TechEd 2014 is underway with LOTS of exciting new stuff announced!

TechEd North America 2014 is underway! You can find an overview of the announcements on Soma and Brian’s blogs. Below are some resources of particular interest to developers News & Videos: Read exec announcements by S. Somasegar & Brian Harry. See the TechEd press release and watch the session videos. Visual Studio 2013 Update 2:…


Script Browser and Script Analyzer

Microsoft has just released two new resources to ease IT Pros’ lives. · Script Browser – IT Pros can search, download and manage 9000+ TechNet automation script samples covering almost all Microsoft IT products from within their scripting environment.  Script Browser even supports offline search so users can download all interesting scripts and search them…

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Release: Description of Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 CTP 2

A CTP (preview) of Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 has been released with lots of interesting new features and some fixes to. KB article here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2927432 Of particular interest to me are this : “ Debugger Added a Visualizer for JSON data contained in String objects. You can inspect instance values when you debug managed…


Released: Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7 with Service Pack 1 (SP1)

Just released: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=7d2f6ad7-656b-4313-a005-4e344e43997d Handy if you manage your servers running Windows Server® 2008 R2, Windows Server® 2008, or Windows Server® 2003 from a Windows 7 client on which you have put service pack 1. Doug


Getting started with building your Web 2.0 business

A new started kit “for planning, architecting, and implementing Web 2.0 applications and services using the Microsoft Platform” has been released: Kobe: Web 2.0 Service Development Resource Kit There is also a new “Startup Zone” which is “The guide to working with Microsoft for software startups and their investors.” HTH Doug

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Internet Explorer 8.0 Resources

Internet Explorer 8.0 is currently available as “RC1” or “Release Candidate 1” (which means it is pretty near final version, much more so than, say, a beta version). This version of IE is a major new version and has lots to offer developers but also has a lot of implications for web site owners and…

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"Error creating control – ControlInstanceName ‘[text]‘ could not be set on property ‘PropertyName’ " in Visual Studio 2008

One of the cases I’ve been working on recently is for an issue introduced by Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1. The fix has now been finalised and released on the MSDN Code Gallery.   When you get this error the symptoms are like this: You didn’t have the problem before applying the service…

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Recent updates for Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 SP1

I wrote previously about fixes that are available for three issues that can occur when you install SP1 for .NET Framework 3.5. In addition to those three CLR issues, there were some other problems caused by the service pack which is why we also released the rather cutely named “Family Update” for .NET Framework 3.5…

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Another pile of new stuff..

I’ve been a bit busy of late and new and interesting stuff keeps piling into my inbox without enough time in the day to look at it. So here is a dump of links to stuff I think looks interesting before I forget about it…   Microsoft® Silverlight™ Tools for Visual Studio 2008 SP1 (Final)…


Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008

Microsoft has just released Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008. Note that this is not Microsoft Windows Server 2008 with Hyper-V. This is something different. It ” is a stand-alone hypervisor-based server virtualization product that allows customers to virtualize workloads onto a single physical server” “It contains just the Windows hypervisor and other kernel components to support…

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