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NEW series on Patterns-Based Development with Silverlight
Rob Bagby has started a new series (blog posts and screencasts) on Patterns-Based Development with Silverlight. The series illustrates various design patterns while building a sample application (see screenshot below). The patterns covered include the Repository, the Pipeline, the Service Agent and Model View ViewModel. Thanks for checking out this post! Cheers, Murray Gordon ISV Architect Evangelist Microsoft Corporation http://blogs.msdn.com/MurrayG US ISV Team Blog My GeeksWithBlogs Blog ......

Posted On Thursday, October 29, 2009 4:18 PM

Apple Scores Low on Security
Researchers continue to challenge Apple’s security by obscurity position and highlights that Windows Vista and Windows 7 are more secure than the recently released Mac OS X Snow Leopard. I always love perspectives like these from top researchers that are not in the tank for Microsoft. Check out these articles: Apple missed security boat with Snow Leopard, says researcher http://www.computerworld.co... ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 27, 2009 2:08 PM

ACT NOW!!! Atlanta Incubation Week (Nov 9th-13th)
With several successful Microsoft BizSpark Incubation Weeks (Win7 Boston, Win7 Reston, CRM Reston, CRM Boston, Win 7 Irvine, Mobility Mountain View,), we are pleased to announce Microsoft BizSpark Incubation Week for Windows Azure at Atlanta, GA during week of 9th Nov’09. The current economic downturn is putting many entrepreneurs under increasing pressure, making it critical to find new resources and ways to reduce costs and inefficiencies. Microsoft BizSpark Incubation Week for Windows Azure is ......

Posted On Friday, October 23, 2009 5:01 PM

Windows 7 breaks Amazon UK pre-order volume record, ousts Harry Potter
Windows 7 has broken the Amazon UK pre-order volume record, ousting Harry Potter. Just read this post from Vladislav Savov on engadget.com. Here’s what they said: “Take it from us, your London-based sleuths, when anything sells faster than Harry Potter books or DVDs in the UK, it's scorching hot. Case in point is Microsoft's Vista successor, which has sold so well that it has beaten the Amazon UK pre-order record previously held by J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. In fact, Windows ......

Posted On Wednesday, October 21, 2009 3:50 PM

NEW features added to Microsoft Online Services (BPOS)
The October Service Update for Microsoft Online Services includes several new features and enhancements designed to improve the service experience for both administrators and users. The Service Update is currently being deployed into production data centers. Many of these service enhancements are the result of customer and partner feedback. The following features and capabilities are included in the October Service Update: Bulk Activation of Users PowerShell commandlets will be added to streamline ......

Posted On Wednesday, October 14, 2009 5:55 PM

Great post on Snow Leopard at “The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs”
Thanks John Wiese for pointing me to this blog. I thought it was hilarious. The pictures tells it all. The blog is supposedly excerpts from Steve Jobs secret diary. Classic… Sounds like there’s some real pain with the upgrade to Snow Leopard for a lot of folks. “You have no idea what it's like around here right now. Every day it's something new. Now they say it's eating people's data. Jesus! I take six months off to get a new liver, and the whole place goes to shit. Honestly, you should see my inbox. ......

Posted On Friday, October 9, 2009 5:01 PM

About this supposed problem with Adobe Flash in Snow Leopard
I thought this was hilarious, so I had to share… So the hacks are all up in arms about some blogger's claim that when you upgrade to Snow Leopard we downgrade your version of the Adobe Flash player. Now stories are popping up all over, like here on PC World and here on ZDnet and here on Gizmodo and here on eWeek and -- well, you get the idea. We're getting so many calls on this, and there's so much bad information flying around that Katie (above) has taken the extraordinary step of taking time away ......

Posted On Thursday, October 8, 2009 10:17 AM

5 Steps to Windows 7 Compatibility
Jared Bienz (blog & Ch9), one of Microsoft’s ISV Architect Evangelists based out of Houston, created this basic guide to help ISV’s get compatible with Windows 7. ISV Trend - So many ISV’s are worried that their customers will dump them for a competitor application that is compatible with Windows 7. To help mitigate the challenge, here’s some basic steps for supporting Windows 7. Overview - These steps are intended to fit within your regular routine, and we hope that any extra effort would only ......

Posted On Thursday, October 8, 2009 10:06 AM

Walt Mossberg says Windows 7 in the best Windows ever
Today, October 8th, I read on Giles Turnball’s blog, Wall Street Journal’s Walt Mossberg declared that Windows 7 to be a match for OSX and said it it is the best Windows Microsoft has ever produced. People listen to what Walt says, so this I thought this was huge. Here’s the link to Giles Turnbull’s “Cult of Mac” blog - http://www.cultofmac.com/wi... Thanks for checking out this post! Cheers, Murray Gordon ISV Architect Evangelist Microsoft Corporation http://blogs.msdn.com/MurrayG ......

Posted On Thursday, October 8, 2009 9:47 AM

HOW TO – Windows 7 Taskbar in 5 Minutes
Here’s a great HOW TO video on Windows 7 Taskbar from Gunther Lenz, an ISV Architect Evangelist on my team. Title - Update: Windows 7 Taskbar in 5 Minutes URL - http://channel9.msdn.com/po... This is the first part of his updated ScreenCast series on implementing the Windows 7 Taskbar features in less than 5 minutes . The short video shows how to leverage the Windows 7 Taskbar Icon Overlay feature for your application. He is using the WindowsAPICodePack ......

Posted On Thursday, October 8, 2009 9:36 AM

NEW MSDN and TechNet Firestarter session recordings are now available on demand!
NEW MSDN and TechNet Firestarter session recordings are now available on demand! Download the Silverlight Firestarter technical sessions - With Scott Guthrie leading the roster of presenters, learn what's new and noteworthy in the latest releases of Silverlight and Expression® 3 along with a rundown on .NET RIA services, toolkit, and more. Download the Windows Firestarter technical sessions - This Windows Firestarter introduces and deep dives into DirectAccess, Group Policy and PowerShell, Internet ......

Posted On Monday, October 5, 2009 11:25 AM

NEW CodePlex Project on claims based identity and access control
The Microsoft Patterns & Practices team announced a NEW Project in CodePlex: A Guide for Claims Based Identity & Access Control This new Guide introduces developers to the world of claims based authentication and access control. With the introduction and soon general availability of Windows Identity Foundation and ADFS V2, claims based identity architectures are far more accessible. The Guide uses a case-study approach to analyze commonly occurring scenarios such as WebSSO, Federation, consuming ......

Posted On Monday, October 5, 2009 11:09 AM

FREE Antivirus protection with Microsoft Security Essentials
Microsoft Security Essentials has been released. Check out the formal press release from Microsoft here - http://www.microsoft.com/pr... Check out the post on Network World - http://www.networkworld.com... You can download software from the Microsoft Security Essentials website at http://www.microsoft.com/se... Now you can get antivirus for your new copy of Windows 7 for ......

Posted On Friday, October 2, 2009 4:55 PM

Great Demo on SketchFlow from Russ Fustino
I watched one of Russ Fustino’s demo’s on SketchFlow recently and found it to be very helpful. If you are interested in SketchFlow, it’s worth a look. Your can download the demo script is posted at http://code.msdn.com/toolshed for Episode 3. Thanks for checking out this post! Cheers, Murray Gordon ISV Architect Evangelist Microsoft Corporation http://blogs.msdn.com/MurrayG US ISV Team Blog My GeeksWithBlogs Blog ......

Posted On Thursday, October 1, 2009 5:02 PM

NEW “How Do I” screencasts for Windows Azure
Here’s a great list of new Windows Azure related “How Do I” screencasts. Leverage Concurrency in Windows Azure Table Storage? Windows Azure table storage is designed to support many users at the same time. In this session, you’ll learn how Windows Azure table storage supports concurrency, and you’ll learn a few strategies to help you deal with any concurrency violations. Use Paging in Windows Azure Tables? To improve application usability, many applications need to support viewing data page-by-page. ......

Posted On Thursday, October 1, 2009 5:01 PM

Great Windows Azure projects on CodePlex
Here’s a great list of new Azure and cloud related projects on CodePlex. All of these are very helpful tools. Client Cloud Services, Client Cloud Services (CCS) is a set of Windows Azure-based services which help application developers integrate licensing, trial management, feedback, error reporting and product usage into their applications Azure Storage Manager, Azure Storage Manager helps you organize your Azure Storage Accounts and to modify data on them. It is written in C# 3.5 and has no other ......

Posted On Thursday, October 1, 2009 5:00 PM

NEW training on Mastering Silverlight 3 for Developers and Designers
I recently had an ISV that took advantage of the new Mastering Silverlight 3 training from Wintellect. They raved about how it took their devs and archs from novice to expert in less than a week. When ever I here that I try to let everyone know about it. So here’s the skinny on the training: You can find the flyers for the Silverlight 3 training courses on the Wintellect website. Here’s the two courses they have: Mastering Silverlight 3 for Developers (taught by Jeff Prosise) Mastering Silverlight ......

Posted On Thursday, October 1, 2009 4:58 PM

Notion Tools for Team System v1.1 has been released
Many of my ISVs are ramping up in their adoption of Team System 2010. Many others are finishing or still deep in their rollouts of Team System 2008. Notions Solutions has been critical in helping many of them get up to speed on Team System. Thought I would make you all aware of a great tool recently released for Team System that adds to and complements some key features. The great thing about Notions is that they have deep knowledge of what it takes to stand up Team System and get it implemented ......

Posted On Thursday, October 1, 2009 4:52 PM

Video on SQL Azure adding TDS / TSQL support
I recently had to run down some content and a video on SQL Azure for one of my ISVs. The topic they were looking for more info on was SQL Data Services with TDS / TSQL support. The CTP for SQL Azure is currently available. It become available in August. You can read about the release on the SSDS team blog. Note that SQL Azure was formerly SQL Data Services. Jared Bienz, one of the Architect Evangelists on my team, pointed me to this great Channel 9 video that talks about the changes in SQL Azure ......

Posted On Thursday, October 1, 2009 4:50 PM

Netflix uses Silverlight & Smooth Streaming to stream the Wizard of Oz to America
Today John Stame posted this info on Netflix’ use of Silverlight. “Celebrating the 70th Anniversary of The Wizard of Oz, and the re-release by Warner Brothers of an HD version of the movie, Netflix has launched a website to stream the movie for FREE to anyone in America on October 3rd. Netflix also hosted a free, live concert and outdoor movie screening on Tuesday, September 29th, in New York City’s Central Park at Rumsey Playfield. The concert featured songs from “The Wizard of Oz” performed by ......

Posted On Thursday, October 1, 2009 4:49 PM

Notable Software + Services articles and entries from the Industry
I was recently hunting down some good articles where key folks in the industry are talking about Software + Services. Here’s a few of the ones I found very helpful. Is the Cloud Reliable Enough for Business? Outages at a cloud-computing service could hurt your business. The question is whether your in-house systems can do better. Q&A: Clouds of Distribution, Erik Troan, CTO at rPath, a company that delivers enterprise applications across cloud-based environments, recently spoke with Dr. Dobb's ......

Posted On Thursday, October 1, 2009 4:47 PM

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