281 articles were published across 203 Microsoft Team blogs between the 15th December and 28th December.  Here is my summary of interesting news, software release announcements and key dates for your diary.

 

General News

 

·         Windows 7 Engineering: Continuing our discussion on performance
 

 

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

 

·         Patterns and Practices: Unity Application Block for Silverlight

 

·         Azure Live Services: DeepEarth Released on CodePlex - 23-Dec-2008

 

 

Software Releases – Service Packs (SP) / Cumulative Updates (CU) / Other Updates

 

·         Office Outlook: Microsoft Office Outlook Connector 12.1 is here! - 16-Dec-2008

 

·         SysInternals: Updates: Autoruns v9.37, AccessChk v4.23 - 19-Dec-2008

 

·         Intelligent Application Gateway 2007 Service Pack 2 is now available! - 19-Dec-2008

 

·         Cumulative Update #11 for SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 2

 

·         SQL Server 2005 SP3 - Released

 

·         Cumulative Update #1 for SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 3

 

·         Service Pack 1 for Data Protection Manager (DPM) 2007 – Service Pack 1 is now available

 

 

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

 

·         BizTalk Adapter Pack v2 CTP

 

·         Initial customer feedback on BizTalk Server 2009 BETA  

 

·         Dynamics CRM: An early look at CRM “5”

 

·         Microsoft Application Threat Modelling: Announcing CAT.NET CTP & Anti-XSS v3 BETA - 15-Dec-2008

 

·         Commerce Server December 2008 CTP now available from the Microsoft Connect site

 

·         Windows PowerShell V2 CTP3, also check out: CTP2 to CTP3 Conversion Guide

 

·         Patterns and Practices Community Technology Preview (CTP) of Application Architecture Guide 2.0

 

·         Live Writer: Windows Live Writer 2009: Release Candidate



Key Dates for your diary – Microsoft Conferences

 

·         Enterprise Search: Microsoft Presents FAST forward 09: Engage Your User