Q&A and demo of Factory Talk with Rockwell Automation

Whether or not you are in the manufacturing industry, the recent  Rockwell Automation interview on Microsoft’s Channel 9 is an informative show to watch.  Rockwell builds automation control and information solutions for manufacturing customers large and small, across most major consumer industries.  Hardware, software and services that automate processes and provide human/machine interfacing are among…

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Join the interoperability conversation

We think this is a timely and important topic, so we invited a guest, Tom Robertson from our interop group to write about this.  Enjoy. As a consumer, an information worker, an IT pro, or the developer who supports them all, getting one device to talk to another, transferring data from one application into another,…

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Behind the Scenes of the Windows Server 2008 Launch

So I was backstage at the Windows Server 2008 LA launch event eavesdropping on Tom Brokaw’s dressing room when (OMG!) I heard the most unbelievably juicy gossip!  Just kidding, my behind the scenes participation around the Windows Server 2008 launch started back in September with the launch of Innovate On Windows Server, a site dedicated…


It Must be the Coffee…

Oracle is courting Microsoft ISVs with a series of events targeted directly at our Gold partners. That initiative has caused me to ponder the intriguing question “Why would a Microsoft partner invest time attending these events?” Oracle thinks you should attend for three reasons. I will address them in turn: Broaden Market Reach Really?! Microsoft…

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Microsoft Makes Further Moves to Ease Conversion of Office Binary Formats

Two weeks back we made a commitment to open the binary formats and place them under our Open Specification Promise.  This means that independent software companies can now perform a one-way translation of the Office binary file formats, (.doc, .xls, .ppt), to Open XML.  This effort was initiated during work with European Computer Manufacturers Association…

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Resources for Windows Server 2008 Launch

We at Microsoft are on the verge of releasing one of the most powerful and reliable products in the history of the company, Windows Server 2008. Containing numerous improvements and new features, Windows Server 2008 is a product everybody can be proud of. As an ISV, what’s the best way you can get up to…

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New Interoperability Principles announced by Microsoft

This morning, Steve Ballmer, Ray Ozzie, Bob Muglia and Brad Smith announced important changes to our technology and business practices that will enhance the interoperability of Microsoft products and expand the technical information Microsoft shares with developers, partners, customers, and competitors. Specifically, Microsoft is implementing four new interoperability principles and corresponding actions across its high-volume…

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Real World SOA

My name is Sonny Ali and I am a Program Manager on the Global ISV team responsible for the technical strategy in the ERP and CRM sectors. As we all know, the ERP and CRM sectors have been going through unprecedented consolidation. Mergers and acquisitions are the norm and ISVs are faced with new challenges…

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