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    Running PHP Web Applications on Windows Servers? You Got It!

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    The Microsoft IIS product team has worked closely with the PHP scripting enginer creator Zend Technolgoies, to provide support for PHP applications running on the Windows platform. Through the official release (free download) of Microsoft FastCGI...
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    What does the MSDN website have anything to do with politics?

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    I tried to log in to my MSDN website, but I was welcomed by a completely different web site. Initially I thought it was just a paid ad on the main web page and it would change back after a few seconds. But it didn't. After a while, I discovered that I...
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    The Groups App at facebook.com Is Not Very User Friendly

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    I have to admit that I am relatively new to facebook. Among many wonderful things I have really enjoyed using the social site, I encountered some challenges while working with the Groups application. First, I realized that it didn't let me change the...
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    Mid-Atlantic Influential Architects Program

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    We officially kicked off the Mid-Atlantic Influential Architects program yesterday at Microsoft Reston MTC. A total of 11 architects representing Microsoft partners and customers in the region attended the gathering. We were very fortunate that David...
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    AJAX and Silverlight Presentation from the Visual Studio 2008 Pre-Launch Event at Reston VA

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    Many thanks to those of you who attended my ASP.NET AJAX and Silverlight session at the Visual Studio 2008 pre-launch event at Reston VA. If you are interested to get a copy of my presentation, you can download it from my skydrive site at live.com.
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    Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2008, Windows Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 Launch Events

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    You can find event launch and updated registration information at www.heroeshappenhere.com For information on products and technologies, visit links below. Windows Server 2008 : http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/default.mspx SQL Server...
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    Recover Missing Hard Drive Space

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    I thought I'd share what I just found with you, particularly if you are not very familiar with some Vista system functions. If you know how System Restore and Shadow Copies works behind the scenes, you can skip this blog. I noticed that my hard drive...
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    Architect Point of View (POV)

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    Some of my colleagues have started what's called "Architect Point of View" blogging. Within each POV blog architectural views and thoughts on a selected subject are discussed and shared in a 10-15 minute screencast or video presentation. Check out some...
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    A .NET Application Management Solution

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    Monitoring and managing the health of .NET applications during their lifecycle is not a small task. Fortunately, AVIcode, a Microsoft partner based in Baltimore Maryland, provides a .NET Management Pack that extends the application monitoring capabilities...
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    Using Silverlight in your SharePoint 2007 Applications

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    While Silverlight and SharePoint integration is not an OOB experience for developers today, there is a tremendous interest from business to add the rich interactive application experience to users. To use Silverlight in a SharePoint environment, developers...
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    Visual Studio .NET 2008 Launch Events in Mid-Atlantic (1/29 at Reston VA, 2/4 at Malvern PA)

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    Want to get a tour of Visual Studio 2008 benefits before the Launch? Join us at a city near you! Agenda: z Welcome & Registration z Strategic Overview of Microsoft Application Platform – David Chappell An application platform...
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    The 2008 Microsoft Office System Developer Conference is only a month away!

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    Conference highlights: Special keynote address by Bill Gates , Microsoft Chairman Kurt DelBene , CVP, Office Business Platform Group Rajesh Jha , CVP, Office Live Richard McAniff , CVP for Microsoft Office Gurdeep Singh Pall , CVP, Unified...
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    MIX08 will be held in Las Vegas, March 5-7,2008

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    Detail at http://visitmix.com/2008/default.aspx MIX is an intimate conversation between developers, designers and business professionals to explore: High-fidelity commerce, content, media, services and security How new technologies can help...
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    Virtual Images (VPC) of Visual Studio .NET 2008 Are Available for Download

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    Read Brian Keller 's blog about how you can use Free Download Manager to download the VPCs. There are 2 versions of the VPC available: · The first VPC is what we call the “all-up” image: Team Foundation Server 2008, Team Explorer 2008, Team...
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    A Reliable Yet Affordable Computer Backup Solution Is Finally Here

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    Many of us, including myself, have learned a lesson of how costly it can be to have a broken computer hard drive without an updated backup, not to mention the hassle we have to go through during the process of recovering lost files and rebuilding a new...
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    How is the .NET Framework 3.5 different from .NET 2.0 and .NET 3.0?

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    Happy New Year! It's good to be back to the office from a holiday vacation. I have received questions regarding the .NET framework 3.5, how it is different from previous versions, can applications based on .NET 3.5 co-exist with applications based...
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    MSDN PowerSeries Presentations (McClean VA Event)

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    You can download them using this link. Also, you can find Ashish Jaiman's Windows Live Platform presentation along with demos at his blog below: http://blogs.msdn.com/ajaiman/archive/2007/12/19/msdn-power-series-live-platform-presentation.aspx
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    PDC08 Date and Location Announced: October 27–30, 2008, Los Angeles, California

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    October 27–30, 2008 Pre-conference October 26, 2008 Los Angeles, California We are delighted to announce the date and location of the next Microsoft Professional Developers Conference (PDC): October 27–30, 2008 at the Los Angeles Convention Center...
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    Silverlight web site: vectorform.com

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    Vectorform recently launched a Silverlight developer/designer resource site and blog that has generated a lot of great feedback from the interactive community. http://www.vectorform.com/silverlight provides code samples, tutorials and walkthroughs, as...
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    MSDN PowerSeries Content

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    I have posted all presentation slides for the afternoon session of the PowerSerices in NY to my skydrive site. You can download them using this link.
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    December 2008 Architect Events

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    The emerging technology macro-trend today is the convergence of the Web and physical worlds, often referred to as the disappearing boundaries between the on-line and off-line worlds. This trend underscores a shift from using web browsers on personal computers...
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    Silverlight 1.1 is now Silverlight 2.0

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    The Silverlight product team has decided to rename Silverlight 1.1 to Silverlight 2.0. Check out these two blogs to find out more detail on this. http://weblogs.asp.net/scottgu/archive/2007/11/29/net-web-product-roadmap-asp-net-silverlight-iis7.aspx http...
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    Silverlight at TechEd China 2007

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    Silverlight has not only attracted developers and designers in the United States, but also those in China. At the Beijing event of TechEd China 2007 from Nov. 7-9, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer was joined by the DPE team in China and CTO of Baidu, a leading...
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    What Do You Know About Microsoft's Oslo?

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    Robert Wahbe, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Server & Tools Business, discusses the current challenges and future opportunities surrounding software development. In introducing the Oslo set of technologies, Wahbe discussed the challenges that...
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    Working with WCF for your Silverlight 1.1 Applications

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    While you can easily use XML web services in your Silverlight applications, working with WCF is much different with the current Silverlight 1.1 September CTP bits. I have done a bit research on the Internet and found a few blogs below that are very helpful...
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