Keith Combs' Blahg

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  • Blog Post: Springboard Tour comes to Dallas 5/11 - register now!

    Slate Devices and the Windows Enterprise Slates are among the hottest consumer and enterprise devices today and consumerization of IT has driven lots of discussion and analysis about how and when to leverage these devices in the Enterprise. In this session we will detail Microsoft’s Strategy around Slate...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Events Presents: Real World Azure with Microsoft IT

    TechNet & MSDN Events Present: Real World Azure with Microsoft IT Come spend a day with us to explore Windows Azure, Microsoft’s platform for building and deploying cloud based applications from a real world point of view!  During this event, we’ll review critical lessons Microsoft IT has learned...
  • Blog Post: Did you miss the PDC this year? Here's another chance!

    Missed the PDC? Catch the content LIVE at the MSDN Developer Conference . Register Today! We’re bringing the PDC to you! For just $99 you’ll get the best of the PDC in your own backyard and hear all of the exciting announcements around the Azure Services Platform and Windows 7. Other sessions...
  • Blog Post: DreamSpark - I wish I had this when I was 15

    This week we announced a new program that I think is simply amazing.  Awesome in its own right.  I also like the program name, Dreamspark.  You've probably read all about this already, but just in case you have not, here's an excerpt from the press release: PALO ALTO, Calif. — Feb...
  • Blog Post: Empowering Women’s Brilliance event on Tuesday 11/17

    Join Directions Training, Macy's and the Microsoft's DPE team as we launch Empowering Women’s Brilliance.   This local initiative was designed to help promote and celebrate women in technology by helping them accelerate the success of their early stage startups, providing: Software - Development...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Thrive - website portal launches

    I took the opportunity to listen to the fine folks in our sister business unit discuss the new Thrive website at http://www.microsoft.com/thrive . I know all too well how important advice around one’s career is, especially right now. How? Well I lost a bunch of friends in the first round layoff right...
  • Blog Post: Free ebook: Programming Windows Phone 7, by Charles Petzold

    This book is a gift from the Windows Phone 7 team at Microsoft to the programming community, and I am proud to have been a part of it. Within the pages that follow, I show you the basics of writing applications for Windows Phone 7 using the C# programming language with the Silverlight and XNA 2D frameworks...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 PHP Training Kit – now available

    The PHP on Windows Training Kit includes a comprehensive set of technical content including demos and hands-on labs to help you understand how to build PHP applications using Windows, IIS 7 and SQL Server 2008 . The March RC1 release includes the following: PHP & SQL Server Demos Integrating...
  • Blog Post: Glass on Glass – Coding in the Virtualized World with a ThinkPad W700

    Today I trekked down to the Microsoft Developers Conference (MDC) being held in the Dallas Westin Galleria. For this particular event I decided to bring along some Lenovo ThinkPad W700 bling. I wanted to see if a 17” laptop running the latest and greatest operating systems on the planet would attract...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2010 Now Available !!!

    You might have noticed today we announced the availability of Visual Studio 2010 . The bits were made available this morning for MSDN subscribers.  I would imagine the download center is slightly busy right now. Enjoy!
  • Blog Post: Windows Preinstallation Environment (PE) screencast – Build a Custom Bootdisk

    Chris Henley just released a new screencast on his “ Blue ” blog.  This time our master storyteller has created a screencast on Windows PE.  In the screencast Chris shows you how to get up and running in 17 minutes on a topic that’s a bit tricky the first time you do it.  Chris has more...
  • Blog Post: What is the best developer laptop on the planet, and why?

    I’ve been discussing various aspects of the developer world with Andrew Kass lately and as you know I am not short on opinion. So I thought I would ask you a couple of questions. I know a lot of you are either developers, used to be developers, or know and have to deal with developers. Grin. What is...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight Streaming Publishing Plug-in preview now available for EE 2

    For those of you using Silverlight Streaming at silverlight.live.com , I’m sure you’ll be happy to know we just made available a preview of the publishing plug-in for Expression Encoder 2.  I’ve been using this version for a few weeks and like the way it works.  I certainly...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 – now available for download. No really!!!

    Someone named “a real developer” pointed out earlier this week that in my excitement to learn we had a new milestone available, that my blog post pointed to an old release.  So I nuked that blog post.  Here’s the updated and corrected version.  Go get it @ http://www.microsoft.com/visualstudio...
  • Blog Post: Deployment run amuck

    Someone deployed to many images to this node.  Looks like it went into to a freaking loop.  I’m sure SCCM didn’t do this.  Either that or it’s a WDS server multicasting some streamed images. Photo nightmare courtesy of http://twitter.com/BAoki .
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 RC0 – now available for download

    SQL Server 2008 delivers on Microsoft’s Data Platform vision by helping your organization manage any data, any place, any time. It enables you to store data from structured, semi-structured, and unstructured documents, such as images and music, directly within the database. SQL Server 2008 delivers a...
  • Blog Post: Want to win $5000 creating a game in Silverlight?

    Go to the http://www.serverquestcontest.com/index.aspx site for more information. See the official rules at http://www.serverquestcontest.com/rules.aspx . The clock is ticking. Get coding. Good luck!!!
  • Blog Post: //Build/ is now SOLD OUT

    You can still get on the wait list.  Go to http://www.buildwindows.com/ .
  • Blog Post: I know where you can get Windows 7 Beta 1 DVD's... shhhhh

    Remember that post I did a couple of days ago about the Microsoft Developer Conference (MDC)?  You might want to consider going more seriously now.  See http://blogs.technet.com/keithcombs/archive/2008/11/24/did-you-miss-the-pdc-this-year-here-s-another-chance.aspx for the details around the...
  • Blog Post: Platform Delivered! Windows and Visual Studio RTM

    Today is another exciting day for Developers and IT Professionals as we mark a new milestone for the Visual Studio and Windows product families.  Visual Studio 2012, Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 have reached the Release to Manufacturing (RTM) phase and will soon be available for download. ...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2005 Driver for PHP now available for download

    In its continued commitment to interoperability, Microsoft has released a new SQL Server 2005 Driver for PHP. The SQL Server 2005 Driver for PHP download is available to all SQL Server users at no additional charge. The SQL Server 2005 Driver for PHP is a PHP 5 extension that allows for the reading and...
  • Blog Post: Save $500 - Register now for //build/

    Here’s a not so subtle reminder that the price for the //build conference goes up in a couple of weeks. Be sure and register now if you plan to go.  September in Anaheim should be wonderful.
  • Blog Post: New Technet Homepage Design Launches on 11/15 by guest blogger Mitch Ratcliffe

    Next Monday, November 15 , TechNet will be introducing a new home page. We’ve designed the landing experience to provide IT Pros with more guidance about what news and issues Microsoft has that day. There will be fewer links, as we’re moving past our old “sea of links” approach to the TechNet home—I...
  • Blog Post: Talk TechNet show at 9am PST today on Deployment!

    Registration at https://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/WebCastEventDetails.aspx?EventID=1032476754&EventCategory=4&culture=en-US&CountryCode=US . Dial-in number = (800) 229-0449 pin 5877
  • Blog Post: Azure Services Platform and Windows Azure Announced

    The Azure™ Services Platform is designed to help developers quickly and easily create, deploy, manage, and distribute web services and applications on the Internet. Windows® Azure is a cloud services operating system that serves as the development, service hosting and service management environment for...