VSTS Team Chat coming soon

On Wednesday, November 8th at 10AM PDT join the VSTS team as they reach out to the masses in a team chat. Use this opportunity to speak directly with the developers and let them know how you feel. Is your preferred agile methodology not quite working out on VSTS? Would you like to see more…

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Announcing the launch of the Windows Vista Tips & Tricks website!!

Microsoft is very pleased to announce that the Windows Vista Tips & Tricks website is now live at www.windowsvistatnt.com. If you are familiar with the great work the IW team has done over the years with the Office Tips & Tricks program then you know what a valuable resource Tips & Tricks are for end-users and…

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New VB 6/VB.NET Interop Application Download

Microsoft has released the Interop Forms Toolkit 1.0.  This allows you to create VB.NET Windows Forms and add them to existing VB 6 application.  With this toolkit you can now extend your VB 6 applications lifespan while slowly migrating individual forms to VB.NET.   This fits into our larger VB Power Packs initiative to deliver valuable features…

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Platform Adoption Tool Beta

Announcing open registration for the Platform Adoption Tool Beta Program!  The Platform Adoption Tool is an application registration system designed to provide you, the Software Vendor, and Microsoft with information about how applications use Microsoft technology. By registering your application with Microsoft you’re eligible for the following benefits: Detailed Dependency Reports. Proactive Compatibility Reports ·        …

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UPDATE: TFS Benefit for Certified and Gold ISVs

The July Partner Program Kit included a new benefit for Gold level ISVs who hold either the ISV or CDS competency.  It has come to our attention that the disk labeled TFS actually has a Windows installation on it and not TFS.   We have been informed by the MSPP team that the August Partner…

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The Next Version of ADO.NET

The ADO.NET vNext CTP was announced recently. A primary goal of the upcoming version of ADO.NET is to raise the level of abstraction for data programming, thus helping to eliminate the impedance mismatch between data models and between languages that application developers would otherwise have to deal with. Two innovations that make this move possible…

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MOSS 2007 ECM starter kit Beta 2 released today

Go get yourself some MOSS 2007 goodness.  The ECM starter kit is focused on ISVs and SIs that want to build and extend MOSS 2007.  Grab it while its hot!   -james

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Free Office eBooks

Download these two free eBooks from Microsoft Press to get a jump on your Office 2007 development: First Look 2007 Microsoft Office System 7 Development Projects for Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and Windows SharePoint Services Version 3.0

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Architecture and Design Guidelines for BI Apps

The patterns & practices team is pleased to announce the availability of Architecture and Design Guidelines for Business Intelligence Applications. This exploratory community project provides prescriptive guidance on how to overcome architectural challenges and design issues when building business intelligence solutions using the Microsoft platform. This guide is intended for software architects and developers who…

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New Expression Lab

While I’m at it, I should also mention that the Microsoft Expression takes the many sides of your creative personality to all new levels. Professional design tools give you greater flexibility to create sophisticated applications and content. Innovative technologies enable faster and richer interface development for Microsoft Windows applications or the Web. All three Expression…

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