Live & Post Coverage of the Professional Developers’ Conference

Hey folks, For those of you not at PDC that want to keep up-to-date with the exciting announcements there, we’re covering PDC live until its conclusion.  To watch, go to www.microsoftpdc.com There is an all-star lineup of guests including Mark Russinovich, Patrick Dussud, Steve Marx, Bob Muglia, Dave Campbell, Yousef Khalidi, Ray Ozzie, Erik Meijer, Kurt…


Whitepaper Posts On MSDN library – Topics Include SharePoint, Software Plus Services and More…

We will be bringing you whitepapers written by esteemed colleagues at Microsoft as part of our intent to enable software companies to develop better and faster on Microsoft’s technologies.  We will be periodically posting articles to link to whitepapers as they are published and we will feature the author(s) with our post. The first one…

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Silverlight RTM Blueprint Samples for SharePoint & Internet Application

The SharePoint and Silverlight Blueprints on CodePlex were updated to include two more Silverlight RTM samples: custom navigation in SharePoint the colleague viewer These blueprints provide samples for you to build and explore using Silverlight as an alternate way to develop and integrate powerful user experiences within SharePoint and add rich Internet application functionality to…


Windows Team Seeking Developer input

The Windows Application Platform (WAP) team needs your input.  We would value hearing from developers about the needs and concerns around application installation and patching.  You’ll be shaping the future of this product as your feedback will help the WAP team identify which areas of application installation and patching to target in the future that…

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Software 2008 Conference

I attended the Software 2008 Conference last week in Las Vegas.  Overall it was a good conference, but not as strong as Software 2007.  Merging it with Interop took away from the “thought leadership” agenda to facilitate more of a “buyer meet seller” agenda.  It was still valuable, but there were a few presentations where…

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Interoperability in Action – Volume 1

I was thrilled with last week’s approval of the vote on Open XML. I certainly have been dreaming, along with others in the XML Community, about the use of XML with documents. Open XML, now being an ISO standard, is a great step forward. Although Microsoft began work on interoperability many years ago, there is…


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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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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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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Microsoft Releases the Source Code for the .NET Framework Libraries

Now that’s a headline you didn’t expect to see. Scott Guthrie posted on his blog that we are providing developers with the ability to download and browse the source code for the .NET Framework Libraries. This will come with Visual Studio 2008 and .NET 3.5. The source code will be released under the Microsoft Reference…

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