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  • Blog Post: How to build your own Operations Manager 2007 Management Packs

    It was only today that I was discussing with Andrew Driver - the expert on Management in our team - about the virtues of System Center Operations Manager and how as a software developer you can build you own management packs so that the IT department can monitor and manage your app from one place - just...
  • Blog Post: Software Developers Innovate on Office 2007 System

    Are your apps ready to take advantage of the Office 2007 System? If not then you need to get started, because the last thing you want is to be left behind. We've put together a website so that you can better understand the opportunity and leverage the huge investment we've made with the new Office platform...
  • Blog Post: Build killer apps on Vista

    Found this cool link which provides some guidance on how to take advantage of the new platforms in Vista: http://msdn.microsoft.com/windowsvista/prodinfo/top10/default.aspx
  • Blog Post: Users who support themselves

    Ok, so here's the scenario, you're an IT Manager and one of your users has a problem. They don't know how to connect to the wireless network in your office. So what do they do? They ring the IT support desk because they want you to help them. One of your helpdesk staff answers the phone and walks them...
  • Blog Post: Family.Show app shows of WPF, source code is available

    Saving the best to last :-) The Vertigo crew were commissioned by Microsoft to create an app in WPF that showed off some of the technology. What they came up with was a an app that helps build and visualise family trees. Apparently genealogy is the fastest growing hobby in North America! Anyway, they...
  • Blog Post: Screencast: Next Generation Applications on Vista

    Software vendors are already busy developing their range of next generation applications based upon beta versions of Vista so that they are ready to launch them at the same time as Vista. So what new stuff will you see with Vista based applications? Well we've got a new version of the .NET Framework...
  • Blog Post: Coding with Presentation Mode in mind

    Following on from my post the other day on Presentation Settings, I wanted to give you some technical details on how to code your applications so users have a good experience when they are making presentations. Firstly, it's worth checking out the UX (User Experience) guide on Notifications in Vista...
  • Blog Post: Windows Communication Foundation

    Mike has listed a huge number of videos to watch on communications foundation which is another branch of .NET 3.0 which is included in Vista. It's just another example of the fantastic opportunity available for ISVs to develop new applications on the plaform. Check out the NetFx3 site and also Mike's...
  • Blog Post: Better Together: Cancer Research, Vista & Sharepoint 2007

    Over at the Scripps Research Institute in California, it looks like they're taking advantage of the latest technologies from Microsoft to allow scientists from all over the globe to study and collaborate on graphical research information. What's really impressive is how they are embracing beta products...
  • Blog Post: Vista Development Webcasts

    Designing Application Installations for User Account Control with Windows Installer 4.0 in Windows Vista Wednesday, October 18, 2006 at 10:00 A.M. Pacific time. (6pm GMT) http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=5629810 An In-Depth Look at Mobility Features in Windows Vista Friday, October 27, 2006 at 10:00 A...
  • Blog Post: ISVs - Get Ready for Windows Vista

    UPDATE: The portal is still in pilot mode so full benefits are not quite available yet - however you can still get 10 free hours of email support!! Help your customers understand that your software is high quality and certified for use with Vista with the “Certified for Windows Vista” Logo. ...
  • Blog Post: Office Live Web Services - make it want you want

    Extending Office Live has recently been made easier through the introduction of this web service which provides specific API access to core parts of the platform. There are also many Sharepoint Services APIs to play with via web services but some of these are blocked because of how Office Live works...
  • Blog Post: UK Vista Early Adopter Lab

    Here's some event information for ISVs in the UK who are building apps on the Vista platform. It's a day workshop for people who want to understand more about the Certified for Windows Vista programme - definitely worth a look if you are readying your applications for launch. Windows Vista Certification...
  • Blog Post: Getting started with Windows Presentation Foundation

    I was recently asked where the best place to get started with WPF is. I automatically directed the person who asked me to the official .NET 3.0 website over here: http://wpf.netfx3.com/ . It's a great resource that will help you understand about the foundation and the possibilities it gives developers...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight - release your style

    Light up the Web Silverlight (codename WPF/E) is Microsoft’s answer to Adobe’s Flash (estimated to be running rich web based experiences on 95% of the world’s PCs and Macs). The goal is to provide the most natural and seamless method with which to design and build rich applications that transcend both...
  • Blog Post: Develop your own apps for Home Server

    The beta software development kit (SDK) for Windows Home Server was released last week and should make for interesting applications being built atop the server platform for system protection, media sharing, home security and home automation. The SDK consists of The API files for Windows Home Server HomeServer...
  • Blog Post: Vista Developer Training!!!!

    This is a unique opportunity to get a head start on the technologies available in Windows Vista... If there's one training that you allow your developers to go on this year - make sure it's this one!!! Here's what they will do: Technical exercises that highlight some of the compelling new UI design enhancements...
  • Blog Post: Jim Allchin talks about developing on Vista

    Jim Allchin is our Co-President of the Plaforms and Services Division and is pretty important when it comes to all things Windows Vista. I was lucky enough to be in the audience when he gave a great demo of Vista at MGX (Microsoft's annual sales conference) - and it was clear he really knew his stuff...
  • Blog Post: Office 2007 Development Webcasts

    Get your developers tooled up with the skills they need to take advantage of the huge opportunity with developing on the Office 2007 system. If you find it difficult to take your developers off key projects, why not get them looking at our webcasts on Office 2007 development. These are excellent intros...
  • Blog Post: WinFX Screencast

    I've been talking a lot about the power of WinFX (aka .NET 3.0) for some time now and I'm seeing more and more examples coming to market that take advantage of the platform. This screencast shows off an ficticious application that's part of our demo toolkit and it helps illustrate what can be done using...
  • Blog Post: Aspen Mountain in WPF

    More news from the Designer Utopia Event , Beau Ambur from Metaliq showed off their Aspen snowboarding WPF application to the technical crowd. Again he highlighted the great way that the Expression tools integrate seamlessly with Visual Studio, finally uniting Designers and Developers on one common project...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2003 SP1 Released

    Somasegar posts about the release of SP1 for Visual Studio 2003 here: http://blogs.msdn.com/somasegar/default.aspx
  • Blog Post: UK Vista & Office 2007 Events

    Envisioning Session (Vista & Office 2007) Date: 1 st November Audience: Senior BDM / TDM Purpose: talk about opportunities technology brings to partners. Registration URL: Nov 1: http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032313066&Culture=en-GB Technology Overview (Vista &...
  • Blog Post: Small Software Developer? Daunted by MS technology adoption?

    I admit it, keeping track of all the latest technologies coming out of Microsoft is a challenge in itself - I should know! :-) For developers it's an even more daunting challenge because their knowledge is out of date in short amount of time. For our smaller ISVs (software developers) we have launched...
  • Blog Post: Developer Events

    This month; The Web : Designing and Developing Compelling Sites and Applications - Reading, 19 Sep 2006 Windows Vista Developer Features Beyond .NET - Edinburgh, 20 Sep 2006 Developers security features of Visual Studio 2005, VSTS and SQL Server 2005 - London, 21 Sep 2006 MSDN Roadshow - Reading, 26...