{ ready.for.take.off.here} Windows Server 2008, Visual Studio 2008 & SQL Server 2008 Launch Wave

November 20, 2007

Download Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 – Available here!

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Microsoft has released Visual Studio 2008 to manufacturing, and concomitantly with this milestone of the development suite, made available for download the final version of .NET Framework 3.5. Together with Visual Studio 2008, the .NET Framework 3.5 is an integer part of the company’s commitment to support developers with the necessary resources to enable them to build, not only software products but also services, on Windows Vista, the Office 2007 System and Windows Server 2008, as well as the web. As of now, Visual Studio 2008 RTM, has been made available exclusively to MSDN subscribers, but the same is not valid for the .NET Framework 3.5. 

For over 15 years, Microsoft has delivered visual design surfaces that enable developers to graphically author even the most complex applications. Visual Studio continues Microsoft’s commitment to making its platform more accessible and developers more productive with integrated designers for .NET Framework 3.5 components such as Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF), Windows Workflow Foundation (WF) and Windows Communication Foundation (WCF),” revealed S. “Soma” Somasegar, corporate vice president of the Developer Division at Microsoft.

The .NET Framework is offered by the Redmond company as a managed code programming model. The process of building application for a range of Microsoft platforms from Windows clients to server offerings and to embedded devices is streamlined via the .NET Framework. Essentially, .NET Framework 3.5 comes as a collection of incremental additions to previous versions of the resource including .NET Framework 2.0 and 3.0.

The official release of the .NET Framework 3.5 took place Monday morning. As part of the download you get the new versions of WCF and WF, LINQ, and other additions to the framework as well. You’ll also get the first service packs for the 2.0 and 3.0 framework versions that include all of the fixes since those releases.

“The Global Launch of Windows Server 2008, Visual Studio 2008 and SQL Server 2008 on Feb. 27, 2008 will provide a great opportunity to highlight how our customers are making the most of Visual Studio 2008 and demonstrate how they can benefit from the power of the full Microsoft application platform, including Windows Server 2008, Visual Studio 2008 and SQL Server 2008. You’ll also see how our partners are delivering great products that extend and enhance Visual Studio 2008. But remember — don’t wait Visual Studio 2008 is available right now to MSDN subscribers, and will be available soon to other customers through our various other channels”

Here are links to the downloadable installer as well as some other material that has been released in the last few days.


[Visual Studio] 2008 Express edition avalaible

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The Visual Studio 2008 product line is complete now. You can found the free express edition on the following link

SQL Server 2008 November CTP has released!!!

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Here is a direct link to the download on the Download Center. Yes, we have installers and media ISOs available. Along with x86, x64, and IA64 releases, we are also happy to present an Express version!

Start testing your application with SQL Server 2008 now 🙂

November 19, 2007

Visual Studio 2008 Training Kit – Now Available!

Filed under: Uncategorized — stefangeorgescu @ 9:55 pm

I am pleased to announce that the Visual Studio 2008 Training Kit has been updated for the RTM and has been released on the Microsoft.com Download Center for anyone to download and use. 


The Visual Studio 2008 Training Kit contains a full 5-days of technical content including 20 hands-on labs, 28 presentations, and 20 scripted demos.   The technologies covered in the kit include:  LINQ, C# 3.0, VB 9, WCF, WF, WPF, Windows CardSpace, Silverlight, ASP.NET Ajax, .NET Compact Framework 3.5, VSTO 3.0, Visual Studio Team System, and Team Foundation Server. 

Download Now

De azi fii si tu erou

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Ai vazut ca in ultimele comunicate Microsoft pe care le-am facut de la Barcelona, se vorbeste foarte mult despre noile produse din valul 2008: sistemul de operare Windows Server® 2008, Visual Studio® 2008 si SQL Server™ 2008. Lansarea acestor produse va avea loc in februarie anul viitor la Los Angeles. Daca vrei sa fii la curent cu cea mai mare lansare din istoria Microsoft, viziteaza permanent site-ul http://www.microsoft.com/heroeshappenhere/ 

Vei gasi acolo materiale despre toate cele trei produse, actualizate permanent. Acest site este portalul catre informatii proaspete si in curand aici se vor regasi si cursuri, posibilitati de inregistrare la evenimente… mai exact, informatii care sa te transforme intr-un adevarat erou al tehnologiei!Daca ai testat produsele beta si ai facut si o aplicatie cu ele (Active Directory in Windows 2008, proceduri stocate in SQL Server 2008, un program interesant cu Visual Studio 2008), nu tine asta doar pentru tine! Scrie-ne si poveste-ne despre solutia ta, ce impact a avut ea in organizatia in care ati implementat-o si … de azi, si tu poti fii erou! Multumim in avans si iti uram lectura placuta la selectia noastra de stiri pentru tine.

What’s New in SQL Express 2008 November CTP

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SQL Server 2008 Express is now available as part of the November CTP – You can download it from the following link: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=3BF4C5CA-B905-4EBC-8901-1D4C1D1DA884&displaylang=en.

There is already a bunch of information out there about the new functionality available in SQL Server 2008, so I won’t spend much time describing the features here. What I will do is document which of those new features will be available in the Express edition.

The following new features are available in SQL Express 2008:

New Datatypes

  • Date/Time data type improvements
  • Hierarchy ID
  • Filestream Data
  • Geographical Data

    DB Engine Improvements

  • Large user-defined types
  • Predictable query performance


  • ADO.NET Entity Framework
  • Language Integrated Query (LINQ)


  • Declarative Management Framework
  • Streamlined Setup

    For the November CTP we have only released the basic version of SQL Server 2008 Express. We’ll be releasing SQL Server 2008 Express with Advanced Services and Management Studio Express in a future CTP. For now, if you want to use management studio to work with your SQL Express database, you should download SQL Developer edition, which is available from the same site listed above, and install the full version of Management Studio. This will work against SQL Express with no problems.

    Before you even ask, yes, the download package is pretty big; hey, it’s a CTP! The download size will be reduced as we approach the final release so don’t get too worried at this point, it’s an interim step.


    You can provide feedback (bugs and feature request) on the SQL Server 2008 November CTP through the SQL Connect site: https://connect.microsoft.com/SQLServer

    You can post general SQL Server 2008 question in the appropriate SQL Server 2008 forum on MSDN: http://forums.microsoft.com/MSDN/default.aspx?ForumGroupID=428&SiteID=1

    You can post SQL Express specific quesitons in the SQL Server 2008 Express forum on MSDN: http://forums.microsoft.com/MSDN/ShowForum.aspx?ForumID=1621&SiteID=1

    Have fun!

Heroes Happen Here

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Windows Server 2008, SQL Server 2008, and Visual Studio 2008 provide a secure and trusted platform for creating and running your most demanding applications. Combined, the products provide a solid foundation for next-generation web applications, broad support for virtualization technology, and access to relevant information. Advanced security technology, developer support for the latest platforms, improved management and web tools, flexible virtualization solutions, and access to relevant information from throughout your organization enable you to drive your business forward.

To learn more, check out the Heroes Happen Here web site.

Final release of Visual Studio 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5 now available

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As noted this morning in this post on Soma’s blog, the final release of Visual Studio 2008 and the .NET Framework 3.5 (previously codenamed Orcas) are now available for download.  You can download various editions of Visual Studio 2008 and the .NET Framework 3.5 at the following locations:

Here are links to some additional information about Visual Studio 2008 and the .NET Framework 3.5:

November 18, 2007

New 2.2 Firmware Released Just Before Launch

Filed under: Uncategorized — stefangeorgescu @ 10:51 am

It looks like the Zune team is doing some last minute fixing/improving before the launch tomorrow. When I docked my Zune 30 I saw the above message: it updated the firmware to 2.2. The same deal for my Zune 30 – it was updated to firmware 2.2, though I had to reboot the Zune before the firmware update would work – it kept failing saying it couldn’t connect to my Zune. Strangely enough, no such firmware update was found for the Zune 80. I doubt they’d have the firmware be out of sync on a per-device basis, so I suspect we’ll see the 2.2 firmware update for the Zune 80 in short order. 


Welcome (back) to the Social…

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Both the new Zune media software, and device firmware have been released today and I have to be honest, I’m really impressed.  I’m impressed for a few reasons actually.  Firstly, that we’ve improved the interface of the Zune media software sitting on your PC by a huge amount.  It’s almost like your music is now contained in a cool Silverlight bubble, that makes navigating between your device, your library, and the online marketplace, a real pleasure.

That’s my Zune, above, by the way.  Now I haven’t got a different one to compare to, but I’m hoping that if I connected a pink one, it would be reflected in the image instead of the black one (which is actually my Zune).  It’s the little personal touches that can make all the differences – let me know if that is the case – I’m sure it will be, seeing as it’s identified mine as an old version, rather than the even swankier new version!

It’s just such a shame that the device isn’t here in the RO yet.  I think mine’s great – sure it’s a little big, but it feels solid, the screen quality is superb, video being a particular highlight, battery life is ok, but the new interface is slick, and intuitive, even using the old device rather than the new.

What can you expect from the new Zune firmware?  Well, in the least part, it’s a breath of fresh air into my new device – there aren’t many manufacturers of portable media devices that will allow you to update your firmware to have the latest cool technology – usually you need a whole new device.

If you head over to http://www.zune.net/en-US/ you’ll find all the information you need, including links to download the new PC software (which you can just update from your current Zune software should you have it installed), you’ll find links to the TV adverts, the Zune social and the Zune Marketplace, but best of all, you’ll also have access to the devices themselves, and Zune Originals – where you can really tailor your new Zune with a collection of cool engraved artwork.

As soon as you connect your device to the new PC software, you’ll be prompted to update your firmware – easy as that!

Zune is really going places, and it’s looking very cool – just release it in the RO!!!

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