WinXP SP2 – The Inside Story

Here’s an interesting article about the design and production of Windows XP SP2.  Some callout items… “The initial vision was, we were going to enable the firewall, and we were going to ship it.” [but it grew and grew,] “And so at that point, I sent out a mail to everyone in the division saying, “This…

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BizTalk Adapters for SAP and MQSeries

Two new adapters for BizTalk have launched recently, the BizTalk Adapter v2.0 for mySAP Business Suite, and the BizTalk Adapter for MQSeries v2.0.  There’s a fee for the mySAP Adapter, but the MQSeries adapter is FREE! – It is included with the BizTalk Server 2004 license.  So, let’s get queuing today…  Other queue adapters -…


NetDesk FirstLook events – October 2004

NetDesk, a local technology training company, provides “First Look” sessions periodically for a variety of Microsoft technologies.  Two of these events are being held in Bellevue, at the Microsoft office.  There are other First Look sessiong scheduled, this is only a partial list.  Please see the complete schedule. Netdesk Presents: First Look: Windows XP Service…


Windows Forms Development Demo on Channel 9

The Channel 9 Team has posted a new video showing what new windows forms applications will look like.  It mentions a great collection of new controls, and walks you through the building of some very professional – looking applications.  These tools look to be incredible.  Channel 9 post showing new interfaces with windows forms


One down, 6,999 to go

Well, whadda ya know…  Rory is going to work at Microsoft.  I think that was a match that everyone knew was going to happen one way or another.  Rory has too much talent to not work for the machine.  Congratulations, Rory.  You’re going to love it.  What a great gig, too, as a MSDN Presenter. …

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MSIB v2.5 Released

Well, it’s good to have another version of the Microsoft Solution for Internet Business available.  This one has been anticipated for a while, now.  The link to download is here.  MSIB addresses emerging business models that have evolved from relatively simple structures of linked HTML pages to complex, feature-rich applications. MSIB provides content management, automates…


Let’s talk about Word, per Chris Pratley

These are some great articles, written by Chris Pratley, a group program manager at Microsoft, (Blog, Bio) about the history of MS Word.  These articles are too good for me to pass up.    Very interesting history and perspective.   Let’s talk about Word http://weblogs.asp.net/chris_pratley/archive/2004/04/27/120944.aspx     Word Myths and Feedback http://weblogs.asp.net/chris_pratley/archive/2004/04/28/122004.aspx   In the…

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A Plug for MSDN Flash Newsletter

Today’s (March 23rd) issue of the MSDN Flash newsletter (A bi-weekly newsletter for developer news, events, and information) is chock-full of great information.  More links to web content than I had noticed before.  If you are a developer, you should be registered for this newsletter. Use this link, (http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=317027), log on using your Passport account,…

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Jupiter – It’s a Big Planet

Jupiter is a big planet.  One that Microsoft is going to map out in two phases now, instead of one.  Mary Jo’s Microsoft Watch is the first that I saw (publicly) to report that Microsoft is changing its Jupiter direction.   The Jupiter direction is one where MSFTs E-Business server applications (BizTalk Server, Content Management Server,…


New Year Resolutions from an IT Group?

The Microsoft Operations and Technology Group (OTG), is the IT group that handles operations for MS Business.  They are not affiliated with the product groups, except as users, the same as most Microsoft customers. Well, <ahem> except for the fact that a while bunch of MS developers are all listed in their Exchange Address Book……