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August 27, 2007

Imagine Cup ’08 Website Online

Filed under: Uncategorized — stefangeorgescu @ 12:13 pm

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The website for The Imagine Cup ’08 is live and will be open for registrations on the 25th August

If you need some additional motivation to get into Imagine Cup, please have a look at http://imaginecup07.spaces.live.com/ or http://channel8.msdn.com/

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Microsoft Introduces Tafiti

Filed under: Uncategorized — stefangeorgescu @ 12:10 pm

Microsoft announced the availability of Tafiti, a Silverlight-based search tool on top of Microsoft’s Live Search engine.  Tafiti, which means “to search” in Swahili, enhances searching on the web by allowing users to store and share search results across multiple queries and sessions.  http://www.tafiti.com/.

WPF/E Windows Presentation Foundation Everywhere

Filed under: Uncategorized — stefangeorgescu @ 12:05 pm

WPF/E Windows Presentation Foundation Everywhere December CTP has been released Dec 4th. You can find information here. Have a look at Scott Guthries blog where the announcement can be found.

What is the definition of Software as a Service?

Filed under: Uncategorized — stefangeorgescu @ 12:02 pm

If you go to www.microsoft.com/saas you will end up with the definition: “Software deployed as a Service and accessed using Internet technologies”. To me this is very broad probably too broad. Unfortunately I don’t have anything clearer and more precise than this. From the talks with the parties involved and from the experience that I have with hosters around Europe I want to add some bullet points that appeared to me as very important and critical for SaaS in the scenario where Hoster and ISV become partners.

August 25, 2007

Academic Code for EMEA Teched (Developers & IT Forum)

Filed under: Uncategorized — stefangeorgescu @ 6:57 pm

Microsoft TechEd EMEA offers technical training on the latest technologies and soon-to-be-launched products. Alongside fellow members of the Academic community, customize your own FIVE day technical training agenda, feed you minds and unlock your potential.

TechEd Developers (Nov. 5-9)

TechEd Developers Registration

Developers, Software Engineers, Solution Architects & Development Managers, learn how to get the most out of Microsoft development tools, create next generation interfaces with Microsoft ASP.NET AJAX. Build more secure, manageable and reliable applications with Visual Studio 2005 and take advantage of the improved UI and increased security of Windows Vista.

From Microsoft Office system and SharePoint Server 2007 to Visual Studio Code Name “Orcas”, Silverlight and the next release of IIS, join 3,500+ colleagues and customise your personalised agenda covering the whole suite of Microsoft development tools.

TechEd IT Forum (Nov. 12-16)

TechEd IT Forum Registration

Share ideas with 5,000+ colleagues. Challenge Microsoft and industry experts on the hottest issues facing your IT infrastructure productivity and management and learn how to solve issues relating to deployment, integration, troubleshooting and infrastructure management.

Systems Administrators, Infrastructure Architects, IT Managers, Technical and Database Administrators;  evaluate the whole suite of Microsoft technologies before you roll them out, including: Microsoft Exchange Server 2007, the 2007 Microsoft Office System, SharePoint Server 2007, Windows Vista, Microsoft Forefront and Windows Server code name “Longhorn”

To obtain the academic code for one or both events, please contact your local Academic Program Manager

New Site for Microsoft Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) with Contest

Filed under: Uncategorized — stefangeorgescu @ 4:32 pm

Microsoft has been launched MSCOM ISV in conjunction with a very cool ISV Showcase and Contest. Some of the great new site content and features include: RSS feeds, ISV Royalty Licensing information, Technical Resources and Benefits, links to key ISV resources, and more. You can find events, training

The Ingenuity Point Showcase & Contest
  • ISVs have historically been a very important partner community for Microsoft, and you continue to be today and into the future.  We’re inspired by ISVs who are developing innovative solutions using Microsoft technologies.  More and more ISVs around the world are creating software solutions that have the power to change the world and improve our environment and the quality of our lives.
  • We’re launching a very cool contest that challenges ISVs around the world to submit solutions in Education, Healthcare, or CleanTech industries that have the power to change the world and our lives for the better. The winning solutions will be featured on the ISV Showcase & Contest site. The Grand Prize winner gets the guest judge spot at the Imagine Cup 2008 in France.

Add this link to your list of important Microsoft sites to check often, including:

  • Innovate On for business and technical resources to develop your solutions. You can often find certification vouchers that can pay for part or all of your application certification testing.
  • Empower to enable Registered partners with internal-use licenses and media for Microsoft developer tools.
  • Connect provides beta bits to adopt early technologies and places to submit bugs.
  • Download Center for new and popular downloads.
  • MS Readiness provides local classroom instruction, webcasts, and tons of training opportunities that are either free to at reasonable cost.
  • Onsite consulting and support options. Microsoft Services Partner Advantage (MSPA) provides comprehensive, flexible, and cost effective program that helps partners of all types and sizes more effectively develop, deploy, and support Microsoft solutions.
  • Codeplex is Microsoft’s open source project hosting web site. You can use CodePlex to create new projects to share with the world, join others who have already started their own projects, or use the applications on this site and provide feedback. Codeplex has free code, examples, and tools for your development effort.
  • Microsoft Partner site where you can access your partner benefits and have your ISV Competency recognized.

Visual Studio Team System Case Studies

Filed under: Uncategorized — stefangeorgescu @ 4:28 pm

Just a link post really, but there are lots of VSTS case studies available at http://www.microsoft.com/casestudies/search.aspx?ProTaxID=2671. That link will return you the full list, but you can try Microsoft Case Studies to filter based on Microsoft Visual Studio Team System and your Industry, Organisation Size, Country or Date to find something more appropriate to your circumstances.

Open Source at Microsoft

Filed under: Uncategorized — stefangeorgescu @ 4:10 pm

Microsoft has announced a new Open Source At Microsoft site to put the spotlight on its strategy for the Open Source development methodology. The aim is that it serves as a gateway for info about open source engagements and activities across Microsoft, so if you want to find out Microsoft’s perpective on Open Source, this is the place to do it. Check out the FAQ for the 10,000ft view.

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