November 2006 Entries

Visual Studio 2005 extensions for .NET 3.0 november 2006 CTP: the last chance?

Sometimes there are things that I'm missing and this is one of them... today I've decided to install on my notebook the last November 2006 CTP of the Visual Studio 2005 extensions for .NET Framework 3.0 (WCF & WPF), but after downloading the package I've read more carefully the website and a news appeared me: "This is the last release of this technology that will be in the form of a set of extensions for Visual Studio 2005. Any new technology in this space will be included in CTPs of the next full version of Visual Studio which is currently...

posted @ Thursday, November 30, 2006 8:39 PM | Feedback (1)

Are you ready for a new day?

With today's triple launch of Windows Vista, 2007 Office system and Microsoft Exchange Server 2007, Microsoft has started a real new day on his history (and on our business too). Office 2007 is actually not only a suite of products, but a complete and integrated platform for collaboration, totally customizable and "developable" (developers will have tons of opportunities to make business on top of the new architecture), while Windows Vista is the first sign of the new movement on the future. "Better Together", this is the word to remember...

posted @ Thursday, November 30, 2006 11:45 AM | Feedback (0)

"Starting Innovation Tour" day finished

A great day, with lots of people ready to discover the news that Office 2007, Windows Vista and .NET 3.0 will reserve us for the near future. A great keynote with the presence of Jeff Raikes, with orrible questions for him from some MVPs (the rumours from the room was unanimous: maybe some of these MVPs has not totally understood what Jeff said ). I've just come back to home with some confirmations: Windows Vista attracts a lot the eyes of everyone. Windows Vista will not have a big adoption on our customers soon. Office 2007 and the new...

posted @ Wednesday, November 29, 2006 8:52 PM | Feedback (0)

Tomorrow is the "Starting Innovation Tour" day

I'm really busy in these weeks (and it will be so for many months I think) but tomorrow I will be present to the Microsoft Starting Innovation Tour day in Milan. It will be an interesting day, with lots of sessions with cool contents and with the presence of Jeff Raikes, Microsoft Business Division president (here for the keynote). if you will be at the event tomorrow, I will be glad to know you...

posted @ Tuesday, November 28, 2006 6:43 PM | Feedback (0)

Microsoft Office 2007 User Interface Licensing

I don't know how many times I've asked if it will be possible in the future to use the new "Ribbon", a key part of the new Microsoft Office 2007 User Interface. Yesterday is arrived an official response from Microsoft: they have announced a new licensing program for the 2007 Microsoft Office system user interface which allows virtually anyone to obtain a royalty-free license to use the new Office UI in a software product, including the Ribbon, galleries, the Mini Toolbar, and the rest of the user interface. As explained in the announce above, "you can use the UI in...

posted @ Wednesday, November 22, 2006 6:08 AM | Feedback (0)

Connecting Microsoft CRM to Dynamics NAV

I've said some days ago that I had quickly to return on this topic because there are lots of request about it on forums and newsgroups. Connecting Microsoft Dynamics CRM with Dynamics NAV is not a titanic task, but it involves only a knowledge of the entire architecture that you want to obtain and (obviously) the knowledge of programming. I've to say that there are some commercial products that permits this connection (and we're waiting for the official Microsoft's connector) but this is not the topic of this post... here I want to leave you some ideas on how to...

posted @ Monday, November 20, 2006 6:42 PM | Feedback (0)

Microsoft CRM 3.0 Customization exam

To remain on the certifications theme, today I've passed the Microsoft CRM 3.0 Customization exam, my first CRM exam and one of the required to earn the competency. The exam requires that you know well how to work with the CRM development environment (no specific .NET, CRM Web Service and Callouts questions here, there's an appropriate new exam recently released for them), that you know well how to setup a relation (the different types), how to work with custom entities, how to work with workflows, how to work with CRM reports (Reporting Services). If you're strong on these topics, go...

posted @ Thursday, November 16, 2006 3:27 PM | Feedback (0)

A unified Transcript for every Microsoft Certification

It's always wonderful to see how much Microsoft is ready to listen their customer and their Partners... Few hours ago I've posted a request on one of the Microsoft Learning blog (recommended to read), asking if it will be possible in the future to have an unified certification Transcript for evryone of us that has different types of Microsoft certifications. In the past I've earned certifications that comes from the standard MCP path (MCAD, MCTS) and some that comes from the Microsoft Dynamics path (NAV and CRM). One of the problem is that we don't have a page or a Transcript...

posted @ Thursday, November 16, 2006 3:19 PM | Feedback (0)

Learning Windows Workflow

I've said a lot of time in the past that one of the key concept of many enterprise project in the near future will be this word: Workflow. Microsoft has developed a complete Framework called Windows Workflow Foundation (now WF), a general purpose programming framework for creating reactive programs that act in response to stimulus form external entities. WF programs are constructed using domain-specific program statements called activities. WF will the the base to create workflow systems on the future Microsoft platforms (Sharepoint 2007 and CRM 4.0 will use the platform natively for example) and so it's a concept that...

posted @ Thursday, November 16, 2006 2:56 PM | Feedback (0)

Microsoft Dynamics CRM Connector for NAV

One of the tools that many Microsoft Dynamics Partners are waiting for is certainly the CRM Connector for NAV, that will permit a real integration between the CRM side and the ERP side. Actually there are commercial CRM connectors for NAV available, but having a native Microsoft solution is a must to have. I've  just said in the past on many forums that the integration between Microsoft CRM and NAV is possible today, you can write your own custom logic that will permit to do so (I will write something more about it in the future to give you some ideas...

posted @ Monday, November 13, 2006 6:21 AM | Feedback (5)

What do you like to change on Microsoft CRM 3.0?

I had a discussion today about this topic and I know that lots of you are waiting more improvements on the future "Titan" release (CRM 4.0) scheduled for the next year. So, what do you want to change of the actual Microsoft CRM 3.0? I think that giving an input to Microsoft and share our ideas could be interesting. Here's a brief list of what I don't like on the actual release: Toolbar customizations: editing the ISV.config in order to customize the toolbar (for example for adding a custom button) is not so easy and intuitive. Why not release...

posted @ Thursday, November 09, 2006 6:08 PM | Feedback (1)

It's time!!!

These are the two words that comes directly from Jim Allchin's official announce:  Windows Vista is RTM! Another big milestone for Microsoft... Congratulations on all the teams involved, this is surely a great great work. I want to leave here another message: Windows Vista is the first Microsoft's operative system that was built by listening the customers. The Beta stage (I was glad to be part of it!) was really marvellous, we had the chance to test lots of release candidate versions and leave our comments and suggestions directly to the teams. I hope that this direction will always be maintained...

posted @ Wednesday, November 08, 2006 5:33 PM | Feedback (0)

Do you have to restart IIS when deploying webparts with Sharepoint 2007?

I've never played with Sharepoint 2007 yet (too many other things to do now ), but this is one of the coolest Microsoft's products that I'm waiting for. I'm sure that Sharepoint 2007 is a big improvement and I'm really exciting to test the new embedded workflow system, however when today I was reading this post on Sahil's blog I was a bit surprised: why a "giant" like Sharepoint 2007 falls on essential things like these? I was laughing when reading the point 3: if you need to deploy a new webpart and you need to change the web.config file,...

posted @ Wednesday, November 08, 2006 12:37 PM | Feedback (1)

Microsoft CRM refresh for Vista and Office 2007

Fortunately a lot of news comes out from Convergence EMEA (thanks guys ) and so I'm able to say more details about a request I'm receiving from lots of my CRM customers: what about Microsoft CRM compatibility with Office 2007 and Windows Vista? I've given a little answer in the past (after a meeting here on Microsoft Italy) and the major request that customers actually have is the CRM interaction with Office 2007. The news today is official: Microsoft will release a Microsoft CRM 3.0 for Office 2007/Vista update few weeks after the release of Office and Vista RTM...

posted @ Tuesday, November 07, 2006 12:49 PM | Feedback (0)

It's the RTM week

This is not a regular week, one of the many, one that can pass without rumours... This is the week where Microsoft has officially released two main products that will have a great impact on our business and on our everyday work: Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 and Microsoft Office 2007. The release of these two "giant" comes with the release of other interesting related products like the Visual Studio 2005 extensions for .NET 3.0 and Visual Studio 2005 Tools for the 2007 Microsoft Office System (or VSTO 2005 Second Edition). Obviously, I don't think that .NET 3.0 will have a great impact on our...

posted @ Tuesday, November 07, 2006 6:33 AM | Feedback (0)

Virtualization Program from Microsoft: it's here!

How many times in the past we've asked Microsoft to release evaluations of their products on a virtual machine, in order to quickly evaluate them or present them to our customers? I think that only on my blog the messages with this content are a big number. Finally, someone on Microsoft has listen this rumours and now it's reality with the launch of the VHD Test Drive Program: Microsoft will distribute their enterprise software and applications within a pre-built and pre-configured virtual machine (VHD format) ready to be used. This is really wonderful and an unvaluable resource for partners. The first...

posted @ Tuesday, November 07, 2006 6:10 AM | Feedback (0)

Microsoft Dynamics in the "Live" era

At the today's Keynote at Convergence EMEA, the MS Dynamics's staff (including sir Bill Gates) has announced future strategy on what will be the "Dynamics Live" era: Microsoft is seriously working on placing most of its business services to the web and the first step of this process will be Microsoft Dynamics Live CRM. This is a significant step and (obviously) also a source of comments from the Partners (many of us are worried). Dynamics Live doesn't means that all the actual business services will be placed on a web (and hosted) platform. Microsoft is working on a single code...

posted @ Monday, November 06, 2006 2:48 PM | Feedback (0)

Microsoft and Novell Collaboration: happiness for the developers

In these days was out a PressPass that announce a new collaboration between Microsoft and Novell in order to increase Windows and Linux interoperability. Novell and Microsoft will work together in three primary areas to deliver new solutions to customers, virtualization, Web services management and document format compatibility, collaborating each ones under a storic patent cooperation agreement. What are the future advantages after this collaboration? What I can see are essentially two: Mono (the platform that permits to run applications designed using Microsoft .NET technologies on Linux) will have a consistent improvement in the future and integration between Linux...

posted @ Saturday, November 04, 2006 11:33 AM | Feedback (0)

SQL Server Everywhere becomes Compact

No, Microsoft has not reduced the size of the final package but the wonderful SQL Server Everywhere Edition has changed its final name to something more appropriate in my opinion: SQL Server Compact Edition. SQL Server Compact Edition is an exciting new release that targets essentially the mobile market and will permit the grow of interesting new  applications (I'm thinking about many scenarios for online and offline capabilities in an application for example). Steve Lasker has many interesting news on this release. We're all waiting for the final RTM...

posted @ Thursday, November 02, 2006 2:10 PM | Feedback (0)