Archive for October, 2004

Live Communication Server Gold/RTM

October 28, 2004

The new Live Communication Server went Gold/RTM a few days ago. Corporate IM, Voip and Email are going to be integrated as one experience. Great.

http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2004/oct04/10-26MSDeliversLCS2005PR.asp

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Benefits of Enterprise Instant Messaging and Presence Awareness Can Now Be ExtendedTo Partners, Suppliers and Customers

REDMOND, Wash., Oct. 26, 2004 — Microsoft Corp. today announced the release to manufacturing (RTM) of Microsoft® Office Live Communications Server 2005. Part of the Microsoft Office System, Live Communications Server 2005, available for the first time in both Standard and Enterprise Editions, enables organizations to extend the benefits of enterprise instant messaging and presence awareness to remote business partners, customers, co-workers and suppliers, empowering them to quickly find and communicate with each other and ultimately make better decisions more quickly.

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Need some help with Biztalk?

October 12, 2004

I found a great resource called “The Bloggers Guide to BizTalk”. A help file with great content by some of the BizTalk Bloggers out there!

>> http://weblogs.asp.net/sanjeebsarangi/archive/2004/10/11/240700.aspx

>> The helpfile: Workspace

a help file (.chm file) where he (Alan Smith) has incorporated some great content from many of the BizTalk Bloggers. These include:

Alan Smith

Scott Woodgate

Christof Claessens

Lee Graber

Jeff Lynch

Stephen Kaufman

Jan Tielens

Darren Jefford

Kevin B Smith

Mike Holdorf

Peter Himschoot

Eldar Musayev

Kevin Lam

Gilles Zunino

The Bloggers Guide to BizTalk is a free resource and can be downloaded from the GotDotNet Workspace

Microsoft going after other markets?

October 8, 2004

Or are these ‘just another market’ markets for microsoft.

The Phones

http://www.microsoft-watch.com/article2/0,1995,1667591,00.asp

[ Microsoft officials have described LCS 2005 as “a next-generation enterprise instant messaging (IM) and presence-awareness server.” But Microsoft also will use LCS 2005 as a way to gain a toehold in the voice-over-IP (VOIP) space, according to sources claiming familiarity with the company’s plans. ]

And the TV

http://www.internetnews.com/bus-news/article.php/3417711

http://www.engadget.com/entry/1253827625082461/

[ Microsoft (Quote, Chart) used the TechXNY conference spotlight to lift the curtains on the new MSN TV 2 Internet & Media Player, branding the device a “complete overhaul and replacement” for the MSN TV Internet receiver ]

Some GotDotNet

October 6, 2004

patterns & practices: Enterprise Library

Enterprise Library is a major new release of the patterns & practices Application Blocks, which are reusable software components designed to assist developers with common enterprise development challenges. Enterprise Library 1.0 will include blocks for Data Access, Exception Handling, Caching, Configuration, Logging & Instrumentation, Security and Cryptography, in a single integrated download.

Microsoft Solutions Framework Version 4.0, Beta

Microsoft Solutions Framework (MSF) offers guidance in how to organize people and projects to plan, build, and deploy technology solutions successfully and effectively. The contents of the site represent pre-release versions of MSF v4.0.

patterns & practices: Enterprise Development Reference Architecture

The Enterprise Development Reference Architecture (EDRA) – previously code named “Shadowfax” – provides architectural guidance that an organization can use to standardize the development of distributed systems. The EDRA includes an extensible application framework, four QuickStarts, an application template, and supporting documentation.

Reporting and CRM Server

October 6, 2004

>> Microsoft has introduced SQL Server Report Packs that will provide enhanced business intelligence functionality for Microsoft CRM and Exchange Server. The CRM Report Pack gives a preview into capabilities that will be included in the next generation of the CRM product.

http://crm-daily.newsfactor.com/story.xhtml?story_title=New-Functionality-in-SQL-Server-Expands-MS-CRM-Reach&story_id=27334

Mobile Phones

October 6, 2004

Finally, palmOne has gone over to Microsoft. Well not completly, at least Exchange Synchronisation for now!

>> palmOne Customers to Get “Out-of-the-Box” Compatibility With Exchange Server 2003 Data, Including Wireless E-Mail and Calendar

http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2004/oct04/10-05PalmOnePR.asp