Announcing the New .NET Logo

Ahead of the PDC, "Microsoft .NET" has stepped out into the limelight sporting a new logo. The old one has been around for the last 8 years or so and with the  the broad adoption of the Microsoft .NET technology on the PC, Web Server, Mobile, DB and Silverlight client, together with an industry direction…

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Two Weeks to GO : THe PDC Awaits

Well at this time in two weeks, the first PDC keynote will just be about to start. I personally can not wait for it to kick off. Even in these tough times it looks highly likely that we are still going to sell out and I believe that the attendees will leave pumped from what…

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PDC Attendees get a 160GB USB Drive with all the goodies!!

Personally I am not a big fan of the "Software + Services" PDC theme, but behind the scenes I know that the new software announcements that we are going to make will erase any bitterness I have from my memory 🙂 However, there is some other really cool news that I heard today – at…

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SQL Services Data Services (SSDS) Cloud Sample - PhluffyFotos

  Ryan has been making some modifications to the PhluffyFotos sample to make it even more easy to access. PhluffyFotos is a Web 2.0 Picture Gallery Service where users can upload their pictures from the web or mobile device. This sample is designed to demonstrate how you can develop a multi tenant application using SQL…

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Developer Security Best Practice on Windows

Paul from the UK has put together an excellent (but quite long) document which summarizes the core security best practices and checklists when building applications on the Microsoft platform. He calls it the "The Developer Highway Code". For people that live outside of the UK, the Highway code(wiki) is the book we use in the…

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Microsoft Announces SQLServer Data Services ( SSDS). Structured Storage in the Cloud

People seem to have got overly excited about what we are going to announce at Mix. Nicholas Carr posts Rumor: Microsoft about to unveil web-apps strategy and Robert on “Wait until you see what Ray Ozzie is doing”. The fact is that we have been running a number of services in the cloud for a…

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POWER TOOLS for Visual Studio Tools for Office released to the web

9 new "Power Tools" have been released to the web to help in the development and analysis of applications written for Office 2007, Open XML support and configuration of your office systems. The 9 tools are packaged in 3 groups. There is an overview document: – VSTO_PTRibbonIDs.exe installs the Ribbon IDs Tool Window. – VSTO_PTExtLibs.exe…

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Developing Games for ZUNE - NOW YOU CAN

How cool is this? The XNA Community Games Platform team has just announced the ability to deploy games built with XNA Game Studio 3.0 onto the Zune devices.  This will not just be able to make the game run, but there is some other cool stuff too. Ability to support local ad-hoc wireless play with…

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Forget the Super bowl, Windows Server 2008 has RTM'd

For me it has been a long road. It all started 2 years ago with the "Longhorn Server Software Design preview", followed by countless training events and deep dive labs in Bld20 and around the world. Today we announced that Windows Server 2008 released to manufacturing. In this release of Windows Server 2008 we are…

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MySpace presenting at MIX on RESTful WCF

Most people consider Windows Communication Foundation ( WCF ) as a great framework for communicating between applications using the open standard WS-* protocol. I am not sure that many realize the high quality support that WCF (in .NET Framework 3.5) provides for building REST based interfaces too. Vittorio just blogged about a session at Mix…

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