provide you with the fastest means for building state-of-the-art applications. These technical training sessions address the needs and issues of developers with expert testimonials, working demos and sample code. November Change Management for the Enterprise Learn how...
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    Live From Redmond

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    The .NET Framework groups are offering the third series of Live Meeting presentations called “Live from Redmond”. These talks are given by product team members so the content is directly from the program managers and developers on the team and the attendance and feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. Click on the link to register. Upcoming Smart Client Talks Date Title Speaker November 7 Live From Redmond: ClickOnce Tips and Tricks and What’s New in...
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    ASP.NET AJAX Beta (formerly Atlas) Now Available

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    The ASP.NET AJAX Beta is now available. This beta is the culmination of a one-year cycle since our initial public CTP at PDC in 2005 and is the result of herculean effort by the UI Framework team and the wonderful feedback of our community. This sets the stage for RC in November and an RTM near the end of the calendar year. This release includes a number of significant changes: An update to http://www.asp.net/ and http://ajax.asp.net/ to support the release A comprehensive whitepaper...
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    Microsoft Office Live

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    Office Live is a set of web-based products built to help small businesses attract and retain customers and ultimately grow, by providing a business domain and company-branded e-mail, Web site hosting and easy-to-use design tools, and online tools and Workspaces to help manage their business and share with others. Please visit the Office Live site to see these three great service offerings, ranging from free (yes, FREE) to $40 per month. Office Live is an extremely easy and cost-effective way...
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    Visual Studio 2005 Extensions for Windows SharePoint Services 3.0

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    Create Web Parts, site definitions, and list definitions using the project templates in this download to add a SharePoint Projects tab to the Visual Studio 2005 File > New menu. Plus, use the SharePoint Solution Generator to debug and deploy your custom SharePoint applications. Click here to download .
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    Longhorn Server Ascend Deep Dive Developer Lab

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    This lab is intended to focus on architectural issues, scenario white-boarding and development with the support of the product teams. Each participating organization will get their own lab room which can accommodate up to 4 people to help in the development of their solution. Participants are expected to bring part or all of their application to continue development during the 4 days. During the developer lab each participating organization will interact with a "buddy" from the product team who is...
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    Virtual Labs Exclusively for ISVs

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    Have you ever wanted to "kick the tire" of a new Microsoft technology but did not want to go through the hassle of installation and setup? The ISV Virtual Labs are for you! As part of the ISV training series, you can take advantage of MSDN Virtual Labs. This series of hands-on labs are hosted by Microsoft – so there's no need to format hard drives or dedicate computers, and nothing to install. With 35, no-cost lab modules to choose from, you're sure to find the training you need. Each module includes...
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    Windows Vista Quality Logo Program "Exclusive" Early Participation Program

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    The Certified for Windows Vista Quality Logo Program focuses on producing high quality applications for Windows Vista. The program has the following objectives: improved security, better privacy, enhanced performance, improved compatibility and overall better reliability. You may have already heard about this program as it was part of the keynote presentation at the Digital Life, as well as featured in a recent New York Times article. Microsoft is providing ISVs additional marketing and technical...
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    Microsoft has announced the availability of CE 6.0 and XP Embedded SP 2

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    There are a number of ways you can learn more about the universe of Windows Embedded: · Preview both Windows Embedded CE 6.0 and Windows XP Embedded FP 2007 products using the Virtual Labs that are available . · Download evaluation kits for both products now: o Windows Embedded CE 6.0 o Windows XP Embedded o Windows XP Embedded SP2 Feature Pack 2007 · For additional information regarding the products, you can access the updated public site: o Windows Embedded CE 6.0 o Windows...
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    Free .NET Framework 3.0 eLearning clinics

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    This collection of 3 premium clinics teaches about the new capabilities provided by the .NET Framework 3.0. These clinics are for experienced Developers and Software Architects who are looking to adopt Microsoft's next generation technology within their solutions. Topics covered within the collection include: Windows Presentation Foundation Windows Workflow Foundation Windows Communication Foundation https://www.microsoftelearning.com/eLearning/offerDetail.aspx?offerPriceId=109340...
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    Visual Studio Team Systems Training Opportunity

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    This three-day hands-on instructor-led training course provides partners with deep dive information on Microsoft® Visual Studio® Team System (VSTS). The course provides 300-level training and will give students a deep understanding of the architecture of Team System and Team Foundation Server, of how Team System's components can be utilized to build better software more efficiently, and how to extend and customize the built-in functionality of VSTS. In this course, students will cover many Team...
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    VSTS Team Chat coming soon

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    On Wednesday, November 8 th at 10AM PDT join the VSTS team as they reach out to the masses in a team chat . Use this opportunity to speak directly with the developers and let them know how you feel. Is your preferred agile methodology not quite working out on VSTS? Would you like to see more flexibility in the system? Or do you just think VSTS rocks and want to match keyboards with the VSTS developers? -james
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