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Web Platform Installer

May 30, 2009 Leave a comment
I had attended an event named RIAnomics organised by Microsoft. I learned many cool technologies that can be used to develop cool new apps. So, one of the coolest app is this Web Platform Installer (a.k.a. Web PI).
 
What is Web PI?
"More than just a powerful set of tools, servers and technologies, the Microsoft Web Platform offers a complete ecosystem for building and hosting web sites, services, and applications. Whether you’re looking to build your company’s web presence or launch the next MySpace, we’ve got the products you need to be successful. The Microsoft Web platform is trusted by the Fortune 500, used by millions of individuals and built to work for you."
 
Well, for you that are interested either in developing a web app or deploying a web server, this is a really great tool to help you installs the softwares. Another great thing is that it will automatically get the latest version of software that you are installing from the web before the softwares are installed on your PC or server. Besides that, it will also automatically installs the softwares in order so that you don’t have to worry of which software to install first.
 
The latest version of Web PI contains:
  • Popular ASP.Net and PHP web apps that are free such as DotNetNuke and WordPress
  • .Net Framework
  • IIS and Extensions
  • SQL Server
  • Visual Web Developer
  • Extra and Goodies

For more information about whats inside Web PI, click HERE

Web PI System Requirements:
  • Operating Systems – Windows Vista, Windows Vista SP1, Windows XP SP2+, Windows Server 2003 SP1+, Windows Server 2008
  • Internet Connection – Required
The are 2 versions available to be downloaded. The latest release is Web Platform Installer 2.0 Beta.
Download Web Platform Installer
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Office Live Add-In

May 27, 2009 Leave a comment
 
Do you want to work from office, school, or home no matter where you are? Do you want to share documents with people you wants to share with? Now, you can do all of these with Offive Live Add-In.
 
What you can do with Office Live Add-In?
  1. Access your files from anywhere
    – View documents from almost any computer with a Web browser
    – No more flash drives—files are there when and where you need them
    – Password-protected document sharing; you control who views and edits 
    – Simplified online collaboration; everyone works from the same documents
  2. Work with programs you know
    – Save thousands of Microsoft Office documents in one online place
    – Manage documents in convenient online storage
    – Open and save files from familiar programs like Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
    – Synchronize contact, task, and event lists with Outlook

If you wish to learn more, click here. Interested to try it out? Sign-up to get started and then download Office Live Add-In to use the workspace from your desktop.

Categories: Windows Live

Windows Live Messenger goes local

May 26, 2009 Leave a comment
Do you know that Windows Live Messenger now goes local?
 
What does that mean?
It means that you can now download Windows Live messenger in the language that you prefer. There is now about 48 languages for you to choose. Isn’t it cool to have a messenger with the language you prefer?
 
With the latest Windows Live Messenger, you can do even more stuff, from getting updates of your friends to personalizing the look of your Windows Live Messenger. If you have not got one for yourself. You can get it here.
 
 
Categories: Windows Live

Get started with Windows Live

May 25, 2009 Leave a comment
I found out this cool short video on how to get started with Windows Live from this blog. Most of us don’t really know what is Windows Live all about. Well, this video will give you a general idea on how cool is it to use Windows Live.
 
 
 
Got it? Click here to go to Windows Live.
Categories: Windows Live

.NET Framework 4 (Beta 1)

May 25, 2009 Leave a comment

You can now download Microsoft .NET Framework 4 Beta 1 in English. The Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0 provides several new features and enhancements. Find below a few of those features and enhancements.

What is new in Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0?

  • The .NET Framework 4 can work side by side with the Microsoft Framework 3.5 SP1. All applications that are based on earlier versions of the .NET Framework will continue to run on the earlier version and only a subset of functionality is shared by all versions of the .NET Framework
  • Improvement in Visual Basic and C# languages that includes statement lambdas, implicit line continuations, dynamic dispatch, and named/optional parameters
  • New improved features in The ADO.NET Entity Framework, which simplifies programming against relational databases by raising the level of abstraction. These includes persistence ignorance and POCO support, lazy loading, test-driven development support, functions in model, and new LINQ operators
  • ASP.NET Enhancements include New JavaScript UI Templates and databinding capabilities for AJAX and a brand new ASP.NET chart control
  • WPF improvements include support for Windows 7 multi-touch, ribbon controls, and taskbar extensibility features, in Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF).WPF also supports Surface 2.0 SDK
  • New line-of-business controls including charting control, smart edit, data grid, and others that improve the experience for developers who build data centric applications
  • Improvements in performance and scalability of .NET Framework
  • Visual improvements in text clarity, layout pixel snapping, localization, and interoperability
  • Improvements to Windows Workflow (WF) that let developers to better host and interact with workflows. These include an improved activity programming model, an improved designer experience, a new flowchart modeling style, an expanded activity palette, workflow-rules integration, and new message correlation features. The .NET Framework also offers significant performance gains for WF-based workflows
  • Improvements to Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) such as support for WCF Workflow Services enabling workflow programs with messaging activities, correlation support, durable two-way communication and rich hosting capabilities. Additionally, .NET Framework 4 provides new WCF features such as service discovery, router service, simplified configuration and a number of improvements to queuing, REST support, diagnostics, and performance
  • Innovative new parallel programming features such as parallel loop support, Task Parallel Library (TPL), Parallel LINQ (PLINQ), and coordination data structures which let developers harness the power of multi-core processors

Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0 is can work on Windows XP SP3, Windows Server 2003 SP2, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows 7 RC, Windows Server 2008 or later, Windows Server 2008 R2 RC (not supported in Server Core Role).

The Framework also supports both 32-bit (x86) and 64-bit (x-64) architectures apart from support for a few features like WPF on ia64. It is recommended to have Pentium 1 GHz or higher and RAM of 256 MB or more.

Requirements for .NET Framework 4.0 Server Installation:

To perform a server installation, Internet Information Services (IIS) version 6.0 or later is needed. Moreover, to access the features of ASP.NET, IIS with the latest security updates must be installed before the .NET Framework is installed. Note that ASP.NET is supported only on Windows XP Professional, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, and Windows Server 2008 R2 RC. It is also recommended to have Microsoft Data Access Components 2.8 or later. However most users do not have to perform a server installation and if you are unsure whether to perform a server installation, just perform a basic installation.

How to download and install .NET Framework 4.0?

.NET Framework 4.0 Beta is released for testing and feedback purposes only and should not be installed in a production environment. To install it,

Categories: .NET Framework

Visual Studio 2010 (Beta 1)

May 25, 2009 Leave a comment
Great news for programmers/developers! The new Visual Studio 2010 is out now. It’s the next generation of development tools and platform for Windows Vista, Office 2007 system, and the web. Download the Visual Studio 2010 Professional and Team System Betas and see for yourself how they’ve been designed inside and out to give you every advantage in creating groundbreaking applications — faster and easier than ever.
 
If you are interested, you can try out this beta version:
For more download option, click here.
Visual Studio 2010
 
Categories: Visual Studio

Microsoft Office 2010

May 24, 2009 Leave a comment
The next version of Microsoft Office is Microsoft Office 2010. This version of Microsoft Office is currently in Technical Preview version. There is no beta version released to the public. This technical preview is only available to invited people only. They have also created a preview movie for it. Click below to watch it.

 

Also for anyone who’s looking into testing the new Office 2010 can sign up for the technical preview. Here’s some explanation about the technical preview.

The Microsoft Office 2010 Technical Preview is a limited, invitation only program which will provide you with the opportunity to experience early, pre-release versions of Office 2010 which will include the following applications:  Word 2010, Excel 2010, Outlook 2010, PowerPoint 2010, OneNote 2010, Access 2010, InfoPath 2010 and Publisher 2010.

By registering you are signing up to be considered for the Technical Preview Program, you will be waitlisted for consideration to be invited into the Technical Preview Program. We will notify invitees in early to mid July.

Categories: Microsoft Office