Windows 7 keeps its name

Microsoft has decided to keep the codename Windows 7 as the final name for it’s latest release of Windows. Mike Nash, made the announcement on the Windows Vista Blog saying “Now is a good time to announce that we’ve decided to officially call the next version of Windows, ‘Windows 7’.” “While I know there have been…

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Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4.0 Overview

Visual Studio 2010 and the .NET Framework 4.0 mark the next generation of developer tools from Microsoft. Designed to address the latest needs of developers, Visual Studio and the .NET Framework deliver key innovations in the following pillars: Democratizing Application Lifecycle ManagementApplication Lifecycle Management (ALM) crosses many roles within an organization and traditionally not every…

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Next Generation Zune launched

The next generation of Zune was launched earlier this week. This release combines two very important things: v  A free software-and-services update, which will work on any of the existing Zune family of devices, as well as the new devices we are bringing to market to round out our hardware family. v  Key new hardware…

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Microsoft slashes Xbox prices

Microsoft announced that it is slashing prices of its flagship gaming device, XBOX 360, in the US. This will take the price of the basic model down to $199, approximately $50 cheaper than Nintendo Wii. It said that prices for the other Xbox models will drop by $50. The US cut follows a similar move…

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IE8 Beta 2 Launched

The IE team launched IE8 Beta 2 which can be downloaded at http://www.microsoft.com/ie8. You can watch videos of IE8 at http://video.msn.com/video.aspx?mkt=en-us&user=-3161786097973413883 and http://www.microsoft.com/windows/internet-explorer/beta/videos.aspx. IE8 is a very developer friendly browser. You can download add-ons for IE8 at http://www.ieaddons.com/. Some of my favorite add ons include Web Slices and Accelerators. Some cool features of IE8 Beta 2 include…

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Microsoft adds new features to .NET

Microsoft has introduced new features in .NET with their Service Pack 1 (SP1) release of .NET Framework 3.5 and Visual Studio 2008. Most of the stuff included in the service pack releases is new features and functionality rather than bug fixes and updates to existing feature-set. For example, .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 adds a new…

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Avenue A | Razorfish and Pluck Agree to Develop New Social Media Offering

Avenue A | Razorfish, one of the world’s largest digital marketing companies, and Pluck Corp., a recognized leader in social media technology, today announced that the two companies have signed an agreement to develop and market the industry’s first offering to inject social media features like customer comments and user-generated content into mainstream digital advertisements….

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Microsoft’s Hypervisor Technology Gives Customers Combined Benefits of Windows Server 2008 and Virtualization

Microsoft reached another milestone today with the release of Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V, the hypervisor-based virtualization technology that is a feature of select versions of Windows Server 2008. The nearly 1.5 million copies of the Hyper-V beta version that have been distributed demonstrate how customer interest in virtualization is moving from evaluation to production environment…

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Announcing Dream-Build-Play 2008

The XNA team has announced Dream-Build-Play 2008, a global competition to see who can create the best game for the Xbox 360 using XNA Game Studio 2.0.  This year’s participants will be competing for $75,000 in prizes and the bragging rights to say their game was the best. In addition, one of the top ten…

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Parallel Extensions to .NET June 2008 CTP

The 2nd CTP for Parallel Extensions to the .NET Framework 3.5 was released recently.   Download the Parallel Extensions June 2008 CTP   Parallel Extensions simplifies development by providing library-based support for introducing concurrency into applications written with any .NET language, including C# and Visual Basic. It includes the Task Parallel Library (TPL), which provides…

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