Sharepoint Patterns and Practices guidance

More good stuff from the Patterns and Practices team! Announcing patterns and practices SharePoint GuidanceThe SharePoint Guidance released by patterns and practices helps architects and developers design, build, test, deploy, and upgrade SharePoint intranet applications. It demonstrates solutions to common architecture, development, and lifecycle management challenges SharePoint projects face.


Just Released: Enterprise Library 4.1

Quick Links: –                    MSDN site: –                    Community Forum: –                    Community Extensions:   What is Enterprise Library? Enterprise Library is a collection of reusable software components (application blocks) designed to assist software developers with common enterprise development challenges (such as logging, validation, caching, exception handling, and many others). Application blocks are a type…


An inside view of Microsoft’s Cloud Strategy

A good interview of Amitabh Srivistava, Microsoft Corp VP and a key developer of the Azure platform, by InfoWorld at the PDC last week:


Office Web Applications Announcement at PDC

Another exciting announcement at the Professional Developers Conference yesterday – Office Web Applications!   Key points: As part of the next release of Office, Microsoft will provide Office web applications, which are light weight versions of Office programs delivered through the browser (IE, Safari, FireFox). Consumers will be able to get Office web applications as…


New IDC report shows Microsoft gaining share in Server Virtualization

Industry analyst firm IDC announced last week worldwide virtualization license shipments in the second quarter of 2008 (2Q08) increased 53% year over year, compared to a 72% year-over-year increase the previous quarter. The x86 server market led the way with 60% year-over-year growth followed by the EPIC server market with 18% growth. See the news…


Azure Services Platform annouced today at PDC

Watching the moves we have been making in the services space over the last couple of years have gotten me really excited about our vision, strategy, and roadmap for Software + Services.  I’m long overdue for a good Software + Services blog post, and time will prevent this from being it, but I couldn’t let…


Offline Virtual Machine Servicing Tool released

The good news for Windows Virtualization keeps coming 🙂    The increasing use of virtual machines creates new challenges for IT.  Virtual machines that are left offline for extended periods of time do not automatically receive operating system, anti-virus, or application updates that would keep them compliant with current IT policy. An out-of-date virtual machine poses…


Zermatt Beta Launched and available

On July 9th we released the public beta of the “Zermatt” developer framework for building claims-based applications. “Zermatt” is a .NET developer framework and SDK that helps developers build claims-aware applications to address today’s application security requirements using a simplified model that is open and extensible, can improve security, and boosts productivity for developers.  Developers…


Composite Application Guidance for WPF

Our Patterns & Practices team is at it again 🙂  They just released Composite Application Guidance for Windows Presentation Framework (WPF) this month. Check it out at the following links: MSDN site: Community site: http://www/