Developer News Updates

Today, Microsoft announced one of the most significant updates to its developer offerings and roadmap vision in years. Today’s announcements include: Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 Beta 2 availability – Available to MSDN subscribers today! General availability will follow on October 21st.  To download the beta, visit Launch date for Visual Studio… Read more

Project “Gemini” Name Revealed

At the Microsoft SharePoint Conference in Las Vegas today, Microsoft announced the official name of Project “Gemini,” now Microsoft SQL Server PowerPivot for Excel.  PowerPivot for Excel helps drive timely and informed business decisions by empowering end users to access, integrate and analyze massive amounts of data on the desktop and share information using the… Read more

Provide a Better Web Site Experience with Faster Response Times

Today, Microsoft announced the beta release of IIS Application Warm-Up – an extension for IIS 7.5 that enables IT Professionals to improve the responsiveness of their Web sites by loading the Web applications before the first request arrives. By proactively loading and initializing all the dependencies such as database connections, compilation of ASP.NET code, and… Read more

Forefront Update

Today Microsoft is announcing a schedule and strategy update for Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010, a component of the upcoming Forefront Protection Suite (previously codenamed “Stirling.”)   Microsoft is delaying the release of Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010 – anti-malware for Windows desktops and servers – until the second half of 2010.  Based on customer feedback and market… Read more

IT Pro survey illustrates that Microsoft provides a path to success for consultants and solution providers.

Microsoft recently conducted an online survey of 2000 IT professionals about if, how and why they use solution providers (IT consultants, resellers, system integrators and hosted service providers.)  The results verify what Microsoft’s been hearing from partners and customers:  IT departments want strategic solution providers that truly help drive business results – what we often refer to… Read more

System Center Service Manager Beta 2 Now Available

Today, Microsoft announced the release of System Center Service Manager Beta 2, with over 300 customers participating in the product’s Rapid Deployment Program. In their early evaluations, these customers have seen how through the power of Service Manager’s integrated platform they can easily adapt and automate IT Service Management best practices.  Other Service Manager benefits: ·        … Read more

Red Hat and Microsoft Expand Virtualization Interoperability Options

Red Hat, the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, today announced that customers can now deploy fully supported virtualization environments that combine Microsoft Windows Server and Red Hat Enterprise Linux. In response to customer demand for interoperability in their IT environments, Red Hat and Microsoft have completed testing and validation for mutual customers using… Read more