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Connected Systems Chilled Out Blog Hanging stuff together in a meaningful way with some fun added November 2007 Entries
Popfly Explorer Debuts Into Beta
More from TechEd... Popfly Explorer has debuted into beta on the heels of Microsoft announcing the release to manufacturing dates for Visual Studio 2008 and the .NET Framework 3.5. At Microsoft TechEd Developers 2007 in Barcelona, Spain, the Redmond company revealed that both Visual Studio 2008 and the .NET Framework 3.5 are planned for general availability by the end of November. At the same time, Microsoft also unveiled the release of the first Community Technology Preview of Sync Framework as ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 6, 2007 7:21 PM

Microsoft Sync Framework Community Technology Preview
Microsoft announces the Sync Framework CTP at TechEd Barcelona... Microsoft Sync Framework is a comprehensive synchronization platform that enables collaboration and offline access for applications, services, and devices. It features technologies and tools that enable roaming, sharing, and taking data offline. Using Microsoft Sync Framework, developers can build sync ecosystems that integrate any application, with any data from any store using any protocol over any network. Microsoft Sync Framework ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 6, 2007 7:17 PM

Microsoft Gives Away Search Server Express 2008

Microsoft is giving away Search Server 2008 Express just by downloading it directly from Microsoft's Web site here.

The Express version is the sibling to the enterprise-strength version of Microsoft Search Server 2008, which the company debuted at an enterprise search conference in San Jose, Calif.

Posted On Tuesday, November 6, 2007 7:00 PM

'Orcas' for Christmas
At Teched 2007 in Barcelona, Spain S. "Soma" Somasegar, corporate vice president of the Developer Division, announced that Visual Studio 2008 and .Net Framework 3.5 will be released at the end of November. It's the first major update to Visual Studio, Microsoft's flagship integrated development environment (IDE), since 2005. Some of the key features in VS 2008 include: LINQ. Language Integrated Query (LINQ) is the most-anticipated new feature of Microsoft's next IDE. LINQ will make access to databases ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 6, 2007 6:55 PM

Managed Services Engine: V6.2 CTP
Mike Walker of Microsoft writes: On Tuesday at the SOA & BP Conference (http://www.mssoaandbpconfe... we are announcing the availability of the V6.2 CTP of the Managed Services Engine (MSE). This release ( is the culmination of three years of working with customers to address the challenges of real world SOA, collaboration with P&P, CSD, and EPG, and a lot of sweat and passion from some of the brightest architects and consultants in the field. ......

Posted On Monday, November 5, 2007 6:09 PM

IDS Scheer Previews Integration of ARIS Platform and Microsoft BizTalk Server
IDS Scheer announced at the Microsoft SOA and Business Process Conference, the 2008 availability of its integration of the ARIS Platform with Microsoft BizTalk Server. As a preferred BPM modeling and monitoring partner for the Microsoft Business Process Alliance, IDS Scheer previewed the integration at the conference last week. With Microsoft's future emphasis on modeling in the 'Oslo' the announcement of the IDS Scheer ARIS product is timely in providing a modeling solution today while we wait for ......

Posted On Monday, November 5, 2007 5:47 PM launch has been launched as an example of a public-facing social computing application. It is built on top of Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007. The vision behind it is to enable users on the Web to find and share content about SharePoint and SharePoint related stuff. If you have a Windows Live ID you can register and submit content, recommendations, leave comments, and vote for the best content. If you love MOSS then get down to the site...remember the bigger the community ......

Posted On Sunday, November 4, 2007 7:19 PM

LoadGen 2007 and a Simple BizTalk WCF Test
An excellent posting covering the 'new' Microsoft BizTalk LoadGen 2007 coupled with a simple WCF test. Read all about it a the Connected Thoughts blog. The tool in a nutshell is a command line utility called LoadGenConsole.exe that takes an XML configuration file and generates the load tests described in the configuration file. The 2007 version of LoadGen can be used to simulate load in several types of transport (file, HTTP, MQSeries, MSMQ, SOAP, WSE, WSS, WCF) and to monitor certain types of systems ......

Posted On Sunday, November 4, 2007 7:10 PM

Workflow: Just for a change a fun workflow project
Home Automation with Windows Workflow Published 05 October 07 10:58 AM | Coding4Fun There are some pretty good Home Automation packages out there on the market. Some of these are made for installers – and are thus closed to easy customization by the end user. Then there are packages that are made for hobbyists. These have good core automation systems, and provide some add-in points for customization. There are very few good “toolkits” for home automation enthusiasts who like to Code4Fun, so I decided ......

Posted On Thursday, November 1, 2007 10:47 PM

Just Released: BizTalk Server 2006 extensions for Windows Workflow Foundation SDK
Continuing with the great announcements around BizTalk, just released, the long awaited BizTalk Server 2006 extensions for Windows Workflow Foundation SDK. Use Windows Foundation modeling and host workflows in BizTalk Server. Windows Foundation modeling and host workflows in BizTalk Server. Find out more here ......

Posted On Thursday, November 1, 2007 10:42 PM

Kmart has decided not to carry Blu-ray players
Kmart has decided not to carry Blu-ray players due to their high prices, instead focusing solely on HD DVD this holiday. While it may no longer be the bastion of discount stores it once was, Kmart's move highlights the problems facing Sony's format as HD DVD continues to get cheaper.The HD DVD Promotions Group said that Kmart's decision to go exclusive wasn't related to an end-cap purchase (where vendors can buy specific shelf space and lock out competitors), but rather because the cost of Blu-ray ......

Posted On Thursday, November 1, 2007 4:36 AM

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