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    Vista RC1 and .Net 3.0

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    A littile while ago I wrote about the release of Vista RC1. I loaded the RC right after it was released and it has been operating flawlessly for me since then. I wanted to point out that the RC1 release of Vista has the release candidate for .Net 3.0. I have been doing a bunch of work (mostly with WPF) and it is working 'like a champ'. If you wish to do some development work on .Net 3.0 with the RC I would recommend you pick up the Orcas CTP for .NET Framework 3.0 RC including Cider. Here...
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    ISV Telesales Service: Turn Prospects Into Qualified Business Opportunities

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    I know the US ISV DE Team Blog is mostly about technology but here's something that may be of interest to your Sales or Business Development colleagues. Take advantage of it today! The ISV Telesales Service is a partner-led, Microsoft-developed 3rd party telesales engine designed to increase the velocity of partner leads through the sales cycle. The ISV Telesales Service is designed to increase net-new partner and Microsoft revenue through targeted, measurable lead qualification activities...
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    Announcing the Developer Advisory Council for Mobility

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    The Developer Advisory Council (DAC) will focus exclusively on technology and the issues and opportunities presented by the Windows Mobile platform as a development platform and cornerstone of mobility architecture. To this end, the DAC will be a forum for enterprise developers and architects and the Windows Mobile product teams to share and collaborate, solve technical problems, and provide insight and input into future Windows Mobile releases. If you are interested in participating on this Council...
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    SQL Server 2005 Performance Features

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    The US ISV High Potential team recently hosted a WebCast that focused on helping ISVs take advantage of the many performance related features available in SQL Server 2005. This webcast is not available 'On Demand' via the following link: http://www.msreadiness.com/wscart.asp?eid=4505 There were a number of compelling demonstrations during the webcast. The scripts and information for setting up demo database are also available at the followin link: http://www.aditi.com/library/webinarseries...
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    IronPython 1.0 Released

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    IronPython 1.0 has been released to the .NET community and is available on CodePlex . IronPython is an implementation of the Python dynamic programming language. IronPython is built on top of the .NET Framework and is interoperable with other .NET languages. Binaries, source code, and tutorials are available at CodePlex. Click here to download IronPython at CodePlex.
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    Vista RC1 Available

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    For all those who are participating in the beta program, RC1 of Vista is now available on the 'connect' site. Both 32 bit and 64 bit versions of the O/S are available. From everything I have heard this is a great build and it is obviously a great milestone to reach on the road to product launch. I would be more excited if I had not just rebuild one of my systems :)
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    Go-Live Licenses Available

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    .NET Framework 3.0 Runtime components http://msdn.microsoft.com/winfx/downloads . Go Live Licensing available with March ATLAS CTP http://atlas.asp.net
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    Code-Signing Best Practices

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    At WinHEC' 06 Microsoft released an important whitepaper that provided insites and best practies for Code Signing. This paper includes Code-Signing Bacics, Signing Technologies in Windows, Digital Signatures in Windows, and a comprehensive view of Code-Signing Best Practices. To access this whitepaper please access this URL: http://www.microsoft.com/whdc/winlogo/drvsign/best_practices.mspx
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    New Tools for Database Professionals

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    Late last week the Visual Studio team released the latest CTP for Visual Studio 2005 Team Edition for Database Professionals . This is a new Visual Studio product that is meant to allow DBAs to utilize Visual Studio 2005 for common tasks like data comparisons, data generation, etc. It is currently available for download .
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    2007 Microsoft Office System End User On-Demand Webcasts

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    Don’t miss out on our first end user webcasts for the 2007 Microsoft Office system. Check them out for yourself. A First Look at the 2007 Microsoft Office System http://msevents.microsoft.com/cui/WebCastEventDetails.aspx?EventID=1032290359&EventCategory=5&culture=en-US&CountryCode=US Tips and Tricks for the 2007 Microsoft Office System: What You Can Do with the New XML File Formats http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/WebCastEventDetails.aspx?EventID=1032290512&EventCategory=4&culture...
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    Best Practices for Globalization and Localization with WPF

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    You can make the most of the globalization and localization functionality that is built into Windows Presentation Foundation by following the UI design and localization-related tips that this section provides. Follow this link for a useful set of Globalization ‘Best Practices’: http://blogs.msdn.com/wpfsdk/archive/2006/07/06/658392.aspx In general, the WPF SDK blog ( http://blogs.msdn.com/wpfsdk ) is a great resource for those of you developing on the Windows Presentation Foundation. Enjoy...
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    New Logo Program for Windows Vista

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    Currently we are in the “Early Adoption” phase of the Window’s Vista Quality Program. In the “Early Adoption” phase Microsoft would like to invite you to review the 1.0v of the technical standards of the program. The Windows Vista Quality Program standards will improve user experience in 4 ways: 1) Security (e.g. prevention of mal-ware) 2) Compatibility with Vista and future OS 3) Installs and uninstalls 4) Reliability (e.g. hangs and crashes) There are a rich set of marketing benefits associated...
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    ISV Touchdown Training Event: Hands-On Development For The 2007 Microsoft Office System

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    You are invited to this two-day, hands-on lab to learn how to take advantage of the enhanced intuitive design and improved features of 2007 Microsoft Office system- at no cost (a $550 value). The 2007 Microsoft® Office system is an advanced solution that includes clients, servers, services, and tools for solution developers. Built around XML and a set of new extensibility technologies, it gives you the ability to quickly build business applications that range from collaboration and enterprise...
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    Announcing the Windows CardSpace Sandbox

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    Try out CardSpace now! Recently we launched the Windows CardSpace Sandbox. The Sandbox ( http://sandbox.netfx3.com ) is area within the NetFx3.com site where users can try out Windows CardSpace from within their browser. The Sandbox allows developers can see how Windows CardSpace has been integrated into a web site that also supports usernames and passwords. The site allows users to: • Create a user account using a username and password or using a self-issued Information Card • Link one or more...
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    Application Compatibility with Windows Vista

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    To help ISVs get ready for Windows Vista, Microsoft has created the Innovate on Windows Vista portal which will determine application compatibility status with Windows Vista and step you through the Windows Vista application testing process such that you can satisfy the “Certified for Windows Vista” software quality requirements. You can enroll your application in the Innovate on Windows Vista portal via www.innovateonvista.com . - Larry
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    Line of Business Interoperability (LOBi) for Office SharePoint Server 2007

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    During his presentation at TechEd, Chris Caposella announced Microsoft’s Office Business Application Strategy. As part of the overall strategy, Chris announced LOBi for Office SharePoint Server 2007. LOBi will deliver specific functionality for surfacing enterprise line of business data and processes in Office rich client applications with the ability to do transactional write-backs to the underlying business system. It also provides capabilities for taking enterprise data and processes off-line...
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    Going ....... Windows Vista

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    I really like this article when I talk with ISVs about Windows Vista and how to get the most bang out of their development efforts in supporting Windows Vista. This article walks you through where we think the "Light Up" scenarios are in Vista. http://msdn.microsoft.com/windowsvista/prodinfo/top10/default.aspx As for taking the Operating System mobile, here you get an introduction to mobile pc challenges that Windows Vista can help solve, including power management, network awareness, providing...
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    Announcing CodePlex

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    This exciting new ‘Shared Source’ facility provides a venue to bring together developers and provides them tools, source code and an advanced platform for designing and building software. CodePlex is just one of the ways in which Microsoft is fostering collaborative community innovation. CodePlex functionality, built on Microsoft Visual Studio® 2005 Team Foundation Server, provides source control, issue tracking, discussion forums and RSS feeds in and out of each project so that members can stay...
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    Security Development Lifecycle

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    Following are the development resources referenced in the Security Development Lifecycle breakout at the ISV CTO Summit: • Overview of SDL http://msdn.microsoft.com/security/sdl • Visual Studio 2005 Team Edition http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/en-us/dnvs05/html/vs05security.asp • App Verifier http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/en-us/dnappcom/html/appverifier.asp • FXCop http://www.gotdotnet.com/team/fxcop • Writing Secure Code, Second Edition http://www.microsoft.com/mspress/books/5957.asp • Threat...
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    ISV Q&A with Brian Keller of Visual Studio Team System

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    So recently we reached out to Brian Keller , newly minted Technical Evangelist for Visual Studio Team System. We appreciate Brian taking the time to answer a few questions for the ISV Community. The following are the questions we forwarded to Brian. He'll be monitoring the comments section if you have more. What is the ISV mission for VSTS in a paragraph? Visual Studio Team System was created to help software development teams manage their software projects throughout the entire application...
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    UPDATE: TFS Benefit for Certified and Gold ISVs

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    The July Partner Program Kit included a new benefit for Certified and Gold level ISVs who hold either the ISV or CDS competency. It has come to our attention that the disk labeled TFS actually has a Windows installation on it and not TFS. We have been informed by the MSPP team that the August Partner Program Kit will include the correct bits on the CD. We would like to apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused as we are aware many of you want to install and begin using the RTM version...
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    Windows Vista Developer Workshop

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    There is a series of high value Vista Developer training sessions that are being run in major cities across the US this month. These two-day sessions are a combination of presentations that focus on new development tools for partners, and a series of new hands-on technical exercises that highlight some of the compelling new development platform enhancements in Windows Vista. This course will also elaborate on key development services opportunity areas for Windows Vista within your organization. For...
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    P&P Summit: Oct 9-12 Super Early Bird registration closes today

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    So today is the last day for super early bird registration for the Patterns and Practices Summit. Register here: http://www.pnpsummit.com/west2006.aspx The session list is can be found here: http://www.pnpsummit.com/west2006sessions.aspx This is a great summit for Architects and budding Architects.
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    Visual Studio Team Foundation Server - Free License

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    Visual Studio Team Foundation Server (VST FS) will be made available as a MSPP benefit to Gold partners and Certified partners with the ISV competency. VST FS will be provided as part of the July Partner Program Toolkit. In the meantime, you can get a 180-day trial at http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=4964572 . Microsoft is also providing on-line videos and information to help you and your organization harness the power of Visual Studio Team System. Visit the Training Resources http://msdn.microsoft...
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    Welcome/ISV CTO Summit/Opening in Mid-West

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    Thanks for setting us up, John. It will be interesting to see just how collaborative we can be among ourselves and with the ISV community at large through a single team blog. I plan on deprecating my personal blog because I'm not as tech as I used to be and I don't think people viewing MSDN blogs care a great deal about the 'management perspective'. Nevertheless, I'll chime in from time to time to offer ideas or nudge the conversation in a direction :) I'd like to address a couple loose ends...
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