Microsoft Research, where the smart people are

If you spend some time looking at the Microsoft Research teams and their projects, it only takes a few minutes to see that these folks are very sharp and innovative. Take a look at HDView, or check out the videos on MSNBC taken by a special camera developed at MSR. Cool!

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Windows Genuine Advantage

WGA is an important capability built into Windows Vista. Today, we announced changes to this capability that will be brought to your system in Vista SP1 and in Windows Server 2008. For the full announcement, check out the WGA Blog entry as well as the interview with Mike Sievert. Personally, I like the idea of…

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Want a free licensed copy of VS2008 Professional?

See the details and register here for the DEC 3 event in Nashville. Every registered attendee will get VS2008, as well as have some other fun. If you live in the Cincinnati (DEC 10) or Louisville areas (DEC 14), then register for DevCares here for a similar offer (see the details).

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Another reason to like Vista

If you can find a good machine that is from a company that makes good drivers (and has hardware partners that are making nice behaving drivers), then you will have a good experience with Windows Vista. That’s why I’m enjoying 64 bit Vista on my Lenovo T61p including the fully accessible 4GB of RAM (best…

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VS2008 is hitting the street today!

Visual Studio 2008 has RTM’d this morning. If you have a MSDN subscription, you could access the bits today. Yes, it’s well before the launch in February/March, but we can start using some of the 250+ new features today! We will still have our launch events.

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FREE – Search Server 2008

You betcha! We have announced Microsoft Search Server 2008 Express. Here’s a video overview as well as the overview page. This is the real product, so you can get started with just a download and be up and running quick. Did I mention that it’s FREE?

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Windows Server 2008 Developer Story

More good info out on why architects and developers should care about Windows Server 2008.

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Video on Microsoft RoundTable

After I posted about our new UC initiative and specifically the RoundTable device, I have since found a video showing how LiveMeeting looks with a RoundTable.  Here is a picture (taken from the product sheet on the RoundTable product page). Very cool!

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Video.Show – a reference app for Silverlight and video

Just released is a sample app from Scott Stanfield (RD in San Francisco) and his company Vertigo. As presented on Tim Sneath’s blog, this is a sample that shows how to deal with video presentation using all the new tools and Silverlight – almost like a Soapbox or YouTube experience. The source is located on…

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First Episode of a New Show

As some of our friends know, Jerry and I had a previous lifetime in building control systems using DCOM, C++/ATL, and VB6. Therefore, I’m always interested when folks use .NET to control any kind of device or equipment. I’m proud to point out a new show called Weird Code, by our DPE teammate Denny Boynton….

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