477 articles were published across 203 Microsoft Team blogs between the 3rd November and 16th November.  Here is my summary of interesting news, software release announcements and key dates for your diary.

General News

  • Microsoft Security Intelligence Report: Security management is an important subject for everyone.  Every six-months the Microsoft Security Intelligence Report (SIR) is released.   It provides an in-depth perspective on the changing threat landscape including software vulnerability disclosures and exploits, malicious software (malware), and potentially unwanted software.  Read the official press announcement, or the BlogMS article.  
  • Ramp Up program (www.MyRampUp.com)  has just launched a brand-new learning track for Sharepoint to complement the existing tracks including Visual Studio 2008, Aspiring Developer, Java Developer, Visual Basic 6.0 Developer, Visual Studio 2002/2003 Developer:  Whether you’re just starting your software development career or a seasoned professional wanting to build your skills on the latest Microsoft technology, Ramp Up bridges the gaps you want to close.  Read More…  
  • Professional Developers Conference PDC Content:  Did you miss the opportunity to attend the PDC in November.   If so, don’t worry you can now get access to all the presentations and keynote speechs.   Read More...
  • TechEd Global Pressroom: TechEd is Microsoft’s premier worldwide conference on technical education for IT professionals and developers. The TechEd Global Virtual Pressroom features press materials, event information, videos of keynote speeches and more for TechEd events throughout the year.   Read More...  
  • Microsoft Bizspark: Following on from the successful DreamSpark Program for students, Microsoft announced the Bizspark Program.   It provides easy access to software, support and market visibility with no upfront costs gives startup companies the boost they need, when they need it most,  Read the official press announcement, or the BlogMS article.  
  • Microsoft Online Store: Microsoft Store offers Microsoft’s entire consumer catalog, including desktop software, the Xbox console and its related game titles, the Microsoft Zune, and all of the company’s hardware, including mice, keyboards, web cameras, and joysticks. Along with a fast, secure buying experience, customers will enjoy an easy-to-use interface and useful product comparisons.  Read more… or Visit the store.

Software Releases – Released to Manufacturing (RTM) / Released to Web (RTW)

Windows Mobile: Silverlight 2 for Mobile:
  • Windows Mobile: Internet Explorer for Windows Mobile 6: Read More...
  • Dynamics CRM Accelerators:   Read More... 
  • Windows Small Business Server 2008: Read the official press announcement or the team blog for further information.
  • Windows Essential Business Server 2008:  Read the official press announcement or the team blog for further information.
  • Microsoft Live Services:Read the official press announcement or the team blog for further information.
  • Office Communications Server 2007 R2:
  • App-V 4.5 (formally SoftGrid) Resource Kit Tools:

    Software Releases – Updates and Service Packs (SP)

    Forefront Product Suite: Announcing IAG Service Pack 2, further information about this Service Pack and how it supports Dynamics CRM can be found here: IAG SP2: Securely Publishing Dynamics CRM 4.0
  • SysInternals: Updates: ZoomIt v2.2, AccessChk v4.22
  • System Center: What is new in DPM 2007 Service Pack 1 -- check out this EDGE video
  • Windows Server Division: URL Rewriter RTW and More IIS Extension Updates 

    Software Releases – Alphas / Betas / Community Technology Previews (CTP) / Release Candidate (RC)

    Dynamics CRM: Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online: Windows Services Connector
  • adCenter API for Developers: Announcing the new Live Search API, version 2.0 beta
  • adCenter for Advertisers: The adCenter Add-in Beta for Excel 2007: help build out your keyword lists
  • Microsoft Connected Information Security Group: An Update on Some Upcoming Free Tools
  • The Security Development Lifecycle: SDL Announcements at TechEd EMEA
  • Project Astoria Next Generation Data Programmability: Alpha preview of Project Codename "Astoria Offline" coming soon
  • Visual Studio: Visual Studio 2010 CTP is available!
  • Live Framework CTP: Live Framework: New Team Blog, Downloads
  • Identity Lifecycle Manager: Identity Lifecycle Manager “2” (ILM) Release Candidate
  • System Center: Operations Manager 2007 R2 Beta Announced

    Key Dates for your diary – Microsoft Conferences

    Microsoft SOA & Business Process Conference: January 26-30, 2009: Redmond, WA 
  • Mix09 – The Next Generation Web Now: March 18th-20th, 2009: Las Vegas 
  • TechEd North America 2009 – IT Professionals and Developers: May 11th-15th, 2009: Los Angeles, CA  
  • Microsoft Management Summit 2009: April 27-May 1, 2009, Las Vegas, Nevada  
  • Professional Developers Conference (PDC) 2009:  November 17–20, 2009, Los Angeles, CA

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