Infrastructure Development, Operations & Maintenance

· Understanding Networking with Hyper-V

· Microsoft Online Services Trial Guide

· Exchange Server 2010 Beta VHD

· Exchange Server 2010 Beta CHKSGFILES Library

· Active Directory Schema Changes Reference, June 2009 - English

· Internet Explorer 8 Language Packs for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008

· Windows Server 2008 R2 & Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 - Hyper-V Live Migration Overview & Architecture

· Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 Enterprise Edition VHD

· Read-Only Domain Controller (RODC) Branch Office Guide

· Risk and Health Assessment Program for Active Directory – Scoping Tool v1.1

· Planning Tool for Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2

· Operations Manager 2007 R2 Management Pack Guide

· AppLocker Technical Documentation for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2

· Choosing a Deployment Strategy

· Deploying Virtual Desktop Pools by Using Remote Desktop Web Access Step-by-Step Guide

· Deploying Personal Virtual Desktops by Using Remote Desktop Web Access Step-by-Step Guide

· File and Printer Sharing with Microsoft Windows

· Microsoft Windows Dynamic Cache Service

· Windows Server 2008 R2 Documentation & Resources

· Microsoft Office Communicator 2007 R2 Phone Edition Deployment Guide

· Microsoft Office Communicator 2007 R2 Deployment Guide

· Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Group Chat Planning and Deployment Guide

· Deploying the Microsoft Office Live Meeting 2007 Client with Office Communications Server 2007 R2

· Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Attendant Deployment Guide

· Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Documentation

Solutions & Solution Development

· BizTalk Server RFID 2009 Whitepaper: Installing and Running BizTalk Server RFID 2009 in a Windows Server 2008 Cluster

· Microsoft Security Development Lifecycle (SDL) - Version 4.1

· Microsoft Office Protocol Documentation

· Microsoft SharePoint Products and Technologies Protocol Documentation

· IIS Search Engine Optimization Toolkit 1.0 Beta (x64)

· Microsoft Solution Briefing - Emerge Stronger with Business Intelligence

· Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 White Paper: One Single World-Wide Instance (Eastern Europe/Russia GLS layer)

· Windows Ribbon: Introductory Tutorial

· Windows TIFF IFilter Installation and Operations Guide

· IIS Search Engine Optimization Toolkit 1.0 Beta (x86)

· HealthVault Service Specification

· DirectX Software Development Kit

· Microsoft F# PowerPack for .NET 4.0 Beta1

· Microsoft Online Services Business Value

· Microsoft Online Dedicated Service Descriptions

· Windows Mobile 6.5 Developer Tool Kit

· Microsoft Sync Framework 2.0 CTP2

· Microsoft FRx 6.7 Hot Fix 1 (R10670) - McKesson Pathways 9

· Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Software Development Kit (SDK)

· Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio May 2009 CTP

· Windows Internet Explorer 8 Compatibility View List

· WF 4 Migration Guidance

· Competitor's Pack for the 2009 Summer Scripting Games

· PerformancePoint Server 2007 Planning Business Modeler: Deleting Dimension Properties

· Microsoft Commerce Server 2009 code name "R2" - June 2009 Community Technical Preview - DVD ISO Image File

· Microsoft .NET Framework 4 Beta 1 LangPack

Security, Policy & Compliance

· Hotfixes and Security Updates in Windows Server 2008 SP2 and Windows Vista SP2

· Forefront Online Security for Exchange (FOSE) 9.1 Product Documents

· Microsoft Directory Synchronization Tool 9.1

Other

· Microsoft Government Podcasts

· Microsoft Vine Diagnostic Tool

· Microsoft Corporate Citizenship: Climate Change Policy

· Digital Literacy: Case Studies

· BingTones

· BingTones

· Bing Maps 3D

· 2009 E3 Xbox.com Press Kit

· ACORDCollaborationDeck

· UltracamX Technical Specifications

· Windows Live Movie Maker Beta Update

Infrastructure Development, Operations & Maintenance

Understanding Networking with Hyper-V

Brief Description

This guide will step you through Hyper-V's networking concepts, best practices and deployment steps

Overview

This guide will step you through Hyper-V's networking concepts, best practices and deployment steps including: • Current Landscape and Challenges of Virtual Networking • Live Migration Networking Scenario Recommendations • Hyper-V MAC Address Management • Dynamic MAC Address • Virtual Network Setup • Networking with iSCSI Shared Storage • Hyper-V Networking Best Practices • Updates in Windows Server 2008 R2

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=3fac6d40-d6b5-4658-bc54-62b925ed7eea

Microsoft Online Services Trial Guide

Brief Description

Step-by-step instructions for setting up and using a trial account for the Business Productivity Online Standard Suite from Microsoft Online Services.

Overview

The Microsoft Online Services Trial Guide provides step-by-step instructions for setting up and using a trial account for the Business Productivity Online Standard Suite from Microsoft Online Services. The guide provides instructions for setting up a trial via the Microsoft Online Customer Portal (MOCP), administering Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, Office Communications Online, and Office Live Meeting via the Microsoft Online Administration Center (MOAC), and converting a trial account to a paid subscription.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=7d162901-8c07-4beb-bfb4-f6403f535ecf

Exchange Server 2010 Beta VHD

Brief Description

This download comes as a pre-configured VHD. This download enables you evaluate Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Beta VHD for 60 days.

Overview

Download this fully configured virtual machine of the latest release of Exchange Server 2010 Beta. Evaluate the new capabilities of Exchange Server 2010 Beta, which helps you achieve new levels of reliability and performance by delivering features that help to simplify your administration, protect your communications, and delight your users by meeting their demands for greater business mobility.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=53f7382a-3664-4de3-8303-31e514d69f02

Exchange Server 2010 Beta CHKSGFILES Library

Brief Description

This download contains LIB and Header files for the Exchange Server 2010 Beta database consistency check library.

Overview

This download includes 64-bit unmanaged LIB and H (header) files for the CHKSGFILES DLL that ships with Exchange 2010 Beta

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=fda09c13-f3b1-4092-a591-f32ddc2432b6

Active Directory Schema Changes Reference, June 2009 - English

Brief Description
Overview

This download includes the Active Directory Schema Changes Reference, which provides information about the changes that Microsoft Exchange Server makes to the Active Directory schema when it is installed. The Active Directory Schema Changes Reference includes changes made to Microsoft Exchange Server 2010, Exchange Server 2007 SP1, Exchange Server 2007, and Exchange Server 2003.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=3d44de93-3f21-44d0-a0a1-35ff5dbabd0b

Internet Explorer 8 Language Packs for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008

Brief Description

Download the latest version of Internet Explorer 8 Language Packs.

Overview

The Internet Explorer 8 Language Packs install language specific resource files, allowing users to view the user interface (UI) of Internet Explorer 8 in a different supported language. Individual language packs are available for the following languages: Albanian, Arabic, Assamese, Basque, Bengali (Bangladesh), Bengali (India) Bosnian (Cyrillic), Bosnian (Latin), Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese (Traditional), Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Hong Kong), Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Gujarati, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Kannada, Kazakh, Konkani, Korean, Kyrgyz, Latvian, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Malay (Brunei Darussalam), Malay (Malaysia), Malayalam, Marathi, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese (Portugal), Portuguese (Brazil), Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Serbian (Cyrillic), Serbian (Latin), Slovakian, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Uzbek (Latin) and Vietnamese. To use these language packs, you must install the matching OS language pack on Windows before proceeding.
Visit the Windows MUI/LIP Knowledge Center for more information. IT Professionals, see Guide to Windows Vista Multilingual User Interface for help with implementation.
To download Internet Explorer 8 in one of the fully-localized languages, visit the Internet Explorer Worldwide site.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=507d4589-ca97-4c5a-9c0f-bb9a3c68cc49

Windows Server 2008 R2 & Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 - Hyper-V Live Migration Overview & Architecture

Brief Description

One of the most highly anticipated new features in Windows Server® 2008 R2 Hyper-V™ is live migration. This document describes the live migration feature of Windows Server® 2008 R2 Hyper-V™ in detail, including how live migration moves running VMs and requirements for implementing live migration

Overview

With Hyper-V™ live migration, you can move running VMs from one Hyper-V™ physical host to another without any disruption of service or perceived downtime. Live migration is integrated with Windows Server 2008® R2 Hyper-V™ and Microsoft® Hyper-V™ Server 2008 R2. Since Hyper-V™ live migration can move running virtual machines without downtime, it will facilitate greater flexibility and value: • Provides better agility: Datacenters with multiple Hyper-V™ physical hosts will be able to move running VMs to the best physical computer for performance, scaling, or optimal consolidation without impacting users. • Reduces costs and increase productivity: Datacenters with multiple Hyper-V™ physical hosts will be able to service those systems in a more controlled fashion, scheduling maintenance during regular business hours. Live migration makes it possible to keep VMs online, even during maintenance, increasing productivity for both users and server administrators. Datacenters will be also able to reduce power consumption by dynamically increasing consolidation ratios and powering off un-used physical hosts during times of lower demand.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=fdd083c6-3fc7-470b-8569-7e6a19fb0fdf

Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 Enterprise Edition VHD

Brief Description

This download comes as a pre-configured VHD and helps you evaluate the new features of Windows Server 2003 R2, the most productive infrastructure platform for powering connected applications, networks, and Web services from the workgroup to the data center.

Overview

The Microsoft VHD Test Drive Program provides customers with an enhanced server-based software evaluation experience that’s faster, better supported and more flexible. You can now access the entire catalog of pre-configured Microsoft and partner products and solutions in the VHD format and start evaluating and testing today from www.microsoft.com/vhd.
This download helps you evaluate the new features of Windows Server 2003 R2, the most productive infrastructure platform for powering connected applications, networks, and Web services from the workgroup to the data center. Windows Server 2003 R2 simplifies branch server management, improves identity and access management, reduces storage management costs, provides a rich Web platform. For more information about Windows Server 2003 R2, please go to www.microsoft.com/WindowsServer.
This is a preconfigured virtual machine contained within the Virtual Hard Disk (VHD) format. A virtualization product that supports the VHD format is required to use this virtual machine. Microsoft Virtual PC or Microsoft Virtual Server are provided for free and can be used with these VHD based virtual machines. Please refer to the system requirements section for more details.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=7f444faa-4307-40c1-814d-f6d66888ddfd

Read-Only Domain Controller (RODC) Branch Office Guide

Brief Description

This guide explains how to plan, deploy, and administer read-only domain controllers (RODCs) in branch offices.

Overview

This guide describes new features in Windows Server 2008 that can provide benefits for Active Directory deployments that include branch offices. It explains how to assess an existing deployment of domain controllers in branch offices to determine whether deploying read-only domain controllers (RODCs) in existing or future branch offices is appropriate for your organization. For more general information about how to install and configure an RODC, see Planning and Deploying Read-Only Domain Controllers (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=122172). For more information about deploying an RODC in a perimeter network (also known as DMZ), see Active Directory Domain Services in the Perimeter Network (Windows Server 2008) (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=150091).

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=0b2a6fcb-8b78-4677-a76c-2446039ab490

Risk and Health Assessment Program for Active Directory – Scoping Tool v1.1

Brief Description

This download package is intended for Microsoft Premier Customers Only. This package includes all of the scoping tools necessary to prepare and qualify your environment to receive a Risk and Health Assessment Program for Active Directory.

Overview

This download package is intended for Microsoft Premier Customers Only. This package includes all of the scoping tools necessary to prepare and qualify your environment to receive a Risk and Health Assessment Program for Active Directory.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=22205827-c164-4b62-9f8d-c3cd6077bd82

Planning Tool for Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2

Brief Description

The Planning Tool for Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2 provides recommended topology diagrams and hardware requirements for an organization based on information you provide to the tool.

Overview

The Planning Tool for Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2 is a Windows Presentation Foundation standalone client application. The Planning Tool Wizard asks interview questions about features that the system administrator is interested in enabling in the Enterprise, as well as information about the Enterprise.
The Planning Tool uses the information gathered from the administrator to dynamically draw a recommended topology for every site that the administrator identifies. Additionally, the Planning Tool calculates the types and amounts of hardware needed across the entire Enterprise, as well as for each site. The Planning Tool also provides links to documentation of the specific planning and deployment tasks that the administrator will need in order to deploy the topology.
Note:

  • This download is not supported by Microsoft.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=fdf32585-c131-4832-8e27-67e70636c1e8

Operations Manager 2007 R2 Management Pack Guide

Brief Description

Guide Only
This guide provides information for using the Operations Manager Management Pack that is included in Operations Manager 2007 R2.

Overview

System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 includes an updated management pack for monitoring Operations Manager. The Operations Manager Management Pack helps you manage your System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 infrastructure by monitoring the health of the Operations Manager components and services. The Operations Manager Management Pack alerts you to problems with components such as the management servers, the Operations Manager database, agents, modules used by workflows, and services so that you can continue to monitor the servers and clients that your business depends on. The management pack includes tasks that you can automate to get easy access to common diagnostic tools, such as restarting a health service or reloading an agent configuration. This guide was written based on version 6.1.7221.0 of the Operations Manager Management Pack for Operations Manager 2007 R2.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=61365290-3c38-4004-b717-e90bb0f6c148

AppLocker Technical Documentation for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2

Brief Description

The AppLocker Technical Documentation for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 provides technical guidance about understanding how AppLocker works and how to effectively plan and deploy AppLocker policies.

Overview

AppLocker in Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows 7 Ultimate, and Windows 7 Enterprise helps administrators control which applications are allowed to run in their organizations. These documents provide technical guidance about understanding how AppLocker works and how to effectively plan and deploy AppLocker policies.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=025cf2e8-b0ab-4419-b5bb-86ab2d5eca83

Choosing a Deployment Strategy

Brief Description

Helps people choose the best deployment strategy for their environments. Read detailed information about the strategies, including high-level instructions and additional resources from Microsoft.

Overview

Microsoft® recommends a few, targeted deployment strategies for specific scenarios. These strategies are based on tools and technologies that do much of the work. This document helps people who are responsible for deploying the Windows® operating system choose the best deployment strategy for their environments. You can read detailed information about the strategies, including high-level instructions and additional resources from Microsoft.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=1a59e1b8-2279-49f8-a722-cbb55866d8c1

Deploying Virtual Desktop Pools by Using Remote Desktop Web Access Step-by-Step Guide

Brief Description

This step-by-step guide walks you through the process of setting up a working virtual desktop pool accessible by using Remote Desktop Web Access (RD Web Access) in a test environment.

Overview

This step-by-step guide walks you through the process of setting up a working virtual desktop pool accessible by using Remote Desktop Web Access (RD Web Access) in a test environment. This guide assumes that you previously completed the steps in the Installing Remote Desktop Session Host Step-by-Step Guide (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=147292). The goal of a virtual desktop pool is to provide users with a virtual desktop that is dynamically assigned from a pool of identically configured virtual machines. Users can connect to a virtual desktop pool and run programs and consume resources as if they were using a local client computer.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=e33b0953-e89a-4b97-a6fe-60da44add5c7

Deploying Personal Virtual Desktops by Using Remote Desktop Web Access Step-by-Step Guide

Brief Description

This step-by-step guide walks you through the process of setting up a working personal virtual desktop accessible by using Remote Desktop Web Access (RD Web Access) in a test environment.

Overview

This step-by-step guide walks you through the process of setting up a working personal virtual desktop accessible by using Remote Desktop Web Access (RD Web Access) in a test environment. This guide assumes that you previously completed the steps in the Installing Remote Desktop Session Host Step-by-Step Guide (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=147292). The goal of a personal virtual desktop is to provide a user with a virtual desktop that is assigned to only that user.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=0d278f5c-37fa-43fb-8032-614c7bf1d617

File and Printer Sharing with Microsoft Windows

Brief Description

File and printer sharing in Microsoft Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows 98, Windows Millennium Edition (Me), and Windows NT 4.0 allows you to share the contents of selected folders and locally attached printers with other computers.

Overview

File and printer sharing in Microsoft® Windows® allows you to share the contents of selected folders and locally attached printers with other computers. Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows 98, Windows Millennium Edition (Me), and Windows NT® 4.0 support file and printer sharing. For each of these operating systems, this article describes the features, components, connection process, how to share a folder and connect to a shared folder, how to share a printer and connect to a shared printer, and how to manage file sharing in a small office/home office environment.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=87c0a6db-aef8-4bef-925e-7ac9be791028

Microsoft Windows Dynamic Cache Service

Brief Description

Dynamically manage the size of the Windows System File Cache.

Overview

The Microsoft Windows Dynamic Cache Service will manage the working set size of the Windows System File Cache. For 64 bit systems this service helps to address the problem of excessive cached read I/O that could eventually consume all of physical memory. Sample source code and compiled files are included in the compressed file.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=e24ade0a-5efe-43c8-b9c3-5d0ecb2f39af

Windows Server 2008 R2 Documentation & Resources

Brief Description

Whitepapers, Datasheets, ppts and other resources related to Windows Server 2008 R2

Overview

Want to know more about Windows Server 2008 R2? Learn more here with access to Whitepapers, Datasheets, ppts and other resources.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=079eb880-6e15-4381-9edf-53cfaff3ab02

Microsoft Office Communicator 2007 R2 Phone Edition Deployment Guide

Brief Description

This guide describes the steps that are required to manage Communicator Phone Edition in an organization.

Overview

This guide describes the steps that are required to manage Communicator Phone Edition in an organization. It also describes how Communicator Phone Edition processes DNS records to locate Office Communications Server 2007 R2, and summarizes the fundamental elements that form the security framework for Office Communications Server 2007 R2.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=ae3e5b3a-1564-4de5-8b29-a73275e52619

Microsoft Office Communicator 2007 R2 Deployment Guide

Brief Description

This document outlines new deployment considerations for Office Communicator 2007 R2.

Overview

This document describes how to deploy Microsoft® Office Communicator 2007 R2 in your organization by highlighting the new deployment considerations and changes from the Microsoft® Office Communicator 2007 release. It also contains updated information about how to customize Office Communicator 2007 R2 by creating configuring custom tabs.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=e5026127-101a-48d7-8683-c95f448329e3

Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Group Chat Planning and Deployment Guide

Brief Description

This guide covers implementation of Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Group Chat.

Overview

Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Group Chat is the group chat client component. This client component, together with Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Group Chat Server, enables communication in real time using group chat sessions, with persistent content that is retained after a session ends. It allows for the instant exchange of business expertise across an organization and with external partners so that it is possible to maintain a continuing flow of information among project members. This guide covers implementation of Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Group Chat.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=d5ab6afa-8f5f-457f-a7ba-442f6789cf16

Deploying the Microsoft Office Live Meeting 2007 Client with Office Communications Server 2007 R2

Brief Description

This guide helps administrators deploy the meeting client for a Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2 environment.

Overview

This guide helps administrators deploy the meeting client for a Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2 environment. If your organization plans to host Microsoft Office Live Meeting on Office Communications Server 2007 R2, you should refer to this guide for information about deploying the meeting client and the Conferencing Add-in for Microsoft Office Outlook messaging and collaboration client.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=4c2eadbd-088c-4876-bbea-1cca1176dcf4

Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Attendant Deployment Guide

Brief Description

This guide describes how to successfully install Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Attendant in your organization.

Overview

Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Attendant is an intuitive, integrated, call management application that facilitates accurate and rapid call handling and routing for front-line business professionals. This guide describes how to successfully install Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Attendant in your organization.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=8ca31b00-96f3-42d7-9863-c44673f9c720

Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Documentation

Brief Description

Use this page to find technical documentation to help you understand, plan, deploy, and operate Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2 servers.

Overview

The full set of Office Communications Server 2007 R2 documentation is contained in the download file named Communications_Server_2007_R2_Documentation.chm.
IMPORTANT  See Additional Information for important information about circumstances under which a CHM file will not display correctly, and how to resolve the issue.
Selected, high-value sections of the documentation are also provided as separate Word documents.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=e9f86f96-aa09-4dca-9088-f64b4f01c703

Solutions & Solution Development

BizTalk Server RFID 2009 Whitepaper: Installing and Running BizTalk Server RFID 2009 in a Windows Server 2008 Cluster

Brief Description

Install, configure, and test BizTalk Server RFID 2009 on a Windows Server 2008 Cluster

Overview

Download this whitepaper for guidance on how to add high-availablity capabilities to your RFID environment. Learn how to install, configure, and test BizTalk Server RFID 2009 on a Windows Server 2008 cluster.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=b038dda0-38a2-4d00-a30c-18cbca5af803

Microsoft Security Development Lifecycle (SDL) - Version 4.1

Brief Description

Microsoft Security Development Lifecycle v4.1 Process Guidance

Overview

As part of its commitment to a more secure and trustworthy computing ecosystem, Microsoft releases the SDL process guidance v4.1. IT policy makers and software development organizations can leverage this content to enhance and inform their own software security and privacy assurance programs.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=967389d8-6ed0-4751-a8d2-9c2fad39adce

Microsoft Office Protocol Documentation

Brief Description

The Office protocol documentation provides technical specifications for Microsoft proprietary protocols that are implemented and used in the Microsoft Office system.

Overview

The Office protocol documentation provides detailed technical specifications for Microsoft proprietary protocols (including extensions to industry-standard or other published protocols) that are implemented and used in Microsoft Office client programs to interoperate or communicate with Microsoft products.
The documentation includes a set of companion overview and reference documents that supplement the technical specifications with conceptual background, overviews of inter-protocol relationships and interactions, and technical reference information.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=e7a23d42-0835-440f-9400-badfe9672b21

Microsoft SharePoint Products and Technologies Protocol Documentation

Brief Description

The Microsoft SharePoint Products and Technologies protocol documentation provides technical specifications for Microsoft proprietary protocols that are implemented and used in SharePoint Products and Technologies.

Overview

The Microsoft SharePoint Products and Technologies protocol documentation provides detailed technical specifications for Microsoft proprietary protocols (including extensions to industry-standard or other published protocols) that are implemented and used in SharePoint Products and Technologies to interoperate or communicate with Microsoft products.
The documentation includes a set of companion overview and reference documents that supplement the technical specifications with conceptual background, overviews of inter-protocol relationships and interactions, and technical reference information.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=5e94ad07-902c-422f-aadd-ff2bba9e540a

IIS Search Engine Optimization Toolkit 1.0 Beta (x64)

Brief Description

The IIS Search Engine Optimization Toolkit is an IIS7 User Interface extension that identifies numerous Search Engine and User Experience optimizations for Web sites.

Overview

The IIS Search Engine Optimization Toolkit is an IIS7 User Interface extension that identifies numerous Search Engine and User Experience optimizations for Web sites. It provides the following features:
Site Intelligence

  • Reporting and error identification for broken/invalid links, duplicate content, tag validation, etc.
  • Visibility into user routes, referring pages and other patterns
  • Drilldown into page resource usage and load time

Search Relevance

  • Best practice rules for optimizing URL structure for search engines
  • Extensibility model to enable integration for keyword acquisition
  • Automatic generation of search engine support files like sitemaps and robots.txt

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=544e0e82-40c8-4989-99ee-469453c3755b

Microsoft Solution Briefing - Emerge Stronger with Business Intelligence

Brief Description

The zipped file contains all the presentation decks that were presented during the event by the various speakers. The decks are to be shared with all the event attendees as well as those who have missed the event.

Overview

The zipped file contains all the presentation decks that were presented during the event by the various speakers. The decks are to be shared with all the event attendees as well as those who have missed the event.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=10340bc2-ba7a-4b52-8c5c-68f43a9287c4

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 White Paper: One Single World-Wide Instance (Eastern Europe/Russia GLS layer)

Brief Description

This document provides information for partners about country/region functionality that was previously provided in a separate GLS layer, and is now provided in the consolidated Eastern European GLS layer. The Eastern European GLS layer includes features for Estonia, Czech Republic, Russia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, and Hungary.

Overview

This document provides the following information about the country/region functionality included in the Eastern European GLS layer:

  • Description of new features
  • Description of changes in features
  • Discontinued features
  • Additional areas of clarification, as needed

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=b02a5f56-bd27-4fcc-84a1-70e2beeb8ef0

Windows Ribbon: Introductory Tutorial

Brief Description

A step-by-step tutorial that demonstrates how to create a new Win32 application that utilizes the Windows Ribbon user interface.

Overview

A step-by-step tutorial that demonstrates how to create a new Win32 application that utilizes the Windows Ribbon user interface.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=f62039ad-a224-4979-ae7f-67b4e09cd81e

Windows TIFF IFilter Installation and Operations Guide

Brief Description

This article describes how to install and use Windows TIFF IFilter with Microsoft products that use IFilter components for indexing and full text search. It also describes how to install Windows TIFF IFilter on multiple computers by using a custom installation image and Local Group Policy Editor.

Overview

This document describes how to install and use Windows TIFF IFilter with Windows Desktop Search and other Microsoft products that use IFilter components for indexing and full text search. It also describes how to install Windows TIFF IFilter on multiple computers in a domain by using a custom installation image and Local Group Policy Editor.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=d220d961-5130-4279-b913-28b5f4be7a57

IIS Search Engine Optimization Toolkit 1.0 Beta (x86)

Brief Description

The IIS Search Engine Optimization Toolkit is an IIS7 User Interface extension that identify numerous Search Engine and User Experience optimizations for Web sites hosted on Windows.

Overview

The IIS Search Engine Optimization Toolkit is an IIS7 User Interface extension that identify numerous Search Engine and User Experience optimizations for Web sites hosted on Windows. They provide the following features:
Site Intelligence

  • Reporting and error identification for broken/invalid links, duplicate content, tag validation, etc.
  • Visibility into user routes, referring pages and other patterns
  • Drilldown into page resource usage and load time

Search Relevance

  • Best practice rules for optimizing URL structure for search engines
  • Extensibility model to enable integration for keyword acquisition
  • Automatic generation of search engine support files like sitemaps and robots.txt

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=d8c32f95-2d50-43a1-99b9-fa8e5bbfc34c

HealthVault Service Specification

Brief Description

The HealthVault Service Specification published under the Microsoft Community Promise.

Overview

HealthVault Service Specification is a specification for the development of an open, online environment based on protocols that enables consumers to control the collection, storage, access, use, and disclosure of information about their health and well-being.
The HealthVault Platform is a web-based API layer that provides data and infrastructure services upon which all HealthVault applications are built. It includes a web application that provides an explorer type UI for the HealthVault Platform as well as being the key middleman web based authentication. This specification is bounded to the system description level and makes no claims related to the user interface or APIs that a system might implement.
The environment enables loosely-coupled partners to create a comprehensive suite of functionality that leverage these core capabilities. The resulting ecosystem of healthcare service generates economies of scale and value for consumers that exceed those of a standalone consumer healthcare application.
Learn more about the Microsoft Community Promise

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=721eed65-4758-4b0e-8c02-68b0e321f31b

DirectX Software Development Kit

Brief Description

March 2009
Download the complete DirectX SDK, which contains the DirectX Runtime and all DirectX software required to create DirectX compliant applications.

Overview

This DirectX SDK release contains updates to tools, utilities, samples, documentation, and runtime debug files for x64 and x86 platforms.
For additional information please see Microsoft DirectX Developer Center along with reviewing the Readme for last-minute updates.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=24a541d6-0486-4453-8641-1eee9e21b282

Microsoft F# PowerPack for .NET 4.0 Beta1

Brief Description

The F# PowerPack contains useful additional libraries and tools for building F# applications.

Overview

The F# PowerPack contains useful additional libraries and tools for building F# applications. This release enables developing applications using the F# PowerPack using .NET 4.0 Beta1 and Visual Studio 2010 Beta1.
The F# PowerPack includes:

  • FsLex and FsYacc tools for generating F# lexers and parsers
  • F# LINQ bridge
  • F# CodeDOM implementation
  • F# metadata reader API
  • OCaml Compatibility Helpers
  • Simple F# Math Libraries
  • Simple F# Charting

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=e475a670-9596-4958-bfa2-dc0ac29b4631

Microsoft Online Services Business Value

Brief Description

This paper discusses how Microsoft® Online Services, subscription-based online communication and collaboration services, can free information technology resources and bring value to your business.

Overview

Microsoft® Online Services provide businesses with subscription-based Microsoft-hosted online services that offer access to rich communication, collaboration, and productivity applications from anywhere. This hosted solution helps organizations reduce the costs of managing and maintaining business systems, which frees information technology resources and enables staff to focus on initiatives that can deliver competitive advantage to the business. This paper discusses the value that Online Services can bring to your business.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=9061e5e6-ea23-45c0-8389-0dfd63674356

Microsoft Online Dedicated Service Descriptions

Brief Description

Microsoft Online Services provides dedicated, enterprise-level hosted solutions for e-mail, collaboration, instant messaging and Web conferencing. Services are delivered from a highly reliable network of Microsoft data centers on servers systems dedicated to individual customer—enabling customers to use the latest productivity applications while reducing IT overhead.

Overview

Microsoft® Online Services offers dedicated hosting services for Microsoft productivity applications that are widely used by enterprise customers today. This set of documents provides service descriptions for the Microsoft® Exchange Online Dedicated messaging service, the Microsoft® SharePoint® Online Dedicated collaboration service, the Microsoft® Office Communications Online Dedicated instant messaging and communications service, and the Microsoft Office Live Meeting Web conferencing service. Other documents in the set describe Microsoft Online components related to these services.
Microsoft Online Services: What's New in Version 9.1—This document describes the new features and capabilities available in the current version 9.1 release of Microsoft Online services and products.
Microsoft Exchange Online Dedicated Service Description—Microsoft® Exchange Online Dedicated is a hosted enterprise messaging solution based on Microsoft Exchange Server 2007. The Exchange Online service provides a secure, reliable messaging environment that includes e-mail, shared calendar and Microsoft® Office Outlook® Web Access.
Microsoft SharePoint Online Dedicated Service Description—Microsoft® SharePoint® Online Dedicated offers flexible, Web-based tools and services to help users manage information and collaborate effectively with others. SharePoint Online is built on the rich capabilities of Microsoft® Office SharePoint® Server 2007.
Microsoft Office Communications Online Dedicated Service Description—Microsoft® Office Communications Online is a hosted, enterprise-class communications solution based on Microsoft® Office Communications Server 2007. Office Communications Online provides organizations with real-time communications services, including instant messaging and audio and video conferencing. It also powers "presence" functionality.
Microsoft Office Live Meeting Service Description—Microsoft® Office Live Meeting is an enterprise-class Web conferencing service that enables companies to engage customers through real-time meetings, training sessions and events presented over the Internet. Live Meeting operates on shared infrastructure, separate from Microsoft Online dedicated services. However, Microsoft Online provides consulting services to help companies efficiently adopt and begin using the Live Meeting service.
Microsoft SharePoint Online Custom Solutions Support—Microsoft Online supports custom and third-party solution deployment on the Microsoft® SharePoint® Online Dedicated platform. Organizations can develop and deploy SharePoint line-of-business applications to extend the functionality of SharePoint Online.
Microsoft Online Support Service Description—The Microsoft Online Support Services team helps customers set up Help Desk operations for its Microsoft Online services users. In addition, the support team provides a managed process for escalating user issues to Microsoft support teams.
Microsoft Online Service Continuity Management—Service continuity management focuses on the ability to restore subscribed services for Microsoft Online Services customers during a significant service outage. This document describes the common approach to service continuity management taken by Microsoft Online across all dedicated services.
Microsoft Online Service Level Management—Microsoft has established service level management processes that monitor service delivery metrics and proactively engage customers to resolve operational and performance issues with Microsoft Online services. In developing its approach to service level management, Microsoft Online has closely followed the Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) concepts and techniques.
Microsoft Online Shared Services Description—The dedicated products from Microsoft Online run on an underlying common infrastructure and shared set of hosted services that provide high reliability, exceptional performance and enhanced security. This document describes the network architecture, directory model, Active Directory® authentication services, security management services and other system features and processes.

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Windows Mobile 6.5 Developer Tool Kit

Brief Description

Emulator Images, Gesture APIs, and Samples for Windows Mobile 6.5

Overview

The Windows Mobile 6.5 Developer Tool Kit adds documentation, sample code, header and library files, emulator images and tools to Visual Studio that let you build applications for Windows Mobile 6.5. This document contains important information about this package. For general information about writing software for Windows Mobile, please see the Windows Mobile Developer Center. The Windows Mobile 6 SDK must also be installed in order to use any of the Windows Mobile 6.5 Gesture API or samples. Windows Mobile 6.5 Developer Tool Kit comes with the following Emulator Images:

  • Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional Square Emulator
  • Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional QVGA Emulator
  • Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional WQVGA Emulator
  • Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional VGA Emulator
  • Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional WVGA Emulator
  • Windows Mobile 6.5 Standard Square Emulator
  • Windows Mobile 6.5 Standard QVGA Emulator

Available locales:
0804 CHS Chinese Simplified
0409 USA English
0407 GER German
040c FRA French
0410 ITA Italian
0c0a ESN Spanish
A new set of APIs is being introduced that will enable application developers to take advantage of the new Windows Mobile 6.5 touch gesture framework. The gesture APIs allow an application to handle touch gesture input and provide a visually consistent experience with the rest of the device UI. Note that the gesture APIs are only available on the Windows Mobile Classic and Professional SKUs. The headers and libraries are installed in the Windows Mobile SDK\Pocket PC\ folder. Samples that make use of these APIs are installed into the Windows Mobile 6.5 Developer Tool Kit\Samples\ folder.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=20686a1d-97a8-4f80-bc6a-ae010e085a6e

Microsoft Sync Framework 2.0 CTP2

Brief Description

Microsoft Sync Framework is a comprehensive synchronization platform that enables collaboration and offline scenarios for applications, services, and devices. Using Microsoft Sync Framework, developers can build applications that synchronize data from any source using any protocol over any network.

Overview

Sync Framework Overview
Microsoft Sync Framework provides a synchronization platform that caters to the following scenarios, in which data needs to be synchronized between multiple data sources:

  • A number of users are collaborating and need to be able to access and update a set of data.
  • A user wants to access and update his or her data in multiple locations – on a desktop, on a device, using a Web browser, etc.
  • A user wants to download data from a server or service and take that data offline to a client store. The data can then be accessed and updated by the user even when not connected to the server or service.

Microsoft Sync Framework makes no assumptions about how data is stored or transmitted. Sync Framework places no restrictions on the type of data sources that can be synchronized, the protocol and network that are used to communicate with each data source , or the type of synchronization topology that is used. A data source can be synchronized with any other data source in any order; full peer-to-peer synchronization topologies are supported.
In order to cater to any data source, Sync Framework uses a provider model, with each sync provider being responsible for synchronizing a particular type of data source (or replica). Sync Framework is used to author providers and is used to perform the actual synchronization between the providers.
As well as enabling providers to be authored, Sync Framework includes several built-in providers:

  • Database synchronization providers (referred to as Sync Services for ADO.NET in previous releases) are used to synchronize databases for offline and collaborative scenarios.
  • File synchronization provider (referred to as Sync Services for File Systems in previous releases) is used to synchronize files and folders in an NTFS or FAT file system.
  • Web feed synchronization components (referred to as Sync Services for FeedSync in previous releases) are used to synchronize RSS and Atom feeds with data in a local store.

Sync Framework 2.0
Sync Framework 2.0 expands on the capabilities offered by Sync Framework 1.0:

  • Adds features that cater to new scenarios or scenarios that were difficult to support.
  • Reduces the amount of work required to develop providers.
  • Supports more data sources with new built-in providers.

The major new features included in this CTP (CTP2) are:

  • New database providers (SqlSyncProvider and SqlCeSyncProvider): Enable hub-and-spoke and peer-to-peer synchronization for SQL Server, SQL Server Express, and SQL Server Compact. Sync Framework automatically creates all of the commands that are required to communicate with each database. You do not have to write synchronization queries as you do with other providers. The providers support: flexible initialization options; batching of changes based on data size; and maintenance tasks, such as metadata cleanup and server database restore.
  • Custom filters: Enable a filtered replica to store item data only for items that are in the filter, such as a media storage replica that stores only songs that are rated as three stars or better. As the rating on a song changes, an item might move in or out of the filter. A filter-tracking replica is another replica in the community that can identify which items are in the filter and which have moved in or out of the filter recently. A filter-tracking replica may store item data for items that are not in the filter. Sync Framework supports efficient synchronization between filtered replicas and filter-tracking replicas, and maintains all of the necessary metadata.
  • Improved conflict handling: Sync Framework added several features in this release that make it easier to handle conflicts.
    • Constraint conflict handling: Sync Framework now supports constraint conflicts, which are conflicts that violate constraints that are put on items or change units, such as the relationship of folders or the location of identically named data within a file system. A destination provider can report a constraint conflict to Sync Framework, and use Sync Framework components to resolve the conflict and determine how to apply the resolution to the destination replica.
    • Conflict logging: Sync Framework defines a set of conflict log interfaces and provides components that help manage conflicts in the log. Sync Framework also provides an in-memory implementation of the conflict log interfaces for replicas that do not contain a conflict log. It can be useful to save conflicts in a log so that they can be processed separately from the synchronization session, such as when a user needs to review conflicts and decide how to resolve them.
    • Last-writer-wins conflict resolution: An application might want to resolve concurrency conflicts (in which an item is updated by more than one replica) by keeping the most recently made change, regardless of where the change was made. Sync Framework supports this resolution option by enabling an application to retrieve the time a change was made on the source and destination replicas. The application can then compare the two times and apply the last change.
    • Improved simple provider conflict handling: Simple providers include a new set of conflict handling interfaces that make it easier to specify resolution actions for concurrency and constraint conflicts.
  • Data conversion between providers: In some scenarios, synchronization providers synchronize the same type of data (such as sales data), but the data format that each provider requires is different. To address this scenario, Sync Framework enables you to implement interfaces that convert data to the format that each provider requires. In addition to data conversion APIs that can be used for any type of custom provider, Sync Framework also includes conversion APIs specifically for the file synchronization provider.
  • Change application service: Sync Framework includes a change applier implementation that most applications use to apply changes to a replica. In this CTP, Sync Framework introduces the change application service, which performs the same actions as the change applier, but in a more granular way. A destination provider that requires greater flexibility than the standard change applier can use the change application service to perform only the set of actions that are required.

The major new features included in previous CTP (CTP1) are:

  • Simple Providers: Reduces the amount of work required to develop providers, especially when the data source has very few synchronization-related capabilities, such as change-tracking. The goal is to enable a developer to write a provider without having to become a synchronization expert. The majority of the code that is required for a simple provider is limited to that responsible for interacting with the data source.
  • Change Unit Filtering: Different data sources can have different representations of the same data types, with some data sources offering a richer and more complete representation than others. This is especially true when you compare data type representations on a PC and on a device; the device will often support only a subset of the data supported by the PC. Sync Framework caters to scenarios in which a mixture of data sources is being synchronized, each with a different representation of the data type. Filtering support has been added to enable a provider to specify that the replica it serves is only able to store a subset of the data. The synchronization metadata and synchronization process have both been enhanced to handle this filtering efficiently.
  • Filter negotiation: When a destination data source is only storing a subset of data, then it is more efficient if the source provider uses a filter to enumerate only the data that can be stored by the destination. Filter negotiation allows a destination provider to specify it would like one or more filters to be used by the source provider; the source provider can accept or reject a filter. If a source provider does not support the requested filters then the destination provider can choose to receive all the data and do the filtering itself. Sync Framework is responsible for calling the providers appropriately to negotiate filter usage.

For more information about new features, see “What's New in Sync Framework 2.0” in the documentation that installs with the Sync Framework SDK.
Known Issues
The following issues and limitations are known to exist in CTP2 and will be addressed in future releases.
Installation:

  • This CTP release cannot be installed on a computer that has Sync Framework 2.0 CTP1 installed. This means that it is not possible to upgrade from Sync Framework 2.0 CTP1 to CTP2. To install Sync Framework 2.0 CTP2, first uninstall Sync Framework 2.0 CTP1. However, Sync Framework 2.0 CTP2 can be installed and will operate side-by-side with Sync Framework 1.0.
  • Only an English version of this CTP is available.

Custom filtering:

  • Serialization of a CustomFilter object in managed code is not yet supported. Objects that contain CustomFilter objects, such as a ChangeBatch object when custom filtering is used, will throw NotImplementedException if serialization is attempted.
  • Cleaning up tombstones on a replica that uses custom filtering is not yet fully supported and may cause unexpected results.
  • When a change causes an item to move into or out of a filter, and the change also causes a conflict, the filter change information may not be calculated correctly. This means the values returned by ItemChange.GetFilterChange (for managed code) or IFilterTrackingSaveChangeContext::GetFilterChange (for unmanaged code) may not be correct. To work around this issue, a provider can calculate these values manually when it applies the change to the destination replica.

Database provider:

  • Some properties were changed to methods in two of the new database provider classes, SqlSyncScopeProvisioning and SqlCeSyncScopeProvisioning. The documentation includes reference content for the properties instead of the methods. For example, the documented SqlSyncScopeProvisioning.CreateProceduresDefault property has been changed in the class to the SqlSyncScopeProvisioning.SetCreateProceduresDefault method.

Download Contents
The download MSI file contains the following components:

  • Synchronization runtime, core components, Web synchronization components, metadata storage services, simple custom providers, database synchronization providers and file synchronization provider.
  • Headers, libraries, symbols, and samples.
  • Sync Framework 2.0 Documentation

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Microsoft FRx 6.7 Hot Fix 1 (R10670) - McKesson Pathways 9

Brief Description

This hotfix is intended for interim use with FRx 6.7 R10670 (6.7.10343) until the next service pack or release is available, at which point you should upgrade immediately.

Overview

Microsoft FRx is an industry-leading, automated financial reporting and analysis application for small and midsize businesses, large corporations, and divisions of global enterprises. It is licensed by more than 130,000 sites worldwide to gain immediate control of the financial reporting process. Microsoft FRx helps you to create the kind of financial reports your organization requires, when you want them, with the detail and flexibility you need to stay on top of the trends in your business. This means everyone can work more efficiently; you can close the books faster, and distribute critical financial information more effectively. Even more important, Microsoft FRx helps finance departments contribute more strategically to the success of their organizations by helping to enable stronger financial thinking and better-informed decisions.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=270c8e7f-3270-411d-8d89-f4cff36c3ea5

Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Software Development Kit (SDK)

Brief Description

This package contains the complete software development kit for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0.

Overview

The Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Software Development Kit (SDK) is for developers, system customizers, and report writers.
It contains all new information about creating plug-ins, working with custom workflow activities, using the new Web services, using new data management features, and much more.
This SDK contains information for developers writing server side code, custom business logic, integration modules, workflow assemblies, and more. It provides an architectural overview of Microsoft Dynamics CRM, the entity model, security model, and Web services. Sample code and walkthroughs guide you through the new features.
The SDK also contains information for developers customizing the Web client or Microsoft Dynamics CRM for Microsoft Office Outlook, including scripting, integration of custom Web pages, sample code, and a detailed user interface style guide.
Look for regular updates to this SDK. Future releases will include the ISV Guide.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=82e632a7-faf9-41e0-8ec1-a2662aae9dfb

Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio May 2009 CTP

Brief Description

Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio extend Visual Studio 2008 and Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1 to enable the creation, building, debugging, running and packaging of scalable web applications and services on Windows Azure. Installation includes the Windows Azure SDK.

Overview

Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio extend Visual Studio 2008 and Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1 to enable the creation, building, debugging, running and packaging of scalable web applications and services on Windows Azure.
Please note that this is a CTP release and should not be used on production systems. Please see the EULA for more details.
New for the May 2009 CTP:

  • Support for Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1
  • Update for Visual Studio 2008
  • Improved integration with the Development Fabric and Storage services to improve the reliability of debug and run of Cloud Services from Visual Studio
  • Enhanced robustness and stability

Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio includes:

  • C# and VB Project Templates for building Cloud Services
  • Tools to change the Service Role configuration
  • Integrated local development via the Development Fabric and Development Storage services
  • Debugging Cloud Service Roles running in the Development Fabric
  • Building and packaging of Cloud Service Packages
  • Browsing to the Azure Services Developer Portal
  • SSL Certificate selection

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=11b451c4-7a7b-4537-a769-e1d157bad8c6

Windows Internet Explorer 8 Compatibility View List

Brief Description

This download consists of a list of sites that are most likely to be displayed better in Compatibility View in Windows Internet Explorer 8.

Overview

Windows Internet Explorer 8 is Microsoft’s latest web browser. Unlike previous versions, Internet Explorer 8 renders content in the most standards-compliant way possible. This means that web pages will be displayed in Internet Explorer 8’s standards mode by default. Through product feedback channels, our users have indicated that, during the beta period, some websites may not have been compatible with Internet Explorer 8 in its default, standards-based mode. As a result, these domains have been added to a list of sites that, for the short-term, are most likely to be displayed better in Compatibility View. All Internet Explorer 8 users are given the choice to use this list, and the subset that chooses to do so will see each listed domain automatically displayed in Compatibility View, without additional user interaction or notice. The sites on this list have high traffic volume (in their regions), and having a compatible website ensures a significant number of Internet Explorer 8 users will have a great experience. This list will be periodically updated and automatically downloaded to Internet Explorer 8 users who have opted-in to use Compatibility View updates from Microsoft. For more information on Compatibility View list updates, please see - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/960321.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=b885e621-91b7-432d-8175-a745b87d2588

WF 4 Migration Guidance

Brief Description

These documents help .NET developers better understand and evaluate Windows Workflow Foundation (WF) in the Microsoft .NET Framework 4, and the impact of WF 4 on existing WF workflows and code.

Overview

This collection of documents by the WF product team should help .NET developers currently using WF in the .NET Framework 3.0 and 3.5 to evaluate .NET Framework 4. The documents map concepts between the existing WF model (defined as the types in the System.Workflow.* namespaces, or WF3) and the new WF model (defined as the types in the System.Activities.* namespaces, or WF4).
The documents and code samples are expected to be updated semi-regularly as additional content is created, and based on the feedback we receive, starting with the release of .NET Framework 4 Beta 1, and continuing through RTM of .NET 4.
Feedback and questions around the documents should be directed to the WF 4 Forums.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=bd94c260-b5e0-4d12-93ec-53567505e685

Competitor's Pack for the 2009 Summer Scripting Games

Brief Description

This Competitor's Pack includes all of the files you need to compete in the 2009 Summer Scripting Games.

Overview

This Competitor's Pack includes all of the files you need to compete in the 2009 Summer Scripting Games.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=c463eef9-f096-475c-9910-2788e6bdc189

PerformancePoint Server 2007 Planning Business Modeler: Deleting Dimension Properties

Brief Description

This document includes a Visual Studio 2005 solution that allows the deletion of dimension properties. Step-by-step directions for compiling the code and running the tool are included.

Overview

PerformancePoint Planning Server users and administrators and modelers need the ability to edit or remove dimension properties. This document includes a Visual Studio 2005 solution that allows the deletion of these dimension properties and step-by-step directions for compiling the included code and running the tool. This document is intended only for advanced users and is provided As-Is with no express or implied guarantees. The procedures and processes described in this document should only be used by individuals familiar with Microsoft Visual Studio, common computer code conventions, and access to a PerformancePoint Development and or testing environment.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=f37cd94b-c8bd-4799-a1fe-bfdbf0737035

Microsoft Commerce Server 2009 code name "R2" - June 2009 Community Technical Preview - DVD ISO Image File

Brief Description

Microsoft Commerce Server 2009 code name "R2" - June 2009 CTP is the first pre-release of the next version of Commerce Server. Please note that this pre-release version is not feature complete.

Overview

Important We invite you to install this pre-release version of Commerce Server 2009 codename "R2" into a non-production environment, preferably on a clean machine. This release is for evaluation purposes only and is not intended to be used in a production environment. Please note that this pre-release version is not feature complete.

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Microsoft .NET Framework 4 Beta 1 LangPack

Brief Description

Microsoft .NET Framework 4 Beta 1 Language Packs contain translated text, such as error messages, for each language.

Overview

Microsoft .NET Framework 4 Beta 1 Language Packs contain translated text, such as error messages, for languages other than English. Without the installation of a Language Pack, these messages are displayed in English by default. Multiple language packs, each for a different language, can be installed on a single computer.
Note: To download a specific language pack, select the target language from the change language drop-down.

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Security, Policy & Compliance

Hotfixes and Security Updates in Windows Server 2008 SP2 and Windows Vista SP2

Brief Description

Hotfixes and Security Updates in Windows Server 2008 SP2 and Windows Vista SP2

Overview

Windows Server® 2008 Service Pack 2 and Windows Vista® Service Pack 2 include all the previously released updates for Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista Service Pack 1. This document contains the list of Hotfixes and Security Updates in Windows Server 2008 SP2 and Windows Vista SP2. Many of these updates are available to the public on the Microsoft® Download Center and Windows® Update, while others are only available to specific customers or partners. It is a standard practice to include all of these updates in a service pack, and they are included in Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2 and Windows Vista Service Pack 2.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=4e478e21-3d31-4a10-b8ed-e1bb770e3212

Forefront Online Security for Exchange (FOSE) 9.1 Product Documents

Brief Description

Product documents for FOSE 9.1 include the following: New Features Guide, Administration Center User Guide, Directory Synchronization Tool Administration Guide, Customer Quick Cards and Forefront Online Security for Exchange Filtering Service Launch and Best Practices

Overview

New Features Guide: This 12-page guide provides up-to-date information about the latest features and changes for Microsoft® Forefront Online Security for Exchange (FOSE), including new features of the Directory Synchronization Tool, new company filtering service settings, domain enhancements, and enhanced reporting features. You can use the information in this document to help prepare your messaging environment for updated services, and to communicate information to customers, partners, and employees.
Administration Center User Guide: This guide provides in-depth information and instructions for using the Microsoft® Forefront Online Security for Exchange (FOSE) Administration Center, a Web-based tool that allows you to create reports and customize your e-mail filtering account services. It includes essential information for finding what you need in the Administration Center and using it to optimize your FOSE antispam, antivirus, filtering, user management, and reporting services, among others.
Directory Synchronization Tool Administration Guide: This document provides installation and configuration information for the DST. It is important to read document before you begin the installation process for the tool, as there is important pre-deployment and service information that you need to consider before installing the DST.
Customer Quick Cards: These two page documents assist organizations to educate their users about how to use the spam quarantine features of Forefront Online Security for Exchange (FOSE) products.
Launch and Best Practice Checklists: These guides provide information about how to start the Forefront Online Security for Exchange (FOSE) Hosted Filtering service, the configuration requirements, and provide suggestions to optimize your experience.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=9c34eba6-059b-455a-a44f-96b1b06b4b21

Microsoft Directory Synchronization Tool 9.1

Brief Description

May 2009
The Microsoft Directory Synchronization Tool 9.1 enables you to securely synchronize selected data between an on-premise Active Directory and the Forefront Online Security for Exchange (FOSE) and Exchange Hosted Archive (EHA) services.

Overview

The Microsoft Directory Synchronization Tool 9.1 synchronizes valid end-user proxy addresses (and their Safe Senders if available) from Active Directory to the Forefront Online Security for Exchange (FOSE) and Exchange Hosted Archive (EHA) network and populates the Administration Center with these accounts. This tool should be used if you have a subscription to the FOSE Filtering service or the post-8.1 Exchange Hosted Archive service.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=3cda6dcc-1124-4e0b-b991-de9d85ed12e1

Other

Microsoft Government Podcasts

Brief Description

Microsoft Government Podcasts

Overview

Microsoft Government Podcasts

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Microsoft Vine Diagnostic Tool

Brief Description

Collects diagnostic information about your Microsoft Vine installation.

Overview

The Vine diagnostic tool (vinediag.hta) collects diagnostic information of your installation of the Microsoft Vine beta, and stores it in a file on your computer. When you are discussing a problem in the Vine beta on the discussion forum, the support team might ask you to run this tool and share the file it creates. The information in the file could help the support team identify the issue and propose a solution.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=856e1576-2047-4e5e-9e87-90ccad3113c8

Microsoft Corporate Citizenship: Climate Change Policy

Brief Description

This document outlines Microsoft's stance on global climate change and ways to address it now and in the future.

Overview

Climate change is a serious challenge that requires a comprehensive and global response from all sectors of society. To address it, Microsoft is committed to measuring, transparently reporting, and reducing the carbon footprint of our own operations. We are also pursuing opportunities with our partners to increase the energy efficiency of computing.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=a066a7bd-78b9-4628-9861-85298e677bce

Digital Literacy: Case Studies

Brief Description

These case studies describe how governments and organizations are using Microsoft Digital Literacy to increase access to essential computing skills all over the world.

Overview

Learn how governments and organizations are using Microsoft Digital Literacy to build essential computing skills access all over the world. From schools to workforce development centers to community technology learning centers, Microsoft Digital Literacy is helping individuals develop new social and economic opportunities for themselves, their families, and their communities.
Impacting Social Change Through Access to Computing Skills
In the twenty-first century knowledge economy, access to essential technology and computing skills is an important predictor of life opportunities. This white paper explores current technology drivers—including global Internet access, Web 2.0 technologies, and ubiquitous computing—and how the essential computing skills curriculum offered by Microsoft Digital Literacy has affected individuals in different geographies and socioeconomic circumstances all over the world.
Microsoft Digital Literacy Inspires High School Girls at DigiGirlz Dubai
The Gulf Region’s first ever DigiGirlz Day introduced more than 200 high school girls to technology career opportunities in hopes of reducing the UAE gender gap in information technology (IT). The girls participated in technology workshops and panels, met with Microsoft employees, learned about new technologies, and had the opportunity to take the Microsoft Digital Literacy Certificate Test on site.
Texas Offenders Acquire Technical Skills and Renewed Hope for the Future
The Wynne Computer Recovery Program provides offenders in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice with technical computing skills, which they use to refurbish computers for Texas schools. In 2008, the program trained 45 computer technicians, and these offenders refurbished 3.3 million pounds of computer equipment, achieving 45 Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) credentials along the way. To date, the Wynne Computer Recovery Program has delivered over 23,000 computers at a $12M fair market value (FMV) to Texas school districts.
Integrating Microsoft Digital Literacy Enables Law Enforcement Education
In the last decade, using computers to teach traditional classroom topics has revolutionized the teaching profession. Today, an increasing number of vocational fields are also starting to benefit. In Sacramento, California, a program is helping veteran trainers in vocational fields like law enforcement and fire science bring technology to their non-traditional students.

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BingTones

Brief Description

Three Bing-branded ringtones for your mobile phone.

Overview

Bing is not just a search engine, it's a decision engine. Download these ringtones to your mobile device, and start using www.bing.com as your default search engine today.

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BingTones

Brief Description

Three Bing-branded ringtones for your mobile device

Overview

Bing isn't just a search engine, it's a decision engine. Download these Bing-branded ringtones to your mobile device, then make www.bing.com your new default search engine today.

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Bing Maps 3D

Brief Description

Add realistic 3D capabilities to your online Bing Maps.

Overview

Bing Maps 3D brings you another step closer to knowing "what it is like out there". You can search, browse, and organize local information viewed in three dimensions, just the way it exists in the real world. This enables you to more effectively find the data that is relevant to you, making Bing Maps more useful than ever. Even better -- it's just plain fun!

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2009 E3 Xbox.com Press Kit

Brief Description

Download the Xbox.com Press Kit from E3 2009.

Overview

Download the Xbox.com Press Kit from E3 2009.

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ACORDCollaborationDeck

Brief Description

ACORDCollaborationDeck

Overview

ACORDCollaborationDeck

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UltracamX Technical Specifications

Brief Description

UltracamX Technical Specifications

Overview

UltracamX Technical Specifications that includes image product specifications and digital camera technical data.

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Windows Live Movie Maker Beta Update

Brief Description

Install this update to extend the expiration date of Windows Live Movie Maker Beta.

Overview

Install this update to continue using Windows Live Movie Maker Beta until 12/30/2009. The current version of Windows Live Movie Maker Beta will expire on 6/30/2009, and will stop functioning.

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