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Windows 7 Set to RTM in Late July

It looks like October 22nd is the day you'll be able to buy Windows 7, but it was announced that it should release to manufacturing (RTM) in late July. Generally when a Microsoft RTMs, it is also released to their MSDN and other subscribers. The October 22nd date fits with the rumors we had heard earlier that had targeted October 23rd as the street date for the new windows operating system.

New Java and JavaFX Updates

While last month was Microsoft and Tech Ed, this month is Sun and JavaOne. While last month Microsoft didn't have much to say at TechEd, it seems that there is a little bit of developer news at JavaOne. Of course, some of the key pieces of news at JavaOne were the release of JavaFX 1.2 and the first public preview of JavaFX TV. Also coming from Java in the future are a visual designer for creating JavaFX applications. This was previewed at JavaOne today. Also released was JavaSE 6 Update 14. The big new feature in SE seems to be the "G1" Garbage Collector. Of course support for Windows 7 and IE 8 are also added. What is a keynote without a few statistics to toss around. Sun indicated that there are 6.5 million Java developers world-wide. The Java platform is on more than 800 million desktop computers. It is on over 7 billion internet-connected devices. It is on 90 percent of desktop and laptop computers. It is on 85% of mobile devices. It is in TVs. Java is out there. One of the editors on my team is attending JavaOne in San Francisco. Glen Kunene was at the keynote and wrote some of his thoughts in his blog entry, Ellison Hints at Oracle's Java Priorities: JavaFX-based OpenOffice Apps and Mobile Devices. Glen stated that in the keynote, Larry Ellison of Oracle challenged Sun's OpenOffice and JavaFX groups to innovate. Ellison also wondered out loud why Sun/Oracle couldn't produce mobile devices based on the JavaFX platform.

Bing: Microsoft's new Search Engine ("Decision Engine")

Microsoft gives out more information on their upcoming search engine now called Bing. Dubbed as a "decision engine," Microsoft categorizes results as well as has integrated additional information into results page for various types of searches. You'll be able to shop, find hotels, look for travel options, and do much more in a way that is more conducive to getting to the decisions you need to make quicker. Of course, the best way today to see what Bing will do is to check out the short video (marketing video) that Microsoft has created at http://www.bing.com. You can also wait until June 3rd, when it is expected to go live.It will be interesting to see if Bing does enough to make any inroads to the Google mind presence. It doesn’t seem like Live Search is doing it…

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.

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