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Is your software Microsoft Platform Ready?

Just came across a really interesting website that Microsoft has put together to help Independent Software Vendors get quick and easy access to a whole bunch of information all in one place, instead of having to visit MSDN, TechNet, downloads etc.  The site provides plenty of information about logo certification programs, developer resources such as training and testing tools and opportunities to help you market your solutions.

Supported Technologies:

Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, SQL Server 2008 R2, Microsoft Office 2010, SharePoint 2010, Exchange 2010, Microsoft Dynamics CRM, and Windows Azure including SQL Azure.

So speed up your time to market if you’re building simple add-ins, rich client applications, complex client and server solutions or planning your future with cloud services and get over to the site

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Day 01: Imagine Cup 2010 round 1 is over

Team Dice did a great job of selling myDerm to the panel of 4 judges in Round one of the Software Design.  The judges were really rigourous with a tonne of great questions that dug deep in to the details of their solutions.  The team did a great job of answering these questions, and they all new how to give some great reasoning behind how they built the system.

After waiting till 9:30 in the evening, all the students gathered in the Palace of Culture to await the news of who would go through to the next round, yes out of 68 teams from all other the world, on 12 would go through, and that means that 56 teams would have to end there journey to the final.  After 5 teams being announced, we heard “and for the first time, from the small island in the Mediterranean… Malta”.  The teams reaction was euphoric!  I was so happy that they made it thru and the team really could not believe they had done it.

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Day 01 : Imagine Cup 2010 – Poland

It’s great to be in Poland, the host country for the 2010 Microsoft Imagine Cup!!  The Novotel is packed with students from all over the world, 68 countries to be exact.  After a team briefing all teams will be given 25 minutes to set up, 20 minutes to present and 15 minutes of grueling Q&A from the expert panel consisting of 4 judges!!  Today is also the day that the students setup their showcase booth to show off their creations and I must admit they are amazing. 

After today, only 12 teams will be moving on to Round 2 of the Software Design competition, whilst others will be competing in categories like Embedded development and Game Design (also fascinating and worthy of another post).  I will be blogging all the teams I can get to see present so watch out for more posts.

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Small Basic v0.9 released

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/ff384126.aspx

This is a little app, literally around 5MB that really makes learning to program fun. 

Marking the 300k download milestone, comes the 9th installment of Small Basic, the fastest and the best yet!  This version of Small Basic packs a ton of bug fixes, performance improvements and some of the most requested features.

There is a faster compiler and runtime, ability to play sounds and music, shapes objects and controls!!

Enjoy learning to code and do some cool stuff really quickly.

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and then there was Pivot…

Well I thought Power Pivot was cool, but then again I’m not a huge fan of spreadsheets and numbers 🙂 Well, I was in Albania presenting Silverlight 3 & 4 at DevDays last week and a colleague tells me to take a look at Microsoft Pivot.  

The guys at Live Labs must have a great time with their experiments, and Pivot is probably one of their most ambitious to date. Pivot makes it easier to interact with massive amounts of data in ways that are powerful, informative, and fun. It takes a complex hierarchy of data and makes it so simple to navigate.

Well I must say I was also suitably impressed at little app built as a Silverlight client.  The interface was smooth and intuitive, actually quite slick to be honest.  The speed that it sliced and diced thousands of images was amazing.  I also particularly like the ability to create your own collections using Excel, through the use of a small add in that can be downloaded for free and works with both 2007 and 2010. (Hey we’re back in Excel again 🙂 ) Anyhow,stop reading this and hop over to the site and get installing.  I can wait until I can embed the collections into my own sites, but then again I don’t think I will have to wait long!

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IE9 CTP is here!! faster and even better standards support

IE 9 is now in the Community Technical Preview phase, meaning you can now publicly download it and test it!!  http://ie.microsoft.com/testdrive/

 

The focus of this release so far is 3 fold:

  • Speed : Take full advantage of your hardware with background compiled JavaScript

  • HTML5 Demos: Deliver rich interoperability with the next generation of Web standards
  • Graphics Demos: Create next-generation experiences with GPU-powered HTML5 graphics
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