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Scott Dorman Microsoft MVP, Software Architect, Developer, Author November 2007 Entries
Silverlight 2.0
What used to be called Silverlight 1.1 has been rebranded as Silverlight 2.0 and will include a cross-platform, cross-browser version of the .NET Framework and will enable a rich .NET development platform in the browser. Scott Guthrie has a post that details what will be part of the 2.0 release, but it includes: WPF UI Framework: The current Silverlight Alpha release only includes basic controls support and a managed API for UI drawing. The next public Silverlight preview will add support for the ......

Posted On Friday, November 30, 2007 1:05 PM

ASP.NET 3.5 Extensions Release
Now that Visual Studio 2008 and .NET 3.5 have officially shipped, it's time to start looking at the additional products and tools that build on top of that foundation. Scott Guthrie has an excellent post that details the roadmap for the Web related products. The biggest announcement is that the ASP.NET 3.5 Extensions will have it's first public preview available sometime next week. If you don't know what the ASP.NET 3.5 Extensions are, here is the list (taken from Scott's post): ASP.NET MVC: This ......

Posted On Friday, November 30, 2007 10:24 AM

Microsoft Download Center Silverlight Beta
It looks like Microsoft is fully embracing the rich interactive features that Silverlight offers and have a new beta version of the Download Center that is Silverlight enabled. The beta gives a preview of some of the new designs Microsoft will be rolling out for the Download Center home page and category pages to make it easier to discover and download software. The beta is currently for the entry pages only. If you decide to download any items you see, you will be alerted that doing so will exit ......

Posted On Friday, November 30, 2007 10:17 AM

Multi-component Installers
With the deluge of blog posts talking about the recently releases of Visual Studio 2008 and the .NET Framework 3.5, Scott Guthrie talks about the steps to uninstall the Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2 release you should follow before installing the final release. It's great that Scott has put together this list since it not only tells you all of the components that are installed when you install Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2 but also tells you the order to uninstall them. This post also indirectly brings to ......

Posted On Thursday, November 22, 2007 12:18 AM

Windows Live FolderShare
I just came across a post today on LiveSide that talks about some of the problems faced by users of FolderShare. I have to be honest, even though FolderShare appears to be part of Windows Live, I haven't heard much about it. It's not advertised on Windows Live betas and hasn't been talked about much by any of the Windows Live bloggers. For those of you who don't know: FolderShare allows you to synchronize files across multiple computers and access or share files with colleagues and friends. You no ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 21, 2007 11:36 PM

IASA Tampa Chapter - November 2007 Meeting
The Tampa Bay chapter of the International Association of Software Architects (IASA) is dedicated to building a community of professionals interested in topics related to software architecture. This organization welcomes all interested professionals. Whether you are a senior enterprise architect at a fortune 100 company or an aspiring architect with only a few years of experience. The next meeting will be Wednesday, November 28 from 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM at the Microsoft offices in Tampa. The speaker ......

Posted On Friday, November 9, 2007 12:43 AM

MIX08: The Next Web Now
March 5 - 7, 2008The VenetianResort Hotel CasinoLas Vegas, Nevada Now in its third year, MIX is an intimate opportunity for cutting-edge technical, creative and business strategists to engage Microsoft in a conversation about the future of the web. Come explore the latest wave of opportunities and help redefine the boundaries between: content and commerce, PC and TV, Windows and the Web. The conference focuses mostly on Web technologies, such as Silverlight, but will also cover some of the desktop ......

Posted On Thursday, November 8, 2007 8:44 PM

Tech·Ed U.S. Just Got Bigger
Following the lead of Tech·Ed Barcelona, Tech·Ed U.S. 2008 will also be expanded into a "split event". For the first time, Tech·Ed U.S. is evolving from a one week conference to two separate back-to-back conferences: Tech·Ed U.S. 2008 Developers, June 3-6, and Tech·Ed U.S. 2008 IT Professionals, June 10-13, in Orlando, FL. Each event is priced separately, but there will be special package pricing for those that want to attend both events. The format is intended to provide the same experience but ......

Posted On Thursday, November 8, 2007 8:06 AM

Windows Live Messenger Presence and Messenger IM Control
The Windows Live Messenger team has just announced a new feature that allows you show your Messenger presence and receive instant messages from the web. The Windows Live Messenger IM Control lets people on the Web reach you in Messenger by showing your Messenger status on your web site, blog, or social networking profile. The IM Control runs in the browser and lets site visitors message you without installing Messenger first and is supported in IE6, IE7, and Firefox 2.0 on Windows and Firefox 2.0 ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 7, 2007 11:50 AM

Windows Live Applications Release Versions
I mentioned yesterday that the latest wave of Windows Live applications have been released. Thinking about it a little bit more, I realized that other than the "Beta" tag being removed from the splash screens and/or title bars there is no way to know if you have the latest version. Here are the release version numbers for the Windows Live applications: Windows Live Application Release Version Messenger Version 2008 (Build 8.5.1302.1018) Mail Version 2008 (Build 12.0.1606) Writer Version 2008 (Build ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 7, 2007 11:01 AM

Microsoft Sync Framework
The first CTP of the Microsoft Sync Framework was announced during the keynote at Microsoft TechEd Developers 2007 in Barcelona. The Microsoft Sync Framework is a comprehensive synchronization platform enabling collaboration and offline for applications, services and devices with support for any data type, any data store, any transfer protocol, and network topology. Building on the synchronization functionality that is already available in Visual Studio 2008, the Sync Framework will allow developers ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 6, 2007 11:11 AM

Visual Studio 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5 November Release

During the keynote address at Microsoft TechEd Developers 2007 in Barcelona, Microsoft officially announced that Visual Studio 2008 and the .NET Framework 3.5 will be released by the end of November 2007. The .NET Framework 3.5 will also be available separately from Microsoft Update. The global launch event is still scheduled for February 27, 2008.

Posted On Tuesday, November 6, 2007 11:02 AM

Windows Live Wave 2 Released
The final releases of the Windows Live Wave 2 programs are now available. The upgrades from the beta releases haven't changed a whole lot, but you should still download the new Windows Live installer. There is also a support article if you have any problems upgrading from the betas. Just as a reminder, the installer covers only the desktop Windows Live applications: Windows Live Messenger Instantly connect to the people who matter most—via text, voice, or video.* Show 'em if you're online, offline, ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 6, 2007 10:32 AM

Personalized Live Event web addresses
Not too long ago I talked about the Windows Live Spaces URL Confusion, and the really cryptic URLs being used for SkyDrive and Live Events. Today, I found something that makes Live Event addresses a little bit better. I'm not sure if this has always been available or if it's new, but either way it's a feature that is not obvious at all. I'm talking about the "Personalize your web address" option that is available from the event settings page (if you've already created the event) or from the create ......

Posted On Saturday, November 3, 2007 9:42 AM

Windows Live Calendar
Windows Live Calendar was just released as a Beta tonight. It features the Wave 2 UI, so it integrates nicely with the other Windows Live services. The first thing you will notice after the new interface (which is much improved over the older Calendar) is that none of your "Calendar Classic" events will be present. Unfortunately, the integration story doesn't get much better. The Calendar link in Windows Live Hotmail still sends you to the classic Calendar, even if you've selected the new Windows ......

Posted On Friday, November 2, 2007 10:56 PM

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