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Gee.. you go out to the gym for a couple of hours and come back and lo-and-behold the Windows 8 released (RTM) bits become available for download for TechNet and MSDN subscribers! “What about other folks? When can I buy it?” If you’re a Microsoft Software Assurance customer, you’ll ...
This book starts with a great overview of the entire Windows Phone landscape. The author does a great job of introducing the development lifecycle and the anatomy of a basic windows phone application. After the initial chapter the author continues in Part I Building Blocks to lay a so...
Microsoft has reworked its browser-based Hotmail into a free, socialized, Facebook-friendly service it’s calling Outlook.com, borrowing the name from its Office e-mail client. The idea is to stop Google’s Gmail from eating into its turf. With 324 million users Hotmail is the larges...
Microsoft’s ARM-based Surface tablet will be out October 26, the same day Windows 8 hits the market according to what Microsoft told the SEC in its 10-K filing. Cnet noticed it over the weekend and remembered that Microsoft has said the widgets would be priced “competitive with a compa...
Windows 8 was released to manufacturing Wednesday morning, a hallelujah moment for Microsoft that nowadays means OEMs and manufacturing partners are getting the final code on which Microsoft’s future depends. The new “re-imagined” operating system, with what Microsoft calls “thousands...
Progress Software Corporation on Monday introduced the new Progress DataDirect Connect for ADO.NET 4.0, the latest version of its suite of ADO.NET (ActiveX Data Objects for .NET) data providers that completely eliminates the need for database client libraries with a 100 percent managed...
Remember Mono, Novell’s open source .NET-for-Linux project? Well, after they were fired last year in the Novell acquisition, Miguel De Icaza and Nat Friedman, the guys responsible for Mono started Xamarin and got perpetual rights to Mono, MonoTouch and Mono for Android. Now they’ve ...
New and flexible ways to make changes of a Windows Server 2012 installation after the fact are available. And IT pros can now convert a server from and to Server Core, and change the availability of server components that are previously committed at an installation time. This introduce...
Scott Thompson, the Yahoo CEO who left in May after four months in the job because it was discovered that he gave himself an undergraduate degree in computer science, has gotten another job. He’s now CEO of ShopRunner, a start-up that gives members two-day shipping from some retail si...
Microsoft wheeled out a customer preview of its new Johnny-come-lately, touch-sensitive, cloud-oriented, browser-based version of Office at a last-minute press conference in San Francisco Monday. The stuff is meant for Windows 8, which is supposed to come out at the end of October. M...
The federal judge who’s been minding Novell’s billion-dollar WordPerfect antitrust suit threw out its remaining claims Monday theoretically bringing the generation-old dispute dating to Windows 95 and the reign of Bill Gates to an end. Novell however says it’s going to appeal the ben...
Microsoft has never reported a loss in its 26 years as a public company until Thursday when a gargantuan $6.19 billion write-down on aQuantative, the online ad agency it acquired in 2007 for $6.3 billion to compete against Google, plus $540 million in deferred revenue on Windows 8 nomi...
Following from the launch of Service Pack 1 (SP1), Liquid Technologies Ltd, a private software supplier, based in the UK, have announced that Liquid XML Studio 2012, their flagship xml software, right now features better XML C# code generation functionality. The most up-to-date 2012...
Oh, geez, not again. The European Commission is investigating Microsoft for not complying with an antitrust settlement and threatening “severe” sanctions. Microsoft is the only company ever to be fined for defying the EC and the regulator now thinks that the company didn’t follow t...
Microsoft has colored Windows Server 2012 Azure and white-boxed it for service providers and hosting outfits disenfranchised by Amazon, creating in the process a cloud operating system that it can rattle under the nose of the vCloud-pushing VMware. What it’s done exactly is add Azure...
Microsoft is buying Perceptive Pixel Inc. (PPI), which makes large-scale, multi-touch displays, a new hardware line for the software giant. Terms were not disclosed. 3M is understood to be an investor in PPI. Kurt DelBene, president of Microsoft’s Office Division, said in a statemen...
Microsoft is entitled to a refund of $48.6 million (€39 million) from the European Commission. It was hoping for a lot more but the European General Court in Luxembourg said Wednesday that it “essentially upholds the Commission’s decision imposing a periodic penalty payment on Microso...
This is a very cool way to learn Power View. The book contains step by step instructions that show you how to take advantage of all Power View features, and the accompanying DVD contains a video of the instructions being implemented. There are 4 hours 48 minutes and 56 seconds of vide...
Microsoft now has an almost complete version of Windows 8 up on its site for consumers to try as the widgetry moves to GA in September or October. It’s supposed to be the last of a series of test versions before the revolutionary redesign is released to manufacturing and from there t...
This book is unique in the library of SharePoint 2010 books I own. It is a recipe book for entire solutions. The recipes take you from compiling the requirements to the implementation and the management of the final solution. Although the solutions in the book are good, they are not w...
In what FOSS Patents calls the “most anticipated German patent ruling ever,” the Mannheim Regional Court Wednesday gave Motorola Mobility the permanent injunction it was looking for against Windows 7, Internet Explorer, Windows Media Player and Xbox and they might be using those things...
Facebook and Microsoft said Monday on Facebook’s web site that Facebook is buying the lion’s share of the 925 US patents and patent applications that Microsoft just bought from AOL for $1.06 billion. Facebook – and Microsoft has an investment in Facebook – is buying 650 of patents of...
If I could change one decision Microsoft has made, it would be the one they made to drop Silverlight. Silverlight is the prefect line of business application platform for the enterprise, and this book shows us how to take full advantage of it. Although the author does an excellent job...
When Windows on ARM (WOA) finally hits the market it’s going to be called Windows RT, not Windows 8. The designation Windows 8 is reserved for x86/64 widgets run by Intel and AMD chips. The decision complicates promotion and one can easily imagine Intel insisting on profiting from ...
A US judge Wednesday told Motorola Mobility it can forget about enforcing the German injunction it expects to get next week that would prevent Microsoft from selling Windows and Xbox in Germany. In a bench ruling the US District Court for the Western District of Washington gave Micro...
I must admit I was mislead by the title of this book, but it was my own fault. I was in the middle of developing an ASP.NET application that was using a lot of the SharePoint web services and the SharePoint Server Object Model. Although it used all SharePoint data, my application was c...
Last September, Microsoft released some information about what customers could expect to see in Windows 8, and at the very end of February the Windows 8 beta became available. There’s been some interesting activity on the blogosphere about it (see a good blog from Jason Perlow here). ...
All in all if you are building SQL Server 2102 Reporting Services Reports, or if you are interested in learning how to, you owe it to yourself to get this book. Over the years I have been on quite a few projects and there have been very few if any that did not require some type of rep...
Dome9 Security on Thursday announced that its cloud security firewall management service protects cloud servers from today’s serious cloud server security threats, including the recently publicized Microsoft Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) vulnerability. Dome9’s cloud security service th...
With the new release of the dynaTrace AJAX Edition you have Beta support for the Firefox 11 browser and therefore you can test the performance of your Web sites with the latest available Browsers from Mozilla and Microsoft. The AJAX Edition now supports Firefox 10, 11 and Internet Exp...
If you're a developer, Windows® 8 Consumer Preview gives you an amazing platform to reach the millions of people around the world who use Windows every day to be more productive, creative, and to have fun. With Windows 8 Consumer Preview, you have unprecedented access and opportunity t...
When I first saw this book was coming out I completely ignored it. The SharePoint Designer ? Who uses that I thought? Then I noticed it starting to get some good reviews and I decided to read them. One of them mentioned 1600 pages. That threw me for a loop and also convinced me I had t...
On November 9, Adobe announced in a blog post[1] that it had decided to cease efforts to develop browser plugins for mobile devices to play Flash, indicating that HTML5 was “the best solution for creating and deploying content in the browser across mobile platforms.” In case that sound...
It’s quite clear from reading this book that Peter Gasston is very knowledgeable about CSS 3 and, as he points out in the preface, this book is a culmination of five years of work that he has spent writing about CSS3. There is a clear order to the chapters. The earlier chapters are wel...
It’s maybe a year before any Windows 8 products come out but Microsoft started pushing what it called its “re-imagined,” next-generation operating system to developers this week at its Build conference in California. Evidently it’s trying to freeze the market before its PC empire is u...
This is a very hands-on book. It walks you through using every aspect of the current MDS tools. It starts out with an introduction to Master Data Services and then jumps right into installation and configuration. You then create an MDS Project and add a new Model to it by hand. The ...
Being primarily an architect and developer my use of Blend can be very limited at times. I use Blend mostly for prototyping with SketchFlow and I wanted to get a refresher on the functionality I don’t use day to day. Over the past several months I have been cracking this book open ove...
Microsoft hurried out Monday to say that General Dynamics Itronix, whose defense contractor parent has a market cap of $27 billion, will be paying Microsoft royalties for broad patent protection for its Android devices. The deal must have gone down relatively easily because Microsoft...
Microsoft previewed a prototype Windows 8 operating system running on both ARM and x86 architectures Wednesday at the Computex show in Taiwan as well as at the D9 conference in California. It’s being adapted for touchscreens as well as conventional keyboard-based PCs and is supposed ...
Sounding like a guy starting to flex his activist shareholder muscles, Greenlight Capital chief David Einhorn, who made his bones shorting an under-capitalized, over-exposed Lehman months before its collapse, told an investment conference Wednesday that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is s...


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