There were 194 articles from the Microsoft Team Blogs and feeds last week.  Here is my summary of interesting announcements and software releases:

General News

·         MDOP 2008 R2 components including Asset inventory Service 1.5:  The MDOP 2008 R2 is now available for download, the AIS Service is going to be available in November.  AIS 1.0 has been available to MDOP customers since November 2007, and many of our customers using the current version are anticipating the added license reconciliation feature that will be delivered with version 1.5.    Read More...

·         Mark Russinovich talks Vista performance: Last week Mark Russinovich and a group of industry experts got together to talk about Windows Vista performance challenges, common misconfigurations, and tips on how to fix them. From boot times and applets to disk performance and battery life, find out how to optimize Windows Vista and what you can do to improve overall system performance. You can watch the recording of the show. Read More...

·         Visual Studio 10 and .NET Framework 4..0:  Reveals extensive enhancements for simplified application life-cycle management, provides sneak peek at all key focus areas for Visual Studio 2010 and the .NET Framework 4.0   Read More...
 

·         Microsoft PDC: Windows 7, Cloud Computing Live Mesh and more:  Microsoft PDC2008 (Professional Developers Conference) will be in Los Angeles, October 27 - 30. Microsoft will unveil it's vision for cloud computing and building applications that seamlessly bridge the gaps between PC, Web, and phone. Windows 7, the next version of Windows, will be a big focus with 21 different sessions that drill down into the details. Read More...
 

·         Daylight Savings Time Updates for Brazil, Egypt, Mauritius.
 

Software Releases

·         Updates of SysInternals Tools: Process Monitor v2.0, ZoomIt v2.11, Sigcheck v1.54, Contig v1.55 | A new Mark's Blog post: The Case of the Sloooow System | New Vista Springboard webcast.  Read More...