Archive for August, 2004

Executive decision making

August 30, 2004

Why WinFS won’t make it to the client version of Longhorn just yet? Watch this interview with Jim Allchin who is the Group Vice President for Platforms at Microsoft.

This interview was taken because (from channel 9):

On Friday Microsoft made three announcements:

1.) Microsoft is reaffirming our commitment for broad availability of the Windows “Longhorn” Client in 2006.

2.) Microsoft plans to make elements of Longhorn’s WinFX programming model available for Windows XP and Windows Server 2003. This will enable developers to write WinFX applications that run on hundreds of millions of PCs and offer these next generation of applications sooner. Specifically, Microsoft plans to deliver the “Avalon” and “Indigo” pillars of Longhorn’s WinFX programming model for Windows XP and Windows Server 2003.

3.) We originally planned to ship a new data storage system codenamed “WinFS” when we released the Longhorn Client. In order to deliver Longhorn’s innovations to customers as quickly as possible, we now intend to deliver WinFS after the initial availability of Longhorn client. We continue to be committed to WinFS. It is expected to beta when Longhorn client is broadly available.

The Windows “Longhorn” Server Operating System continues to be expected to be available in 2007.


Microsoft .NET Framework 1.1 Service Pack 1

August 27, 2004

Microsoft .NET Framework 1.1 Service Pack 1

Download the latest .NET Framework 1.1 Service Pack from Microsoft.


The primary focus of Microsoft .NET Framework 1.1 Service Pack 1 (SP1) is improved security. In addition, the service pack includes roll-ups of all reported customer issues found after the release of the Microsoft .NET Framework 1.1. Of particular note, SP1 provides better support for consuming WSDL documents, Data Execution prevention and protection from security issues such as buffer overruns.

SP1 also provides support for Windows XP Service Pack 2 to provide a safer, more reliable experience for customers using Windows XP.

SP1 is available in 22 languages.

Microsoft Business Solutions Online community

August 24, 2004

A new online community at Microsoft for Microsoft Business Solutions. Head over for some more information:

PEACE by Clemens V.

August 23, 2004

Clemens writes about PEACE: (1) Policy-negotiated behavior, (2) Explicitness of Boundaries, (3) Autonomy and (4) Contract/Schema Exchange are the proclaimed tenets of service orientation.

This read is on the 4/3+1 tenets of Service Oriented Architecture. Good read.

read more at Clemens’ blog

CRM and IP telephones

August 23, 2004

Staying ahead of the game with MS CRM and Cisco ip phones: Cisco Systems Inc. is set to offer starting Monday a tool to help small and medium-sized businesses use Microsoft Corp. CRM (customer relationship management) software in combination with a Cisco IP (Internet Protocol) communication system.

read more at source

Great news for SharePoint developers

August 18, 2004

Saw this at Gartner:

On 9 August 2004, Microsoft announced that it will provide support for WSRP, a standard that allows one portal to consume a portlet running on a remote portal, using Web services protocols.

Since the WSRP Technical Committee approved the standard in September 2003, almost all the portal vendors have announced that they will support it, and many have already shipped products with basic WSRP support. Microsoft has, however, been conspicuously absent from much of this process, even though it has always been one of the leaders in designing and defining Web services. Microsoft placed a representative on the Technical Committee, and hinted at WSRP support, but was slow in making a formal announcement.

read more

ASP.Net 2.0 on MSDN

August 10, 2004

Saw this over at the MSDN; great read on ASP.Net 2.0!

ASP.NET 2.0 Internals

Jayesh Patel, Bryan Acker, Robert McGovern
Infusion Development

August 2004

Applies to:
Microsoft ASP.NET 2.0

Summary: While 100 percent backward compatible with ASP.NET 1.1, ASP.NET 2.0 brings a number of internal changes to ASP.NET. These include changes to the code model, compilation, page lifecycle, and more. This article outlines those changes. (21 printed pages)

Small note: XP SP2

August 9, 2004

Head over to neowin to download it already.

and here

and from MSDN

Having fun with BizTalk server already?

August 8, 2004

Well here is the SDK for InfoPath 2003. Using infopath in your business processes made easy. Well I hope so, gonna try it out.

From the download site: The InfoPath 2003 Software Development Kit (SDK) download contains sample forms, tools, and documentation to assist with Microsoft Office InfoPath 2003 and InfoPath 2003 Service Pack 1 form development and deployment.


MSN Web based Messenger

August 5, 2004

Cool now you can use msn messenger from any browser!

Some info from the site:

MSN Web Messenger lets you talk online and in real-time with friends and family using just a web browser! Use it on any shared computer – at school, at work, at a friend’s house or anywhere you can’t install the MSN Messenger software.