Microsoft Unveils Vision and Road Map to Simplify SOA, Bridge Software Plus Services and Take Composite Applications Mainstream

On Tuesday, October 30th, at the fifth annual Microsoft SOA & Business Process Conference, Microsoft shared its vision and road map to simplify the effort required to design, build, deploy and manage composite applications within and across organizations. Microsoft announced “Oslo,” the code name for the set of technical investments that help customers realize this… Read more

Microsoft Announces Hypercall API will be licensed Under Open Specification Promise

Microsoft today announced that it will extend the Open Specification Promise to the hypercall application programmer’s interface (API) within Windows Server virtualization (codename Viridian), and will be available when Windows Server virtualization is released to manufacturing (RTM). In the interim, today Microsoft posted an updated draft of the hypercall API to Microsoft’s website [] so that… Read more

RTM: System Center Data Protection Manager 2007

Today at Storage Networking World (SNW), Microsoft announced the release to manufacturing (RTM) of System Center Data Protection Manager 2007 (DPM).   DPM 2007, the new standard for Windows data protection, enables rapid and reliable recovery through advanced technology for enterprises of all sizes.   New features in Data Protection Manager 2007 include: ·         Support… Read more

IDC Publishes 64-bit Windows Server Whitepaper

IDC has published a new whitepaper, “Understanding the Business Benefits Associated with x86 64-Bit Windows Server” that demonstrates that in addition to increasing performance and efficiency, customers can recoup investment in their x64 transition to Windows Server 2008 within 6 months. “One of the biggest missed opportunities among today’s customer base may be the lack of… Read more

Steve Guggenheimer launches Application Platform blog

Last week marked the launch of the Application Platform blog hosted by Steve Guggenheimer.  The blog, called Crossbar, is a forum for Steve and guest bloggers to increase awareness for the Application Platform and the actions customers/partners should take to achieve optimization. Steve will blog on hot industry topics such as S+S and SOA, talk about conversations he… Read more

Microsoft Announces Reference Source Availability for the .NET Framework

Microsoft is releasing the source code for .NET Framework base class libraries under the Microsoft Reference License, which is available here: This license allows viewing of source code, but not copying or re-compiling. The source code will be downloadable and viewable by anyone who accepts the license agreement. In addition, Microsoft will introduce a… Read more

EPC Connection 2007 and RFID

On October 2nd in Chicago, Kevin Turner keynoted EPC Connection 2007, one of the largest Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) events. Kevin’s roles as COO of Microsoft and formerly as CIO of Wal-Mart Stores have given him a unique perspective on the business impact of RFID and how it can transform organizations. His keynote highlighted why… Read more

Double H Ranch Receives Tech Upgrade

For the kids at Double H Ranch in Lake Luzerne, N.Y., nothing is more important than the status of their health. Created to provide specialized camping and year-round support for children and their families dealing with life-threatening illnesses, the ranch is an opportunity to escape the daily reminders of their circumstances. But with more than… Read more