Popfly Wins a 2008 PC World 25 Most Innovative Products Award

Microsoft was honored by PC World with a 2008 PC World 25 Most Innovative Products Award for Popfly.  The winners were announced on December 28, 2007 on PC World and will be presented with trophies on January 7, 2008 at the ShowStoppers media reception at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas during 2007 International CES. The… Read more

New Study Released: IT Pros Security Concerns

Microsoft’s Forefront team has posted a new study that measures the perceptions of information technology (IT) managers in the U.S. toward 12 security concerns, such as malware, temporary workers, hackers, phishing, and more.  The survey found that IT Pros are more concerned about data loss than spam, malware, but that spyware is still the #1… Read more

Microsoft placed in Visionaries Quadrant of Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for SSL VPN, North America, 3Q07

Microsoft has placed in the Visionaries Quadrant of Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for SSL VPN, North America, 3Q07 Report (SSL VPN stands for secure socket layer virtual private network). Gartner finds that “The consolidation of vendors and competition in endpoint security and usability continue to improve the appeal of SSL VPNs.”   Launched in February 2007,… Read more

Ron Moritz, Former Senior Executive at both CA and Symantec, Named General Manager for Edge Security & Access Group at Microsoft

Ron Moritz, a senior executive at CA International, is joining the Microsoft Forefront team as the new General Manager for the Edge Security and Access Group.  Ron joins Microsoft from CA (formerly Computer Associates), where he was the Senior Vice President, Chief Security Strategist, and prior to that was the Chief Technical Officer at Symantec…. Read more

Hyper-V Beta Now Available

The Windows Server Division unveiled a holiday surprise for customers and partners this morning, delivering a public beta for Microsoft’s hypervisor-based server virtualization technology called Hyper-V, a feature with some versions of Windows Server 2008. The beta is available for download at: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/audsel.mspx.   For Hyper-V beta details, and a discussion around Microsoft’s virtualization plans… Read more

The ecosystem around Microsoft Silverlight continues to grow!

The NBA is rolling out a new Silverlight experience to provide fans with a richer online experience as they enter the 2007-2008 season.  NBA.com will feature a full-screen NBA photo gallery, offer video highlights and deliver additional interactive applications throughout the site using Silverlight.  By using Silverlight, the NBA will be able to better access… Read more

ADO.NET Entity Framework Beta 3 and ASP.NET 3.5 Extensions Preview

Today Microsoft announced the release of Beta 3 of the ADO.NET Entity Framework, and a preview of ASP.NET 3.5 Extensions. Designed to make it even easier for developers to build data-centric applications and services regardless of the underlying data source, the ADO.NET Entity Framework is already gaining significant support from multiple database vendors and third-party… Read more

Announcing PDC 2008

Microsoft will hold the next Professional Developers Conference (PDC) October 27-30, 2008 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. More information on registration will be available shortly.        The PDC is the definitive Microsoft event for software developers and architects.  PDC participants will have the opportunity to hear from executives about the latest platform advancements, and… Read more

Windows Server 2008 RC1

Windows Server 2008, which is scheduled to release to manufacturing (RTM) by the Feb. 27 launch event, reached the RC1 milestone today and is available to customers for download at http://www.microsoft.com/ws08eval. With RC1, Microsoft is enhancing Group Policy with Group Policy Preferences, formerly known as PolicyMaker Standard Edition and Policy Share Manager. As the code approaches… Read more

New Partners Announced in the Microsoft Business Process Alliance

Today, at the Gartner AADI, Microsoft announced the addition of ILOG and SOA Software to the Microsoft Business Process Alliance (BPA), which now features 12 of the industry’s top players in the Business Process Management (BPM) space. Members of the BPA include IDS Scheer, Fair Isaac, Global 360, Metastorm, Ascentn, SourceCode Technology Holding Inc., AmberPoint,… Read more