The young (ISV) doesn’t always supplant the old

What keeps established software companies in their position in the face of competition from startups?   I have an interesting perspective. Before joining Microsoft, I was the CTO, alternately, of a rag-tag startup and an established, market-leading enterprise ISV.   There are a lot of reasons people stick with an ISV, institutional experience, branding, migration…

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How (not) to build a successful ISV

Admit it, you have thought about starting a technology company. Well, before joining Microsoft I left my job as a CTO of a medium sized ISV to bring to market and idea that I had. My product was the subject of articles in RFID Journal, Internet Retailer, won some awards, including one from Microsoft, and made…

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New Workflow Beta, hands-on labs, SDK and Visual Studio Extensions

We released Beta 2 of Windows Workflow Foundation. The package includes Extensions for Visual Studio 2005, runtime and SDK. There are also new hands-on labs available. Enjoy English Page http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=A2151993-991D-4F58-A707-5883FF4C1DC2&displaylang=en Install Guide http://download.microsoft.com/download/2/7/f/27f7a7b1-53bd-48f9-9914-e2e26a5effd7/WFBeta2_Install_Instructions.htm ReadMe http://download.microsoft.com/download/2/9/2/2921ef94-007b-4d9f-ba06-021329b88d7c/VS2005Extensions_for_WF_Beta2_Readme.htm German Page http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=A2151993-991D-4F58-A707-5883FF4C1DC2&displaylang=de Install Guide http://download.microsoft.com/download/1/8/8/188168e6-4881-4c9d-94a7-34742390f9a0/WFBeta2_Install_Instructions.htm ReadMe http://download.microsoft.com/download/5/1/b/51b24af7-8d77-47c0-8947-5768f728237e/VS2005Extensions_for_WF_Beta2_Readme.htm Japanese Page http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=A2151993-991D-4F58-A707-5883FF4C1DC2&displaylang=ja Install Guide http://download.microsoft.com/download/6/6/f/66ff81ee-e089-4db5-9da8-ae1d67badf86/WFBeta2_Install_Instructions.htm ReadMe http://download.microsoft.com/download/8/4/9/84975e78-5f80-4552-ac18-6463a7a3af38/VS2005Extensions_for_WF_Beta2_Readme.htm Labs Page http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=5DF74E3B-FB51-4A94-A11D-DFF70288A8BB&displaylang=en

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New CIO survey shows IT on the march

CIO Magazine has a new issue entitled “The State of The CIO ’06.” Oddly, while it is already on my desk the issue has not made it to their web site yet.     I have a special interest in the importance of the CIO job. I have served as both a CIO and a CTO…

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New CTP – WinFX December CTP

New week, new software. They are still propagating across Microsoft’s external servers so the links may not work for an hour or so. How is that for fresh from the oven? WinFX December CTP and the SDK and  Visual Studio Extensions codenamed ‘Orcas’. If you are a Windows Workflow developer then you will want to go to the…

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Building a C# listener, if you must

Socket programming can be tough and complicated. If you are reading this because you are trying to decide on a communication mechanism for your new project then let me save you some reading. Stick with something else if you can. Web Services gives you operating system and limited language independence and can be done over…

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Writing a C# socket listener, if you must

Socket programming can be tough and complicated. If you are reading this because you are trying to decide on a communication mechanism for your new project then let me save you some reading. Stick with something else if you can. Web Services gives you operating system and limited language independence and can be done over…

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Developing a Beta at Microsoft

We are currently working on Beta 2 of Windows Workflow Foundation (WF). For details on our release schedule you should read the official corporate information or contact your Microsoft representative. I thought outsiders would be interested in the development process at Microsoft as well as the status of the WF product development.   I have…

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Email: Not nearly dead yet

The author of this post argues the point that email is dead and that IM is the solution. I disagree. There are two elements of email that made it become a dominant form of communication in such a short period of time. It allows us to communicate asynchronously and its design centers on message persistence….

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