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    Internet Explorer (IE) 8 Beta 2

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    IE8 Beta 2 is available for download. To get a feel for the new IE8 experience, check out the videos here . D ownload the product, and try it out.
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    ASP.NET MVC Preview 5 Just Released

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    This ASP.NET MVC CodePlex Preview 5 is an interim release that contains some new features and some feature improvements. Note: Before you run the ASP.NET MVC CodePlex Preview 5 installer, be sure to uninstall any earlier previews of ASP.NET MVC that you...
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    Are Organizations Adopting Technologies Fast Enough?

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    Companies are adopting technologies at a much slower rate than that of technical changes, according to a recent video interview of Juval Lowy with Builder AU . Mr. Lowy points out that most organizations do not realize that they need a visual designer...
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    Measuring Experience - A Presentation by John Whalen in Washington DC, August 19, 2008

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    How is user experience being measured today and what is on the horizon? Join John Whalen, Director of User Experience at e.magination, on August 19 th and learn how you can move from routine usability testing to cutting edge user experience measurement...
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    Philadelphia IT Architect Regional Conference, Sept. 23-24, 2008

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    The IT Architect Regional Conference by IASA is the largest event in the Philadelphia area to address the pressing needs of IT architects today. There are over 15 seminars and two tracks separated by specialty: Enterprise and Software Architecture. Architects...
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    .NET 3.5 SP1 and Visual Studio 2008 SP1 Released!

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    I just downloaded the full package of .NET 3.5 SP1 (231 MB) and Visual Studio 2008 SP1 , and installed them on my Vista machine. It took about 16 minutes to install .NET 3.5 SP1, and the setup required a restart. It took much longer time to install VS...
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    ARCast.TV - Greg Galipeau on ASP.NET MVC

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    In this interview, Greg Galipeau of RDA discusses with me three different patterns -- MVC, MVP and ASP.NET MVC . He articulates the advantages and disadvantages inherent in each pattern, and explains when to use one versus another when creating Windows...
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    NBC Will Stream Beijing Olympics Using Microsoft Silverlight Technology

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    A CNET article provides some interesting detail on how NBC will use Microsoft Silverlight Technology to stream live video contents from Beijing Olymic Games to your PCs through Limelight Networks and ISPs. You can view some videos now at http://www.nbcolympics...
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    Microsoft TechFest Silverlight Event -- Recorded Sessions

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    I finally completed encoding all videos from the one-day Microsoft TechFest Silverlight Event , and uploaded them to my Silverlight Streaming account. Due to file size limit, I have broken each session into multiple parts and posted five of them. The...
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    A Computer Science Professor Who Has Inspired Millions of People in the World

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    According to MSNBC , Randy Pausch, a computer science professor who has inspired millions of people in the world through his "Last Lecture: Achiving Your Childhood Dreams" and a best-selling book, has died at a young age of 47. You can find the video...
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    RDA Architecture Team Blog

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    David Makogon is a co-lead for RDA’s Architecture Guidance evangelist team. According to him, they have just created a team blog at http://rdaarchitecture.blogspot.com . Check it out when you get a chance.
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    Windows Home Server Power Pack 1 Available

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    If you have a Windows Home Server, you may be interested to download the Power Pack 1 release (file size 22.5 MB). This release includes many improvements , including the following: • Support for home computers that are running Windows...
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    Dynamically Selecting Theme in Silverlight 2 Applications

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    Nikhik in his recent blog explains how to dynamically select a theme from multiple themes in Silverlight 2 applications, e.g. based on a user's profile. This improved feature addresses several shortcomings associated with the StaticResource approach....
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    Workflow Capabilities Available in BizTalk Services

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    The most exciting new capability that has been added to BizTalk Services R12 Release “R12” CTP is Workflow. These new cloud-based Workflow capabilities enable ‘service orchestration’ from the cloud. This specialized cloud-based, or hosted, Windows Workflow...
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    Porting Flash Code/Content to Silverlight?

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    One question I get asked a lot while talking about Silverlight is if there are Flash to Silverlight (currently in version 2 beta 2) conversion tools available. The quick answer is there are not many such tools in the market at present. But you can find...
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    Pittsburgh .NET User Group (Pgh.NET) Summer Slam VII

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    The 7th summer social event organized by Pittsburgh Technology Council is coming up this Thursday. See detail below. Developers, leave your code at the office; DBAs, forget Oracle and SQL for one night; CIOs, you can worry about the information technology...
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    What It's Like to Become a Microsoft Certified Architect

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    If you are interested to become an MCA, you may want to check out my interview posted at Channel9 with Biff Gaut who has earned his MCA title during the pilot phase of the MCA programs. During the interview he candidly shared his personal experience with...
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    Bill Will Be a Part-Time Employee at Microsoft After Today

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    The news that Bill Gates will be a part-time Microsoft employee is not really so new; it was announced two years ago and it has been everywhere. But it is hard to believe the day has really arrived. For Bill today is a new milestone in his career as he...
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    VBA Interoperability with Visual Studio 2008

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    A while ago I presented a session on developing Office based solutions at several Microsoft "Heros Happen Here" launch events in the Mid-Atlantic region. One topic I touched briefly was Visual Studio 2008's support for VBA via interoperability service...
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    How the Microsoft Architect Team at Redmond Thinks About Architecture

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    Check out this Channel9 video in which my colleague Bob Familiar interviewed at TechEd 2008 Simon Guest, who shared his thoughts on the industry, the architect community, and how Microsoft thinks about architecture.
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    Project Planning Seminar and Discussion at Reston MTC

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    Please join us for a discussion on June 27 th to talk about how to strategically plan for your software development projects; and how planning your project first makes development faster, more efficient, and more likely to provide results. Information...
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    Learn How to Upsize your Access Data to SQL Server at Reston MTC on 6/27/08

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    Microsoft and FMS are co-hosting a seminar for Microsoft Access to SQL Server Upsizing. It'll be a the Microsoft Reston office on June 27th. You can sign up for the free event at http://www.fmsinc.com/Consulting/event080627.aspx Agenda ...
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    TechFest -- Silverlight and Expression Content

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    Thanks to all of you who attended the TechFest event last week. You can download all three presentations at the link here. You can download some of the demos from the first session at the links below. I will post Mike's and Pete's demo codes once I receive...
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    Two Designer Tools Compatible with Silverlight 2 Beta 2

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    You can download two designer tools below to work with Silverlight 2 beta 2. Note that Expression Blend 2.5 can co-exist with Expression Blend 2 on the same computer. Install Expression Blend 2.5 June 2008 Preview This is a preview version of Expression...
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    Microsoft Silverlight 2 Beta 2 Has Arrived!

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    Silverlight 2 beta 2 includes many improved and new features: Visual Basic and C# Project templates Intellisense and code generators for XAML Debugging of Silverlight applications Web reference support WCF Templates Team Build and...
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