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Silverlight 3 and Expression Blend 3: Launch Date July 10th, 2009

Microsoft is cranking out Silverlight and trying to get to the "magical" third version that seems to be a turning point in adoption for many of their products. Today I was invited to a launch event for Silverlight 3 and Expression Studio 3 that is taking place on July 10th. Seems like a launch party wouldn't be much of a party if the products weren't actually launching then. As such, for those that recently asked when Silverlight 3 was going to be available, I believe there is now a date you can mark on your calendar!

Mobile Application Considerations

One of the sessions I attended at Tech Ed 2009 was on developing for mobile devices presented by Nick Landry. It was an interesting session. The most memorable quote from the session was:

Microsoft Tech Ed 2009 – Making the Worst the Best

If you listened to many of the discussions in the hallways of the LA Convention center during TechEd 2009, you quickly realize that many of the conversations are not on the typical buzz of newly released technologies or cool new technical insights learned in sessions. Rather, the discussions are on trivial things such as the lack of snacks and the number of attendees. Generally the buzz at a Tech Ed, or a other large Microsoft show, is on the cool new announcements or on what is happening with technologies.

Tech Ed 2009 - Surface Service Pack 1 Releases

At PDC last November, there were lots of Surface machines around the LA Convention Center. For TechEd 2009, there aren't Surface devices all over, but there are a few. The Microsoft Surface is releasing a Service Pack 1 (SP1) update to current Microsoft Surface customers and partners which includes:

Notes from Tech Ed 2009

This week I'm at Microsoft's Tech Ed. There are keynotes, hundreds of sessions, hands-on labs, exhibitors, and tons of things happening. There is too much to cover it all. A lot of it is available online as well. Over the next few days, I’m going to try to post comments here in my blog on things I've learned or observations. Some will be sniper shots at things (like the Bill Veghte saying people want demos rather than PowerPoint, so they were going to do demos – he said this after 35 minutes of slides….).

Microsoft Announces General Availability of BizTalk Server 2009

Microsoft has announced the release of the sixth version of BizTalk Server today. Microsoft posted a press release on this new release today that contains information on what is new. It is available today on MSDN and will be available in nine other languages on May 1st.

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