Usability in Practice: The Human Face Of Software

“In the past, user experience was not a high priority for most development projects, but that’s changed. Today, end users have a lot of experience with the Web and with software. They want design that’s easy to learn and use and that fits their workflow. This column will show you how to deliver such designs….


This could save your life when on holiday! (runs on Smartphone)

Windows Live Messenger translation bot now available! The Microsoft Translator team is excited to announce the new translation bot for Windows Live Messenger! This Messenger bot does translations for you. Just add to your contacts and start chatting. You can have one-on-one conversations with the bot, or you can invite a friend and chat…


Microsoft Partnership with RSA for Information Protection

Microsoft and RSA (now EMC’s security division), have announced a partnership to give companies a better way to protect sensitive information. We know customers face a lot of challenges trying to strike the right balance between securing information but also giving the right people access and use of it – both inside and outside the…


5 simple steps to get going with Windows Azure development

What does it take to get started with developing applications with the Windows Azure  platform? 5 simple steps (including OS & VS) Install Vista SP1 or Windows 2008 RTM Install VS 2008, then upgrade it to SP1. (azure needs .net 3.5 sp1) Install Azure SDK Install VS Azure SDK Install SDS SDK (optional SQL Data…


Sharepoint interoperates with external portal platforms via WSRP

Microsoft is announcing the Web Services for Remote Portlets (WSRP) Toolkit for Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. While SharePoint Server currently ships with a WSRP consumer (so SharePoint is able to consume portlets hosted on other portals), SharePoint Server customers let us know that there was a need for a WSRP producer for scenarios where…


Microsoft patterns & practices releases “Unity for Silverlight”

Microsoft patterns & practices is excited to announce the latest addition to the p&p library of software architecture guidance: Unity for Silverlight December 2008 Release (1.2) Quick Links: – MSDN site: – Community Forum: What is Unity? The Unity Application Block (Unity) is a lightweight, extensible dependency injection container. This release of Unity…


Microsoft Belux Architect Forum on Windows Azure Cloud Platform

Last December 1, was the last Microsoft Belux Architect Forum. The theme of the day was the Windows Azure Services Platform.  Agenda & attendees This Forum was the first to be organized around the new blueprint which integrates Solution Architects and Infrastructure Architects with common sessions in the morning and specific break-outs in the afternoon. …


Free MS software for students and startups

Over the last couple of months, Microsoft launched 2 programs that provide free software usage of developer and server solutions to students (DreamSpark) and technology startups (BizSpark). BizSpark creates a supportive entrepreneurial ecosystem that enables every participant to get exactly the technology they need for success. · Software. Receive fast and easy access to current…


2 great architect interviews on ARCast.TV

ARCast.TV – Mickey Williams and David Pallmann of Neudesic on the Impact of Cloud Computing Mark Hindsbo from Microsoft interviews Mickey Williams and David Pallmann of Neudesic.  They discuss the impact of Cloud Computing as it relates to the application developer, the enterprise, and the impact on consulting organizations. Link ARCast.TV – Pat Helland…