Hyper-V public beta ships early

The first public beta of Windows Server 2008 Hypervisor technology has shipped months before it was scheduled. The Hyper-V virtualization beta was originally scheduled to ship when Windows Server 2008 was completed. Hypervisor technology is a base technology layer that acts as the virtualization foundation for guest operating systems. You can get a copy of the…


Try out Visual Studio 2008 on a Free VPC

That’s right, we have just posted a VPC image complete with Windows Server 2003, and Visual Studio 2008.  The image also contains the Visual Studio 2008 Rhythm Training Kit.  The VPC will work until March 8th, so that should give you plenty of time to download the VPC and begin going through some of the…


Microsoft BI

Microsoft has a full end to end BI software stack which offers complete, fully integrated set of BI technologies that can help make building, managing and using BI less complicated and more economical. Microsoft Business Intelligence offers a complete suite of products that supports all facets of decision making. Through tight integration with the powerful, proven,…


Innovate On Windows Mobile

There are over 18,000 applications built for Windows Mobile by ISVs, and to accelerate that growth especially for ISVs that are providing Line of Business solutions on Windows Mobile, we have launched a self-service portal for ISVs called Innovate On Windows Mobile (http://www.innovateonwindowsmobile.com)   Innovate On Windows Mobile provides targeted tools, support, and training to…


Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Videos posted to Channel9.msdn.com

As we get closer to an RTM of Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 we have started to put together some screencasts talking about the technology. If there’s something you would like to see discussed in a screencast let us know. https://channel9.msdn.com/Showpost.aspx?postid=361020 https://channel9.msdn.com/Showpost.aspx?postid=364853    John O’Donnell Microsoft Dynamics ISV Architect Evangelist


GIS & Spatial How-tos for SQL Server 2008

So how do you get started incorporating spatial data in SQL Server 2008? Here’s some samples, tutorials, and how-tos for using GIS support. Official spatial data site Demos Introduction blog posting Forum for spatial data.


ASP.Net MVC, Unit Testing

Model-View-Controller (MVC) is a very popular pattern for separating view state, business logic and data access concerns in an application. MVC also helps with unit testing because the pattern cleanly separates business logic from UI code and allows more of the application to be tested without having to automate the user interface. It’s always been…

SQL 2008 Migration and Certification Resources

We’re quickly approaching the global launch of SQL Server 2008 and ISVs are asking for help with SQL migration and certification. Fortunately there are several resources available. If you’re just getting started and need help moving between 2005 and 2008 (or even 2003 and 2008) you have several options. Many of our ISVs already have…

Service Packs for Office and Vista Available

Office Office 2007 SP1 is now available from Office Online. The update will be available as an automatic update in three to six months. It will also be available through Windows Server Update Services and Systems Management Server. Most changes are minor. Changes include some stability fixes, improved compatibility with Windows Server 2008, improved performance…


High Performance Computing Webcast Announced

Windows HPC Server 2008 – New and Advanced Features will provide an in-depth look at what high performance computing is.  January 15th, 8:30 am PT and 5:00 pm PT. Live Webcast – through Live Meeting. Register for the 8:30 webcast or register for the 5:00 pm webcast.